Ellipse | Garrison City Beerworks

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Garrison City Beerworks
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ScaryEd on 08-04-2016

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 5
Photo of KMcGrath
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ben1313
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of luvbier
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of harsley
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.75

This beer has an interesting hop character to it. Not sure how to describe it except that it was unpleasant at first. It grew on me some but I regret having three more pints in the fridge. Very watery as well with no body and extremely low bitterness for what is supposed to be an IPA. This was my third try at their beers and I think I'm done.

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Photo of gonzo000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Snoov
4.77/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very full & flavorful IPA with a touch of sweetness to it. It finishes as smooth as it starts without even a hint of bitterness in the aftertaste. It's not a beer that I would call "fruity" by any means, but there are very subtle hints of a sweet fruity flavor throughout that compliments it very well.

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Photo of Prost76
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ichorNet
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I've never been the biggest Garrison City fan, but I've liked some of their offerings here and there (fresh Anomalous is quite good, for instance) so when I saw a week and a half old can of this in the fridge at the Craft Beer Cellar location in Nashua, NH this past weekend, I figured why not give it a shot? I love oats in IPAs and I know GC tends to make very hazy, heavily dry-hopped offerings, so perhaps this could be a really good beer.

Put simply, this beer is ugly. It has very little head formation and what little ring does appear and exist stubbornly clings to life atop a completely opaque pale-orange brew, much in the Tree House/Trillium style. That's well and good, but the lack of head just doesn't sell me at all on this one. Seems to lace pretty solidly, with a thin sheen of hoppy goodness sticking around after each sip, but that's not enough to get it a solid score. I don't mind the "milkshake IPA" trend but this just seems unrefined and flat with a pallid color.

Nose is a bit better, for sure, with some lime, pine, stone fruit and passionfruit. Lo and behold, this is a Galaxy dry-hopped beer, so those big sticky and resinous notes and fruit cocktail elements are at the forefront. Kind of one-dimensional though, with a seemingly spicy, yeasty note as well. Not the biggest fan of this so far, but perhaps the flavor will impress me more?

Chalky and uneven palate with some bready malt and rough, bitter hops showing some citrus, passionfruit and dusty yeast. This would really probably be a lot better if it were cleaned up a bit. The flavors are mostly muddled and I don't feel like the oats help smooth anything out as they probably should. Somewhat spicy towards the mid palate. Finishes with orange juice, pine needles and some alcohol/estery notes despite being only 5%. A bit too oily on the tongue with a distracting, bitter aspirin-like finish that lingers a little bit. This could probably use some work. I don't really like their format either; single 16 oz cans (so, half-crowlers, if you will) for $5-7? Seems a bit expensive for what you get. Luckily, freshness is one of their strong points, so I'll probably keep checking out GC's beer when I see it and feel intrigued. This one just feels a bit more like a miss than a hit. Still kind of interesting, just feels like it might need to be dialed in a bit more.

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Photo of costanzo_mike
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendry
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dirk_Chappelle
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Can from Bert's
Hazy deep yellow color with a huge frothy bubbly white head that persists. Odd aroma, its dank almost skunky with bitter butterscotch. The taste is big sweet bready toasty maltiness with bits of resinous pine and a just a hint of diacetyl that is a bit distracting. Not what I normally expect from Garrison, a little disappointing.

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Photo of liquorpig
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ScaryEd
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a 1-finger white head. Leaves some nice splotchy lacing as the head dissipates.

The aroma is quite earthy, with strong notes of peppery rye bread, and freshly mowed grass clippings. There's just a faint hint of citrus throughout.

The taste brings cracked pepper, rye, and grapefruit. There's a touch of sweet orange lingering in the back as well.

The feel is medium-light bodied with relatively low carbonation. The oats give this beer a bit of fluffiness and graininess that make it appear more full bodied than it is. Goes down very smooth.

Overall, a very good and very interesting pale ale. The hops are definitely at the forefront here, but the malt and cracked pepper character are right there in the passenger seat. It's nicely balanced and easily drinkable. Good stuff.

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Ellipse from Garrison City Beerworks
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 15 ratings