Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPLGreat Lakes Silver & Gold IPL

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Zormac
4.99/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Poured into Pilsner glass Golden Amber color with a 2 finger head slightly clouded

S- Grapefruit Granny, smith apple

T- Sweet exotic fruit can't pin point which one though with a slight bitterness on the finish.

M- Fizzy light crisp and refreshing

Overall- This beer in my opinion is very complex and keeps me going back for another sip to figure out what has me stumped this is a very well crafted beer.

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Photo of MilkMan126
4.83/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I was excited to try this beer since it's a milestone beer made by my favorite brewing co. with the ingredients that make up some of my favorite regular beer choices.

Appearance - Pored in a small pilsner glass. Dark amber with a small head that dissipates but decent lacing. The bottle is fun to read and interesting (typical of GLBC).

Smell - Floral hops. You know it's been well hopped but I can sense a malty sweetness. The alcohol comes through too. Love the smell.

Taste - This beer didn't disappoint. It tastes great starting with the sweet malt and quickly after, the Cascade hop bitter comes in. The alcohol provides a twinge and it definitely reminds you that it's 7.5%. It's a very complex flavor. I definitely taste the Dortmunder Gold commonalities from the yeast and grains. It's really a well hopped Dortmunder Gold on steroids. It also reminds me of some APA's I've had but definitely a GLBC beer.

Moutfeel - I would say medium to full body. The hops linger more than anything - and with intensity. It makes me miss the sweet, bready malt flavors from the grain that came through respectably. It's easy to drink though (especially for 7.5%) so I am very quickly returning to the glass for another sip.

This is an outstanding beer. It's late in it's distribution now but if you come across this milestone beer by a world-class no-nonsense brewer from the hard working town of Cleveland, pick it up! I would pay the extra couple bucks if it came in a 6-pack instead.

This was my first beer review.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.57/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: deep orange color. Strong haze. Two fingers plus of an off white foamy head that leaves a complete lacing

Smell: hops and lager yeast. Neither overpowers the other.

Taste: starts off with citrusy hops. Quickly gives way to a sweet lager yeast. Ends slightly bitter

Mouthfeel: slightly heavier. Slightly bitter.

Overall: great balance that is hard to find in this style. It truly is a hoppy beer and a lager at the same time. Great celebration of 25 years

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Photo of damndirtyape
4.47/5  rDev +15.5%
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 fmccormi
4.34/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my DFH IPA glass; freshness date of August 31, 2013 printed in white ink near the bottom-right corner of the label (“For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 8/31/13 11722GE”). Based on a 90-day freshness period (give or take), that would make this bottle about five weeks old. Hey, it only popped up in our market this past week, so blame the distributors, I guess. Still pretty damn fresh.

Appearance (4.0): A solid two fingers of pale tan-colored head rise off the pour, capping a rich, honey-amber colored body with warm, orange tones. The head is thick and fluffy, dying down very slowly while a steady stream of bubbles come from around the glass to refresh it. As the head does down and the body recedes, it leaves spots of lace here and there and a couple of collars early on. Overall, it looks pretty damn good for the style.

Smell (4.25): A very nice balance of hops and malt comes along easily, with a bevy of juicy, rich citrus fruit aromas (the classic notes of ripe pineapple, red grapefruit flesh and zest), with a more subtle, resinous pine note. The malt is nicely toasted and moderately rich, with nutty and almost buttery aromas (freshly-toasted and -buttered white toast), but the hops are so juicy and bright that they steal the show.

Taste (4.5): This more or less follows the nose, and it delivers all of that character in spades: the hops move from juicy citrus to pungent resin and grapefruit zest, delivering an earthy tobacco note with a solid punch of slightly weedy, strongly grapefruit-peel-y bitterness and flavor. Really, really nice. Meanwhile, the malt is moderately rich with a buttery, toasted breadiness up top with undercurrents of pecan-like nuttiness, rich, toasted bread like challah, and fresh-baked biscuits. The finish comes along with that flash of grapefruit zest and resin, and hangs on for a moderate length of time.

Mouthfeel (4.25): Great Lakes always does a good job on the mouthfeel, regardless of style: a soft, full carbonation that foams modestly and barely tingles here and there, complementing a medium-weight body with drying hop oils to lighten the finish. Quite drinkable, but it still retains the heft and richness expected for the size of the beer.

Overall (4.25): Strikes me as a fuller version of Dortmunder Gold with a very solid IPA-styled hop load. It’s got the characteristic notes of what a good lager should be in my mind, with nutty, toasted malts and a clean, snappy finish. Add to that a well-styled, well-structured, and appropriately bitter hop character, and the various parts of this beer add up to an exceptional example of the style. Personally, I really, really dig this beer.

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Photo of brewski09
4.32/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter

A - Orange. Deep, brilliant orange. clear as you would expect a lager to be. about 1.5cm of light, fluffy off white head. This is a beautiful beer to look at. The head disappears rather quickly, but leaves a tracing of lace down the side of the glass. This really reminds me of looking at DFH 90 Minute, so they scored on the appearance in my book.

S - sharp pepper undertones from Rye malt and an affronting harshness from high alpha American hops. The hops smell beautifully of pine resin and citrus fruits. There is a mild sweet undertone from caramel malts in there too, almost a little like a meyer lemon with all that citrus (it could be a well dosed Sorachi Ace?).

T - bitterness, booze, pine resins, rye malt, sweetness. A great American IPA, except its a lager. The flavor is almost a little too clean because I am used to more yeast profile. My preference is towards a fuller, British yeast profile too. Still, a nice flavor and very well balanced. I may try making an IPL soon.

M - Full, resiny, but balanced with sweetness. GL did a good job making everything stay in harmony here. Either they were a genius or they did lots of batches to make this one work the way they wanted it to.

O - Like the few other IPLs out there, this was very well done. I commend GL for their work and for helping define a new category of beer with the few others out there doing IPLs. I would recommend IPA lovers try this one for sure.

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Photo of ChrisB
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, bright, citrusy grapefruit. Nice full-bodied mouthfeel and crisp aftertaste without being syrupy. Very drinkable. One of the better beers I've had this year. A 6 of these could go down very enjoyably which is not something that you can say about all 7.5% beers.

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Photo of ZAP
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I love Great Lakes beers and this is no different.

Reminds me of a hopped up Dortmunder Gold. The trademark Great Lakes yeast strain is there as is the malt backbone of the Dort...but then there is a pleasant floral/spicey/almost piney hop presence...not overwhelming but just strong enough to add a nice touch...the more I drink this the more the piney notes emerge....

Nicely balanced with a ton of flavor from both the hops and and malt...

Well done....not an all-time great but very enjoyable...if anything slightly overcarbonated as GL beers can be from time to time...just slightly...

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Golden with incredible white foam and lacing. Very active carbonation and extremely frothy, especially for a lager.

Smell: I really can't pinpoint what this smells like. There is pine. There is citrus. There is a lot of dry hay. There might even be some berries. It almost smells like seawater. I was originally going to say sweat, but they would make it sound gross. This also might be the first beer that has made me sneeze.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Dry hay and floral hops. Has the flavor of noble hops with the mouthfeel and dryness of Dortmunder Gold. Clean mouthfeel. Medium-light body.

Overall: Definitely worth a try. Will please light and dark beer drinkers alike.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
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 DeFaz
4.21/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a moderate head leaving lacing with excellent retention. Tiny bubbles swim frantically to the surface.

Smell: Great complex smell. Pine and citrus are present, but there are more.

Taste: Pine, citrus, bread, grass, and some alcohol bite. Clean, balanced, complex, well thought out.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much perfect. Mouthfeel is medium/thick with carbonation on the lower side. It has just enough creaminess and while the hops linger in the mouth for a while and leave some dryness, this beer goes down quite easy for a strong and fairly thick brew.

Overall: Great Lakes is a company that seems to always deliver. While I'm usually not into the hoppier beers, I appreciate the complexity of this one and how, even with the bitterness of the hops, I can walk away feeling that everything is balanced and I want more.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, "enjoy by 9/2/13"
Brilliant amber color with a creamy, ivory colored head, good retention & frothy lacing at the top of the glass. Fresh aromas of citrus, biscuit, caramel, grass, slight tropical mango. Balanced flavors of biscuit, toasted grain, caramel, mango, grapefruit rind, pine, yeast. Medium body; crisp, dry finish with some pine & grapefruit rind lingering. Excellent idea for a 25th anniversary beer! I want to get some more of this!

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy yellow-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus hops. In the taste, big citrus hops, and a touch of alcohol, but a nice balance. A small bite of citrus hops and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a nice earthy citrus hop in the aftertaste. I am truly impressed by this beer, I have not really enjoyed and IPL until this one.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Enjoy-by date clearly printed on the label. I admit, I'm always excited to try any new GLBC offering, so I popped one open as soon as I came back home from the store.

The beer pours a soothing golden amber, with an almost white head. Immediately, I smell the classic Dortmunder Gold aroma of hearty biscuit, with hues of grass and hay underneath. At first sip the hops make themselves apparent! A complex blend is what they say on the label, and I have to agree, as no immediate signs point very long to "citrus" or "floral" or "herbal" - it's all of them, together, in a veritable mash-up of steeped flavor on the lager body. The finish is long and just as complex as the taste. Very nice, and quite drinkable.

In conclusion, as a long-time fan of Great Lakes, this is another great anniversary ale based on their flagship brew. The IPL presents the potential danger to simply unload hops on a middle-of-the road lager, but the brewers crafting truly great lagers can bring new complexity in an exciting way. Well done - cheers!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
4.19/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from growler into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a one finger of foamy white head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest a bready and sweet smell of a caramel and fruity nature. Along with these aromas are some nice grapefruit and grassy hops as well as a little bit of a hay like and yeasty smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweet and bready taste with flavors of a smooth biscuit taste mixed with a caramel and light fruitiness along with a rather strong yeasty tastes. Upfront there is a little bit of a hop taste as well being mostly of a grapefruit taste, but having hints of a floral taste as well. As the flavor advances more light hop flavors come to the tongue with some more citrus hops as well as a bit of a grassy flavor as well. At this time some grainy flavors also come to the tongue mixing with the rest to take the flavor to its end. Right at the end a very faint alcohol taste also joins the taste, leaving a rather pleasant, still rather crisp and quite flavorful flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a bit of a crispness and a carbonation level that is on the average side. Overall of the 7.t % strength of the brew the moderate body was quite appropriate as opposed to a thinner body more traditionally found with a lager. Overall with the crispness and moderate carbonation the feel was rather nice.

Overall – A rather tasty and quite easy drinking brew. A rather nicely, moderately, hopped brew that maintains a still crisp lager taste. A very nice drinker.

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Photo of Ri0
4.13/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Bottle says enjoy by 8/31/13.

A - Transparent copper orange with a nice 1.5 white finger head, Fades into a thin ring and leaves spotty lacing.

S - Bready malts with caramel and toffee. Earthy hops with a but of rye and spice.

T - Sweet bread, malt, caramel, toffee, and yeast. This is followed quickly by a big hop kick. Hops are mostly floral and earthy with some pine bitter and a touch of citrus. Then the rye and spice back it up. Really awesome flavor in this. This is a very nice tasting IPL.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Dry and spiced, but smooth to drink.

O - This is a very well done IPL, my first in fact. It is really bursting with many layers of flavor. I like the choice for a 25th anv. beer from GLB.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased and drank at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a bright golden yellow, with a billowy 2 inch head and lots of good lacing down the glass.

Smells quite grassy and floral, with some light juicy citrus.

The taste is similar. Midly bitter, with some mild lager yeast flavors, there's a bunch of orange and pineapple hop flavors, plus some grassy bitterness and leafy hop flavors.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, low carbonation. Very drinkable.

This is a new style du jour, and I love it. This is a worthy entrant into the arena.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip. best before 9/2/13

pours a dark golden color with an inch thick white lasting head. great looking pour. smell is big on rye notes and dry hops. interesting. Taste is like it smells...somewhat. im definitely detecting dry hops as well as rye notes, but the rye isnt near as strong as on the nose. malt character is also there on the back end. tad of bitterness too. not bad at all. medium bodied with medium carbonation, no issues on drinkability.

overall another winner from great lakes. had no idea what to expect from this one going in, and i like what i got. ill enjoy the rest of the 4 pack.

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Photo of Icedogs
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I great beer, but not sure it's hoppy enough or malty enough... but it is a combination of the two styles, to some extent, and that's by design. Anyway, it's a unique celebration beer and I give it good praise. Yes, I am quite biased in favor of Great Lakes Brewing Company because one of my best friends worked there for nine years and I've spent many a fine afternoon/evening at the place. But my preference for GLBC beer is primarily because the beers are almost always outstanding. Cheers!

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Photo of HeightsEats
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is the gold hue you'd expect from a German lager. The aroma is unique, plenty of hops but with an almost sugary sweetness. The flavor is similar, a full-bodied hit of complex hops followed by a sweet aftertaste reminiscent of Munich lager (which, oddly enough, is among the most subtly hopped lagers out there). The mouthfeel is rich but not at all heavy, making this a complex but drinkable beer. I've tried Sam Adams IPL and Victory's Prima Pils but have never tasted anything that so purely melded the flavors of an IPA over a refreshing lager base. An ambitious experiment pulled off flawlessly.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes Brewing Company's Silver & Gold IPL a couple days ago for $2.79 at The Lager Mill. While looking for some new beers to try I noticed that this one had just showed up and since I think Great Lakes is a really solid Brewing Company I decided to give it a shot, so lets see how it goes. Enjoy by 8/31/13. . Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label looks nice, I like the shiny brewing equipment on the label, it has a clean classy look to it. It poured a light orange color that took on an amber color when held to held to the light with three fingers worth of off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left lots of nice lacing behind. This is one good looking beer, I have no complaints at all, it looks fine just how it is.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with loads of hops, there's some piney and spicy hop aromas but it's the citrus and tropical fruit hops that seems to stick out the most with pineapple and grapefruit really coming through and it makes for a great hop profile. Up next I get some bready, sweet, and pale malt like aromas. This beer had an awesome aroma, the hop profile was very fruity and juicy and the malts showed up just enough to provide a little bit of balance, I really like it.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by a good amount of hops that impart a 50/50 mixture of spicy and citrus hops, the grapefruits still stick out the most with just a slight bit of pineapple in the background. Up next comes some citrus zest flavors followed by some malts that impart a lighter, bready, slightly sweet, and pale malt like flavors. On the finish there's a very light amount of medium bitterness followed by a hoppy citrus zest aftertaste, This beer tasted pretty good, the hop profile was pretty good and there was just enough malts to bring a slight bit of balance to this beer, I really enjoyed it.

M- Pretty smooth, clean, crisp, refreshing, fairly dry, on the light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was pretty good, the body was just where it should be and I liked how refreshing it was.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and very good example of an India Pale Lager, it may be the best one I have had, Shift from New Belgium was my current favorite, but I think this beer is very close to that one and I would have to have them side by side to really figure out which one I like more, but I think it does a really great job at representing the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was pretty smooth, not filling, refreshing, and the flavors did a good job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially in the summer time, I think it's a nice easy drinking refreshing brew. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was really awesome and full of juicy and fruity hop aromas that really worked well with this beer. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, there wasn't anything that I would change about this beer, it's great just the way it is and it doesn't need to be messed with. I would buy this beer again, I think it would be a great beer to take to a summer bbq, but the abv is a little too high for me to drink this all day, I would recommend this to anyone who likes hoppy beers especially hoppy lagers and I think it would be a good beer to give to someone who really isn't a craft beer drinker, it's a little pricey, but I think it's worth it. All in all I was a little impressed with this beer, I expected it to be good since it's from Great Lakes, but I didn't think it would be this good and now it's
right up there as one of my favorites of the style. Great Job guys, it seems like the last two new beers I have from them were all pretty good and this one might be the best of them, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Etan
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours an orange-tinged clear gold with a large off-white head.

S: Lightly juicy grapefruit and orange notes, mild honey, bready underneath.

T: Slightly resinous citrus and pine, a bit of leafy bitterness, biscuit malt, that slightly acidic sourdough quality a lot of hoppy GL beers have, wash of fresh grain in the finish.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: This tastes very nice. Seems like a similar hop bill to Burning River. I'll probably be picking up another four pack while it's still around.

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Photo of 57md
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is a light copper with a finger of fluffy white head that enjoyed some nice retention. The taste is crisp and light; possibly my only critique is that the body is a touch too light. There is a very tasty hop finish on this offering.

This is a great summer choice for people like me who are not generally big fans of pilsners and other lighter lagers.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle with a label that shows a couple of the GLBC tanks(you'll find this logo a lot when searching their website under pub exclusives) with the Dortmunder gold gold medal In the background. A very simple yet an 'it's about what's inside' style. Short summary states, "our silver anniversary isn't about gold medals". But if this follows the line of lagers I've had from GLBC it is indeed about the medals. I poured this into a port style stemmed glass like the one Dortmunder Gold is sits in on their webpage.

A - dark golden bronze color. Brass colored may be the ideal discription of this color. White colored head poured with some size and sat around quite a while. Good stick to the glass.

S - Dortmunder with a load of hops in the nose would be how I describe it. Bitter pine like hops paired with a good portion of floral hop aromas. Some citric notes are also all over the hoppy aroma. Ripe peach. The bready Dortmunder wafts were all present and while the aroma is a bit more hoppy than expected its nice to see the biscuit and sweet bread malts both throwing punches as well.

T - a lot more of the sweeter bready and biscuit malts than in the nose with some big floral hops creeping through and a touch of pine on the back end with a soft touch lf hop spice in a fairly dry lingering finish. Everything works very well together and this reminds me more of the Imperial Dortmunder than a hopped up lager in terms of taste. Very nice balance and tasty.

M - lager texture and lager smooth with the hops providing the crisp feel to the coating lager style. It's medium bodied and not close to being thin. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Everything fits perfectly and works surprisingly well.

O - I was looking forward to this offering and though the entire time I was saying, "just give us the Imperial Dortmunder and ill be happy". I am glad they released this IPL as it was extremely well crafted and really the staple of what the brewery is about. They make some excellent ales but also some of the best lagers.. It was appropriate to do Silver and Gold and its something to get ahold of now. Very creative brew and one ill always remember as GLBC's way of celebrating 25 years of fine brewing. Not only was this a tribute to their past but like the bottle says a nod to the future. Glasses up to GLbG again and a congrats on 25 years!

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Photo of CloudStrife
4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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