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 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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4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with a best by date of 8/15/12 poured into pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy gold/orange color with a one-finger white head. Retention is good. Can see some yeast settlement in the liquid, as well.

S: Heavy citrus smell, especially pineapple and mango.

T: Nice slightly sweet sugar cookie malt base supports a nice strong onslaught of hop flavors. The hops are mostly of the citrus variety (oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, etc.) However, there is a blast of pine at the end. With all the hop flavors present, it isn't too bitter. There's a shot of alcohol and a bit of metallic taste at the end, but bitter hops finish it off.

M: Wow...very creamy. This body is a great medium for channeling the strong hop flavors, and it keeps them around for a LONG time after the drink goes down.

O: GLBC makes some of my favorite beers, and this one is no exception. This is a top-tier IPA, for sure. The taste is surprisingly complex. Most DIPAs just assault the palate with hops, but there's more depth here.

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3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle (best by 7/17/12) enjoyed on 7/7/12 in a tulip.

Pour: Hazy orange with 3 fingers off-white head.

Smell: Straight grapefruits and oranges. Yup.

Taste: Completely follows the nose with bitter grapefruits. Some pine, but this is one fruity DIPA, almost too much so. Malts make this a little too sweet which I think promotes the overly fruity aspects.

Mouthfeel: Very, very juicy. Super refreshing, in a wake up and have some orange juice kind of way.

Overall: Good, but too much fruit juice for me.

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4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange slightly hazy/cloudy colour with good carbonation. Tastes of citrus, with tropical fruits in there to go with the good hoppy bitterness. Considering the high 9.1%, this drinks down very smooth and its well masked. This brewery pumps out some good, quality beers.

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

Very citrusy for a double IPA, without a lot of the spicy hop flavors or heavy malt notes, or accompanying pine often found in this style. I like that as a change of pace- tastes a bit like Sweetwater IPA if that were revved up to 9.1%- lots of grapefruit with a touch of orange, sweet clean malts, and a resinous finish that still comes off as fairly clean, and a short bitterness at the finish. Very nice.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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A: Very cloudy light orange with one-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a minute or two. Also, tiny particles. Great lacing.

S: Seriously, pineapple was the first thing I noticed. Then orange and subtle hops. I like the smell.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Fruit and bitter hops are what I taste primarily. Some malt (almost burnt flavor) in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Crisp and very warm going down.

O: The thick cloudiness with little particles and the pineapple aroma really stood out to me about this beer. But the head was disappointing compared to the Dogfish Head, and the flavor was a bit too fruity for my taste. The mouthfeel also wasn't as smooth as the Dogfish Head. Overall, interesting flavor, but the 90 Minute IPA was the real winner.

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter.

A) Hazy amber, with a nice 2 finger head. The head settles to a dusting, which is maintained throughout. Excellent lacing.

S) Wonderful tropical fruit aroma, pineapple and mango. There is ripe peach too. Pleasingly sweet with a drop of pine and citrus. Just a hint of alcohol.

T) Pretty malt forward, but enough hop bitterness for adequate balance. Follows the nose pretty closely. Sweet pineapple, fresh oranges, and peach syrup. Finishes with some hop bite and brief alcohol tingle.

M) Close to full bodied, pretty thick and coating. This has moderate carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth. No alcohol burn. Nice...

O) Really enjoyed this, can't believe I hadn't tried it earlier. This ranks right up there with some of my favorites in the style. We all know some beers get pretty hyped, I would argue this one deserves a little more. Glad to recommend.

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Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,664 ratings