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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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4.01/5
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2,657 Ratings
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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:
#3,420
Reviews:
724
Ratings:
2,657
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
510
Trade:
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Photo of Lucoli
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(12 oz bottle, enjoy by 09/15/17 - purchased late Oct, whoops!.... poured into a faceted wine glass, same one as last review)

L: clear, pale amber liquid; some slimy white foam, mostly clumping in isolated islands of craggy fisheyes... a few hanger-on splotches of lace

S: mostly floral, with delicate apple and vinous notes... soft hints of mellow-toasted malt, perfumy booze, dry autumn grass, and finely-ground white pepper... green hop and alcohol is all that's left by the end

T: quite fruity up front - seems via alcohol esters as much as hops - backed by a mild caramel-kissed cereal grain... aftertaste is rather dry with some of the floral and grassy notes lingering, as well as a hint of graham cracker and firm yet restrained bitterness which builds... kind of a hoppy Belgian strong pale nuance to the overall taste

F: a sip carrying foam lends a lovely fleecy head to its lithe, silky malt yolk tail... surrounding this loose dollop of malt syrup is a potent jacket of champagne-like ethanol/bubbles... so, in essence, it has a stealth warmth and a quiet dryness, but with a decadent, oily slick ripple - one serving may satisfy, but I can see another turning cloying

O: not bad for apparently being nearly 6 weeks past due... maybe the 'tropical' element of the flavors are more apparent when fresh... I'd definitely grab a fresher bottle next time I see 'un - certainly worth another try

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Photo of bixby1971
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of FBarber
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OriginalWayOut
4.77/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dvesilly
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gavage
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: orange in color with a 1/2" head.

Smell: bread and some pine is detectable.

Taste: bready malt base with some grapefruit, pine, and a dank bitterness. Alcohol is very noticeable and warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Lightly crisp from start to finish. Dry late.

Overall: this was a bit too boozy but it packs a bitter punch.

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Photo of Curt3
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.64/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwilcox767
4.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Clear orange/brown body, medium head.
S - Excellent hop notes along with candied citrus come through.
T - Lots of juiciness, rich and slightly malty. Taste lingers for a bit.
M - Resinous open, medium amount of carbonation, lingering resin close.
O - Great DIPA. I don't recall the hops used, but excellent selection. Big nose and a very tasty DIPA.

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Photo of nstygles
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dokhollidai
3.67/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of OtisCampbell007
3.81/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of huckPDX
3.49/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of flyersfan900
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gerred
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Eammon1920
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of HellBlazerG
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EMV
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Semi-cloudy golden orange pour. 1 finger of white head leaves a rim of lacing.

S: Tropical fruits... caramel malts... a bit of resin.

T/F: Rich and malty... caramel and bread provide some background sweetness which is well balanced by some tropical hop bitterness. Fruity... mango and slight peach. Orange rind.... resinous and sticky. Medium in body. Well carbonated. Finish is bittersweet.

O: A big rich DIPA.... flavorful and dangerously easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange. Foamy, tall, off white head lasts a while then fading toa Rocky head that lasts.

Smells citrus, bready malt, tropical and melon.

Tastes Caramel malt, candied tropical fruit, light citrus peel and light hop pepper. Finish is Semi dry with light banana peel. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Rufus1
2.81/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy orange/amber into a fifteen ounce glass mug the same temperature as the beer. One and a half fingers of off white head that settles quickly to a steady rime. Nice lacing.

The nose somehow comes across as sour. Somewhat reminiscent of sauerkraut. Dank wet hops. No malts.

Quite boozy up front. Not much in the way of hop bitterness neither citrus or floral. Tastes as dank as it smells. Unbalanced. Flavor is hard to describe but I will settle on not good.

Thin and watery on the palate. Carbonation really doesn't matter due to the poor taste. Bitter dry finish.

Not even close to the better IPA's available.

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Photo of Boone757
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,657 ratings
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