Beer of the Week: Great Lakes Lake Erie Monster

Beer of the Week - Great Lakes Lakes Erie MonsterThis week’s featured beer is Lake Erie Monster, brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Company. The Great Lakes website describes it as “An Imperial India pale ale exploding with bold hop flavors.”

This is a seasonal release that is usually out in late Spring, and it only has a shelf life of about 90 days (this is typical of most IPAs). So if you buy some bottles, drink them down while they’re fresh!

This particular brew is named “Lake Erie Monster” in ode to South Bay Bessie, Cleveland’s Lake Erie version of the Loch Ness Monster. Just don’t drink too many of these brews and wander alone near the water’s edge – you never know what may be lurking underneath the surface!

Tasty Mug Review

Appearance: Slight hazy medium amber with moderate head and lots of nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet with strong citrus hops in the nose and maybe some floral notes.

Taste: Citrusy sweetness upfront; pineapple, oranges, and some light malts that move into a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. As the beer warms more of a spicy finish emerges. The warmth of the booze comes out after just a few sips.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and creamy with balanced carbonation.

Overall: While a good IPA, it’s a little on the sweet side for me. Not as sweet as the Unita Hop Notch but definitely sweeter than Hop Stoopid or the Enjoy By IPAs from Stone. Overall though a solid IPA that is especially good for a hot summer day.

Tasty Mug Rating: 3.75 / 5

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.10%
IBUs: 80
Original Gravity: 22º Plato
Malts: Harrington 2-Row Malt; Caramel 30
Hops: Simcoe; Willamette
Special Ingredients:
Availability: Rotating (Released in May)
Food Pairings: Steak, pork chops, aged cheese, and dark chocolate
Glassware: Snifter, Tulip, Oversized Wine Glass
Aging: Check the bottle for a date – if you purchase the 25th anniversary bottles you should consume this one by August 2013. General shelf life is about 90 days for this brew.

Where to get it:
I purchased my 4-pack at Gentile’s (corner of King Ave and North Star in Columbus). Most likely available at most beer stores while it is in release.