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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Ratings: 2,642 |  Reviews: 721
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of thatdavegy
2/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of Jfriz25
4.39/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Hazy golden with some orange. Not a lot of head even with an aggressive pour.

Smell- In a word: amazing. Like sticking your nose in a bag of hops. Definitely the highlight of this beer.

Taste- Big orange on a wave of bitterness. Good malt backbone and sweetness balance it nicely. On the verge of being too sweet but it never gets there.

Mouthfeel- Typical sticky medium body as most good IIPA

Overall- The smell is great, I almost don't want to drink it. It tastes very good as well but is a little bit one note. It's a very good not but that is what separates awesome from spectacular.

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Photo of Jamesplarson
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured overflowing from the tap at the sugar maple mke wi.

Appearance is a great hazy copper holds the light well

Smell is a little lacking I would like to have more of a nose for this one but it might detract from the flavor...

Taste is a full on hop monster ripping the enamel from your teeth filling your mouth with a full flavor well balanced with a sweet malty back bone

Mouth feel is hard to grab because of the hop presence however the sweetness does balance the bitterness well

Over all one of my favorite double/imperial ipa's in the world. As well as one of my favorite beers period.

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Photo of MacStinson
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of brez8791
3/5  rDev -24.6%

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Tamarack22
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of koopa
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours a fairly clear dull orange with honey folds. Crown is 1.5 fingers, white, shows medium retention and lace.

Smell: Little bit of herbal hops over caramel malt. Maybe my extra isn't so fresh?

Taste: Sweet sugar, herbal hops, a touch of red fruit, some caramel sweetness but mainly bready malts that keep it from being cloying. A dash of alcohol presence as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. A small hint of chewiness is apparent and enjoyable.

Overall: In the ball park but close to the foul line :)

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Photo of jhmlex
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of MaxOfMetal
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of rippedflesh89
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of DeMaria
4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of durrrr
3/5  rDev -24.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of atr2605
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-pours a golden straw, soft orange color with an offwhite head with good retention
S-citrus,pine, honey
T-Citrus, honey, and sweet orange with a spicy npine in the finish
M-full bodied
O-Very well balanced double ipa. A bit unique too, had a tad more spice to it than many others that I have had. Defintely have it again

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Photo of raznug
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: LEM pours a dark orange color and is topped with a good inch of white head a good amount of lacing all the way down the glass.
Smell: HOPS HOPS and more hops. There are a nice blend of different hop aromas, there are citrus pine and grassy notes waff into the nose nicely.
Taste: This isn't my first time tasting LEM but it is just as tasty this time as it was the 1st. The taste is just like the aroma and is dominated by hops as a IIPA should be.
Mouthfeel: This is one of the tastiest IIPAs I have ever drank. It is easy drinking but still dominates the palate like a IIAP should. This is a first class beer by a first class brewery.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

Photo of juicebox
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been a Great Lakes beer fan for some time, but it wasn't until this summer that I got the chance to taste this wonderful seasonal creation. I consider myself a hops man, and this beer is perfectly crisp and sharp, yet balanced in sweetness. Truly my favorite from a wonderful brewery

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,642 ratings.
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