Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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4.19/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured from growler into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger of foamy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heaviest a bready and sweet smell of a caramel and fruity nature. Along with these aromas are some nice grapefruit and grassy hops as well as a little bit of a hay like and yeasty smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and bready taste with flavors of a smooth biscuit taste mixed with a caramel and light fruitiness along with a rather strong yeasty tastes. Upfront there is a little bit of a hop taste as well being mostly of a grapefruit taste, but having hints of a floral taste as well. As the flavor advances more light hop flavors come to the tongue with some more citrus hops as well as a bit of a grassy flavor as well. At this time some grainy flavors also come to the tongue mixing with the rest to take the flavor to its end. Right at the end a very faint alcohol taste also joins the taste, leaving a rather pleasant, still rather crisp and quite flavorful flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a bit of a crispness and a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall of the 7.t % strength of the brew the moderate body was quite appropriate as opposed to a thinner body more traditionally found with a lager. Overall with the crispness and moderate carbonation the feel was rather nice.
Overall – A rather tasty and quite easy drinking brew. A rather nicely, moderately, hopped brew that maintains a still crisp lager taste. A very nice drinker.
Serving type: growler
11-28-2013 02:13:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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
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
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.
Slightly hazy gold with 1 finger of off-white head. Excellent retention and moderate carbonation.
Bread, bubblegum, tangerine and lemongrass.
Bitter white grapefruit, tangerine pith and lemon grass. Some sticky pine needles and honeydew melon. Lightly bready backbone with hints of toast and bubblegum.
Medium bodied, crisp, dry and bitter.
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
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
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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