Great Lakes Steady Rollin Session IPA

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 the 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.

Steady Rollin is single hop session IPA brewed with mosaic hops and made to be an easy going IPA.

ABV: 4.8%   IBU: 50

Pour: A really rich amber color, clean with plenty of carbonation.

Head: Off-white and very thin, disappears about as quickly as it formed.

Nose: Floral, there’s a nice hop presence giving a good amount of pine. Some light tropical fruits notes in the background as well.

Palate: Lighter than expected, almost no malt notes at all. The hops are mild but still have pine punch and almost sticky feel in the mouth. Tropical fruit brings it together with just hint of acidity at the end.

Overall: Not what I was expecting but an overall nice session IPA. The mosaic hops really leave nice flavor and fruit while still leaving a bit of resin behind. Another solid beer from team at Great Lakes Brewing. Pair with chicken, spicy grilled sausages or fresh summer salad.

Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.5 Out Of 5 Pints

Great Lakes Chillwave Double IPA

great-lakes-chillwaveGreat 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

Great Lakes Brewing Oktoberfest

Great Lakes Brewing OktoberfestGreat 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. Oktoberfest is Great Lakes take on the German classic, with a beautiful amber color and mild carbonation.

The head is quite modest and eventually disappears completely with almost no lacing. Gives the appearance you would expect from a Marzen style brew.

The nose leans on the sweeter side, with aromas of nuttiness and toasted bread. There’s a dash of hoppiness with some roasted malts as well.

Up front the maltiness takes center stage, some roasted nuts and bread jump out the most. The sweetness doesn’t show until mid-palate followed by a smooth acidity. The finish stays somewhat sweet but manages finish clean. The hops make their presence known, adding some dryness and keeping the beer from being what some would consider overly sweet.

Overall this is a pretty straight forward take on a traditional brew that has been around since before the 16th century. The slight sweetness may not be for everyone but the rich malty flavors really give it that fall beer feeling. This would pair nicely with roasted pork, bratwurst or potato pancakes.

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 4.0 Out of 5 Pints 

Great Lakes Imperial Blackout Stout

great lakes blackout stoutGreat Lakes Brewing Company, founded in 1988 by brothers Patrick and Daniel Conway, was the first brewpub and microbrewery in Ohio. Important to Cleveland’s local identity, the brewery distributes over a dozen year round and seasonal brews. One of their winter seasonal offerings is an Imperial Stout aptly named “Blackout.”

The beer pours an almost black color with ruby highlights when viewed against the light. The thin mocha colored head shows moderate retention and leaves behind some lacing atop the beer.

On the nose notes of dark chocolate leap from the glass along with notes of roasted coffee. Sweet dark dried fruit, almost raisiny mixes with a sweet caramel note. Roasted malts and hint of vanilla complete the bouquet.

The palate offers notes of toffee, dark chocolate and molasses. The mid palate offers dark roasted malts and almost bitter coffee notes. Dark fruit notes mix with a slightly boozy notes make you think of rum raisin. A creamy vanilla note mixes with a lighter chocolate component on the finish.

Great Lakes has done a Great Job. A littler less aggressive than many Imperial Stouts, but well balanced with a great flavor profile. Pair this one with blue cheese, duck with cherry compote or tiramisu. 3 out of 5 Pints

The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Out of 5 Pints