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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
86
very good

348 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 06-18-2013)
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Troville1990

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-11-2013 07:57:52 | More by Troville1990
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-10-2013 23:46:26 | More by Rhettroactive
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Gonzoillini

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-10-2013 23:35:15 | More by Gonzoillini
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Dave_Treat

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-10-2013 23:02:51 | More by Dave_Treat
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fmccormi

New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; freshness date of August 31, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right corner of the label (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 8/31/13 11722GE”). Based on a 90-day freshness period (give or take), that would make this bottle about five weeks old. Hey, it only popped up in our market this past week, so blame the distributors, I guess. Still pretty damn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): A solid two fingers of pale tan-colored head rise off the pour, capping a rich, honey-amber colored body with warm, orange tones. The head is thick and fluffy, dying down very slowly while a steady stream of bubbles come from around the glass to refresh it. As the head does down and the body recedes, it leaves spots of lace here and there and a couple of collars early on. Overall, it looks pretty damn good for the style.

Smell (4.25): A very nice balance of hops and malt comes along easily, with a bevy of juicy, rich citrus fruit aromas (the classic notes of ripe pineapple, red grapefruit flesh and zest), with a more subtle, resinous pine note. The malt is nicely toasted and moderately rich, with nutty and almost buttery aromas (freshly-toasted and -buttered white toast), but the hops are so juicy and bright that they steal the show.

Taste (4.5): This more or less follows the nose, and it delivers all of that character in spades: the hops move from juicy citrus to pungent resin and grapefruit zest, delivering an earthy tobacco note with a solid punch of slightly weedy, strongly grapefruit-peel-y bitterness and flavor. Really, really nice. Meanwhile, the malt is moderately rich with a buttery, toasted breadiness up top with undercurrents of pecan-like nuttiness, rich, toasted bread like challah, and fresh-baked biscuits. The finish comes along with that flash of grapefruit zest and resin, and hangs on for a moderate length of time.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Great Lakes always does a good job on the mouthfeel, regardless of style: a soft, full carbonation that foams modestly and barely tingles here and there, complementing a medium-weight body with drying hop oils to lighten the finish. Quite drinkable, but it still retains the heft and richness expected for the size of the beer.

Overall (4.25): Strikes me as a fuller version of Dortmunder Gold with a very solid IPA-styled hop load. It’s got the characteristic notes of what a good lager should be in my mind, with nutty, toasted malts and a clean, snappy finish. Add to that a well-styled, well-structured, and appropriately bitter hop character, and the various parts of this beer add up to an exceptional example of the style. Personally, I really, really dig this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 01:38:39 | More by fmccormi
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-10-2013 01:35:44 | More by siege06nd
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date of 9/2/13 poured into a pilsner glass. Amber/orange with a golden halo. Thin head. Smells of American hops, burnt veggies, potpourri, and the 7.5% ABV comes through very clearly. Bitter clumsy taste. Finishes drier than expected - but not as dry as the Tank 7 by Boulevard I was drinking last night. This was my first imperial pilsner and my first from Great Lakes. I've now had the anniversary offerings from Goose Island, New Glarus, and Great Lakes. Are anniversary beers just categorically bad?

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:53:27 | More by schmidtmattsays
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-10-2013 00:42:46 | More by hilgart1
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-09-2013 23:32:22 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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J1mmyB09

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-09-2013 00:08:23 | More by J1mmyB09
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-08-2013 23:58:07 | More by xnicknj
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-08-2013 01:38:52 | More by mrebeka
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NSK79

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-08-2013 01:15:16 | More by NSK79
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Dirt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-07-2013 21:33:25 | More by Dirt
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MitchellBeir

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

07-07-2013 20:06:43 | More by MitchellBeir
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I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-07-2013 16:58:31 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2013 09:01:21 | More by RedneckBeerz
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djtomain

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-07-2013 01:02:47 | More by djtomain
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. best before 9/2/13

pours a dark golden color with an inch thick white lasting head. great looking pour. smell is big on rye notes and dry hops. interesting. Taste is like it smells...somewhat. im definitely detecting dry hops as well as rye notes, but the rye isnt near as strong as on the nose. malt character is also there on the back end. tad of bitterness too. not bad at all. medium bodied with medium carbonation, no issues on drinkability.

overall another winner from great lakes. had no idea what to expect from this one going in, and i like what i got. ill enjoy the rest of the 4 pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 23:26:13 | More by Axnjxn
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, "enjoy by 9/2/13"
Brilliant amber color with a creamy, ivory colored head, good retention & frothy lacing at the top of the glass. Fresh aromas of citrus, biscuit, caramel, grass, slight tropical mango. Balanced flavors of biscuit, toasted grain, caramel, mango, grapefruit rind, pine, yeast. Medium body; crisp, dry finish with some pine & grapefruit rind lingering. Excellent idea for a 25th anniversary beer! I want to get some more of this!

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 18:00:54 | More by barnzy78
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mater

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-06-2013 08:03:24 | More by mater
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Zaximus

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +11%

07-05-2013 22:07:14 | More by Zaximus
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CloudStrife

New York

4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 08/31/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Just a bit of visible carbonation. The head leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma of a lager yeast with an heavy hand of hops. Malts are in the background providing some sweetness. Hints of green grape, peach and apricot.

T: Great blend going on here. Brings the IPA style to lagers with an immense hop bitterness. Bready, cracker like malts bring up the rear but are overpowered by the fruity earthy hops. As with the aroma I get a mild dose of light fruits.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Clean finish with only a hint of stickiness. Pretty easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall another solid beer from Great Lakes. Really digging this style and am excited to try any breweries take. Dortmunder Gold is a solid base to start with and it makes this beer solid. Give it a try if your into hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 20:46:45 | More by CloudStrife
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-05-2013 02:51:38 | More by ChrisMon02
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

07-04-2013 19:55:01 | More by sliverX
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.