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 GoalieRon33
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellowish, with a slight mistiness

S- Citrus-like aroma, with some pine mixed in...Going out of a limb here, but it smells a little like gin...but not in that piney, gin-like way

T- Fruity, piney character. Finishes a little sweet, which seems to be a theme with English style IPAs. Not overpoweringly bitter by any means. Mellow enough to have a few of these...just watch out for the high ABV.

M- Slick, with average carbonation. Slight hoppy bitterness stings the tongue as an after thought- Nothing to complain about here

D- Easy beer to drink in regards to its style and higher alcohol content. Overall great job by Great Lakes... Fun to read the bottle and admire the art, too!

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Photo of Tbn2
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice copper with a one finger head that quickly retreats to a ring on the side of the glass and leaves some lacing.

My nose is treated a good hop aroma of fresh citrus. The malt smells of toasted bread and some sweet smells as well; comes off almost like burnt sugar.

My tongue enjoys the fresh taste of a citrus hop flavor off the bat; probably Cascade. This taste dominates throughout but isn't overbearing. The malty sweetness comes in to balance the hops and has a sweet, bread, and toasted flavor. The carbonation and maybe the alcohol gives the beer a good tingly feeling as a swallow.

This is my second beer from Great Lakes and I have enjoyed both of them immensely


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Photo of scottakelly
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Adamdc
4.69/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great Lakes strikes again!

Picked this up while I was in Ohio a few months back. Poured into pint glass.

A: orange/amber light carbonation, minimal head. More carbonation would be nice.

S: is this an IPA? Very caramel malty nose with orange hops. You'd never guess this was a modern day American IPA!

T: A quick hit of sweetness followed by a nice, subtle bite of grapefruity hops. As mentioned above, not your typical 'hoppy' IPA. Just enough hoppiness, in my opinion. Finish is very smooth with a slight lingering bitterness.

M: despite low carbonation mouthfeel has a little crispness to it and it's not too thin. Definitely medium.

D: A little too drinkable! For a 7.5% ABV IPA, neither the hops nor the alcohol are aggressive. Very smooth and clean.

Even though this is clearly less hoppy than most American IPA's I really enjoyed this. Very drinkable! This one's a keeper!

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Photo of Chestertonian82
4.08/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Beautiful golden orange hue; not much in the way of head.
S: A fine combination of bready malt and citrus.
T: Very well balanced. Sharp grapefruit taste is restrained by the sweetness of malt. Neither overpowers the other; they harmoniously coexist on the palate.
F: A great alternative to more hoppy IPAs.
O: Many of the reviews of this completely miss the point. This is an ENGLISH IPA; it not meant to be a hop bomb, but rather to have the restraint and balance that I described above (restraint does NOT mean a lack of flavor). This beer is underrated by the aggregate score.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can't say much that hasn't been said already. one thing about this beer is it is remarkably sessionable, which is kinda scary considering the 7.5 abv. The beer feels rather thin for an ipa, and i think that's what makes it go down so easy. get a 6 pack, stay home, and enjoy.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.72/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle thanks Mike.

A: Light amber in color, good carbonation and nice head.

S: pine, caramel malt, crisp clean finish.

T: Starts with strong citric character and slightly acidic, clean malt character and it finishes nicely.

M: Stings the mouth in the start and finishes clean and smooth.

D: Two or three especially with food would be very enjoyable.

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Photo of SurlyZach
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of bottle into pint glass.
A. Pleasant golden color, with moderate carbonation, one finger head
S. Dominated by malt, faint hoppy smell, kind of bread-y
T. Bright, fresh flavor with an interesting combination of malt and citrusy hops, finishes with a bit of a sweet taste
M. Pretty smooth, moderately bitter, pleasant feel
O. Good representation of the style, pretty easy to drink. I prefer American IPA, but will come back to this English style IPA occasionally.

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Photo of ALBuff
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much from this IPA, but was pleasantly surprised. It's visually appealing, and pours a medium gold with a thin head that slowly trickles down the lengths of the glass. The nose is loaded with sweet malt, a little bread, and subtle hops...not it's best quality, but not unappealing by any stretch. The Commodore is sticky, sweet, and nicely balanced with ample piney, bitter hops. A little too much carbonation distracts from the thick, chewy texture.

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Photo of dren
3.66/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color with a white finger sized head.

Smells of hops and some malt.

A nice thick malt taste with the hops in the middle coating your mouth to the end. The alcohol is hidden. A nice thicker IPA than most. Not as fruity but more malty in the background. Has enough hops but not too much like some of the over-hopped IPAs. Some flower flavors in there too. Pine in the finish.

A pretty full bodied beer. Coats the mouth well.

I like this beer quite well. It's one of the better IPAs that I have had. This one is worth having.

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Photo of Abita45
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
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 veggiemafia
4.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First review in quite some time for me. Happy to be back to reviewing.

12oz. bottle poured into a mug.

A: Clear, vivid bronze-copper. Fluffy stark white head. This is kind of what I think beer looks like if I think of a mug of beer.

S: Pine, nasturium?, malt, orange peel. Really very nice.

T: More of the same with less of the floral quality and a lingering bitterness that lets you know it's an IPA.

M: Kind of thin, but not unwelcome. Contributes to drinkability.

D: Extremely drinkable. That bitterness makes you want to keep coming back for more.

More reviews forthcoming. Like I said, happy to be back to reviewing. Most likely tomorrow will be a review of East End Fat Gary's Nut Brown on draft from our new kegerator!

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Photo of BabyBastard
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle has an "enjoy by" date of 1-18-10, so I picked this one up at just the right time, or maybe not. Poured into my tulip, develops a one finger, white foamy head that sticks around, leaving nice lacing around the entire glass. The ale appears clear, a slightly deep golden color. Appetizing.
Smells greatly of pine and citrus like hops. A feint whiff of malt pervades the background, though this may be due to being consumed on the "expiration" date.
A bitter, floral hop bouquet greats the taste buds. This bottles does not seem as bitter as all the ones consumed in the past. Has a very pronounced malt backbone that I never noticed before. Again, all previous bottles must have been closer to the bottled on date. Even so, with this malt character, I think it adds a new dimension to this ale. The hops are not so astringent that they will completely annihilate your palate, but they are bitter enough to please an IPA lover such as myself.
Feels above average in the mouth, spot on carbonation and a slick, oily feel make this one easy drinker. Careful though, as the alcohol content may sneak up and smack you over the head.

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Photo of btorsdog
4.85/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Purchased at the local "ACME" on sale for $7.49
WHAT a BARGAIN! This is an exeptional IPA ! This stuff totally Rocks. Great Lakes has always done a outstanding job of "balance" in their brews and this is no exception. Do yourself a favor and try this one out for all your citrus,hops and taste desires. An extremely good brew!

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Photo of klkatz
3.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

whoa... the first sniff had me thinking something was off. second sniff had grapefruit... and I couldn't distinguish the other smell.

it pours a gorgeous honey color... very tiny bubbles ascending give it a nice carbonated look... the 1/2 inch thick off-white head clings to the glass as the liquid descends.

the taste, like the smell, is very curious. It's a good IPA with a great color, and a bitterness. It seems to start smooth and finish bitter. This bitterness gives it a decent mouthfeel. It's got a little fruitiness in there too.

If you're in the mood for a bitter beer.. this is your brew.

As a history teacher, my favorite part of this beer is the story behind the name... Commodore Perry, a War of 1812 war hero who defended Lake Erie. Well done Commodore!

"Don't give up the Sip!"

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Photo of GoodKnight1220
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle to a glass.

Poured a nice light golden yellow, with a good 1 finger head and good lacing throughout.

Smells heavy of floral and hops.

Taste is lightly sweet upfront then to floral hops adn fades to a slight dry and bitter finish. This asks you to drink more.

Very good brew. I am not a big IPA fan, but i can drink this very easy, not too bitter, good brew.

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Photo of IPAescotch
4.17/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

impressive head, fervent carbonation. Head fades rather quick though. Light lagery color, yellow with some darker amber hues

Fruity with lots of citrus. Reminds me of grapefruit.

Nice bready intro with spicy hop accents. Curry and once again some grapefruit.

Thin but aggressive on the palate.

A good beer at any point in the rotation.

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Photo of Lillenk
3.45/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Very clear golden color. Very nice looking beer.

Smells great. Lots of hops and citrus.

Taste was not as great as I would have hoped. Basically just hops. Lots of hops. I really enjoy hops and this is not really one of my favorites.

Mouthfeel was huge and I don't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of halo21
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: I poured the IPA hard into a pint glass revealing its beautiful snow white creamy chunky head. Its color is a golden orange, clear and clean, and left amazing lacing all the way down.

Smell: Huge aroma: flowery citrus and fruits such as apples up front. Sweet honeysuckle and candied fruits on the end.

Taste: An amazing tasting beer; sweet citrus and orange zest with big apricot. Bittering tart and sweet finish; big hops and great flavors. No metalic tastes often found in super hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel: Big and drying, with fine carbonation aiding the creamy head. The size stands up to the flavor.

Drinkability: Low to medium; this is a heavy and hoppy beer. This is not for beginners.

Notes: Great example of an American IPA. Great Lakes come through with a win; again!

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

A: Beautiful amber orange, slight haze, 1-finger head that dissipates to thin layer, leaves moderate lacing.

S: Smells like fresh baked bread and toast, with a mild hop spiciness. Caramel, honey, some citrus. This beer smells great.

T: As great as it smells. This comes in with strong malty sweetness, like fresh honey wheat bread. As the sweetness slips away, spicy floral hops come in at the back of my mouth and follow through in the finish. Lots of dry hop, tea flavors. This is one of the best IPAs I think I have ever had, and I consider myself somewhat of a "hophead."

M: Silky smooth, perfect carbonation, slick medium body.

D: I could drink 3 or 4 of these in a sitting easily. I don't think I would want to take down a 6 pack, though.

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Photo of cdrogers
4.03/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

Appearance was a nice copper color with a thick off-white head. Not cloudy at all.

Smell had some subtle floral notes with some very slight grapefruit (which also came through in the taste). Was not getting a lot out of this one.

Taste, as mentioned above, was citrusy (mostly grapefruit). It had a subtle sweetness as well, right before the hops nailed me. Floral hoppy notes definitely stand out. States 7.5 ABV, but it doesn't come through, seems much lighter.

Mouthfeel was smooth and those citrusy notes are all over.

Overall, it was a good EIPA. I enjoyed the sweetness in this one and for some reason would liked it to have a little more, maybe some honey?

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Photo of littlelorib
4.3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Date of 05/15/12 stamped on the bottle.

Pours a crystal clear orange with a half finger of creamy head. For such a small amount of head, it does last a while. Smell includes a hint of malt sweetness, but mostly hops - piney and citrus. The taste starts with hop bitterness, but then blends with malt and finishes with dryness. Its actually very nice and not as hoppy as i was expecting. It has a nice light to medium body and a smooth mouth feel. The alcohol is well hidden.

My first English IPA, and it does have a different feel and taste than the American IPAs that i have been tasting. I am enjoying the multifaceted taste as the other flavors of the brew pull the hops into a nice balance. Well done.

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Photo of Bones54
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was very excited to see that Great Lakes was bottling this brew this year- even though I had not had it yet! Well, this review is a bit delayed-since I had this brew the week of its release earlier in the year. Overall, this is a very fine IPA. It is a great session IPA. It is not to overpowering on the tastebuds, and the 8% is well hidden. Cheers to you Great Lakes on a great IPA!

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Photo of Chadpaq
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw a six of this at my local Harris Teeter for $7.99...had to pick it up.

Pours a nice goldish-amber, similar to almost every other IPA I've had. Pretty, but certainly doesn't blow me away in terms of originality. I poured this baby aggressively into my tapered pint glass, revealing a beautiful tri-fingered head that's leaving gorgeous gobs of frother, pure-white head at the top of my glass, similar to freshly-driven snow. In case you couldn't gather it from my less-than-spectacular diction, this beer has an awesome head.

Citrus envelopes my nostrils as I inhale cautiously. I actually have to restrain myself a bit to keep the tip of my nose out of the frothy goodness that is the head of this brew. Grapefruits, oranges: A regular Floridian citrus summer, in the glass of an Ohio brew, in the hand of a North Carolinian connoisseur.

I needed my hops fix tonight, and I'll be damned if The Commodore didn't deliver. Fruity initially, but this merely serves to deceive my palate as the hops bite down hard on my tastebuds, rendering them nearly useless at ascertaining the taste of any other product save for this tasty stuff.

Nothing special in the area of mouthfeel. Adequate carbonation, although I might have preferred a little more. Fairly smooth. Pretty standard in terms of category.

I could drink this stuff all day. It's dangerously drinkable for its 7.5% abv. But I'll (try to) stay in control tonight.

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Photo of irishmoss
4.6/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

7% ABV ~ 80 IBU Commodore Perry commanded a ship in the War of 1812 in the Battle of Lake Erie...from what I remember.....
Served draught at Great Lakes with a nice full 2-finger white head that reduced and maintained well to the bottom. Left a beautiful sticky lace down the sides of the glass. The body was a orangish gold color that was very cloudy. I'm pretty sure this was served unfiltered, which made it that much better. The smell was pretty much hops & hints citrus, as well was the flavor. Along with the great flavor of hops, there seemed to be some kind of little bursts of pine & bitter orange rind. This brew finished crisp, clean, & dry. Overall a great beer that, like all Great Lakes brews, seemed to stay pretty true to the style.........

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,825 ratings.
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