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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Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a white head. Good retention and some lacing.

In the nose is pine and citrus with sweet candied malt and a fruity floral bouquet in the background.

Bitter grapefruit and orange up front rolling into a sweet bread malt. Rock candy and sweet orange come through in the middle before it goes back to bitter with a dry pine finish.

I had this after a Double Jack, and it is a lesser beer, but solid. It is more balanced between sweet and bitter. A very nice II IPA.

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Photo of docrates
4.25/5  rDev +6%

Photo of vfgccp
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light apricot gold with a touch of haze. Par white head with ok ret and lace.

S - Ginger, orange zest, pine, booze, broccoli, and a strange savory note.

T - Orange marmalade, resiny pine, wax, and a spicy booze.

M - Relatively smooth, medium body. Touch of syrup. Twang of booze.

O - Resiny hop character with a lot of alpha bitterness. Balance is just ok.

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Photo of cardern
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip from a 12 ounce bottle, Lake Erie Monster pours an orange/amber hue with about a finger's worth of fluffy white head that quickly settles. Lacing is sticky, and carbonation is subdued. Aroma is a touch off-putting at first. Dank hop aromas of pine and some onion blend with caramel. Taste is much better. Malty notes of caramel and toast up front, with a green element on the mid-palate, followed by a burst of citrus, pine, and cedar. Finish is dry and floral.
Full-bodied and flavorful, with a viscous mouthfeel from the hops. Alcohol is well hidden. This beer is quite easy to consume, and although the nose isn't as balanced as the taste, it's quite tasty. Another rock-solid effort from Great Lakes.

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Photo of msarver16
4.25/5  rDev +6%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of BMMillsy
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent Dipa. Pours dark golden with decent sized white fluffy head. Smells very floral with some citrus notes and a good bit of sweetness. Nice bite up front, plenty of aromatic citrus, sweet bready finish. Medium/lightish mouthfeel given the style and ABV with medium to high carbonation. Excellent as usual from Great Lakes.

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4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of Lantern
5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of thecheapies
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 08/15/12; poured into a wide-mouthed snifter.

Held to the light, the beer gives off a bright, peachy glow with some shaded haze. An off-white head sits as a soapy glaze and thick ring, having fallen the inch that it had once risen to. Very gentle pour, so as not to disturb any dregs at the bottom of the bottle.

The nose suggests fresh leafy hops with bright stone fruits and some tropical fruit nuances and pithy citrus. Apricot, papaya, pineapple, pine, and grapefruit come to mind. Almost smells like it could be the Imperial version of Aprihop. There's plenty of malts in the bill here, too. Not showing off any caramel or toasted notes, just a heap of musty raw sourdough.

Intensely bitter first sip. Raw hop cone-infused, citrus pith, tropical fruit rind, apricot, pine, bitter greens, and an underlying fructose sweetness. Huge IBU levels, just enough maltiness to make it tolerable. In fact, the hophead in me is in utter delight. Aromatic hops, flavoring hop acids, and bittering all in play here. And, it literally takes three or four sips to recognize a trace of alcohol warmth. An All-Star IIPA.

Insanely drinkable (except for the bitterness). Reading 9.1% ABV drops my jaw, at this point. Slightly oily in a medium-bodied kind of way. Generously carbonated for the strength. Exceptional feel, as the level in my glass is falling fast.

Where does Lake Erie Monster fall among the Top 50 of the style? Is it even up there? Because, it should be. Tremendous brew. One that I enjoy year-after-year.

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of Hopstout
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6%

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3/5  rDev -25.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MCDuhamel
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip. Orange, pale liquid showing lots of bubbles, with a tight white head that stays with the beer. Moderate lacing. The nose is citrus, slightly resinous. American hops flavor dominates up front, with some maltiness in the middle, showing a bit of honey but no graininess. The finish is dry and bitter. The alcohol reveals itself mostly in the finish too, with a bit of heat. Feels big and slick. Somewhat better balanced than many beers in this style, still very much about the hops.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +18.5%

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