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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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3.92/5
Very Good
590 Ratings
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by irishmoss on 01-18-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,479
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
590
pDev:
9.18%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
135
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 142
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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ally24al
5/5  rDev +27.6%

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of MattPfeifer
5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of Snedry
4.83/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VncentLIFE
4.79/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh Alberta Clipper. I love you with all the depths of my heart.

I hate that the carbonation level was too high. Full inch head on all 3 pours from the keg at Sams in Durham. God bless Amanda!

Smell has hints of porter, a good helping of dark chocolate, and loads of raspberries.

The taste is about as balanced as a dessert beer can be. Raspberries dominate, but the dark chocolate bitterness keeps all of that in balance. The porter comes in only to make its presence known. Doesnt want to take over. Ive always said this thing is scary good. Perfect dessert beer.

The sweetness from all of the raspberries and chocolate fade, leaving a clean finish that begs you to buy another. Holy hell I love this beer.

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Photo of NateMac13
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beerme626
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brambletail2
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of sliverX
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pub only on tap
Muddy water black nice light tan head that fades somewhat rocky. Ok lacing.
Smell is faint roast and raspberry but in the pub there's a lot of other distracting smells.
Taste is raspberry, bitter chocolate backed with a less hoppy version of ed fitz. Delicious.
Good body and easy drinking dangerous at 7%
Overall a really good beer and would love to see this bottled on occasion.

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4.57/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mtoogs
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChilliHeights
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really nice Porter with chocolate and raspberries. Great for a cold winters evening with friends during an Alberta Clipper system. Pours a very dark brown to black and aromas of chocolate and raspberry. Great smooth mouth feel and finish.

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Photo of thadream
4.55/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of underoath437
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of osickeym
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maedhros09
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: Dark brown-black, average to light in color for a porter (like Edmund Fitzgerald). The tan head wasn't too impressive on pouring but it leaves a fairly resilient film.
Smell: Roasty cocoa that blends very nicely with fresh raspberry aroma.
Taste: The roasty notes in the nose are mirrored in the palate, going hand in hand with a bright raspberry acidity. Sweetness and hops presence are average for a porter.
Feel: Medium body, nice carbonation that goes well with the fruitiness.

Overall: It seemed strange to me to put out a spring/summer seasonal porter, but the raspberry addition gives it a fresh summery quality. The raspberry combines with the roasted malt much in the same way as it would with dark chocolate - it is very complementary.

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4.51/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Them raspberries first then the chocolate after taste..very smooth Great Lakes very smooth shoutout to my boy Andrew Skewers!!

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick and eggshell brown , with secular lacing, and a rather dark brown/deep red body.


Smells like nicely roasted malts being nicely complimented by the added chocolate of this brew. Just a lighter hint of the raspberries. Not much with the hops going on here, but one should not except too much of that going on with an American porter. Enough of my yappin', let's see how it tastes.....

I taste, again, rich roasted malts combined with semisweet chocolate. Not AS pronounced as I'd thought it would be going into this beer headfirst (no pun intended, albeit a good one). The raspberry is more of a backbone to this taste as it turns out. These elements all blend and balance out quite nicely.

The mouthfeel of this beer is cleaner than expected, but you do get just a bit of chewiness to it. Besides that, a clear finish without lingering notes.

Overall, I'll choose a 4.5 for Great Lakes Alberta Clipper - Great Lakes Brewing Co. For those randomly chilly nights of summer, this was a good choice.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 590 ratings
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