The ale pours a crystal-clear copper and is topped by a thick stack of soapy white foam that shows modest retention. Droplets and streaks of lace cling to the sides of the glass. A thin ring of bubbly foam gathers at the collar.
The aroma is faint with a scent of grain.
Its palate is hop forward and begins with a taste of citrus and pine. The tasting mellows with toasted bread and then finishes with a strong bite of peppery and piney hops that lingers on the back of the tongue. A hint of caramel and orange lightly sweetens a toasty malt base.
Its feel is grainy with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. Finishes dryly.
Hopheads are sure to be pleased with a palate whose bitterness is bold and dominant. That being said, the malt adds just enough balance while its peppy feel suits the hoppy bite well. The brew’s appearance is satisfactory but its aroma is practically non-existent.
All in all, the Commodore Perry is a well-rounded IPA that represents its style nicely.
Great Lakes recommends spicy foods and carrot cake as food pairings with their Commodore Perry IPA.