Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
881 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 881 | Ratings: 2,833
Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle as an extra.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is bread, flowers and oranges. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of flower and perfume-flavored hops, some oranges and bready malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

 317 characters

Photo of dar482
4.56/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer was a bit old. 2 weeks older than the 90 day enjoy by date of 5/27/13.

The beer pours out in an orange color with a big white head. There’s tons sticking to the glass.

The aroma has just huge sweet orange, citrus, and pine. There’s not really that hop dankness, but it’s so sweet and juicy. There’s also some caramel malt there too.

The flavor is of orange, grapefruit, citrus. Then a sweet bready malt backbone. The aftertaste takes a bit to hit you with a grapefruit and pine bitterness. There very earthy and piney on the end. The bitterness really does linger around for a while.

The mouthfeel is really good and medium and full with the carbonation.

If you didn’t tell me, I would think this was a Double IPA. I guess at 7.5%, it maybe could push towards that, but the maltiness I guess confuses me. This is a fantastic beer for the style. It’s hugely hoppy, but there’s also a great malty breadiness about it. I really love this beer for doing what it does despite being 2% ABV under other Double IPAs I can compare it to, like their Alchemy Hour.

 1,082 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice, well balanced beer. Pours golden with a fine white head. Smells sweet and malty but married beautifully with citrusy hops. The taste is similar, but much more hop forward. Lovely notes of sticky pine, and a very nice finish. I love how everything comes together with this beer, the sum seems more than its parts. Just a great beer for sipping on the back porch on a warm spring day.

 395 characters

Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a solid upfront caramel malt with a smattering of spicy citrus hop aroma as well.

The taste consisted of a strong caramel sweet malt with a secondary spicy hop flavor.

The mouthfeel was clean with a dry finish.

Overall an easy drinking APA. A bit maltier than I expected, but enjoyable nonetheless. Thanks to robertdoesbeer for this one.

 471 characters

Photo of BARFLYB
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Flying Fish pint glass.

Commodore Perry has a mix of copper and medium orange in color with a bright white head about a 1/2 inch up. Rings of lacing on the way down. Scents consist of citrus and bittering hops with a little malt background. It taste the same with the hops coming 1st with a small malt backing, leaving a bitter taste overall. The feel is bitter, medium bodied with sharp carbonation. A long aftertaste with some earthy things abound. Not my favorite IPA but a good one none the less.

 520 characters

Photo of flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label says best by 7/3/12, so we're good.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light effervescence and a light haze. Head is nearly two fingers of frothy ivory foam. Nice looking, and stylistically accurate.

Smell: dank and musty aroma of earthy, funky hops with a sweet malt backbone underneath. Not bad, but just a bit too murky for my taste.

Taste: sweet malt with lots of funky hop flavor, as in the aroma. Bitterness is on the low side. Not bad, but it's not very clean; the hops seem muddled and not optimal.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a good creaminess. I like this.

Overall: a decent enough beer, but its flavors are muddled and not ideal.

 726 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle saved for an enchanting Sunday in September, opening day for the NFL. A wonderful day of (if I may compliment myself) great home cooking and (thanks to the Commodore Perry) great beer to match!

A lovely thick trim of pearl white head. It coats the sides of the glass just as thick as densely as it sits over the beer. A beautiful apricot/pear coloured body with perfect clarity. The colour is that of changing, yellow/golden autumn leaves. A small minority of bubbles set out from the bottom and lazily drift (eventually) to the top. A modest but very attractive marmalade coloured appearance.

A deliciously fruity aroma. Pear, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine. C-hops dominate. Lightly intoxicating, the alcohol (while considerably modest and undetected) opens the sinuses and calms the senses. Toasty, the hops are deeply integrated with the malts, it smells like a fresh boil.

The mouthfeel is full of both malt and hops. Seamlessly balanced. The hops impart a light bitterness, crisp and assertive on the palate. It also contains a dense, bready malt presence. The alcohol is absent. A strong mineral presence to the water. It can be both quenching and tasty.

The flavour has a faint suggestion of citrus, but is largely malty. It fails to linger much and really doesn't develop much through the tasting. Don't be mistaken - it is nice, it just simply doesn't carry itself like a DIPA. And rightfully so - it isn't one...

At seven some odd percent, this is an incredibly quaffable IPA. It is quenching and full of a modest - but assertive - character. Great Lakes Brewing offer products of great quality - this is no exception. A great, textbook offering of the IPA style, I enjoyed this on its own as a nice after dinner tipple!

 1,753 characters

Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, off-white colored head that leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nicely red-tinged, full copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, burnished, bright, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops that are not quite polished; perhaps tempered a bit by a cracker-like pale malt aroma that plays a distant secondary role in the nose. Specifically notes of Meyer lemon, ruby-red grapefruit zest, a touch of lychee, and some kumquat notes all contribute a clean citrus hoppiness. The herbal hop notes are really not here at first, but after a bit of time a tempered overlay of hemp oil herbal character becomes noticeable; it provides just enough hop-stench to balance out the otherwise too smooth hop fruitiness. Deep, focused ruminations of the nose bring out more of an herbal, dank character as well as a touch of supporting, clean, pale malt toastiness that would be missed in a cursory pass at the aroma. The nose will be quite enjoyable to any hop lover, I know I am definitely enjoying it.

A nice bitting bitterness gets bigger as the beer rolls across the tongue, it seems to get tempered in the finish by a touch of palate cleaving, smooth malt character. While the beer was pretty dry as the first sip hit my tongue, the middle picks up a light malt sweetness which accentuates ample hop fruit character; this sweetness, though it does fade some, sticks around into the lingering finish. The flavors of this beer are clean and bright; there isn't much of a rustic malt or hop edge here and I would guess this is somewhat filtered. There is a nice herbal hop edge here that is a bit more noticeable than in the aroma. Notes of pine play a significant role here but still play second fiddle to the fruity hop notes of lychee, tangerine zest, kumquat and ruby-red grapefruit notes. This is definitely quite quaffable; there is just enough body to carry the hops, but it is still dangerously quaffable.

This is certainly not a unique take on the style (but it is an IPA, I am not sure one really wants unique), it is entirely enjoyable. It is perhaps a touch too refined in its bright, clean interpretation of loud hops and supporting malt, but that doesn't keep it from being a great example of the style.

 2,416 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.61/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz extra from a recent trade from jdoncbus ... poured into my New Belgium snifter.. Big thanks.

Aggressive pour left a very pretty 2 finger head.. nice sheets of lace atop a polished darker gold brew.

Low citrus hops and a hefty shot of yeasty fruitiness are the aroma .. subtle background of pale malts.

Good bitter though it may be too much of a good thing.. light pale malts.. and some pronounced "fruity apricot" esters .. lighter than expected citrus hops (given the pronounced bitterness) with a light/medium body and good carbonation levels.

Not bad at all ... but certainly above average .. This brew was well within it's "Best By date" .. I was just expecting more. I've only had this beer one other time and notes say "could be less bitter and a touch more malty" and "give me more hoppy flavor and aroma".

Big thanks John.. I love a good IPA and this more than qualifies... cheers.

 900 characters

Photo of John_M
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Big Hunt yesterday.

The beer pours an orange copper color with good head retention and lacing. The is attactive, with light sweet malt and light citrus. It's a bit maltier then I normally like to see in my IPA's, but it's still pretty nice. On the palate, this is a nicely balanced IPA, albeit one that I think could use a bit more hoppy bitterness. Still, the beer has plenty of flavor with a noticeable hoppy, bitter bite. I do get a bit of an alcohol burn on the finish that I'm not in love with, but otherwise this is a pretty tasty IPA. The beer is medium bodied with plenty of flavor, and except for the alcohol bite at the end, it's pretty drinkable.

This is a solid IPA, but the competition is pretty stiff in the world of IPA's, and I'm not sure this qualifies as one of the better ones. It's a nice enough IPA, but not a great one. Given all the other options available, probably wouldn't order it again.

 931 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle received in trade from a non-BA member. Sampled on July 29, 2014.

It pours yellow to golden amber with a lingering off-white head.

The aroma has a slight toasted biscuit character but there is a sort of lemon zest, grassy hop sensation.

The body is medium.

The taste begins with a quick breaded malt character but swiftly turns into a floral, lemony hop finish. It tasted better as it warmed.

 425 characters

Photo of Zorro
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the Brewpub across from the brewery proper in Cleveland Ohio.

Looks good but not exceptional in the glass. A somewhat small white head crowns a lovely clear golden amber colored ale.

The scent is truly exceptional. Sweet and malty with a strong but not over powering C type hop aroma of pine needles and grapefruit. What sets this apart is that both the malt and hop aspects are balanced in a quite strong IPA without one overpowering the other.

The taste begins sweet and a little bready with a tasty clean and unmodified hop flavor from the very first taste. As you drink this the citrus, pine and refreshing bitter aftertaste get a little stronger but does not really change. This never gets bitter and it never numbs the tongue, this is all tasty hop flavors.

The Mouthfeel is good.

Oh yeah this is a strong IPA that I could drink all night except the alcohol level would put a stop to it a bit early. A VERY recommended ale!

 957 characters

Photo of Halcyondays
4.41/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Golden amber, with thick creamy head, looks a lot like their Dortmunder. Boy, these Great Lakes guys sure do know how to craft a beer with a great head.

S: Smells of piney and citric American hops, pretty average for an IPA.

T: The taste is really good. Especially as it warms up, the flavors start to really coalesce. Definitely some pine, but the white grapefruit really shines here. Also some tropical fruit and a bit of warming alcohol at the end. Very balanced.

M: Smooth and creamy, you wouldn't know you're drinkin' a 7.5% beer. World class.

D: Very good, tasty, easy goin' down. A beer I'd drive 25-35 miles to Lone Hill or Walnut for, but since there are local IPAs in CA that are just as good, I feel lucky. But, if I'm ever in the Midwest, a definite re-tasting is in order. A very solid effort from Great Lakes. Actually, I'm reaching the end of this, it's just so good, I'm going to have to give it a 5 for drinkability.

 966 characters

Photo of Derek
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Gold with a fluffy, white head; not much retention, but it initially leaves some lace.

S: Pine, grass & a little citrus from the hops; slight toffee & bready.

T: Assertive bitterness throughout; very piney hop flavour with a slight grapefruit citrus; toffee, bready malt; some cotton-candy fruity esters & tropical fruityness. Alcohol is remarkably well-hidden.

M: Body is a little heavier than moderate, but well-attenuated, with a dry finsih. Modest carbonation, slight acidity.

D: Practically a double IPA, and some my find the bitterness a little harsh.

 581 characters

Photo of rudzud
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros to sharing this beer.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice one finger head atop a clear, very prominently golden pour.

S - Smell is where this really falls for me. Far too sweet and malty for an IPA for my liking.

T - Taste is nice with a fair amount of honey sweetness and light hops. Very tasty.

M - Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a very good carbonation that one comes to love with Great Lakes.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad English IPA. Always like trying beers from Great Lakes Brewing Company.

 520 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.94/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden/yellow color, very clear, small amount of carbonation. Smells of pine, orange citrus, sour lemon. From the aroma alone, I have a predisposition that this beer will be very crisp in flavor.

The flavor isn't crisp like I initially thought judging from the aroma. The tart and sweet citrus taste comes through in the beginning and almost immediately gives way to a hoppy citris orange, wet finish. I'm not sure I would call this an English style IPA, I would personally classify it more like an American IPA because of the big hop presence. It's an interesting blend between the malts and hops, I like it, this beer has some mojo going. It's almost like a sweet hoppy presence. The malts aren't too carmely in any way. I like the way the malts and hops work together in this.

Mouthfeel is smooth, almost creamy. Medium to heavier medium body. Very drinkable and the ABV is pretty much non-detectable. The taste changed as I worked my way through the bottle, it definitely got better. I'm not completely sold on this beer but it's interesting enough to make me want to buy more.

 1,093 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a clear amber/orange colour with a large size frothy and fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is isn't really much racing. The head lasted for 3 or 4 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, hops, pine, floral notes, hay

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of the carbonation and the beer comes across as very dry. There is a lot of hop flavour mixed with malts and pine notes. It is more of a prickly piney hop flavoured beer than a fruity one. I could only pick up on traces of grapefruit. I could also taste some light fruit esters and some caramel. The beer finishes with a dry hop aftertaste and the pine bitterness lingers.

Drink - I prefer the more fruity/juicy pale ales, but this is still a solid brew. It reminded me of the pale ales made my one of my somewhat local brewers - Les Trois Mousquetaires.

 931 characters

Photo of beerthulhu
3.43/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Spacious effervesce rises lazily within a bright pumpkin orange glow. The head is dull white and foamy with its fair share of pockets and divets on the surface. Retention was fair while the lacing was weak on the hold similar to their burning river pale providing disappointing coverage.

S: Sweet caramel grains and oranges arrive upfront. Piney hops come through at first with some flowery citrus moving in late of light helping. I fond this to be on par with their burning river pale in terms of strength even though this is labeled as ipa which didn't help matters coming off underpowered by style.

T: Dry flowery citrus highlights the open. The malting felt weak at first but is much more greatly appreciated on the hold and mouthful. Toasted malts and alcohol feel provides a glowing warmth along with a flowery citrus moderate in strength. The finish finds a good display of the warm toasted nature coming through with a good deal of bitterness which was unfortunately short lived on the fade and swallow.

M: Fairly full bodied, appearing much more so then I obtained in the flavor. Luscious and creamy on the hold with a light tingle of carbonation adding some life. Warm pine oils and citrus juices line the tongue on longer holds.

D: Decent drinkability factor, some dry warming pine and citrus notes come in late to save this of its dignity. Moderate enjoyment, nothing that I would seek out or probably drink in multiples.

 1,443 characters

Photo of corby112
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark ruby red/ copper color with a thin off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin ring that lasts throught, leaving minimal splotches of lacing here and there.

Piny hop aroma with a touch of citrus peel and a nice biscuit/ caramel backbone. Resinous hop oil, lemon and grapefruit. Very earthy scent

The citrus notes from the aroma are not as prominent in the flavor. Medium body with a slightly chewy resinous hop forward mouthfeel. There is only a slight bit of citrus peel and grapefruit flavor. The hops are very earthy and plant like not crisp and floral. The malt backbone provides a decent balance with some nice biscuit notes. This beer is a decent session beer that is kind of one dimensional. Pretty good but not something I would drink regularly.

 779 characters

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/7/11
*From notes

A: A standard pour yields a 1.5 finger head and nice lacing. It's brilliantly clean and pale sunset amber.

S: Decently fruit forward, yet it's by no means a West Coast style IPA. It's also quite hearty and bready, something that I assume is to be enjoyed not just in the throws of summer, but also the biting Cleveland winters.

T: A touch juicy up front, which fades quickly to a warm, toasted, bready earth. The richness comes through on the finish, which is pretty bitter and dry.

M: Not as creamy as the better AIPA's out there. It's got a sharp edge to it, like it could use a bit of love around the edges.

O: Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA is a solid entry into the AIPA category. It isn't something that will unseat the juicy fruit bombs within the style, yet if you're looking for a rich, bitter and slightly earthy AIPA, you've found your beer.

Well done, Great Lakes.

 945 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.05/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

 398 characters

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

 381 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
10/24/07 date on bottle
A- This beer pours a light copper colored body that is crystal clear showing of the tiny bubbles of carbonation gliding to the surface. There is a sticky off-white head that last and last. The head leaves rings on the glass after each sip.

S- There is a light caramel malt hint with a pungent green hop burst at the finish. There is some note of pineapple weed as the beer warms but it is mostly pungent.

T- This beer has a hint of caramel malt sweetness followed by a big pungent pine and grapefruit bite that finishes the beer. It is not skunky like being light struck but skunky like a fresh huge hop AA flavor.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a creamy note as long as the head last.

D- This beer has a huge hop bitterness that overpowers the hops aroma and flavor. There is some nice support by the malt but the hops are just a bit too pungent. I really like hops but there is just something about this beer that a don't care for in the hops.

 1,022 characters

Photo of kscaldef
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to starrdogg for the trade. Bottle dated 3/29/11.

A: An overly vigorous pour into a shaker glass produced a huge 2 inch head. Body is a slightly cloudy golden. Nice lacing

S: Nice hop resins, with orange and papaya notes. Light bready malt notes.

T: A little sweeter than expected, but overall nicely balanced malt body with clean hops bitterness..

M: Clean, lightly astringent. Low carbonation and medium body.

O: Very tasty and enjoyable. Good English-style IPA.

 476 characters

Photo of akorsak
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with kirok1999.

A: The IPA pours with with a brilliant golden color, highlighting equally yellow and orange notes with a solid stream of carbonation in the center of the glass. The head neared 1.5 fingers on pour and has laced nicely all around the glass.

S: The nose is orange citrus, full of hop aromas that are mouthwatering.

T: Hops abound, leaping out from the first sip through the final swallow. Orange and pineapple elements are the dominant hop notes, giving the ale a strong citrus profile that finishes long on the tongue. Some caramel malts come through as the ale warms, breaking up the bitterness with some grainier notes.

M: The finish is somewhat muddled, losing the orange and pineapple notes and becoming more muddled. Despite that, the finish and mid-body are excellent.

D: The alcohol doesn't rear its head at all, aiding the drinkability. That abv is reasonably high though so a few bottles will do you in. Nice hop body though, especially for an IPA.

 1,005 characters

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,833 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.