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

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very good

75 Reviews
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Reviews: 75
Hads: 367
Avg: 3.87
pDev: 23.26%
Wants: 14
Gots: 26 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 06-18-2013

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Photo of barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, pine, citrus hops, and a champagne yeasty character form the initial aroma. Tangerine, grapefruit, mango, and apple surface. There's a hint of caramel sweetness. Floral hops emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals that same champagne-like yeast character throughout, with citrus underlying at first, then becoming bready and toasty at the finish, which is fairly dry. Sour limes, grapefruit pith, and mango fade to bitter, resiny hops, finishing a touch bitter. The balance is toward flavoring hops, but bitterness is well represented.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very flavorful brew. Malt is masked by hops, which are somewhat muddled. Citrus is tough to decipher. Bitterness is a little too intense for my palate.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Silver & Gold IPL a couple days ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. While looking for some new beers to try I noticed that this one had just showed up and since I think Great Lakes is a really solid Brewing Company I decided to give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. Enjoy by 8/31/13. . Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label looks nice, I like the shiny brewing equipment on the label, it has a clean classy look to it. It poured a light orange color that took on an amber color when held to held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is one good looking beer, I have no complaints at all, it looks fine just how it is.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with loads of hops, there's some piney and spicy hop aromas but it's the citrus and tropical fruit hops that seems to stick out the most with pineapple and grapefruit really coming through and it makes for a great hop profile. Up next I get some bready, sweet, and pale malt like aromas. This beer had an awesome aroma, the hop profile was very fruity and juicy and the malts showed up just enough to provide a little bit of balance, I really like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart a 50/50 mixture of spicy and citrus hops, the grapefruits still stick out the most with just a slight bit of pineapple in the background. Up next comes some citrus zest flavors followed by some malts that impart a lighter, bready, slightly sweet, and pale malt like flavors. On the finish there's a very light amount of medium bitterness followed by a hoppy citrus zest aftertaste, This beer tasted pretty good, the hop profile was pretty good and there was just enough malts to bring a slight bit of balance to this beer, I really enjoyed it.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, fairly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, the body was just where it should be and I liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and very good example of an India Pale Lager, it may be the best one I have had, Shift from New Belgium was my current favorite, but I think this beer is very close to that one and I would have to have them side by side to really figure out which one I like more, but I think it does a really great job at representing the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, refreshing, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially in the summer time, I think it's a nice easy drinking refreshing brew. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really awesome and full of juicy and fruity hop aromas that really worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I would change about this beer, it's great just the way it is and it doesn't need to be messed with. I would buy this beer again, I think it would be a great beer to take to a summer bbq, but the abv is a little too high for me to drink this all day, I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy beers especially hoppy lagers and I think it would be a good beer to give to someone who really isn't a craft beer drinker, it's a little pricey, but I think it's worth it. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I expected it to be good since it's from Great Lakes, but I didn't think it would be this good and now it's
right up there as one of my favorites of the style. Great Job guys, it seems like the last two new beers I have from them were all pretty good and this one might be the best of them, keep up the good work.

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Libby globe porter glass. Best by 08/31/13.

Appearance: Deep bright copper color. Thick white head upon pouring slowly died back. First sips give plenty of lacing - thick walls and delicate strands in some places. Bubbles moving up very very slowly through the glass when held up to the light. Great looking beer.

Smell: Loads of aromatic hops. Grapefruit citrus, pine, pineapple, fresh cut tropical fruit, and another smell which I can best describe as a fresh mint family plant pulled or cut in the garden. Wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here. Quick hop flavors at the beginning of the sip - citrus, tropical fruit, floral. In the middle you get the malt sweetness. It goes fast to complement the hops at the beginning. Maybe a bit biscuity but it goes so fast its hard to sort it out exactly. The finish is bitter, but not strongly bitter. Citrus tart bitter, with a hint of pine. All of these flavors blend together in quick succession - 1, 2, 3 and then it's gone. The most is some lingering hop bitterness at the end. A well balanced and very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation comes out late in the swallow on the tongue. Some stickiness on the teeth from the hop oils. Above average.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm....the hop profile of this beer is all American IPA or even DIPA, and if the bottle didn't say Lager I doubt I would have known it was a lager. But, much like a lager, the hop flavors and malts are crisp in this beer. So perhaps there is a lager to all of this. In a way, it's probably rather amazing that the hop aromas survived a lagering process and the aromatic hop molecules didn't just wander out of the beer. So maybe it really is a India Pale Ale / Lager crossover. Regardless of the proposed style, this is one well done beer. I've had two now completely by themselves without food, and this beer stands alone really well. Further, it's a very drinkable beer. In both separate occasions, I found myself wanting to pour another one. Maybe tonight I will....
A very good beer. Here's to another 25 year Great Lakes!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of schmidtmattsays
3.29/5  rDev -15%
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?

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 08/31/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Just a bit of visible carbonation. The head leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma of a lager yeast with an heavy hand of hops. Malts are in the background providing some sweetness. Hints of green grape, peach and apricot.

T: Great blend going on here. Brings the IPA style to lagers with an immense hop bitterness. Bready, cracker like malts bring up the rear but are overpowered by the fruity earthy hops. As with the aroma I get a mild dose of light fruits.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Clean finish with only a hint of stickiness. Pretty easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall another solid beer from Great Lakes. Really digging this style and am excited to try any breweries take. Dortmunder Gold is a solid base to start with and it makes this beer solid. Give it a try if your into hops.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Green's tulip. The pour is really beautiful. It's light copper in color, crystal-clear, and sports a well-formed white head with good retention. The nose is a mix of malty bready notes and spicy hops. There is also a cidery sweetness to the nose.

The beer is light-medium bodied and has a balanced flavor. Clean malt hits the front of the palate first with a pleasant grainy sweetness. The hops rush in very quickly and push the bitterness just beyond balance. The bitterness is herbal and botanic, not dry and stony. Very satisfying with a few rough edges and a starchy, husky lingering bitterness on the finish.

Silver and Gold Imperial Style Pale Lager is a 25th anniversary beer from Great Lakes. Pilsners are not my favorite style, but I do enjoy (traditional) lagers with their clean malt flavors and nice peppery finish. This one is like Dortmunder Gold with a generous dry-hopping. Experimental? Possibly. Successful? I think so. I could definitely see myself enjoying the earthy bitterness of this one just before a meal.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with incredible white foam and lacing. Very active carbonation and extremely frothy, especially for a lager.

Smell: I really can't pinpoint what this smells like. There is pine. There is citrus. There is a lot of dry hay. There might even be some berries. It almost smells like seawater. I was originally going to say sweat, but they would make it sound gross. This also might be the first beer that has made me sneeze.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry hay and floral hops. Has the flavor of noble hops with the mouthfeel and dryness of Dortmunder Gold. Clean mouthfeel. Medium-light body.

Overall: Definitely worth a try. Will please light and dark beer drinkers alike.

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Photo of schwemjw
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A:A deep amber with a one finger head that is leaving decent lacing

S: You can definitely smell that this is a lager. A bit the bread, biscuit and yeast. There is also that classic amber caramel. A touch of tropical hops and citrus in the end with a floral hop that rounds it all out. A little underwhelming actually.

T: The beginning is definitely a lager with a punch of that pilsners malts. honey on a biscuit with that classic lager yeast. The middle is where it starts getting floral with a touch of citrus, orange zest and grapefruit. The finish is clean and just a little bit bitter. Very well balanced and the flavor definitely makes up for the aroma.

M: A good amount of carbonation here. This drinks very light and easy. Crisp and refreshing.

O: This is a very enjoyable IPL. It strikes a very nice balance between the classic lager style and the hops that finish it up. This might become one of my go to session lagers. its smooth, crisp, refreshing, easy drinking but the flavor doesn't let you down at all! / 90

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Photo of jampics2
2.48/5  rDev -35.9%
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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Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of patpbr
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Photo of prototypic
3.99/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Photo of BB1313
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Etan
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear brassy color, tight tiny bubbled lace holds together well. Aromas of citric hops, alcohol, biscuity malt, grass, mint and peach pits. Smooth with an ample crispness, full-ish body. Agressive hop bitternes, warming alcoholic bite, grassy grain and a hint of yeast make for a pretty damn complex brew especially being that the flavor go well together. Herbal citric hop flavor is semi-pungent, maltiness is big enough to hold its own. Finish hoppy and semi-dry.

I think the IPL is a bit of a confused style, one that I like a lot. I've had many that have a similar likeness to a very clean APA or ones like that that are pretty much an Imperial Pilsner. Either way, a whole lot of fun to drink.

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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.