Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
88
very good
2,847 Ratings
Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
BEER INFO

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,847
Reviews:
886
Avg:
3.9
pDev:
11.79%
 
 
Wants:
113
Gots:
576
For Trade:
4
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3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, best before 5/7/2015. Pours fairly crystal clear golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate malt notes; with great strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic English IPA style. All around awesome complexity and balance of juicy citrus/tropical/piney hops and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mothman
3.56/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Weyerbacher tulip.

Pours a very large creamy beige head. About two fingers. Good retention with some nice lacing. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Some floral hops up front with a very distinguishable citrus smell of orange. Also has some biscuity malts. A little bit soft for the high abv.

Taste: Tons of floral, bittering hops. This one packs a bit of alcohol with it. Very big. Also has that big biscuity malt backbone. Definitely a midwest ipa. Lots of citrus, orange with a mix in of grapefruit. This beer is very big.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and chewy. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and hoppy with some alcohol showing.

Overall, I had higher expectations for this ipa. It was too big for a regular ipa and too much alcohol showed. Probably will stick to something else, even though this is in MN now.

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Photo of Boone757
4.25/5  rDev +9%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a logo-free imperial pint glass. Bottle says best by 05.31.2009.

A: A darkish orange-amber color with a thick head. Mild carbonation and the head dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Strong hop presence with a malt backbone. Slightly sweet and fruity, but without a distinctive presence from any single fruit.

T: Hoppy yet slightly malty at the same time. A slightly grassy taste to it--it's almost as if this were a hopped-up Vienna-style lager. Very tasty.

M: Overall pretty decent. A little too much carbonation, and some slight sour notes.

D: Quite drinkable. I'm glad that my local store had sixers of this on sale for only $6.49. I haven't been disappointed by a Great Lakes brew yet.

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Photo of oberon
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
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 Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Thanks to beerhan for this one.

Clear amber orange color with a nice fluffy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with nice lacing.

Nose brings nice reddish amber malts, earthy malts with almost a carrot like aroma, juicy malts and hints of light fruity hops.

Taste nice toasty malts, reddish caramel toasty malts, light caramel, tons of red malt flavors, earthy grassy, bit herbal hop kick with grassy almost floral hop flavors, a decent bitterness makes way for light fruit flavors from the yeast i think. finishes drier and toasty malts, slight bitterness with earthy grassy hops, herbalish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, drinkable, nice malts blended with a nice grassy earthy hop but light bitterness. A much lighter drinking beer than i expected.

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3.11/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Acquired via trade from mcallister so a big “Thank you” goes out to him.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass. The date of Sept. 19, 2006 clearly marked on the label.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: There’s a very intensely sweet hops smell with a heavy citrus background, but I found it to be a bit pungent.

T: The taste is malty and fruity with only a mild hops background. A little too sweet for my liking and it also didn’t seem like the hops bitterness and malt sweetness blended together as well as they should for the style.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, dry & sticky finish.

D: It isn’t filling and hides the 7.50% (as listed on the bottle) ABV well. I suppose it would go down easy if you like the taste, I, however, did not. I’ve liked the other beers that I’ve had from Great Lakes (Nosferatu & Edmund Fitzgerald) and this is one of my favored styles, but I just didn’t like this beer.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, copper body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Basic pale malts paired with a fragrant, fruity blend of fresh melon, pine, and an assortment of various citruses.

Taste: Starts with a modest pale maltiness and light, standard sweetness that is, perhaps, a bit simple, but it gives a good white canvas over which to exhibit a range of hop flavors - a drop of melon juice, a drizzle of pine resin, and a platter of sweaty, pithy citrus rinds. Medium-high bitterness. Further hints of grain return for the dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: An enjoyable, quality India Pale Ale charged with plenty of hop bitterness but, thankfully, refrains from being overbearing.

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

Photo of russpowell
4.14/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cheers to pwoods for this, thanks Patrick!! I always dig beers with ties or allusions to history..

Pours amber with a pinky of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S: Floral & citrus hops, a little biscuitty malt. Pine sneaks in as this warms

T: Grapefruit, flinty dryness & some biscuitty malt up front. Grapefruit & pineapple show as this warms along with a touch sulphur that contributes nicely, a kiss of booze. Finishes with nice hoppy crispness, & some dryness. Almost gave this a 4.5

MF: Slightly heavy body up front, along with some warmth. Nice balance

Good drikability, I'm sure the ABV would get me after awhile, but the first bottle goes down pretty darn easy. A solid AIPA

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Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev +0.8%
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 mdaschaf
2.59/5  rDev -33.6%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Resplendent amber with a generous splash of tangerine juice. I had hoped to see a hop leaf haze, but the only thing disturbing the glassy body of the beer is a sparse collection of fine bubbles leading up to a great looking head of pastel orange-tinted ivory. The foam crown is impressively, resinously sticky so it's a mystery why the glass is only partially coated with lace. [Note: the glass is filthy with crusty lace in the end and easily earns the next highest score as a result.]

The beer has a tremendous aroma of pungent, juicy grapefruit, orange and pine. This is the nose that I expected on my brewpub pint last year and didn't get. I wish the brewery was a little more forthcoming with their ingredients because I'd love to know the Commodore's hop bill. I'm guessing one or more of the 4-Cs and either Simcoe or Amarillo.

This is a great IPA! I think the reason that I haven't been overly thrilled with the beer on my (admittedly few) visits to the Great Lakes brewpub has to do with the difference in mouthfeel between their tap beer and their bottled beer. It matters because the more lush, full-bodied beer from the bottle allows the flavor to stick around, to sink into the taste buds and to be appreciated in all its glory.

There's plenty of malt on hand, with a little too much caramel for my tastes. It isn't a problem, though, because a significant number of rip snortin' American hops ride to the rescue and pound the underlying sweetness into oblivion. I've had much, much hoppier beer, but there isn't a hophead alive who wouldn't be satisfied with this IPA.

As in my brewpub pint, the alcohol isn't masked as completely as it could be. If my memory is accurate at all, it's covered over to a much greater degree in this bottled version and isn't the least bit intrusive. Perhaps because the beer seems hoppier in the bottle? Sugar-crusted white grapefruit pith is especially prominent and is giving my tongue a solid thrashing.

I don't know that I'd go so far as to describe the mouthfeel as lush, but it's definitely creamy and is as smooth as possible given the buzzsaw nature of the hops. I knew that one of the best 'mouthfeel breweries' in the world, if not *the* best, wouldn't let me down. Again, I'm struck by the superiority of Great Lakes's bottled beer in comparison to what is available at the brewpub. That doesn't mean, of course, that I wouldn't be a fixture there if I still lived in Cleveland.

For as long as I've been a BA, I've lamented the lack of an IPA from my favorite brewery. Now that it has arrived, I have to say that I'm impressed. They've used a kick ass combination of hops and have added enough of them to satisfy this sometimes hard to please hophead. I would ask for a DIPA next, but Commodore Perry is most of the way there already.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Jason
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the label.

Two fingers of head holds steady, perfect clarity with tiny bubbles racing to the top. Herbal, minty and a little citric in this hoppy nose ... a bit fruity with some esters and a smattering of toasted bread in the back. Smoothness has depth, thick-ish medium body. Bitter, yes and a bitterness that sticks. The malt is big enough to stand up to this somewhat brute-like hoppiness and the alcohol / fruitiness stakes a swing at the hops as well. While the bitterness and stodgy hop flavor prevails in the end it did have a tough battle to push through. Malt is an even wall of toasted sweetness and the alcohol is quite noticeable with fruity and peppery esters. Finishes bitter/sweet with more bitterness obviously.

A perfect example of "no coast" IPAs that don't get enough attention. Damn tasty and bold enough to rival both coasts.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,847 ratings.
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