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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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is the second year old bottle Ive had, and surprisingly both are good. Even at a year old, it looks the same. Very cloudy orange with a head of tiny white bubbles. Smell is actually pretty balanced. Slightly sticky sweet with a leafy hop presence. The taste is much the same. Sweet malt backbone (honey mostly) accents the leafy hops quite well. After a year, its held up very nicely.


The smell is very balanced with a good malt backbone, yet theres still some citric (grapefruit and orange and lemon) in there as well. I love the taste. Theres a thick powdery malt backbone thats different from the rest of the GLBC lineup, but it works here so well. There is a nice bittering hop presence, but the citric hops presence (juicy orange, lemon zest, and grapefruit) feel oily and slick. Its a bit different than other DIPAs, its more slick and drinkable.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Glows orange to deep amber with golden highlights and hazy throughout. Lots of fine carbonation guilds a big, creamy orange head that leaves rings and chunks of lace on a tulip glass.

Smells fresh and fruity with orange hops and apricot. Orange takes over after the first few sips.

Opens with a strong, bitter bite that carries right through to the finish. Each sip has flavors of orange rind, pineapple, mild sweetness, and a touch of tartness. The freshness of this sample greatly added to the experience.

This monster has a full body with drying alcohol, soft carbonation, and light metallic notes. Overall, it has a slick texture and leaves residual sugar.

While aggressive, this is worth the experience and worth repeating over an extended period of time. I preferred it on a hot day while reading in the shade.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A better than average DIPA...nothing to blow your socks off though. Pours a hazy butterscotch color. A hard pour produces a medium slightly off white head and average lacing. Head retention is ok.

Smell is mild piney and citrus hops...good but not that powerful.

Taste provides an initial shot of piney and citrus hops and then some balancing sweet malts. Once again good but not that memorable.

Mouthfeel is good. Right level of carbonation, crisp and rich.

Overall a good DIPA. Very enjoyable, but I have had better.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,621 ratings.
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