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
greatnorthernbrewing.com

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
Ratings:
44
Reviews:
13
Avg:
3.96
pDev:
11.36%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
13
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Ratings: 44 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of Holderness
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very nice red ale that is remarkably smooth drinking given the ABV. Nice looking tan head with great retention, aromas and flavors that are primarily of oat-like roasted malts and dark bread. Wholesome

83/100

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Photo of socon67
3.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kavoom
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is my go to when I can't get an IPA. This is a truly excellent beer, easy to drink, and you find it when you can't find others. I've had it at Applebee's in Helena (always on tap), at The Great Northern hotel, Helena and the old Fusion bar restaurant. It's not my first choice as I love NW IPA's, and experimenting, but will always go to this if no new or decent IPA presents itself and at some point I could end up with this as my overall favorite MT beer.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrsqc7
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
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 LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jera1350
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

For an Unfiltered beer, it is only a bit hazy. The amber colour is attractive, the foam does a good job of hanging around.

The smell is grainy, malty, hoppy, with a distinct note of fruit. .cherry says I.

Malty taste to start with a light cherry tartness, mild hop bitterness, bready notes and finishes with biscuit.

Good Medicine is a treat to drink; not being overly hopped is the key I reckon.

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Photo of Brolo75
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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 beergorrilla
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zaphog
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Campvann
4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 5EKF
3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sporklift87
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep, clear but fine-hazed, cuprescent shade of amber. Tan head of medium retention and fine lacing. Bread aroma in bottle, caramel in glass. Fruity/tart esters. Altogether, raisin-like on the nose. Incredibly well-balanced! Bit syrupy-sweet up front, lasting through until finish ranging from watered down spirits to molasses. Bready, toasty backbone in the middle soon accompanied by winter spices, mild black pepper, and very herbal and slightly resiny/piney/rindy hop finish, though hardly bitter. Mouthfeel is also nothing to sneeze at. Medium body, watery, and medium carbonation, slightly on the prickly side but quickly turning to gulpable suds. A little on the wet side going down, but that's always nice with the sweeter and boozier flavors. Alcohol in retro-olfaction and fair amount of warmth. Way too drinkable for what it is, but mind you, that's not a complaint!

Note: This may be a "Strong Ale" but my bottle calls it a "Strong Red Ale". And it does remind me more of an Imperial Red than it does the few Strongs I've had. Also, currently 7.5% ABV, not 8%, but really; who's counting?

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Photo of bigleague
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jpuetz
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Emmyduh
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Good shit! Very nice finish. Smooth. Goes with anything.

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Photo of MjBrewhouse
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chucker17
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RenzoD
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a dark brick color with a one finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, fading to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with a good showing of a boozy aroma. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a sweeter nature with some caramel and dark fruit aromas mixed within. With a little bit of a woody and earthy hop there as well, the aroma is overall quite warming.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and somewhat sweeter taste of cherry, plum and caramel. While lighter upfront, the boozy and woody tastes grow stronger as the taste advances with the boozy being initially of a more vodka like nature, but later taking a more whisky like flavor in the end. With even more sweetness developing in the taste along with a little bit of a grassy and grainy taste coming at the very end, one is left with a rather boozy (for a 7.5 % beer that is) and moderately sweeter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the big boozy and somewhat sweeter flavors of the brew the thick body made for a sorta cough syrup (in a good way) feel for the brew, which heavily coated the tongue in all the rich and warming flavors.

Overall – Much boozier and sweet then I was expecting, but not offensive. A rather nice warmer of a brew.

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Good Medicine Strong Red Ale from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
3.96 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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