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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

353 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

tgeorgf, Jul 13, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

ejimhof, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of fullmoonbeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

fullmoonbeer, Jul 12, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

smakawhat, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 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.

oberon, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Troville1990
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Troville1990, Jul 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Rhettroactive, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Gonzoillini
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Gonzoillini, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Dave_Treat
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Dave_Treat, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of fmccormi
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.

fmccormi, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

siege06nd, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of schmidtmattsays
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?

schmidtmattsays, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

hilgart1, Jul 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

MikeCactusGordon, Jul 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

J1mmyB09, Jul 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

xnicknj, Jul 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mrebeka, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

NSK79, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Dirt, Jul 07, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

MitchellBeir, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

I_BYE_MI_BEER, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

RedneckBeerz, Jul 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

djtomain, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
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.

Axnjxn, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
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!

barnzy78, Jul 06, 2013
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.