Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Lake Erie MonsterLake Erie Monster

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

Pours a dull brownish orange with a hazy clarity. Creamy two and a half finger head showing excellent retention and plenty of sticky patches of lace. Magnificent cascade citrus nose, a mild chinook grapefruit rind aroma, and some faint crystal. Sweet pale malt and crystal upfront, with loads of fresh grassy/fruity american hop flavor that carries over into the aftertaste. Moderate carbonation imparts a mellow crispness that pairs nicely with the fuller body and resinous hop bitterness. The alcohol is hidden enough to score a high drinkability. Finishes oily but not at all slick, and very well balanced for a DIPA.

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Photo of geographie
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A :: Opaque burnt orange hues with a solid ivory head showing full signs of lacing. Head is creamy with very fine bubbles.

S :: Hops, hops, hops - I'm smelling Cascade and maybe Amarillo. Quite citrusy but by no means is this beer a light one - there is a strong malt backing behind these hops and rightly so for this 9% Imperial IPA.

T :: Candy-sweet front, I reckon honey was used. Taste is not as big as the smell, however it finishes with an incredibly smooth bitterness that beckons to be consumed again. Alcoholic none and finish become more and more pronounced.

M :: Not as creamy as the head suggests, but being an IPA, this beer shouldn't be so. Medium to full-bodied and washes down a tad too fast.

D :: Superb for 9 percent, this beer hides it better than most. The lighter, yet rich body is perfect for many occaisions. Cheers! This is one dang good beer.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served up in a GL stemmed glass at Oktoberfest. Nice appearance at a cloudy light peach with a thin but lasting white head. Hues lean toward orange. Very citric aroma and flavor but definitely under wraps a bit. Caramel shown through the hops. Not for hardcore hop heads. Sweetish, sugary flavor on top of the orangey hops. Juicy and sweet mouthfeel with a relatively bitter finish. Drinkability is really too high for this style. Basically, I liked this beer a ton but it certainly wasn’t what I expected. The hops were one dimensional (huge citrus fruit) and the sugars were so high as to make the beer almost fruity as opposed to IPA like. Bitterness was present to be sure but it wasn’t at the level of an average IPA let alone a DIPA. Conclusion, great beer but don’t expect your typical “Extreme” DIPA. Perhaps these brewers should be commended for showing restraint in a time of giant beers.

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Photo of Bones54
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to have this beer and it lived up to the hype. Though I was a bit suprised in the color that it poured. I found it to be a little lighter in color than most of the DIPAs I have had. The hop smell is definately coming through and prepared me for a huge rush of hop taste. The beer is well balanced though- the Hops are not to overpowering. My gf, who normally would pass on even an IPA, thought the beer was OK. It's definately a sipper though with the 9% ABV. Try some with the Brad Pudding- they go great together!

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Photo of cabsandking
4.29/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden in color and completely clouded. Fine bubbled head and a very fruity nose. Lacing was exceptional, nearly coating my glass. Spicy and fruity from the first sip. Lemon and citrus notes are abound. Great hop strength without overpowering its other characteristics. Honey like sweetness, nicely balanced. Medium to thick body and very nice mouth coating all around. Spiciness lingers in the finish. Very consistent to the end. This beer isn't trying to be the fancy pants, but for what is has been done well.

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Photo of DuqTroops
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank it through a growler from the brewery. is on tap for short time periods throughout the year. great color - light amber in color and is extremely hoppy. lots of flavor.

growler is about 40 dollars from the great lakes brewery; but worth every penny. is about 70 ounces of IPA. lots of hops and great flavor. definitely worth a try. either at the brewery or through a growler. talked with bartender, they said they weren't able to bottle it yet.

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Photo of quasimoto
3.17/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber, like apple cider. Very little lacing.

S - Wonderful aromas of strong sweet citrusy hops.

T - Strong hop presence, spicy. Malts are completely hidden.

M - Sharp cardination hits the tounge.

D - Not a session beer due to the high ABV. But i'm a hop head so I love it.

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Photo of bigbubba
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was so happy to see that the Monster was back on tap at the brewery that I drove down for lunch today. And it was worth it. This is a beautiful hazy copper beer with a bubbly head right to the top of the glass. It was served in 12oz glasses instead of their usual pint, and for good reason. It doesn't taste strong but it will get to you. Two 12oz glasses and a lamb, caramelized onion, and sun-dried tomato pizza and I was in a heavenly daze as I shopped at the Westside Market.

The smell is a sweet floral and citrus mixture that is exteremly enticing. The taste is great, well balanced to the hoppy side. The hops are very aromatic without being overly bitter. The malty sweetness is just enough to make this level of hopping a possibility, and is not overly sweet. A combination that few DIPAs get right.

Except for the buzz this beer is very drinkable. I wish it was sold in bottles because I really don't need to be 40 minutes from home while drinking it.

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Photo of Dogbrick
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cask version at Barley’s 3rd Annual Mini RAF (04/16/05): Pours a murky orange color with a thin off-white head. Thin lacing too. Nice hoppy and citrusy aroma. Medium-bodied and very smooth with a subtle but persistent hops flavor. This reminded me very much of the DFH 90 Minute on tap, which is definitely a good thing. There are also some citrus and pine flavors. The finish is slick and rather bitter. All in all this was a great way to kick off the event, an Imperial IPA as good as I knew GLBC could do it.

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Photo of mattcrill
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Of all the beers at the Mini-RAF at Barley's, this is the one I was looking forward to sampling the most. For me, this beer was worth the price of admission. Everyone else must have thought so too b/c it was the first keg to get kicked.

Appearance: Cloudy orange amber with yellow edges. A minimal sudsy white head caps this beauty.

Smell: Strong carmel malt presence with a slight citrus twang that invites you to try this little monster.

Taste: Starts out carmelly sweet for a brief moment and then the hops kick in full force. Pine bitterness with a slight citrus edge that reminds me of orange juice ("hey kids, it's whats for breakfast!"). A full on hop assault profile with enough malt base to balance the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly creamy and coats the palate nicely.

Drinkability: This is the real deal for me. I could make this a regular occurence if it were available. One of the better balanced IPA's out there. More than enough hops for any hop-head and a good malt backbone so you can enjoy what you are drinking.

Highly recommended.

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Photo of Gatzby
3.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found myself at the brewpub(which is never a bad thing), and was pleasantly suprised to find some pub exclusives which I hadn't had before. Normally shying away from IPAs in favor of a darker brew, I found this one enjoyable.

Served in a 12 oz glass, the brew was delivered with a small, white head which disappated within a few minutes leaving little to no trace. Beer color was a cloudy, bronzed honey. Damn, it looked good.

There was no exceptionally strong aroma, but hops were a definite trait. Also, there was a background hint of citrus detectable.

Mouthfeel was smooth, a more hardy version of an IPA. Both a pleasure and easy to drink, providing flavor all over the mouth.

Taste offered mild sweetness, fruit/citrus, with pine lurking in the background. I felt it there was less dryness than many IPAs. Alcohol was masked sufficiently -- you're more likely to notice the buzz than the taste.

It's certainly a drinkable brew, and I was disappointed to read it was only available in the pub. I'd love to be able to pick up a six pack at the beer store. It may be time to invest in a growler.

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Photo of garthwaite
4.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 10 oz glass at the brewery. Being a lover of the hop - I was, of course, elated to hear that the special tap brew the evening I rolled into town was a Double IPA. At 9.5% abv, it was served in a smaller glass than the other brews, but was filled to the brim & had a very small perfectly white creamy head. It was a deep copper & the head had completely disappeared within about a minute. After about 15 minutes it had warmed to a perfect temperature for enjoyment. Loads of oily, piney hops with way more than a hint of caramel malt in the background. This brew coats the mouth beautifully with a relatively thick syrup-like fullness. Undertones of caramel & molasses are overshadowed quickly & permanently by generous doses of complex hopping. Hop profile has a little bit of everything - they are floral, earthy, citrusy, & piney. Wonderful balance between hop bitterness & sweet malt make this a delightfully easy to drink, well-crafted treat.

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

Appearance – This one is deep, bright orange in color tinted with a bit of brown. The beer just looks gorgeous. There wasn’t much of a head coming out of the growler, though.

Smell – The hops are classic East Coast (whatever the predominant hops are over there) and very pleasing. There’s also some good spicing and a solid, sweet malty base.

Taste – The malt base is large and full of brown sugars. The sweet fuggle-type of hops are huge and very smooth.

I can see how one could think that this is a “lightweight” because it doesn’t have that gigantic, PacNW-stomping pine sap to it, but this is just as intense with the ingredients that they chose to use. This is a Double IPA by any standard of measure.

Mouthfeel – This one is smooth as silk and incredibly well-balanced. The life was long gone from the growler it came in otherwise I would have probably 5-ed the mouthfeel.

Drinkability – Big and smooth with a nice, satisfying dry finish. What’s not to like?

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Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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