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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a bottle at Cork City in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a golden yellow to orange in color with some light hints of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that shows very good retention properties with a thick cloud-like layer remaining over the entire surface of the beer. Significant lacing is observed.

S: The smell is dominated by the citrus hops - more of an orange/orange zest aroma than lemon but with some more subtle hints of lemon as well. Overall not too intense a smell to this beer though it does become more pronounced as the beer warms.

T: This beer has a fair amount of lingering hop bitterness which is contributed by the citrus hops present (this is more of the citrus zest/rind taste). There is a very light amount of malts in this beer.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very enjoyable and a nice beer but probably too hoppy/bitter to be a sessionable beer in my opinion. The citrus hops are really highlighted in this offering.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

What, no love for big brother Matthew and his forcing open of Japan? I say boo, sir! Anyway, this younger sibling pours a clear light amber topped by a fairly short-lived cream foam. The nose comprises mild pine, flowers, light greens, and subdued toffee. The taste ups the ante with the flowers and pine, adds a decent amount of orange peel, and tightens the leash around the neck of the toffee. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a pretty good EIPA, but it's way too one-sided for my liking, with the hops coming off as a tad harsh.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.59/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Chris for this one.

A: Pours light golden color with one finger of white foamy head on top, really dense. Nice foamy lacing on the sides. Lots of carbonation being released to the top.

S: Faint citric hops, a bit of grass and a floral component. LOTS of pale grains and a bit of caramel.

T: Faint grapefruit and lemon, some grainy malt, caramel, and a little bit of smoke, but not good smoke that you sometimes want in a beer. Finish is extremely dry.

M: Medium bodied with high carbonation, extremely dry.

O: This beer looked amazing, but thats where the great qualities ended for me. The smell was weak and the taste was just off. The first beer from Great Lakes that I have not liked.

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest head but it leaves extensive blanketing lace. Gold color and crystal clear.

First impression was of perfume. Second whiff was of crystal style malts and cream.

Starts off like a rich amber ale but then a peppery hop flavor takes over. This is smooth IPA, which I attribute to the thick body. There's a fruity sweetness that brings an interesting balance to this brew.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my perfect pint glass. Pours a light amber color with a nice fluffy white head that quickly dissipates into a thin layer covering the beer. Nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by the citrusness of the hops. Taste has lot of the citrusness up front followed by a nice long bitterness. Enjoyable IPA, another solid offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 4/10/10 notes. Had on tap at the Big Hunt in DC.

a - Pours an orange amber color with one inch of white head. Light carbonation evident.

t - Tastes follows the nose...pine and citrus hops leading the way. Also some smooth caramel malts.

m - Smooth and creamy. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was a pretty good IPA. It had enjoyable citrus hops and smooth caramel malts in the taste and I thought it was very drinkable. Would have again.

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

Wow, I never thought the day would come where I could pick up a sixer of a Great Lakes IPA right in the Ohio Valley, recently the microbrews have come into the Steubenville/Wintersville OH areas in specifically the two Kroger grocery stores. With Great Lakes products came Erie Brewing, Magic Hat, Atwater, and more. I'm happy to see this happening here's the IPA and the bottle states 7.5% abv when I visited the brewery back in 04 it was listed at 8%. Appearance has a light bronze copper appearance even a pale peach lighter in color than the Burning River Pale, large off white creamy textured head forms thick and dwindles slow clinging to the edges of the pint leaving even rings of lace with each sip. Aromatics contains heavy grapefruit peel action with a sugary coating much sweeter smelling than actual grapefruit, the malts used here are mildly toasted with somewhat of a spicy rye note even though I now none of that was utilized here. Flavors a bitey somewhat acidic wave of high alpha hops grapefruit peels, pine, and grassy components all dive onto the palate with some initial sweetness quickly gets wiped away. Not as diverse and well balanced as some standard IPAs but at 7.5 this one is on the border of a DIPA definitely some assertive alcohol noted in the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light slippery textured hop oils gliding on the palate definitely sticks to the tongue and carbonation feels natural and carris the brew well pretty moderate. Drinkability is great I could handle a few of these but really I've been enjoying one out of the sixer at a time, spreading them out has been an enjoyable experience between finishing nursing school this week and catching up on cutting the grass this brew is substantial enough to fill my hophead cravings. I believe in my last review on tap I yearned for this beer to be bottled, well I guess I owe a thank you to the folks at Great Lakes, goo job guys.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a fluffy, off-white/light-tan head with decent retention. The nose was slightly hoppy, but overlain with an alcohol sharpness. The color was a bright deep-yellow. The mouthfeel was medium with a light hoppiness on the palate. The finish was distinctly hoppy, somewhat citrusy, like grapefruit. It masked its 7.5% ABV well.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear copper amber with a very sizeable off white head from too firm a pour. Nose is basically like sticking your nose in a can of pineapples. Just thick pineapple syrup. Flavor is very tangy on the start. Then you get a very salty hop hit with slightly vibrant citrus tones. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is even. Drinkable, yes. Even though it leans heavily towards the salty side, it still has a decent leve of balance that keep things going.

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

Bottle shared by HopasaurusRex, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a deep amber color that borders on copper with a smallish white head that shows moderate retention and lace. Smells of earthy, citrus and piney hops with a solid caramel and bread malt backbone. The taste holds no surprises that the nose couldn't ferret out. Caramel and bread assaulted by earth pine and citrus. I was a bit surprised to see this listed as an English style IPA as I saw lots of American in there. Medium body and carbonation level with a sweet honey like mouthfeel. Great IPA, I wish it were a bit easier to get in my corner of the planet.

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Photo of tdm168
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright yellow with a big mountain of soft, white head that has great retention. The nose has a sweet, bready, malty aroma with some faint hops in the background. The flavor has a big malty backbone that is bready and a little sweet, almost birthday cake like. The hop character is mildly citrusy, but big and bitter, and it dominates the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with just the right amount of carbonation.

This is a nice IPA. I like the big malty backbone. The hops are solid and are a nice match to the malts. This is well balanced, smooth, and very drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA

Mostly clear, copper-y, amber coloration, nice white head. Mmm, hmmm. Right on.

Aroma: soft, floral, lightly spicy, fruity. Gets bigger, more boisterous, bitterer as we go on. Really opens up, shows off the hops, very nice.

Taste: Fills the mouth with a barrage of bitterness. Very bright, oily, thick, and exuberant. Stands ground in the mouth, holds tight to the palate, hoppy flavor never quits. Some citric zest, grapefruit, etc. Pine needles aplenty. With a medium body, excellent tenacity of hoppy flavor, great malty balance below.

This is one of those IPAs under the radar, that should be mentioned whenever one speaks of great hoppy MidWestern IPAs. And I'm just trying it for the first time, myself. High sessionability, for those with high lupulin tolerance, we hopheads.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Nonick pint glass.

Pours a wonderful brilliant gold, giving a large massive off white head. Head is about four fingers in size with some soapy shampoo like bubbles. Body is a gorgeous gold and crystal clear with some small carbonation going slowly up in places. Head has great staying power. Decent lacing as well upon the glass too.

A simple clean faint hop smell, and some small grain like malt. Gets almost a little grassy. Very clean smelling, real nice. AFter some time there's almost some sweet honey/lemon feel to it also.

Sweet bread upon taste at first almost like a danish, with a good mild hop bitter finish that replaces and then dominates. Beer gets hop assertive after a few sips. Quite hoppy it seems for this style, but it's a good feeling. Hop bitterness transforms a little into some faint citrus oils but there's also a hidden spice of perhaps cumin or maybe even fenugreek. It's real hard to pinpoint, feels like a typical brown/green curried spice you could use, perhaps it even just simple clove.

Real tasty beer another great lakes winner and just good all around.

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

Trying the Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA...."Dont Give Up The Sip"! Great motto! The beer pours a clear straw yellow with thin white head that is lacing in my pint glass. The smell is has a apricot/citrus base with subtle spice. The taste is powered by hops....it starts very bitter, then a apricot shaunters in followed by more bitter. There is a tinge of metallic taste and the ABV is not fully masked. The mouthfeel is a full bodied ale with good carbonation. Overall it is a taste beer and highly recommended. This beer definitely is more English IPA than West Coast IPA.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.79/5  rDev -3.1%
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 drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on draft in a Great Lakes shaker pint glass (cool with logo'ed glassware even if its a shaker pint, at least I think so). Beer is clear and yellow. There may be a slight haze to it but its hard to tell. I'll say mostly clear. Almost no carbonation to detect, forms a thin white head that leaves some lacing behind.

There is a sweet citrus aroma to the beer mixed with some malt. Could be more pronounced.

Finally a taste and I immediately realize this is an English IPA, not American IPA as the menu states. Oops! Well then this is pretty good. Beer is a little dry but sweet. There is a nice hop flavor (citrus again) and a nice bitterness in the back. Medium bodied, which is appropriate, overall a good EIPA.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A light yellow, very pale looking appearance for an IPA.

S - A citrus bomb - grapefruit and tropical fruit on the nose with some earthy hops. One of the best noses I've seen from an IPA.

T - The citrus is very prevalent (grapefruit) along with pine and earthy hops and a nice light malt backbone. A very well balanced IPA!!!

M - Medium body with some chew!

D - A very smooth IPA. Could easily sit back and have a few of these at once...

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Photo of tempest
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor, MI. Poured into my pint glass, it's a clear gold with a tall, white head.

This IPA is a little different than your typical face-full of pine and grapefruit. Given, it does have grapefruit, but the flavor starts mellow and then grows through the finish to a big, spicy bitterness. The aroma has more of the citrus and is pleasant, but relative for the style, it could be better. For the strength, this beer is very drinkable and a little dangerous. It's probably a good thing more 7.5% beers aren't this seemingly sessionable.

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

The beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice mix of pale, Carapils, and bisquit malts as well as a wonderful hop nose that's bitter, but balanced. The taste is great! It has a really smooth pale and bisquit malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes dry and bitter with some great hop taste. There is incredible balance here. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a great American IPA. It's hoppy, yet complex enough in the malt bill to provide a level of balance.

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Photo of Gavage
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: light orange in color with a two finger head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel, light grapefruit tones, and a mild bitterness is detectable by the nose.

Taste: caramel, grapefruit, soft pine, and a mild fruit sweetness are nicely balanced. There is a bit of breadiness too. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pretty short as the flavors leave the mouth quickly.

Drinkability: very enjoyable IPA that goes down quickly. If you are looking for a basic APA, this one fits the bill.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Joe at Walnut Liquorette threw this bottle into my purchase free of charge since it was my first time shopping at that liquor store. Poured into a shaker pint, on to the beer:

Pale blonde color, the head is rocky, and it leaves whipped lace around the glass. The nose brings lemon and bitter grapefruit to the picture, and the infamous diacteyl (buttered popcorn) common in this color shade of IPA. The diacteyl goes along well with the citrus during the taste, but then a sharp bitterness and mildly hot fusel alcohol cuts into the quality of the taste.

It's not a bad effort, just a little off-par compared to the IPA's which are more widely available in my area.

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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Color is a mid to dark golden with a frothy two inch head. Great head retention and drink-by-drink step lacing.

S- Sweet and tropical.

T- Good caramel malt backbone to even out the hops. Grapefruit. Dangerous at 7.5%abv!

M- Medium mouthfeel with good carbonation.

D/O- I don't know why I passed this up for so long, even as Great Lakes is one of my more favorite breweries. No longer. Solid, solid, solid IPA...likewise with the brewery.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to RBlaszak for sending me this bottle as an extra.

The beer pours a golden color with a white head. The aroma is bread, flowers and oranges. The flavor is more of the same, with a lot of flower and perfume-flavored hops, some oranges and bready malt. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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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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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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