Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Lake Erie MonsterLake Erie Monster

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

Style: American 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

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

In a word, balance. A full mouthfeel, and a meal in itself. Enjoyed on tap at Pizza Plant Transit, post-extreme beer fest. Orange-Peachy colour, with lace sheets. Fruity aroma.Some pineapple flavours.Complex and thorough melange of hops, a bit much to drain to cup. Very fresh.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.51/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This IIPA poured out as a copper color with a clear looking body to it. The head was very thick looking and white. The lacing was very good also. The smell of the beer had some big citrus aromas coming off of it. There was also some floral and sweet aromas also. The taste of the beer was very good, it had a wonderful hop flavor with some of the lemony orange citrus mixing with the sweetness of the malts . Leaves your mouth tingling and dry. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and had a good amount of lively carbonation to it. Overall I found this brew to be very good and would totally buy it again if it ever shows up at my local store. Good price and a good brew all in one.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high off white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of sweet malts are present in the nose along with hints of citrusy hops.
T: Like the smell, this is very much a malt-forward IPA that has lots of malty sweetness along with slight bits of citrusy hops and a tad of bitterness, the latter of which gets a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and somewhat crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer doesn't have much bitterness, but you can definitely perceive its strength from the strong dose of hops, which lends a caramel-like sweetness. The beer hides its alcohol very well.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Isn't it about time we see a Great Lakes Imperial IPA widely distributed? Comparisons to Commodore Perry immediately come to mind.

The beer pours a deep golden, light amber color with ample carbonation and protein to build a froathy and formitable white head. Great lacing and a mild haze round out the look of the beer.

Sharp aromas of complex hop compounds (citrus, resin, garlic, grasses, and a subtle catty tone) gives a rustic and earthy twist to the otherwise clean citrusy scent. Sweeter confectionate sugars seem to have a cotton candy impact on the scent.

Flavors of those malts are ample enough to balance the hop attack. Powdered sugar flavored malts set the sweet tone while the earthy/grassy/citrusy hops leap off and garner attention from mid palate towards the finish. Alcoholic flavors of acetone capture the hop flavor but also give a nail polish-like flavor to the beer, seemingly somewhat soapy. Any esters are moderate or light and largely get lost in the hops.

Medium weighted and sweet to the palate early on. But eventually the hops and alcohols rise to the occation and provide a malty-dry feel very late in the finish. Somewhat minty and cool with the alcohols, the beer has a return bitterness in aftertaste.

Could this beer be a scaled up Commodore Perry? Very possibly so. However, the grassy/garlic/catty notes were not found in the former but are all present here.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single from Before You Go Liquors, $2.99

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Frothy speckles of lace around the edges, a finger of offwhite foam initially. The head remains with a few clusters of larger bubbles on the surface. Deep glowing orange, hazy and opaque.

Initial whiff of sweet tropical fruit, mango maybe, but it's not clearly defined. There's something fresh and intoxicating about it.

Bitter and sweet flavors alternate, orange peel and grapefruit juice, the resiny bitterness builds in the finish, leaving a more grassy/herbal/pine impression. Alcohol is perceptible as it warms.

Overall not bad, didn't really blow me away, but i'd drink it again.

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Photo of superspak
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/26/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, lemon zest, pine, floral, grass, honey, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great hop complexity and moderate malt balance. Taste of big mango, pineapple, pine, grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest, floral, grass, honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Moderate pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of tropical fruit, citrus, pine resin, floral, grass, honey, bread, and hop earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and balance of hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance that doesn’t overshadow the hops, and zero cloying flavors lingering after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Big hop flavor complexity with moderate malt balance; and dangerously smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-yellow color with a two-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of patchy lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and pine. Some caramel aromas, too.

T - It tasted of light bitter spiciness with pine and citrus notes. A burnt toast malt backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This wasn't as good as I hoped. It is still a tasty Imperial IPA but didn't live up to my expectations.

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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

Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a cloudy honey color and a very nice head that drapes a curtain of lace

Smell: Plenty of pith but not enough citrus

Taste: The malt, which is very significant, hardly has a chance to make its presence known before the bitter hops kick in; this beer gets very bitter and pithy by mid-palate and after the swallow, though there is a considerable malt presence all the way through

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice DIPA, though it lacks a little in the citrus department; plenty of bitterness and not at all sticky

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of SS: Poured a deep copper color ale with a big foamy head with excellent retention and some good lacing. Aroma of yellow grapefruit, floral and bitter hops is quite sublime and well balance for a style that does produce quite a lot of unbalanced beers. Taste is dominated by the yellow grapefruit characteristics of the hops with some floral malt notes and a bitter finish. Body is quite full with some great carbonation and no alcohol could be detected. Very well done for the style and something I wish I could have access to more often.

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

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

A: Pours a very slightly hazy medium golden apricot to honey in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some hints of orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy light beige head that reduces to a couple of medium sized medium thick patches along with a thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith hops with lighter aromas of caramel malts with honey sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a moderate to strong caramel malts with some light honey sweetness. After that the hops really kick in with strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith with light to moderate flavors of pine/resin hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness which fades slowly and lingers for a long time.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth upfront and slightly sticky in the finish.

O: Slightly sweeter than I generally prefer my DIPA but still enjoyable. There is a pleasant amount of not too aggressive bitterness. Not quite the balance I prefer for my DIPAs - too sweet and not enough hop flavors.

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Photo of mothman
2.84/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours 1 finger of creamy beige head. Decent retention with some lace. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: Smells salty with odd grassy hops. Some orange and pinapple flavors.

Taste: Odd malts with an odd flavor. Has a lot of orange flavors and vodka like flavors. Floral hops.

Mouthfeel: Very slight bitterness, mainly creamy. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. End sticky and weedy.

Overall, this is not a very well done dipa. Ihad high expectations from this one since it is coming from Great Lakes but I was let down. Not very drinkable in my opinion.

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Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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