Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +9.7%
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!
06-30-2013 21:04:57 | More by sixerofelixir
3.99/5 rDev +4.5%
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!!!
06-30-2013 04:18:09 | More by prototypic
4/5 rDev +4.7%
Best before 8/31/13. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden with a subtle transparency. White head fades but leaves great lacing and retention. The aromas are full of bready malts. Not much of a hop aroma, but this one has a strong hop presence in the flavor department. I'm very impressed how the packed a hop bite to this one. More malts to balance out the hops, but the hops edge the malts. I keep saying "hops", because they really do shine in this beer. It's slightly spicy. There are subtle hints of caramel. This one is very earthy and robust. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very crisp and refreshing.
I really like this beer. It's another winner that Great Lakes can add to their resume. More proof that Great Lakes knows their lagers. This is great example of this emerging "IPL" style. Recommended.
06-28-2013 22:41:43 | More by BB1313
3.84/5 rDev +0.5%
12 ounce bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
A - It is a lovely amber color with golden highlights. It is clear and topped with an inch of off-white head.
S - It has a cooked vegetable smell with some metal mixed in there for good measure.
T - It is very light on the malt. The metal from the smell carries over into the aftertaste. I also get some floral hop flavor. There is a little citrus in there as well.
M - Moderate
O - The IPL is a fairly new style to me. I had my first one about ten months ago and have only had a handful of varieties. I find it an interesting alternative to an IPA. It has a lot of flavor and goes down quite easily. I am kind of a Great Lakes homer, so of course I like this beer.
06-27-2013 22:59:46 | More by buschbeer
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
12oz into a pilsner glass.
A: Pours an orange-tinged clear gold with a large off-white head.
S: Lightly juicy grapefruit and orange notes, mild honey, bready underneath.
T: Slightly resinous citrus and pine, a bit of leafy bitterness, biscuit malt, that slightly acidic sourdough quality a lot of hoppy GL beers have, wash of fresh grain in the finish.
M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.
O: This tastes very nice. Seems like a similar hop bill to Burning River. I'll probably be picking up another four pack while it's still around.
06-27-2013 02:51:21 | More by Etan
3.76/5 rDev -1.6%
12oz bottle poured into SA glass, best by date of 8/31/2013.
Orange-amber, clear elixir, huge 2 finger head, thick lacing.
Malt biscuit right up front, earth, spice, and grassy hops.
The malt bill is front and center. Nice smooth hops but clearly second fiddle here.
Medium to heavy, more thick malt feel. The crisp Pilsner presence is missing.
Great Lakes try at a hoppy lager doesn't really do justice to their 25th anniversary.
06-27-2013 01:46:12 | More by CaptCleveland
4.08/5 rDev +6.8%
Appearance is the gold hue you'd expect from a German lager. The aroma is unique, plenty of hops but with an almost sugary sweetness. The flavor is similar, a full-bodied hit of complex hops followed by a sweet aftertaste reminiscent of Munich lager (which, oddly enough, is among the most subtly hopped lagers out there). The mouthfeel is rich but not at all heavy, making this a complex but drinkable beer. I've tried Sam Adams IPL and Victory's Prima Pils but have never tasted anything that so purely melded the flavors of an IPA over a refreshing lager base. An ambitious experiment pulled off flawlessly.
06-26-2013 02:11:40 | More by HeightsEats
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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