Commodore Perry
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #8
Ranked #12,443
3.91 | pDev: 11.51%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've been going through the Great Lakes offerings recently, and this is the 4th of theirs I've tried. I'd say they are 3 for 4 in terms of beers I would happily buy again. This is a really classic British IPA style. Clear amber orange with fluffy white head. Very floral and herbal, not much in the way of citrus or other juice flavors, but still enough sweetness to balance the hoppiness. I enjoyed the slightly chewy mouthfeel on this beer a lot - and a swish or two around the mouth released a lot of great flavor. If you want a really nice IPA for under $2/bottle, this beer does the trick! Plus, it's a solid 7.7% ABV, so if you want to feel your beers, this is a quick way to get there.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I remember going to the uK before the IPA boom hit the US. I drank a lot of the original English IPAs while I was there.
I love US IPAs of all sorts (except the Brut IPA) but American IPAs evolved into a different beer altogether than the original India Pale Ales.
God love Great Lakes Brewing for making an original English Style IPA and I'm not sure there are many of these available. We have one in Canada called Propeller from Halifax in the same style that has survived the IPA boom,

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ben741 from Ontario (Canada), Mar 01, 2020
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

More of a hoppy pilsner than anything. It's a wonderful beer, especially for the price, but it's a bit misleading that it's marketed as an IPA. It truly has the body of a pilsner.

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Shlar from Minnesota, Feb 09, 2020
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Gold. Herbal aromas, almost mint, pine, spicy, grass, hint of citrus. Flavor is similar, without as much malt as I'd expect. A little booze. Heavy mouthfeel, moderately bitter.

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Photo of John1985
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber orange with inch of white head. Nose was of sweet malts with some pine. Very balanced flavor with biscuity malt and moderate bitterness. Full bodied but fairly easy drinking. Very old-school and delicious. At 7.7 ABV it is more of a double IPA to me.

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John1985 from Tennessee, Jun 15, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hearty robust IPA. You can chew this one. Great profile. Heavy hop body with a malty and bitter finish. Layers of goodness. Great Lakes is nothing but consistent.

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izraelc from New York, May 12, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is actually a review of the Great Lakes IPA that I could not find on Beer Advocate,

Look: Pours semi-hazy pale lemony color with a strong and foamy head.
Aroma: Wow! A very floral, grassy, and piney aroma. Very herbal. Some lemon citrus, but much less citrus than I am used to.
Flavor: A floral and grassy flavor with a honey, vanilla malty finish. A lingering but appropriate moderate bitter astringency.
Feel: A lighter bodied, but crisp and well carbonated.

Overall: Really a fantastic and underrated IPA and style. This was such a refreshment from the fruit, citrus bombs that I am used to. Without the overwhelming citrus, you can really appreciate the floral, grassy, honey, and vanilla notes. A nice change of pace from your American IPA. It is floral more than fruit, and drinks crisp rather than a creamy east-coast style. Well-rounded with more bitterness. The floral plant fecundity tastes like a true forest. An underrated style and beer. Definitely check this one out.

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defunksta from Illinois, Apr 08, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear copper with a small white head. Good retention, and some spots of lacing.

Smells of pine, grapefruit, caramel, and honey.

Tastes of caramel and honey upfront, followed by grapefruit peel, orange pee, pink grapefruit flesh, peppercorn, and pine needle. Lightly sweet with a moderately bitter lingering finish.

Medium mouthfeel, well carbonated, slightly oily.

A solid IPA.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This poured a bright orange with a sufficient white head.

Smell – This is a terrific mix of simcoe and cascade hops with the sweet malt promised on the label evident as well.

Taste – The ale is a little less balanced at the taste but very good. The hops play off each other quite well with a citrusy pine character.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied with lots of dryness on the tongue.

Drinkability – Probably too dry for most people to session but very drinkable.

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RoyalT from Ohio, Mar 02, 2019
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3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - poured from a 12 oz bottle. One finger head, though plenty of lacing. A light copper hue.
Smell - a fair bit of sweetness from malts, combined with piney hops. Very inviting smell, and promising.
Taste - strong malty backbone, and lots of sweetness + caramel. hops are more on the fruitier side compared in comparison to the smell. I like the hoppy bite in the end: a nice finish that the beer an added layer of complexity.
Feel - medium bodied with average carbonation. booziness detectable at 7.7% ABV from the sweetness, but in general, alcohol is pretty well masked.
Overall - this is a balanced and complex English IPA that is both characteristic of the style and has some nice additional twists. Personally it's a bit too sweet for me, but I quibble. For its style, an excellent beer.

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Profundobaso from New York, Dec 15, 2018
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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...a little surprised by this one. Started off good but then was hit with a strange aftertaste. Pours a nice copper color with just a little lingering head and very spotty lacing. Smells fairly dank, some herbal and floral hops. Taste follows the nose, along with minimal malt and really a bit hit of hoppy bitterness. A little dry, thin and mild mouthfeel with good carbonation. Just a little unbalanced, in my opinion, between the malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Dec 14, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite IPAs to-date. Its a healthy 7.7& ABV and is packed with great flavor. It's not too bitter, bringing piney hops and malt flavors up front with the fruitiness. One of the best quality and highly available IPAs on the shelf.

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4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall clear pint glass.

Beautiful glowing amber color with moderate carbonation, finger thick head with good retention and lacing.

Piney hops and resin upfront along with sweet malts. Caramel upfront as well, along with notes of pineapple, apple, grapefruit, lemon, and biscuit.

Hops don't taste as bitter as the smell may lead one to believe, although there is a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Otherwise, doughy and biscuit malts and piney hops dominate, and the mild sweet notes of fruit balance it well. Feels wholesome and smooth.

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Dr_Gonzo from Kentucky, Dec 06, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single - picked up in Cleveland as one of several Great Lakes Brewing beers gifted by our AirBnB host in our fridge on arrival! Pours a clear copper colour with 1 finger tightly packed cream coloured head. Aroma malt forward with some over ripe pineapple, caramel, tangerine. Tastes of fairly typical east coast IPA - caramel malt, spicy hops, and grapefruit - turns to a piney bitterness on the finish, which lingers remarkably with a medium full mouthfeel. Interesting beer that started fairly ho hum but left me pleasantly satisfied with a balanced bittersweetness.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Nov 17, 2018
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3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Very clear, amber color. Mild off-white head faded to a cap very quickly. Left ok lacing.

S---Sweet malts are dominant. There is some fruitiness in the background, but hops are not really showing here.

T---Taste is much better than hinted at by the aroma. Malts are still strong, but are now balanced out by some hoppy fruits.

F---Medium body without much carbonation. A tinge of stickiness, but not enough to be a major feature of the beer.

O---I'd call this one a middling effort and not worthy of future buys. Decent, but nothing special or distinctive.

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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania, Sep 27, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb 10/31/18 poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp 7.7% ABV 70 IBU. The beer pours bright copper tinted amber with abundant light tan head. The head recedes to a thin, but complete, cap and laces the glass very nicely. The aroma is faint with a hint of yeast and caramel. The taste is semisweet caramel and earthy hops in a balancing act. Neither really overcomes the other before the medium bitter and dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Overall, good. This is, most likely, a loose or Americanized version of an English IPA. It's pleasant and would be good with food. I would prefer some distinct English hop notes.

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jkblr from Indiana, Aug 27, 2018
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Ohio with a 28 August 2018 BB date stamp served in a pint glass in early August 2018.
Pours clear amber with high clarity and a fine, creamy, white head. Great lacing and decent retention.
Interesting aroma with some alcohol esters and spicy hops.
Mild+ bitterness for style. In a world of a zillion IPAs, this one is well balanced and distinctive. .
Medium body with near medium carbonation.
Overall: a fine IPA.

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chinchill from South Carolina, Aug 21, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle. I wasn’t expecting to like this but here I am. A big, sweet, TRVE IPA. This beer is frailty fresh but it smells like an old west coast IPA in a way. Subdued op presence and a ton of malt. Flavor is sweet with some goo bite. I enjoy the malt complexity. Sneaky bitterness and hidden ABV. English IPA!

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Aug 13, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass. A 2" off white head drops slowly with moderate lacing. Color is cloudy orange with plenty of streaming carbonation. Aroma strongly citrus -- pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, also a bit of apple cider and biscuit dough. Mouthfeel is medium to heavy and sticky with an astringent finish leaving some alcohol burn on the tongue and throat. Flavor is a little more balanced than the aroma -- hops are still predominate with orange, pineapple, lemon, pine, citrus peel, along with biscuit and cracker malts. Overall: a well done American IPA.

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Foyle from North Carolina, Jul 30, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Nothing out of the ordinary but a nice drinking beer that's neither too sweet or bitter. I always have some of their beers in stock at home and at my summer place. Quality beers at rational prices. $9 for a six pack and always easy to find...can't beat that. Try it!

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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey, Jul 05, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice light amber color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma had hoppy hints, the taste follows the nose with a nice hoppy flavor. A light bodied well carbonated beer.

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VABA from Virginia, Jun 09, 2018
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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden color smells really hoppy and tastes very fruity and moderately hoppy. Another beer to add to had to try list. Finishes off moderate but not real smooth

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3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just like other GLBC beers this recipe has changed. It used to be so bitter it was barely drinkable, now the hops are almost floral and very, very smooth. I don't mind the change but how can the recipe change so much and still keep the same name on the bottle? I get that Great Lakes is trying to appeal to a larger mass audience but it disturbs me how much some of their beers have changed.

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4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live in Northern KY and Great Lakes Commodore Perry is available just about everywhere. Given that it's so easy to obtain, it is also unfortunately far too easy to take this beer for granted. It ALWAYS satisfies. Look, smell, taste, feel are always sturdy. A total go-to beer and then some. And if that wasn't enough, a six pack is available just about everywhere in Greater Cincy for around $10. If there is a Top 10 'bang for your buck' beer list somewhere, Commodore Perry one has to be #1. And yes, I was between my first and second C.P. today when I wrote this. Cheers!!

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BillKY from Kentucky, Jan 24, 2018
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hands down one of the best IPAs I have ever had. While in recent years breweries have been striving to produce the most bitter and bombastic hop-bombs on the market, this IPA remains wonderfully drinkable with a fruity body and pleasant aftertaste. Also has more malt presence compared to other IPAs. Would definitely buy again.

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qwerty123 from Illinois, Dec 21, 2017
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