Steady Rollin'
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,242
Ranked #23,610
3.84 | pDev: 7.55%
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Refreshing and light-bodied with bright grapefruit and passionfruit aromas. Brewed with Harrington 2-Row Base Malt, Crystal 45 Malt, Mosaic Hops.

50 IBUs
Reviews: 43 | Ratings: 188 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It is time to begin wrapping up my Kleveland visit as a part of New Beer Sunday (Week 655). I have run through all but one of my Platform beers & I have something else in mind for that one. I raise a glass in tribute to Great-Aunt Rita & Great-Uncle Max of Parma, Ahia, both now long gone. I had a blast of a visit with them in 1989 & with Rita a couple of times subsequent to that, including the blizzard of 1994. I still have (-removed) cousins in the area, but I maintain my animosity during NFL football season.

From the bottle: "Inspired by the Great Lakes region (our big backyard), our single hop Session IPA is brewed for days when you can only guess the time based on where the sun sits in the sky."

I Pop!ped the cap & gave it an aggro pour, having been (mostly) gentle with my CANs today. This raised an unbidden, unswirled two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, eggshell-white head with decent retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, prompting a late-night visit from The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus, all of whom had spent the afternoon on my couch watching football. Nose smelled of lemongrass, very pleasant and lightly bitter. 50 IBUs, to be exact. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was light and refreshing, very lemony with a biscuit malt backbone. I have mentioned Enrico's Biscotti in Pixburgh's Strip District in the past & here was another example of their lemon biscotti in liquefied format. Mmm. Very tasty. Finish was dry, refreshing, but still not enough to satisfy my AIPA itch. YMMV.

Sep 11, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Taste: snappy dry floral hoppy notes. Same with the nose. Amber/Gold color, clear, with a foamy head and sticky lattice of lace. Medium body. Crisp and easy to drink. 50 IBUs

Aug 18, 2017
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer pours orange and yellow with a large fluffy white head. Smells of citrus and earthy hops. Tastes of light backbone of sweet grain with floral and citrus hops. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Aug 14, 2017
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 8/24/17, so just under the wire here.

looks pretty nice, fair amount of light carbonation bubbles, lovely pale golden yellow body, nice white head, quite pretty lacing.

aroma is a nice mix of of grapefruit/mango.

taste is similar to the nose, fruit flavors released by the hops used. There is a faint cattiness.

A touch above medium on the mouth, there is a somewhat unpleasant sour/bitterness to the finish though.

Overall, other than the finish, which i mostly avoided by taking frequent slugs (Thank you sessionability) this was one of the nicer session ipas I've tried.

Aug 13, 2017
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Ricochet from Ohio

3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Lively, fizzy, very little head but a frothy lace. Lighter amber color.
S: Deep (lots) of fresh grapefruit. That's it. My kind of hops. I keep trying to find anything else, but that's it.
F: Surprisingly, not much bitter except on the outer sides of the tongue . Controlled hint of bitter at the end. Creamy.
T: Peppy, yet not strong. It smells of grapefruit but has no real strong assertion of anything that leads/points to an IPA. There are bits of flavors that are the usual suspects, but it's as if they have all been cut in half. Dare I say, almost like some light beers?
O: Is there such a thing as a session IPA? Maybe the IPA grade school. I enjoyed this well enough and would say that it may be too strong for even novices to the craft IPAs or pales. Still, that may be the target so it's good for that.

Jul 22, 2017
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright gold with an average head. The aroma is fairly light, but dense, with grapefruit peel, pineapple, guava, passion fruit, and dusty wood. The flavor is bright, with a mostly tropical core of passionfruit, guava, and pineapple, with biscuit malt character, and a dusty, woody, slightly resinous edge, with a really solid and lasting bitter finish. The mouthfeel is quite light, with lively carbonation and and dry finish. Overall this is a decent little beer, but it does feel hollow, and hallmark of the less stellar session IPA. Still it is good and very drinkable.

Jul 01, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sparkly amber with a thick, airy foam head leaving sparse spongy lace.

Smell is citrusy lemon and orange, corn, grass, hay, bread and a bit of that metallic note I often get from GLBC beers. As it gets towards the bottom of the glass I start to detect hints of buttery biscuit.

Taste is bread, corn, bitter heart of romaine, and lemon rind. They can call it a "session IPA," but I'd call it a Pale Ale or even a's actually closing in on Lager territory, if not for the fermentation method.

Body is medium-light with a light froth and wet finish. Actually, this is fairly sessionable and quaffable, but it's a very classic, mostly bitter beer, which a lot of people seem to be turning back to after the haze craze.

Jun 15, 2017
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Boto from Connecticut

3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle: This one pours an orangish golden color. There was a finger or two of a frothy head. Lighter aroma. Mainly hops: touch of resin, pine and earthy notes. Faint malts. the taste is good. Lighter body, a mild bitterness. Pine resiny and some malt flavors. A decent enough session.

Nov 04, 2016
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Tone from Missouri

3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of pungent hops, hint of piney hops, resin, slight sweet malt, slight earthiness, hint of citrus, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight citrus, slight sweet malt, hint of yeast, hint of alcohol, slight citrus, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, weak appearance, good aroma and blend, with an average body.

Oct 07, 2016
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Steady Rollin' Session IPA brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. This Session IPA has an ABV of 4.80% The IPA pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. You pick up hops , grins , and malts in the smell of Steady Rollin' Session IPA. This Session IPA has the look and smell of most IPA's on the market, not saying that is bad thing. Now for the taste, it is bold with hops grains and malts. The hop bitterness is not to bad for this one. This brew has a real nice well balanced feel it it. You first get a nice bit of hops then a nice clean smoothness of grains and malts. There is a lot going on in Steady Rollin' Session IPA. I really like how bold and smooth this brew is. There really is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouthfeel of Steady Rollin' Session IPA is Rich, Bold, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. If you are into smoother IPA's I would look this brew up. Overall I'm giving Steady Rollin' Session IPA a 4.25 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. Great Lakes Brewing Co., did a super nice job with this brew.

Aug 27, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing's Steady Rollin Session IPA for $1,79 at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy today and I thought I would give this new session IPA at try, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an IPA glass.

A- The label is good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a fairly clear darker orange color that took on more of a brighter orange hue when held to the light with a little over 2 fingers worth of creamy and slightly bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking session IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a nice citrus hop aroma with some citrus rind aromas coming through and there's a little bit of soapy and generic hop aromas showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast that's followed by the malts which show up just enough and they impart a grainy, beady, pale malt and light biscuit aromas. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, I like the hop profile and it's nicely balanced.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up, they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's lighter with more of those generic hop aspects coming through with a little bit of those fruity hops showing up in the background. Up next comes some doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma and they show up just as much. Towards the end there's a little more citrus rind hoppy flavors with a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingered just a little with a hoppy and slightly malty aftertaste. This is a nice tasting Session IPA, it has nice balance, but I wish the hop profile was more like it was in the aroma.

M- Fairly smooth, pretty crisp, a little clean, on the light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and I thought it was solid for a session IPA, it wasn't bad by any means, but it didn't have anything that really set it apart from all the other session IPA's and I thought it was pretty standard for the style. This beer had ok drinkability, I think one is enough for me, the bitterness might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a very nice looking Session IPA. What I like the least about this beer is the taste and drinkability, they could use a little work. I don't think I would buy this again, but I wouldn't turn one down and I can't say it's a must try for the style. All in all I liked this beer, but i didn't love it and I think with a little more work on the hop profile in the taste and this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite beer from this brewery and it's just a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid Session IPA.

Aug 03, 2016
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larryarms847 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat orange hued golden yellow with a finger of solid white foam.

Grapefruit and orange rind overpower a slight toast malted sweetness.

Grapefruit and orange pith, crisp biscuity malt sweetness, and light grassy/herbal flavor.

Light-bodied, medium-high carbonation, crisp, clean, easy drinking.

Overall, while at first sight and smell I wasn't sold, it turns out this is an incredibly easy drinking brew.

Jul 13, 2016
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Steady Rollin' from Great Lakes is a good session IPA. It is brewed as a single hop featuring the Mosaic Hop. The beer poured a slightly hazy yellow with white head that left some lace. The scent had floral combination with hints of pine and citrus. The taste leaned slightly bitter through the drink with potpourri, pine and citrus presence. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a really good beer.

Jul 11, 2016
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Hardsell from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

I just can't get myself to like the taste of a session IPA. This one is smooth, as long as you never ever stop. However, on every first sip, my tongue is reminded of the intense, dry bitterness of the hops, with nothing else coming up to provide it any support whatsoever. Maybe it wouldn't really suit the style, but would a sticky-sweet low-ABV session IPA be too much to ask for? It seems that the lower the ABV, the less sweet the IPA is as well, particularly with Great Lakes, and I don't really understand the reason for the relationship. With no sweetness and no alcohol, it's really just like drinking hops, even more than with a standard IPA.

I could smell a fresh, pine-y scent even on opening the bottle, and presentation in the glass was excellent. It's just the flavor that gets me.

Don't get me wrong. It's not awful. But I would rather session a standard IPA. Or a double IPA. The same "lightening" that makes the beer "sessionable" makes the hops the only viable ingredient, which makes it more of a struggle to session, in my opinion. To drink one, the taste is great. I would not be able to drink a 6-pack of these in a session, though. So I'm taking some points off on taste for that reason.

Jul 01, 2016
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

[5-28-17 rating amendmemt:

This is a hard style to do. Ipas shine they're bright, rich, and assertive. This, unfortunately is none of that. Its musty and bitter with little redeeming qualities other than its "sessionable".

Also, dropped smell from 4 to 3.5, taste from 3.75 to 3.5, feel from 4 to 3.75 and overall from 3.75 to 3.5.]

Jun 30, 2016
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Pukstopper from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass at the field house Cabot Pa. Head fades and leaves a little film. Good lacing. I compare all Session IPA to Pinner and this comes close. Nice fresh taste crisp hop bite on the front end and a little lingering on the back end but not overpowering Floral notes are present in a good way. A well rounded Session IPA

Jun 29, 2016
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

on draft, in a shaker pint glass

clear light golden in color, foamy white head. hoppy aroma has notes of citrus and grass. flavor is hop dominate, not much malt flavor or body. thin mouthfeel.

Jun 27, 2016
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured a beautiful amber color with a snow white fizzy one finger head that thinly remained. Moderate lacing. Aroma was sweet and floral. Taste was light sweet malt followed by a big kick of hop bitterness. Too much for me. Nice medium feel with moderate carbonation.

Jun 26, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very typical session IPA, golden malt / cracker backbone with a moderate hop profile with just a mild hop bitterness on the backend. Non-descript & that's fine.

Jun 13, 2016
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LAp from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tried on tap at a sample station. I was initially very surprised (and impressed) at the bright, citrus bite of this beer. Big tart citrus on the front end (mandarin orange and tangerine but with a firm, underripe sourness that complemented the flavors well), alongside grapefruit. A much more interesting use of the hops actually than that found in Founder's similarly single-hop Mosaic Promise. Had the beer been able to follow through on its promising start it would have been a remarkable entry in the session style, but the beer quickly lapsed into the quintessential vice of Great Lakes: overmalting their beers until nuance, complexity, or an interesting initial flavor profile are quickly drowned in an adjunct-lagery ocean of sweetness. This overmalted nature lent the beer a little more substance that partially made up for the problem of insubstantial mouthfeel that seems to plague session IPAs, but even through the landslide of grain, there was a reminiscent hint of that overly thin tradition. Overall, this was a beer that initially impressed me, and I had truly high hopes would make me rethink my general impression of the Session style, but ultimately lapsed into the same damning flaws that perpetually hold back both the brewery and the style of beer.

Jun 12, 2016
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 07/25/16 into pint glass. Pours a clear pale-gold color with a thin white head. Initial impression is clean, dry, citrus peel with just enough malt in the background to temper the hops somewhat. Mouthfeel and carbonation are spot on for the style. Nice dry, slightly bitter finish. Very refreshing and - yes - very sessionable.

Jun 09, 2016
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass

bright clear golden yellow in appearance with a solid one-finger foamy white head

Aroma of sweet malt, whiff of fruit , whiff of dank

Taste of malt, dank hop notes, fruit hop notes

Neat finish with a taste of hops, no bite

nice beer

Jun 07, 2016
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wedge from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright, brassy yellow colored covered by a small, creamy head. Fruity Mosaic dankness in the nose...peaches, orange peel, peppery herbs, and pine. Big, sticky hop flavors over a light grainy sweetness. Grapefruit, berries, pineapple, tangerines, and green herbs. Crisp, light bodied feel - some lingering bitterness drying out completely in the finish. Another enjoyable Mosaic beer - super drinkable.

May 22, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange color with a one finger white head that somewhat dissipates but leaves lots of stick lacing on the glass, and thing white foam along the top.

Smell is blast of mosaic hops, grapefruit, mango and peach. Some undertones of orange and tangerine come through, but only subtly.

Taste follows the nose with an initial array of mango, peach, grapefruit giving way to a nice malty backbone. Some bready malts come through providing a nice balance in your mouth as the taste progresses to a pleasant bitter finish.

Medium carbonation provides a nice tingle on the tongue initially. Nice feel as its drinkable but not thin or watery.

Overall a nice IPA from Great Lakes. Love the low ABV making it very easy to drink this one without concern. I enjoyed this one and would definitely pick it up again if I came across it.

May 11, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Light orange with lots of carbonation- what started as a one-finger head at the end of the pour built to three before starting to settle
S: Orange peel for days. Also a bit of roasted grain and pine but very heavy on the orange
T: Lots of orange and orange peel. Like the nose a bit of grain and pepper
M: Crisp/bitter; fairly light-bodied overall
O: A bit one-dimensional with the orange but I do always appreciate beers that focus on the characteristics of a single hop and this one certainly does

May 08, 2016
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