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Good Medicine Strong Red Ale | Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Good Medicine Strong Red AleGood Medicine Strong Red Ale

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

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

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 13
Photo of BulletsNBeers
5/5  rDev +31.6%
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 Emmyduh
4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Campvann
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of archyquaffer
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a longneck into a shaker. The label states that the beer is a "strong red ale", with no claim of royalty. A semi-aggressive pour produces a billowing 1.5 inch head that proves quite sticky. The head is a pale tan color and very creamy looking. The beer is a deep yellowish brown with a tinge of red, and highly carbonated. A very nice looking beer.

Very light malt and hops on the nose. The flavor is pretty laid back for a strong ale, but quite flavorful. Notes of caramel malt flavors and earthy and slightly herbal hops mesh quite well. A little bit of fruity tang lingers in the finish, along with some mild nutty bitterness. The alcohol is well-hidden except for the slight bit of fruity tang at the end. The mouthfeel is creamy.

This is a very smooth and easy drinking beer- and could be dangerous, considering the ABV. Not a hop bomb at all. One of the best American strong ales that I've tried, because it lets the malt shine through.

Update note of June 2015: The label now states an ABV of 7.5 percent. I came back to this one not remembering I had reviewed it before. I bought a six pack of this at Hennesey Market for a little over 10 bucks, which I consider a bargain. Kudos also to the M&M bar (before it closed) and the Acoma bar (a class joint) for providing this beer on draught. Good good stuff (and quite dangerous).

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Photo of Kavoom
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of sporklift87
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of Holderness
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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 are primarily of oat-like roasted malts and dark bread. Wholesome


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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
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 mtboozeaddict41
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at the great northern brewery. Designated as an Imperial ale but I know for a fact that it weighs in at 8% which somewhat challanges its Imperial denotation. More of a strong red ale or American strong. Off the bat its a copper brown, extremely thick and cloudy(must be a new batch). Thin creamy pale head, little bubbles. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, bready rye and light herbal hops. Barely noticeable. Rye malt, toasted sweet malt, caramel and dark fruit. Hop bitterness is present but doesn't override it. Yummmy. Mouthfeel is exceptional, this elemant is where it nabs peeps. Medium to heavy carbonation complements large malt character while the hops creep in for an off-dry finish. Quality crowd-pleasing brew that I know the locals are fond of. Thx

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Photo of jrsqc7
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
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 Keith_R
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Volsdawg10
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of elglueckert
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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

Photo of 5EKF
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LXIXME
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Bunman3
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good medicine indeed! I enjoyed this beer on tap at the Great Northern. It pours nicely, with a bit of clingy tan head. The flavour was, to me, medicinal. It had plenty of caramel malt, faint hopping, and a herbal note that I couldn't quite pin down. The high alcohol content is discreetly masked in the bounty of tastes that hit you.

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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brolo75
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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 Chucker17
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.84/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Florida9
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is listed as an "Imperial Ale". Upon further questioning the bartender was incapable of explaining exactly what that is. I'm listIng this as an American Strong, though it could pass for an IPA. If anyone finds out anymore about this beer, please update.

Deep clear copper in color. Served with aminal bit of off white hwas that reduces to just a thin surface coating. No lacing. Aroma of sweet caramel malts, citrus and a little pine. Flavor is similar, though on the lighter side with light caramel malts dominating over the piney hops. Medium bodied. Mild to moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation.
Overall a decent beer. Was told this is the strongest beer they brew (which is pretty weak), but it is what it is. Still a pretty good beer, easily drinkable,, but far from a great one.

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Good Medicine Strong Red Ale from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 46 ratings
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