Great Lakes – Commodore Perry IPA..with labeling rant

IPAs have once again become a staple in my fridge. For my palette, the bite of fresh hops has overtaken the heavy malts and spices of the winter season.  I do wish that printing IBUs, at least on “hoppier” styles of beer was some sort of standard in the industry.    Along with that, I’d also like to see which hop varieties are on the brew I’m drinking.  These two pieces of  information just don’t show up on enough bottle labels.  Since I do most of my imbibing at home these days (bottles instead of pints) I enjoy reading labels and learning a bit about new beers that I’m trying.  Yes, I’m aware that there is this is thing called the internet, and you can use it to look up information.  I choose to look at this way: if you’re paying for a hooker but then going online to finish yourself off, what did you just pay for?

Without doing a little research of my own, I’d be very tempted to compare GLBC’s Commodore Perry to Southern Tier‘s 2x IPA.  Don’t let the ABV fool you: although it weights in at 7.5%, Commodore Perry is not classified as a Double IPA.  It is also important to realize that this is an English IPA, so you really can’t accurately compare it to an American IPA, such as 2x.

Let’s get to the beer….

This one pours golden yellow/orange and very clear.  A 1 1/2 finger head dissipates after the first two sips.  While this is not impressive, the spider-web lacing on the glass comes as a pleasant surprise.  On the nose, there are strong citrus notes with a touch of sweet malt.   The taste is hop-heavy at first, then balanced with caramel malt.  The 7.5% ABV definitely lets you know that its there, without overpowering  the overall taste.  The finish is dry and bready.

While searching around on GLBC’s website, I found the origin of the style (English IPA), which I thought was interesting: “The Bow Brewery in London exported this particular version of pale ale to the multitude of British soldiers, colonial administrators, and settlers in India. Its high potency and high level of attenuation reduced chances for spoilage and made it a strong candidate for shipping.”  Call it your history lesson for the day.

Overall, this beer is a better than average IPA.  If you’re looking for a hop-bomb, you won’t find it here.  If you’re looking for a super easy to drink pale ale type IPA, you won’t find it here.  I haven’t had a ton of English IPA’s, but I’ll venture to say that GLBC’s Commodore Perry is a nice representative of the style.

Recommend this one to your buddy who just graduated from Coors’ Batch 19, but won’t yet be able to tackle a pint of Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum.

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