General Braddock's
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #314
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,389
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.39%
Reviews:
37
Ratings:
176
From:
Brew Gentlemen
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
95
World-Class
Notes: Soft and balanced, a beer you can come back to.
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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 176
Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Arrives murky with a homey color; the cap is modest and leaves a few spots

Smell: Bright and juicy, featuring pineapple, mango, guava, kiwi and orange

Taste: Pineapple and mango forward with the more subtle tones of kiwi and guava emerging; a hint of sugar cookie adds some sweetness; through the middle, the orange flavors arrive with the swallow and join with the juicier elements to drive home the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A top notch NE IPA; as good as anything from the powerhouses in this style

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a growler filled from the brewery same night.

L: Hazy, golden orange color. No more or less foamy than I'd expect.
S: Mild apricot up front with some orange as well.
T: Similar to the smell, but more direct. Impressive amount of flavor from less than 7% ABV.
F: Medium body. Pretty spot on for the style.
O: A really nice IPA with great tropical hop flavor. Very drinkable.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler filled at the brewery into a large tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, bright orange color with a finger of bright white head. The head leaves a ring of sudsy lacing before settling into a halo.

The aroma brings notes of pineapple, and a melange if citrus; namely clementines, grapefruit, and orange rind.

The flavor is a nice mix of tropical fruits and citrus: Orange rind, grapefruit flesh, tangerines, and clementines, followed by a nice wave of pineapple, apricot, and overripe mango. Finishes piney and earthy. Very nice.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry with a lingering bitterness.

Overall, a great IPA that is exploding with hoppy flavor yet retains an exceptional amount of balance. Highly drinkable and worth seeking out.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.28/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Normally I shy away from the murky, oversaturated, pillow-soft, low bitterness, fruit-forward, yada fucking yada NEIPA style - my palate took a hard turn a couple years ago and this formerly loved and coveted style started tasting like acidic pineapple juice and flat Tang.

All that being said, for reasons only the Great Beer Palate Sprit (GBPS) knows, this beer was delicious.

Spot on for the style in look, taste and feel - I actually felt Braddock had a great balance of pine, floral and fruity hop-flavor and aromatics with (to my taste) a light but noticeable bitterness. Easy to tell it was from a fresh keg because it hit all my senses with force.

Well done, but if you’ll excuse me - get off my fucking lawn, NEIPA.

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Photo of IkelovesDeb
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed at brewery. A wonderful beer that turned me on to hazy ipas. It set the standard for me for the style. If someone asked me what my favorite beer is I would answer by saying this one. Amazing and fresh.

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Photo of spf5
5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Overall as their flagship beers, it is one we always stock up when we visit Braddock.
Their wonderful stand by, May they always have on tap and in bottles.

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Photo of thebeers
3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy pale yellow-orange with a thin white head that leaves solid lacing. Clementine-like citrus in nose and taste. Pithy bitterness. Fizzy mineral water finish and feel. Tasty.

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Photo of rudzud
3.61/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JLindros for sharing this growler.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave nice lacing and a thin blanket.

S - Aromas of light malts, solid bitterness. Good light citrus, faint sweetness with a little bready notes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, decent malt sweetness. The citrus is rather lackluster, with really underwhelming bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, the body is rather light as well.

O - Overall this was a very underwhelming beer. Very generic and lackluster.

Serving Type: growler

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler redo, less than a week old, should be better than the last:
Same pour.

Nose much brighter, big citrus, tangerine, orange juice, a bit of pith, tropical notes with a little mango sherbert, orange creamscicle, pulpy pith, creamy malt and wheat/oat base, no onion this time around.

Taste brings more goodness, very creamy, wheat oatmeal thing but doesn't seem to be lactose thankfully although now I'm starting to wonder, plenty of mild citrus, like a tangerine clementine thing, a touch of mango sherbert, lots of pith and pulp, a little pine and perhaps oniony vegetal note very late and very light. Fair bitterness throughout.

Mouth is med bod, fair creamy, decent carb

Overall much better than the older growler, although not as good as most of their other IPAs I've had.

OLD REVIEW:
Growler filled 11/19 shared with rudzud

Big creamy rich 1 finger head that fades slowly, nice sticky lacing, murky apricot orange color 4.5

Nose mild tropical fruit but also dank green oniony notes, little pine resin, citrus orange zest, fruity melon papaya notes. 3.75

Taste brings mild citrus, pith, little tropical papaya, little orange, little stone fruit, mild melon note, mild bitterness, soft creamy malt, wheat oat like, h hint unripe tangerine. Finishes a little spicy hop bitterness, citrus notes 3.75

Mouth is med bod, little soft creamy, decent fluffy carb 4.25

Overall not great either, surprisingly mild, not bad just mild 3.75

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap

Pours hazy orange, white lacing for a head. Smells of orange, grapefruit, and sourdough bread malt.

Flavor of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and sourdough malts.

Medium body, tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Excellent hazy IPA, lots of good juicy flavor. Drinks easy, lots to like. Great flagship brew.

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Photo of ajm5108
4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The now ubiquitous turbid yellow pour, clinging lace. Soft stone fruit and floral notes on the nose. Delicate and elegant palate, dry mango, lemon grass, papaya, hay. Nice subtle flavors that don't hammer the tongue though it has a little bitter kiss. Excellent.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one's a beauty. Opaque bright orange-pineapple juice with thick, dense white foam leaving thick, chunky lace.

Smell is spicy peach, cannabis, pine, orange zest and rind.

Taste is refreshing orange-pineapple with spicy, sharp bite of green pine, leaning overall bittersweet.

A thin to medium body has a crisp fizz and semi-dry finish.

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Photo of stakem
3.69/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Growler into a snifter looks like I just poured a glass of vanilla pudding... A white cap appears with no retention power and leaves a bit of stringy lace.

Nose is herbal hops and a bit of citrus. It tastes quite citrusy and a little herbal bitter pity and pulpy with something like dirty melon/cantaloupe in the aftertaste.

This is medium in body with modest carbonation. Its a decent haze craze ipa but nothing I feel like I need to drink again.

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Photo of LAp
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a growler, served in a tulip. Beautiful pour - thick and orange. Faint mango on the nose. More cereal and less fruity on the palate than expected. A touch of MagoTago-like burn on the backend. Great thick mouthfeel. Excellent.

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Photo of Masonz223
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smell: juicy orange grapefruit big tropical fruit notes of pineapple candied peach mango some malty sweetness. The beer smells pretty damn good

Taste: all the things I got in the nose I get in the taste upfront citrus fruit mandarin oranges tangerine sweet grapefruit middle of the mouth you get some of that bread yeast a light malt sweetness candied tropical fruits pineapple mango peach juice that tropical fruit sweetness drives into the finish along with this herbaceous grassy quality the beer finishes dry with a pithy grapefruit biterness lingering on the sides of your tongue.

Feel: Medium body super creamy the beer finishes pretty dry. Easy drinking this is the definition of a crusher.

Overall: this might be the easiest drinking IPA I have ever had. You could crush this beer. Not as juicy as some NE IPA'S but that doesn't stop this beer from being A world class example of the style. Absolutely fantastic!

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Photo of avas
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Beautiful, murky hop juice. Liquid is a nice light gold with a twinge of orange thrown in, sitting beneath about a finger of ultra creamy just-off-white head. Lacing is thick and even around the glass, and head sticks around for gravity-defying amounts of time.

S: Complex, balanced, rounded... Whatever you wanna call it, there's a ton going on here. No single note stands out, but many are clearly perceivable. There's some candied (though not overly sweet) vaguely tropical fruit (pineapple? peach?) and spritzy citrus (lemon/lime? touch of tangerine?) along with restrained notes of pine sap and a more assertive resinous hop character. Seriously, this smells like opening a bag of fresh hops, dousing it in fruit juice, and throwing in some sugar for good measure. Pungent for the ABV, and comes out even more as the beer warms.

T: Jesus. This is ridiculous. All that balance/complexity/roundedness that was there on the nose drives this beer through the taste. My goodness. Drinks with the intensity of an 8% beer, but again, nothing overwhelms so as to keep the palate unexhausted. It's bright and zesty, with more of that lemon/limey thing and a bit of sweeter citrus juice. Malt backbone is more present than I'd expect for a beer at this ABV, but it works so damn well here, bringing in that sugary, candied fruit element and "tropicalizing" some of those fruit notes (I'm getting mango, pineapple, peach for sure). Candied fruit is further accentuated by a really nice punch of bubblegummy yeast flavor--not too much so as to throw banana esters into the mix, but just enough to pick it up. Finish has both medium sweetness and medium bitterness, the latter arriving along with a dank and resinous yet somehow clean (?) raw hop pellet note. It's not that dirty, musty earthiness I get on some beers, but more of a minty, herbaceous, lightly piney flavor. Wow.

M: Soft and pillowy with enough weight to keep you from just chugging the whole thing at once. Carbonation is medium to medium-minus... Thinking it lost something in the growler for 4 days, as others seem to suggest that the carb on this is perfect. But with growler failures aside, this is still damn near perfect. Incredibly balanced on the bitter vs. sweet spectrum without a hint of alcohol presence.

O: My second BG experience and I'm officially converted. Mammoth was good, but I felt it was almost TOO balanced. The General is pretty much perfect as far as 6.8% IPAs are concerned.. This beer reminds me of a smoother, more refined version of Citraquench'l from Heist, perhaps a bit fruitier with a more restrained resin note on the finish. Delicious.

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Photo of clayrock81
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with large head and lace ring down glass. Acidic orange juice-like aroma with a smooth acidic orange juice hoppiness and sweetness in medium body with clean finish.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Soft and creamy body. Really light. Balanced with some bitter pine alongside sweet orange and tangerine. The appearance is very thick. The flavor pops more than the nose but this is from a growler. Really impressive IPA.

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Photo of trygelski1
4.73/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750ml swingtop being poured into a Brew Gentlemen tulip glass:

Look: Pours a very hazy gold to orange color with about an inch of head. Lacing is insane with incredible retention!

Smell: Dank aroma with tons of citrus, tropical fruits, floral, and juicy notes!

Taste: Taste follows the nose! This beer is dank with tons of tropical notes like orange and mango. Juicy but not as juicy as their DIPAs. Malt backbone is very small and hop notes are present.

Feel: Medium bodied. Nice and soft!

Overall: Mighty fine IPA from the crew at Brew Gentlemen. First non-DIPA I have had from these guys and this is right up there in the same class as their killer DIPAs. I will be refilling my growlers with this one in the future!

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Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy yellow with some soft bubbles. Smell is big citrus, five alive, mango, and bright hop zest with minimal interference from the malt body. Taste is tropical fruit, orange, sweet lime, and tangerine juice with a hint of orange zest bitter at the end. Texture is smooth and soft. Great, sessionable NE IPA.

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Photo of kevanb
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a 14oz snifter glass. Enjoyed on 12.17.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a super cloudy and turbid orange color, golden hues with a big, foamy white head, two fingers tall with great retention and lace. The aroma is very sweet, lots of tropical fruits, citrus peel, juicy citrus as well with some yeastiness and cereal grains before grassy and greener hops leave a more lasting impression. The flavors pop well, loads and loads of hops, grassy yet tropical, a lot more dank than the nose foreshadowed, piney and resinous with nice sappy hop flavors and some sweeter NE yeast and doughy pale grains with some nice lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is good, coating and very creamy, full bodied and very smooth, very characteristic of the NEIPA crazy with a dry finish that has some boozy warmth.

Verdict: A very crushable IPA from Brew Gentlemen. True to the NEIPA style, lots of flavor, nice balance, assertive yet welcoming and not overly sweet as some in the style can be. Definitely as good as anything being made from Trillium or Treehouse.

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Photo of Nhens0016
3.82/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

So this beer I have had two times. I have wanted to love this beer because as a pittsburgher, I want nothing more than the best breweries in my city. First time, the beer was good. It was a NE IPA but did not have the taste and feel of a treehouse or a hoof hearted or a trillium. The hops, while great at first, fall off so quickly that the end is all malt. My buddy told me that they changed the recipe so I had it over Christmas. Again... the hops fell off my palate so quickly that I got mostly malt. This is a good beer, don't get me wrong, but I don't consider it like others do. Brew gentlemen is a good brewery though, so I don't dismiss the brewery. I just don't think this beer is on that level people are placing it.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of the better hazy east coast ipa types i have had in recent memory, thanks to my homie for bringing a few grolwers back from his PA trip, i really enjoyed the couple of hoppy beers i had from these guys, but this was the best of them, at least in my opinion. milky but not too thick pale orangey in color with a decent little white head on it. some visible carbonation, no obvious bits of sediment in here, but a uniform cloudiness alright. the aroma and flavor are great, a mix of hop varietals i would assume, but it sure seems to be citra forward, with a slightly sweet oily lemon profile in the aroma and a bit more of a tropical fruit and citrus together flavor, pineapple and orange come to mind. one of the things i really like about this is the high degree of bitterness, it packs quite the punch in the finish, which has often been the missing element in these juice forward ipa types, they run sweet and dont really finish like ipa more often than not, so while this is certainly heavy late kettle and dry hopped, i like that it also has appropriate bitterness for the style. solid body on this, somewhere just north of medium, and good bubbles too, this has a real nice feel, not as loaded and gunky as some of the hazy ones. a step or two more refined than the east coast norm, which i think is the sweet spot. awesome glass of ipa here, i am surprised they arent getting more attention or this...

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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a hazy/turbid bright orange.

Aroma is big on the tropical juice! Sweet orange, mango, guava, pineapple, citrus zest, resin, slight dank kinda hop notes too.

Taste is also insane! First sip is like a tropical fruit smoothie! Peach, sweet orange, mango, pineapple, citrus zest too! Lots going on and a slightly dank taste with a "green" hop flavor as well. Super juicy, but not just straight juice.

Medium bodied, super creamy mouthfeel, gentle/soft carbonation with a light-medium bitterness.

Amazing stuff!! Up there with the Trillium/Tree House type of IPAs!! The score seems super low for this.....

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Photo of Ron_Mexico
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Very nice North East style IPA. Aromas are Bright citrusy, Taste are of Orange and tropical pineapple. Very little bitterness very smooth and so drinkable .

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Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 176 ratings