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 | website

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

Pours a golden color with a 1/2 finger white head. Smells of some caramel malt with a slight citric bite.

Taste is decent. Touch of caramel malt with a nice, balanced citric hop presence. Bitterness stays with you for a bit after swallowing.

Mouthfeel is a bit light for an IPA. Obviously this one focuses on the hops.

Drinkability is good on this.

Overall, recommended. I got this bottle at Lone Hill, and it may have been a little old at the time, so the hops seem to have faded a bit. Still tasty, but would like to have it fresh.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.37/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden clear elixir with a sturdy, pearly white head.

Smell: That starchy, potato -like hoppyness that I often find in IPAs was definately there at first, it then turned into lawn clippings mixed with pine needles. Not bad.

Taste: Medium to light bodied, although it did show some cookie crispness. The hop bite is a bit harsh with a bone dry finish that sort of throws off the balance somewhat, I tend to like my IPAs a bit more malty. It did eventually grow on me as the hoppy flavors saturated my tastebuds and the acridness of the aftertaste slowly diminished. I wouldn't drive 100 miles for this Beer, but I wouldn't mind if my local pub had it.

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

Pours a moderately dark orange/copper color with a decent head, with decent retention and some lacing (poured from a bottle into a pint glass). The aroma hits you fairly quickly, which smells of fairly strong alcohol, and a nice citrus finish. Has a very fruity (grapefruit) taste, and is very bitter. Very Hoppy. Has a moderate mouthfeel, with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, a very good beer, one of my favorite American IPAs.

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Photo of jdoncbus
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have enjoyed this beer for a while now, time to review.

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bright, golden color with a small head and moderate lacing. Decent amount of carbonation flowing towards the head.

Nose is a biscuit, floral aroma. Smells of orange, apricot, pineapple leap out with a final hint of alcohol. The malt is also hanging out.

Hits the palette with a rush of hops and floral delight. Toasty malt is present but the orange, pineapple flavor dominates the offering with a solid alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is oily and not overly tart as many IPAs but just dry enough IMO.

I thoroughly enjoy this beer, not only for the fact that it's available in many places in my area (gotta love the 12-packs) but being a hop head Commodore Perry always hits the spot. It's a smooth and bold IPA and I admit, the high alcohol level is also nice. Ever since GLBC made this a year round brew, there is always a six pack in my fridge. Keep up the good work Cleveland and go Bengals....

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Photo of bboven
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seems a little light in color for an IPA and there's next to no head and barely any lacing.

Smell is fantastically hoppy. It's all I can smell but I love hops, so...

Tastes the same way. Biting, bitter, flavorful hops. Very minute malt dances around, but the cones run the show in this bottle.

Mouthfeel is a little thin but very dry. I like that aspect a lot because a lot of IPAs are almost too malty and sweet for me.

Very drinkable because it is so dry. You taste no alcohol, so you would have to look at the label to know it's 8 percent.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to nathan15 for this one.

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an insanely clear apple juice color, quite the shock. One finger fluffy white head dies down to a thin lacing. Stickiness is alright, spotty on the sides. First thing I get from the smell is a caramel malt, am I crazy? After that first scent, big citrus notes of mostly grapefruit, dominate the nose. A tiny bit of honey presents itself as well. Taste is pretty complex. Starts off somewhat bready from the good malt background and then is dominated by a lemony hop kick. That honey flavor once again surfaces but this time on the tongue. Ends up semi-dry with an earthy fruit aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. Drinkability is scary good, I really enjoy this IPA. I think the finish is the best part of this brew. Don't judge a beer by how it looks that's all I have to say.

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Photo of crayphish
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This GLBC offering pours a clear orange copper with a nice dense head and plenty of lacing. Smell is a balance of malt and fruity hops. Taste is again somewhat balanced. The malt tenders the hoppiness. The fruitiness is clearer here and seems to be green apple like. Some bitter grapefruit as well. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, but the hops leave the palate clean. I found this to be a drinkable IPA and another fine GLBC brew.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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