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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

346 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 10
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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JamesMN

Minnesota

2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoy by 8/31/13, so not the freshest.

Appearance: Golden hue with decent clarity and a thin film of off-white foam.

Aroma: Biscuit, yeast, dank hops.

Taste: Starts with strong earthy bitterness paired with overripe fruity and a touch of rotten vegetable flavor. Unfortunately, it seems that time has taken its toll on the this one. Actually hard to tell that this one is a lager because it doesn't have that crispness in the finish that I'd expect. Some of the 7.5% ABV comes through in the flavor. Aftertaste of earthy bitterness and sweet malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with average carbonation and drinkability for the style.

Final Thoughts: Definitely not the beer I was expecting given the description on the bottle. I hope more breweries try out the IPL style though just to see if it can be refined. Would I drink it again? Meh.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:15:11 | More by JamesMN
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moarmare

Missouri

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

11-22-2013 14:35:29 | More by moarmare
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Machete824

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

11-10-2013 13:18:08 | More by Machete824
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generallee

New York

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 7.5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance: It has a golden honey amber color with a slight haze. This is with a small creamy off white head. The head has good retention as a keeps a thin lacy covering all the way to the finish.

Smell: The aroma is mostly about its hops. There are earthy notes as well as piney and leafy hop notes with a touch of pineapple like notes as well.

Taste / Palate: The taste is the same with a smooth feel and mild bitterness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 16:19:08 | More by generallee
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CesarLopes

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-05-2013 20:00:56 | More by CesarLopes
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Potatocrawler

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%

11-04-2013 05:26:10 | More by Potatocrawler
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IPA040877

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

11-02-2013 13:24:14 | More by IPA040877
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anhigdon

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-31-2013 23:50:16 | More by anhigdon
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jheberle

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-28-2013 15:28:20 | More by jheberle
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jtennyson99

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-28-2013 00:44:38 | More by jtennyson99
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arniepnminne

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

10-24-2013 16:48:01 | More by arniepnminne
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent retention and moderate carbonation.

Nose
Bread, bubblegum, tangerine and lemongrass.

Taste
Bitter white grapefruit, tangerine pith and lemon grass. Some sticky pine needles and honeydew melon. Lightly bready backbone with hints of toast and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, dry and bitter.

Overall
Something just isn't quite working for me here... Between the bready malts, bubblegum and grapefruit bitterness, it just isn't adding up to me.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2013 13:42:16 | More by justintcoons
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crbnfbr

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-22-2013 09:01:23 | More by crbnfbr
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KC9LDB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

10-20-2013 04:11:47 | More by KC9LDB
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-20-2013 01:10:51 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-18-2013 05:55:19 | More by starrdogg
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larryarms847

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +11%

10-13-2013 20:58:38 | More by larryarms847
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soroka24

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-12-2013 10:13:55 | More by soroka24
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jgreenward

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-11-2013 12:19:25 | More by jgreenward
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-10-2013 21:56:10 | More by cincysig
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-08-2013 19:18:04 | More by imperialking
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: Best by 2013/09/02
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

I've had this fresh on-tap and in bottles through various ages of maturity, and the beer was brighter and generally much more drinkable when young. In general, the close is too harsh with bitterness and light ethanol, meaning that they probably should have toned both down somewhat. Would I try this again? Probably, but only if I had little else "in the cellar," and could enjoy this quickly, when fresh.

Pours a voluminous head of small, beige-colored bubbles, creating a very frothy-looking mass of foam. Retention is excellent, the foam lasting several minutes in a slow decline to a 0.3cm cap atop the body of the beer. Lacing is very good, with complex, moderately thick patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a medium-dark copper orange color, with light bringing out orange-yellow hues. Carbonation visible through the transparent body, medium in number and intensity.

Aroma is of cut grass and weeds, a bit of woodsiness, mild citrus (lemon and grapefruit), and slight pine, with hints of malt (slightly bread-like) sweetness.

Flavor is of a complex blend of pine-like and woodsy hops with notable accents of lemon and mild grapefruit, the malt largely in the background. Front of palate finds pine-like and woodsy hops with an edge of grapefruit rind and slightly bread-like malts. Mid-palate features medium intensity bitterness with woodsiness, cut grass and weeds, lemon and grapefruit rind with associated juices, and a quite subdued malt presence in the background that's slightly like toasted bread. Back of palate features medium-high bitterness with woodsy and cut grass-like hops, slight white pepper and ethanol, particularly as the beer warms. Aftertaste of moderate-high bitterness with traces of mild citrus, bitter herbs, and ethanol, which comes together as a bit harsh and unenjoyable.

Beer is medium to medium-heavy in body, with medium carbonation intensity, resulting in a beer that has a mouthfeel that is gently foamy and smooth. Closes quite dry, with light stickiness on the lips and palate.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2013 05:53:18 | More by falloutsnow
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TomTown

Oregon

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-04-2013 00:47:20 | More by TomTown
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-01-2013 19:29:04 | More by oline73
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zbodnar1

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

09-30-2013 20:16:36 | More by zbodnar1
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.