Great Notion Brewing

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IPA - New England
Ranked #1,104
Ranked #9,185
4.21 | pDev: 3.56%
Great Notion Brewing
Oregon, United States
Notes: This hazy IPA is packed with Mosaic, Simcoe, Galaxy, Vic hops, and lots of love for all the women in our lives.
Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 21 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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camtgrant from Washington

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

First time trying Great Notion. Heard good things so I decided to try this Superstar IPA. Pours a nice hazy, murky, dark golden color. This IPA smells of a delicious blend of bright tropical citrus and hoppy aromas with a hint of malt. The nose follows the taste quite a bit with a burst of sweet tropical fruits, hops and a bit of malt and slight bitterness on the finish. Superstar is a medium bodied beer with a deliciously smooth and creamy texture which makes it very drinkable.

Always love a beer that is easily drinkable and at the same time flavorful and full of character which I think describes this beer well. Very impressed with Great Notion, this is a fantastic beer packed full of tropical flavors and hops.

Sunday at 05:34 AM
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a light yellowish color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a 3/4", foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Above average lacing.

S: A very enticing aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish; not a huge factor), a good shot of tropical fruit (pineapple, in particular), a moderate amount of hops (just enough to make it interesting), and a good amount of citrus fruit (orange and lemon). A sweet, fruity, and zesty flavor. It has just the right amount of fruity sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a sharp, lively finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A thoroughly enjoyable beer. Drinkable.

Mar 31, 2020
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argock from Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DRINK FRESH 02/11/20 stamp near rim of can. Poured into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy lemon yellow with some particulate matter that sinks to the bottom. 1-finger foamy white head with average-to-below average retention and sparse lacing.

S: Aroma is ripe with melon, guava, mango, peach and a bit of evergreen.

T: Flavor is more powerful than the aroma with more of a peach-mango-guava punch with some floral qualities and red grapefruit, candied pineapple, and lime in the finish. Bitterness is low. Abundant fruity esters.

M: I could not tell if this beer was 6% or 9% -- very smooth with a touch of chalkiness in the aftertaste but very soft and easy to drink. Carbonation is low and body was medium.

O: I see why GN is hyped for this beer style, and I appreciate the lower ABV with no loss of flavor or feel. Would like to try one fresher - I guess OR will have to be on the list!

Mar 23, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

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

16oz can served in a can-shaped pint glass. Dated 02/11/20.

Pours hazy light orange/amber with a smallish to medium head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is filling the room, nice and juicy but not specific.

Taste is nice balance of fruity, dry, and bitter. Leans in the direction of citrus rind to me.

Mouthfeel is dry and resinous. Overall, very nice.

Feb 25, 2020
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lucius10 from California

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Sweet, overripe peach notes, slightly dank and hoppy aromatics on this one! Taste follows well with well-balanced citrus bitterness and subtle sweetness...the bitterness overtakes the palate after the swallow. This drinks like a lighter bodied double more than a single...Is this really a single?! This has outstanding depth and great mouthfeel...I usually don't say that about singles. Good Stuff!

Sep 06, 2019
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can

Pours about two fingers of dense, fluffy white head into my willi becher glass. Retention is above average, after almost 5 minutes, a finger still remains. Initial lacing looks very good. Body is orange juice. Looks good so far.

Nose is very nice, but just like every other hazy. Mango, papaya, citrus, maybe some pineapple. Maybe a touch of dank hops hiding somewhere, but mostly just fruity. Smell is big, and it’s smells good. Unoriginal of course, but good.

Starts off with a relatively strait forward citrus profile, quickly turns into juice, like, they may have added juice to this. I generally don’t want juice in my beer, and I definitely don’t want it if I didn’t expect it; but who knows. A little hop burn in the back. Too sweet, makes my mouth dry out very fast. I mean, eh, it’s good but there are some questionable things going on here, regardless I’m not crazy about it. Whether there is juice in here or not, the flavor is pretty one dimensional.

Carbonation is pretty low. Body is thin for a hazy. Bitterness is present in the form of a mild burn, probably some hop trub in suspension, does have a nice bite though. As mentioned, way too many sugars lingering in my mouth. Low carbonation and too much sugar hurt the feel here.

Drinkabiltiy is aided by the hop bite, but the sugars generally outweigh that in a negative way. Not super hard to drink, but I find myself slowing down as my mouth dries.

Appearance turned out very nice. Head eventually dissipated, but was still solid. The lacing was very thick.

Overall, I expect a more complex flavor. Sugars do not help. Not a bad hazy, but my standards are pretty high with a style that is as arrogant as this one.

Apr 28, 2019
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