Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Schizophrenic to its core, is it an IPA? is it a Lager? Maybe its both. And to kick off their 25th year of existence the fine brewers of Great Lakes isn't helping with the confusion- they are exacerbating it!
Like any well made lager, the ale... er- lager pours with a bright straw color and racing carbonation. All that highlights its fluffy white foam cap that builds upon the beer. The only hint of unusualness happens with a modest haze that we'll find point to late addition hops.
Bursts of citrus and grass spring to the nose. With no real caramel scent to ground the hops, the dry cracker-like barley offers up the thinnest of balances to pithy grapefruit, lemon peels, orange zest, leaf and stemmy notes.
Similarly, the short-lived grainy-sweet upstart is soon overridden by sharp and acidic hop notes. White grapefruit, under-ripened oranges, lemons and tart juniper flavor tackle the middle palate and without the carmelly buffer that is normally provided by common IPA. Finishing bitter with the taste of fresh-cut grass, leaf and stem; the beer is a little rough around the edges even if its clean and crisp.
Light in body, the hops make the mouth read the taste of IPA but the beer could be considered more medium if held to more of a lager standard. Early carbonation pulls the beer from the tongue in near champagne-like texture. Then fading quickly into a bone-dry closure of hop-derived astringency and herbal warmth- the beer sure does finish like Lager.
If the beer is a hoppy lager, then it's a fine beer. If its a light bodied IPA, then it's a fine beer. There's nothing about the fusion found here that suggests that it is anything more or less that simply a fine beer. But it is one that makes me think with every sip.
07-22-2013 17:59:49 | More by BEERchitect
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Happy 25th Ann. to this old school midwestern brewery wich I still think is the best of the mid west...and Iam from Michigan!Poured into a becker a deep rich golden/copper with a large fluffy two finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled.Caramel and doughy malts stand out most in the nose with a shot of spicy hops,to me it's like an amped up Vienna style lager in the nose.a smooth feel to the beer with just the right feel.Flavors of caramel and boozy fruit,the doughiness is alot like a bigger pale bock,the hops give a mildly citric but more spicy finish.This is a cool lager,it's Vienna like at one momint and maibock in another,then a big shot of hops come.Iam warming to this style a little and this beer helps.
07-11-2013 21:31:53 | More by oberon
3.86/5 rDev +0.8%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.
Clear brassy color, tight tiny bubbled lace holds together well. Aromas of citric hops, alcohol, biscuity malt, grass, mint and peach pits. Smooth with an ample crispness, full-ish body. Agressive hop bitternes, warming alcoholic bite, grassy grain and a hint of yeast make for a pretty damn complex brew especially being that the flavor go well together. Herbal citric hop flavor is semi-pungent, maltiness is big enough to hold its own. Finish hoppy and semi-dry.
I think the IPL is a bit of a confused style, one that I like a lot. I've had many that have a similar likeness to a very clean APA or ones like that that are pretty much an Imperial Pilsner. Either way, a whole lot of fun to drink.
06-18-2013 03:33:21 | More by Jason
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
The Great Bottle Purge of 2014 is pushing along nicely. Shelf space is beginning to appear in my reefer, the floor is well sorted, the stovetop has the on-deck beers and my tolerance is astounding. I have no idea where I got this, but I am ready to drink it!
From the bottle: "How do you choose between brewing a commemorative lager and a commemorative ale to celebrate 25 years of exceptional beer?"; "You don't. Our Silver & Gold IPL is brewed with Dortmunder Gold Lager yeast and loads of hops, the best of both worlds for the best fans in the world."; "25 Years 1988-3013"; "Our silver anniversary isn't about gold medals. It's about 25 years of passion and heart. Silver & Gold IPL represents our past and present, from original brewmaster Thaine Johnson's Dortmunder Gold recipe and engineer Charlie Price's vision for our Brewhouse to our ever-growing family of beers. Silver & Gold IPL is for our neighbors who've shared pints and stories, for the fans who've challenged us to be exceptional from day one, and for us - a bottled reminder of how far we've come. Brewed with a complex blend of American hops and a mixture of specialty malts, Silver & Gold IPL is bold yet well-balanced, dry yet refreshing. With respect for tradition and a nod to the future, we toast to the next 25 years."
I did not see any settling, but I still poured sort of gently, getting a finger of tawny head with good retention in the process. Color was a deep-gold (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity. The Unholy Trio of Midas, Mammon and Croesus did not suddenly show up. Instead, they were already here, just based on the beer's name! They are such punks. Nose had a scent of tropical fruits, especially coconut and papaya. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. The taste was nothing like the nose, sadly. It was much more bitter, more towards citrus rind and some grass. Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Finish was dry, with some fusel alcohol heat.
07-24-2014 03:08:15 | More by woodychandler
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours a clear copper color with a white head. The brew leaves lots of lacing on the glass and overall looks note like what one would expect from a pale ale rather than lager.
Has an aroma of sweet malt, bread, and ripe citrus. The taste follows through with pine, grapefruit, earth and caramel sweetness. The typical bready lager flavors are there in a lesser role, cut by the hops. There is an even level of bitterness, but the flavor ends hoppy.
Overall, this is a great example of a new American style. Known as an India Pale Lager, very few examples of the style if any have ever been drank there.
08-01-2013 22:08:32 | More by Stinkypuss
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, best before 8/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass; with moderate streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, apple, grape, floral grass, cracker, bread, honey, light pine, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, lemon zest, pear, apple, floral, grass, cracker, bread, honey, pine, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, light fruits, floral, grass, cracker, bread, pine, honey, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; with good sweetness/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is a very nice India pale lager. All around nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
07-17-2013 04:42:11 | More by superspak
District of Columbia
3.53/5 rDev -7.8%
Shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.
The beer is golden hued and clear with a small white head. Huge lager yeast aroma, with grain, sourdough bread. Nice flavor, though a bit unbalanced by the over-abundance of lager yeast character. Hop character throughout with a gentle bitter finish. Overall, this was decent, but I wouldn't want to drink a 12 oz. bottle by myself.
07-27-2013 18:43:15 | More by Huhzubendah
4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.
A real looker. Deep mellow bronze copper gold and crystal clear body, with super slow rising carbonation, it's as the beer is in suspended animation. Head is creamy tan, and thick with island like clumping in the small glass. A real beautiful looking beer.
Nose is quite nice but if slightly muted. Slight toasty caramel, a dry sense of malts and light brown sugar. Hop angle is quite solid but not overkilled with a minor grassy touch. Thick. Interesting to see where this leads.
A mellow since of caramel, and a good hint of grass like hop. Hop angle fades on the swallow as dense malts take over. Sticky. Good amount of pine like resin leftover on this. Semi arid finish but with a good density. Large hop aroma left in the mid palate after swallow.
Overall a fun brew from the Great Lakes brewery, let's hope there's still 25 more years left in the tank.
07-11-2013 22:11:02 | More by smakawhat
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.