Lake Erie Monster by Great Lakes Brewing

Tasting: July 15, 2014
Style: Imperial IPA
Beer #: 558

Lake Erie Monster

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Lake Erie Monster

People in a town nearby are frantic over reports of a fifteen foot long boa constrictor seen swimming in Lake Hopatcong. Like you, my first thought is probably that the snake is a former pet that was set free because it grew beyond its owner’s expectations – but if these sighting happened in simpler times it may very well be the birth of another large fresh lake legend ala Nessie, Champ or the subject of this beer – South Bay Bessie.

It seems that Bessie is also snake-like in appearance and has been described as being anywhere from thirty to fifty feet in length and its body about four feet in circumference. Sightings date back to the late eighteenth century and most notably there were three documented sightings in 1817. I’m not sure if nineteenth century people kept exotic pets like large carnivorous snakes – perhaps someone made the same reckless decision we see two centuries later with the boa loose on Lake Hopatcong. Add a few high octane beverages and the snake suddenly grows thirty feet and appears more ominous.

I’ve had a couple of these out of the four pack I purchased and each was a completely different experience. In my first tasting, it followed a Devil Dancer and I was left with a very yeasty and odd flavor. The next tasting was probably a better example of Lake Erie Monster. Syrupy with strong citrus rind right up front. Decent malt base of rich caramel malt. I’ll put Lake Erie Monster at 90 points.

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