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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

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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Photo of Wasatch
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JAYW for this one.

Pours a clean golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing to follow. The nose is hoppy, some malt tones, and caramel. The taste is hoppy and malty, lots of caramel. This brew is nice, but just not hoppy enough to be a good IPA, but still is tasty. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew, but to much on the malty side.

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Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle saved for an enchanting Sunday in September, opening day for the NFL. A wonderful day of (if I may compliment myself) great home cooking and (thanks to the Commodore Perry) great beer to match!

A lovely thick trim of pearl white head. It coats the sides of the glass just as thick as densely as it sits over the beer. A beautiful apricot/pear coloured body with perfect clarity. The colour is that of changing, yellow/golden autumn leaves. A small minority of bubbles set out from the bottom and lazily drift (eventually) to the top. A modest but very attractive marmalade coloured appearance.

A deliciously fruity aroma. Pear, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine. C-hops dominate. Lightly intoxicating, the alcohol (while considerably modest and undetected) opens the sinuses and calms the senses. Toasty, the hops are deeply integrated with the malts, it smells like a fresh boil.

The mouthfeel is full of both malt and hops. Seamlessly balanced. The hops impart a light bitterness, crisp and assertive on the palate. It also contains a dense, bready malt presence. The alcohol is absent. A strong mineral presence to the water. It can be both quenching and tasty.

The flavour has a faint suggestion of citrus, but is largely malty. It fails to linger much and really doesn't develop much through the tasting. Don't be mistaken - it is nice, it just simply doesn't carry itself like a DIPA. And rightfully so - it isn't one...

At seven some odd percent, this is an incredibly quaffable IPA. It is quenching and full of a modest - but assertive - character. Great Lakes Brewing offer products of great quality - this is no exception. A great, textbook offering of the IPA style, I enjoyed this on its own as a nice after dinner tipple!

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

Thanks to Kingpin for the bottle. This pours a clear pale amber color with a fine white head that quickly dissipates and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass. The smell is of citrussy hops. The taste is hoppy, with a grapefruit flavor predominating, as well a a good fruity malt backing(apricot?). This is a nicely balanced IPA with a rich and smooth mouthfeel. According to the label, the alcohol content is 7.5%, which is higher than I would expect from the taste. This is a very drinkeable IPA, tempered only by the high ABV. This is by no means a hop monster, just a nice well-balanced IPA.

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Photo of karengarys
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wasn't going to review this, but after one taste I just had to jot my notes down so I can remember which brew this was...

this pours very clear rich amber and typically bubbly, with a typical head that sticks to the side of my pilsner glass. It has a very hefty malty taste, but an unusual malt backbone I wouldn't expect from an IPA. Very well done. It is sweet, bitter, and citriusey all at the same time, and balanced quite well. The fizz is nice and creamy.

I recommend this beer for just about anybody who is not afraid of flavor and wants a refreshing drink.

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Photo of CortexBomb
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is clear yellow/golden with almost no head, decent lacing. The nose is very impressive though, a big time citrus waft..pink grapefruit to be specific.

The hops from the nose start it off with a bang on the front of the tongue, and settle in with their grapefruit tones on the back. Some pine shows up somewhere in the middle. A surprisingly sweet malt tone also shows up in the middle, sugary, unusual for an IPA, it doesn't take away from the hops, but adds another dimension. Mild bite on the finish. I love the combination of hops and sugary malts here, excellent.

The mouth on this is good, plenty of hop tingles and bitters in the right places, exactly where an IPA should be. Drinkability, no problems, easy enough to drink.

Overall: An interesting and unique take on the IPA style. Malty, but not in an English IPA sort of way, it adds dimension without taking away from the tongue ripping character of the American style. Another solid winner by the folks from Ohio.

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Photo of Atron67
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle at around 45-50 F

A- has a clear light amber with whitish head that didn't build up but lasted a reasonable amount of time

S- lots of floral hops with a strong malty undertones as well, cirtus scents are strong

T- out standing a strong hop burst all over the place, citrus flavors are great, there is a great malt flavor present as well, a great maltiness underneath the hops

M- light body, with medium carbonation

D- a great IPA, hides the 7.5% alcohol exceptionally well

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Photo of timtim
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

orangy gold with a big white head that leaves lots of lace. as soon as i opened the bottle i could smell bready yeast and sweet sweet hoppy goodness. nose is piney, grapefruit, malty and yeast. i love the bready yeast character this one has. too often the ipas are overwhelmed by the hoppiness. taste is mostly grapefruit with some pine, malt and yeast. just a little bitter as well. full - medium body with a bit of a dry finish. pleasure to drink and a great gift from a friend who took a trip to the midwest. cheers to comrades who share the love.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle. Best by 10/14/07.
Poured a clear light gold. Fine bubbled white head about one fingers worth of foam.
Citrusy hop aroma. Plenty of hop bitterness right upfront. Medium bodied.
Decent malt backbone. Very drinkable at 7.5%abv.

Not a lot to say about this beer, but if you are looking for an American IPA on the hoppy side, you should be happy with this beer.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

cleveland rocks...

A- orange topaz honey color brew with a few rising bubbles topped by 1 1/2in frothy white foam that settles slowly to 1/4in leaving wispy waves of lace trailing down the inside of the glass.

S- citrus grapefruit apricot passionfruit, tropical floral yeast, and a fleeting savory spiciness like dried basil and oregano

T- grapefruit! and everything else citrus, more like the essential oils. meaty earthy mushroom, stone clay mineral, soft light wood, then a puckering gooseberry like sour sneaks up on ya, quickly giving way to woodsy rosemary or pine maybe, followed by some residual malt sweetness, baker's yeast, toasted multigrain bread, dry leafy herbal hops, and a lingering hop resin aftertaste much akin to fine reefer.

MF- sticky, resinous, and dry with a coating effect in the mouth, becomes oily and slick in the throat. ideal carbonation.

D- as with most IPAs, the strength and boldness keeps this from being a session beer, but i would never turn down one...or two....or three.

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Photo of scottakelly
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A bright orange with a slight yellow hue. Medium white head.

S: Big citrus hop aroma. Mild sweet malt aroma.

T: Very bitter. Lots of citrus in the hops. Slight sweetness from the malt. Very well balanced.

D: Very good. Well balanced. Not very heavy for such a strong beer. The alcohol is well hidden. I could definately have 2 or 3.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a head that thins to a patch.

The smell is of grapefruit, lemon, pine - some caramel grainy malt. Normally this smell would get higher marks from me, but something is restrained about it. Nice, but (too?) mild.

The taste is grapefruit, lemon, resiny pine. Starts out pretty weak, but grows more robust (and pinier - if that's a word) as it warms. Sweet, grainy background keeps the hops balanced. Finishes a bit sweeter than typical for the style, but with enough bitterness to let you know that it's an American IPA. The alcohol is well-hidden (though may add a bit too much sweetness), with just a touch in the aftertaste. (I was going to give this a bit lower in score, but it's one of those brews that grow on you the more you drink it, and the flavors are there - just let it warm up a bit.)

Medium - I was going to say towards full, though I think it's more appropriate to say towards thick, bodied.

This is a nice IPA overall - would be interested to try it with a little less abv, as it seems, in my humble opinion, to add a bit too much sweetness to it. Anyway, I've had several offerings from this brewery and can't say that this one is one of my favorites, but it's certainly decent, to say the least, esp. as it progresses. It is a tough style to contend with with all of the competition - I'ts nice - but, well, mellow (other than abv).

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Photo of SSBrennan
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber-yellow color with very active carbonation and a tall tan head which leaves good lacing.

The smell is citrus and hops with strong notes of pineapple and a hint of malt. Slightly sweet smell.

Taste is rich and sweet with growing hop bitterness and a complex finish. The hops are particularly citrus heavy with good biting acidity.

The weight is right and the finish is clean.

The alcohol is not particularly noticeable for its ABV and I would drink two or three.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 09/10/07. Don't give up the sip.

Pours with a golden amber, copper penny hue containing topped with a 1/4 inch of tightly packed ivory head cap leaving drippy lace in the glass.

Light nose of hard candy and brewed tea aspects.

First swigs: Pink grapefruit hopped up front with a light crisp malt balance. Instantly dry finish. Some middle of piney peach, orange peel, and citrus blend.

Feel is medium bodied and rolling carbination.

Last swigs: Citrusy grapefruit sraight up American IPA. Some IPAs might offer a broader palate, but as a focused bright leafy dry IPA, kudos to this one!

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Photo of Umbra
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly orangish, light carbonation, and a wispy white head that died quickly but left slight lacing.
Aroma of very light citric hops and some kind in the background.
Hop Wallop-like kick in the teeth IPA. Needed it to wash out some stinkers tried earlier in the evening.
Finishes clean after a crisp dryness, medium bodied and very tasty. Another great one from a great brewery.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours two fingers of foamy head over a light amber, orange-copper crystal clear beer. Looks exactly how an IPA should, even leaving solid lacing as it downs. Nose is fairly mild, mostly just floral hops and a touch of very light malt character. Great flavor. In no particular order: a long fruity hoppy aftertaste (grapefruit, oranges, peaches?), and light sweet caramel malt. The beer sweetens as it warms, which makes for a perfect balance to the bitterness. This one's a super-hoppy IPA with a great fruit character. A really solid IPA.

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Photo of Risser09
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Named after the famous man who captained many fighter boats at a YOUNG age, this beer is filled with lore surrounding the Great Lakes region. Let's give it a try, shall we?
Appearance: Golden orange in color, with an off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind. There is little sign of carbonation from the bottom of the glass.
Smell: Floral hop bouquet and lots of sweetness. Balanced with grapefruit and pine.
Taste: Piney hop bitterness folds into lavendar, honeysuckle and apple flavors. Sweet and also quite bitter. Complex and enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Bitter all the way through. Pleasant to the mouth, leaving a drying effect. Alcohol is present and welcomed. Nice example of what this style should be.
Drinkability: Awesome. Great hop bitterness would stand up to some spicy asian food or raw fish. Worth seeking out at least for a try.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber with a decent head that is slow to diminish. The aroma is of great citrus hops with some sweet malts behind them. The taste is a great hop balance that somewhat overpowers the malt backbone, great for a hophead like me. The beer is rather crisp with well hidden alcohol. This is a very enjoyable IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Purchased a single at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a clear amber, decent one finger white head, dropped a lot of lacing, settles to a nice layer and ring, good retention. Smell is sweet, caramel, piney hops, some floral, fruity alcohol, not very fragrant but the aroma thats there is quite nice. Taste is very malty, sweet, a bit sugary, almost cloying, spicy bitterness, pine, alcohol, fruits, almost has a Belgian feel to it. Mouthfeel is full bodied, very thick, with low carbonation, alcohol is well hidden. Found this hard to drink, something about the mouthfeel doesn't feel right to me, just thick and heavy without a lot of flavour to fill it out.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Party Source in Newport, KY.

Appeareance: gold-orange color with 1/2" white head; transparent
Smell: lots of hops
Taste: lots of hops, dryness in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: strong beer, so just one a night will do (goes down nice though)

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Photo of athensbeermaster
2.83/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I tried this ipa at great lakes pub. I don't know if the pint I got was the end of the keg? Because this beer was a big dissapointment.
almost no head retention,very pale in color, and not very hoppy or complex. I tried this same beer in the bottle a day before and it was a better version but still nothing to rave about. I like there burning river much better! Kinda like Sierra Nevada a great pale ale
but there ipa is nothing special. oh well.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale, golden-hued IPA - the kind that my wife likes quite a bit - just one or two malts and lots 'o hops! The hops are up front in the nose, contributing a spicy, grassy, soporific character. Very quickly, the hops and malt work together; toasted malt complementing the spicy hops. This is a dangerously drinkable IPA with a smooth, hoppy finish that sort of vanishes into thin air. There's not a lot of complexity here, but that's okay as long as you like your hops. I'm a big fan of Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale and I see this beer as it's leaner, meaner big brother. I guess one could think of BRPA as the hoppy, bitter session ale and this as the nighty-nite hoppy ale.


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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a soft copper color with a quickly disappearing head. A lot of lacing. A very flowery smell with some hops to it and citrus. Very smooth taste with hints of malt and not too overwhelming hops to it. Avery nice and smooth IPA very drinakble and refreshing and not too harsh.

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Photo of Abita45
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass with a thin head, heavy lacing, and a relatively non-distinct aroma. The taste, however, is quite distinct, featuring a medium to high hoppiness with a strong fruit and floral overtone that, when coupled with the moderate carbonation, makes for a very refreshing summer beer. Often, I find IPA's dry me out a bit after a couple, but the crispness of the beer and fruit and floral tones really balances out the hops and makes it easy to drink. A really great IPA.

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Photo of GreenWBush
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clear pumpkin/gold. ½” head. Sturdy lace construction.

Nose is grassy, prickly, piney in various hoppy ways. Strong chlorophyll overtones.

On my initial and subsequent tastings, I couldn’t really decide on the overall flavor of this one; it had endearing traits but was in the end a bitter pill that didn’t really calm or quench the elusive hop craving.

Didn’t skimp on the IBU or hop flavor here, clearly, but doesn’t possess the late-boil hop flavor of some superior IPAs – I’m thinking FFF in particular here – and as such doesn’t really stack up. Tasty, and I’ll be looking forward to seeing it again though, to boot.

Medicinal mouthfeel, otherwise like an IPA should be. 4 Just not super-drinkable. I can't get over the super-high ABV of this beer, and it just punished me when it was regularly $5.99 or $6.99...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Lakes- Commodore Perry IPA

Appearance- Golden orange with a small moderate lacing head.
Smell- Floral hops, root vegetables,& molasses malt.
Taste- Big floral hops, green grass, malt.
Mouthfeel- Sweet and floral with a bitter bite in the end. Slight alcohol detection near the end also.

Overall- A pretty decent IPA. I could see myself buying a 6er of this, at a reasonable price though. I paid $3 or $3.50 for a single 12 oz bottle, it wasn't THAT good.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.91 out of 5 based on 2,805 ratings.
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