Silver & Gold IPL | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 06-18-2013

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Reviews by damndirtyape:
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4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle served in a Libby globe porter glass. Best by 08/31/13.

Appearance: Deep bright copper color. Thick white head upon pouring slowly died back. First sips give plenty of lacing - thick walls and delicate strands in some places. Bubbles moving up very very slowly through the glass when held up to the light. Great looking beer.

Smell: Loads of aromatic hops. Grapefruit citrus, pine, pineapple, fresh cut tropical fruit, and another smell which I can best describe as a fresh mint family plant pulled or cut in the garden. Wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Lots of flavors going on here. Quick hop flavors at the beginning of the sip - citrus, tropical fruit, floral. In the middle you get the malt sweetness. It goes fast to complement the hops at the beginning. Maybe a bit biscuity but it goes so fast its hard to sort it out exactly. The finish is bitter, but not strongly bitter. Citrus tart bitter, with a hint of pine. All of these flavors blend together in quick succession - 1, 2, 3 and then it's gone. The most is some lingering hop bitterness at the end. A well balanced and very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation comes out late in the swallow on the tongue. Some stickiness on the teeth from the hop oils. Above average.

Overall / Drinkability: Hmmm....the hop profile of this beer is all American IPA or even DIPA, and if the bottle didn't say Lager I doubt I would have known it was a lager. But, much like a lager, the hop flavors and malts are crisp in this beer. So perhaps there is a lager to all of this. In a way, it's probably rather amazing that the hop aromas survived a lagering process and the aromatic hop molecules didn't just wander out of the beer. So maybe it really is a India Pale Ale / Lager crossover. Regardless of the proposed style, this is one well done beer. I've had two now completely by themselves without food, and this beer stands alone really well. Further, it's a very drinkable beer. In both separate occasions, I found myself wanting to pour another one. Maybe tonight I will....
A very good beer. Here's to another 25 year Great Lakes!

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Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Happy 25th Ann. to this old school midwestern brewery wich I still think is the best of the mid west...and Iam from Michigan!Poured into a becker a deep rich golden/copper with a large fluffy two finger white head that left multiple broken rings of lace as it settled.Caramel and doughy malts stand out most in the nose with a shot of spicy hops,to me it's like an amped up Vienna style lager in the nose.a smooth feel to the beer with just the right feel.Flavors of caramel and boozy fruit,the doughiness is alot like a bigger pale bock,the hops give a mildly citric but more spicy finish.This is a cool lager,it's Vienna like at one momint and maibock in another,then a big shot of hops come.Iam warming to this style a little and this beer helps.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Almost completely opaque... not unappealing, per se, I guess I just wasn't really ready for it. Huge orange and copper body, even with some nearly red tints outlining the edges. Big-bubbled head, sloppy and dingy white in color; quick to reduce to a skin with a fair amount of wet spots that are left dripping down the sides of the glass.

Lots of faint citric hops in the almost, almost with a dank-ish character to them... Juicy, in a strange way with a fairly sizable malty underbody. Toasted, baked bread with a solid amount of caramel and Munich-smelling malt. It smells decent, sure, but does little to distinguish itself as a lager, or even as the "hoppy lager" it claims to be. It's hoppy, sure... but so what?

The first sip is pretty thin and crisp with a raunchy bitterness and a rush of hops that quickly creeps in; peppery, mildly dank, and full of wet, herbal hop oils. It's more "hoppy" on the palate than on the note, though some citric character was lost in translation (there is, however, a faint citrus pith and peel character that adds more to bitterness than actual flavor, it seems).

Once the hops run their short-lived course, the malts squeak their way into the mix; lots of toasted bread and only a very, very light amount of caramel malt here. Not as sweet as the nose implied, which, in my mind, is a good thing. Crisp, clean, bready finish from the yeast, although this beer has little else to discern it as a lager. Dry mouth feel, thin bodied and heavily carbonated.

It's a decent beer, and perhaps I'm being a little hard on it because I expect great things from Great Lakes, but there are too many other, rising "IPLs" out their now to ever really justify picking this one up again (especially with the price). Vapid lager qualities and not too standout-ish in the hop bill, either. It's okay, it really is, but I expect more from these guys.

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of DWolf
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of generallee
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. The label lists the abv at 7.5% and there is a short description of the beer.

Appearance: It has a golden honey amber color with a slight haze. This is with a small creamy off white head. The head has good retention as a keeps a thin lacy covering all the way to the finish.

Smell: The aroma is mostly about its hops. There are earthy notes as well as piney and leafy hop notes with a touch of pineapple like notes as well.

Taste / Palate: The taste is the same with a smooth feel and mild bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of dgfool
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Jason
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Clear brassy color, tight tiny bubbled lace holds together well. Aromas of citric hops, alcohol, biscuity malt, grass, mint and peach pits. Smooth with an ample crispness, full-ish body. Agressive hop bitternes, warming alcoholic bite, grassy grain and a hint of yeast make for a pretty damn complex brew especially being that the flavor go well together. Herbal citric hop flavor is semi-pungent, maltiness is big enough to hold its own. Finish hoppy and semi-dry.

I think the IPL is a bit of a confused style, one that I like a lot. I've had many that have a similar likeness to a very clean APA or ones like that that are pretty much an Imperial Pilsner. Either way, a whole lot of fun to drink.

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Photo of bsp77
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into standard pint glass.

Appearance: Bright amber with decent off-white head.

Smell: Sweet citrus,with orange and grapefruit. Some spiciness. Toast and biscuit that is reminiscent of a Vienna Lager.

Taste: Very citrusy with orange and grapefruit. Like the aroma, the malt backbone reminds me a Vienna Lager, with toast, biscuit and caramel. Fairly bitter finish that is citrusy and spicy and about halfway between an IPA and a Vienna Lager.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body with a dry, crisp finish.

Overall: Interesting hybrid, but this isn't really a Pale Lager. I would describe this as an Imperialized version of Eliot Ness with a boatload of citrusy hops. Which really makes sense as an anniversary beer.

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Photo of IPA040877
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall Summit glass. Bottle says enjoy by 8/31/13.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of off white head that slowly fade into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A zesty and bready aroma with a solid balance of malt and hops. Bready malts with hints of biscuit, caramel, toffee, toasted bread, rye, cracker, and lager yeast. Strong hop presence with citrus fruit esters of orange, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, and mango. Earthy hop hints of grass and pine resin spice. Fairly floral and oily as well. A pretty good balance of bready malt, hops, and spice.

Taste: Like the aroma, a bready and spicy lager malt profile with a big presence of earthy and citrus hops. Bready malts with a taste of biscuit, sweet caramel, toffee, toast, rye spice, crackers, and lager yeast. Big mix of hops with citrus fruit notes of orange peel, grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, and mangos. Very earthy with a big grassy hop presence and some herbal pine resin and floral notes. A well balanced and pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp, oily, smooth, and pretty drying on the finish.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a lager. Good biscuity rye spiced malts with a big helping of hops.

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Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of williamjbauer
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Adkins1203
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A brew with both brightness and clarity, this one is a pure copper color. It grows a creamy off-white head to about one finger and never subsides past half a finger, particularly compact and creamy. Lacing clings to the glass in patches after an impressive ring at the top.
The smell has an extremely interesting component that I can't quite place, somewhat herbal with some earth and grains, beneath a piney and grassy bitterness.
The bitterness is stronger, pithier and more resinous in the flavor. It leans a little herbal into the finish as well with a spiciness. It may be the yeast adding that interesting component, which is also present in the taste. The malts add some breadiness alongside the bitterness. The overall flavor softens a little leading into the finish, but does offer a lingering herb and flowery combination.
The body is light, almost medium, and deep. There's a good smoothness to the consistent crisp bite as each sip rolls on the tongue off a steady carbonation. It's clean overall and goes slightly dry into the herbal finish without getting too chalky.

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 08/31/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a thin white head. Just a bit of visible carbonation. The head leaves some good lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Aroma of a lager yeast with an heavy hand of hops. Malts are in the background providing some sweetness. Hints of green grape, peach and apricot.

T: Great blend going on here. Brings the IPA style to lagers with an immense hop bitterness. Bready, cracker like malts bring up the rear but are overpowered by the fruity earthy hops. As with the aroma I get a mild dose of light fruits.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Clean finish with only a hint of stickiness. Pretty easy drinking for the ABV.

Overall another solid beer from Great Lakes. Really digging this style and am excited to try any breweries take. Dortmunder Gold is a solid base to start with and it makes this beer solid. Give it a try if your into hops.

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Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 368 ratings