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

very good
368 Ratings
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 barczar
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear copper with a frothy cream head that slowly dissipates, leaving spotty lacing.

Resin, pine, citrus hops, and a champagne yeasty character form the initial aroma. Tangerine, grapefruit, mango, and apple surface. There's a hint of caramel sweetness. Floral hops emerge as it warms.

Flavor reveals that same champagne-like yeast character throughout, with citrus underlying at first, then becoming bready and toasty at the finish, which is fairly dry. Sour limes, grapefruit pith, and mango fade to bitter, resiny hops, finishing a touch bitter. The balance is toward flavoring hops, but bitterness is well represented.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and slight alcohol warmth.

Very flavorful brew. Malt is masked by hops, which are somewhat muddled. Citrus is tough to decipher. Bitterness is a little too intense for my palate.

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of smakawhat
4.01/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tall pilsner style glass.

A real looker. Deep mellow bronze copper gold and crystal clear body, with super slow rising carbonation, it's as the beer is in suspended animation. Head is creamy tan, and thick with island like clumping in the small glass. A real beautiful looking beer.

Nose is quite nice but if slightly muted. Slight toasty caramel, a dry sense of malts and light brown sugar. Hop angle is quite solid but not overkilled with a minor grassy touch. Thick. Interesting to see where this leads.

A mellow since of caramel, and a good hint of grass like hop. Hop angle fades on the swallow as dense malts take over. Sticky. Good amount of pine like resin leftover on this. Semi arid finish but with a good density. Large hop aroma left in the mid palate after swallow.

Overall a fun brew from the Great Lakes brewery, let's hope there's still 25 more years left in the tank.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

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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Great Lakes Silver & Gold IPL from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
3.87 out of 5 based on 368 ratings.
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