Great Lakes Brewing CO. (Cleveland, OH) Commodore Perry IPA. 12oz Bottle $8 Per Sixer 7.5% Alc. 70 IBU
Jealous? (Thought so…) Not to rub it in but you might be asking yourself how someone from Brooklyn got their hands on Great Lakes…? Well, the truth is I’m originally from Cleveland and a few weeks back I drove home for a visit. One of the first things I always do when I get into town is head to the store and buy 2 or 3 cases for myself (plus extra that people ask me to buy for them… yes, its that good) to slowly ration over several months.
Great Lakes has been continuously turning out award winning craft beer since the 90s. Their line up has expanded over the years and has never ever disappointed me, beer lovers throughout Cleveland, the Mid-West, and beyond. Its no surprise they’re always placing in or around the top 20 for the best brewers list.
Yesterday, I cracked open their Burning River Pale Ale followed by their flagship beer, Dortmunder Gold, and I finished off with a Commodore Perry IPA.
The first thing you’ll notice with this beer is the great color that fills the glass as you pour. It is very similar to the ring of color on the neck label. You’ll also notice the slight citrus aroma it gives off, not all that powerful on the nose. Upon the first sip you’ll be greeted with a strong malt flavor and layering of Simcoe, Fuggle, and Cascade hops that guide you to a simple, dry, and boozy finish. Knocking back a few of these is a sure way to enjoy very well made beer and a quick way to get sloshed, if that’s what you’re looking for.
All in all I love this beer and pretty much everything else G.L. has to offer, but I wouldn’t say this is my most favorite IPA. After having several of these, I think I prefer the Pale Ale over the IPA. Being such a Hop Head I want more of a bouquet of hops and a tad less malt. The Burning River Pale Ale is a perfect balance and isn’t too heavy. It’s so smooth the bottle is empty before you know it.
I also just want to mention that when I’m in Cleveland I always visit my old friends at Rocky River Brewing Co. Award winning beer from a very small operation on the West Side of Cleveland. If for whatever reason you find yourself near there or if you’re passing through, its worth a quick stop for a beer and the food ain’t bad either.
Bottom Line: DRINK IT!