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 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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Photo of Nicked
3.89/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden hue - classic English IPA. Sticky spiderweb lacing.
S- citrusy hops and lovely rounded, buttery malt
T- Here's the big stand out! Delicious and crisp. Tangy, citrusy hops and sweet buttery malt. End is mild and bready. Time for another sip!
M- Medium MF, suits the beer well. Little bit of fizz.
O- Excellent representation of the style. Tasty! I could session this all day. :)

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Photo of Fluke828
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> Duvel Tulip.
Has a "Please Enjoy by Date of: 08/09/11

A-> Pours a very translucent, very pale copper, a very light amber color. About a finger and half worth of head with some pretty solid and sticky lace.

S-> Very high on the citrus notes with a bit of an earthy spice to it as well. Also getting some pineapple and mango as well. Very floral and tropical.

T-> Sweet, spicy, and bitter. The citrus and tropical fruits are definitely present but evened out by a nice pine bite and floral, earthy spiciness that is almost reminiscent of DIPA octane. Bit of a warming sensation along these lines as well but nothing to a detriment, a nice departure from the American IPAs that I love. Bitter balance really shines.

M-> Medium-bodied with a nice dry finish.

O-> This was a nice reprieve from my usual IPA suspects that are always in the fridge. Not that there is anything wrong with them, but this was a nice change-up. Really liked the tropical fruit with a floral and pine resin bite that was blended smoothly with a nice malt backbone. A great take on an English IPA

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Photo of Kylito87
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of my best friends has always said good things about this beer. So being we brewed our first batch of beer yesterday I still had a few left to review. So heres we goes!

Appearance: Breathtaking! I was able to pour that total beer porn pour with this one into my stemmed tulip. The type of pour where the head comes up over the height of the glass and just sits there in all it's foamy glory. About 3 fingers of clumpy foamy off white head on top of a crystal clear burnt orange body. Very noticeable carbonation in the body of this beer with the effervescent upside down snow storm of bubbles to the top. Very prominant lacing with a resilient cap.

Aroma: Is very upfront with the hops. There is a nice citrus kick with some good earthy resins in there. I slight sweet caramel and fusel alcohol kick in the nose.

Taste: Most of the nose comes through. I am not detecting the alcohol as much in the flavor but it is there in feel. A nice hop bite to begin with and a nice resetting sweet malt hit. Nothing cloying here everything is perfectly balanced and well done.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation. The beer has a oily character at first and then a nice dry finish spot on for the style. It doesn't feel like it is too much on the pallette. Even though the alcohol is noticeable I don't think it hinders the experience. The warming feel is nice As far as balance goes this is one of the better examples of the style.

Drinkability: Well the three that were left are gone now. This beer is so perfect in balance and finish you could keep drinking them all day. Overall this is a great beer! I have had nothing but good experiences with GL so I think I will get some more of the beers I have had from them in the past and revisit them.


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Photo of Ksmoove27
3.95/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look - clear amber with light head...very little lacing

Aroma - couldn't really grab a strong aroma from this beer...I'll blame it on the environment.

Taste - sweet malt with tropical flavor...nice balanced flavor...can't call the fruity aftertaste but it's not bitter

Feel - light to medium body, light carbonation

Overall - it's ok...a got and move on

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Photo of xzqrut
3.76/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours out a nice rich golden color, lively carbonation. Beer gives a very nice 1" head, with excellent lacing all the way down. Smell seemed somewhat faint, but the taste had a nice strong hop finish. Mouthfeel was crisp, lively with the carbonation, very nice IPA.

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Photo of adkirkish
2.22/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Toffee and Caramel malts dominate the aroma. No real hop presence. No diacetyl, no esthers.

A: Pours a clear amber with a thin persistent white head.

F: Malt dominates upfront and throughout the body of this beer, but it does finish with a hop bitterness.

M: A mid bodied pale ale w/ medium carbonation. No warmth or creaminess. A bit brash from all the malt. No astringency.

O: For a pale ale, I believe this beer has some significant flaws as to aroma and flavor. Where are the hops? The only real hop presence is in the finish. Highly suggest more hop presence in flavor and aroma. Style suggests moderate to high hop character and was not present. The malt character is great, just needs the hops, which are the bread and butter of this style.

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Photo of boogles
3.2/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For an IPA, this one doesn't do it for me. I simply needs more hops. I had this recently, but I was not hoping for much, although I was secretly hoping it would be among their great beers, but it's not. Not enough punch, hops, or uniqueness. A mainstream beer made to sell in stores like Kroger, along with some other Great Lakes beers. Nothing compared to the Blackout Stout and some other seasonal releases.

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Great Lakes Commodore Perry IPA from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 2,792 ratings.
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