Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.10%

Availability: Rotating

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

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.17/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

-clear golden bottle pour. 2 cm foam cap yields to a wisp with sticky lacing. The aroma is sweet but not hoppy. The flavor is very sweet and alcohol-hot. There is very little hop influence other than base bitterness. This is the third time I've had this. All three were similar.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.89/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those hefty orange looking double ipas, pretty much my favorite color for style. 1/2" off white head. Aroma doesn't smack of hops.

Taste, ugh, bready, hefty, bitter, but often lacking flavor other than sawdust and some oxidation. Some sweetness that doesn't make the high abv. I dunno what it is, but burning river I like, but after that their ipas (Commodore and this) seem to falter for me.

When I think of good breweries who don't measure up on their hoppy beers, Great Lakes comes to mind quickly.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.71/5  rDev +18.3%
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 clayrock81
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden copper body with one-finger head and lace down the glass. Aroma is hoppy but a lighter, sweeter hop with malts and not really bitter or earthy. Smooth, light bodied DIPA that hides ABV and bitterness of hops as beer is basically clean with mix of citric/grapefruit hops and some malty sweetness.

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Photo of BeerKnower
2.98/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The alcohol to body/taste ratio needs work. Nothing wrong with having alcohol, but you have to justify it. It has a soapy finish that lingers on your tongue, perhaps due to oversparging, providing unearned alcohol.

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Photo of mjcallahan7
4.94/5  rDev +24.1%
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 DenisKolkin
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Orange gold color, strong carb and lacing, a lot of particulates. A kind of funky earthy almost pleasantly sweet rancid smell on it. Sweet malt is the first thing that comes to mind when tasting it, followed by mild hoppiness. It's a different breed of imperial IPA, I'm thinking, but damn good.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 9/4/16. Pours hazy, gold in color, with minimal head. Taste is mango, cracker, honey sweetness with light orange hops. Very malty-not what I was expecting from an imperial IPA. Heavy bodied and low carbonation. Tastes more like a strong ale than an IPA, but very very good. Definitely a sipper. As long as you do not go in expecting a hop bomb, you will not be disappointed. Excellent beer and up to the quality I expect from Great Lakes.

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Photo of krh
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty sweetness - maybe too much for me? It warms me up, but doesn't stand out for me. Another Great Lakes that is just above average in the category for me. This may be one to try with food and at different times of the year to fully appreciate.

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Clear, darkish golden color with a white head that slowly dissipates in a snifter. Smell is light, tropical fruits and floral scents. Almost reminded me of a Tripel. Maybe a little bit of pine/resin but not much. Taste is like the smell with sweet, fruit notes dominating and little to no pine. A touch of bitterness on the finish but a subtle one. Overall, the taste was 'reserved' but not displeasing in any way. Feel was smooth, with low carbonation and a fuller body than most IPAs.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled salmon

If you like this beer then you should also try: Abner

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This one exceeded expectations for me. The flavors were delicate but still noticeable and they all played well together. I wouldn't call it elite by any measure, but that doesn't mean this isn't a solid all around IPA.

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Photo of Stick7771
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a hazy dark copper in color. A nice lace around the 11.5 oz glass in Duckworths Charlotte NC. Aroma is a light fruity hop. Flavor is hoppy but I don't taste the pine and fruitiness that others do. Slightly more bitter than I'd prefer. I don't think I could drink more than one at a time, but I'd consider it again, maybe not after another double that I loved (like this time).

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.73/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint at the Winking Lizard Cleveland
Slightly hazy deep golden with a decent sized bubbly white head. Old school bready caramel maltiness with plenty of citrus and pine and maybe just a hint of tropical. Nice beer.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice blend of flavors, and this beer doesn't overwhelm you with the hops. I found this to be very refreshing and really enjoyed the flavor, particularly the smooth finish.

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Photo of SABERG
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle fresh from the brewery, into a pint glass.
A - Nice clarity, carbonation is relentless in support of a wonderful snowy cap. Lacing tells the story.
S - Tropics mashed with a bit of spruce, Sweet malts, warm toast and honey.
T - Warm honey on toast, orange jam and wonderful tropical elements.
M - Medium in body, full palate coating, a swift orange onslaught, quickly exited by the carbonation.
O - My first exposure, and a wonderful one for certain. Spicy hops, wonderful water touch, all feel like a true delight.

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Photo of hman43
3.45/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Look: It pours dark gold with an off white head.

Smell: It has aromas of pine and some biscuit.

Taste: It has flavors of pine, hints of citrus, and biscuit.

Feel: It has a moderate body and is sharply bitter. The bitter finish is long lasting.

Overall it is a aromatic and flavorable ale that is a bit sharp even for imperial.

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Photo of ksimons
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a clear golden yellow color with a fingers worth of white head

S-aroma of pale malt and citrus

T-a pale malty backbone with citrus bitterness that leaves your mouth tingling

M-medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall while the beer has a fairly high malt presence there is also enough citrus hops to give it a nice bitterness

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Photo of BNLTandem
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - I don't see the haze others see. Pours beautiful, crystal copper color. Moderate short lived head with minimal lace. Poured from the bottle into a sorta pilsner glass.
Smell- OK, to be honest it smells like the Buffalo wings sitting in front of me. So...4 by default.
Taste - pretty good. Still a tiny bit of residual sweetness, and some Malt left to balance the nice aromatic floral and citrus notes. No overwhelmingly stupid hop bomb. Way better balance than the competition.
Feel - sits on the upper pallet forever. The bitterness lingers in a palpable way..but not so much that this is a test of one's fortitude.
Overall - I like this quite a lot. I know they didn't mean it to be a session IPA, but it's a pretty drinkable imperial. I'm enjoying it very much.

Note: just poured the end of the it's totally hazy. Looks like a German hefeweisen now...little trub in the bottle I guess.

Revisiting this beer tonight. Reading through the reviews and realized I had already reviewed it...and that I still feel the same way. Very approachable, enjoyable IPA. No haze this time...on tap no bottle bottom trub. And shockingly it no longer smells of Buffalo wings...maybe more floral and tropical fruit notes than citrus.

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Photo of CountryRebel001
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice hazy copper look. Smells like dank peach and other tropical fruits. Has a very sweet, fruity smell. Taste very sweet, fruity, with a bitter bite at the end. Moderate carbonation, with a very thick mouthfill. Very good, different iipa and at 9.1% abv very drinkable. Was a good change from all the same ipa's out there but a little too fruity for me to drink very often. Overall I would buy again, just not anytime soon.

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Photo of cheer4beer_
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

It pours with a small head, has an amebr hue and has a slight bit of cludyness when put up to the light. I get a bready nose from the beer but a citrus taste up front that isn't present in the smell. I also detect pine and malt flavors on the back end with an ether aftertaste. It feels the carbonation on the tongue and has a heavy mouthfeel.

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Photo of Act25
4.14/5  rDev +4%
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 mvanaskie13
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into standard ping glass: color is light amber, head is off white and presents thin about 1/4 inch then dissipates to a ring, a little opaque.

Smell is fruitier esters and some citrus hops then some lighter toasted and light caramel malts.

Taste is similar to the aroma, with fruity forward flavors, they seem to be more fermentation derived with an estery quality, then transition to some subtle fruity hop like citrus rinds and lighter malt flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice for a 9+% abv beer, some biting hop bitterness and lighter lingering sweetness.

Overall, a good beer, straightforward in its desire to be fruity from fermentation through hops, maybe a bit too sweet for my preference at this strength.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Candied orange, mangos,sweet malts, grapefruits, hints of tropical/citrus, some floral notes. Super scary easy drinking for 9.1%. Get no hints of booze at all. A great offering from Great Lakes.

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Photo of jwwjd
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draught in a 12 ounce chalice.

Lingering head with a nice coppery color. A very aromatic brew that hides the high abv very well. I found it to be very balanced and would seek this beer out if it was available in my state.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.56/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Dogfish Head stemmed glass. I noticed some sediment on the bottom, something just seemed a little off and funky about this particular bottle. I would definitely like to try this beer again, as I was not getting the tropical citrus as described in the label, and missed the freshness date by only 2 days.

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