This post was sponsored by Great Lakes Brewing Company. Photos and opinions are my own.
It’s finally springtime, and for me I’m suddenly facing the constant urge to open up all the windows, take long walks, drag out the grill (although let’s face it, I’ve grilled in January), clean up the backyard, and just sit outside.
With that comes the lineup of spring and summer beers. These are the lighter-bodied, easy-drinking ales, the kind that you can knock back after mowing the lawn or while sitting next to the campfire.
I’ve long been a fan of Great Lake Brewing Company’s Dortmunder Gold lager and Eliot Ness amber lager. And the arrival of their Christmas Ale is a sure sign of the holiday season.
And this spring they’ve introduced a new beer to their roster: the Great Lakes IPA.
The Great Lakes IPA is one of three new beers the brewery is introducing in 2019. It joins their already solid IPAs, like the Commodore Perry or Lake Erie Monster double IPA.
The label is designed as a nod to the employee-owners, and represents the variety of roles they play at the brewery. The back of it features the production brewery and brewpub in Cleveland’s Ohio City neighborhood.
The IPA is crafted with four different types of hops: Simcoe, Mosaic, Lemondrop, and Azacca, and there’s a little bit of lemon peel added.
The result is a clear golden, light-bodied IPA. It’s pretty pungent on the nose, but the overall flavor leans toward sweet and citrusy. It clocks in at 6.5% ABV, too, so drinking a couple won’t do you in for the night. It’s certainly another worthy addition to the Great Lakes Brewing Company line-up! (And now I’m thinking we’re overdue for a visit to the brewpub in Cleveland…)
Cheers to a fun spring and summer, and the beers that go along with it!
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