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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
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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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Ratings: 2,862 |  Reviews: 887
Photo of kmpitz2
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. This beer pours a moderate golden color with a half finger of head over top, falling to a sparse coat over top. The brew is clear and there is little to no carbonation bubbling up in it. A deep inhale brings a nice moderate caramel maltyness, a mild grainey character, with nice sweet and citrusy hops as well as a more mild earthy hop. This one is giving me impressions of both an American And a British IPA. The flavor hits with caramel malt, followed by a solid earthy and slightly citrusy hop. A moderate bitterness hits on the finish, with a slight creshendo after a few seconds. The bitterness hangs on pretty solid into the finish as well. Mouthfeel is moderate with a carbonation on the light end of moderate. This one is not bad. It really does seem to be stuck between American and English IPA. The bitterness is a touch harsh as well. I don't think this one would be my choice for an IPA when I hit the stores, as others just draw me more, but this one is by no means bad. Just not to my taste.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.4/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear shade of light gold. Three finger head is soapy but dense, with outstanding retention and sticky lacing. Hoppy american nose like grapefruit and pear, some mild citrus, mabye a pinch of pine, and some background malt aromas. Taste is initially sweet with toasty munich malt directly followed by an onslaught of chinook, simcoe, and cascade flavors. The dry, bitter aftertaste is oily with notes of pine needles ...the kind of aggressive acidity that will put a smile on any hophead's face. Medium in body and carbonation, a pleasent resinous mouthfeel. Loads of hop flavor here, but not overly bitter. The finish is dry and saturated with hops, but fairly balanced by the touch of malt sweetness.

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Photo of maddamish
4.8/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ap: Large white creamy head with staying power. The lacing is excellent. Medium Copper in appearance.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body. Very dry and oily. Perfect for an IPA. The carbonation was lively and finishes with a light astringent finish.

Smell: A pine/hoppy bouquet with strong grapefruit notes. Slight bubblegum.

Taste: A heavy bitter hop presence with dough, toast and grapefruit notes. This is a true hop head beer. Finishes with a bitter toastiness that lingers for a long time.

Drinkability/Notes: This is amongst the best IPA's on the market and I wouldn't argue with you if you thought it was the best.

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3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to see this beer available in Central Kentucky. Being a lover of IPAs, I couldn't wait to try this one. A typical copper / amber hue with nice head retention and carbonation. Aromas are slight, both with the malts and hops--pleasant, but light. Tastes sweetly of malt at first, but then a decent kick of hop bittering to follow. The pine, grass, or spice flavor of the hops are a bit lacking, but lightly present. Flavors create a detergent-like flavor just before the finish. Body is rich and firm throughout. Finishes bitter with a hoppy dry finish. The alcohols are ver controled and contribute nicely to the beer.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 6 pack of this summer seasonal earlier today. Never have had this particular Great Lakes brew before. Pours a clear, amber dark gold/light brown color with an initially very foamy, frothy, looking white head that all but totally dissappears after a few minutes leaving some nice lacing in my glass. Aromas of cirtus, hops, a hints of malt and some other fruits ensue. Tastewise there is of course some hop bitterness as well as a somewhat sweet orangey taste mixed with caramel and malt followed by a sort of sour fruity and dryaftertaste. Very good taste indeed! Very crisp and clean mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Despite the bitterness and 7.5% ABV this beer is quite drinkable. Another solid winner from Great Lakes! I recommend all hop heads and IPA lovers try this at least once!


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Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Boston's. I was very excited to see this brand new release on tap, as I stopped in for a beer. Pours a clear golden color with a slight orange tint. Thick white fluffy head has good retention. Citrusy and floral hop aroma. Soft caramel malt backbone, which holds its own, but does not become too sweet or cloying. Nice amount of bitterness, along with floral, and citrusy, mostly grapefruit flavors. Finishes very much in the floral flavors. Appropriate carbonation with a medium body. Tons of sticky patchwork lace coates the sides of the glass. Not overwhelming, and maybe even tame compared to Burning River. Malt and hops compliment each other here. While this may not be as exciting to a hophead as other IPAs, it is solid, and could easily be a good session beer. Another solid beer from Great Lakes.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Clear light gold, very little head or lacing.

Smell- Fruity and floral, slight malt sweetness. The hops dominate with piney, grapefruity, and floral hop notes.

Taste- Slight bitter alpha hops, floral and fruity. Grapefruit comes through in the aftertaste. Mostly hops with just a mild malt backbone.

Mouthfeel- Clean and crisp, nice carbonation.

Drinkability- Very nice hot summer day brew. Nothing too overwhelming, just a nice drinkable brew.

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Photo of mcallister
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark shade of orange, good carbonation, with large 2 inch off white head. Very clean and clear, also thick lacing down the glass.

Big grapefruit and other citrusy aromas. Sweet hop smells, with a malt twist, Some lemon, and pine also in the nose.

Sweet resiny hops but not overly hopped. Medium bodied with citrusy fruit flavors abound, grapefruit, lemon, some melon, flowers, and a piney hop ending. Finish is good and very clean, refreshing, about 30 seconds. Impeccably balanced malt. Not an overly complex IPA but very well balanced and extremely drinkable.

Drinks more like a 5% alcohol brew compared to it's 7.5%. I could honestly drink this IPA all day long. Been waiting for a new Great Lakes beer to be bottled as I don't make it to the brewery often and this one does not dissapoint. Luckily we will be getting draught Oktoberfest this year also.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(part of a sampler at the Great Lakes brewpub)

For some reason, this one was not listed with the sampler but was brought out on its own anyway. I drank it after the Russian Imperial Stout, so I'm not sure how this affected my opinion. Good qualities, but nothing too special for an IPA. Pretty good head and carbonation, no lacing to speak of. Easy enough to drink but not the best choice for a session beer.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub.

Appearance: Served in a standard pint glass. Cloudy light orange color fading to yellow with a sticky white cap. Leaves sticky white lacings all the way down the glass.

Smell: Light and refreshing hop leaf smell. Brushes of citrus hit the nose here and there.

Taste: Prickly hop bitterness with a wheaty malt base. Touches of orange and flowery hop notes pop up here and there. I found the hops and malt to be nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and prickly with carbonation bubbles bouncing on the palate.

Drinkability: Dangerous stuff (I think the brewery listed it at 8% abv) but I could quaff this all day long. Strongly recommended.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just another day, another great beer at GLBC. Just back on tap in early August 2003, the old favorite Commodore Perry is here to please. Superb appearance and great smell of citrus fruits, flavors of citrus and rinds, what a fully hopped yet pleasing, not-over-the-top beer this is. Not yet available again in bottles, the publican explained that they're still wrangling with the State of Ohio over their label design. GLBC wants to stick with what they already have; Ohio says no. So if you want the great Commodore, head to their store in the Ohio City section of Cleveland.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

7% ABV ~ 80 IBU Commodore Perry commanded a ship in the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie...from what I remember.....
Served draught at Great Lakes with a nice full 2-finger white head that reduced and maintained well to the bottom. Left a beautiful sticky lace down the sides of the glass. The body was a orangish gold color that was very cloudy. I'm pretty sure this was served unfiltered, which made it that much better. The smell was pretty much hops & hints citrus, as well was the flavor. Along with the great flavor of hops, there seemed to be some kind of little bursts of pine & bitter orange rind. This brew finished crisp, clean, & dry. Overall a great beer that, like all Great Lakes brews, seemed to stay pretty true to the style.........

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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