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

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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPLGreat Lakes Silver & Gold IPL

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very good

363 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.44%
Wants: 15
Gots: 23 | 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

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Beer added by: Jason on 06-18-2013

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Ratings: 363 | Reviews: 76
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a mostly clear orange color with white frothy head that left splashy lace.

S- Big floral, pungent grapefruit, citrusy notes, breadiness, and pilsner malt notes.

T- Big floral notes and citrusy hop notes, big breadiness and pilsner malt backbone. Quite a bit of malt and fruity sweetness. Lots of fruity lager esters and the sweetness takes over quite a bit more as it warms up.

M- Very dry, refreshing, prickly carbonation, clean, and crisp.

O- My first IPL, which seems to be an emerging style. I really liked the hop character on this beer and it was really refreshing. The lagering of this beer seemed to give it a lot more sweetness and crispness than other IPAs. Really glad I got to try this one.

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2.48/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Happy 25th Great Lakes! So, this is going to be a hoppy Lager w/ American Hops! Cool, I like what breweries like Jacks Abby have done with the style, hoping this builds on the theme for Great Lakes this year that started with Alchemy Hour and continued to Rye of the Tiger.

The beer looks nice in the glass. A bit more amber than I expected, but clear and the head retention is good.

Oh. What? The smell is quite strange and makes me wonder if we're in for something odd here. Big biscuit, caramel, DMS cooked veggie notes, and some strange floral hops. I thought we were going down the American hops route. There's also a bit of booze. Very unbalanced and quite disappointing. Yes, I like double pilsners and I get that lagers normally aren't Americanized, bit Great Lakes promised a hoppy take on Dortmunder with American hops. This isn't a good example of the beer promised whatever label you want to give it. House yeast and metallic notes complete a substandard aromatic experience.

Taste is disappointing at best. Scratch that, this is horrible. A discombobulated mess of a beer - Dortmunder like yeast, biscuit malt, cooked veggies, extremely malt forward but not sweet. Booze and grass. Astringent and sloppy peaks of heat and bitter. Herbal, mint, caramel, a slight note of sulfur. This doesn't work. Again, where is the beer we were promised? Has Great Lakes been living in a bubble where Americanized hop-forward IPL's like those of Jack's Abby don't exist? If you noted citrus in your review, your mouth is broken. There's zero citrus, no pine, just disgusting grassy bitterness.

Body is syrupy and the finish is abrasively bitter and boozy. I had to pour out what remained.

This is a huge miss. A shame that this is the 25th Anniversary of a brewery I normally like. Either Great Lakes is living in a vacuum where lagers with American hops don't exist or they tried to "sell" an imperial Pilsner or Imperial Dortmunder w/ the promise of American hops. Whatever the approach was, this plain sucks. I wish this had been vetted in the pub, I would have happily passed along this feedback - there are SO many other beers that they could have riffed on. This actually made me miss Imperial Dortmunder which, besides the booze, was a much cleaner and focused beer. One of the worst big releases of the year. Disappointing through and through.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Copper with a solid two-finger head that slowly settles
S: APA-like with hops layered on top of a solid malt backbone
T: Malty with pronounced hops and a bitter herbal note as well; long bitter finish
M: Medium-bodied, the herbal bitterness makes this quite drying rather than refreshing
O: Overall another winner from GLBC

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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber color with a slight head
S - Citrus hops and orange. Malt
T - Citrus, grapefruit, orange hops. A bit of a floral character. A bit bitter. The balance of the malts really good. The combination of styles is really done well.
M - Medium body and light carbination. It finishes crisp.
O - Its a lager and it has great hop flavor. Best part is 25 years of Great Lakes Brewing!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Enjoy-by date clearly printed on the label. I admit, I'm always excited to try any new GLBC offering, so I popped one open as soon as I came back home from the store.

The beer pours a soothing golden amber, with an almost white head. Immediately, I smell the classic Dortmunder Gold aroma of hearty biscuit, with hues of grass and hay underneath. At first sip the hops make themselves apparent! A complex blend is what they say on the label, and I have to agree, as no immediate signs point very long to "citrus" or "floral" or "herbal" - it's all of them, together, in a veritable mash-up of steeped flavor on the lager body. The finish is long and just as complex as the taste. Very nice, and quite drinkable.

In conclusion, as a long-time fan of Great Lakes, this is another great anniversary ale based on their flagship brew. The IPL presents the potential danger to simply unload hops on a middle-of-the road lager, but the brewers crafting truly great lagers can bring new complexity in an exciting way. Well done - cheers!

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3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silver & Gold IPL pours a lighter copper or amber color. Looks crystal clear. It takes on a slightly orange look when held to light. There might be a slight reddish tint, as well. I like the color. It’s topped with a slightly off-white cap. It rises to about half a finger in height before falling back to a surface covering. It holds there for a while. Lacing was a little sticky, but on the lighter side.

It definitely smells good. The malt base is very biscuity and bread-like. There is a hint of sweetness, but it’s very subtle. Hops smell piney and citric. Grapefruit and orange are the most notable scents. They blend really well with the base. I wasn’t sure how the hops and lager elements would gel, but they sure smell good. Better than expected. Alcohol is noted, but isn’t all that strong. Smells good. I’m impressed.

At this point, it’s not a huge surprise. It tastes good, too! It definitely tastes like a lager out of the gate. The malt base is very biscuity. It does have just a touch of sweetness behind it, but it’s not much at all. The real magic here is the interplay between the hops and its lager qualities. They work well together! The hops have a nice citrus grapefruit and orange flavor together with just a little pine, as well. It is a bit bitter. I like it. Alcohol is there, but isn’t overwhelming by any means. Finishes biscuity, hoppy, a little bitter, and dry. Good stuff!

The body is medium. Carbonation is very light and restrained. The bubbles are nice and soft. It goes down soft and easy. I could handle two or three in a sitting easily.

Silver & Gold IPL is surprisingly good. It’s a really nice hoppy lager. It’s honestly much better than I anticipated. Great Lakes may surprise some with this 25th Anniversary release, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. Given that their flagship, Dortmunder Gold, is a lager…this is perfect. I believe Imperial Dortmunder was their 20th Anniversary release. Silver & Gold IPL is fitting for the 25th. Good stuff. Happy 25th!!!

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