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Tectonic Event | Great Basin Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Basin Brewing Co.
Nevada, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An ode to the West Coast style IPA made famous by San Diego breweries. A refreshingly simple malt profile makes way for a highly complex and bitter showcase of what hops can do.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of B_B
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J-Train
2.16/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Was not impressed. Usually Great Basin is good. Maybe I got s skunked batch. Fruity up front but middle and back were not tasty whatsoever

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle courtesy of rnewt pours a lightly hazed gold color with an excellent cap of off-white head. Nice retention and even better sheet lacing.

Nose is biscuity - bordering on caramel, malt and citric hops. Fairly balanced and has some earth to it.

Taste also shows a balanced side of this IIPA, grainy and light with a sharp bitter finish. It drinks really light for an 8.7%'er. Smooth too. I like the bright, citric hop notes and it stays away from pine and tropical. Goo stuff!

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

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

Photo of MonkeyBread
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this as a bomber about 4 months ago and guess I never got around to a rating. After seeing a 4 pack for an incredible price of $7.99 I had to grab this. My recollection of the bomber was that I was pleasantly surprised with expectations very low. Great Basin is a solid, older brewery but not someone I'd be itching to try a DIPA from. This is their take on a west coast style DIPA and I'm happy to say they've done a great job.

Yellow orange hue with a smidge of haze. Smells of citrus, pine, evergreens, faint onion. Not too strong a smell. Taste is a nice citrusy hop juice of orange, lemon zest complimented by a mild white cracker malt and pine sap. This a nice example of a west coast IPA. Bitterness isn't too prevalent thanks to 9% and a juicy mouthfeel. For a price of $7.99 a four pack that is an absurd steal. Nothing is as cheap as this for a DIPA and tastes this good. Having recently had Scytale from Great Basin as well, this brewery is really going to another level and putting out some quality stuff recently.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Smak_Hermann
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SirEbril
2.57/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Unbalanced and soapy. Hides the ABV but doesn't make me want to buy another. Falls flat in the face of the style, a dozen better example immediately come to mind. The color is too light, the middle note hits with an solvent-like lemon-apricot and doesn't get better. Different hops? Different dry-hop timings? I don't know, but this is a swing and a miss, for sure.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Great Basin Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy off white head that settles to a nice layer and laces well.

S: Tropical fruit jumps out, followed with citrus, some dank herbal notes, a little pine, and some caramel malt sweetness.

T: Pine and citrus, orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, a little passion fruit, dank herbal notes, a bit spicy, and nice caramel malt sweetness.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth and drinkable.

O: Very nice DIPA. This is the first hoppy beer from Great Basin that has really impressed me.

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

A: SRM 5/6, plenty of head with fine carbonation and nice lacing
S: Orange and pink grapefruit with a little resin
T: Surprisingly light and citrusy; nice hop presence. Lingering sticky resin on the finish and a little ethanol.
M: Very drinkable. Smooth and light on the palate.
O: The alcohol is disguised well; it drinks like a lower ABV IPA. Refreshing...another great IPA from Great Basin. I wish I could find more of their stuff around here. I've had this and and Icky and both were very good.

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Photo of 2GOOFY
4.41/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RBuckley73
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Docrock
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the source.

This was described to me of "more of their take on a San Diego IPA."

To my surprise I found it as good or better than most of the highly regarded San Diego DIPAs.

Clean, crisp and dry. Delicious tangerine and the lighter of the tropical fruit notes backed by just enough malt to let you know it's there, keeping the citrusy & dank hops at the forefront. Just enough pine to compliment the citrus without making this a pine BOMB, nor is this a compete citrus bomb. Not sure I'm willing to call it balanced, but it just hits on all hop fix notes for me.

•EDIT• brought home a bomber which was very good, but not quite up to what I had on tap, definitely fell short. Still very good but not near what I experienced on tap.

Best hoppy offering by far from these guys. Very Niiieeeece. I like.

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

Photo of Aldogg007
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of crnhusker
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ucsbmullet
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Schwegler
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of lordofstarside
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Bomber to a snifter, no bottle dates

Pours a dark golden orange with a finger of slightly tan foam. Pretty good retention, moderate carbonation stemming from the center of the glass. Nice lacing, looks great 4.5/5

Smells pretty good. Lots of tropical fruit and citrus held together by a sweet caramel backbone. Hints of alcohol on the finish 4.25/5

Taste follows really well. Lots of juicy tropical and citrus fruit, also a bit of pine with melon notes. Sweet caramel malt composing a robust finish. Again, just a little alcohol 4.25/5

Feel is a medium body with a wet finish. Definitely some alcohol giving a slight warming, very drinkable 4/5

Overall my favorite beer from great basin, I'm really glad to see them putting out bombers now. One word of advice- a bottle date ! 4.25/5

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Tectonic Event from Great Basin Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 21 ratings