Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
BA SCORE
3.88/5
2,858 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#7,555
Reviews:
887
Ratings:
2,858
pDev:
11.86%
Bros Score:
4.08
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
586
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 2,858 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of Snodman
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of m_p_snyder
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Mick-e-d
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of RockOnKatie
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of Bosco
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of SmashAdams
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Decent IPA. Had a bit of an odd after taste. Not one of my favorites. I drank it right around the best-by date which may have been why it wasn't very good. I'll have to try again when i can find it fresh.. nb

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Photo of dheldman
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of CDubbs75
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of gingerbeer
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of rgille2
2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of WalrusJockey
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- bright crisp golden-orange, with a thin, though relatively resilient, head.

S- bright, crisp citrus hops, on top of fainter but noticable bittering hops. The main aromas are pine, guava and grapefruit.

T- a faint, watery lead-in leads to a sudden crescendo of unbalanced, un-alloyed bitterness. The swallow has a flash of citrusy, aromatic hops, but that is quickly lost as the flavor profile swings sharply back to sharp bitterness for the lingering aftertaste.

My wife finds a much more citric flavor, if I find this to be the case in future bottles, I will revise this review to reflect that.

M- decent, sturdy, not to thin, slightly creamy.

D- this bottle, to me, is unballanced and hard to enjoy.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

**
04/17/13
Bottle to pint glass.

AROMA is hops and alcohol.
LOOK is light yellow. Very Little head.
TASTE is dry and bitter. Notes of ash wood and something floral.
FEEL: Clean feel with good carbonation.

An OK beer but missing something to make it stand out from the typical IPA.
**

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Photo of athensbeermaster
2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this ipa at great lakes pub. I don't know if the pint I got was the end of the keg? Because this beer was a big dissapointment.
almost no head retention,very pale in color, and not very hoppy or complex. I tried this same beer in the bottle a day before and it was a better version but still nothing to rave about. I like there burning river much better! Kinda like Sierra Nevada a great pale ale
but there ipa is nothing special. oh well.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance
Straw/gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity and low carbonation.

Nose
Very subtle. Apple skin, bread, caramel and some orange citrus.

Taste
Red apple skins and very light components of lemon and orange citrus. Very bready and mildly toasted malts. Splashes of apple juice and some grapefruit. Grapefruit zest lingers.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, creamy and crisp.

Overall
What's with all the apple flavors? This really isn't what I look for in an English IPA. It tastes strange, but is still rather easy drinking.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Commodore Perry." Clearly identifies as an IPA on the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 09/10/2013. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Could be more frothy. Smooth even consistency. Complexion is a bit soft, but not as much as would be ideal. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

A generally appealing look for a beer, but it's not unique or special for an IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it. Doesn't have any egregious flaws.

Sm: Mango fruit and accompanying esters, nebulous tropical fruit, pale malts, floral hop character, and some pine. White grapefruit. I have trouble finding specific notes on account of my broken nose - all apologies, lads.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength. Hop bitterness seems to be partially untamed, which is disconcerting.

T/Mf: Plenty of tropical fruit including mango and grapefruit - along with an accompanying untamed bitterness that betrays the beer's lack of balance. Pale malts. Citrusy zest. Some pine. Has a strange sweetness up front. I'm really not a fan of the sticky boozy nectary fruit character. Not at all a gestalt build, nor a particularly cohesive one.

Has some fair complexity, but it's unimpressive. Not particularly subtle, intricate, or nuanced. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. I do find some light alcohol presence that goes beyond a pleasant warming sensation and ventures into distraction.

Smooth and wet. Zesty. Overcarbonated. A bit too heavy and full-bodied. Filling - even overbearing - for an IPA. Texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically for it. Lightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I expected far better from Great Lakes, and maybe it's fallen off quickly with a bit of age, but overall I'm pretty disappointed. I'll plan to revisit this one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends based on this bottle. Honestly, I think the whole tropical fruit approach to IPA builds just isn't for me. Fans of that approach to the style will likely enjoy this beer. I'll chalk this up to personal preference.

C

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with a medium off-white head. Retention is decent with good stringy/spotty lacing.
Aroma and flavor are dominated by intensely citric hops. Very grapefruit like. Bitterness lingers long into the finish. You can pick up a little sweetness in the middle, but the malt is pretty thin and muddled. Tastes like grapefruit juice from a can poured into a weak beer.
Its not that bad; I'll have no problem finishing it, but it could use a little more complexity in both major areas. Hop character is one-dimensional and the malt just gets lost altogether.
Mouthfeel is nice; even a bit creamy.
Ok for the price (frequently on sale for $6.99/six pack), but certainly nothing to go nuts over.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.9/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by 12/02/10. Ive had this beer quite a few times before. I didnt even realize I havent given it a review yet.

A- The beer is a pale gold that is very clear. Perfectly white head will achieve a pretty decent size but it will only hold at a thin sheet. Moderate lacing.

S- Hops are the first think I smell. They are mostly citrusy and floral. They are fairly weak, at least compared to IPAs that everyone is used to by now. Malts shine through. They are suspiciously corny and very grainy. Like a bowl of cereal or oatmeal or grits or something.

T- Lots more of that grainy, mealy malt stuff going on. Hops come and try to redeem everything right at the last minute. They give a nice juicy citrus flavor that lasts only briefly. The end is bitter and citrusy.

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Photo of chuckakhan
2.91/5  rDev -25%
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 ZAP
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-gold color...frothy white head.

S-Pineapples, and sweet sugary malt....

T-Sweet and sugary malt leads but there is a good bitterness of pink grapefruit and pine. A little of the pineapple too. Just doesn't come together right for me. Almost cloying. Odd flavor balance

M-This is full bodied for an ipa....a little rough around the edges with some hop harshness combined with an odd sweet sugary maltiness.

D-I'm not a big fan of this one. Kind of a mess of an IPA that just does not taste very good to me.

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Photo of ZSimon
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours unappealingly crystal clear honey-amber with a thin, fizzy head. A nose full of off-flavored hops, with some citrus and maybe, just maybe, a touch of old cabbage. Taste is loads of tangeriney hops up front, with just enough of a malt backbone to counterbalance. Stickiness prevails in the finish, leaving me searching for something redeeming in the only meh-worthy Great Lakes offering I've ever encountered. If hops and/or Great Lakes is your thing, stick to Burning River.

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Photo of WesMantooth
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
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 Kvanwhy
2.94/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of robhbest
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into tulip.

A: Golden yellow with 1 finger white head. Good lacing.

S: Sweet maltiness, not much hoppiness going on here.

T: Watery unbalanced, over malty mess, not a good bridge between hop and malt profiles.

M: Watery, flat and light for the style.

O: Nothing spectacular, not bad, just not good. I'll search for something else next time.

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Photo of Bennycraig
2.97/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.99/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not the best Great Lakes effort. Very orange, looks good. Aroma was a bit of a put off. I may have an old(er) bottle.

Taste, very one dimensional, not balanced, just bitter. Little hop feel, lots of bitterness. Alcohol isn't over the top, but rears its head enough to be slightly disagreeable. Could use some depth to it. A decent price, but the Burning River is so much more enjoyable. Still have 3 more in the 6er, but 1/2 way down, its nothing to write home about.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,858 ratings
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