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

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very good

359 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 359
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 13
Gots: 18 | 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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Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

ryanpj, Feb 05, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

mhammo129, Feb 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

jzlyo, Jan 31, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

mattmarka1, Jan 14, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

MichaelStoutBeard, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

traviswhillier, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of maximus_rebel
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

maximus_rebel, Dec 24, 2013
Photo of Zuidman
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Zuidman, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of XUJOE
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

XUJOE, Dec 23, 2013
Photo of primrose54
4.75/5  rDev +24%

primrose54, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Spider889
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Spider889, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
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.

Darkmagus82, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of mercysbane
4.25/5  rDev +11%

mercysbane, Nov 27, 2013
Photo of JamesMN
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.

JamesMN, Nov 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

moarmare, Nov 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Machete824, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of generallee
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.

generallee, Nov 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

CesarLopes, Nov 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Potatocrawler, Nov 04, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

IPA040877, Nov 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

anhigdon, Oct 31, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

jheberle, Oct 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

jtennyson99, Oct 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

arniepnminne, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of justintcoons
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.

justintcoons, Oct 23, 2013
Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.