Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Commodore Perry IPACommodore Perry IPA

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Ratings: 2,892 |  Reviews: 895
Photo of doubleipa
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on draft at the Winkin' Lizard. My ears still hurt. Aroma was light on the hops. No head or lacing. Dark yellow color. Hoppier flavor than what the aroma indicated. Nice long finish. Mouthfeel was kind of flat. Not bad, but nothing I would want to take back to Atlanta on the plane.

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

Nice, bright and amazingly clear golden color. Extremely grassy and lemony aroma. I cant discern the hop type but I have had it before in this quantity. Very bitter flavor-quite hoppy and resiny but almost downright astringent in places. Just a whisper of maltyness in there. Nice mouthfeel-the hop levels make for quite the pucker!Good effort by Great Lakes. More bitter then most US IPAs but thats ok.

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Photo of trep
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Anderson's in Columbus.

A nice clear orange with a creamy white head that leaves mass lacing and just a bit of carbonation.

Nose is wonderful. Sweet sugar-coated grapefruit hops burst from the glass. Faint malt sweetness, but this one is all hops.

Initially very bitter pine hoppiness followed by a nice fading malt backbone. Finishes with some white grapes, and leaves a mild grapefruit bitterness aftertaste.

Medium-light bodied with a good bit of carbonation. Pretty easy drinking despite its bitterness.

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

Nice to see my local Consumer beverage in Orchard Park with a new growler station and this one of 17 taps to choose from.Poured a clear medium gold with a thinner but well retained white head American citric hops in the nose grapefruit and lemon really stick out with a very light caramel malt note but just a hint.True to form the hops prevail on the palate but a cereal grain like maltiness underneath the resiny grapefruit-like flavors shows thru even more so as I drink more in the finish.A well put together IPA has nice hop flavors but is somewhat balanced as well,nice job here by Great Lakes.

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Photo of loren01
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured an orangish amber color, not much head, no lacing down the glass
S: Smells biscuty, good hop scent
T: Good malty/biscut taste up front. Good citrusy flavor. Bitter aftertaste
M: Moderate to heavy carbonation
D: Good well balanced IPA, apperance wasn't much but very good tasting and smelling beer

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Photo of aaronh
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit less orange than the typical big IPA, this beer pours a nice golden-amber with a creamy white head. Big aroma of both citrus and malts, with a touch of caramel in there as well. The flavor is fantastic, with assertive bitterness, strong citrus notes, bready, biscuit maltiness and a touch of caramel sweetness. Big and assertive yet a ton of malt backbone to back it up. Mouthfeel is thick and rich, but finishes just a bit dry in the back of the throat. Drikability is fantastic, and I really can't believe this is an 8% ABV beer. Hides the alcohol really well. I am continually amazed that Great Lakes makes such a wide range of really solid offerings. As much as I like GLBC, this one caught me off guard. Nice.

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Photo of frazbri
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA poured golden and clean topped by a dense white head. Good lacing remained on the glass. Aromas of grapefruit and pine with the citrus being the more predominant smell. Emerging heavy bitterness, with just a hint of biscuit sweetness. Medium-light body with moderate carbonation.

This IPA is very hop-centric. Bitterness stays strong from start to finish. The malt aspects are very crisp and clean, but is definitely subordinate to the hops.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, labeled at 7.5% abv by the way, great lakes 6packs are $5.99 at woodmans, which is a phenomenal deal...enjoyed at a bbq with locally slaughtered cow and locally grown crops

appearance: clear golden amber, big white foamy head...decent body, clear body, little carbonation present

smell: sweet candied fruit...apricot, grapefruit citrus, sweet floral hoppiness, pear, alcohol not detected on the nose

taste: sweet and fruity...apricot, pear, green apple, white grape, grapefruit-citrus hops, caramel toasted malt...I like this hybrid ipa

mouthfeel: smooth, abv well disguised, medium body, lightly syrupy

drinkability: good

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper-amber hue with a half-inch quickly dissipating white head. Very minimal haze.

Aroma: "Sweet" with some alcoholic undertones. American/british hop aroma, that blends very well with the biscuit maltiness.

Taste: Bready/biscuit malt flavor is very prominent. It balances well with american and english hop flavor. Alcohol is slight but seems to boost the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel: Balance leans towards sweet. Definitely not your hit you in the face with as much bitterness as possible typical of the west coast IPAs, which is a plus in this beer.

Drinkability: Despite the alcoholic notes in the flavor, they seem to enhance the beer's fruitiness, and don't diminish its drinkability. I like the beer more as I have more of it.

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Photo of blackie
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: 1" off white head with light retention. The beer is amber in color with some sparse floaters.

smell: The aroma is of bready, somewhat caramel, grain and dulled, piney hops. Not bad at all.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is on the higher side of the medium range, and the body medium.

taste: Flavors of bready grain husks, moderately sweet. The moderate english type hop flavor is nice, and the bitterness level is around medium. A little soapy.

drinkability: decent drinkability but an ok beer

bottle dated as best by sometime in September, sampled at a cookout during my Madison visit

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Photo of beerphan
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle -> American Pint glass
best by 10/3/06

Poured a clear golden orange with a thick 2 inch head that disappates to dish soap bubbles. Patchy consistent lacing. Lots of bubbles racing from the bottom.

Nose is dominated by peach and citrus.

Good tasting IPA with a decent balance, piney hops with a malt kick. Dry fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, appeared like it might be overly carbonated but not the case.

A quality ipa from Great Lakes.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a clear dark golden-amber color with a medium fluffy off-white head with decent retention. Thin sheets of lacing. Aroma of grassy hops and citrus. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Piney hops at first, with sweet malt and spices in the background. At 7.5%, the beer seems to straddle the line between "Regular" and "Imperial" IPA. The finish is bitter hops at first, with a resiny malt undertone. The aftertaste is long-lasting and dry. As with most of GLBC’s beers, this is well done.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz dated best before 10/03/06 purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a pint glass.

One finger of white foam over golden honey. Decent retention with spotted lace.

The aroma is almost all hops...deep, dark, and earthy with lots of pine and grapefruit. Oh man, this is a hop bomb for sure! I could smell freshly crushed hops the second I popped the cap.

Hot damn!!! How 'bout them hops! Yep, this is a hop bomb. I'm guessing they used a lot of Centennial. Malt pokes out a little underneath but you gotta search for it. Not much for balance but I was looking for a hop blast after work tonight and boy did I get my fix.

The mouth is moderate and drying, almost puckery. On the right night, I could drink a dangerous amount of this beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a darkish APA orange with a decently sized and moderately retentive head.

Smells like light pine hops and very heavy syrupy malts. Quite the change of pace from your regular IPA--here the malts actually blot out the hops!

Tastes like it smells upfront, light pine hops overcome by maple malt. But it ends on a stronger, dry pine hop and leaves a wonderfulm lingering taste of sweet 7-Up citrus on your tongue. Tasty.

Yet another solid brew from Great Lakes. I couldn't believe it was 8.0%!

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

Another winner from GL, man, they make some fine brews. You know from the impressive pour, a clear orangy amber with lacey ivory head – that you are in for a treat.

Full of pine, citrus and florals in the aroma and tastes. On the thickly sweet side, but retains enough sharp cut on the finish to balance out. It has a fairly ample supple of oily slickness to merit this moving up towards DIPA range – NOT to mention the hidden 7.5% !! I guessed 6% as I as quaffing.

Very tasty brew.

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Photo of orfeu
3.27/5  rDev -15.7%
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 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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Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,892 ratings