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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

BEER STATS
Reviews:
877
Ratings:
2,808
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
20.97%
 
 
Wants:
111
Gots:
544
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 877 | Ratings: 2,808
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Apple juice color, tall 3 finger head. Very fluffy, very whippy.

Aromas of spicy hop, pineapple, pale cracker, grapefruit, and tangerine.

Flavors of grapefruit pith, herbs, sharp bitterness, tailing with light toffee and pine. Finishes on herbs and cracker. Very fresh overall but not particularly welcoming flavors.

Feel is medium bodied and resinous, sticks to the palate a bit, and ends slightly dry.

Overall the Great Lakes Commodore Perry is sure to please an IPA lover. I bought it simply because it was another beer to tick off. Done and done. It's okay, but...I won't revisit again.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's got a three finger thick lumpy off-white head, with solid lacing, and a clear deep amber-fading-into-gold. body.

I smell a crisp, yet juicy hop blend we've all known this brew for. Also present is a nearly perfect in and of itself cracker malt/butter mix.

Tastes like mildly sweet citrus before a mid-palate pine bitterness helps this brew stay grounded. All the while that malt complex is holdin' it down. Mmm mmm good!

The mouthfeel is medium with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll give Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co. a 4.5. I was kind of shocked that I haven't reviewed this by now & have bought case after case over the years. Guess I got complacent in the normalcy of always having this available, and always fresh at that. Regardless of my dumbassery, certainly pick this up if you already haven't.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.89/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper to almost a terra cotta color....if that is such a color. Commodore Perry has a good fruity smell, but not too much of a hop smell I thought it should. The taste is good, but again, not as many hop characteristics that I had hoped. The finish is dry as one would expect. Overall good IPA.

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Photo of davisrin
4.84/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Some IPAs are rough, but this one has a nice balance. I like the taste of the hops in this, and it lingers on the tongue. It's listed as 7.7% ABV, but it doesn't feel that strong drinking it. I'm a big fan of Great Lakes Brewing Co, and this is a good go-to for bold flavor. It's great with pizza, also good with tacos.

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautiful golden orange hue; not much in the way of head.
S: A fine combination of bready malt and citrus.
T: Very well balanced. Sharp grapefruit taste is restrained by the sweetness of malt. Neither overpowers the other; they harmoniously coexist on the palate.
F: A great alternative to more hoppy IPAs.
O: Many of the reviews of this completely miss the point. This is an ENGLISH IPA; it not meant to be a hop bomb, but rather to have the restraint and balance that I described above (restraint does NOT mean a lack of flavor). This beer is underrated by the aggregate score.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This IPA is English in style and boasts more malt and less hops than American IPAs. Pours out copper-amber in color and translucent lacking robust head and lacing. One tastes the bread like flavors first. The brew finishes with a mild bitterness. This has more of the grassy like flavor and aroma of English beers offer than citrusy and more biting American ones. Medium bodied and smooth with bready aftertaste that lingers on the palate. Not bad.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Has the solid orange American ipa kind of appearance with 1" of white head. Aroma didn't kick me much in the way of hops, I get this is an English ipa, so oh well.

Taste had plenty of bitterness, has me wondering why it didn't come across in the nose, I guess aroma hops aren't really the noble and Euro strength. Probably my least favorite Great Lakes beer, it was kind of all over the place.

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Photo of AaronAlghawi
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My sniffer ain't great but I smell apricots. It's kind of like Torpedo but with less head. Very smooth drinkability. I'm proud to know this comes from Ohio.

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Photo of chuckakhan
2.91/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This beer has a nice amber and clear look with some carbonation visible. For my tastes, this beer is on the malty and somewhat syrupy side, and so it isn't something that I normally enjoy in an IPA.

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Photo of Salt-n-Beer
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Amber color and with minimal head that dissipates quickly, albeit leaving nice lacing behind. Nose is surprisingly malty for an IPA, especially a fresh one. Not too bitter and in fact somewhat balanced. Mouthfeel is where this beer wins. Lovely smoothness on the tongue. Flavor lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Not my go-to IPA but it has its virtues.

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Photo of AndreRus
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Not as hoppy as I like my IPAs. I guess that's why they call it English style IPA. But it definitely delivers. Still noticeble hop presence and strong malt backbone.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden hazy. Medium head that covers well. Smells slightly floral and slightly medicinal (the hops no doubt). Very well balanced. This could easily be a session IPA. Typical of Great Lakes quality. I will drink this beer again and again.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat subdued yet very full ipa. Smell is sweeter than hoppy, and the taste follows exactly. The hops balance it out well, however the bready and yeastiness are the backbone of this one. I don't know if I'd get this again soon, but it was good.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brew with an off white head. Spotty lacing left behind. Aroma is sweet malt with citrus and pine. The taste is similar with a bit of orange and pine. Nice finishing bitterness. Very nice IPA.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Cloudy golden orange, semi translucent, big 2 finger head, decent lacing.
S-Malt, citrus, yeast, alcohol, overripe passion fruit.
T-Like a sweet yeast roll with overripe passion fruit preserves on it, but mixed with a mild bitterness that lasts pretty well throughout. A bit of alcohol.
M-Good carbonation & quite creamy.
O-It's interesting complexity of sweet flavors mixed with bitterness is enough to make me want to drink it again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap 03/25/16 at Jet Rock in the Philadelphia Airport, Philadelphia PA

Appearance - The brew is golden orange, and served up in a pint with white, half-finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a thin, broken layer of suds across the surface. Lacing consists of broken sheets and a few clusters.

Smell - Floral hops with a hint of honey and citrus. Biscuity malt sits beneath the hoppy aroma.

Taste - Follows the nose. Floral hops dominate the profile, with lesser orange and grapefruit notes. Sweet, bready malt backbone. A touch of pith bitterness and astringency from the alcohol lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium with moderate carbonation. Dry, boozy finish.

Overall - Decent, but a bit hot all things considered. With the sheer volume of good to great IPAs on the market, this is simply one that I wouldn't care to try again.

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Photo of Raidersox
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle chilled to 42 degrees, poured into large wine glass. Best by date of 4/4/16, just a little old but my fault for letting it sit in the fridge

Look: Pours a clear Amber gold with a 1/2" off-white head that eventually left a nice foam coating and decent lacing. Modest carbonation.

Smell: Bready and sweet, citrus and herbal notes

Taste: Very much like it smells, malts and hops blend together well, nice balance. Citrus fruits and light pine, bitterness lingers then a faint grassy taste late. Lots going on here

Mouthfeel: Oily silkiness that lands crisply, if that makes sense. Medium body. As it warms it thins out a bit but that's ok.

Overall: Easy to drink and forget there is a 7.7% ABV. to contend with. I want to revisit this one to see if a fresher batch would make much of a difference but I am sold on this one and I'll look for this again.

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Photo of jaypaul522
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark gold. Smell is of hops and fruitiness. Taste of strong hops with fruitiness coming through in the aftertaste. The body is fairly light. This is a good IPA for a widely available beer.

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Photo of PhilipFoster
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I rated the taste a bit lower because it has a sharp hoppy bite to it. If you like a hoppy beer with teeth - this one might be your style. I prefer less hop bite - but this is still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of BWED
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a wilibecher.

A- Crystal clear brass color. One finger off white head. Foamy, but dense. Decent lacing.

S- Great balance of hops aroma: piney, citrusy, juicy.

T- Well-balanced. Sweetness, toasty malt. Hops bring a nice piney/earthy note.

M- Bitterness is strong, and there's a long finish. Medium body.

O- A little knock on mouthfeel. A little strong on bitterness. Overall really great. Taste and aroma are nice.

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Photo of Smk54
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pour into tulip glass. Color is between amber and copper almost tea colored. One inch white heard that dissipated quickly leaving a lot of lacing. Mild yeast and citrus notes. More hops in the taste than on the nose. Minimal bitterness. Very clean enjoyable IPA. I feel this will satisfy most palates as this is a good balance of malt and hops.

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Photo of phrimplepoot
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I thought the reviews on this were a little shy of the mark. In joyed this every bit as much as The Calling and Big Eye. Quite good. Subtle hops do an IPA and I mean that as a compliment. I agree with citizen genet except I got a good bit of grapefruit here.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Comes out a nice amber dark orange/light yellow. Excellent clarity, you can see right through it and it glows when you hold it up to the light. Eggshell colored head mostly small bubbles with good lacing.

Smell is good, smells bready with some floral and herbal hops, a bit earthy.

Taste is a slight step down, it's more bready/yeasty than I would expect an IPA to be. Still I think it has a strong backbone in the malt department. You can still taste that this beer recipe had a lot of care put into it for an IPA, not something that was just thrown together and then they hopped the crap out of it. There are some lighter hops at the end that are herbal, earthy but even a little sweet at the end like a biscuit with butter and honey.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. A heavy medium feel. good carbonation level. Starts sweet, bitter in the middle then gradually goes to sweet at the end. Has a somewhat sticky finish with lingering flavors. Nice drinkable anytime IPA, a lot of different foods could be paired with this. Probably a more traditional English IPA or maybe a slightly hoppy ESB than the typical 2016 IPA we tend to expect. Still this is a solid beer by an excellent brewery.

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Photo of gopens44
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice white frothy head over an otherwise ordinary looking clear yellow IPA. Very involved lacing, as after the head receded, we have a full curtain of lace all around.

Nose is really muted. Only thing I'm getting is maybe some malts and grainy bitter smells.

A fairly long pull of a first swig invites immediate bitterness in the form of something between olives and corn. Not my favorite IPA signature, but it seems solid in effort so I get it I guess. A few more swigs in and I discover a biscuity characteristic that isn't huge but it's there hiding behind the bitter and slightly earthy exit.

Mouth feel is medium bodied and very dry throughout. Sheet of bitter solidly resting on the tongue.

Not my cup of tea, but it's not poorly crafted by any means.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look - Crystal clear amber/copper color
Smell - Floral, candied orange, sweet malts, hints of citrus
Taste - Follows the nose. Florally and malty.

Overall - Tons of floral and sweet malts. Decent but not my thing.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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