Great North IPA | Great North Aleworks

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Great North IPAGreat North IPA
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4.11/5
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Great North IPAGreat North IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great North Aleworks
New Hampshire, United States
greatnorthaleworks.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our award winning, unapologetically West Coast-Style IPA. Bright and complex with piney hop flavors.

Added by WillieThreebiers on 08-10-2015

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,495
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
157
pDev:
7.79%
 
 
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13
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great North Aleworks "IPA"
12 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 09/04/18 10:04" and sampled on 10/17/18

Notes via stream of consciousness: Ah, a nice fresh can of IPA! It's poured a mostly clear amber body with golden highlights beneath a two-finger thick head of slightly yellowed off-white foam. The aroma is citrusy, resinous, piney, and lightly malty. Not surprisingly the flavor follows with a greater emphasis on its biscuity and bready malt, although the hops are not lost, or even weakened, and in fact come on fairly strong. It's a nice balance. Whereas some pale ales and IPAs use the malt strictly as a platform for the hops they're both equally important here. A solid bitterness backs it and it finishes dry with the citrusy hops fading to leave the resin and pine behind. They stick with you for quite some time. In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation. The head has held up well and there's some nice lacing left behind. So, no frills here, this is just a solid, well made, and well balanced old school American IPA. It's got malt, it's got hops, it's got a punch of bitterness, and it delivers a solid 7.0% alcohol by volume.
Review# 6,297

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a soft golden color with a small cap of a little white foamy head swiftly dissolving to leave some sly lace.
The aroma had some honeydew/melon over top of some citrus rind and piney resin.
The flavor was fully bittersweet running through the citrus rind and piney resin with a nice malt bill and honeydew backing. Mild aftertaste of citrus, piney resin and honeydew.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par. Crisp citrusy finish with some pine and biscuity malts.
Overall, pretty nice AIPA, just all around sturdy and not trying to be something else. And that's probably why I liked this one so much, it's not a New England styled IPA but just what Great North wanted it to be.

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3.65/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of illpass78
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pint on draft at the NH Fisher Cats.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy straw with a finger-width white head that recedes quickly.

Aroma: Some pine and hops.

Taste: Pine, citrus, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon.

Mouthfeel: Kind of hoppy and prickly. Has a bit of a harsh aftertaste.

Overall: Pretty decent IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of digboy
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

5-pack given to me by a coworker after he discovered it was more "hoppy" than his tastes enjoy.

Pours a dark orange amber, slightly hazy with a half finger dense head.

Aroma has a nice sweetness behind a floral citrus smell. Not bad.

Taste is muddled from the start. Apparently my coworker is lupulus-averse because this is mild to moderately hop-flavored with I *think* some grapefruit and thin orange flavor. Hard to tell because there's a bulldozer of ascerbic flavor scraping across my tongue. It is a bitter beer for sure and there is a light malt lingering around that stays in the background, but there's some different kind of tartness that takes over all the way through the flavor profile. So I'm gonna go with grapefruit and sweet tarts for the flavor ;) Honestly though this is not a bad tasting beer - it has a generally pleasant flavor that is head and shoulders above so many other "supermarket" beers.

Feel is somewhat soft with low stickiness and a moderate to high bitterness.

Well, the tartness lost it for me. It's not that it is harsh - in fact this is a suitable hop-bitterness for a standard IPA, but I feel like they tried to layer in some fruity hops but didn't balance it correctly. Again, a pleasant beer that I would take over many others. Another comment below mentioned Stoneface coming to mind. I can see that where SF is more geared toward standard IPAs with clean flavors. Personally I like hop flavor to shine through so it misses the mark for me.

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5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Great North IPA from Great North Aleworks
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 157 ratings