Great Lakes Brewing Company, founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, was the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio. What started as a dream between two brothers, has grown into 21st largest brewery by volume in United States. Important to Cleveland’s local identity, the brewery distributes over a dozen year round and seasonal brews.
ABV: 9.0 % | 80 IBUs
Pour: A slight hazy golden rust color with mild carbonation.
Head: A thin off white head that dissipates quickly leaving moderate lacing.
Nose: Juicy fruit notes, mango and grapefruit, with earthy pine notes.
Palate: Fairly light compared to most double IPA’s, not as much as expected but has a smooth hop presences and a clean acidity.
Overall: A smooth Double IPA without being overtly bitter. It has nice flavor to it, but I wouldn’t mind some of the fruit notes on the nose showing more in the flavor. This has the feeling of a double IPA, with a bit of crush-ability. A nice pairing with grilled fish, sharp cheeses or even pizza for a quick week night dinner.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out of 5 Pints