Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Imperial Red Ale
Ranked #8
Ranked #7,514
4.07 | pDev: 10.57%
Sunday at 09:42 PM
Oct 19, 2001
Don’t be afraid of things that go hop in the night! Rich roasted malt flavors haunt the shadows of our Imperial Red Ale’s bitter teeth.
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Reviewed by MrOH from Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Clear copper, big khaki head, excellent retention and lacing
Citrus, caramel, and prune aroma
Orange, caramel, toasted bread, prune and raisin flavor
Medium-heavy bodied and appropriately carbonated
Too much dark fruit flavor for me, otherwise, very good
Sunday at 09:42 PM
Rated: 4 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Nov 14, 2023
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
In a tall can with tall taste .... For nd this random in my garage fridge after a party.... Solid on all levels.... Ohio's oldest brewer does it again
Nov 12, 2023
Rated: 4.09 by Klister from Maine

Nov 05, 2023
Rated: 3.75 by Pathologic

Oct 28, 2023
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Reviewed by BuxMontBeerLover from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Purchased at Bound Beverage, Warrington, PA. $15.99/4pk, 16oz cans.

Pours a reddish, amber color, semi-translucent. Very small head on the initial pour that quickly fades to a skim.

Very inviting aroma of sweet malts and a piney, IPA aroma.

A very tasty brew. Sweet malts followed by a bitter, hard hitting IPA bite. As it warms, flavors of caramel, toffee and burnt sugars. A dry, bitter aftertaste. The ABV is pretty noticeable even though it’s only 8% ABV.

Medium consistency, medium carbonation. Leaves a bitter aftertaste after each sip.

A hop-lovers dream. Old-school hoppy bitterness with sweetness which adds up to a very good brew. With the trend towards more “juicy” and “fruity” beers, this brings me back to what I initially loved about craft beer. The aggressive, hop bitterness with a nice, sweet, malty backbone. Well done, Great Lakes!
Oct 21, 2023
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Reviewed by KomodoDragon from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75
Looks like an amber - maybe some red highlights. Crystal clear, small tan head.

Candy fruity [and boozy] smell. I pick up raspberry, maybe candy apple.

Full taste. Caramel malt, sweet, yet smooth. Light carbonation allowed the taste to come forward. Good feel on the transition to a relatively short finish. Was boozy in the front, middle, and end. Felt all of 8%.

Super well crafted ale. Big red.
Oct 11, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 07, 2023
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Can dated 11/9/23 (I assume "best by", but it doesn't say that) into pint glass. Pours a gorgeous dark amber with a persistent cream-colored head. Good lacing. Initial impression is roasted malts, pine, and a touch of molasses. Mouthfeel is medium. Finish fades to a slightly bitter fruitiness. Really good.
Oct 04, 2023
Rated: 4.02 by Iggy88 from Ohio

Sep 29, 2023
Rated: 4.15 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Sep 23, 2023
Rated: 3.4 by gillsy

Sep 19, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"Best by 11/19/23"; drank 9/10/23 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque red/purple appearance.

A rough pour yielded a HUGE tan head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lacing remained.

Pine, caramel & faint brown sugar notes in the nose.

Sticky medium mouthfeel.

Pine, spring water, mild caramel & faint brown sugar flavors. Booze heat emerged as this warmed.

Interesting, and pretty balanced overall, but it will never be my favored flavor profile. Worth a quaff, though!
Sep 11, 2023
Rated: 4.08 by SharPei19 from Ohio

Sep 10, 2023
Rated: 4.12 by ctbeerman1 from Connecticut

Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by Beers-es from Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
From a pint can, pours a deep, coppery ruby color. Big off-white head leaves good lacing. Smell and taste showcase the malt, with toffee and dark fruits. Taste has the malt, plus piney hops and a good bitter finish. Very enjoyable beer.
Sep 01, 2023
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 ounce bottle into a tulip snifter. Best by 11/30/21, had 10/12/21.

Pours a reddish copper color, semi- opaque, with a fluffy two and a half inch foamy head and a decent amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of pine- mostly at the open, then fades, caramel, toffee, malt. A light floral aroma. Flavors of malt, caramel, resin, pine, some citrus hop bitterness that lingers. Has a floral taste. Smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

Nothing complicated, just really well made and really well balanced between the hops and the malt. Very enjoyable.
May 24, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can from Acme Fresh. Clear amber pour with a small but sturdy head. Malty aroma, toasty. tase also focuses on the malts, dry, but the hops come in late. More of a traditional DIPA.
Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by Crabmando from Ohio

Jan 28, 2023
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Reviewed by BJB13 from Maryland

4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16 ounce can poured into a can glass.

Deep reddish-brown with a two finger beige head. The rocky foam persists. Nose is subtle, caramel malt and piney hop aromas. Opens with roasted malt before piney and woody hop flavor take over. Finish is moderately bitter. Medium bodied with a fairly smooth and lightly creamy feel. Nice hoppy red ale.
Jan 02, 2023
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