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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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter. Crystal-clear orange/gold, with a thick white head from a regular pour that fades quickly into a nice cap of foam that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Smells of tropical fruits, pineapple and mango, with a spicy hop twang behind it that slightly burns the nostrils on a deep inhale. Taste is big sweet clean malts, with tropical fruit hop flavors and a lovely bitter finish over the slightly sticky sweet aftertaste left from the malts. Mouthfeel is smooth and full, without being too sticky.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Stevedore
3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle best by 7/26/2013 poured into a Bell's snifter and consumed today, 6/9/2013. Cool label for sure!

Aroma: Not particularly present, mostly an earthy hoppiness combined with some sweet caramel. Not a very impressive nose at all, even as it warms up. (3.5)

Colour: Very nice semi-hazy light amber body with a solid 1cm white head that recedes fairly quickly into a thin white collar. Lacing is there but sporadic. Otherwise a very nice looking beer, just begging to be quaffed. (4.5)

Flavour: Definitely a very bitter, earthy kick up front. The toffee, caramel and honey malt has a very strong presence in the middle, so much that I don't notice any of the early earthy hoppy flavour whatsoever. It finishes with a non-descript sweet bitterness that stings the hell out of my palate. It's definitely intense, but it somehow does not seem to come together in a way that I like. Big DIPA with big malt backbone, but not a great bit of hop flavour at all. (3.5)

Mouthfeel: Definitely not lacking here though. Full bodied, resinous and syrupy DIPA that coats my palate and stings it like a swarm of bees. Great carbonation, dry sweet finish that is mostly a non-descript bitterness mixed in with bitter caramel. (4.5)

Overall: Decent DIPA, not my favorite combination of flavours for sure. It does have the intensity of the malt backbone and bitterness, but I feel like its missing something and that would probably be the lack of intensity of the hop flavours that I come to expect from a double IPA. If they were to amp up the aroma hops, it would probably add a great deal more to this beer. (4)

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Nice amber color. Thin minimal white head. Medium lacing.

S - Big tropical scents - mango & peach.

T - Sweet at first with the hops sneaking up. Nice citrus with a good malty backbone.

M - Nice mouthfeel. Medium body with medium .

O - Very nice DIPA. Wll pick out every spring.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle, best by 8-9-2013, poured to 13.75-oz tulip. Very clear golden yellow, 1-finger white fluffy head, rising bubbles throughout, lacing maintained.

This beer needs to warm for a few minutes before consuming. Needed to swirl, to bury my nose in order to draw out aroma at first. Aroma stronger as it warms. Very pleasant juicy citrus (orange, pineapple, grapefruit). Very little to no pine, despite Simcoe. Less bold than more esteemed DIPAs.

Uneven? Each sip seems to be different. Sweet canned pineapple, grapefruit, giving way to strong pine and spicy malts, at first. With time, Simcoe pine predominates, but there is pineapple lingering at finish.

Alcohol bite and maltiness more noticeable than more esteemed examples, but it is quite drinkable. Not as bold or hoppy as the "west coast" Alchemy Hour, but a very good beer from a great brewery.

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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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