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Commodore Perry IPA by Great Lakes Brewing Company
American IPA
7.50 % ABV

Review by tavernjef on 05/15/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2010
Gorgeously clear body of mellowed golden amber with a mighty grown cap of dull white foam slurps its way to about an inch tall and stands there for a bit before mashing itself down to a heavy skim and lots of sheeted cob webby lacing.

Clean, brisk aroma that's sweet, bready, dryish, and candish of crisp lemon cookies, lemon jam filled biscuits, and caramel candy. Damn nice!

Taste is a big dose of yummylishiousness! Adequate hoppyness thats crisp, semi crunchy, big on floral whole hop cone brightness with a excellently handled sweetened lemony bittering twist above a heavily caramel drizzled biscuit. The balance is lovely. The bite of bitterness and dryness matches amazingly well with its candyish sweet breadyness and biscuity flour touch. The finish is outstandingly nice to behold as it all comes together to make a dryish bittered coin sucked, lemon filled biscuity flower of blooming perfection.

Body is clean, crisp and medium bodied with a well controlled balance of sweet, dry, floral, and bitterness that sweeps in and takes over quickly on the palate.

Far beyond drinkable in my book of yummyness! Wow! Its clean profile and balance is immaculately woven perfectly together for some heavy imbibing! Enjoy some Commodore I say! Yum!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/20/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 15 4 8 2010
12oz Bottle
$7.19 6-Pack
Sam's Downers Grove

Enjoy by 6/19/07

Commodore Perry poured crysatl clear golden into my pint glass.A 1+ finger head formed on the pour that slowly faded to a thick cap that lasted throughout the drink. Spotty lacing graces the glass after each sip.Definately a good looking beer.

The aroma is fistfulls of hops over the top of biscuity malt. Pine needles smack you in the face and are trailed by a more subtle floral hop aroma. I also pick something up that's reminiscent of honeydew. Mild alcohol vapors rise to the nose on the backend.

Flavor is identical to the aroma. Biscuity malts lay a foundation before a mild floral hoppiness shows itself followed quickly by the big bitter piney hops. There's even a squeeze of grapefruit juice on the swallow. Mild alcohol warmth on the end.

Medium bodied and coating on the throat. Moderate carbonation. Good solid hop bitterness that is accentuated by the dryness this beer leaves behind.

Very easy drinking IPA. Can and have sat down and drank more than a couple in a sitting, the higher alcohol content will catch up to you if you're not careful.

It's been a few months since I've tasted a Hop Wallop but for some reason this beer is similiar. More toned down but similiar. Anything similiar to Hop Wallop is an IPA I would drink any day of the week. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

Reviewed: 5/10/07

Price: $7.19 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by SAP on 09/12/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 10 15 4 8 2009
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet Tulip produces an almost three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, off-white colored head that leaves some layered lacing patterns on the sides of the glass as it slowly subsides. The beer is a nicely red-tinged, full copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, burnished, bright, red-copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells of citrus hops that are not quite polished; perhaps tempered a bit by a cracker-like pale malt aroma that plays a distant secondary role in the nose. Specifically notes of Meyer lemon, ruby-red grapefruit zest, a touch of lychee, and some kumquat notes all contribute a clean citrus hoppiness. The herbal hop notes are really not here at first, but after a bit of time a tempered overlay of hemp oil herbal character becomes noticeable; it provides just enough hop-stench to balance out the otherwise too smooth hop fruitiness. Deep, focused ruminations of the nose bring out more of an herbal, dank character as well as a touch of supporting, clean, pale malt toastiness that would be missed in a cursory pass at the aroma. The nose will be quite enjoyable to any hop lover, I know I am definitely enjoying it.

A nice bitting bitterness gets bigger as the beer rolls across the tongue, it seems to get tempered in the finish by a touch of palate cleaving, smooth malt character. While the beer was pretty dry as the first sip hit my tongue, the middle picks up a light malt sweetness which accentuates ample hop fruit character; this sweetness, though it does fade some, sticks around into the lingering finish. The flavors of this beer are clean and bright; there isn’t much of a rustic malt or hop edge here and I would guess this is somewhat filtered. There is a nice herbal hop edge here that is a bit more noticeable than in the aroma. Notes of pine play a significant role here but still play second fiddle to the fruity hop notes of lychee, tangerine zest, kumquat and ruby-red grapefruit notes. This is definitely quite quaffable; there is just enough body to carry the hops, but it is still dangerously quaffable.

This is certainly not a unique take on the style (but it is an IPA, I am not sure one really wants unique), it is entirely enjoyable. It is perhaps a touch too refined in its bright, clean interpretation of loud hops and supporting malt, but that doesn’t keep it from being a great example of the style.

Served In: Tulip

Review by James Kitchens on 09/09/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 8 15 4 8 2009
Color is a somewhat dark copper/amber. Darker than I expected. Smell has strong hops bitterness and not a lot else. Not much of the citrus or other hops notes. Just a sharpness from the bitter. Taste follows the smell pretty well, with a strong hops bitterness. A bit more involved in the taste though, with some oily and grassy bitterness too. Taste is stronger on the hops than most other IPAs, along the lines of a DIPA. Feel is sticky, with an oily feel that helps the bitterness stick around.

Overall, a solid IPA, if a bit stronger than expected for the style. The bitterness is what stands out more than anything else here.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/29/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
78 3 8 16 4 8 0
A - Pours a golden body that is crystal clear. Tons of tight bubbles rise to the top. A half inch slightly off white head sits atop. Fluffy and thick, the head doesn't look to be going anywhere.

S - Fruity, with citrusy hops and a pale malt base.

T - Starts with a nice bitter hop blast. Works into fruity, floral hoppiness that is balanced by some biscuity pale malt. Finish is dry and slightly fruity with a bitter aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with slightly prickly, but nice carbonation.

D - Good, drinkable IPA, but nothing extraordinary here.

Served In: Pint Glass

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