daknole (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Lightly hazy yellow/orange with an offwhite head. Aroma is malty and sweet with a great hit of orange peel and light pine. This is heading towards a barleywine. As slingblade would say "I am live ratin this brew". Reckon I don’t wanna drink this one again. Plum near took my head off. JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2009
Bomber from my man StFun - thanks, Josh! Somewhat lazy pour for a big DIPA, a very cloudy orange with some sediment and a moderate creamy head. Sharp boozy phenols in the nose along with spice from some yeast, but mostly very sweet hops. Decent mouthfeel makes it a relatively easy drinker, despite the heat. Sweet bubblegum at the beer’s core, with a somewhat bitter finish. Weird and a bit imbalanced to me. shigadeyo (3764) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 2, 2013 hopscotch (11181) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2009
10/25/2009: Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster... Aroma: Lovely hop aroma containing grapefruit, pineapple, sweet oranges. Appearance: Bright gold with a chill haze complexion. Flavor: Smooth toffee malt; ample hops (citrus, hints of pine); moderate+ level of bitterness; slightly floral. Palate: Medium-bodied, very smooth. Overall: Off-balanced toward the hops and some real bitterness (which is exactly what I want in a Double/Imperial IPA - MORE bitterness!); EXTREMELY drinkable. Wow, I FINALLY got to try this beer (and managed to bogart most of the bottle, too!); this is a very good beer and was worth the wait; hopefully I will get to enjoy it again someday less that several years from now!
1 Pint 6 Fl. Oz. bottle ( 9.0% Alc/Vol) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad. I REALLY appreciate it! Rating #153 for this beer. Score: 8/3/8/3/17 = 3.9
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UPDATE on 6/21/2011: I first had Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster in 2009 from a bottle. I thought that it was really good, but not absolutely great. Not so with the 2011 version that I just had on draught via a growler fill; IT;S AWESOME. This is liquid gold! Incidently, that also describes the color of the beer. Luscious pineapple and papaya explode in the aroma. Papaya and mango seem to dominate the flavor with a nice, sugary toffee maltiness working behind the scenes. Wow, after having this on tap finally, I’d say that this is definitely one of those beers that’s pretty good from the bottle, but absolutely SHINES in the draught format. That means skip the bottle and head to the nearst bar that has this beer up on tap! Trust me, it’s worht the time, trip, and tab! By the way, I discovered that this beer pairs quite well with honey graham crackers! ;)
Draught (growler fill) from Party Town in Florence, KY. Score: 9/3/8/3/18 = 4.1
Bottle… October ‘09 O-Town Throwdown!… Hazy golden ale with a fizzy white head. The nose is hoppy and malty; earthy and biscuity. Medium to full-bodied with tingly carbonation. The flavor offers sweet toffee and bitter pine. Bittersweet finish – more sweet than bitter. Bottle courtesy of mcbackus! GMCC2181 (1613) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Bomber from st fun. Label doesnt match this one but anyway... Light orange in color, small head. Lots of floaties in this one. Nice fresh pine aroma. Taste is the same, fresh pine, floral, fruity and a nice bitterness to it. A little warming from the alcohol. Texture is on the lighter side, easy drinker. Thanks Josh! Probably great on tap...
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2009
Gold. White carbonation. Juicy, fruity, resinous hops on top of mildly sweet malt. Medium body, smooth, easy to drink considering. Great brew from a great brewery. tjthresh (1875) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle shared by Stfun. Pours bright cheese orange with some pure white head. Mild citrus and pine aroma with a bit of sugary sweetness. The flavor is a lot of grapefruit with a nice malt backbone. Medium body with a mild finish. This is pretty good, but I had higher expectations. neepsntatties (2028) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
22 oz. bottle courtesy of "hannont". Colour... cloudy golden. Nose... floral, citrusy. Palate... very hoppy, nicely balanced between the piney hops and the citrusy hops, delightfully floral and a long sweet-bitter finish. gorditoabd (636) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bomber via a "monster" trade with MrBunn. Thanks brother. Pours a shockingly bright orange, fizzing up to a tight, minimal-foam head that fades into edge lacing within a few moments. The aroma is light and promising. Citrus and floral notes abound. Mouthfeel is creamy, though still light, and taste is initially sharp and bitter, fading to the expected malt, floral, and citrus qualities the aroma led me to expect. The end of the palate is is lemony and, surprisingly, grassy. Interesting stuff. The ABV is felt more at the outset than at the end, except for the final burn down into the belly. Nice. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2009
22oz bomber courtesy of ogglethorp poured into a tulip.
Pours a super cloudy, bright golden orange with a tight creamy white head that recedes slowly to a soapy film on top with delicate lacing around the edges.
The aroma is bright and citrusy with lots of lemon zest and pineapple with a slight grassy aroma as well. The sweet malts are there as well and have a slightly toasted bread character in the nose.
The taste is better for me with the hops taking on a more pithy grapefruit character. What makes it better though is the hefty malt bill, which I don’t always want in a DIPA, but here is really lends a great balance to the hops. The finish is slightly bitter with some earthy hops but with a lingering malty sweetness as well. Very well balanced taste.
The mouthfeel is sticky with citrus hops and malty sweetness. The carbonation is fairly low and soft but just enough to keep things from getting syrupy.
This is an excellent DIPA and I was really surprised by the amount of balance in the taste. The light citrus hops are still the main draw here, but the balance is what makes this one for me.