Commotion - Great Raft Brewing

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 9.23%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Raft Brewing visit their website
Louisiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ldhughes3 on 12-05-2013

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 12
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Photo of SHODriver
3.53/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a nonic pint glass to a slightly hazed light orange with a finger of soapy white head that has decent retention and lacing
S: smells of citrus and pine with a little sweetness
T: taste is light maltyness that is slowly replaced with a piney and floral hop character that's a little citrusy. swallow is more maltyness with a little piney and citric hop
M: fairly light on the mouth with slightly prickly carbonation and a refreshing finish
O: Pretty solid and a well crafted offering. Not as good as some but better than most.

Photo of Mikecap
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden orange with a nice fluffy white head that fades to a nice lace.

S: Lots of spice, pine and resin, some caramel sweetness, maybe a hint of citrus. More herbal and floral in the aroma than citrusy.

T: Flavor is good with citrus notes, pine, and a bit of spice. Malt provides a good balance with just a touch of sweetness to counter the hops.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and mild bitterness. Easy drinking and smooth.

O: A real solid pale ale here from Great Raft, my first beer from these guys. Thanks again for the can Evan!

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Taste is very clean. Lots of tangerine, light pine, citrus, and toffee to balance it out. There is hop bite, but not aggressively so. This is one I would easily get a six of next time I am in the area.

Photo of Dethmutt
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My ratings are based on Commotion before the brewery changed the recipe without telling anyone... After the change I would Probably post 1's or 2's for one of my favorite beers.... they have transformed a nice APA with a full aroma and a nice hop taste, into an aroma blast and a taste that i can only compare to a mouthfull of body odor...

Photo of EagleTalon
3.27/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours to a pretty head and copper color. Hoppy aroma with spice, pine, citrus, mint and dill. Some caramel and fruit esters in the nose. Flavor is clean and light with a Belgian spiciness in there to mix it up with the malts and American hops. Good balance. Crisp finish. Mouthfeel is thin and CO2 is appropriate. Nothing really wrong with it--sure captures the zeitgeist of today's American craft beer tastes (Belgian character... Check. Piney west coast hops... Check.). Personally, it does not excite me much and does not stand out.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.6/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Raft Commotion APA has a very thick, frothy, off-white head, a clear, golden appearance, with some bubbles and tiny specs suspended throughout, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is pungent: white bread, piny hop resin, and clean water (yet, all mild). Taste is of the same elements with some sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Great Raft Commotion APA finishes tart, refreshing, and highly drinkable.


Photo of JDice20
4.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Edited for the tweaked recipe.
This beer is so smashable....Absolutely tickled I can get this great canned
APA anytime i want. Really solid.

Photo of tduecen
4.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best APA in Louisiana, one of my favorites

Photo of a0lbudman
3.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L-very clear gold with an off white head that leaves a lace and fades quick
S-a dose of hops with a pine resin base
T-you get a watered down version of hops that all the sudden hits you hard in the aftertaste with the pine resin taste that stays with you til the end
F-light body and medium body
O-a very drinkable APA that had flavor and a hop punch

Photo of mabermud
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Similar to an IPL with some earthiness...

Photo of BIN29
3.34/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy deep orange in appearance. Aroma is the strongest point in this beer. Gives you an impression of an intensely hoppy and bitter taste. Whiff of mango and grapefruit. The taste is disappointing, leaves you yearning for more. Finishes dry with moderate carbonation.

This is a light body low in alcohol moderately hoppy American pale Ale. Would taste good with spicy southern food.

Photo of tke154
5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer from my hometown

Commotion from Great Raft Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.