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Great Lakes Nosferatu | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Red Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,430
Reviews:
924
Ratings:
2,652
pDev:
10.57%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
281
Gots:
452
Trade:
7
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of claspada
3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, reddish-amber color with a medium sized frothy, off-white head that recedes to leave some spotty lacing.

Aromas begin with the hops consisting of grassy, grapefruit and spicy pepper. Then you get more citrus and biting grapefruit. As it warms you get some of the malt base with a a toasted biscuity maltiness and emerging alcohol.

The tastes begin with the toasted biscuit maltiness a bit of caramel sweetness. Then the grassy, leafy hops combined with freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice which adds a ton of bitterness. The finish has some spicy alcohol and spicy hop character as well.

The mouthfeel medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is thin, brash and biting.

Overall this was a miss for me. For how much I love great lakes lagers and darker beers, I have found their IPA line-up to be quite underwhelming. There is too much alcohol, brash hops and a thin mouthfeel which just doesn't work for me. As a big fan of Amber Ales (imperial or generic), I cannot recommend this.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber with a thick finger slightly brown head. Clear with slight carbonation. It leaves a thick ring of lacing down the glass.

S: Nice bubblegum, spicy hops, orange, malt.

T: Lots of hops up front join with a bit of bread in the middle followed by a nice mellow hoppy, spicy, slight caramel note finish.

M: Medium.

O: Sweet, spicy, then dry, Nosferatu is a mellow gem. It gets better as it warms, smoother and balanced despite the heavy hop presence. A must try and one of those few beers I would buy on a regular basis.

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Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of tmars13
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with decent retention and excellent lacing on a hazy copper body. Aroma of syrup, caramel malts, resins but overall mild. Flavors are pretty tough to handle at first. Very boozy and tart/sharp. Mosty mollases caramel, red apple, fig and tart grapefruit. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This one may have been infected. A little too funky. Also the booze were hard to get used to verging into barleywine realm.

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Photo of HANGOVER
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Freshest by date 11/25/12 poured into an over sized wine glass at around 40-45 degrees.

Appearance- Auburn red in color with a small off white head and low carbonation.

Smell- Strong caramel malt smell with hints of citrus and pine.

Taste- Strong malt presence balanced out with hops, but caramel is definitely the primary in this brew, nice bitterness with a slight aftertaste.

Mouth feel- Nice medium mouth feel.

Overall this is one of the better red ales that I have had and I would definitely recommend this to someone who likes a malt forward IPA.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of BierStein711
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from the tap at the pub, three finger head in a ten ounce goblet

Appearance, deep copper amber, like a Full metal jacket

Smells of hop, malt, and perhaps a coarse, burnt oak

Tastes of oak, hop, and warm malts

Mouthfeel: Creamy and luxiourious

Overall, this Imperial Red is well worth your time. Have a go! I don't think you'll find this in a six pack though.

If I had the chance though, I'd put it in my fridge.

This is my favorite red ale.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Great Lakes Nosferatu from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 2,652 ratings
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