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Good Medicine Strong Red Ale | Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
Montana, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Florida9 on 08-30-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
40
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
22.53%
 
 
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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 40
Reviews by mtboozeaddict41:
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4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the great northern brewery. Designated as an Imperial ale but I know for a fact that it weighs in at 8% which somewhat challanges its Imperial denotation. More of a strong red ale or American strong. Off the bat its a copper brown, extremely thick and cloudy(must be a new batch). Thin creamy pale head, little bubbles. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, bready rye and light herbal hops. Barely noticeable. Rye malt, toasted sweet malt, caramel and dark fruit. Hop bitterness is present but doesn't override it. Yummmy. Mouthfeel is exceptional, this elemant is where it nabs peeps. Medium to heavy carbonation complements large malt character while the hops creep in for an off-dry finish. Quality crowd-pleasing brew that I know the locals are fond of. Thx

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Photo of Bunman3
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good medicine indeed! I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Great Northern. It pours nicely, with a bit of clingy tan head. The flavour was, to me, medicinal. It had plenty of caramel malt, faint hopping, and a herbal note that I couldn't quite pin down. The high alcohol content is discreetly masked in the bounty of tastes that hit you.

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Photo of juicebox
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of RenzoD
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beergorrilla
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drinkin-beeers
3.15/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Catracho5
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass

A: Pours a amber, brown red color with a white head, no head retention, slight lacing, looks hazy, low carbonation.

A: Smells tart, like raspberries, not much else on the nose, no alcohol, picking some of the malts.

T: Raisins, plum, fig, lots of malt, bread, biscuits, yeast, taste almost like a light quad, dark, sweet fruit flavors, some spice, pretty tasty.

M: Medium bodied, dry finish, could use some more carbonation.

O: Taste like a light quad, dark sweet fruits, malt, yeast, could use some more hops to balance out the malts. Definitely unexpected flavors going on in this beer.

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the antithesis of fat tire. Same theory and similar flavor notes in regards to that biscuit malt bomb and some rye zipping about. Obviously alcoholic. Rustic and unapologetic about it.

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Photo of 5EKF
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BlueMoon10
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mikexw
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent beer! When I found it in the grocery store, after a tough day at work, I thought, "Ahhh, Good Medicine, that is what I need right now!" - Wow, I was not disappointed! It has an odd rusty, yet rejuvenating taste to it. Don't listen to all that bullshit about plums, bread, peach tones, pine, lacing, blah blah blah! This is just an odd beer, and can only be described as its namesake, "Good Medicine!"

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Photo of thebigredone
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Joshpu
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of archyquaffer
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. The label states that the beer is a "strong red ale", with no claim of royalty. A semi-aggressive pour produces a billowing 1.5 inch head that proves quite sticky. The head is a pale tan color and very creamy looking. The beer is a deep yellowish brown with a tinge of red, and highly carbonated. A very nice looking beer.

Very light malt and hops on the nose. The flavor is pretty laid back for a strong ale, but quite flavorful. Notes of caramel malt flavors and earthy and slightly herbal hops mesh quite well. A little bit of fruity tang lingers in the finish, along with some mild nutty bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden except for the slight bit of fruity tang at the end. The mouthfeel is creamy.

This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer- and could be dangerous, considering the ABV. Not a hop bomb at all. One of the best American strong ales that I've tried, because it lets the malt shine through.

Update note of June 2015: The label now states an ABV of 7.5 percent. I came back to this one not remembering I had reviewed it before. I bought a six pack of this at Hennesey Market for a little over 10 bucks, which I consider a bargain. Kudos also to the M&M bar (before it closed) and the Acoma bar (a class joint) for providing this beer on draught. Good good stuff (and quite dangerous).

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Photo of Campvann
4.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Makena_Johnson
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brought home in a growler from the brewery, poured moderately into a pint glass. An inch of dark tan head matches the deep red of the brew and leaves a sticky lacing. Not too strong on the nose, save some bourbon and woodsy notes. Flavor is malty on the front side, but blends with hop bitterness nicely in the middle, and is almost savory. Finish is slightly boozy; there's that 8+% ABV! Mouthfeel wins it for me: kinda creamy but not rich enough to constitute a meal-type beer. Overall, a local weekend crowd pleaser due to the high yet palatable ABV.

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Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Urs
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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Good Medicine Strong Red Ale from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
87 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.