Commodore Perry
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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IPA - English
Ranked #8
Ranked #13,314
3.91 | pDev: 11.51%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Commodore PerryCommodore Perry
Notes: A medium-bodied and well hopped India pale ale with a dry, fruity finish. Named in honor of the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. "Don't Give Up the Sip!
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Reviews by BeerVikingSailor:
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BeerVikingSailor from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz bottle poured into GL pint glass....

Yummy, citrus pine hops up front, tad sweet, nice foamy head....

My favorite local IPA, nice balance, easy drinkability and smells really good! What's not to like about this one?

Mouthfeel is great, could drink many of these, in fact I am going to buy a case as it is on sale now locally at $7.49 / sixer, a great deal for a craft beer of this I love the nautical theme label and reference to Com. Oliver Hazard Perry, the hero on the Great Lakes when he kicked some British butt against many odds, in the great naval battle on Lake Erie!

I love this beer!

Feb 18, 2010
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mkh012 from Colorado

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Perhaps not as juicy or complex as some people like their IPAs, but the maltiness really tames the hops and makes this beer quite smooth and easy drinking. Just hoppy enough without a bitter aftertaste. Piney hops and toffee. Would buy again.

Jun 18, 2015
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My standard, go-to (not in the session sense) IPA. Always reliable. Better than Sierra Nevada Pale Ale or Sam Adams Rebel IPA. Comparable to Hop Nosh.

Jun 04, 2015
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CitizenGenet from Florida

4.61/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A surprisingly worthy IPA. Not overwhelming on the hops, and Great Lakes Brewing has combined the loud hoppy section of the symphony with the respectable and balancing flavor of the malt to create a delightful performance. Other notes were floral, brown sugar, and a suggestion of citrus. I will return to this beer.

Aug 13, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I havent had it in a few years and I was generally offended by almost any pale ale or IPA then so I decided to revisit. Still a drain pour. First one in a long time, but this was just completely undrinkable to me. Seriously wondering if something was wrong with it. Although I have only had 3 English IPAs and the highest rating is 3.5, so I may not be judging to style very well. It had a May best by date. Aroma is just awful. It smells and tastes like an old, bad lager. Overly sweet. Like artificial sweetner. No hops at all. Just, bad. The only good thing I can say about it besides it looked good is that it is now gone forever. Soemthing had to be wrong with this bottle, or me. GL couldn't make a beer that bad. Afraid to try again. Good Lord, someone get me a Burning River quick.

Mar 31, 2015
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3-27-15. Water goblet. BB 5-6-15.

Appearance: Bright orange/copper. Almost no carbonation. 1/2 finger off-white head. Very nice lacing; few islands of bubbles.

Aroma: Earthy, resiny. Floral. Citrus/lemon. Clean malt. Now that you mention Simcoe, I can smell that dank, gasoline-like character, just barely.

Taste: Malty, ever so slightly sweet hoppy arrival - citrus. Malty mid-palate turns to resinous slow-burn bitter. Slight lingering slickness. Not a fruity hop, but piney, resiny, and earthiness rides just below the surface throughout.

Mouthfeel: Midweight, slightly slick. Low-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall: In my mind, this will forever be what an IPA should taste like. Yes, there are many better, but this is comfort beer. Strangely, less malty than Nugget Nectar, but it seems more balanced somehow. This does not rate as highly, but I can see myself buying this again before Nugget Nectar.

Jun 14, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am drinking this 3 days past its best by date.
L: Pours brilliant gold under a 2” sudsy white foam cap that clings to the side of the glass.
S: The nose is slightly muted but still has definite spice, lemon, citrus, grapefruit.
T: Caramel malt flavors and light fruit tempered by a refreshing grapefruit rind bitterness.
F: Medium body and medium to medium low carbonation.

May 07, 2015
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BWED from Colorado

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.

Feb 25, 2016
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BillKY from Kentucky

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!!

Jan 24, 2018
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Mooslerfitness from Ohio

4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boy I think the new label did something to the flavor this is a great ipa

Apr 29, 2015
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

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.

May 19, 2016
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phrimplepoot from Texas

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.

Jan 22, 2016
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mozart4898 from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L - 12 oz bottle poured to glass. Pours 1 1/2 finger head that slowly dissipates. Nearly crystal clear golden color.
S - Fruity, slightly earthy and maybe even a little funky hop nose. Maybe a touch of honey aroma. Not an overpowering nose in general, but very pleasant.
T - Bitter, grassy, slightly earthy. Crisp malt only just barely shows through in the mid palate, with a touch of alcohol warmth on the aftertaste. The fruit on the nose takes a backseat to the grassy and earthy flavors.
F - Crisp, dry, nice carbonation. Can't find fault here really.
O - This is a difficult one to rate honestly as I haven't had many English IPAs. I love this beer, and compared to style descriptions this seems spot on. Yet it's quite different than your typical American IPA - probably why opinions seem to vary pretty widely. Not my favorite IPA by a long shot, but very good for what it is. I actually wonder what this might taste like with some age on it, like a historical IPA would have had - I should hide a few bottles from myself for 6 months and see...

Jul 03, 2015
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Raider89 from Virginia

3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a feisty bitter that fights for you to love it and does a pretty good job. Aroma pretty good and taste generally invites you back for more. Head disappears quicker than I like, but overall a really good brew.

Jul 17, 2015
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Suds from Missouri

4.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden peach-Amber in color with an off-white head. The smell is of fruit, with flowery hops and soft pale malt. The taste is balanced, with fresh and herbal hops. Sweetness is underneath throughout. Nice east coast IPA.

Jul 19, 2015
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AndyAvalanche from Massachusetts

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.

Jan 14, 2016
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TheSupremeAJ from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasting a best by 8/28/14 on 4/12/15... and I have to say that they certainly prepared this beer well for the long journey to my fridge!!! Scored a case for $20 from my local beer store because it was stale, and this beer is still full of flavor, malt backbone, and (understandably) subdued, but not unnoticeable, hops! If this beer had to be sent on a long, sea voyage and survive, it would! I highly recommend it.

Apr 12, 2015
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TheBeerMaster1 from New York

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

An awesome ipa that's too smooth for it's abv, be careful it's dangerous! A very balanced brew with continuously deep hop notes, citrus-y, mango-y start with an earthy and grassy finish. Never dulled out and was continuously crisp. Yum!

Jul 16, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - 3.75/5
Very clear medium-dark orange. Two fingers of slightly off-white head. No visible rising carbonation.

Smell - 3.75/5
Strong floral/herbal hops, with hints of fruit. Maybe a little bit of citrus and maltiness as well.

Taste - 4.5/5
A good amount of rich tasty almost caramel-y maltiness, combined with fruitiness, and a very slight floral hoppiness. I was surprised at how smooth this beer was, and how tame the hoppiness was. This was an amazing IPA. I loved how this IPA actually had a discernible maltiness to it, because so many IPAs these days are just pure hopiness.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium body, incredibly smooth, a medium-light amount of medium intensity carbonation.

Overall - 4.25/5
Overall, I was very happy with this beer. Will definitely be picking more of these up soon.

Jun 03, 2015
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doubleipa from Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Winkin' Lizard. My ears still hurt. Aroma was light on the hops. No head or lacing. Dark yellow color. Hoppier flavor than what the aroma indicated. Nice long finish. Mouthfeel was kind of flat. Not bad, but nothing I would want to take back to Atlanta on the plane.

Aug 29, 2006
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale gold color with a thick, frothy head that fades down to leave a one-finger head in my fluted glass.

Aroma is full of floral, grassy hops with a touch of biscuit malt as well. Hop aroma is kinda stronger as well here.

Taste is full of grassy hops that leave a decent amount of bitterness in the mouth, followed by biscuit malt underneath Definitely expected of the style.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hop bitterness and biscuit malt. Decent but carbonation seems somewhat high.

Despite the carbonation, this is a pretty solid example of the style. Not gonna knock your socks off but it's solid where it should be. Check it out.

Sep 17, 2009
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bamadog from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice golden yellow with a big 2 finger head that appears to be a little sticky and chewy as it leaves a firm layer of lacing down the side as it dwindles relatively quickly to a pretty thick skim on the top; moderate carbonation bubbling up from the bottom keeps the skim alive.

Smell: Really what I would be looking for in an IPA - nice bitter hop presence with a couple different aspects to it -- definitely some pine, but really more citrus (orangel peel, lemony)... Not overpowering, but just about right -- it's not as if the scents are pouring out of the glass and forcing their ways up my nostrils, it just wafts up pleasantly.

Taste: Very nice! The hops are in control of the flavor and it's exactly like the nose -- a lot of the bitter citrus (the orange peel and lemon) and a more mild pine aspect to it; there is also a slight malty backbone to it that brings about even a bit of sweetness in the finish and aftertaste which compliments the bitterness very nicely.

Mouthfeel: Mouth is left a little sticky and the ubiquitous coating is on the tongue and roof of the mouth; body is light though and washes down easily - not chewy at all so it's pretty refreshing; carbonation keeps it moving around and lively.

Drinnkability: Pretty high. I like this beer a lot and I have to believe it's great for a hot day. The flavor is pleasant and strong, but not too strong, and the balance is great. The ABV is pretty do-able, granted, it's a little on the higher side so I don't know about drinking it in a session, but if the day/night is long enough, two or three shouldn't present too much of a challenge.

Jun 15, 2009
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gratefulbeerhead from Indiana

3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Oct 10, 2015
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RPH2327 from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Aug 18, 2014
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murf1087 from Indiana

4/5  rDev +2.3%

Dec 12, 2011
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