3rd Anniversary | Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island

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Brewed by:
Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Rhode Island, United States

Style: American Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
On April 7, we reported that Grey Sail’s 3rd Anniversary, an Imperial India Pale Lager that was brewed to commemorate their third birthday, was a huge hit and would become a limited year-round offering, with a name and release date TBA. We’re pleased to announce that the brew will be called Great Ketch Imperial IPL [8% ABV]. It’s an outstanding take on the hybrid style, which combines the smoothness of the lagering process with the waves of flavor from Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops. Great Ketch will be in four-packs of 12-ounce cans and on draft, and fingers are crossed for a June release.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 80
Photo of Flounder57
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Lemon, tropucal, grassy, herbal, citrus, toasted, biscuity, cracker, and pale malts with some lager yeast in there too.

Taste: Subtle blend of hop flavors, pilsner and pale malts, slight bitterness, a little chewy, and lager yeastines.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, lager yeast, a little chewy, slight bitterness, a little booze, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Happy 3rd anniversary guys. Looking forward to the cans up here in Massachusetts hopefully soon.

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Photo of dd43
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on draft in a stemmed beer tulip. Brilliant clarity and luminescence that the best lagers feature. Head and lacing on the low end but the flavor and aroma quickly erase any hang ups about such details.

Wonderful maltiness with a bent towards earthy and maybe even a grassy quality, pilsneresque. The citrus forward hop bill is a little surprising in that I didn't detect much in the way of the flavors typically found in citra/mosaic/amarillo type beers. Crisp mouthfeel and great bready qualities in the flavor. Bitterness is on the assertive side but really nice, highly drinkable. Malts linger on the palate but are pleasantly dry rather than sweet. Great, great beer

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Photo of brother_rebus
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Probably the closest to an IPA that ive ever tasted in a lager. Frothy, piney, hoppy carbonated goodness. Perfect "kick" of hops. No sticky dry wash. Smooth and undetectable ABV. Bravo.

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Photo of Duhast500
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1-pint can into a IPA glass.

The color is a hazy yellow/orange with three fingers of foamy white head and some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is hoppy with a light bouquet of pollen-like aroma. There is a sweetness that is there is the nose that is please but borderline too sweet and it is just at the right amount.
There is a slight grassy tone to the aroma that is mellow and is encompassing but friendly.

The taste of this beer is hoppy and really lets some of that initial hoppy flavor come out but then a true malt backbone and establishes itself and makes flavors fall in order. The malt gives you some unfrosted cake flavor that is slightly fruity and just a touch bready. The bitterness plays a part at the front of the tongue as it slaps a juicy flavor on the tip and then punches at the end just to put a period at the end.

The feel of this beer is well organized and balanced like a military strike. There is a medium feel to the bodied that really pulls your attention away and to the flavor that gives hops and malts time to shine here. There is a great drinkable feel that makes for a smooth beer that will give you a good push from the ABV.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Light straw hazy body with a thick white head. Leaves very heavy lacing.
S - Citrus, tropical, grapefruit. Heavy on the hops.
T - More balanced than the nose led me to believe. Sure the hops are a major player, bitterness is heavy, but there is some slight malt sweetness coming through. Aftertaste is some spice. Adds a little crispness.
M - Medium body, medium carb. Coats the palate and then dries it out. Bitterness lingers.
O - A very good IPL, especially and Imperial at that. Alcohol is not detectable. I'm becoming a big fan of Grey Sail, if you've liked their other offerings certainly seek thsi one out.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can. Pours a slightly hazy, yellow color. Slight, white head that does off to a crooked outer ring of forth. The second pour grows the head exponentially. It's very full and lasting. Lots of lacing. Hops are prominent but they don't jump out of the glass. It still smells quite attractive. Clearly a Lager. The yeast is noticeable. The Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra, Galaxy, and Mosaic hops are quite a squad but I feel as though they should stand out more in the aroma. That's an all star hop assortment; there should be no slouching. I enjoy the flavor more than the nose. A more aggressive showing from the hops. A mash-up of tropical fruit along with strong grassy flavors. Some soggy pineapple and apricot hops, too. Pale, cereal grain malt, and a strong Lager yeast. Medium bodied with a slight touch of alcohol as well as a fairly bitter finish. Another sweet take on to the hybrid style.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really dig IPLs. Jack's Abby seems to have a firm grasp on this style, and this 3rd Anniversary release from Grey Sail is not too far off. I absolutely love the cloudy orange appearance that dredges up memories of some of my favorite IPAs. The head is prominent, retains fairly well, and leaves some sparse lacing on the interior of the glass. The nose is a myriad of citrus, and light bready malt. It's not exceptional, but it's not bad either. Perhaps (a bit) unbalanced. The taste mirrors the nose, but I'm getting additional notes of kiwi and cherry-flavored Starburst. The feel starts out buttery and finishes abruptly dry, with a definite feel for the alcohol presence. I am not in awe of this beer by any means, but I do believe that it's another solid addition to Grey Sail's resume. Worth a try.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.07/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can served in my Grey Sail shaker pint. Pours an orange-gold hue with a slightly hazy clarity and a loose, 3/8th inch off-white head. Head eventually settles into a consistent soapy cap with spots and trails of lacing revealed as the brew recedes. Nose is fairly subdued - citrus rind and slightly grassy quality. Taste consistent with nose; however, there's also a light herbal/earthy bitterness that reveals itself towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a prickly carbonation, a slight gassiness and a mild acidity. Overall, a very nice example of a style I've grown to like very much. Hopefully we'll see this beer again and that this is not just a one-off.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 12/1/2014 at Track 84 in Warwick, RI, served in a snifter glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, lager yeast, citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of hops bitterness followed by some citrus sweetness and touch of an alcohol sting. The malt character is on the thin side but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are definitely others in the style that I would choose first.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz Tall Boy. Pours a semi translucent burnt orangey yellow color with a 1/4 inch of head. Some lacing. The aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Orange, grapefruit, mango, lime and slightly floral. The taste is lots of grapefruit and lime followed by some warming alcohol and bitterness. Slightly floral at times but its mostly the citrus hops. Finishes with some lemon and lime. Lightly toasted malts. Mouthfeel is slightly dry with a lot of carbonation. Overall, outstanding beer.

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3rd Anniversary from Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 80 ratings