Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes Lake Erie MonsterGreat Lakes Lake Erie Monster
2,654 Ratings
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"

Added by BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a different take on a double IPA. My favorite IPA is chillwave so I was expecting Great Lakes to hit it out of the park once again.. This beer isn't chillwave, but it's damn good. Appearance is great with a creamy head and nice lacing. There isn't much to the smell just a slight tangeriney and hop presence. The taste is different but very good. Mainly dominated by a fruity tangerine taste. Alcohol is slightly present and there's a slightly boozy taste that lingers. Still very drinkable for 9.1%.
Another great beer by Great Lakes!

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ClePaul
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster

Look 9/10
Smell 15/20
Taste 35/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 20/20

Overall 87/100

Nice bold robust DIPA. I don't really get the hype. It taste really good and all. It just isn't jammed with any great flavors like say a 'Hopslam' it's really rather dull for such a huge ABV. That said, it is incredibly easy to guzzle at 9.1% and that goes a long way.

Final Verdict: I will likely swoop a 4-pack every year. Yet I doubt I'll buy more than that or brag about it~

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Qbdoo
3.55/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An odd beer - not a bad one but not what I expect from a DIPA. Super fruity and sweet - a sugar bomb - and while I like a dollop of sweetness in a DIPA (see Southern Tier Unearthly), this takes things up a notch or two, making it almost an entirely different style.This is somewhat barleywine-like in texture, maltiness and sweetness. I'm sure I'll come back to this someday but I'd prefer this in a different season - like fall. Make this your final beer of the night and don't have more than one or you're in for a big headache in the morning.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

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

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel-copper coloring with a thin, clingy, foamy, bright white head that leaves a great lacing as you go. Aromas of light pine, evergreen, citrus sweet and tart, cut grass, and subtle spicing. Solid, but not overpowering. Flavors are smooth and bold, with a solid dose of sweet caramel supporting a blend of tropical fruit and citrus sweet, with grassy and pine overlays. Very blended and balanced. Tangy sweetness with hints of bitterness fill the aftertaste, and the body is light and smooth throughout, with the carbonation providing a slight edge throughout. Damn tasty brew. The finish is smooth, slightly effervesced, and slightly dry, with a resinous linger. Solid, drinkable brew.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,654 ratings
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