Well folks, another week has passed us by and I once again find myself sitting in front of my computer, trying to come up with a lede for my beer review. Guess I just found one!
A run to the beer store today resulted in a bunch of new brews for review, but I’m most excited about Great Lakes Brewing’s Lake Erie Monster. This brewery always finds a way to tie their beers to a local story, and this one’s named after South Bay Bessie, the monster that’s supposed to live in the depths of Lake Erie.
I’m not sure about a monster living off the shores of Cleveland, but this beer definitely packs a monstrous one-two punch of hops and high alcohol content, weighing in at a fearsome 9.1% ABV. Wifey and I are headed out for dinner in a few hours, so I’m only allowed one (something about me always being hammered at dinner after I review beers) but I’m totally enjoying this brew.
The Monster pours out a clear orange-golden hue, with a nice little foam crown rising up from a constant stream of tiny bubbles, and nice citrus hops notes on the aroma.
This brew is surprisingly smooth for such a high alcohol level. It starts out with lots of bitter hoppiness, but quickly transitions into a nice mix of citrus and pine notes through the middle before ending on a bit of a sweet malted bread note. It’s a complex mix of flavors but it works incredibly well, taking you in three really strong but really distinct directions.
There’s a good bit of mouthfeel here, but the beer is overall eminently drinkable, making it a dangerous option if you’ve got to be somewhere public afterward, like me tonight. All in all, another excellent offering from the folks at Great Lakes.
Before I go, I wanted to give Josh a shout-out for hooking me up with super-sweet LIBA business cards, classy card case, and big baller title. Now I just need to start handing these babies out and watch all the swag come rolling in!