Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

very good
2,840 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of thecheapies
3.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber in color. Weak standing for a head, and what was left of it went away in a heartbeat. I'm left with a waning gibbous of foam on the surface. 2.5

Ripe orange and grapefruit hop presence with a bonus of earthy humulus tones and semi-herbal quality. Biscuity malts with a noted sweetness that carries out from the mouth of the glass. 4.0

Chewy grains that are nicely baked like flaky crusts. Huge earthy tones dominate the citrus of the hops. Hoppier than most English varieties. Not as sweet as expected, nor as bitter, but the bitterness surely holds up for awhile in the finish. A little chlorinated. Still some nice stale bitter orange and spice notes about in this one. 3.5

Lower tier on carbonation. And, the body is thin enough to reveal the alcohol. Could have a few more 'blankets on the bed' to make this more drinkable. 3.0

A great-smelling and decent-tasting English IPA, but seriously missing that 'sling-one-back' drinkability that usually forgives any sins (flaws) to the brew. Still recommended. Perhaps falling short because I had a sip of a tasty Penn Cheeky Yinzer earlier this evening. 3.5

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a flared pilsner glass. This beer showed a pale golden color. It held a one finger tall white head which gave medium retention. Clarity was full and translucent, with no sediment noted, and carbonation appeared moderate. The nose sang with brisk hops of citrus and huge pineapple. There were notes of green apple acetylaldehyde, warm mustard seed, lightly toasted pale malts, and faint fusel booze. These all melded gloriously together, with a syrupy sweetness of honey and melon. Our first impression was that this beer was by far the best of the day, and was nicely fruity. As we sipped, pale malts and pineapple sweetness started things off. The hops exploded with herbal and citrus qualities, pulling us to the middle and the peak, which showcased more bitter hops, with spice, and honey sugars to cut. The finish of the sip was wrought with more even, spicy hops, which gave some grit and earthiness to the final flavoring. The aftertaste breathed very bitterly, of grassy, leafy hops, Band-Aid medicinals, peppery, minerals, gravel, and fusel booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. Each sip was cool, with a dry coating, leaving an astringent streak down the tongue. There was great froth, slurp, cream, and pop to each sip. The abv was appropriate, and the beer drinks with great ease.

Overall, what we found to be most enjoyable about this brew was the blend through the nose, and the follow through in the taste. This beer had the perfect amount of syrupy sweetness to complement the lightly toasted malts. The fruitiness and fresh hop qualities put this one over the top, with every category being stylistically sweet, even, and robust.

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of C20Percent
4.37/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a pale golden-yellow with a semi-bubbly cream colored head of foam. Not much else to speak of here, though. Very limited amount of bubbles. No sediment. Those are the factors that -- for me -- push an appearance to the 4-5 level.

S: A sour-orange aroma with a caramel malt background. Earthy notes finish the aroma off. Kind of a little of everything here. I'm not a huge fan of malts in my aroma. I prefer heavy citrus of heavy pine, but I like this.

T: Pleasant surprise here. First, definitely getting the sour citrus picked up in the aroma. Very nice. A very malty finish -- that if I close my eyes kind of reminds me of a porter. Finish is also dry and bitter. But, at the same time, this is a very refreshing beer. The malt doesn't distract me like it does in some beers. Pretty good taste here.

M: This is where the beer wins me over. Love the feel. The body is noticeably lighter than most IPAs. Think lager type feel. And, I love that. Don't get an opportunity to drink many good lagers, so a good IPA that feels like one is wonderful. Also, should make mention of the well-managed abv -- 7.5 is on the heavier side, but it's well-managed here. Perfect carbonation. Perfect feel. Kudos.

O: Gotta be honest -- wasn't expecting much from this beer. And, it kind of blew me away. Great Lakes only recently came to NOVA, and I had heard a lot of good things about the brewery, and it delivers here. Great beer -- so tasty, so drinkable.

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Photo of NCbeerpirate
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle with a drink by date of 5/14/12

A - A clear copper, with 1 finger of head and a slight sticky lace left on the glass

S - A HUGE citrus hop aroma. Alcohol is prevalent. Smells delicous

T - Citrus hops upfront, with a huge bitter aftertaste. Wow, very well balanced. Citrus, then bitter hops. Finish is a little too bitter.

M - Light bodied, smooth.

O - When I took my 1st few sips, I thought it was a very citrus forward IPA, but then as I worked my way through it, I noticed it has a huge bitter aftertaste

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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3/5  rDev -23.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.4%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and some spicy and peppery hop aromas. Taste is the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good IPA but I like the way it smells more than the taste.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of AdamBear
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-golden, slight darkness with a stable white head

S-mostly hops. some citrus, some grains. good aroma

T-comes in with a syrupy and bitter taste of hops and citrus. it tastes as if the ABV is higher. matching after-taste with some herbs with the bitterness.

M-medium ceamy carbonation with a creamy finish

O-easy drinking IPA though not worth it if others are available. worth a try though.

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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4/5  rDev +2.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9%

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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