Commodore Perry IPA

English IPA Great Lakes Brewing Co.

3.5

Commodore Perry IPA, an English-style IPA by Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Commodore Perry IPA is an English-style IPA brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a bottle.

Appearance

The ale pours a crystal-clear copper and is topped by a thick stack of soapy white foam that shows modest retention. Droplets and streaks of lace cling to the sides of the glass. A thin ring of bubbly foam gathers at the collar.

Aroma

The aroma is faint with a scent of grain.

Flavor

Its palate is hop forward and begins with a taste of citrus and pine. The tasting mellows with toasted bread and then finishes with a strong bite of peppery and piney hops that lingers on the back of the tongue. A hint of caramel and orange lightly sweetens a toasty malt base.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is grainy with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. Finishes dryly.

Overall

Hopheads are sure to be pleased with a palate whose bitterness is bold and dominant. Its malt adds just enough balance. Its peppy feel suits its hoppy bite well. Appearance is satisfactory but its aroma is practically non-existent. All in all, the Commodore Perry is a well-rounded IPA and represents its style nicely.

Recommended Pairings

Great Lakes recommends the following food pairings with their Commodore Perry IPA: spicy foods and carrot cake.

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About the English IPA

The English IPA dates back to the 18th century as a hoppy beer that was exported to India. Hops act as a natural preservative and kept the beer fresh for its long voyage. The style began to dominate the market and by the 1830s was given the name “India Pale Ale”. But by the 20th century, the style had almost disappeared entirely until the modern craft beer era reinvigorated interest. Its color ranges from gold to amber but most examples of the English IPA are pale. Its feel is smooth with a medium-light to medium body and moderate to moderately-high carbonation. Its alcohol strength is moderate. Its aroma and palate are typically hoppy and can be floral, peppery, or citrus-orange. Malt can consist of biscuit and toast or sweet with toffee and caramel. Some fruitiness may be present. Comparatively, the English IPA has a greater hops presence than the English Pale and Bitters but its balance leans malty when compared to the American IPA.