Great Lakes Hop Madness ("Quitness") - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 30 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
3.69/5 rDev -11.9%
64 ounce growler
Served in an imperial nonic glass
A - The first thing I notice is how cloudy this beer is. It was the end of a keg, so I probably have more yeast than a normal pour. The color of this beer is on the lighter side of amber. It is capped with three inches of off-white head.
S - The aroma consists of citrus and tropical fruit. There is also some bready malt that balances it.
T - It is surprisingly lacking in flavor. This is the second time I have had it, and the second time I have drawn this conclusion. There is a bitter pine finish that grows as I consume the growler. I am just not getting the citrus or tropical fruits. Hell, the bready malt is even conspicuously missing.
M - Medium to full. The sediment adds to the fullness.
O - I have to admit that this beer is a bit of a letdown. I hold Great Lakes beers in high regard. I think all of their beers are spot on for the style to downright great, aside from Glockenspiel. This beer is not bad. It is just average. I rarely get to try Great Lakes brewery only beers, but this one just left me feeling meh. I would drink Commodore Perry over this beer any day.
04-09-2013 01:54:48 | More by buschbeer
4.6/5 rDev +9.8%
I knew I loved this beer for a reason, now I know why. It looks beautiful in the glass with a nice tight white head. The smell starts of the amazingness. Citrus hops everywhere, mango, lemon, and orange peel dominate the nose. All of this translates beautifully to the taste. Semi sweet malt, but not too much. I was surprised at the lack of malt presence, but there is so much juicy fruit in play here that I dont mind. It honestly reminds of Hopslam if you take away some of the sticky sweetness.
04-09-2012 15:24:52 | More by VncentLIFE
4.15/5 rDev -1%
Had on-tap at the brewpub, December 2nd after the Cleveland-Miami game. Reviewed from notes... may have been simple notes by that point.
A: Hazy golden-orange with a bit of white head.
S: Smells of citrus; pineapple and grapefruit most notably, and a bit of pine.
T: Both of these noticeable in the taste as well, along with the beer's touted hop bitterness.
M: Not hugely different from most Great Lakes beers; medium-bodied with sufficient carbonation and a light stickiness on the finish.
D: Could easily have drank a few of these that night... enjoyed it more than Commodore Perry, and I think it could sell at least as well (under this name or another).
03-14-2011 06:29:43 | More by AwYeh
4.28/5 rDev +2.1%
Had this off cask at the Brewpub after the BA Blackout release party. Review from notes.
Quitness arrived in a snifter, a hazy golden yellow straw color. It was very bright with a tall frothy, stable head. Good lace honeycombed my glass.
Wow does this beer smell deliciously sweet! Full of citrus and tropical fruit, most notably grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Nice balancing hop bitterness as well, and as a cask ale, it has the unmistakable creaminess to it that cannot help but be craved.
The flavor is also slightly sweet. Lots of bitterness and juicy pineapple and grapefruit.
This beer is well carbonated for being on cask, but still smooth (though perhaps not as much as it could/should be).
I highly enjoyed this and look forward to having the opportunity to drink this again sometime. Nicely done GL!
01-10-2011 18:34:24 | More by Spider889
3.83/5 rDev -8.6%
as i sit and stare at a glass of this tasty beverage, i can't help but wonder,
what should i do?
should i thank neorunner for sending me a full growler? should i mention that it pours murky golden yellow and has a thin white head?
what should i do?
should i admit that it smells fantastic, like a huge mash of simcoe and the c-hops, should i admit that the pine and citrus overwhelm my nose?
what should i do?
should i remind you that this growler can be finished in one sitting? should i tell you how much fun i had drinking it? or should i tell you it is not a role model ipa? should i say that it starts bitter but ends with a tiny tiny hint of biscuit malt sweetness?
what should i do?
11-06-2010 00:52:14 | More by pitasoup
4.3/5 rDev +2.6%
I was ecstatic to pick a growler of this up at the BA Blackout release and share it among friends. This was poured from the growler at a Penn State tailgate before the Michigan game. Great beer, great game, great weekend.
A: The cap opened and the beer was literally filled to the rim, preserving the carbonation immaculately. Poured into the glass a dark copper with thin white head. The color reminds me of the GLBC Commodore Perry IPA as it is a little darker with nice caramel malts.
S: 100% dry hopped, no doubt. Definitely has that dry hop scent with fresh citrus hops with grassy and some stanky undertones. Very floral and some caramel and Munich malts make their way in as well.
T: Greatly balanced IPA. Not a bitter bomb at all, but the fresh hop quality really shines. Citrus, orange, mango, fresh cut grass. Some caramel comes through as well to balance.
Overall, a great beer with a superb name. Really glad I got to try and share this one!
11-04-2010 12:13:44 | More by treyrab
4.22/5 rDev +0.7%
Reviewed on 29 October 2010 at Great Lakes Brewing Company. It was on tap SAME DAY as the release of Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout. Glad to have this one!
Had on tap in pint glass, pours a cloudy-orange, bubbly/mediocre head retention, lacing is minimal and drips down the inside of the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, apricot, pineapple, peach, yet not in a way to make this a fruity beer -- no no. Also slight smell of pine.
This beer is supposed to "leave a bitter taste in your mouth" and it's true! (It's based around Lebron James leaving Ohio). The taste is comprised of grapefruit, peaches, and orange peel, then a sweet bitterness is left on the tongue. No hotness of alcohol, making this a 7.5% session beer in my book!
Once again, I should emphasize that these are only slight fruit flavors, and this is actually a semi-bitter IPA, worthy of being called a session beer.
11-03-2010 00:36:43 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
4.47/5 rDev +6.7%
A big thanks to treyrab for bringing this back from the BA Blackout release. We drank this up at PSU before the Michigan game. The growler was literally filled to the rim. You couldn't fit any more beer in there if you tried.
The pour is the same pretty copper amber of the Commodore Perry, capped by a thin wispy head that leaves only slight lacing. I imagine the head would be more formidable if it was poured directly from tap to glass, but this was still a very attractive brew.
The aroma is fill with floral and citrus dry hops...there is a huge grapefruit aroma that really wins me over. A light biscuity malt provides a slight background but doesn't steal the show from the citrus notes and great hop bitterness. The taste is absolutely phenomenal. At this point, I am surprised that Great Lakes still surprises me with great beers. The citrus notes develop from mainly grapefruit in the aroma to include mango, apricot and orange on the palate. Okay, so they aren't all citrus fruits. Oh well. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the fruity characteristics, merely enhancing the already great flavor rather than stealing the focus.
The feel is smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. As I mentioned before, I think that the growlering of this sample had something to do with it. All in all, this is a phenomenal beer, and the dry hops make it even more enjoyable than Great Lakes' world class IPA.
11-02-2010 02:38:41 | More by NittanyBeerFan
3.7/5 rDev -11.7%
Got to try from a growler thanks to Neorunner.
Color is a nice hazy gold with an orange tinge. Head is s nice fine white froth, but dissipates very quickly, light lacing is present. Nose is mild with a nice hop presence, slight hints of tropical fruit and apricot.
Mouthfeel is silky with a bright, crisp finish. Flavors of dried apricot with an herbal quality. Finishes dry and refreshing with hints of citrus and dried fruits.
Great balance all around, quite drinkable. Leaves you wanting more.
11-01-2010 02:24:53 | More by Tripphop
Great Lakes Hop Madness ("Quitness") from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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