Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of orcasteve
3.25/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is dry and bitter with a fair amount of malt, this isn' bad but it isn't the best product by great lakes. but the abv is nice and this is a smooth drinking brew, the problem is that it jusd dosent stand out, i will probley only drink the outher five that i have and forget this beer, totaly avrage

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Photo of hardy008
3.26/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright gold with a two finger off white head with nice retention and lacing. The aroma has pine, grapefruit, biscuit, and sweet malt. The aroma is not very complex, and is sweeter than expected.

The taste is also sweeter than expected. Sweet malt, pine, biscuit, and grapefruit. Something seems a bit off. I think it is the biscuit taste which is not to my liking. The rest is good, although a bit too sweet.

Medium to full bodied, creamy, smooth. The carbonation is good. Pretty good overall, but I would like this better if it was not so sweet, and if the biscuit flavor/ aroma were gone.

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Photo of WholeFoodsDerek
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pale straw yellow in color. Half an inch head retention. For an IPA, it was lacking a nice fluffy head even while pouring. It also settled fairly quickly. Slightly lacking.

S - Reminds me of a czech pilsner or even German wheat beer in the nose. Not getting a whole lot of hop characteristics. Subpar for an IPA

T - Nice taste up front, then it seems to mellow out. The bitterness then comes forward on the finish, then it fades. Quite a roller- coaster on the palate. Starts Great, then fades on the palate, followed by a great finish that slowly fades. Not very smooth. I'm getting a lot of honey characteristics with subtle hops .

M - The mouthfeel is great. This is probably the category it actually excells in. Medium bodied and and refreshing mouthfeel. If only the taste reflected the feel.

D - You could definitely drink quite a few of these. Great drinkability, but lacking in a lot of punch and complexity taste-wise.

Overall I would say this is a good session beer if you want to drink a lot. But if you are looking for a true IPA as a treat, there are plenty of better IPA's out there.

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Photo of orfeu
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best Before Sep 19 2006. Crystalline peach juice with a super-thin, finely attenuated creamy white head. Roundish sour orange and grapefruit juice aromas mix with a pleasant sugar-sweet scent. Very little sweetness in the taste, however: the Commodore is all bitter and biting, with mineral notes abounding -- kind of like eating a grapefruit peel with a rusty fork. Not as bad as that sounds, but really, this is lacking a malt bill formidable enough to take on the massively bitter hops. It wouldn't need to strive for "balance" or anything (I mean, this IS an IPA, after all), but just represent for the grains out there. Or something. Anyway, mostly dry mouthfeel with some juicy notes. Moderately drinkable. The bitterness is just not the kind I look for in an IPA. Maybe it's just that I expect more from Great Lakes, maybe this is a bad batch -- in any case, near the bottom of my IPA list.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle that has a fresh by 5/17/11 date on it. So not quite as fresh as possible, but not exactly old either. Thanks for another one MooreHopps!

Appearance - Moderate pour rate yields a smooth, light white head about 1 finger high that doesn't stick around too long, but isn't vanishing. Leaves little lace. Color is a pale, mostly clear yellow golden.

Smell - Nose is citrus hops with some lighter sweet caramel malts with a bit of floral and pine hops as well. Smell is really lighter overall. Not bad though.

Taste - Hoppy taste, in that English IPA sort of fashion. Citrus hops and sweeter hop flavors stand out to me at first. Bitterness is there, but not biting or overpowering. Nice bready malt backbone balances things out nicely. Aside from that, maybe some grassy hops, with a mix of bitterness, lemon zest, and sweet malts on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-high consistency for an English IPA. Carbonation is medium-high and contributes to that heavier mouthfeel. Body is almost describable as full and rich for an English IPA. Finish is on the dryer side and lasts about average length. Would have liked to see a lighter feel overall. Slightly below average.

Overall - This one goes to show you that English IPAs can appease those who prefer typical West Coast American IPAs. With that said, I think my overall rating has to be about average (3). This is not something you'd catch me drinking on a regular basis, but it is a nice English IPA offering and I would have it again. Overall, worth a try.

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has an "enjoy by" date of 1-18-10, so I picked this one up at just the right time, or maybe not. Poured into my tulip, develops a one finger, white foamy head that sticks around, leaving nice lacing around the entire glass. The ale appears clear, a slightly deep golden color. Appetizing.
Smells greatly of pine and citrus like hops. A feint whiff of malt pervades the background, though this may be due to being consumed on the "expiration" date.
A bitter, floral hop bouquet greats the taste buds. This bottles does not seem as bitter as all the ones consumed in the past. Has a very pronounced malt backbone that I never noticed before. Again, all previous bottles must have been closer to the bottled on date. Even so, with this malt character, I think it adds a new dimension to this ale. The hops are not so astringent that they will completely annihilate your palate, but they are bitter enough to please an IPA lover such as myself.
Feels above average in the mouth, spot on carbonation and a slick, oily feel make this one easy drinker. Careful though, as the alcohol content may sneak up and smack you over the head.

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Photo of klewis
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Best before 9/26/06

A: Pours clear and light golden with a big bubbly head. Moderate lacing.

S: Subtle aroma of floral hops

T: Plenty of hop character throughout the flavor, though the quality and flavor of the hops seems uninteresting to me.

M: Medium bodied and crisp with moderate carbonation.

D: I don't think it's possible for GL to make a bad beer, but this is definitely my least favorite of their offerings. There are several IPA's out there that are worse, but I tire of this beer quickly.

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Photo of BeerNinja007
3.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Served at ~50F. Best by date of 06/04/10.

A: Deep solid golden yellow brew, 3" of billowy off-white head sticks around and coats the glass with webbing. Moderate carbonation visible. Quite appealing.

S: Nice thick malt body, moderate sweetness, pungent mixed hops spearheaded by pine. As the beer breathes the nose rounds out with some earthy tones.

T: Good dose of mixed hops supported by a backbone of biscuity malts and light caramel sweetness. Resiny pine and grapefruit rind linger long in the finish.

M/D: An odd strongly acidic note flares up in the finish and makes my mouth salivate profusely. Some tastebud on the tip of my tongue is reacting wildly. I wonder if this is typical or if it is a fluke occurrence specific to my palate (will be looking @ other reviews to investigate). Either way it is a deal-breaker, major points lost, will not be getting this again. Really weird. Aside from that, mouthfeel is moderately thick, carbonation on the light side, finish resiny.

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Photo of BWH3
3.3/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden with a tangerine hue. An initially fluffy white head fades quickly to a meaty ring of foam at the edges. Still with little gas.

S: A piny resin aroma. Very pleasant like walking in an alpine forest, but no depth to the aroma. Not much malt backing. Citrus and floral scents absent. No mineral or musty qualities as well.

T: Dense pine bitterness that fades to a metallic bitterness. Almost nothing remarkable from the grist or hop contributions.

M: Fairly dense medium bodied still ale with average head retention.

D: Good, not great and I expect more from Great Lakes.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.31/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy orange-amber color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes slowly into a nice cap of lacing. The aroma is of oranges, grapefruit, and hints of pine. However, all these aspects seems to clash with each other. The taste is a lot like the aroma, but not quite as strong. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. Overall, this is an IPA that just doesn't do it for me. I would try it again, but I won't go out of my way to do so.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A clumpy white froth on top. It remains well carbonated and pours an ambery translucent orange.

Smell - Bitter and hoppy.

Taste - A deeper IPA with a slight burn going down. Very creamy and frothy with perhaps a hint of walnuts on the finish. Not sure why I'm tasting walnuts, but it was consistent through my tasting. I don't appreciate the burning aftertaste quite as much as at the beginning. It soon started to taste like I was eating a bad peanut. Slight oats as well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Bitter and hoppy with light citrus. You can tell it is brewed with good-quality hops. This is definitely a sipping beer. And don't you dare give up the sip!

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear, golden color with 1 and 1/2 fingers of nearly white head. Nice thick lacing hangs on the glass with a furious vengance.

Very weak nose... Can't make out much malt, but can get a little grassy/floral hint.

Taste is little hoppy. Just like nose, I don't get any malt... The taste isn't strong or overpowering at all. Not a hopbomb here, just a decent little drinkable beer.

Good carbonation. Nice, feel. Very smooth.

Hides 7.2% abv very well. This isn't unpleasant... But it isn't amazing. My palate is skewed due to all the BIG beers I've been drinking. I'll plan on re-reviewing this one later...

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Photo of tdexterc
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As they say, when in Rome… I suppose after 2 weeks in my new Ohio home it’s about time for me to sample my new state’s seemingly most widespread IPA.

A- Sternly poured into an oversized wine glass, the beer develops a decent 1 finger head. Bright white and loosely packed, it disappears quickly and hangs tight in a ring to the edge. The body is a crystal clear light amber.

S- The smell is slightly fruity and inviting. The hops presence is reminiscent of light citrus. It smells both appetizing and refreshing.

T- Relatively well balanced between hop and malt flavors. Could stand to see a bigger hop taste. As it warmed however it began to develop, a more prominent floral hop flavor.

M- A very solid bitterness on the back of the palate grows. This beer is more aggressively bitter than anticipated, and that’s (usually) just fine in my book.

I can see this being a decent stand-in for my Northeast staple IPA’s like long trail, harpoon, and my all time favorite mayflower. Though all that bitterness makes it a bit less sessionable than what I like to see in widely available, standard pub IPA such as this.

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Photo of bryangb
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Smell- Pine%2C grass%2C pineapple%2C citrus%2C grapefruit. Feel- Soft bodied. Good carbonation for an IPA. Helps contribute to the bitter%2Fpine experience. Taste- Bitter hops up front. Grass and pine cones come through. Bitter and dry finish. Solid beer at a fair price (%249.99 for a sixer)

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Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose was slightly hoppy, but overlain with an alcohol sharpness. The color was a bright deep-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish was distinctly hoppy, somewhat citrusy, like grapefruit. It masked its 7.5% ABV well.

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Photo of MiScusi
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle telling me to enjoy by 7/8/07.

Pours a very clear pale gold with a think bubbly and frothy head. The aroma reminds me a lot of a hoppy pilsner... very light in malt and the same smell you get from a saaz hopped pils- Not my ideal aroma for a big IPA. Doesn't smell like there was much dry hopping if any at all.

The taste though is very IPA'ish. High bitterness comes accross first from the hops. This is definitley more of an earthy hop- pine and grass. Bitterness lingers quite a bit. The taste isn't too complex. The mouthfeel is fine, carbonation is right on, and it's a light IPA in the mouth. The drinkability though is a little boring to me, so while I would get this beer again at some point, I wouldn't want to drink it all the time.

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Photo of PerHops
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light copper color. No head visible at all, really.

S- I am stunned by the lack of aroma on this one. I can detect no hops at all.

T- Pretty interesting for an american IPA, albeit an english style version. None of those piny, grapefruit, green flavors we chase. It does, however, have a pleasant crisp dryness to it than in my opinion makes it pretty nice to drink.

M- The carbonation plays very well with the flavors on this one.

O- Interesting beer, glad I tried it, won't seek it out.

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Photo of tut2528
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours about 1-1.5 fingers worth of head, retention is high and a little more on the thicker side. pretty decent lacing as well. appearance is very transparent and thin. its just a shade darker than a american light lager. very unimpressive. it is also important to note that this brew is 1 day past its "please enjoy by" date of 4/16, so this may be an unfair review.

S: hops dominate the nose, but there is also a strong barley character and a sugar malt backbone. a light citrus is present and surprisingly, no alcohol present.

T: first things that are noticed is the initial hop component and the very crisp finish. breaking it down, this beer has a very nice orange/citrus aspect along with a touch of grape fruit. there seems to be a spice in there as well, but i am unable to determine which spice. again, the alcohol is very well hidden.

M: definitely medium bodied, strong hop bittnerness sits along the back.

O: this is a decent beer, but not great. when consumed directly out of the fridge, i enjoyed the balance and the hop content that was complemented by the fruits. but as it warmed (within 12-15 minutes), the balanced was thrown out of balance, and the fruit notes really begin to subside making this beer less desirable.

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Photo of ChadQuest
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, this beer really does look about perfect right now, it's poured into a Smuttynose Snifter, and the head is so huge, and it's barely budging an milimeter. color is a refreshing looking golden slightly orange color with carbination bubbles rising to meet the head.

The aroma is very earthy and orange,actually more rounded tangerine then biting orange though.

not really bitter or crisp, it's almost like a really orange flavored pale ale, the english hops really come through earthy and in an mildy wet dog sort of way too. there is not a west coast style lack of malt either, it's pretty balanced, but maybe the hop choice makes that seem the case, but in any event there is some residual sweetness from the seemingly higher levels of malt. The finish has some light bitterness, but not much.

I wish there was more carbination, maybe my pour was too aggressive, but i poured how i always do, in any event a lighter and brighter mouthfeel would have done alot for this. not bad but not what i want.

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Photo of dsigmon
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to pimpp for the bottle (and many others!)

A: Pours a light copper color with a thick head which slowly dissapates leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. Getting excited for the 1st time trying this beer!

S: very floral and fruity with a little hoppy twangy grassy smell and sweetness from the malts

T: so smooth, very fruity up front with the perfect amount of hop bitterness and very very slight amount of sweet malt as it rolls across the tongue

M: a little oily coating the tongue with nothing be great tasting hops

D: went down fast...enough said

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.35/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 16oz. Tulip Glass

Appearance: Dark Gold Appearence, with an orange tinge. There is no haze with this IPA and you're able to see right through it. Has an inch head that takes about 30 seconds to disappear.

Smell: Has a very strong citrus and grapefruit smell, but very mild piney hops to go along with it.

Taste: Very sweet citrus flavor that stays on the tip of the tongue throughout drinking. At the same time, it leaves a bitter hoppy and grapefruit taste on the back of the tongue. The hops aren't subtle, but they're not overwhelming either

Mouthfeel: It's a fairly light IPA both in terms of palette feel and overall body. It's fairly light on carbonation, so it allows more flavor to come through.

Overall - It's a refreshing IPA that's easy to drink. In terms of IPAs, there are much better ones out there. If you're not into IPAs, I would say that this is worth a try. For those who want a stronger IPA, you probably won't be blown away by this.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.37/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden clear elixir with a sturdy, pearly white head.

Smell: That starchy, potato -like hoppyness that I often find in IPAs was definately there at first, it then turned into lawn clippings mixed with pine needles. Not bad.

Taste: Medium to light bodied, although it did show some cookie crispness. The hop bite is a bit harsh with a bone dry finish that sort of throws off the balance somewhat, I tend to like my IPAs a bit more malty. It did eventually grow on me as the hoppy flavors saturated my tastebuds and the acridness of the aftertaste slowly diminished. I wouldn't drive 100 miles for this Beer, but I wouldn't mind if my local pub had it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes- Commodore Perry IPA

Appearance- Golden orange with a small moderate lacing head.
Smell- Floral hops, root vegetables,& molasses malt.
Taste- Big floral hops, green grass, malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and floral with a bitter bite in the end. Slight alcohol detection near the end also.

Overall- A pretty decent IPA. I could see myself buying a 6er of this, at a reasonable price though. I paid $3 or $3.50 for a single 12 oz bottle, it wasn't THAT good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a big foamy head with some good retention but low lacing. Aroma of bitter hops with no discernable citrus notes of floral notes. Taste is also dominated by bitter hops with a dry finish and some weak caramel malt. Body is about average with some good carbonation. Slightly below the standard for the style and not the best from this great brewery.

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Photo of Nachojon
3.38/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes is pretty new to me but I have likes what I have tried so far.

A- Clear, golden. Completely transparent. Light, white head that barely grips the sides of my shaker pint.

S- Just slightly bitter to the nose.

T- Grassy, barley hops stick to the back of the throat. Orange marmalade aftertaste lingers with fruit. Hides 7.5% very well.

M- A bit sticker than I like my IPAs, not as dry as advertised.

O- A good, not great IPA. I won't reach for it often but would like to try it on tap.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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