Great Lakes “Lake Erie Monster Imperial India Pale Ale” Review (#052)


Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Lake Erie Monster Imperial India Pale Ale
Cleveland, OH

From The Brewery:

Lake Erie Monster
Name Origin: A beer this distinctively hoppy inspires many a tall tale. And they don’t come taller than South Bay Bessie, the legendary monster that roams the shallow depths of Lake Erie.
Style Origin: Double India Pale Ales are a strong, very hoppy style of pale beer. Also known as Imperial IPAs, these beers are essentially India Pale Ales that are brewed with higher amounts
of malt and hops. While still relatively new, it is one of the fastest growing styles in the craft beer industry and a favorite among “hopheads.”
Flavor: Exploding with bold hop flavors

Ingredients:
MALTS
Harrington 2-Row Base Malt – Allows color
and flavor from other specialty malts to
come through; makes for very clean beer
Caramel 30 – Small amount contributes
to color and body
HOPS
Simcoe – Unique, non-traditional bittering
hop contributes to aroma; provides high
levels of bitterness with smoothness
Fuggle: Traditional English hop for flavor in
English ales; contributes milder earthy and
woody aromas and flavors; adds complexity

Pairs With: Steak, pork chops, aged cheese and dark chocolate
Style: Imperial India Pale Ale
Family Status: The hopped-up storyteller
Availability: May–July
ABV:9.10%

Review:

Appearance: This was my first time trying this beer. I poured the golden orange liquid into a Sam Adam’s Perfect pint glass, allowing light to shine through this hazy beer, showing colors of ambers and golds. It was all topped off by a thick, fluffy white head.

Smell: An inviting beer, sweet with grapefruit and citrus, with a bit of malt on the end. Very much an Imperial IPA, with more citrus than floral.

Taste: A burst of citrus hops – grapefruit giving way to tangerine – malty and sweet and followed by a drying hop bitterness. The finish is a balance of the sweetness and that wonderful hop combination.

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. Very creamy, especially when agitated. It is a smooth beer that coats the whole inside of your mouth.

Drinkability: Medium to high. The one went down very easily and could have been followed up by another right after. No hard edges and very tasty to the last drop.

Notes: I love everything that Great Lakes touches, and this is no exception. The citrus and mouthfeel won me over instantly on this beer.

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