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Going To The Sun IPA - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A true IPA that is designed to be more drinkable and refreshing than IPAs typical of the Northwestern United States. Citrus cascade flavors dominate the palate, but don’t overwhelm.

41 IBU

(Beer added by: cwguy5 on 09-01-2011)
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3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A pretty solid IPA here. I always loving comin up here to Montana and trying all this cool beer that's not available in Denver. This is a cool one. Honey colored heady brew with great carbonation and a filling medium body, hearty like Montana itself. Citrus bitter hop profile all in the finish. I love that the grain contributes so much without being caramel, much lighter than that so it's cerealy without being sweet. It lets the cascade hops really build. Finish is long and distinct. My first beer from these guys is a good one, we need more hoppy beer with this kind of lighter honey type malt balance. Well rounded and well made.

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3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours an orange-amber color with a one finger head of just off white bubbly foam. The head has a moderate level of retention, fading to leave a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of bready and doughy smell mixed with a good showing of a grapefruit hop citrus aroma. Some other aromas of a sweeter orange and light caramel are there too, along with a decent sum of a yeasty smell as well.

Taste – The taste begins a somewhat bready and doughy taste with a good showing of a yeasty flavor. There is a bit of a grapefruit hop that is present upfront, which is rather light and which grows in intensity as the flavor moves onto the end. Along with the grapefruit, comes some lighter notes of an earthy and herbal hop taste. In the end, the mix of flavors that persists, creates a rather easy going and slightly more malty and bready, but decently hopped, flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly thicker side for a brew of 5.5 % abv with a carbonation level that is average. For the citrus and bready/doughy/yeasty flavor of the brew the thicker body is rather appropriate and all the while does well for accentuating the more moderate hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – Not really a hop powerhouse but rather easy drinking and nice in its bready/yeasty/citrus/hop flavor. An easy drinking moderate IPA overall.

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3.96/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger off-white head with great retention and lots of lacing, looks nice. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus and grassy hops.Flavor is bready and caramel malt, honey, light grassy and citrus hops, finishes with mild citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied with light creaminess. I was a bit underwhelmed by the hop intensity in this, but I really like the rich malt body and the hop flavors are quite pleasant, if rather subdued for an American IPA. I was prepared for a adequate, but unexciting evening with this, but actually thoroughly enjoyed the entire bomber. It reminded me of a well made English style IPA in the hop bill, although the body is standard American. I'd have no hesitation to buy this again if I wasn't in the mood for a hop bomb. This is the second beer I've tried from Great Northern and far superior to my last one; I'll watch for other offerings.

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3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid amber body with a very rich, creamy, off-white head. Strong caramel malt aroma with a good dose of pine and citrus hop aroma. The taste closely follows the smell with a decent residual hop bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied; coarse on the tongue; dry finish.

Not a bad IPA, it's just nothing special. It's not trying to be a big west coast hop bomb, yet doesn't really grab you with any other distinguishing character. Likeable, drinkable, just not memorable...

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Going To The Sun IPA from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
85 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.