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Massive IPA - Great South Bay Brewery

Massive IPAMassive IPA

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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.13%

Brewed by:
Great South Bay Brewery visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2010)
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Photo of break516beatz

New York

3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Went to the GSB brewery with a few friends the other day and picked up a growler of it to take home and try.

A -- Nice amber brown color. About a finger-wide head that dissipated quickly.

S -- Piney hops and some citrus tones.

T -- Some citrus on the front end -- lemon, orange peel, etc. The piney hops hits you on the back side.

M -- Medium carbonation, which is exactly what I like. There's a creamy texture to it.

O -- I was expecting a bit more from this brew but it isn't bad. I'd recommend it to friends and would pick up another growler from the brewery but it's not something that I "must have" in my refrigeration.

Serving type: growler

12-23-2013 23:01:56 | More by break516beatz
Photo of Tschnab

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- a golden orange hue with two inches of white foam and a scattering of thin lace.

S- grapefruit and pine mostly, a tiny malt presence brings out some doughy quality.

T- Sweet citrus juice and bitter peel, the finish is pine and some lemon, with a bready malt faintly in the background.

O- A very solid ipa here, and it is great on tap. I had it side by side with another ipa and Massive didn't hold up because of a thinner mouthfeel and less pronounced flavors. But don't get me wrong, it is a solid ipa.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2012 14:33:57 | More by Tschnab
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a brownish hue. The head is dense with good retention, settles into a chunky ring with some lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of a sweet bready malt with some brown sugar and honey notes. Not a sickly sweet aroma, which is nice. The hop aroma brings some grapefruit and orange notes. A touch of pine. Not a strong hop aroma but it is a nice profile.

The taste has more of a piney hop flavor with some grassy notes. Not much citrus or floral notes. The malt is bready and sweet, good base for a hoppy brew. Its a good bitter profile but not so much on the hoppy flavor.

Moderate body with tingly carbonation. Lightly bitter on the palate due to the good balance from the malt. Finishes with a slightly dry hop bitterness.

Well made IPA just not quite flavorful enough for my liking.

Serving type: growler

03-24-2012 22:15:55 | More by Gmann
Photo of Thorpe429


3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate golden color. Slightly dark with a white head and a bit of lacing. Nose is some citrus hops with some orange and grapefruit rind. Pretty good. The taste is a bit more malty without too much of a hop presence, although there is some light citrus there. Light to medium body with slight bitterness. Drinkability is pretty good as this doesn't stray too far in any one direction, but this is also what keeps the flavor a bit plain.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 17:22:19 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear yellow in color with some hues of orange and a light amount of visible carbonation. An aggressive pour resulted in a finger and a half high light beige colored head that took a long time to settle down, eventually leaving a thin film of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel malts are present in the nose along with strong notes of citrusy hops and hints of pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has prominent flavors of caramel malts, except that the pine resin hops stand out in front of the hints of caramel malts. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: In this day and age, this beer stands out among most of the other IPAs in that it is a malt-forward beer but isn't overly sweet because there is also a good balance in the form of a heavy dose of supporting hops.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 02:34:07 | More by metter98
Photo of h2x21

New York

3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very good, hoppy beer, however not overly hoppy where you can't enjoy what else the beer has to offer. I drank one from the bottle and the rest from a rounded "Leffe' glass which allowed a nice full smell. If you like hops and can appreciate a hoppy beer that allows its other characteristics to come thru, give it a swig.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 00:22:09 | More by h2x21
Photo of beerloserLI

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out a nice golden color.

Not much of a nose to it. Slight citrus and a sence of the hops.

The taste is nice and comes off really hopped out. Some pine and citrus notes flow with the hops and the finish is nice and smooth. One of the better single ipas that you'll find on Long Island.

I really hope these guys start to offer some bottle/can forms of their brews soon.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2013 04:12:12 | More by beerloserLI
Photo of Johnnyhitch

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This guy needs a new review.

GSB has been going thru a huge expansion at a new spot in north bayshore and the tasting room seems to be near completion with 8 tap offerings at the moment and another 3-5 empty shanks on the wall.

Massive is a great IPA. The recipe seems to have changed over the last couple months and it makes me appreciate GSB as a whole. Taking a proven recipe and tweaking it towards the customer is always the best idea. As a brewer i brew for me, but the consumer is always in focus. GSB displays this with there continued stride towards new and improved beer.

Catty simcoe aroma, subdued, not in your face like field 5 which adds to the balance.

Light Body with some astringency, its only downfall.

Easy drinker any day of the year with lush citrus tones, my first sampling of this was pretty meh years ago. Mayb my palate has grown, but i think GSB has gotten into gear and are starting to pump out some serious beer.

Cheers to Rick and the gang!

Serving type: on-tap

12-13-2013 01:57:58 | More by Johnnyhitch
Photo of gskitt

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Have had this many times on tap. Nice pale gold color with lots of fluffy head and lacing. Smells of piney resin and almost sour grapefruit. Tastes of resin and grapefruit, citrus really comes through. Dry hops has some bite but adds some sweetness. dry hoppy mouthfeel and some might find it sticky. Can be drunk, but as for me, i'm drinking stouts now, I'll re-visit this iPA in the spring.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2010 18:41:59 | More by gskitt
Photo of iRoy

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crazy hops on deck with a sick ABV. Definitely hits you good after you finish a Growler like I just did. But yeah, solid golden appearance with a hoppy taste. Somewhat bitter aftertaste but the hops hide the ABV pretty good. It's pretty drinkable if you don't mind the bitter aftertaste. Taste some heavy citrus that adds to the drinkability, at least for me it does. Strong Island breweries FTW. Not crazy for it, as I've had hoppier tastier brews but they did a damn good job for a small local brewery. Great beer to have with food and I will most definitely be having it again due to availability in my area.

Serving type: growler

02-24-2011 04:35:00 | More by iRoy
Photo of cavedave

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Live review. Big thanks to doomXsaloon for the gift of this fresh bottle.

Looks filtered, which I normally score down,, but it is a beautiful gold, topped by a massive, off white head that only gradually shrinks to a lasting cap, leaving slathers of clingy lace. Truly lovely.

Hints of tart yeast play with citrus hops and light bitter, and are carried into the land of perfume by some righteous grainy sweet.

Full flavor, with some of the super clean bitter hops leading the parade, with pine, herbal, grapefruit pith, lemon, all consorting across the palate with intensity and grace..

Very viscous, nice med. carb, crazy intense finish for style. A bit of a rooty build up as it goes, but considering the amount of hops, and I assume extract, it is pretty clean for it all.

Reminds me of Hop Czar. Yeah, that good. Nice things coming from Long Island finally.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 23:51:50 | More by cavedave
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer name/Brewer: Massive IPA Great South Bay Brewing, L.I. N.Y.

Serving info: Growler filled on Long Island

Pours: typical darker honey amber, chill haze

Lacing: Very fine and quality looking lace, leaves ample tiny bits around the glass

Head: moderate head development, staying a short while, before going to a nice looking tiny bubble film and slight collar

Sniff: Bready malt/resiny hopped up nose

Body: Full bodied and quite smooth, adding to the continued theme here of quality and enjoy ability

Flavor notes: Tasty IPA, grapefruit and resiny hops doing the heavy lifting. Ample malt under carriage adds to the package. Quite worthy creation, hopefully expanded NY area distribution will get this one more out there and into the hearts, minds and bellys of the BA community. In the mean time, its well worth giving this one a try..

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 16:51:43 | More by Billolick
Photo of BlurryVisi0n

New York

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served unto a pint.

Appearance: golden amber, head was roughly 3/4" off the body.

Smell: slight floral, but comes off light.

Taste: amazingly complex, floral, piney, caramelly...absolutely no complaints in this department.

Mouth: medium to heavy, smoother than a stick of butter.

Overall: you know what, I want to buy a case of this, this is a great everyday IPA, only thing missing is a football game and a cigar.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 20:57:27 | More by BlurryVisi0n
Photo of socon67

New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried from a sample at Beer City in North Babylon, NY
A - Orange with a little foam.

S - Notes of pine, citrus, and of course, hops.

T - Crisp, with some sweetness that gives to a hopy finish.

M - Enjoyed this one. Refreshing, and with a raspy finish.

D - This is a solid drinker. Nice brew to watch the time go by.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2011 20:36:25 | More by socon67
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark in East Northport, NY: pours hazy copper color with a creamy 1 finger tan head that faded and left a creamy oil slick-like layer on top and layers as it went down.

Smells of big hops up front with the aroma hitting my nose from a few inches away, with a mix of citrus hops, grapefruit, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, floral hops, herbs, piney hops, caramel, light spices and a sweetness like brown sugar; very hoppy nose that remains juicy and fresh smelling throughout, but has very little balance which is fine for me as I love a fine smelling hoppy IPA.

Tastes very hoppy, with citrus hops, grapefruit, papaya, orange peel, pineapple, lemon, floral hops, herbs, piney hops, caramel, lightly toasted grains, buttery crackers, sweet malt, mint, tea leaf, light spices like pepper, cinnamon and coriander, and a sweetness like brown sugar or syrup towards the end; light bitterness, which is surprising based on the big hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is creamy and oily slick, with a medium body, average carbonation and a slight bitter finish. This beer completely hides the ABV and is on the sweet side, but still pretty good overall.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 04:00:58 | More by CHickman
Photo of steelerguy

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gold color, nice carbonation, big frothy white head that leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Lots of resinous smelling hops, citrus and pine. Slighty sweet malt aroma.

T - Citrus from the hops comes through first with a touch of pine, followed by a simple but nice malt backbone. Tastes like a lot of 2-row with some very light crystal malt that gives the beer a sweetness.

M - A little less attenuated than most American IPA with a moderate mouthfeel, but not unpleasant.

D - Lots of hop flavors balanced by some nice malt flavors makes this an easy drinking IPA. Does not kill you with bitterness on the finish, great job by a new comer.

Serving type: growler

12-16-2010 02:00:41 | More by steelerguy
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on draft into a pint glass.

Appears golden or light brown. Slight head that remains intact.

Smells buttery and slightly hoppy.

Tastes ok but not hoppy enough. Expected a little more

Mouthfeel is nice. Fresh up front with a slight bitter finish.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2011 23:41:21 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured predominantly piney hops with a round sweetness.

The taste consisted of an upfront spicy pine punch with a supporting grainy sweetness and some faint butterscotch. There was a considerable residual hop spice noted. The malts were a bit thin however.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style with a lingering piney spice.

Overall a tasty hop bomb. Could use a bit more bulk however.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2012 01:17:02 | More by plaid75
Photo of bonbright7


4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After pouring this dark golden IPA into my merlot glass to observe its interesting features, I noted the strong aroma of a grapefruit type of hops and swirling unique malt characters I noted later in the taste. The first taste was a vocabulary lesson in hops and as I slowly tasted more of it, the spicy taste seemed to change its personality to illicit more fruity esters which I would usually attribute to heavier double IPA names.

Like a circus bear riding a small bicycle, the Massive IPA packed a large taste that did various tricks as its slowly warmed up in my glass. I was impressed with its volume and weight as I thought it paired well with sharp cheddar cheese and would make a good beer to tailgate with in the company of good friends.

Serving type: growler

11-01-2010 00:48:54 | More by bonbright7
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

4.61/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I am not usually a fan of IPA , this one may convert me.

No particular aroma. Pours a nice light orange amber body with a decent light beige head. Head retention is good and laces the glass accordingly. Taste is a mild citrus with a good bitter tang. Not as "medicinal" in the aftertaste as I've found in other IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2014 23:32:49 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Massive IPA from Great South Bay Brewery
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