Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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4.01/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Issue a small craft advisory: this South Bay Bessie-inspired brew launches an intense hop attack amid torrid tropical fruit flavors.

Added by BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,484
Reviews:
731
Ratings:
2,687
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
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179
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Photo of MizzouBrew
4.19/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.31/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing DIPA. Served on tap in a shaker pint. Nice aromas of caramel and biscuit malt, floral and pine hops. Flavor, however, is intensely tropical and blooms over the palate. Nice balance agaisnt sweet malt, with just enough of a bitter finish.

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Photo of NodakEric
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kaitjs7
4.65/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of KurtisCarman
3.59/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Flathead5173
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bluerabbitbell
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Good, but average to me.

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Photo of Rattman989
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DavidRandall
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kinmundy77
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is a deep clear orange amber with little to no head.

Aroma is very herbal. Not at all what I was expecting but not bad.

Taste is very full lots of bitter herbs with maybe a hint of lemongrass.

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Photo of ordybill
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a cloudy gold color with a thick medium-sized white head. The aroma is bread, malt and fruit. The taste follows the nose.

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Photo of Justincredble
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Categart
4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional taste! Hides the higher abv. Very smooth! Could sneak up on you!

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Photo of PatrickLipaj
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Peaches13
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SirGunther
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.28/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle best by 9/5/18. CBF Tulip pint.

A: pours an ever-so-slightly hazed dark orange-copper with 1/2 finger off-white head and streams of lazy, slow carbonation. Lacing is out of this world.

S: maltier and less pronounced hop aroma than I expected, but what is here is pleasant. Smells like a very traditional hop blend, cascade, centennial. I know it’s got willamette in there, and not those other two, but it doesn’t smell like willamette.

T: this is awesome. Packs a hearty, classic IPA punch with loads of balancing malt. Sweet honey citrus peel arrival. Bready, malty, citrusy mid palate. Bitterness builds at the end, to a citrus peel, herbaceous, piney finish. Pine and orange peel linger. Alcohol is well hidden behind a curtain of malt. This is like a summer-weight barleywine.

O: I’ve had this beer on a couple of occasions, and seem to remember it being hoppier. Maybe I got an older bottle. More likely, with the passage of time, my sense of what is hoppy has changed. I love Great Lakes for making drinkable beers that are true to style. This is just that. I’d love to compare this with Resin, which strikes me as similar in my memory, though it has been years. Great beer, worth picking up a bottle or two each year.

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Photo of maxbarto
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trboley
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blissfulNemo
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jenrhart
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of VABA
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice light amber color with a nice head and lacing. Aroma had hoppy hints, the taste follows the nose with a nice hoppy flavor. A medium bodied well carbonated beer with a strong kick.

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Photo of Dr_Gonzo
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tall clear pint glass. Has a clear orange color, slimy finger-thick foam head, moderate carbonation, decent lacing.

Lot of floral and citrus notes going on here. Apple, grapefruit, other candied citrus. White pepper. Slight smell of alcohol.

Fruity notes upfront. Cherry, orange, bitter grapefruit, and tangerine. Caramel. Syrup. Piney, resiny taste. Altogether, fruity and floral. Feels creamy smooth.

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Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,687 ratings