Brew Review: Lake Erie Monster

7 Oct

Brew: Lake Erie Monster

Brewed by: Great Lakes Brewing Company (Cleveland, OH)

Style: Imperial IPA (9.1% ABV)


The Great Lakes Brewing company, I have seen them around a lot but never really went after their beers. I finally gave into temptation with their imperial IPA, the Monster. The huge hop flavors that come from this beer are to honor the beast that roams the waters of Lake Erie. I don’t know how much a large lake dwelling monster would appreciate the bitterness of hops but at least it might enjoy the recognition its gotten from this beer.

The monster poured out an un-filtered straw orange color. The label tells me its unfiltered but this one is clearer than I would have imagined. There is little to no head, a little white ring coats the top of the beer.

The aroma is all hops. Pine, citrus and even the bitterness you can detect as you get your nose anywhere close to the glass or the bottle the brew came from. As the beer warms up, which it will tend to do as nobody really has intentions of pounding a 9.1% beer right from the get go, more malts show up with their sweet aromas.

The taste continues on much the same as the aroma, from the start you get the very bitter hoppyness of the hops. A harsh onslaught of your taste buds from the hops really leave no place for anything else in the beer. The beer also tastes thick and syrupy from all the hoppy oils. In the end and aftertaste the booze also makes an appearance. The feel of the beer is sub-par. It isn’t very carbonated which leaves the sticky hop oils in your mouth and keeps them there which makes for a somewhat unpleasant aftertaste.

I will be honest I was hoping for a little more from this beer, not the best I have had in the style. There are plenty more and better options out there in the double/imperial IPA category.


Final Grade: B-


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