Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster
BA SCORE
4.01/5
2,654 Ratings
Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"An imperial india pale ale"

Added by BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,337
Reviews:
723
Ratings:
2,654
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
509
Trade:
3
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Reviews by cbaker1985:
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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Blown away by this candy bomb of an imperial beer!

A: Pours a very cloudy honey body and a sticky dense head that constantly laces.
S: Core pith, less citrus flesh, more earth.

T: Ass kicker. Malt overwhelmed by piney, pithy, intense, bitter and yet honeyed and flowershop hops.

F: Thick, weighty, stick, full body with moderate carbonation

O: If you like them chewy and over-whelming, this is it. A monster is correct! Great brewer. Their Commodor Perry on steroids.

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Photo of scootny
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A golden pale ale clouded with a considerable yeast suspension. Lots of fine bits floating in the glass while still looking like a glass of sunshine, relatively active carbonation. Nice thick head that fades quite slowly.
Nose has light sweet malt, a nice hop melange of pine, citrus, and tropical fruits. Nice amount of bread and malt giving a healthy amount of grain based sweetness and breads. Remarkably balanced with a large malt base that lends itself to missing just how hoop this brew is.
Taste follows with a decidedly citrus bitterness. Lots of bread and honey. No hint of the abv. lots of malt and even more complex hops that bring pine, tropical fruits. Yum.

Nice crisp, light, feel that combines weight that satisfies with smooth carbonation and easy drinkability. Just enough chew to slow you down, while you allow yourself to chase the desire to keep chugging.

Great DiPA that begs you to session and quaff instead of sip.

Love this one.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.71/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Dark golden orange. Poured with a finger of fluffy off-white head on top that dissipated a little but persisted for the whole session. Slightly hazy, but clear enough to see bubbles surging upwards. Beautiful in the glass with a nice lacing after you're done.

Smell: Sort of what I'd expect from a citrus-heavy IPA, but still definitely pleasant. Citrus hops are at the forefront. Orange and grapefruit stood out the most to me, but there seems to be a large mix of different fruit flavors including tropical notes. There is also some subtle floral hop aromas. Some bready malt characteristics too.

Taste: A definite winner. Fruity citrus flavors stand out just like in the smell. It's very balanced though, and certainly not too sweet. The grapefruit and biscuit flavors even out the sweetness of the orange and peach flavors. Slightly bitter on the finish, but pretty tame for an imperial IPA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation. Doesn't have the mouthfeel I'd expect from a 9.1% beer. A little thick, not quite creamy, but definitely not crisp or light by any means. Still easy to drink though.

Overall: I was really impressed with this brew. Lots of the sweet fruity characteristics make it a very drinkable imperial IPA, and the moutfeel is dead on. Not too heavy or too light for my tastes.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle served cold into a pint glass. Best before September 26, 2016. Purchased while visiting the US.

Appearance - Pours a slightly hazy golden and copper colored beer. Small finger or so of off-white head that recedes fairly quickly but does leave behind cobweb lacing. Plenty of visible carbonation.

Smell - Some tropical fruit led by mango and papaya with perhaps a hint of pineapple in there. Nose is big but not as big as other DIPA's but works well. Malts are rather hidden but perhaps a hint of toffee and figs.

Taste - The taste is rather sweet initially with the sweet tropical fruit of mangos and papaya especially combining with the toffee and figs for a smooth and creamy flavor. Some bitterness at the end but a sweeter beer than many in the style. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable.

Mouthfeel - Heavy bodied, but smooth and silky, carbonation is present but plays a backing role, attention not drawn to it. Drying finish.

Overall - Lake Erie Monster is a balanced and fruity DIPA that leans towards the sweet side rather than a rip your mouth apart DIPA. A very good beer, but the cohesiveness of the flavors aromas and mouthfeel, give it a better than the sum of its parts feeling. Certainly worth a try and to be enjoyed fresh.

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Photo of mjcallahan7
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fantastic beer. It's an imperial IPA that drinks very nicely. Paired very well with a Kerrystone aged cheddar. This is a two stage flavor profile, delicious and malty up front; hop profile on the back. Bueno.

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Photo of ajones13
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best while on draft so avoid floaties. The taste and smell is outstanding and a world class beer

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Photo of utopiajane
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange with a decent head of foam that fell fast to a thin ring and cap and left good lace. Champagne effervescence and great clarity. Nose is sweet, sweet pineapple. Sweet malt, cookie like, caramel and sticky. Some earth and fresh mango. Fresh cut grass. The alcohol shows up on the nose as ti warms. Taste is very pineapple and has a little oil to coat the tongue right away so you don’t think it’s too sweet. Hops are plentiful but somewhat tame except for a good helping of pine. The malt character is sweet, buttery, and creamy with some biscuit. There’s some alcohol to bite and warm a little on the way down. Really the most pineapple in a beer I have ever had. It drinks smooth and refreshing with a full malt profile that is very rich and lasts throughout the drink. It’s almost heavy and just a bit syrupy. The hops stay forward and offer a good bitter on the back palate to bring it to a close with nice dry finish.

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Photo of q33jeff
1.53/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

**
07/23/14

Bottle to goblet.

APPEARANCE: clear yellow. Big white head.
AROMA: urine. Yes, really, urine. Funny, I’ve drank several of these as this is the last of a six pack,but only now did i take a real whiff. Smells like piss. The hops and pine are way behind the abhorrent pee smell. Not that I enjoyed the previous beers, but while not distracted and concentrating on taste and smell, this is gag-worthy. Yuck.
TASTE: Ashy, dry. Not as awful as the aroma, amazingly, but still not good. Paste, lemon.
FEEL: dry, if that could be said about a beer. flat.
OVERALL: pretty bad.
**

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Photo of LJM925
5/5  rDev +24.7%

My #1 pick from Great Lakes and my Favorite IPA. A must try.

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Photo of DarthVorador
2.78/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Way to bitter, barely any subtle hop flavors. Just BITTERNESS!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

"Ignorance breeds monsters to fill up the vacancies of the soul that are unoccupied by the verities of knowledge."

--Horace Mann

Shimmering apricot with Kruggerand gold accents and numerous strands of miniscule, slow moving bubbles. Their destination is a creamy crown of pastel orange-beige hue that filled one third of the glass on the pour. Foam persistence is remarkable and the quality and amount of lace is... good enough.

The aroma features a modest amount of the mid-range malts, but they let hops have the run of the place. Tropical fruity Simcoe was a great choice and earthy-herbal Fuggles was an odd choice. Hopefully, the Americans dominate the English on the palate.

Sorry, but Lake Erie Monster is still not my kind of DIPA. And here I thought the bottled version would be better than the tap version, which is often the case with this brewery. There's too much flavor contribution from the malt and there's too much malt in general. Looks like the masters at Great Lakes need some lessons from the masters at Surly, 3F, Bell's, etc.

If the malts were either more pale or more caramel-like (as opposed to toasted-earthy-nutty), this would be better beer. That's strictly personal preference, of course. 72 IBUs seems like a lot, but not when there are this many malt sugars to balance them out.

Specific flavors include sugar-crusted toasted grains, steely caramel, cedar chips, orange peel and pink grapefruit zest. What the hell, this big beast is improving a little as it warms and is better than my memory of the brewpub version back in '04. Therefore, the next highest taste score has been granted.

There is little question that beer from GL has a better mouthfeel when bottled. And there is *no question* in my mind that these guys are the single best mouthfeel brewery in all the land (top-3 at least). This offering is lush and plush and velvety smooth and big in all the right places. Carbonation is, as always, dead... solid... perfect.

In the end, bottled Lake Erie Monster is a little bit better than on-tap Lake Erie Monster. However, it still isn't the hop-soaked beer that I'd hoped it would be. Oh well, there's still the awesomeness of Edmund Fitzgerald and Burning River and Dortmunder Gold and Eliot Ness and Holy Moses and Blackout Stout... and on and on and on.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

One of the best breweries in American alot of the stuff I cut my teeth on back in the day was from this great brewery.Poured into a standard pint glass a slight hazed burnt orange with a clingy 1/2 finger white head that had great lasting power.Aromas were of sweet alcohol and resiny hop,neither one stood out more than the other really.Big and sweet on the palate, the alcohol dipped fruit and caramel malt flavors really was more prevailing than the resiny hop.Like alot of DIPA's this is more sweet than hop driven,its a good beer but not what Iam lookin for,bummer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This one is deep, bright orange in color tinted with a bit of brown. The beer just looks gorgeous. There wasn’t much of a head coming out of the growler, though.

Smell – The hops are classic East Coast (whatever the predominant hops are over there) and very pleasing. There’s also some good spicing and a solid, sweet malty base.

Taste – The malt base is large and full of brown sugars. The sweet fuggle-type of hops are huge and very smooth.

I can see how one could think that this is a “lightweight” because it doesn’t have that gigantic, PacNW-stomping pine sap to it, but this is just as intense with the ingredients that they chose to use. This is a Double IPA by any standard of measure.

Mouthfeel – This one is smooth as silk and incredibly well-balanced. The life was long gone from the growler it came in otherwise I would have probably 5-ed the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Big and smooth with a nice, satisfying dry finish. What’s not to like?

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a GL stemmed glass at Oktoberfest. Nice appearance at a cloudy light peach with a thin but lasting white head. Hues lean toward orange. Very citric aroma and flavor but definitely under wraps a bit. Caramel shown through the hops. Not for hardcore hop heads. Sweetish, sugary flavor on top of the orangey hops. Juicy and sweet mouthfeel with a relatively bitter finish. Drinkability is really too high for this style. Basically, I liked this beer a ton but it certainly wasn’t what I expected. The hops were one dimensional (huge citrus fruit) and the sugars were so high as to make the beer almost fruity as opposed to IPA like. Bitterness was present to be sure but it wasn’t at the level of an average IPA let alone a DIPA. Conclusion, great beer but don’t expect your typical “Extreme” DIPA. Perhaps these brewers should be commended for showing restraint in a time of giant beers.

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +5.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -19%

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4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,654 ratings
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