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Tragically Hopped | Great North Aleworks

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,219
Reviews:
19
Ratings:
60
pDev:
6.24%
 
 
Wants:
4
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20
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Photo of newcastlemike
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great North Aleworks "Tragically Hopped"
1 Pint can, "PKG 08/27/18 16:51:56 8.5%ABV"
$4.00 @ Candia Road Convenience, Manchester, NH

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice slick-looking label. I like the Maple leaves. It's poured a mostly clear, just slightly hazy deep gold body beneath an inch-plus of off-white foam. Not a lot of bubbles can be seen rising below but the head is holding really well and there's thick curtains of lace left behind where it has fallen. In the nose it's hoppy, no duh, right? I mean like hop-resin. It's citrusy/fruity with grapefruit, passionfruit, mango, berry, and somewhat piney and a little earthy. It's bright and fresh and welcoming - nicely done! The flavor... ... ... isn't quite as fruity as the nose might suggests, which is actually probably a good thing - this is an IPA, not a fruit beer, or at least not a NE IPA (although technically it is coming from New Hampshire). The malt has a solid presence, somewhat sweet, somewhat grainy, mainly bready and basically very straightforward. It's accentuated, or wrapped in the hop flavors, and it works well; it's nicely balanced. I'm getting less citrus now and more of the other fruits, and a nice swirl of pine towards the finish. A solid bitterness runs straight through it, balancing the malt, and bringing it to a dry, bitter conclusion. In the mouth it's medium-full in body and gently crisp. I thought maybe it could have a little more carbonation and I looked at my glass for bubbles only to realize that I've still got a solid almost eight-inch of foam on it, and some pretty nice lacing as well. How strong is this? Oh yeah, 8.5%, they've included that with the packaging date. I don't really get the alcohol in the flavor, it's just there kind of lurking in the background as 'strength', but I am starting to feel it a little bit. I'm pretty impressed. I'm assuming they're using some Mosaic as that berry note I'm getting is turning a little 'blueberry' now, and I'm glad they left the crystal malts out - so wait, maybe this is a little bit of a NE IPA? Kidding. Except for those things it's really a kind of a classic IPA except that it's also a double IPA so it's a bit bigger. And it doesn't fall into that group of double IPAs that become more about a big sweetish malt center that's then covered in hops, no, this is balanced like a straightforward IPA just a little bit bigger. I'm liking it!
Review# 6,281

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Photo of Phil9250
4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GHow
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1st time tasting. Dated one month old from my opening . Picked out on a whim on a Friday evening ride home for a new brew a comparison test. The IIPA market is getting "very" competitive in the area but "Tragic" rates as a "good" hop ale. Didn't meet all criteria.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.77/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PapaD50
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of jcoleMA66
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lochraneg
3.99/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tekstr1der
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap, don't know that I've seen this can in stores - I usually buy all the dipas ha! Pour has a frothy off-white cap settling down to a thin wisp atop a clear light-golden brew. Aroma hints at a floral, light hop surprisingly non-dank for the namesake. Similarly the flavors are hoppy but not tragically so - this is a well-balance ale tending toward the drier side. I prefer more malt backbone, but can't complain. This is not so bitter, curious on the ibus, I sometimes wonder if my palette gets muted to bitterness.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the tap in a sample glass, yellow to gold in color, almost clear, citrus

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Photo of ExtraStout
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. can poured into Samuel Adams glassware. ABV 8.5% | special release
Tragically Hopped is designed and brewed as a “classic” Double IPA. It uses a blend of Centennial, Simcoe, and Mosaic hops, at a whopping 3 pounds per barrel in the kettle, and another 3 pounds per barrel as dry hops. The crystal malt out of this one, and instead used a combination of Munich and Wheat malt, along with cane sugar to keep the finish clean and dry but with a definite bitter finish. Originally brewed August 2016.

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Photo of larryrestuccia
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KatieKade720
4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gurulee
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RickStalzer
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WunderLlama
4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

canned 10.31.17

Can poured into a teku glass

Clear amber gold, one finger off white frothy, foamy cap, quickly settles

aroma of wet grass, whiff of dank

taste of pine hop, earthy,

medium sudsing, big hop bite, mouth puckering dry finish , hoppiness abounds

good beer

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Photo of Mjmoney23
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz. Can. Canned on: 7/12/17 8.6 %abv. Opened on 10/6/17.

A nearly clear white golden-amber color, jazzy bubbles and very active carbonation flows up to create an substantial layer of all white foam for full coverage.

Earthy, herbal spices and a blend of tangy and sweet tropical fruits in the hop aroma. A funky, wet grains thing happens with sweet, tropical, citrus fruity tones under all that. Multi layered aroma that also has some sweet corn and malted barley aromas, bigger malt and a higher alcohol heat buzz.

The flavor, at least the very first sip, gives off grapefruit and tangy citrus notes. Earthy, bitterness, dry leaves and harsh herbs come next, the flavor reminds me much more of a bitter-hop forward Dipa from the west coast. Bitter, dry hops tend to dominate here with decent depth and some extra alcohol heat to boot. As the liquid warms slightly, bigger, juicy hop notes pop out. Citrus over pineapple with a peppery kick.

Not sure what the IBU's on this beast is....but its gotta be well over 100 and would not surprise me to be more like 120. The dry, bitterness is elevated, especially compared to most New England style ipa's right now. A sweeter, bigger, denser malty profile and abv certainly gets it heavily into the 2x IPA level. Complexity is good, a sipper that needs to be sipped.

The body and mouthfeel is a bit bigger, hefty, full, dry and in some ways juicy. An aggressive heat and dry, bitter tones make it something you really wanna spend some time with, sipping and savoring.

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Photo of ScottP
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BranfordBound
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hit728
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dope
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date is all smudged to hell. This year at least?

A: Pours a crystal clear orange. Thin but good sized tan head that dissipates at a moderate pace. Mild amount of lacing.

S: Lots of flowers and a grapefruit rind aroma. This is probably going to be bitter.

T: Huh, very floral. A bit of grass and some spicy pine as well. Hints of a bitter grapefruit. That floral kick stays with you the whole time however. Dry, crackery malt. Pine and flowers in the resinous finish with a crisp aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied, smooth.

O: Not a bad DIPA. Crisp and refreshing without much malty sweetness. On the bitter/dry side for sure. Very floral to boot, don't see that too much nowadays.

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Photo of Crentist
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Tragically Hopped from Great North Aleworks
Beer rating: 4.17 out of 5 with 60 ratings