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"

Added by BuckeyeNation on 06-29-2004

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Photo of larryarms847
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours sun yellow with a paper thin head.

This is a very hop forward brew, the first whiff is a haymaker of hops to the dome. Sticky, bitter hops that stain the nostrils.

At first sip, your mouth is absolutely decimated by these bold and explosiveness hops. Also, just a slight note of citrus to balance the all out hop bombardment.

Overall my second favorite Great Lakes offering, only second to Chill Wave.

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Photo of Durandal_777
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of xDeadGuYx
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of Nich7601
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of SarcasticAaron
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of zhivago373
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lake Erie Monster is a release i look forward to every year - a sweet, nearly over-ripe-tasting DIPA.

the '14 batch pours into a glass with a deep amber/golden color; thin white head that dissipates quickly. lacing left around the glass.

on the nose, a sweet, citrus-driven hop aroma with an english-type malt backbone. this beers smells wonderful.

tasting, it hits the front of the tongue with a sweet bitterness, citrus and slight tropical notes, fading to a malty middle-of-the-tongue base and a sweet finish. wonderful. not overly thick and not too thin - a great mouthfeel.

definitely in my favorite IPAs list. this one deserves more love and recognition.

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Photo of bwarren82
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of jsf14
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of markmo
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of WesMantooth
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DbbC
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of MistyMountainHops
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of glass_house
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter

Pours a deep, clear straw-gold with one finger of fizzy off-white head. Maintains a thin cap with some oily lacing. Aroma is muted citrus (faint lemon peel), a bit of grassy funk, clove-like spice, and alcohol. If I got a blind whiff of this, I'd never guess DIPA--smells much more like a spicy Belgian blond.

The taste is much like I expected from the smell--soft light fruity notes, sweet biscuity malt with caramel undertones, funky fresh-cut hay, and white pepper. I'm getting a marginal amount of hop bitterness. Alcohol warmth comes through on the finish, but maintains a smooth drinkability. As it warms I do get a bit of pine resin, but never the bite I was expecting from a Monster. Mouthfeel is excellent for my taste in the style--thick, sticky, and coats the palate well. Carbonation is tame and comes through just enough to give it a slight crispness.

Don't expect it to taste anything like a standard American DIPA. It reminds me much more of a strong Belgian pale with some tripel-like characteristics. A well made beer, and it may be more appealing to others, but one I will seldom revisit. If Chillwave is Jim Brown, and Rye Of The Tiger is Leroy Kelly, this Monster is more like Earnest Byner.

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Photo of Storm21
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of lochef81
3.69/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This dipa pours a handsome amber hue with a small off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is an overly sweet blend of citrus, floral, and tropical fruit hops. There is also a generous amount of malt and alcohol present. The body is thick and sticky; almost too much so and I love sticky ipas. The flavor is overly sweet almost cloying. It is very fresh with an abundance of hops but the degree if sweetness interferes with how great of a beer this could be. This is a solid ipa but if you can pick up Chillwave instead.

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,621 ratings.
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