Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
greatlakesbrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,633
Reviews:
718
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
175
Gots:
492
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 2,633 |  Reviews: 718
Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This beer knows what it is- an artsy courier of alcohol. A great drink to get the night started.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mschrei
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into snifter. Orange gold color, strong carb and lacing, a lot of particulates. A kind of funky earthy almost pleasantly sweet rancid smell on it. Sweet malt is the first thing that comes to mind when tasting it, followed by mild hoppiness. It's a different breed of imperial IPA, I'm thinking, but damn good.

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Photo of Zzavela
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
3.57/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drink by 9/4/16. Pours hazy, gold in color, with minimal head. Taste is mango, cracker, honey sweetness with light orange hops. Very malty-not what I was expecting from an imperial IPA. Heavy bodied and low carbonation. Tastes more like a strong ale than an IPA, but very very good. Definitely a sipper. As long as you do not go in expecting a hop bomb, you will not be disappointed. Excellent beer and up to the quality I expect from Great Lakes.

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Photo of psoriasaurus
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mxmurtha
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mjgpy3
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of krh
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Malty sweetness - maybe too much for me? It warms me up, but doesn't stand out for me. Another Great Lakes that is just above average in the category for me. This may be one to try with food and at different times of the year to fully appreciate.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KWolf
4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice big happiness, fat sweet maltiness, 9% ABV.....
And A Great Lakes beer, mercy! What's not to love!!??

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Photo of SHDoyle
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Description: Clear, darkish golden color with a white head that slowly dissipates in a snifter. Smell is light, tropical fruits and floral scents. Almost reminded me of a Tripel. Maybe a little bit of pine/resin but not much. Taste is like the smell with sweet, fruit notes dominating and little to no pine. A touch of bitterness on the finish but a subtle one. Overall, the taste was 'reserved' but not displeasing in any way. Feel was smooth, with low carbonation and a fuller body than most IPAs.

Suggested food pairing: Grilled salmon

If you like this beer then you should also try: Abner

Overall: 4.25 (This beer is good and I would likely drink it again) This one exceeded expectations for me. The flavors were delicate but still noticeable and they all played well together. I wouldn't call it elite by any measure, but that doesn't mean this isn't a solid all around IPA.

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Photo of SkeletonBitch
3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jroberts8811
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of foundersasap
3.18/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jahbless
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BigRed10
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chackman151
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheLefty1616
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Stick7771
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a hazy dark copper in color. A nice lace around the 11.5 oz glass in Duckworths Charlotte NC. Aroma is a light fruity hop. Flavor is hoppy but I don't taste the pine and fruitiness that others do. Slightly more bitter than I'd prefer. I don't think I could drink more than one at a time, but I'd consider it again, maybe not after another double that I loved (like this time).

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Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.98 out of 5 based on 2,633 ratings.
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