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 | website

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

BEER STATS
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869
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2,782
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
21.23%
 
 
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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Photo of Baconmaster
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.

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Photo of mkh012
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm usually not a huge fan of IPAs unless the bitterness is well balanced and doesn't overpower the brew. For 70+ IBU, this was surprisingly drinkable. 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. Would buy again.

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Photo of CitizenGenet
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.

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Photo of SaltofOH
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. 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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
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.

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Photo of pat61
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.

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
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.

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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 Raider89
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.

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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 mozart4898
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...

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Photo of Suds
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.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
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

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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 mchegash
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.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
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!

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see my local Consumer beverage in Orchard Park with a new growler station and this one of 17 taps to choose from.Poured a clear medium gold with a thinner but well retained white head American citric hops in the nose grapefruit and lemon really stick out with a very light caramel malt note but just a hint.True to form the hops prevail on the palate but a cereal grain like maltiness underneath the resiny grapefruit-like flavors shows thru even more so as I drink more in the finish.A well put together IPA has nice hop flavors but is somewhat balanced as well,nice job here by Great Lakes.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle marked with a best-by date of June 2011 - I'm cracking this in February 2013. Yikes. Really curious about how this is gonna go down. Pours a golden, light-amber color with some tangerine highlights - hazy and cloudy to the core with a foamy, white head that sits pretty atop the beer and starts to leave generous lacing almost immediately. Some dense, spicy hops cloud the nose, right alongside a pungent grapefruit rind and citrus peel aroma. Some earthy and herbal tones bring up the rear. Very sweet and malty - it resembles an IPA that might be past its prime. Or perhaps a young, light barleywine with excessive hop flavor.

Lots of caramel malt in the first sip, and the many successive sips that follow. It's true - the hop "bite" has faded, giving way to the malt foundation and lunging it into the foreground. Fortunately, the malt bill is fairly solid and has lots of caramel, light toffee, and sweet bread to keep things interesting. Though the hops have degraded most definitely, they aren't completely dead - there is still a nice bitter twang and a huge, pungent grapefruit peel sensation. Some light white pepper flavored hops, slightly floral and leafy. The alcohol is noticeable, even at only 7.5% - but is that only due to the age of the beer? Some more sweet malts on the tail end with a light sugary follow-up. The aftertaste consists of a lasting bitterness and grapefruit pith. Medium-thick body, mildly sticky, slick, and oily. Carbonation held up pretty well over the last 20 months or so.

For being well past it's suggested prime, it surprisingly wasn't bad at all. Just not exactly what I was looking for, and to be fair, not what the beer is really meant to be. Despite that, the quality of the beer a year and a half past due is such that I'd be excited to try this one fresh. I will make sure I seek this one out when it's back in season, and my review will be subject to change.

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Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of TCHopCraver
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I didn't notice this when I bought the bottle, but the drink by date "for freshest taste" is 4/5/10. I have not had this beer before, so I'm not sure how it will affect the taste.

A: Pours a fairly light golden-copper into a standard pint glass. A medium pour yields a half finger off-white head that disappears right away. The carbonation bubbles move with a mezzo pace from bottom to top of my glass.

S: A fairly tame citrus aroma of orange and tangerine melds with a bread aroma that I get from all of the Great Lakes brews. Pretty sweet smelling for an IPA, I am led to believe that Commodore Perry is malt heavy. Let's see what the taste yields.

T: Yup, it's a little overbalanced in favor of the sweet malts. However, I do sense a decent hop bitterness on my palate, and that malted barley is awfully tasty. If this were a solid food, it would be a sweet bread soaked in an orange liqeour. I do prefer hoppier American IPAs generally, but this also is a tasty beverage.

M: This has a full and coating feel for an IPA for the majority of the sip, which culminates in a lovely clash between that full sweetness and a subtle drying of the palate from the hops. I am a fan.

D: I certainly enjoyed this enough to have it again, and I am especially interested in trying a fresher bottle to see if there is more hop character available to the palate.

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Photo of hopivore
4.75/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of hopsleeroy
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of Csmiley.

A-Yellow slightly hazy but not cloudy, with very minimal white head
S-Very hoopy pine and grapefruit which adds a sweetness
T-Hop pine not as much grapfruit as nose with more fruit coming through as it warms, slightly biscuity malt, quite bitter on end, little bit of alcohol in there, good taste
M-Medium thin body, OK carbonation
D-Would drink a few more but would start to look for something new. Solid brew.

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Photo of Leeshka410
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not an overly hoppy or pine-y smell. Easy on the palate and quite drinkable. Scented notes of grapefruit but a real smooth and tasty IPA. I would definitely buy this in bottle.

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

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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