Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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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Photo of Bone53
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Clear rich golden color with a one finger off white head

Smell: Citrus and floral hops, pine, sweet malt.

Taste: Grapefruit, slight pine, and sweet malts. Quite sweet

Mouthfeel: Light medium body with moderate bitterness. Maybe a bit too carbonated

Overall: This is a bit too sweet than what I prefer in a ipa. Doesnt have that great bright fruit/floral hop profile I go for in the style. I prefer some of GL other beers, and I'm likely to pass this up for other IPA's. That being said, it's still quite tasty and enjoyable, especially for the price.

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Photo of SebD
3.84/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice slightly hazy golden color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, some grapefruit, light pine, sweet caramel and buiscuity malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some citrus, grapefruit, some pines resins, some sweet caramel and toasty/buiscuity malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.41/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked Best by 6/15/14 at 45 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma virtually none; perhaps a faint apricot? At least nothing offensive.
Head small (2 cm), white, creamy, rapidly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing good – covers nearly entire inside of the upper glass with very tiny bubbles, thinning as the beer level falls.
Body dark yellow, clear
Flavor slightly bitter, no pronounced flavors, no alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. Ends with a slight astringency.
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation ending quickly.

Unusual for a Great Lakes product, this seems rather non-descript. Hoppiness is noticeable only by the bitterness with no pronounced flower, citrus, melon, or conifer aroma or flavor. Perhaps I’m just used to the more hop-forward offerings in DIPAs and can’t recognize a basic IPA any more. For those who don’t want their palates destroyed by hop bombs, this may be a good choice.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at the Deer Lake pub, Deer Lake, PA last weekend.

Arrived at the bar in one of those awful pint glasses with ads on it, which took away a bit from the appearance. Not Great Lakes fault of course. Golden yellow with small which head. Good carbonation, head persisted, lacing was fair. A little colder than I would have liked, glass as slightly frosty, but quickly warmed up a bit.

Sweet floral aroma

I've had this beer many times in the past, and it's always an enjoyable change from the hop bombs (which I also love) As an English style IPA, the balance is very good, and the malt background is very strong and tasty, not overly sweet. Still some bite from the hops, but muted.

Mouth is around medium, a tad dry on the finish.

Overall, a really nice sessionable IPA, usual Great Lakes quality. Would happily grab it again.

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Photo of tmm313
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Crystal clear light amber color. Poured a pretty good head. Nice lacing.

S- There's definitely grapefruit, fresh hops, caramel, and floral notes. It reminds me of other fresh hop IPAs I've tried. There's almost a slight ammonia aroma.

T- Orange, grapefruit, caramel malts, cracker, hop bitterness, spice, pine, and grapefruit rind. Bitter hop aftertaste. Common flavors mixing together in a way I've never tasted.

M- Medium body. Resinous and drying. Bitter aftertaste.

O- Its hard to pin this one down. Its definitely walking to the beat of its own drummer. The flavors are common IPA flavors, but they mix together to form something completely unique. For that I'll give it an "outstanding" score for the overall.

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Photo of Seanem44
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange Amber with just a tinge of brown. Thin creamy head

S: At first a pleasant fruity smell, however it yielded to a musky smell not unlike the home brewed IPA I attempted. Very strange. If not for the musky after smell it would be very good.

T: Different. Not bad at all, but for an IPA, not great. Honestly, it tasted as if Guinness added hops to their draught to try and make an IPA.

M: Not unpleasant. For a 7.5 ABV IPA it drinks very smooth and easy. The alcohol is masked well.

O: Average IPA. Definitely not in the top tier, but not bottom cellar. Unique taste but not a memorable one. Good for a try in a pick six, but not much more.

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Photo of Zetcha7x
3.54/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz single poured into a standard pint. BB date of 5/2014. Purchased from Wegman's in Collegeville, PA.

A-golden pour. small white head that quickly recedes. no retention. no lacing. ton of carb bubbles at the pour, but they quickly dissipate. looked great for the first 30 seconds then kind of dulled.

S-major citrus. grapefruit. some pine. hops. some malt.

T-spicy hops. some caramel malts. grapefruit. some alcohol taste, but no overpowering. bitter finish.

M-light to medium bodied. little carbonation. smooth. dry finish. typical ipa.

O-nice ipa but nothing spectacular. I had high expectations for this beer and feel kind of let down. maybe I'm just over ipa's at this point. not all bad though-I would definitely pick this over many of ipa's.

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

Bottle into tulip

Appearance - Pale golden/orange, some hues of yellow, about 1 finger white head retains well, decent lacing.

Smell - Pungent citrus, grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, mango, orange and even some subtle pine. There is a malt presence as well.

Taste - Floral earthiness right from the start that is also quite bitter, with nice hoppy citrus character. You get bitter pine, and resin and the bitterness that comes along with more of a subtle lemon, pineapple, pear, apricot and even some tangerine. The end seems to bring a combination of citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and refreshing.

Overall - Good beer. Another one that I bought as a single to try out and definitely not dissipointed.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Light copper and extremely clean this IPA set up a dense and foamy ivory head.

The scent held an airy lemon, grapefruit and bright fresh hay. The malt is tempered but the hops are very fresh and spring like.

The flavor holds a sweet lemon and a sour grapefruit but the malt is strong in a grainy, musty taste.

The feel is a bit bitter but this is super easy to drink.

Perhaps the musty grain malt flavor was an aberration and not all bottles hold this same property but it detracted from the overall taste.

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Photo of AkronBeerMan
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic flagship type beer for Northeast Ohio. Some local seasonal beers will top it in my opinion, however, for year round availability it stands on its own as a go to beer. Its not overpowering but has great flavor that hides the fact it clocks in at 7.5% ABV.

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Photo of Ohiolager
4.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

commodore Perry India pale ale $8.99 6pk bottles.(OH)

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

freshest taste date clearly marked.

i pour this beer aggressively, i found it gives a much better appearance.

pours amazing a 2 to 3 finger thick peach white head, that eventually gives way to over a half inch of lacing.its a crisp, clear, pale golden color. as with all GLBC brews the carbonation is just right.

the smell is hoppy, happy and inviting. as with all GLBC brews what you smell is not half of what you taste.

the flavor is not too complex but there's a lot going on. a slightly bitter, citrus cascade of hops, followed by a piney surrounding. this american IPA is a tasty beverage. if you like IPA'S and haven't tried this your missing out. at 7.5 abv it's masked nicely. its not a hop burner.

the mouth-feel is heavy bodied in my opinion. which i like and expect from a quality IPA. some IPA'S are real bitter this one is just plain tasty.

overall this is my favorite beer from GLBC to date. if your new to IPA's i would recommend burning river first, then knock on commodore Perry door and say don't give up a sip!

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Photo of Emnmarko
4.24/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Rich, golden and clear. Half finger head quickly reduces to a light halo. Minimal lacing.

S- Bold citrus with lemon zest. Light bready yeast.

T- Floral citrus flavors blend with a mild malt and light yeast rather nicely. Complex but not overpowering. Although bitter there is a balancing sweetness underneath that makes things even more interesting.

M- Medium bodied. Coats with a buttery feeling. Nicely carbonated.

O- A wonderful rendition on an IPA and my favorite brew from Great Lakes Brewing. I'm glad I came across this one and will seek it out in the future. Great citrus notes, balanced properly and with personality.

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Photo of Diggitydustin
4.4/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a jumbo mug. Beautiful golden color, nice head that settled fairly quickly. The smell is terrific. Kindve a fruity scent. The taste is heavenly. Definitely a very tasty brew. This is the first Great Lakes Brewery beer I've drank, and I could see myself going back to this, and definitely trying other Great Lakes brews. I enjoyed every bit of this. I've had 3 of these so far and I'm REALLY looking forward to the other 3 I have. Have one! Cheers

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa, having never had this before. I wasn't sure what to expect with this beer, as it didn't seem aggressive as other IPA's nor was it British in origin. Amazingly, this was way better than I thought as it balanced, flavorful, and felt weak enough to be a session beer; even though it certainly wasn't when it came to the alcohol. Had I bought more than one bottle, I would have easily cracked that open during this sitting!

The pour to this was great, as this beer had a nice golden hue with a fairly frothy head that quickly settled. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but the carbonation was spot-on, both in the taste and in the appearance. Lots of tropical fruit like mango and papaya in the nose, followed by grain, earthy hops, citrus, pine, and resin in the mouthfeel. The latter was slightly oily but nowhere near as much as the West Coast IPA's and only the tropical fruits and bitterness lingered in the aftertaste. This reminded me of a Troegs beer when it came to the bitterness and range of flavors, but was just a bit more British in its balance and the type of hops used. Very clean finish to this without a hint of booze or dry hoppiness.

Why did I buy only one bottle? To test it out, but I could easily down a six-pack in a few sittings. No sign whatsoever of strength here when it came to the ABV and that was as testament to how easily enjoyable this was. While not as intense or full as other IPA's or English IPA's, there's so much to like here including the easygoing nature of this. Perfect for someone new to the style or willing to kick a few back without downing a "hop bomb".

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Photo of glass_house
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tall footed goblet

Transparent amber-orange with two fingers of thick white head that maintains a nice cap with substantial lacing. The smell is mostly grapefruit and pineapple with a piney resinous undertone. Nothing extraordinary but extremely pleasant nonetheless.

A little light-bodied for my taste but nowhere near thin or watery. Carbonation is right on the money--crisp but not overpowering. The taste is a somewhat muted version of the nose. Citrus and tropical fruit lead the way, with some mild pine bitterness following. Clean sweet malts provide a nice balance throughout. I like what I'm tasting, I just wish I was tasting more of it.

I'm sure I've had this beer before but I don't remember anything about it so this was like a brand new experience. Not sure why my expectations were relatively low, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it. Not complex or groundbreaking but very solid and refreshing. I'd put it a notch ahead of most good shelf IPAs, but not quite on the level of the great ones like Headhunter.

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Photo of ischoz
4.13/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love this beer. The first IPA I bought. Nice and bitter but not over the top. I love the Great Lakes Brewing Company, they are consistent and make a great product. If you have never had an IPA I suggest trying this one, you won't be dissapointed.

Pours a nice amber color with a decent head that doesn't laste too long. There was a little lacing but nothing to write home about.

Smells the way an IPA should. You know what you're getting into.

Strong hop taste but not extreme. This is not a hop bomb.

Very smooth, nice mouth feel.

Just go get it.

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Photo of y2jrock60
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Extremely clear dark yellow, almost bordering light orange. The head is thin and dissipates quickly while leaving behind a slight amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is very pleasant that is very clean and refreshing. There is a strong prescience of apple juice in the aroma along with a hint of spice. It almost reminds me of baked cinnamon apples. It also comes across as sweet.

T- It starts off resiny then transitions to a dry spiciness. There is a burst of spicy hops in the middle along with a sweet apple flavor. The finish is extremely balanced, both the malt and hops linger, while your tongue begs for another sip.

M- Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. You experience resin compounds, dryness, sweetness, spiciness, and maltiness.

O- Overall, a very well rounded and refined beer. This is always a great fall back when you crave a balanced IPA. At $33 a case it's hard to beat.

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Photo of bryangb
3.32/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Smell- Pine%2C grass%2C pineapple%2C citrus%2C grapefruit. Feel- Soft bodied. Good carbonation for an IPA. Helps contribute to the bitter%2Fpine experience. Taste- Bitter hops up front. Grass and pine cones come through. Bitter and dry finish. Solid beer at a fair price (%249.99 for a sixer)

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.64/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into a glass. 7.5% abv.

Appearance- Medium amber orange with a semi thick head. Almost transparent in clarity.

Smell- Earthy with pine and grapefruit aromas dominating.

Taste/mouthfeel- A touch of sweet fruit flavors shortlived with a blast of hop bitterness that follows. Heavy body and a sticky mouthfeel. A hint of alcohol in the taste as well.

Overall- A good solid IPA but not one I would call excessively memorable. Appropriate to the style though, in all respects. This is one to give a try.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold to copper, transparent, feint bubbles, head is bright white, presenting 1/2 inch thick then dissipating to a ring and some good lacing on the glass walls.

Smell is earthy, herbal, resinous, with some lighter grapefruit, malt is noted, subtle caramel and light toasted malt.

Taste is very nice, clean crisp malt flavor blending well with the strong bitter notes; malt has a touch of caramel, hops are resinous, earth with grapefruit; fruity esters are noted, not distracting and subtle alcohol strength is noted.

Mouthfeel is very balanced, bittering hops and malt flavors linger on the tongue nicely, crisp carbonation but it does not take away from this beers appeal.

Overall, a very, very good stronger ipa, great hop flavor, tilted towards resinous and earthy flavors, subtle malt flavors and good presence in the mouth.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best by date of 2/11/14. Poured into pint glass.

A: Nice, dark gold color. Clear, moderate carbonation. Thick white head at the beginning. Slowly recedes to a quarter-finger of head that sticks around for awhile. Lacing is good.

S: Smell is heavily herbal, slightly fruity with very mild grapefruit undertones. The cat pee smell really comes through in the smell with the addition of the Simcoe hops. Bit of alcohol and resinous pine hops.

T: Willamette hops dominate the taste. Spicy, bold, earthy, herbal taste. Caramel malt undertones. Touch of fruity esters. Bit of grapefruit rind. Touch of alcohol. Ends resinous and slightly bitter.

M: Smooth. Medium-bodied. Not much carbonation. Supremely easy drinking.

O: Probably the best English style IPA I've had. This beer is very balanced with slightly sweet malt and one of my favorite hop varieties (Willamette.) This is strong for an English IPA, but it still remains balanced (as the style dictates.)

A great go-to beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, goldenrod coloring with a thin, filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical sweet and tangy, with a mild resinous character in the backbone. Flavors are tangy sweet tropical fruit and mild spicing, with roast characteristics and cut grass highlights. More on the tangy side by far, but well balanced overall, and very drinkable. Mid-bodied, but slightly effervesced from the carbonation. Tangy sweet and slightly rich aftertaste, with a subtly dry, slightly bitter finish. Very well rounded, very drinkable English IPA. Tasty.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.84/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Commodore Perry." Clearly identifies as an IPA on the label. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded pry-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN for $1.79 and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery. 7.5% ABV confirmed. Bottled 09/10/2013. Reviewed as a pale ale because of the name.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of white colour. Decent creaminess and thickness. Could be more frothy. Smooth even consistency. Complexion is a bit soft, but not as much as would be ideal. Head retention is above average - about 2-3 minutes. Nice even lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a predictable clear translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.

A generally appealing look for a beer, but it's not unique or special for an IPA. I'm looking forward to trying it. Doesn't have any egregious flaws.

Sm: Mango fruit and accompanying esters, nebulous tropical fruit, pale malts, floral hop character, and some pine. White grapefruit. I have trouble finding specific notes on account of my broken nose - all apologies, lads.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength. Hop bitterness seems to be partially untamed, which is disconcerting.

T/Mf: Plenty of tropical fruit including mango and grapefruit - along with an accompanying untamed bitterness that betrays the beer's lack of balance. Pale malts. Citrusy zest. Some pine. Has a strange sweetness up front. I'm really not a fan of the sticky boozy nectary fruit character. Not at all a gestalt build, nor a particularly cohesive one.

Has some fair complexity, but it's unimpressive. Not particularly subtle, intricate, or nuanced. Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character comes through. I do find some light alcohol presence that goes beyond a pleasant warming sensation and ventures into distraction.

Smooth and wet. Zesty. Overcarbonated. A bit too heavy and full-bodied. Filling - even overbearing - for an IPA. Texture suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically for it. Lightly oily. Decent presence on the palate.

Not astringent, harsh, gushed, hot, boozy, or rough.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. I expected far better from Great Lakes, and maybe it's fallen off quickly with a bit of age, but overall I'm pretty disappointed. I'll plan to revisit this one. I wouldn't recommend it to friends based on this bottle. Honestly, I think the whole tropical fruit approach to IPA builds just isn't for me. Fans of that approach to the style will likely enjoy this beer. I'll chalk this up to personal preference.


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Photo of imprezawrxsti
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out of the bottle a fuzzy golden color with active effervescence and a bit of head. Some lace remains after a few minutes.

Smells very floral, herbs, citrus, and a little bit of spice; coriander and clove perhaps. The taste is pleasing, lots of the notes from the nose, but with a good hit of hops at the end. It sneaks up, but it's there! This beer also feels great on the tongue - just enough carbonation and thickness to belie its true 7.5% nature.

Overall I'd say this is a great example of its style, very agreeable and appropriate for this time of year (it's winter in the Rockies as I write this).

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear golden with one finger head. Aroma is sweet fruits, lemon rinds, orange rinds, a bit of tropical fruit. Pear, orange citrus and a nice lingering bitterness from the hops, maybe a bit of pine lingering on the palate. Dry finish with medium light mouthfeel and medium high carbonation. Drinkable IPA and a very nice example of the style.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,825 ratings.
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