John Brown IPA
Great Adirondack Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,094
Ranked #9,439
4.05 | pDev: 9.38%
Great Adirondack Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Notes: Named after the abolitionist John Brown, this classic American IPA shows a smooth malt backbone that supports a generous amount of citrusy, piney, dank hops. This is a go-to IPA for the true hop lover!
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Bluecrow from New York

3.77/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

-hazy golden tap pour with a 1.5 foam cap and a sharp hop aroma. The flavor is crisp and pine forward. The hop bitterness is moderate to high. The finish is a bit dry.

Feb 19, 2020
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great Adirondack Steak & Seafood Co. "John Brown IPA"
on tap @ The Local Pub & Tea House, Sarasota Springs, NY on 8 June 2016

Notes: Listed at 6.5% abv. Hazy deep amber/copperbody beneath a finger-thick head of off-white. Average head retention and lacing - probably a non beer-clean glass from the bar. Bright aroma of soft pine & citrus over a caramel malt base. The flavor follows and it's well-balanced leaning towards maltiness but with a solid bitterness to anchor it. The malt lingers in the finish, fading to reveal spicy/piney & citrusy hops.

Jun 18, 2016
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chrishiker1409 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours a golden amber with a thick two fingers of white head. It lingers leaving some nice thick lacing caked all the way down the glass.

S: Citrus, Pine and floral notes. It's incredibly fragrant.

T: Follows the nose with a bit more pine. It's fairly bitter but in a great way.

F: Moderately carbonated, medium body.

O: An excellent IPA and well named. Been wanting to try this one for a while. It went great with the duck wings.

Jan 05, 2016
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T-34-85 from New York

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Now listed as an IPA (about time) by the brewery. This is a pretty stiff IPA with an excellent hop aroma and a very present and sharp hop bitterness. If you're a hoppy IPA person, this is a great beer.

Sep 09, 2014
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

flirting with an ipa here, this well hopped American pale was one of the better beers at this downtown lake placid establishment. it pours a brassy color, clear, with a small white head but excellent spider web lacing. I am told this is citra hop heavy, and I want to smell that, but I really don't. I smell more of am oily bitterness, west coast stuff, cascade or Columbus maybe, not citra, but it still smells lovely. the taste is clear and crisp, almost like a hoppy lager in that way, full flavor quick finish. assertive bitterness from the hops, especially in the finish, but again I don't hardly pick up the characteristic citra profile that I was told to expect. instead its another oily bitter type, lacking nuance but serving its purpose. fuller bodied is a drawback in this instance, but the carbonation is there and a pint goes down well enough. just a tiny bit off the mark in terms of hop complexion for me, but a tasty brew nevertheless. also love the namesake, john brown, what a legend, buried nearby

Sep 19, 2013
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very good beer.
Clear amber color, a desent size foamy head that lingers on and on with plenty of lacing. Well carbonated too.
The beer is quite aromatic with pleasent aromas of citrus, pine and floral hops.
Taste was refreshing with loads of hop flavor. Plenty of malts too, to round out and balance the hops. hops have a citrus and pine flavor and malts are rich and bready.
Runs over the tongue with ease and is quite smooth.
Overall i gave it a 5 because it excelled in all catagorys. It was fresh and it looked like you wanted to drink it. Smelled great, tasted great, slightly bitter aftertaste.

Aug 18, 2012
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Adirondack Brewery in Lake Placid, N.Y., on June 28, 2012. Draft into pint glass. One finger of head when I got it. Pale, see through color. White frothy lacing with good retention.

Smelled lemon citrus hops. Wet cascade lime. Pine and soapy.

Tasted similar to the smell with more bitterness. Lemon, cascade, wet, icy, pine.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Smooth, bitter finish. Somewhat refreshing.

This beer had its moments but wasn’t too spectacular overall.

Jul 10, 2012
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tobelerone from New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A gold/copper colored beer with nice clarity. Moderate white head that settles down fairy quickly; good lacing on the glass. Strong aroma of citrusy cascade hops, grapefruit and pine, grainy and lightly sweet malt.

Flavor is also very hop forward, showcasing the cascade prominently. Again there’s a grapefruit and pine resin flavor balanced by some gentle caramel malt sweetness. Overall very much in the west coast style.

Medium bodied and carbonated; finishes fairly dry. An easy drinking and well-made pale with bold hop flavor and aroma.

Jun 05, 2012
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bylerteck from Canada

4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Filled yesterday by my loving and enabling Father on my parents' trip to Lake Placid. From notes.

A - Poured a light to medium copper colour. Good carbonation. One finger of slightly off white head. Bright. Lines of lace and a film of retention.

S - Generous citrus notes. Bread and Prickly pine. Lot's of citrus dominating the aroma.

T - Biscuity. Very citrusy. Bread. Heavily hopped. More balanced than the aroma but still hop forward. So pleasant.

M - Light carbonation, medium body, fairly nice bitterness.

O/D - Closer to an IPA. Tastes great. Well put together. Awesome to drink, I couldn't make it through the whole growler but hell, I would if I could stay awake after work. Nice stuff.

Sep 28, 2011
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FeloniousDrunk from New York

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler of this from the brewery in Lake Placid, NY. When poured into a pint glass, I get a nice clear almond-brown color with no major head (though the pour was a touch off) and a touch of lacing.

Smell is hop-forward with some nice floral/pine notes. The back of the aroma has some crystal malt notes that sweetens the nose a bit.

Flavor is hoppy for a Pal Ale, yet well-rounded and pleasant for even the hop-averse. It starts out wi

Jan 24, 2011
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soju6 from Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On Tap the the Great Adirondack.

A: Served a clear copper color with a head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Has a clean citrus and fresh grain aroma.

T: Crisp clean citrus taste and a good bitterness with a cleam finish.

F: Fairly medium body, very smooth with a well hidden ABV. Very well balanced brew.

D: Easy to drink and goes down easy. Have to give this brew an edge over the UBU. Best beer I've had while traveling in upstate New York.

Sep 19, 2010
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BeerPhan86 from New York

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'd just like to say that I think this restaurant makes FAR better beer than the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery (although I frequent both places). Just hoppier, stronger styles that are more up my alley and in my opinion more flavorful and worth the money. This is one of my favorites of theirs and it is always on tap.

A- Clear copper gold in color with minimal head. Good lacing on what's there though.

S - Plenty of fruity hops and sweetness in the nose. Definite notes of citrus (mainly orange) and perhaps apricot.

T - Peppery grapefruit hops up front that rides into a malty and slightly bitter earthy finish. Fantastic APA. You can distinctly taste out the heavy use of Cascade hops

M - Somewhat oily and slick, with low carbonation (not surprising for a growler that's been sitting in my fridge for two days).

D - Very well balanced and sessionable. Perfect party beer for me.

Overall, this is a fantastic APA. Most people come up here and order Ubu after Ubu, and while I love Ubu, if you miss out on this place when you visit up you've missed out on the best beers in Lake Placid, maybe the entire Adirondack Park. Give them a shot, what have you got to lose? The food is fantastic too!

Aug 28, 2010
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WesWes from New York

4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an outstanding hop aroma that's full of citrus hop character. It's also well balanced with a full lineup of pale and Carapils malts. Wow, what a hop nose on this one! The taste is great as well. It has a near perfect balance of malts and hops with a bit more weight in the hops department. It's got a big bitter bite that's great all the way through the finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a top notch APA. Again, the hop character is really special here; a damn fine beer.

Sep 18, 2009
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deereless from Colorado

4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark gold in color, a swirl of foam off a hard pour, having been poured out of a growler I am not surprised by the relatively low carbonation and the lack of lacing - 3.50, S: The nose indicates a very generous use of hops and if my memory serves me correctly - the menu indicated that this was dry hopped, smells are mostly grapefruit and pine which seem to suggest that Cascade played a part in the aromatics, without knowing any better I would have guessed this was an IPA rather than a APA, overall a wonderful nose - 4.25, T: Some puckering grapefruit on the tongue, very citrusy and with some grain flavors, malt usage is balanced nicely with the bittering hops, slightest hint of butterscotch or caramel in the background - 4.25, M: A touch resiny causing the slightest bit of graininess - 4.25, D: I dig this beer, in fact I had it in the sampler at the restaurant and was compelled to buy a growler which I am know enjoying. Extremely drinkable. If this is the Pale Ale, I'll have to make a point of returning when they have an IPA - 4.50

Jul 29, 2009
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thekevlarkid from Maryland

3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the pub this APA was a clear, light amber color. The one-finger head displayed moderate retention and left spotty lacing off the thin collar. The aroma had a good hop profile, pine, citrus and some herbal notes. The flavors were spot-on, pleasantly bitter but balanced. I tasted citrus rind and grapefruit from the Cascade hops, pine and herbal notes (the dry-hopping showing through) along with a pale malt backbone. I enjoyed the long, bitter finish. Quite acidic. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium and the carbonation was well done because it helped to fill out the body.

Feb 25, 2009
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DrunkenMaster from California

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap Great Adirondack. Clear orange color with the floral hop aroma to go with it. I love the Cascade hop and I love beers dry hopped with Cascades. Juicy, crisp and refreshing. This is the beer to get after hiking all day in the 'Dacks. I always take a growler back with me to the campsite.

Jul 02, 2008
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plaid75 from New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell was balanced rather well. A very good citris hop aroma coupled with a good grain element.

The taste featured a peppery grapefruit hop character cut well by a biscuity grain flavor. Pretty well balanced.

The mouthfeel was average with a nice peppery tingle.

This is a hopped up example of an APA. A strong ABV as well.

Jul 25, 2006
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goodbyeohio from Oregon

4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

boy does this beer grow on you. it introduces itself in a clear copper fashion, tall and frisky with carbonation. not much to look at, but nothing about it turns me off, either. looks nice and refreshing for the 90+ degree weather. nice smoky caramel aroma mingles with hops and a raw graininess creating something a little denser, darker, and fresher than i imagined from a backwoods ny pale ale. crisp bitter hop bite is full of cascade life. piney and citrusey for a quick second, then botanical oils slap you silly. still, the beer maintains a drinkability and homebrewy freshness that refreshes while it keeps my geeky attention. the finish is bready with such a fresh level of green spiciness. perhaps a tiny bit thicker overall than i would like, but a awe-inspiring noble effort at a usually tame style.. and from the least expected place. recommended, especially for a hot day.

Jun 20, 2006
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sponberg from New York

4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A gem hidden in the Adirondacks. Tried this on tap and came back for a growler. Now the growler is half empty.

Bright copper-gold with a soft white head that ends in lace that hangs around for the full pint. Aroma of toasty, caramelly maltiness with a subdued Cascade citrus hoppiness. To style.

Such a perfectly balanced pale ale - just soooo drinkable. Starts with a fruity/caramelly/biscuity/toasty malt paired with a traditional Cascade citrus overtone, then a solid bitterness comes in to hold on to the tongue while the brew does its magic. Finishes with a toasty bitterness and clean citrus hoppiness with a faint alcoholic burn. GREAT hop burps. The beauty of this one is that it never goes over the top with its hoppiness, yet it's a hop lover's dream and the aftertaste has you reaching for the glass in your sleep. Appropriately light/medium mouthfeel for a 5.4% ale. More please!

Most beer lovers go to Lake Placid for the Ubu and the Frostbite. You owe it to yourself to take a walk along Mirror Lake to this place and try this brew, along with the Abbey Ale, which is a Dubbel with Aventinus overtones. Trust me on this one.

May 10, 2006
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Shiloh from Canada

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was my favourite brew coming from an exellent establishment.
This beer arrived a dark amber and was just a little murky.
The carbonation was limited as the head was short but a mountainous glass cling.
A very hoppy beer consisting of the infamous cascade hops of which I dearly love and respect . A light back in the middle is of short duration but interesting. If only I lived next door!

Sep 15, 2004
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beernbbq from Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa this is good stuff. A great twist on the old classic APA. The appearance tends toward a pale brown with a tight white head. The twist is the hop aroma. Plenty of Cascade, but there are two other varieties as well, which defintiely make this an interesting beer. Has the slight dark chocolate taste A la SN Celebration in the middle, so this is definitely fuller flavored than an APA. An enjoyable beer. Wish they would get the bottling line fixed so we could get some more of this.

Mar 12, 2004
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