Great North Aleworks

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American IPA
Ranked #366
Ranked #4,532
4.1 | pDev: 7.8%
Great North Aleworks
New Hampshire, United States
Notes: Our award-winning, unapologetically West Coast-style IPA. Bright and complex with piney hop flavors.
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3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can PKG 11/11/19
Opened and reviewed on 12/4/19

This was a standard IPA for a few years... Not sure how or why I never reviewed it! Take me back, take me back...

A mostly clear golden and copper color with a towering white cap, formed very tight and creamy.

Amber scented malts, honey and white bread aromas pop out first. Peppery pine and dried leaves of Autumn for the hoppy nose. Bold enough for the classic West Coast style.

Bitter pine and dried leaves is exactly what the hops provide flavor wise with the first sip. Grainy wheat and amber style malted barley seems to be soaked in honey white bread. A peppery, dry earthy flavor and sharp mouthfeel pumps up the complexity.

Medium bodied, crisp and then smooth with crazy dry edges and bitter a finish.

Spot on West Coast classic brewed Manchester, NH.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Dec 04, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance - The beer is served a clear orange amber color with a one finger head of billowy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma is rather light overall consisting of some pine and a bit of herb. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a grainy and breadiness and a hint of citrus.
Taste - The taste begins with a nice crisp cracker and malty taste that has a good showing of pine right from the start. As the taste advances the pine grows and is joined by some lighter citrus and herbal hop flavors. All the while there was a little bit of a sweeter citrus and caramel taste which lose intensity as the taste moves on, leaving one with a rather crisp and slightly drier, but not too dry, and somewhat dank, but not too dank, taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is slightly thicker and chewier with a carbonation level that is rather average. The feel really accentuates the hop and the lighter malt and makes of a more robust sipper and keeps it from being too dangerously easy (for a 7 % abv. beer) drinker.
Overall - A very tasty brew with a nice pine hop taste that is complemented by other hop flavors and a nice cracker and malt backbone. Quite well crafted overall.

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Darkmagus82 from Virginia, Jul 21, 2019
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3.89/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 3/1/19. Pours a mild golden hue with a frothy head. Pine in the noses. Clean, crisp with heavy pine bitterness in the middle. Finishes warm with residual bitterness. I can appreciate a straight-up IPA (non-NEIPA, brut, etc) and don't regret this purchase. Hope to try their other offerings on my travels.

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Brad007 from Vermont, Mar 10, 2019
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
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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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Oct 17, 2018
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
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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3.91/5  rDev -4.6%
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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3.77/5  rDev -8%
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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digboy from New Hampshire, Mar 13, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked-up a six-pack of cans at a grocery store in Franconia, while in town for a rugby tournament. Had never heard of or seen of this brew before, but always like to try local brews. Just didn't quite work for me, would not buy again.

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brewme from Massachusetts, Jun 09, 2017
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear light amber golden color with a one finger, bright white head that eventually fades to a small ring around the edge with a microfilm layer across the top. Lacing is dense, chunky and in abundance.

Smell is orange, grapefruit and pineapple with some sweet malt.

Taste is the same. Reminiscent of two hearted with more orange and less grapefruit.

Feel is light side of medium and smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall a very very good beer. Best NH beer I've had not counting a couple by Stoneface.

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CNoj012 from New York, Dec 16, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a tulip glass.

Dark tangerine orange body color with excellent clarity. Minimal rising carbonation reaching to a very soapy but solid bright white head. Soapy collar and some nice pill lacing. Great looking IPA.

Aromas of soft fruited orange and tangerine mix in with a little bit of pine flavor. Very nice fleshy fruit quality. Small sense of icing sugar, and mild sweetness makes a perfect bouquet balance.

Palate take it a bit simpler. An almost creamy taking palate makes for a lush play of hop flavor in the middle. Pine blasting with almost lingering mint flavor. Slightly orange and a bit of sweet tangerine mix in as well. Slight biscuit sweetness also makes for a nice drinking experience.

At first seems basic, but after some time gets even better. Very enjoyable IPA.

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Smakawhat from Maryland, Nov 26, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Impressive looking beer on the pour. Deep auburn color with good head. Smell not over powering but pleasant. Nice middle of the road taste between super hoppy iPas and sessions. Overall very solid and there is not a better priced good IPA on the market. Steal at $8.99 a six pack.

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Dukies222001 from New Hampshire, Oct 31, 2016
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4.91/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome beer. Great hops and finishes well. Had this both at the brewery and from the can - consistent product. It was a little on the bitter side, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives on this one.

A very pleasant surprise from the great state of New Hampshire!

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MikeJones6 from Massachusetts, Sep 07, 2016
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4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Light amber and very clear. Medium sized head lasts a while.

Smell: Crisp pine and citrus up front but some sweet and lightly toasted malt is evident too. Floral hop aromas in the background.

Taste: Like the aroma at first, then malt blends with hop bitterness to finish it off. More of the floral Centennial type hop flavor than is evident in the nose. Bitterness is a bit lower than current 'west coast' IPA's but the balance is good here.

Feel: Medium-light body, clean and satisfying.

Overall: Very nice. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Reminds me of Russian River Blind Pig, but a touch smoother. Great beer!

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skivtjerry from Vermont, Aug 13, 2016
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4.39/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

06/23/16 so a little over a week old. Recommended by an employee at Brett's Better Beers in Hooksett, NH on the way up to camp for the 4th. Did not disappoint! The nose and bite of a West Coast hop bomb. Bitter and fruity. Super tasty, drinkable, and a pleasant surprise. Would drink this readily if I lived in NH.

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Gatch from Rhode Island, Jul 05, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Smanson56 and his LIF box. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a clear orange-amber color with about 1/2 inch of off-white head that had moderate retention and light lacing.

A crisp hop scent emanated from the can at the crack of the pop-top., mostly citrus, with a bit of pine. In the glass, there was a nice base malt scent as well. Pretty similar on the tongue, with the addition of a tart, dry, grapefruity finish.

The body was nicely on the thin side of medium. Drinkability was pretty good, my can disappeared pretty quickly. Overall, a very nice, solid IPA. If it were local, I would have it my rotation. Worth trying if you see it.

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beertunes from Montenegro, Jul 03, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful sunrise orange with a three finger head when aggressively poured into a large tulip glass. The smell is quite impressive. Nice hops, a little citrus, a little hops. The taste is oddly heavy and piny. Mouthfeel is syrupy - like a double IPA. Overall it is very, very good. Would recommend

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gonzo000 from Massachusetts, Jun 17, 2016
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4.34/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

6pk cans. Very good to excellent in the IPA style. I prefer this IPA versus other comparables such as sam adams rebel rouser, as it has more tame mouth feel and is slightly more easy to drink than it should be.

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NHBeerSnob from New Hampshire, Jun 15, 2016
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4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Microbrew Festival sample. So take it for what it's worth. I have heard good things about this beer. I enjoyed it. The nose was a little more exciting than the flavor but both were decent. A West Coast IPA with some Northeast influences. Fruity but also has it's sweetness, bitterness, and the like. Good.

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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts, Jun 09, 2016
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4.83/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When poured this brew had a nice header and color. I could smell the hops aroma disburse from the glass. It tastes like an IPA should bit citrusy, etc. and when drinking it's a smooth tasting brew. Overall, for the first time trying this brew, I was impressed!

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csbrew1 from New Hampshire, May 22, 2016
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4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Read about this brew's success at World Beer Cup. Decided to try it. Great color, light copper. Smell was a little mild.
Taste was definite IPA, but a little softer and sweeter than typical. Good feel. Glad I read the Facebook info. One of the better IPAs out there.

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lou50rp from Maine, May 11, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shaker pint pour at the Nashua Garden during Happy Hour...

It's a clear, medium golden hue with sparse carbo and a thin, fine layer of foam on top. Lacing is quite good, foaming up the glass nicely. Aroma has some subtle apricot and pineapple with some pithy notes. Body is a middle of the road medium, with decent smoothness.

Flavor has a touch of sweetness as well, with some mild tangerine and a hint of malt. Things turn a tad bitter here, with rindy grapefruit and then some piney action in the dry finish. Another solid, local NH option. Prosit!

4.02/5 rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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Bierman9 from New Hampshire, Apr 05, 2016
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4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned on 2/5/16
Reviewed 2/22/16

Pours a crystal clear orange with an off white 1" head that fades rather quickly.

Cotton Candy smell when opening the can, strong. Mouthwatering sweetness. Apricots, mangoes, etc.

Piney hop taste with strong malt presence. Perhaps Simcoe which is not my favorite. Taste not quite up to the aromatics.

Creamy and well carbonated. Not to say dry but not cloying either. Juicy like a fresh hop beer.

Hmm...the smell knocked me off my feet, the taste didn't quite live up to expectations but the look and feel was just right. A competitive category that this one stands up to...upper 60th percentile easily, possibly 80th percentile

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4.3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Full bodied nose. Crisp malts zap your tongue followed by mellowing of hops. Hops linger causing bitter aftertaste. Tastes like a very green beer with generous hops proportions.

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KSchneck from New Hampshire, Feb 22, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 2/2/16

A: Dark gold tinged with slightly burnt orange tones - nice clarity - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a few wisps, maintains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: Citrusy, flowery, and bursting with pine - orange and grapefruit flesh with some zest, touches of oil - notably floral - leafy and herbal - lots of pine, pine resin, sharp pine needles - some mint and a touch of onion - some tropical notes right after the pour, but it fades - lightly earthy - pale malts, touch of caramel malts, light sweetness

T: Very aggressively hopped yet also very old school - big citrus, with some orange and tangerine - flesh, zest, oil, and some pith - flowery, herbal, touch of grass, touch of onion, touch of mint - loads of pine, resinous and also dry, spicy - earthy - above average bitterness, maybe a bit much, lingering aspirin - pale malts, touch of caramel malts, low sweetness

M: Medium body, sharp bitterness, smooth, a touch oily, finishes with lingering bitterness

O: Another nice IPA from NH

This IPA simultaneously screams West Coast and East Coast. It's like a brewery in New Hampshire tried to clone a Sierra Nevada IPA - and I don't mean that as a dig. In fact, I dig this beer. The sixer was $8.50, which makes this feel like a bargain. It's a touch too bitter, but otherwise it's very crushable.

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angrybabboon from Massachusetts, Feb 03, 2016
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4.27/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

from a can into a pint tulip
look; pale copper, hints of orange, nice 1 1/2" white fluffy head, good retention, permanent lacing
smell; big pine and grapefruit, bready malt, a little grass, a tiny bit of floral note, nice combination
taste; piney grapefruit nicely balanced by bready pilsnery malt. pine wins but nicely balanced, really works
feel; on the carbonated side, a tempered bitter feel with a little (not a lot) malty smoothness
overall; this is piney without being 'just' piney and i love it. a well balanced enjoyable ipa with lots of everything and not too much of anything

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irrevjim from Massachusetts, Dec 23, 2015
IPA from Great North Aleworks
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 168 ratings