Great Lakes Alberta Clipper | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by irishmoss on 01-18-2006

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Photo of LCB_Hostage
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I went into this with really high hopes. I love raspberries, love chocolate, love beer and love Great lakes. They are one of those rare breweries that pretty much never turns out a loser. Until now. This one just doesn't work for me. Lots of raspberry on the nose and the palate. Some chocolate. And virtually no beer. It's thin and chemically and just totally unappealing. It pains me to say it, but this is one that should never have escaped the lab.

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Photo of pat61
2.82/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L: Pours dark brown with a thin, tinely bubbled tan foam collar.
S: Grain, not a lot of roast, some chocolate notes, and a laundry kind of aroma that turns out to be raspberries.
T: Grain, raspberry and chocolate have a medicinal, solventy, chemical taste to me.
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: This is my least favorite beer from Great Lakes. The raspberry and chocolate don’t quite work for me. They do not work well together and initially had me thinking that the beer lines were infected.

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Photo of udfan07
2.85/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Drank this beer straight from the bottle. Smelled of chocolate but did not smell raspberries. When tasting I tasted more chocolate than anything else and very little raspberries.

Overall did not enjoy this beer as much as some of their other beers I have had.

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Photo of hoagzzz
2.86/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Not a huge fan of this one. Smell was borderline gross. Raspberries really come through but after taste was generally unpleasant. Something out of synch.

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Photo of mrebeka
2.88/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass; decent looking porter. Not one of my favorite GLBC offerings. I've enjoyed other raspberry porters and stouts' but the flavoring in this is a tad artificial. Felt a little too thin overall as well. Expected much better from this one.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz poured into GLBC pint glass at the venerable brewery.

Thin, off-white head, quickly dissipates. Not much lacing.

Powerful aroma of fruit, red berries, malt.

Thin, medium carbonated, cloying fruit, not much else.

Maybe it's the style, but I expected some chocolate and coffee tones mixed with the raspberries. But not much to write home about.

Now I'm not saying it's a bad brew, but for what it portends to be it is rather average.

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Photo of jp32
3.02/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours dark chocolatey, nearly black, in color. Looks fizzy, loud carbonation noticed that quickly settles into nothing. No head retention. Smells of sweet, tart fruits, mainly raspberries. Maybe some slight malt aromas picked up as well, but I'm not sure if I only convinced myself of that knowing the style.

Taste is flush of raspberries. Some sips I like it, others I do not. Definitely would not enjoy several of these in a row. Its thinner feeling than it looks, and thinner than it probably should be. It seems to taste more of a black raspberry ale than a porter brewed with raspberries. It doesnt taste bad, but there is not much about this beverage that remind me of a porter.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.23/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Color is outstanding. Burnt caramel brown with good clarity and a ruby hue. Cocoa colored foam that fell fast. This drinks thinnish and a bit bubbly. Very fruity with raspberry and even tartness from it. Malt has roast but it needs to be bigger and bolder. There is caramel on the nose but it's lost on the palate. Chocolate is on the nose like an earthy sweetness. The finish is over carbonated and muddled without any distinct flavor except an earthy, albeit light peat. It's juicier than your average porter. It also finishes with a hop bitter that lingers with the fruit and a bit of the earthy roast. There is a light touch of alcohol.

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Photo of jwc215
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours very dark brown to black with some garnet hues when held to the light. A thin, creamy head lasts, leaving lacing.

The smell is of cocoa powder/dark chocolate with some raspberry juice. Slight roast.

The taste is of dark chocolate/cocoa with raspberry that comes across in a medicinal/chemical way.

On the lighter end of the porter spectrum. Alcohol is well-covered.

It's something of a novelty brew. One is enough. Not a bad porter - chocolaty - the fruit aspect needs some improvement.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown color if not black with a fairly small tan colored head.

S- A lot like Ed Fitz but a light on the lighter side along with quite a bit of raspberries.

T- Follows the nose really well. Quite a bit of raspberries here and a good amount of sweetness to it.

M- Fairly light in body and pretty low in carbonation.

D- Going to go with average at best. I'm just not really digging the fruit in this beer or maybe I just expected something on par with Ed Fitz.

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Photo of Act25
3.51/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

No matter what I rarely like fruit in my beer. This one ultimately too sweet, but definitely, a dessert beer.

A: Not much head or lace over a clear, deep, black coffee body.
S: Good, the best part, with a nice balance of coffee, chocolate, raspberry, toast, char.
T: Follows smell but the sweet raspberry and chocolate dominate far too much in my opinion. Slightly nutty, too sticky, candy. Almost too sweet to finish. No bitterness.

F: Coffee / malt like, but not that great a body weight or finish.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

served on tap at the brewery into a standard pint glass.

nearly black, more of dark dark murky brown color. nice looking, creamy, light tan colored head with good retention and good lacing.

big raspberry aromas, with just a slight tartness. a little light roast and cocoa, but nothing really jumping out and saying "i was made with chocolate"

follows the aroma. raspberry at the forefront with a somewhat light porter base. a little more chocolate noticable than the aroma, light roast, a nice semi bitter finish and just a bit of tartness from the raspberries.

medium bodied, maybe comes off a little lighter because of the fruit and tartness. good feeling carbonation.

pretty much an average brewpub fruit porter. the raspberries taste a little artificial and its hard to even detect actual chocolate. i was maybe expecting more seeing as edmund fitz is such a winner. i wouldnt order another one of these, but i can see the mass apeal here.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a black color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of roasted malts, chocolate. Taste is chocolate, raspberries, some roasted malts, alcohol is well hidden. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of 11-52_4hops
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown with hints of mahogany. Slightly transparent (not a good sign for a porter in my book) and little head that disappears quickly. Nose has praline raspberries as advertised. Taste again, pretty much as advertised -- some chocolate and cough-syrupy raspberry. Cough syrup and chocolate taste linger for a while. Mouth feel - way too thin for my liking for a porter. I was hoping to like this more. It isn't horrible, but overall, unremarkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a dark brown color and a tan head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Raspberry syrup dominates the nose

Taste: Raspberry syrup with chocolate underneath; slightly bitter finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Intriguing for the first few sips but ultimately too sweet; I couldn't finish the glass

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing's Alberta Clipper for $2.89 at The Lager Mill. This one caught my eye and I'm interested in seeing what it's all about, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks good, it's eye catching and it goes good with the name. IT poured a nice black color that took on more of a dark brown color when held to the light with a little over half a fingers worth of bubbly tan head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head and retention.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a noticeable raspberry aroma being the first to show up and it imparts some nice and natural raspberry like aroma that's followed by the porter base which imparts some nice roasted malts, chocolate, grainy and a slight brown bread like aroma. This beer has a pretty nice aroma, but I wish the chocolate showed up more.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a little lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with a slight bit of that raspberry being the first to show up and it and it goes into the porter base which imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma and it's followed by the chocolate which is also a little lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish there's a little bit of a watery flavor with pretty much not bitterness and it had a chocolate and roasted malt like aftertaste. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the chocolate and raspberry showed up more.

M- Smooth. crisp. medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was nice beer and solid example of the beer, it wasn't as good as I was hoping, but it still delivered the key flavors in the description. This beer had ok drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and it might start to ware one me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and aroma, they were the highlight of this beer. What I like the leas about this beer is the taste and drinkability, those two aspects could use some work. I might buy this beer on it's own and I wouldn't turn one down. It's worth a trying, but I can't say I highly recommend it. All in all it was nice, but not great, and with a little more work on the chocolate and raspberry and this could be a pretty good beer. It's not a favorite Great Lakes beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: dark blackness small tight light head dissipated quickly

S: lots of raspberries soaked in chocolate and maybe some roasted malts but raspberries dominate

T: very raspberry upfront but its gone in a flash left with a muddled muted malt roast taste that is very faint being so overwhelmed by the raspberry

M: very carbonated but otherwise fairly watery

O: its just an ok beer. The raspberries are all over this but you really can't taste anything else the raspberries are so strong they mute out everything else

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into ale glass

Big foamy head, leaves lacing. Beer is dark brown.

Smells mostly of chocolate and the malt profile.

Taste definitely chocolate-raspberry all the way. You have to decide if that is what you want in a beer.

Decent balance, strong carbonation, some alcohol burn on the finish.

Probably won't want this again, but again, it's a personal taste thing.

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Photo of Mdog
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Brown, with a big brown head.

Smell: Very fruity, raspberries, roast malt underneath.

Taste: Tangy fruit-raspberries to start, then a bit of chocolate, shifts back to raspberries to finish.

Overall: I really like Edmund Fitz, so I picked up a 4 pack of this porter from Great Lakes not knowing about the raspberries. It's still pretty good, I'm not a big fruit infusion in beer guy.

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Photo of Oopssorryy
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours somewhat thinly, but pitch black. A very thin, light tan, head that dissipates rather quickly. No lacing present on this brew. Smells overly sweet, with hints of the roast, coco, and the light fruit scent that is supposed to be raspberries.
Overall a sweet beer, it opens up with a very light raspberry flavor, Once you begin to down the brew the flavors alter,
going to a very dark chocolate palate, with hints of dark fruits, like plums and dates. Has a liquid bread like aftertaste,
which isn't off putting, but doesn't seem to really fit in with the rest of the flavor profiles in my opinion. The beer
bitters slightly at the end, and finishes on a bit of a dry note, a definite difference from the somewhat juicy nature
of the rest of the drinking experience. This beer does hide it's 7.5 AVB incredibly well, never once could I have guessed at it's presence through the bottle. Mouth feel was a bit sub par for me, with a medium body, but above average on the

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Photo of BB1313
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by 10/7/15. 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours dark brown with some ruby highlights, but it's ultimately very dark; small tan head that fades leaving little retention and not much lacing. The aromas are full of cocoa malts. Lots of chocolate. Some vanilla and caramel in the mix. The raspberry is subtle. The flavors are robust. Chocolate notes seem to shine. Lots of malts. Not too bitter and not too sweet. The raspberry notes are there, but don't dominate. I don't find this to be tart, which is personally fine with me. The raspberries are more of an accent. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very active carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink.

Very solid offering from Great Lakes. They've been brewing this one for years, so it's nice to see it in bottles.

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Photo of hwy61mb
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Great Lakes Brewing Company on 2/5/2011. This review is from notes.

I enjoyed this beer. It was very dark, with a reddish tint to the small head that dissipated somewhate quickly. The smell was chocolate and raspberry, like the description would suggest. It also smelled like roasted malt. The taste was similar to the smell, which was good, the raspberries really came through at first, and later on, I felt that the chocolate taste was stronger. This had a light feel, with a little carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer and comes recommended, but I had a pint of the Great Lakes Big Black Smoke afterwards, which completely knocked my socks off.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Deep chestnut brown with red highlights. 1+ fingers of tan head. Good clarity with moderate carbonation.

Raspberry, caramel, and hints of semi-sweet chocolate.

Tart raspberries upfront with some roasty earthiness. Caramel, Cola, and light notes of cocoa nib that leave behind some bitterness.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, and semi-silky with moderate carbonation.

A quality Porter with the taste of authentic raspberry. Easy drinking and hides the abv well.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby hues when held to light. Head is close to two fingers of creamy tan head. Retention is great and leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Aromas of dark roasted malts, raspberry, dark chocolate, vanilla, and slight notes of coffee. There is some noticeable tart sweetness to the smell.

T: You get big flavors of dark chocolate covered raspberry's right away. Then some roasted, and sweet malts, as well as some vanilla bean, and a slight hint of espresso. Finishes slightly sweet and tart with some subtle almost wine/sour like flavors. Fairly unique and quite good.

M: Fairly light in body for its style, defiantly on the lighter spectrum of medium bodied. Moderately high amount of carbonation lends it a distinct crispness that is also unique considering it's a porter. Not as creamy as I would expect or hope it goes done rather easy and its lack of depth in body takes away a bit from the beer. It's still a nice drinkable brew don't get me wrong, just not exactly what I would want in a porter.

O: This one really surprised me as it was not quite what I expected. I really like this brew and will defiantly have it again when the next batch rolls around, but it just felt like it was missing something as far as porters go. The flavors are great and really unique but like I stated above the feel of the brew really takes something away from it all. I really like Edmund Fitzgerald and feel that if this brew had a similar profile to that with the same flavors of this it would have been one of my favorite beers. Overall a solid brew that is absolutely worth picking up and giving a try. In fact if your looking for a really easy drinking porter this would be a no brainer choice. I'm going to age my other two bottles and re-visit it in the future. Maybe some time will bring out something more in this brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Great Lakes Brewing in Cleveland, OH

A: Pours a clear but opaque very dark brown in color (almost black) with some light amounts of gentle visible carbonation near the surface of the beer and some dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall tan head that reduces rather quickly to a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts with some very light notes of raspberry. There is also a light amount of chocolate aroma as well.

T: Light to moderate flavors of roasted malts upfront that are quickly overtaken by moderate flavors of dark bittersweet chocolate and some very light raspberry. Moderate amounts of bitterness hide the sweetness of the raspberry.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very light amounts of dryness throughout.

O: This was not as good of a dessert beer as I had hoped (I had researched some of the beers Great Lakes was pouring in the brewpub and this one sounded very interesting). I did not get the heavy notes of raspberry in the smell and taste, the raspberry was pretty muted in my serving. It was still a very nice porter and I enjoyed it. I found this one very easy to drink.

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