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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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.37/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, with freshness date clearly labeled. The ale has a hazy tangerine colored body with a huge, frothy, off-white head that holds excellent retention & leaves all kinds of lacing on the glass. Aromas are fresh with bread, caramel, tropical, mango, pineapple. On the palate there are notes of tropical, mango, papaya, loads of caramel, bready, toasted grain, plenty of malt cuts the seemingly not-so-bitter bitterness, tremendous balance here. Mouth-feel is super creamy, medium-full body, lower carbonation. I've had this one once before and wasn't crazy over it, but I stand corrected - this is an outstanding DIPA and a must try!

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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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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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sippin' hard in my room at some hipster hotel outside of the Denver, CO airport.

Even though it's about a week past the enjoy by date on this bad boi, it is still drinking fairly good. Kind of reminds Raul of his first real love; even when he knew things were past the expiration date, when it came down to gettin busy, it still wasn't that half bad. So, unlike said hoochie, even though this thang is expired, Raul wouldn't mind having seconds.

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.
Poured: 2013/07/08; Best before date: 2013/07/24

A: Dirty blonde/dark straw in color, very clear. Pours top to 2 fingers of off-white creamy head settling down to a thick collar leaving lots of lacing.

S: Big malt nose on this beer; the hops are present in the nose, both floral and spicy, but they are not the main event.

T: Massive malt character but not cloyingly sweet, still within style guidelines and nicely balanced out by a bouquet of hops. Lots of citrus (oranges and tangerines) along with those American bittering hops (spicy and floral). Great finish; nice malty sweetness that dries out with those PNW hops.

M: Medium-high body and medium carbonation. Smooth and velvety.

O: Delicious! This is a big IPA that is not afraid to let the malt share the spotlight with the hops, maybe even star the show.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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