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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I always look forward to have my first Lake Erie Monster of the year, I am not a big IPA fan but this beer here is not so over powering with Hops that I can't taste the other flavors. If your looking for a beer to get you were you need to be this is a great beer to start with.

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

on tap at Country Boy Brewery tap room.

The pour is a dark amber colorwith a 2-finger white head.

Sweet with malts & a tinge of orange. Hints of pine... evthing is subtle on the nose

A mild-to-moderate level of bitterness with plenty of malt. The citrus notes from the hops are present if you wait for it... orange & a bit of pineapple. I find it to be well-balanced.

Medium in body with moderate carbonation.

A very strong offering from Great Lakes. Glad I had it fresh on tap. Not sure it would hold up well and since there are lots of great DIPA's out there... prob would not by off the shelf.

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

12 Oz poured into a snifter

About a year ago, I was just getting into craft beer I noticed this on the shelf and was way too much of a wuss to buy it. Later, after falling in love with IPA's I have been anxiously awaiting this beers release.

A- Pours a classic hazy orange with a one finger off white head. Slight alcohol legs and pretty good retention.

S- Incredibly skunky hops. The hop profile is dominates by citrus like pineapple and some grapefruit. Slightly piney but very funky. Sweet backbone but no noticeable characteristics, all hops here.

T- The hop profile is just like the smell but with a heavier influence on the pineapple and skunkyness. It's a very flavorful. DIPA in the hop department. While the hop profile is rather rank and impressive I slightly prefer a west coast IPA.

M- This is a bitter beer and the bitterness will linger around for a while. The aftertaste is hoppy and sticky. This is a slightly warming beer even though I cant pick up and alcohol in the taste.

O- This is a pretty dang good IPA that holds a candle to the best in the great lakes states. I would not say this is quite as good as hopslam but it has the exact same hop flavor in my opinion. Makes sense being that they are only about 200 or so miles apart. Not as good as hopslam but MUCH cheaper and should be a solid contender for your IPA fix.

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

NOTE: I wanted to re-review this beer because of its seasonality rather than update my review from last year's batch. So, I had to change the serving type. But this review is from the BOTTLE, not a growler.

I just received this year's batch of The Monster. Rather than update my review of last year's (which would make no sense), I'm going to review this year's batch separately.

A: Pours a brassy golden color in the glass with a foamy white 1-finger head. A good looking beer.

S: A very well blended aroma rises from the head. Tantalizing, but not overpowering. Almost mouth-watering. It makes you want to take a sip to find out what's next.

T: A rich bitterness blends with the citrusy tangerine flavor. Maybe a hint of pineapple too. No floral flavors here! This is an aggressive citrusy brew.

M: Thin body, but with enough effervescence to carry the malt across the palate. By comparison, Lagunitas Maximus has a much fuller mouthfeel, which I prefer in a big beer like this.

O: Amazingly refreshing for a DIPA. But its high drinkabiliity can be brutal as the weather warms up in the summer months. Possibly the best overall DIPA east of the Rockies. Great Lakes has done it again. Amazing consistency with their seasonal brews.

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Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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