Gospel - Skagit River Brewery

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.37%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Skagit River Brewery visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beertunes on 10-30-2010

This beer was co-brewed with Arlen Harris, former brewer at LaConner Brewing and is an attempt to recreate the regional favorite from years ago.
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 16
Reviews by Ratman197:
Photo of Ratman197
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Malt and Vine poured a clear reddish amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of carmel, earthiness, orange zest, light pine and a hint of grapefruit. Mouthfeel was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, earthiness, pine and citrus with a smooth dry moderatly bitter lingering earthy finish.

More User Reviews:
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap in a pint glass at the Skagit River Brewery in Mount Vernon.
Full head, bronze color, clear.
The taste is balanced up front with a strong citrus zest aftertaste. Not quite a hop bomb but for an American Pale Ale, it fits the bill nicely. Clearly their intention to make this a strong hop feel with moderate ABV at 7.4%.
A delicious beer that I enjoyed very much.

Photo of Docer
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at By The Bottle in Vancouver, WA

- Golden and light amber.. clear, bubbly... nice quick white head.. very standard looking.

- Huge hops.. and more grassy pine, herbal, and earthy hops.. with a light touch of caramel and biscuity grain.

- Big floral and grassy hops in the flavor.. this beer is about hops. Very robust, pine, citrus.. a whole world of hops on a light grain bed.

- Light bodied, crisp.. drying bitter hops..

- Overall a very good IPA, and different from the crowded world of IPA's.. this one really screams hops..

Photo of hopwave
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Another always on @ The Conway Muse... Transparent orange colour with small white head... much cleaner/clearer that that other skullers ipa they make.... this was quite enjoyable, much better on-tap then out of the bottle imho.... still a bit middle of the road as far as ipa's go.

Photo of Ghrymm
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

I have to give it a total failure as a IPA, missing any note of a Hop.
Right from the nose nothing stands out.

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear blonde with a nice white head, some retention, leaves a nice lace for an IPA.

S: Cat-pee on a gooseberry bush!

T: It's a bit catty, but there's some pleasant tropical fruit, smooth bitterness and the alcohol is really well hidden.

M: Smooth, moderate body has a very light hop acidity and a nice crisp finish.

O: I liked this a lot. Really easy drinker for its weight.

Photo of draheim
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a nice golden color w/ lots of little floaties in it, assuming this is an unfiltered brew. Big bright white head settles to a thin film of foam, lots of sudsy lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma is bright and floral, delicate. This is no pine or citrus bomb. Fragrant.

Taste is surprisingly bitter up front with more of the floral notes. Pale biscuity malt holds it all together with a gentle touch. There's also a sort of metallic taste, maybe from the water, that gets in the way.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, thirst-quenching. Assertive hoppiness gives it a sharply bitter finish that lingers.

Overall a unique approach to the IPA. Probably more akin to an English IPA or the original NW style IPA than the more citrusy, dry-hopped West Coast style. Enjoyable and a welcome change of pace.

Photo of mactrail
2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear golden amber in the Westons Cider glass with a dense white foam. Pleasant mouthfeel with that prickly beery sensation. There is a faint hoppy, flowery note, but not much aroma. Very thin body with only a hint of malt if you use your imagination.

For such a modest hoppy flavor, this is just ridiculously bitter. I don't even see any redemption in using this stuff to flavor a more flabby brew. All it would add is a dose of medicine. Heading for the sink now. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Skagit Valley Food Coop in Mount Vernon.

Photo of harrymel
2.11/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at jones radiator

A: copper with a finger of white, billowy foam. This falls to a skeleton quilt of the same. Spot lace.
S: English earthy resiny hops. Smells like it's gOnna be one dimensional. Not much going on here.
T: bitter. Notes of resin. Mostly bitter with biscuit and dry malts. Some astringent accents.
M; medium bodied with moderate carb. Really exceptionally dry making me want a glass of water.
O: I prefer my IPA's to have more flavor in addition to brutal bitterness. This one misses the mark. Very simple. A dry, oppressive gospel.

Photo of flagmantho
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a touch of haze and practically no effervescence. Head poured a finger of frothy ivory foam.

Smell: citrusy, earthy hops sit atop a lightly toasty, biscuity malt backbone. Not my favorite combo, but well-enough executed.

Taste: quite citrusy right up front, whereupon the biscuit-heavy malt takes over. Same notes as the aroma: not quite to my taste, but competent.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a low level of carbonation and a moderate creaminess. A little more carbonation would help a lot here.

Overall: a middle-of-the-road IPA. Dry and earthy in character, it doesn't tickle my fancy, but it is not an objectively bad beer.

Photo of waltersrj
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours: Deep caramel orange with a slightly refractive golden hue. Great lacing from the get go and a low level of soapy white head leftover and around the edge of the glass.

Nose: Caramel, pine, some sort of musty strange hop profile as well. Also, some sort of herbal spectrum of hops.

Taste: Slight caramel, slight soap, and some sort of dank, strangely herbal hops. Moderately pine like.

Mouthfeel: Pretty oily for an ipa...not near what I like from other ipas.

Overall: Decent...an okay representation of an ipa. This is on the herbal, grassy side of the hop spectrum which isn't really what I like. Ok.

Photo of ccrida
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draught at the Taphouse Grill, Gospel IPA is auburn with an eggshell head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is pretty pungently hoppy, definitely in the local, aggressive style, resins, herbal, a hint of apricot.

Taste is pretty hoppy, much more so in the bitterness department then flavor, really a palate buster, with some toffee and caramel notes from the malt.

Mouthfeel is dry, almost gritty, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. I prefer IPAs with more hop flavor then bitterness, this one is reversed, but it's still satisfying, packing a ton of flavor in not to big of a package.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a golden color with good carbonation with a nice white cap

S: Trio of grass, caramel and pine to it

T: Floral and grassy with some caramel, dry finish, crisp and good bittering

M: Medium body, easily drinkable, dry with plenty of bittering

D: Good overall

Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clear, clean medium gold color, much lighter than most of the style, with almost 2 inches of white head that had moderate retention and lacing.

The aroma was solidly citrus hops with just the barest whiff of malt in the background. The taste was also dominantly citrus, although there a bit more malt than I anticipated.

The body was a fair bit thinner than is typical. Drinkability was decent if your in the mood for a hop bomb. Overall, a fairly typical, although rather light, NW-style IPA. Worth trying if you see it.

Photo of snaotheus
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a 22oz mug

Pours initially cloudy with a huge fluffy head. Head collapses into a crunchy looking pile with a lot of lacing. It's really pretty. Cloudiness clears up a lot after the pour settles. Medium amount of slow active carbonation. Smell is hoppy, spicy.

Taste is overly bitter, not enough sweetness to support it. It's like concentrated grapefruit zest.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall, not a bad beer.

Photo of CHADMC3
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, yet transparent golden body beneath the foamy, white head which slowly dissolves to leave a sticky white lacing grabbing the glass.

Generous bitter hop aromas of floral with a hint of pine/wood and a touch of bread like malt. Hops are earthy and to repeat very flower and wood like.

The flavor is more bitter than some other IPAs I've had recently although not In a bad way. Again they are floral and woody with a biscuit malt and a very pronounced floral finish.

Medium in body and mouthfeel with a biting bitter finish.

A ver nice floral IPA with great character and a nice twist from the citrus norm.

Gospel from Skagit River Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.