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Berkshire Good Night Irene | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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Berkshire Good Night IreneBerkshire Good Night Irene

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
On August 29th 2011, one of the most powerful Hurricanes to hit the US since 1980 rolled over New England and caused devastation and destruction that most people had never experienced. That experience pulled many people together to help with the recovery. Berkshire Brewing Company and their distributors in Vermont and New Hampshire are also pulling together with the long recovery effort. $15.00 from every case of "Good Night Irene" will benefit the local organizations which are assisting the recovery effort. This special India Pale Ale has the assertive bitterness of a hurricane and the subtle malty sweetness of recovery. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoy you.

55 IBU

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 26 |  Reviews: 13
Reviews by davewlfpckfan29:
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Brad007
4.11/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful but cloudy amber gold color into my glass. Long Trail also made an ale named after Irene.

The aroma isn't as prominent on my nose but it could be other things. What I do get is a good dose of grapefruit.

Sweet, hop nectar is the only way I can describe this. There's a good dose of biscuity malt as well. It absolutely is an interpretation of the west coast IPA.

Lingering grapefruit and biscuit malt. Slightly acidic.

I'm a lupulin loompa and I approve of this.

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Photo of Ray7233
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of sentomaster
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- golden brown with a pillowy three finger head.

S- leafy grassy, and piney with blood orange citrus. A touch of grapefruit. The nose is subtle on the hops, becoming more pronounced and tropical as it warms.

Strong malt backbone is more than moat will prefer in their IPA, I'm sure. Pale toasted cracker and caramel provide a hefty base. Leafy, herbal, earthy hops ride into a wave of citrus and pine with a bit of pink grapefruit in tow. We're talking a small New England wave though. This might say west coast IPA, and it is, but its with an east coast moderation. Creamy and medium full body. Caramel comes back around to finish with juicy pineapple, pine and grapefruit.

O- very solid if not a raging standout

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of bum732
2.64/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

S: Orange, maltiness, BBC yeastiness common in their beers, english yeast esters.

L: Slightly hazy burnt orange, dusty white head that dissipates.

T: Rich maltiness with a slightly estery and orange hoppiness. Some candy sweetness with residual candy hops. Finishes semi-sweet with a touch of hoppiness. Prominent bitterness throughout without being that hoppy.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Pretty mediocre, almost tasted old.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from the 22 ouncer on January 19, 2012. The pour is a slightly milky medium amber-orange with a delicate, long-lasting foamy beige head. According to the Berkshire Brewing Company's Facebook page, the ABV for this special edition is "about 7%" and brewed with Gouldings and Chinook hops. The aroma is vibrant and well-balanced with toasted bread, moderate hops, and sweet malts. The body is in the medium range. There is a notable bitterness in the taste but the hops do not come off as overwhelming or overpowering. It is drinkable, well-balanced, and entirely satisfying.

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3.12/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased in Woodstock Vt.

Poured into a tulip glass.

Appeared burnt orange in color, with 1-finger head. A little darker than most west coast IPAs.

Aroma: surprisingly sweet. If you tell me this is a west coast IPA, I expect assertive, citric hops. There is almost none of that in the aroma. I mainly got big notes of candied malt along with apple and cinnamon. Notes of tropical hops became just barely noticeable once I swirled my glass vigorously near the end.

The taste follows suit, but it's delicious. Tastes more like a sweet ESB. It's malty, sweet with fall-like spices, but the hops do finally come through on the finish. They're fruity, almost tropical, but not juicy. Almost more like earthy tropical fruit.

Mouthfeel is nice. Good carbonation, average weight.

Overall: I don't know whether to score this really low because it doesn't speak the language of a west-coast IPA at all, or to score it high because I found it delicious in its own way. I wondered if I got an old bottle, but I read that they were just released 1 month ago - so it's not that old. Sometimes I wonder if Berkshire's use of whole cone hops (as opposed to pellets) is the reason their beers never highlight hops in the end (just a vague guess). Despite that, I tend to love their beers. Delicious is delicious and that's all that matters. I'd buy another of these.

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3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into a nonic pint glass. Picked this up at Table & Vine. Roughly a month old.

A - Dark amber with a light khaki 2 finger head that dies quickly.

S - Like Lost Sailor, it is very heavy on the malts. Caramel, toffee, biscuits, and some light piney hops.

T - Same as the nose. Starts off with biscuits and caramel and ends with lightly bitter pine notes. Nice carbonation and slick mouth feel. Drinkability is quite high.

O - I don't understand why BBC calls it a "West Coast Style IPA" when its so malt heavy and light on the hops. Its just a bit hoppier than lost sailor, but not enough to really stand out as a superior beer. It is easy drinking though, and supports a great cause. Its also quite limited and a one off beer, definitely worth a try!

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3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Slightly hazy golden-orange. Bone white head settles to about half an inch, but never goes away. Lots of sticky lacing; it clings to the glass in rings.

S: Mango and mandarin orange are immediately obvious. Apricot. Soft pine scent in the background. Floral notes. Sweet caramel malt base underneath.

T: Pine and earthy, resiny tastes open. Leafy hop tastes pick up from there. Tobacco. Gritty, earthy yeast. Moderately high level of bitterness. Grapefruit. Some more subtle fruity, tropical hop tastes are there, but never really make it through the leafy and earthy tastes. Slight spike of alcohol carries tropical esters of pineapple in tow. Caramel malt base does more than balance, it is noticeable. Finishes with earthy, resiny hop tastes and a receding tide of bitterness and fading tropical fruit.

M: On the thicker side of medium bodied. Full and fluffy in the mouth. Moderate carbonation. A little big-boned for an IPA.

O: The bitterness and the hop tastes are there, but they don't seem to play well with the yeast strain used. A bit too malty and a touch too boozy as well.

Notes: As my review suggests, I didn't really enjoy this beer. What I did enjoy, however, was supporting a more than worthy cause. Seeing a brewery show this kind of support for the greater community and those in need makes me feel very proud to be a craft beer drinker. Keep up the good work guys.

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3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fairly bright amber orange color with off-white head, good retention and lacing.

Nice caramel and biscuit nose, but the hops are hiding?? Flavor is very balanced between orange/citrusy and earthy hops with a biscuit malt background. Flavors are well integrated, with a dry pleasant bitter finish.

Creamy and juicy medium body with appropriate carbonation.

I suppose the citrus makes this an American IPA? To me, the earthy hops and balance with a dry biscuit malt and good overall integration make it seem more like an English IPA. But what do I know? And is the style really that important? This is a very tasty beer and a pleasant surprise. I think I like it more than if it had been a standard west-coast style. Recommended!

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3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This hazy dark orange ale had very little aroma to speak of - just a hint of citrus and bread. The flavor was more pronounced than the smell. This reminded me of a BBC Steel Rail with some extra hops. It was not reminiscent of any "west coast" IPA I've had, in spite of BBC's description. The hop flavors were more fruity - citrus and tropical - than floral. The dominant theme on the palate was malt, like many other BBC offerings, with most of the hop action coming in at the end and some bitterness to finish - but not much. There was a lot of clumpy lacing left behind. This was a fine if unremarkable beer brewed for a good cause. It's worth a try. Don't expect, however, a big time hop experience.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Per the bottle: "On August 29th 2011, one of the most powerful Hurricanes to hit the US since 1980 rolled over New England and caused devastation and destruction that most people had never experienced. That experience pulled many people together to help with the recovery. Berkshire Brewing Company and their distributors in Vermont and New Hampshire are also pulling together with the long recovery effort. $15.00 from every case of "Good Night Irene" will benefit the local organizations which are assisting the recovery effort. This special India Pale Ale has the assertive bitterness of a hurricane and the subtle malty sweetness of recovery. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoy you."

This is a West Coast IPA, very fresh, and only sold in Franklin County. Was able to find a bottle of this rather geographically rare beer.

A - Poured into my Duvel a crystal clear light amber/copper hue with a dense, creamy two finger whit ehead that slumped to leave a very nice quarter inch blanket and sticky lacing.

S - Smell is rather malty and sweet with almost some banana notes and citrus (super light). Lots of dank, stale? hops with nice malty sweetness. Not assertive at all. Infact, if they had left that part out on the desciption the number would have been higher.

T - Taste too, not all that assertive. Starts off with some light malty sweetness followed by a fair amount of citrus rind. Not really bright citrus, just the peel. Almost a carboard like taste though, or maybe thats just dank. Still, its not bad, just not really all that assertive at all. Again, not living up to the promise on the bottle.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice with enough carbonation to make this nice and light and inviting. As it wamrs though it seems to fall rather flat.

O - Overall, this was a nice IPA. Now...I know this stuff was fresh, so I dont know if I got a bad bottle or what because this just didnt hold up to the promises. Still, not a bad beer from BBC, and for a damn good cause, there's just better IPAs out there.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this up a few weeks ago in Vermont. I'm a bit worried about how old this might be, the it supports a good cause so it is what it is.

A: Hazy brown pour with a nice couple fingers of thicker than average white head. A really nice amount of sticky lacing reminds you where the top of the beer used to be, and a decent number of bubbles race to the top.

S: The aroma is really malty, almost like a caramel candy with a lot of residual hop bitterness. I have to say it really isn't pleasant, and certainly doesn't have the aggressively citrus hop aroma I'd expect from a "West Coast IPA".

T: I was ready to hate the taste, but it isn't awful. This is certainly FAR past its prime, which I guess is what I get for buying this in rural Vermont. Big caramel body, but a good amount of fruity citrus curbs it really nicely. The taste seems a bit disjointed and oddly a bit boozy, which I wasn't expecting. Odd, but not unpleasant.

MF: The finish is clean, but the body is a bit heavy and the carbonation is fine. I'm having trouble assessing the drinkability, but 22oz is far too much so I'm going to say not that great. Just too far passed its prime.

O: If you have this, drink it or get rid of it. It's not getting any better.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Irene is my wife's name, so I posted an ISO, and CliffBrake was cool enough to help me out.

We split it on 3-20-12.

A - Pours a dark, clear orange with a small, almost white head with great retention.

S - Very citrusy, mostly oranges and nectarines.

T - Similar to the smell, citrusy with a pine-like finish. Some very slight carmel matls as well.

D - Good carbonation, medium body, smooth.

O - Irene! Nice balanced body and flavors. Not quite as good as the wife's.

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3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle (no "bottled on" or "best by" date, but I think it was bottled sometime in Dec, 11 / Jan 12) into a Libbey 13.25oz tulip.

A- Due to the hefty amount of yeast, it pours a very hazy, deep orange with an 1-2 finger frothy, off-white head possessing moderate retention. The presence of the yeast detracts from the appearance, but is welcome as it makes for rousing a head quite easy.

S- A fresh head emits citrus, floral and pine notes. However, biscut, pine and some grassiness dominates the nose as the head subsides.

T- Surprisingly complex. An immediate sweet, biscuty malt (I would guess Maris Otter) subsides to a pleasant citrus bitterness which then gives way to a piney/tacky finish. Nicely done and very drinkable.

M- The complexity of flavors and supportive carbonation makes for a very nice IPA. Classified as "West Coast" due to the pine-forward qualities in the taste and aroma.

O- I usually purchase in "two's" and am glad I did for Good Night Irene. My first sampling was not that enjoyable. However, the second bottle (from which I am composing this review) is a completely new experience and am really surprised with the results. A solid IPA for this beer, the cause and a tertiary reason: the price (under $4 bottle @ 7% ABV up in VT ). If you can get it, check it out as it won't be around (or fresh) much longer.

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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Berkshire Good Night Irene from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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