Great Lakes Alberta Clipper | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

BA SCORE
76.8%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by irishmoss on 01-18-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,132
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
590
Liked:
453
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
9.18%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
135
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 590 |  Reviews: 142
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3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Porterhouse Restaurant & Brew Pub, Lahaska, PA

A: The beer is near black in color; when held up to the light the edges of the glass exhibit traces of red uses. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of raspberries are present in the nose along with some hints of chocolate.
T: Like the smell, the taste has a good amount of raspberry flavors along with notes of cola and hints of chocolate.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The raspberry aromas and flavors would make for this to be a good "light" dessert beer and something that would pair well with a chocolate dish.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The taste that keeps Great Lakes Brewing on the craft beer map is that of porter. But just because the seasons turn to spring, doesn't mean that the darker, toastier and more robust porter flavor is no longer of service. With a kiss of raspberry, the dark beer is now a beacon for summer!

Laced with creamy, nearly moussey froth, the coffee hued beer beneath comes in dark brown and heavily translucent. Waves of aromas wash over the nose, first carrying the character of burnt toast and dark chocolate before a twinge of raspberry makes its mark. Embarking on taste, the flavor of malted milk balls, delicate campfire and chocolate frame the early palate.

But the middle reveals the more earthy components of both the beer and the fruit as coffee, nutty and tangy flavors begin to pang away at the tastebuds. Chocolate intensifies with cocoa and Columbian blend coffee seems to give off a bitter finish that's laden with roasting walnut and baker's chocolate. Raspberry flavor uses its pectin to help balance the malt as the finish hastens with a more drinkable tone.

Medium-full on the mouth, the creamy, milky and somewhat yogurt-like malt structures keeps the beer silky and smooth. The coffee-like bitterness becomes assertive and the tannins from fruit offer a hint of sourness for a complex and surprisingly refreshing finish.

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Photo of emerge077
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dmorgan310
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
3.56/5  rDev -9.2%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into snifter, best before 9/13/2015. Pours nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raspberry, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light toffee, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of raspberries, chocolate, and dark/roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of raspberry, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light toffee, and roasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toast, brown bread, light coffee, light toffee, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and robustness of raspberry, chocolate, and dark/roasted malt flavors; with a good roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fruited porter style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of raspberry, chocolate, and dark/roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. The raspberries had a bit more prominence in the aromas, but were very well balanced in the flavors. I was initially expecting the fruit flavors to be a bit bigger initially; but it turned out to be focused on the style with the fruit/chocolate additions accenting the main style. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
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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Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of billab914
3.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdaschaf
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ZEB89
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Slatetank
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Great Lakes Alberta Clipper from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 76.8% out of 100 with 590 ratings
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