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Monday, April 27, 2015

Great Lakes Brewing Commodore Perry IPA

87 BA and 91 Bros scores on Beer Advocate. 94 overall and 90 style scores on RateBeer.

A medium-bodied and well hopped India pale ale with a dry, fruity finish. Named in honor of the hero of the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. "Don't Give Up the Sip!"

Hadn't had Commodore Perry IPA since July of 2013. Figured it long overdue to try this offering from Great Lakes Brewing again.

Bought the sixer today from Savor Pint for $9.99. Much better deal than something else.

$9.99 for a sixer of an actual beer trumps 14 cases of goat urine.

Everytime I mention PBR to Mr. PBR at work, he looks like the bottom portion of the pic. He has a hard on for PBR like Sixpoint has a hard on for those redbull style cans. Resin drinkers tend to be like the top of the pic.

I did have to pull out a certain glass to use for Commodore Perry. A glass that I bought at the Put In Bay Brewing Company a couple years ago on surprise, surprise, Put In Bay, Ohio.

It resides in the old icehouse just off the main strip on Put In Bay. The building used to house the local t-shirt shop that I used to frequent everytime I visited the island. When I was last at the Island in 2013, the brewery took over the spot previously occupied by the t-shirt shop. While I mourned the loss of the shop, I did like that the brewery was able to expand.

Put In Bay Brewing is able to show some of their equipment. Plus it's also a great spot to watch all the drunks wander off the main strip. Managed to watch girls in bikinis crawl on their knees to retrieve sunglasses and phones they dropped. And the guys trying to pick up said drunk girls. Also managed to see a completely wasted guy try to hitchhike on peoples rented golf carts. That was hilarious. Even the employees of the brewery stood around and watched the guy try to hop onto peoples carts. Lets just say, the local police force came and picked the guy up. Did I mention the brewery is right next to the police station?

Put In Bay has Perry's Victory & International Peace Memorial. It stands at 352 feet. Built between 1912 and 1915. The battle of Lake Erie was nearby the island in the War of 1812.

In the visitor center there is a statue of Commodore Perry.

From atop the monument, the whole of the island that is South Bass Island can be seen. Some other islands in Lake Erie can be viewed. On a clear day, Canada can be seen.

Some displays are on top top of the monument.

There is a small museum in the visitor center attached to the monument. Also there is a gift shop as well. It costs nothing to visit the museum, but it does cost to go to the top of the monument.

There are also volunteers that dress in period uniforms. I did thank this particular person for at least allowing me to take a picture.

I do say that anyone in Ohio needs to visit Put In Bay at least once a year.

On the premises of Heineman's winery is Crystal Cave. It claims to be the worlds largest geode. Crystals are Celestine.

Elsewhere on the island is Perry's Cave. Yes, there is a cave that relates to the Battle of Lake Erie.

Attached is maze that people can wander through.

In what amounts to a barn, there is a small car museum. Heck, it is free to browse around. Not a big car fan, but it was at least interesting to see various cars over the years.

There is also a small garden. There are nice colors plus a lot bees that are around during summer.

On South Bass Island, there is an old fish hatchery. It is no longer in use, there is various exhibits inside it on what they use to do on the island.

The island is known for the mayflies.

Do believe that Great Lakes Brewing is one of the greatest breweries in the state of Ohio. Very few of their offerings do I disagree with.

As stated before on this blog, I am partial to IPA style beers. Do think that Great Lakes Brewing's Commodore Perry is one of those standard beers that set the standard.

Great Lakes Brewing does beer right. Even a style that I don't like is done very well by them. Plus Great Lakes names their beers after a lot of local and regional history. Kinda wish breweries here in Columbus would do the same thing.

Great Lakes Brewing seems to be one of, if not the most consistent brewers in Ohio. Can forgive them for being based in Cleveland. After all, everyone knows that Columbus rules. CBC does the best IPA produced in the great state of Ohio. But I would dare say the Commodore Perry is a close second.

Poured into a Put In Bay Brewing glass. Why? Because it references the war of 1812 and the Battle Of Lake Erie. Poured a smallish head. It's more likely due to how I poured the beer.

Commodore Perry has a light citrus nose. To me, cracker like malt is the dominant smell to the beer. For me, the cracker like malt is very nice.It is what a malty IPA should be like. Citrus like notes seem to lean towards orange for me. Enough to know it is there. Cracker like malt is in the taste. For me, this is the poster child on how malt should be handled in an IPA. Dry finish. Commodore Perry does have an IBU of 70. For me, the IBU is well hidden. Yes, there is enough bitterness to know it's there. It just doesn't seem like there is a higher IBU. Do think it is partly due to the cracker like malt. For me, this is Great Lakes Brewing's flagship beer. Raised the rating from 4 to 4.25. It could even be 4.5  on Untappd.