Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPAGreat Lakes Commodore Perry IPA
2,858 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-30-2003

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Photo of AltBock
3.79/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that's named after Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. He is called "Hero of Lake Erie" because he lead American forces in a decisive naval victory against the British at the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. Some of this can be found on the label. All Great Lakes put was "this IPA honors the hero of the War of 1812 who battled the enemy on Lake Erie." The label picture show a blurry painting of Commodore Perry and one of his commanders standing on the shore of Lake Erie watching over his ships during the battle of Lake Erie. In the background you can see one of the many British ships that burst into flames on that day. At the bottom of the picture is a saying, "Don't give up the sip!" Uhhh... OK! To the right of the picture is information about the beer, address of the Great Lakes Brewery, and a best by date of 6/11/07. This beer use to be a seasonal, but is now Great Lakes new year round brew. Served in a Beck's American pint glass.

Poured a clear honey amber with a small skim of white bubbles that I guess is suppose to act as Commodore Perry's head of foam. When the "head of foam" fizzled away, it left behind some white bubbles as rings and maybe a few bubbles acting as lace. The beer's appearance is made mostly of just bubbles floating around aimlessly. It smells like Great Lakes took a giant grapefruit and then dipped it in candy sugar. Then they combined the sugar coated grapefruit with citrus hops. Once the beer really warms up, it smells like cold cereal without the milk. Unusual, but good. I'll give that. Now this is where you get to taste the sugar coated grapefruit combined with the citrus hops. After the citrus hops have gone, a slight taste of toasted malt emerges. I believe the toasted malts calmed down the aggressiveness of the sugar coated grapefruit and the citrus hops and made this IPA a very well rounded brew. Without it, it would have just been grapefruit juice with hops added. The mouthfeel was very smooth and creamy with an aftertaste that tasted just like the aftertaste you would get after drinking a whole glass of grapefruit juice. Grab your grapefruit spoon and did in because you're going to need it. A nice addition to Great Lakes brewed year round list. Would the "Hero of Lake Erie," Commodore Perry himself drink this beer if he was still alive? Only if he liked grapefruits with a passion.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color with two fingers of white head that quickly dissipates.

Scent of juicy hops, grapefruit, peach, mango and a hint of bread. A nice balanced, juicy, fruity scent, but not too hoppy.

Taste of bready malts, hops, and water, finishes dry with a faint hop flavor. There is really nothing to this, it isn't offensive, but there is just very little flavor to it.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a pinch of carbonation.

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Photo of Kyrojack
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.22/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great Lakes is one of my favorite breweries, but I was somewhat disappointed by this beer. When I opened this bottle, there was an unmistakable skunky aroma which I thought was impossible for an IPA. The bottle was in-code (stamped 06/19/2007). Eventually the aroma dissipated, but even without it I thought the flavor was just OK. Not recommended.

This beer was very light in color for an IPA with good head formation and a bright sparkling nature. Aroma was obviously skunky, but eventually most of this dissipated. Aside from the methyl butyl thiol (skunk), aroma was lightly hoppy and not terribly impressive. Flavor was very light for an IPA...more akin to an English style IPA. I could feel a bit of hops in the back of my throat but otherwise mouthfeel was a bit watery. I was surprised this beer is 7.5% ABV - not that 7.5% is a giant percentage, but nonetheless it was hidden fairly well in this beer.

I can't say I'd recommend this beer.

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Photo of SkinniePost
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of MTNboy
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a thick rocky off white head and a bronze colored body. It is a good looking beer. For an IPA I thought it had a wonderful malty smell that reminds me of biscuits. The flavor is nice it carries the traits of the hops without an awkward bitterness. It has a medium mouthfeel with some carbonation bite.

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Photo of Gatch
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The date on the bottle is 7/30/07 but it still tastes great. The hops are still fairly strong and all the qualities of an IPA are there. A nice fluffy head formed as well, about one inch. The dryness is pleasant, the carbonation is low, the fruitiness and bitterness are there as well. The nose is noticeably weak but I'm sure that's because it's past date. The mouthfeel and drinkability are both fantastic. I should have drank this a long time ago, but I'm not disappointed with the quality at all. Recommended, either 6 months old or fresh.

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Photo of Raime
4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At long last, I finally get to try something from Great Lakes Brewing Company!. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours the brightest copper I have ever seen with a two and a half finger white head. Leaves a great amount of lacing. Smells of exceptional hops along with distant pine, oranges and grapefruit. Pineapple also comes through if inhaled hard enough. Basically smells like a very sweet fruit basket. The taste is predominantly pine, with a decent amount of banana coming through. Slight orange, some odd wheat, and also some odd soapyness come through as well. The motuhfeel is of strong pine with a bit of lemon zest and ever so slight orange with a moderate amount of wheat. Overall, this is a great IPA with lots of flavor, although the odd soapyness kind of ruins the whole deal for me. Would I buy it again? Yes, although it cannot hold a candle to mad hatter.

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Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -22.7%

Photo of jjanega08
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A= The pour is a nice translucent yellow color with a great looking slightly off white head on it that rises to the perfect two fingers and holds steady in the glass with sticky lacing along the sides.

S= This has sort of a candy hop smell to it. Real tropical fruit hops. A little bit of a caramel sweetness but not much.

T= Again with the tropical hops. Nice pineapple and mango flavors as wel as some grainy flavor. Tastes a little like wort running straight from the mash with a nice hop bitterness to it.

M= About perfect for an IPA. Not over carbonated and smooth.

D= A great IPA for sure. With all the IPAs on the market however I'm not sure how often I will be visiting this one. Worth trying once though.

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Photo of ryanpj
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Stignacious
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Nordbier
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.46/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a beautiful clear orange amber color with a full white frothy head that lasts. Smells mildly of citrus and bread. Taste is very malty for an IPA. Not at all what I was expecting. The feel was good but Overall I didn't want to finish the glass.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into tulip glass.Best by 6/14/10 on bottle

A- pours a monsterous head with a light amber color. Carbonation is intense on the brew. Lacing is as bubbly as a cloud

S- some citrus and pineapple themes. Tropical is the best way to describe the beer. There is a slight bread like malt scent. I wish the scent was as impressive as the initial appearance of the beer

T- some bitterness and citrus flavor are the beginning an the end of the brew. In between there is a light IPA theme. There is some sweet piney tones

M- light and crisp. An easy drinking IPA

D- For 7.5%, this goes down pretty easy. The crisp and light taste still has some bitterness. I did like the beer and I think of it as that light IPA on the market.

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Photo of tpauer
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rdoggg
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of beagle75
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a goblet.

A: Clear, medium golden color with one finger of white foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mostly floral hops, delicate like orange blossoms. Malt, Munich-like, and appropriate mixed fruit dance in the background.

T: Begins almost dry, with refined bready malt and floral hop aromatics that match the smell well. Acidity is bright and moderately intense into the brief middle where ale yeast esters and honey are suggested. The finish retains a bready thread, and is mildly bitter.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This classic IPA shows some elegant qualities indicative of fine attention to detail on the part of the brewer. Like some other aging recipes such as Bridgeport IPA or Stone IPA, this one is still able to bring it, perhaps in its ability to appeal to one's sense of nostalgia.

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Photo of cjohns73
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Barleycorn
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beer-A-Lot
4.11/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a clear yellow gold color and formed a pure fluffy white head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of cascade hops with a touch of citrus centennial. A interesting carmel aroma as well give an air of sweetness to it. The flavor was of hops, carmel and touch of citrus. It has a fairly smooth body and the finish is slightly astrigent with a bit of a burnt aspect to it. I can see where some see a battle between American and British style IPAs with this beer. But still a good beer.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 2,858 ratings
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