Great Lakes Alberta Clipper | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

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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131
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564
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3.93
pDev:
19.08%
 
 
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Photo of MikeWard
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 10/3/15, so 10 1/2 months past its prime. ouch. i never pay much attention to freshness dating on porters and stouts, so lets see where this one goes.

black body with reddish tones. big foamy light tan head. thick lacing.

smells "portery", for want of a better word. no chocolate, but faint raspberry.

fairly smooth porter. no strong roastiness, which is fine by me. tartness from the raspberries is still coming through. no chocolate though.

a little below medium on the mouth.

overall, i enjoyed this tart porter. was bummed when i saw the best by date, but this aged okay, and is quite tasty.

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Photo of m_hall
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz longneck into a nonic pint. A deep garnet colored beer topped with a dense two-finger khaki head that rather quickly falls to a film. Scant lacing.

Nosing brings aromas of roasted malts, chocolate, and berries.

Taste has sweet caramel malt mixed with tart raspberry right up front, developing into a slightly nutty mid-palate. These notes linger into the finish, which has notes of more tart raspberry, coffee and bittersweet chocolate (though the chocolate notes overall are less apparent on tasting that the nose would suggest.)

Mouth-feel is medium boded and smooth, with a bit of a carbonated tingle on the tongue. 7.5% alcohol makes this one no lightweight, but still an easy drinker.

Alberta Clipper is a solid beer all around that finds a nice niche where one might want something fairly substantial but a stout might just be too much- unlike many stouts, i could see drinking this with a full meal. I found myself wishing for a touch more chocolate in the flavor profile, this is still a very good beer I could certainly see myself drinking again.

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Photo of tigg924
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque, black in color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is dark and baker's chocolate and roasted malt with raspberry syrup that gets stronger towards the aftertaste. Medium-light bodied and moderately sweet. Interesting combination of flavors that compliment each other while never overwhelming each other. Glad I picked up a four pack.

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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 uchty
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I didn't realize this was a Porter with with raspberries. I tried it because it was Great Lakes. I was surprised at the 'citrus' flavor, then I read the bottle and realized it was raspberries. Half way through the bottle the raspberries really start to reveal themselves. If Porter with fruit is your style you should get it.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.31/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass.
Look - rich black in color with a one-finger creamy khaki head and porous bubbles. The head quickly retreats to a thin ring and some slight lacing.
Smell - sweet juicy raspberries shine through first and foremost, along with roasted malts, chocolate, and toffee.
Taste - more of that raspberry goodness, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, toffee, and ends with bitter coffee notes.
Feel - good carbonation, but the body is slightly thin, even though its creamy characteristics do linger.
Overall - this unique take on the style really stands out. The raspberries and chocolate add a lot of depth and richness to this porter, and I was surprised to taste some coffee notes as well. This is a very solid, and interesting, porter, but I would like it to have a thicker body.

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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 FBarber
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours reddish black. Opaque and dark. Thin one finger tan head quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and no head to speak of.

Smell has notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, overly ripe berries, maybe some undertones of coffee and sweet berry jam.

Taste follows the nose with notes of milk chocolate and cocoa initially followed by a sweet tart berry flavor that is sweet almost like jam. Bit of bitterness from the cocoa and hops on the aftertaste but really subtle. Even with that bitterness the aftertaste is a lingering slightly sweet berry jam-like flavor.

Feel is appropriate for a porter. Bit sweet on the tongue, mild carbonation. Very smooth and velvety.

Overall a nice and rather unique porter from Great Lakes. Personally Id like some more bitterness on the finish, but its still a good beer. Worth a try, particularly in the winter months.

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Photo of do_ob
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into a pint glass. Black body with subtle ruby hues around the edges. About 1.5 fingers of khaki colored foam on top. Sweet raspberries, dark chocolate, caramel, and figs on the nose. The taste follows in the same vein with huge notes of raspberries and cocoa, along with backing notes of carmel, toffee, ginger, roasted malt, and figs. The definition of "bittersweet". This beer reminds me a lot of homemade black raspberry ice cream, which is my absolute favorite. The mouthfeel on this beer is quite dense and chewy, which is always a welcome trait in a porter. Too often they are thin and watery, but not this guy. Perfect carbonation, too.

Overall, very good. I've passed this one up for a long time now, and I'm kicking myself for not trying it sooner.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a brown tinged black with a small head. The aroma starts with milk chocolate and dried raspberry, like the kind you get in cereal, as well as some apricot and tobacco. The flavor leads heavily with raspberry, as well as cherry and milk chocolate, finishing up with nicely bitter tobacco and black tea. The mouthfeel if light for a porter, with a fair amount of fizz, as a slightly astingency on the backend to cut through the sweeter fruit flavors. Overall this is a rather pleasing with some odd flavor combos - fruit and tobacco mainly. I did enjoy it, but it is not a beer I would find myself raving about.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thread lighter than black, opaque. 1-and-a-quarter finger tan head that doesn't stay around too long. Minimal lacing.

Strong and jammy raspberry aroma. Sweet and sugary fruit is dominant, with a bit of earthiness, and a touch of mellowing chocolate as the beer warms.

Raspberry isn't quite as strong in flavor. Slightly more rounded, with a bit of peaty and ground notes coming from the hops (I presume). Chocolate is stronger than in the nose. Slightly tart, and more so as the beer rests in the mouth. Makes for a nice wobble of flavor sensation- sweet and sugared raspberries first, then tartness as it slides through. Cocoa and milk chocolate playing the background music all the while.

Very drinkable for being so sweet in aroma. Carbonation there in earnest, slapping the tongue smartly, a pleasurable complement to the finishing tartness. Medium body.

Enjoyable, drinkable, sweet, and peppy. An interesting porter.

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Photo of 98green
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Look is opaque black with ruby highlights. Smell is roast malt and chocolate. Taste is more chocolate and malts and something I would describe as wine like. Reading other reviews I know this is the added raspberries. I might not have picked that out myself but I was on to that tart taste. Feel is smooth. The alcohol is present up front but doesn't burn very long. Overall a nice Porter but not my first choice

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Photo of ClayButtley
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Rogue stout glass. Bottle has an enjoy by date of 10/7/15. Aged for 8 months or so in my beer fridge.

Look: 1/2 inch tan head. Dark brown in color. Tinted red when held up to the light. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

Smell: Strong raspberry scent and light charcoal. Chocolate also. Boozy smell as it warms.

Taste: Raspberries in the lead with some charcoal and boozy alcohol chasing it. I aged this one 7 months past the "enjoy by" date and it is not as good as I remembered it. The booze is way more in the front than I remember. I still like it, but I'd call it good but not great. It is an interesting take on a porter. I remember it being more smooth and cohesive last time I had it. I'm not sure the aging did this one well. It's fairly sweet with a minor hop finish.

Feel: Good carbonation. Feels watery for a porter. Seems pretty light bodied, especially with an almost 8% alcohol content.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer is black in color with a small tan head. Retention is minimal and so is lacing. Smell is chocolate, roasted malts and faint raspberry. Taste is similar, but the raspberry comes through much stronger than in the smell. Feel is light and slightly watery, no alcohol detected. Overall a good beer that could be great if the body was a bit more full.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to tulip. Thin mocha head rests atop oily black liquid. Foam becomes a smear on the surface and a ring around the edge. Some temporary spots of lacing dribble down to nothing. Aroma is tart raspberry, and a little char. Taste is roast coffee, cocoa powder, and tart raspberry that becomes sweeter on the finish.

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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 bwood06
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass

A - Moderate pour produces a 1 finger head that is creamy in appearance and is light khaki in color. Head dissipates somewhat quickly to a very thin lacing with a bit of creaminess around the edges. The beer itself is black and opaque with slight carbonation visible around the edges with bubbles rising quickly towards the surface. 4/5

S - The aroma is very heavy on raspberries and dark chocolate, just like the description on the bottle says that it should be. The raspberries really dominate but there is a bit of toast and caramel that comes through and adds to the raspberry sweetness. 3.75/5

T - Caramel and toffee sweetness feature straight out of the gate but then quickly transitions to raspberry sweetness and the tartness associated with red raspberries. There is a bit of dark chocolate that comes out mainly as an undertone to the raspberries. The last third of the flavor profile allows other notes to come out such as leather, musty hay, and a bit of peat moss. These earthy tones bring a bit of balance to the sweetness and tartness of the raspberries. 4/5

M - Significant carbonation burn throughout the first half of the sip and then transitions to a light, almost watery, second half with just a slight drying that lingers for just a slight length of time upon swallowing. Medium bodied, not the full bodied that many porters feature. 3.75/5

O - Not the most balanced porter due to the massive raspberry dominance. Sweet and tart with just enough earthiness on the back end to even things out just a bit. Lighter bodied than many porters but also flavor forward and not the typical porter. 4/5

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Photo of EMV
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

L: Pours a dark, dark brown... nearly black. Minimal tannish head and mild lacing.

S: Chocolate and raspberry mingle with roasted malts.

T/F: Roasted malts and dark fruit.. raspberries and plum. The chocolate is faintly present in the background. Medium body and fairly carbonated. Overall smooth. Faint fruity taste on the tongue after you swallow. More flavorful as it warms.

O: Not a bad raspberry porter. Good flavors overall and well put together. A bit more body would seem to be in order. Great for a dessert.

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Photo of GStone899
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I could drink a 6 pack of this any day. A Porter with raspberries and fruit is hard to find. You get the carbonation, along with fruit, chocolate and do I taste caramel? Smooth dry finish and it goes down smooth. You don't taste the alcohol much on this heavy hitter. Dangerous.

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Photo of jaypaul522
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into pint glass, and color was dark brown with two finger head. Head lasted quite awhile. Aroma was very pleasant, with the promised raspberries dominant. Taste was excellent, with the raspberries and other fruitiness coming through. Finish was very smooth. The alcohol doesn't dominate the finish for this fairly potent porter. A really fine beer when not wanting a heavier stout, but wanting something of substance. One of my favorite beers.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.24/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you ever have the unfortunate experience of donning the city of Cleveland, you must visit this brewery, because damn, they craft outstanding brews. This one is no different. Tall pint glass pour. Dark body, tons of lacing and a craggy head, which thins but sticks with a slight low riding film. Scents of cherries and raspberries on the nose with a slight coconut spice, as well. Raspberries rush to the front of the tongue with some quick chocolatey malts and boom, it's gone. You wonder what the hell happened! No aftertaste whatsoever but a slight dryness. Extremely strong, so do be careful, but it goes down as smooth as any other beer. Terrific beer from a Great brewery!

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Photo of Crubbsy
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip glass from bottle.

Appearance: Almost opaque, but a small amount of translucence. Very dark brown, almost black. thin light tan head lingers.

Smell: Some roasty malt smells coming from this one, but the raspberries are definitely dominate in the aroma.

Taste: Begins with a sweet-ish roasted malt flavor, then balances with a slightly tart raspberry finish. Chocolate notes throughout, but not a dominant flavor in the profile. Roasty flavors linger for a while, along with the slightly sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light bodied, but enough heft to carry the chocolate and raspberry flavors well. Leaves a kind of pleasant silky coating on inside of mouth, despite being fairly thin.

Overall: Love the pairing of roasted and chocolate malts with the raspberry flavor. I would love to see a similar profile in a heavier stout. Good flavors, although I would have enjoyed a bit more of an increased chocolate presence. Good beer, would buy again (although fairly steep at $12 for a 4-pack).

B+

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great Lakes Brewing Company Alberta Clipper.

First and foremost I'd like to state that this beer is likely from last spring. I wanted to try it but simply never pulled the trigger on a $12 four pack. Found a single today for 2.99 and I'm hoping for the best since GLBC almost always makes great beers. Not much else to say here, let's drink this fucker.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a dimpled pint glass. This brew pours the deepest of deep garnets nearly reaching over into the depths of black. Small fragments of light can still be seen while head up to the light. The head amounts to about a finger and a half and dies down to a thick froth amongst the top of the brew. Carbonation is unreadable given the darkness. Very small amounts of lacing and stick amongst a finished glass.

Smell - The smells consists of exactly what the bottle tells you that you shall receive. A bog dosage of chocolate and a big dosage of raspberry. See what I mean by consistent? Admittedly not a massive nose but it sure ain't false advertising.

Taste - Well the flavor profile completely follows the nose. You get the huge and dominant hit of chocolate with a small to moderate though quite tart amount of raspberry. The chocate does eventually take a bit of a cocoa aspect as it warms but the flavors are mostly the same from the first sip to the last sip.

Feel - The feel is about what I had expected given the fact this wasn't a depth charged porter. Body is over all on the lighter side of moderate with a typical amount of medium carbonation. The raspberry becomes stronger as it sits but it does get met in the middle by the cocoa chocolate whateverthefuckyouwanncallit. Goes down smooth as a 1970's black pimp trying to pick up yo momma.

Overall - I liked this beer but I was hoping it was better. Don't get me wrong, it is straight fours across the board but I was hoping for a bit more raspberry. Anyway,tasty enough for anybody and it is simply far too easy to drink. You could drink this beer easily after two dozen other beers or two dozen bowls later and it won't hit an offensive edge nor will it ever become intolerable given the fact they controlled the sweetness like absolute professionals..

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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 Mitchster
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 4 pack of this, not sure how much. 7.8% ABV per the bottle, 40 IBU's per the website, brewed with chocolate and raspberries, but no other specs per the website.
Pours out to a clear near black, very dark brown, forming a creamy dark tan head with excellent retention and lacing. Carbonation is medium, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose full with the obvious chocolate and raspberries, cleanly fermented, suggestions of vanilla and light roast character. Mouthfeel is very smooth with a balanced acidity from the raspberries and the roast, and a medium - dense body. The taste is predominately roasted malts, followed by subtle raspberries and dark chocolate. Not a fake "herskeys syrup" chocolate flavor...tastes more like cocoa powder. Bitterness is well balanced, enough to let the raspberries show thru while balancing the acidity. The acidity is a bit peculiar overall at first, but mellows out towards the finish. I think it would be better with a tad less roast (chocolate malts, black patent, roast barley, etc) and maybe some crystal malts instead.

Overall, a very nice brew. I'm glad I picked up a 4 pack of this. Great Lakes brews great stuff, and this is no exception.

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.
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