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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Stone Ruination glass. Crystal clear and yellow with a sticky think white head. The aroma is nicely balanced hoppiness, with some strong malt background. Very nice and not one-dimensional. Same with the flavor, which was hoppy but not bitter, and malty but not too sweet, just a really smooth beer that's easy to drink. The oily texture coats your tongue so the flavor lingers. This is really good, and I don't think I ever saw it before this week? Must be a new bottled beer from Great Lakes, I hope it becomes a regular.

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Photo of Blakaeris
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very light clear copper. Head is moderate, with slight lacing.

Smell is a very pleasant malty fruitiness. Citrus hops. Mild but mouthwatering appeal.

Taste is a balance between caramel malt, floral hop and citrusy centennial hops. Flavor is once again mild, but has very nice complexity. Finish is clean with lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with slight hop oiliness.

This reminds me more of a british style IPA. However, the citrus hop character is a little too aggressive for that style. All in all a great beer and highly recommended.

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Photo of Gritsak
4.45/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- bright copper with a large, fuffy white head that laces all down the glass.

S- lots of grapefruit, pine, apricot, peach.

T- grapefruit dominates but much like the nose, a medely of fruit flavor shows through. The finish is slightly dry and leads to a more grassy flavor.

M- solid medium body with mild carbonation. Very smooth but crisp.

D- Very easy to drink. Alcohol goes undetected.

overall- I have been looking forward to this beer ever since i first heard it was coming out. Being that great lakes is one of my favorite (and local) breweries, i had pretty high expectations for this. All said and done this is and EXCELLENT beer and i will buy plenty of this in the future.

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Photo of malty
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by Sept. 19th, 2006

Pours into my 8 oz. tumbler shaped tasting glass a brilliantly clear golden copper color with a loose 1" cream colored head. Very nice lacing.

A few brisk swirls evoke a fresh grapefruit rind aroma that dances with caramel scented malts mixed with strawberry crème. Very faint pine & watermelon also.

Upon entering the mouth, the pleasant aromas that I so enjoyed vanished and I was left with a crisp and prickly texture with a very dry & bitter finish - where did the flavor go! I poured another 4-5 oz. in my glass in hopes to uncover something. A faint floral & fruity flavor from the hops but nothing from the malt side. Another few drinks and the same thing.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and very crisp & dry.

Drinkability is OK. I want more flavor! I guess you could swill a few of these with no problem if they were chilled to 45F.

Overall the first 'so-so' from Great Lakes I've ever tried (and I believe I've tried them all - in the bottle & their pub). I almost wish I didn't experience what I just experienced. I'm finishing off the rest of the bottle (in my tasting glass) and I'm very sad. Still a good beer by most micro fare, but a let down based on Great Lakes gems. I'll stick with Burning River, thanks.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Left less than a one finger head, but it lasted and left good lacing. Body was a light yellow amber, looked like brewed green tea.

Smell - Floral, citrus, and pine. Hint of toasty malt.

Taste - same as the smell. Hop bomb. Floral and citrus upfront, washing with barely-there toasty malt backbone in the middle. Finish is a wash of deliciously bitter piney hops.

Mouthfeel - full, smooth, low carbonation. Some hop oil slickness, and also a somewhat drying feel from the piney bitterness.

Drinkability - this is very good, and goes down well. I'd say it's very sessionable.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden orange with a thin white head a mild amount of carbonation. This is the clearest IPA I have ever seen.

S - Slight hint of citrus and piney hops with a decent caramel malt backbone.

T - Caramel malt, bitter piney hops with a slight hint of grapefruit. The bitterness is the dominating factor out of the hops on this one.

M - Mouthfeel is medium and is quite dry with the dominance of bittering hops.

D - A solid IPA but nothing special about this one. The drying bitterness seems to be the dominant characteristic of this one. I would not go out of my way for this one but would try it again.

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Photo of bashiba
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden orange, crystal clear with lots of carbonation, a long lasting thin white head on top.

Smell has a nice toasted malt aroma with a bit of lemony hop zest.

Taste mirrors the smell, a very balanced IPA. Nice toasted malt backbone , slightly buiscuity with a strong blast of grapefruity hops.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily with a nice dry finish.

Very drinkable, especially at 8%, no alcohol taste at all.

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Photo of klewis
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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 carln26
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, bright copper topped by a light off-white head. The head is not long lasting, and just leaves a touch of a ring on the rim of the glass. Lots of citrus grapefruit on the nose. A mixture of grapefruit and orange. Just the lightest touch of caramel. The taste has a lot of caramel, a light touch of grapefruit, a hint of bubble gum, and some pralines on the finish. More delicate than I expected. The mouth feel is dry, and slightly slick. Good drinkability, I can’t believe this is 8%. That must be a misprint

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Photo of Chaz
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber in color, with a rich off-white head and enough lace to scare me a little. Nose is piney, citric hops and lots of 'em. Sharp and juicy on the first sip, followed by a tangy, smooth, creamy quality. Lingering hop bitterness with aromatic notes of mint. Rather full bodied, a little bit sweet, but with great hop interplay. VERY easy drinking . . . the label says 7.5% - is this really 7.5%? Somehow I put five of these down last night (it was hot and humid) in only a few hours (no, I wasn't driving!) but today it seems a bit too big for the heat . . . a wintertime IPA? A small Double IPA? Whatever, this is definitely worth tracking down, even though I normally don't go in for the American IPA craze.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow gold color and formed a pure fluffy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cascade hops with a touch of citrus centennial. A interesting carmel aroma as well give an air of sweetness to it. The flavor was of hops, carmel and touch of citrus. It has a fairly smooth body and the finish is slightly astrigent with a bit of a burnt aspect to it. I can see where some see a battle between American and British style IPAs with this beer. But still a good beer.

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

A 6-pack of goodness from TwelveVoltMan. Thanks, Duke!

Best by date of 9/26/06? Once again, the conservative dating on GLBC bottles confuses me.

Color is a clear yellow-gold in color. Hints of orange as well. Whitish lace is prevelant...thick and sticky. Long-lasting finger-thin layer of head lasts and lasts. Aromas are a nasally-pleasing mix of grassy and estery fruit hops, supported by a malty sweet base. Flavors weren't as BIG as I'd hoped. It's a well-balanced IPA that uses the caramel sweetness to offset the multiple hop tones that wash over the palate. Finishes with a long-lasting dryness of pine sap and a touch of ABV warmth. Nice mouthfeel, not as thick as I'd hoped. Creamy-smooth, with just a hint of carbonation. For an 8% beer, it was gone in a flash. So very well-balanced.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle , best before sep 26/06
pours a nice golden orange color. Very clear. Decent head with lacing.

Smell is distinctly citrusy.

Taste is of course hoppy with just of touch of malty sweetness.

Moutfeel is a just about right , maybe a little thick/sweet , but no complaints. Good carbonation.

Normally I'm not into "hop bombs" but I could drink a few of these.

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

This beer was purchased at Jungle Jims. I bought the last six pack so look else where. The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer is a nice amber coloration. The carbonation consist of tight bubbles. The head was two fingers off white in coloration. The head has major retention. The glass is coated in webs of lacing.

Smell: This beer has primarily pine smelling hoppyness. A bit of caramel maltyness creeps out. The smell of alcohol adds spiceyness to the beer.

Taste: The beer starts with a caramel maltyness. The beer has a loaded pine hoppyness following. The beer a citrus and citrus zest hoppyness that goes earthy. The beer has a lingering bitterness finishing dry.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The alcohol is well incorporated. This is not a bad beer and I will probably rotate this into my beer purchases next year.

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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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Photo of BEERchitect
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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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,876 ratings