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

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Going To The Sun IPAGoing To The Sun IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

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

Added by cwguy5 on 09-01-2011

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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 118
Photo of jrsqc7
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent head leaves patchwork lacing. A sort of golden brown like Cadillacs and Lincolns of the late 70s and early 80s.

Generously malted with fruity hops poking thru a general light bitterness. Very well balanced!

Smooth, too. Appropriately so given the malt characteristics.

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Photo of stevoj
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Albertsons. As the description says, not a big, overwhelming hoppy IPA, nicely balanced, which makes it an easy drinker. Tasty malts coupled with mild hops. Really good!

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This interesting IPA stands out from the rest with the beautiful artwork on the label, but has a smooth and subtle taste and feel with light carbonation and hints of fruit. Not enough hops for my taste, but these go down easy and are light and refreshing.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I visited a buddy in Montana and brought this back.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. Light lacing runs nicely around the glass.
The smell starts off with a sweet caramel malt and then some citrus and earthy hops combine with a light grassiness.
The taste was moderately sweet leaning on the caramel malts and bringing about a light biscuity sweetness to it. There's a light sweet caramel aftertaste and a balanced dry finish.
The mouthfeel was about light to medium on the body with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation runs fairly light with a good bitterness as an AIPA.
Overall, it's a good AIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of KensWorld
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks John for bringing this and others back to Florida for me to enjoy. Pours a nice Amber with good amount of head. Great hilly retention but absolutely no carbonation, Weird. Smell is almost non existent. Taste real good but weak for an IPA. Easy drinker but not as aggressive as I expect from out west. I see from the description that this is what they were after so I have to say very well done but not to my liking. Good beginner IPA. 3.75

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Photo of Bunman3
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a growler of this before heading to our campsite at St. Mary, the eastern terminus of the Going to the Sun Road. I must admit that the setting definitely upped the "feel" score. This is a decent IPA - nothing special or amazing, just tasty and well balanced. I can see why IPA snobs might turn up their noses, but for me, drinking beer is all about time and place. I enjoyed this at the right time, in the right place.

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Photo of josiahschlender
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a fun gift my brother brought when he visited from Montana.

Great looks from this beer. From the Glacier national park themed label to the perfect clarity rich golden amber color. Nice head leaves a healthy amount of lace.

Pleasing predominantly citrus aromas, with some malty sweetness and even slightly grassy/earthy that reminds me of noble hops in a good Pils.

Flavor is balanced for an IPA but shouldn't be mistaken for a pale ale. Mellow caramel and biscuit malts with the citric and pine hops there but not overpowering. Medium to low bitterness for the style, with a semi-long finish and slick mouthfeel.

A nice and balanced brew that I would buy on occasion if I could find it in Oregon.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Received a six pack as a gift while visiting in-laws in Montana.
Copper color, quickly-dissipated head but holds a good carbonated mouth feel. Pine scent rises from bottle when cap is popped off. Up front a pretty mild caramel malt taste, slight resin, orange peel taste really hangs on the finish. Flavors become much more defined as it warms. It's a pretty standard IPA. A good effort. Definitely give it a try.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours clear orange.. Short lived white head.. Nose is fruity hops with a fair amount of toasty/pale maltiness.. Flavor seems a little spongy.. soft hops and soft maltiness, neither of which combine to make a great IPA.. Perhaps a decent pale ale.. Lighter than needed bitterness to put a stop to the weird fruity element... Decent drinkability for one glass, I won't buy one again until I am again in Montana.


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Photo of Hugh37
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Mediocre ipa. Pours amber with thin white head. Nose is very light, smells of sweet malts and grass, and maybe some citrus. Taste too light and sweet for an IPA; further diminished by the light body. Malty, earthy, grass, some light citrus with a light resin on the aftertaste.

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Photo of GregJ
2.93/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden amber with thin white head. Scent is very light, smells of sweet malts and grass, and maybe some citrus. Taste is also light which is further diminished by the light body. Malty, earthy, grass, some light citrus with a light resin on the aftertaste. Mediocre ipa.

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Photo of Lobina
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had to edit my original review. First time I was on the backend on a ton of beers. This is a very refreshing IPA. Doesn't blow away the taste buds with hops. Good balance and very drinkable. Seek it out if you are in Montana. Worth it for sure.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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, but certainly not life changing.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of beergoot
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
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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Photo of archyquaffer
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a sampler. A moderate pour produces a creamy, frothy and billowy head that threatens to overflow the glass. The head lasts well, coating the top of the beer and the sides of the glass. The beer is a pale amber color with medium carbonation and is hazy.

Plenty of aromatic hops on the nose. The taste is quite unique, with most of the flavor provided by citrusy and spicy hops with a bit of something extra that I can't put my finger on- perhaps some malty flavors shining through. A hint of a sweet, candy-like taste to balance the hoppiness.

This is a very tasty IPA and probably a bit lower in alcohol than most. It's pretty easy drinking for an IPA, and probably just exceeds the bitterness of a typical west coast american pale.

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4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer! Nice amber color,good foamy head,right amount of carbonation.Great citrus smell,medium thickness,medium creamy dry finish. Good hops smell and taste.The new art work that is on the bottles now,not shown on BA review pix is killer,very retro 50's looking. Can't wait to have another one of these!

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Photo of Sark
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz bomber

Appearance- a hazy burnt orange, hmmm didn't realize it was unfiltered, slow pour still yields a good finger and a half creamy light beige head that craters down

Smell- good citrus notes from what I could only guess are centennials, grapefruit hints over a light malt undertone, not overly invasive

Taste- mild sweet start, a hint at an amber, mid palate and back mouth bitterness, flavors are completely separated however

Mouthfeel- Medium-light bodied with carbonation crisp, a bit of a watery feel, finish leaves partially dry sensation

Overall- The appearance and smell led me on but the balance and feel of the brew just didn't have me interested after a half pint. Perhaps a bit more to the grain bill would help.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank out of a 22oz bomber on $3 bomber night, yuh.

Appearence from memory is a solid cloudy gold with a hint of amber. Anyway, the nose is huge citrus with a lot herbacious qualiteez. Taste: straight forward quintessential IPA in my experience. Nice bitterness, citrus and grapefruit great carbonation makes this beer very drinkable. In fact, this beer has been the culprit of many brown-outs(not yet blackedout but almost there eh). Finish is bready yeast but still fruity, not unpleasant. Overall I was never impressed and never offended, sometimes hopheads just need hops and for those feenin the GTTS IPA is a noble choice.

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Photo of Jellopants356
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark amber. Thin white head with a fair amount of lacing. Smells of hops and citrus. Mmmmm.... Full bodied hops with a citrus finish. Nice mouthfeel, a little fizzier than most, which i like indeed. Nice aftertaste as well, the refreshing citrus continues and readies the palette for more. Overall a really nice IPA that I would recommend to anybody visiting my home state of Montana. Really a diamond in the rough.

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Photo of Florida9
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy orange-amber in color. Forms a substantial, off-white colored head that has excellent retention and copious lacing.

S: Aroma is a bit subdued, but what is there is rather inviting. Mostly citrus and orange, with hints of lemon and a touch of pine. A little bit of caramel malt in the mix.

T: Taste is similar to the aroma. Mild to moderate caramel maltiness, orange, citrus, and a light touch of pine. Clean tasting. Finishes with more citrus.

M: Light to medium bodied; a little light for the style, but the ABV is on the lower end as well. Medium carbonation. Mild bitterness.

O: I had this one several times while in Montana. Review is from a bottle I picked up at the brewery and I can say this bottle is far better than the one I picked up in St Mary. Also had on tap twice, but I've got to say this bottle is the hoppiest of the bunch. Overall, a decent IPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thick, foamy, white, three-finger head. Brew is slightly hazed golden-red color. Decent waterfall esque lacing.

Not much hop forwardness... Caramel, earthy, and centennial hops stand out.

Very light and sessionable. Not overly bitter or sweet a great balance of both. Bready, earthy, smooth, wet, and refreshing. Light orange, apple, mango, pine...

A very nice "hot day" type IPA. Recommended, but not worth seeking. A fun brew for Glacier to sell in their phenomenal park. The park on the other hand is definitely worth seeking.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy burnt orange sunset with a constant rising stream of bubbles leading excellent retention of the frothy white head. There is spotty lace. On the nose there is orange citrus, toffee malt, and some measure of the deep pine aromas that permeate IPAs up here. In the mouth there is less bitterness than I would have guessed given the nose, being balanced by the biggish malt notes in the beginning, but as it finishes the bitterness fades back in. The body is medium light, just about right for a small-heft IPA like this.

Overall, this is a fine brew, the second more or less unknown IPA from this region I've had this week that to me have been pretty outstanding.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to NWNewhouse for this one! My first added beer. Yay! Poured from 22oz bottle into Jackie O's munich glass.

A - one finger off-white head dissipated into ring and what looks like a profile of Elvis in the middle; amber color with slight cloudiness
S - lots of sweet caramel and bread with some aromatic hops in background
T - toffee and yeast up front with bready malts coming after; not as sweet as aroma suggests; any sweet fades very quickly leaving a somewhat bland bitter hop finish with a little herbal honey(dry though)
M - medium-high fine carbonation; leaves a long drying linger especially on sides of tongue; just a touch of solvent alcohol towards end
D - not really special in any category; could use a bit more character in the hops department; not sure if i could taste the dry-hopping of the "rare glacial hops."

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