Imperial New England IPA | Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company

Imperial New England IPAImperial New England IPA
20 Ratings
Imperial New England IPAImperial New England IPA

Brewed by:
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GreaterGoodImperials on 06-20-2016

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of Dizzy242
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Paoloboston
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CJRubes
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ecxeeder616
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jlindros
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Oh boy, here we go, NEIPAs are all the rage now, but I can see it becoming the Imperial NEIPAs next, then session NEIPA, then black NEIPA, etc. No can date

Pours a big fluffy slight creamy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, some frothy lacing, very murky golden tan orange color.

Nose plenty of citrus, juicy orange, orange cream, some pith, pineapple, generic tropical notes, candied orange rind, tangerine, a little mango, big sweet malt, creamy toasted malt, little booze.

Taste starts sweet, thicker and sweeter than I expected, booze tingle and little fusel alcohol flavor, then big hops, spicy chewy very bitter out front, a little earthy and pine, hop oil and cooked sap, some citrus too, big orange rind, candied orange zest, mango notes, the skin hard part of the pineapple, little tangerine and orange juice. Finish a little drier a little sticky, big booze, bitterness lingering.

Mouth is fuller bod, a little creamy, some tingly hot booze, fluffy carb.

Overall mixed, it has some of the nice NEIPA characters, but the huge amount of hops brings too much spicy earthy pine, the big booze brings fusel alcohol, and big sweet malt altogether is too much. This style was not designed to be imperialized, or at least this far into it.

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Photo of Newport_beerguy
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had no idea what to expect from an apparent "triple (?)" NE IPA. Well upon pouring I can say it's not an NE IPA. Comically darker/more malted than that style. Smell is great, orange rind galore. Taste is citrusy sweet with some fusel alcohol at the end. Not a lot of hop character.

Overall a pleasant beer but not labeled correctly. Not a surprise as many new brewers are co-opting the NE IPA style to get more attention.

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Photo of JorgesThemeSwimming
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nichols33
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
4.65/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Loved this Imperial IPA! Didn't know what to expect when I saw the label stating "Imperial New England IPA, 12% abv". Was it going to be a very bitter, high octane bomb? Imagine my surprise when I first opened the can and got a whiff of all the citrusy hops. On the pour this had an excellent head, that stood it's ground throughout consumption, with plenty of lacing. The aroma was fruity, citrus heaven. On my first taste I know Greater Good was doing good by me! Delicious citrus hops with the right amount of bitterness for a clean finish. And no alcohol burn from the high abv - that was a neat trick! This should be really marketed as a West Coast style IPA. Well done Greater Good - I will buy this whenever I see it (only limited availability up in Massachusetts right now).

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

Photo of malfunxion
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of BrimfieldBeerGuy
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy orange with a 1 finger head
Initial taste is light, with minimal alcohol upfront
Very sweet and more typical of a west coast imperial

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Photo of CTbrew32
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mleblanc25
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JohnnyB
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Too sweet to be called an east coast IPA. Totally disappointed. When the can says "New England IPA" that is what I expect. This is 100% "West coast".

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Photo of ChinaskiWMA
3.99/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a solid NEIPA showing. Hazy golden amber look. A good level of carbonation, a nice head with decent lacing on the glass. Sweet stone fruit on the nose. It runs a little sweet on the palette. There is just enough hop bitter to keep it from cloying territory but I would prefer more succinct hop flavor. The finish has some bitter to it, but I would prefer a bit more, and the mouth feel is thin. As I write this and compare it with Julius I want to give this beer a lower score but then most stuff doesn't hold up to Julius. It's not a fair comparison. This beer does have one very important redeeming quality - 12 % ABV, and it doesn't taste like it. No harsh flavors or fusel alcohols. It's very drinkable. Give it a whirl.

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Photo of gphelps70
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikee440
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Loads of rich fruity taste with a touch of sweetness. Initial taste is complex and rich with a touch of cherry. Slight scent of straw. Very smooth and lush almost frothy mouth feel with very fine carbonation. Expecting a bitter / hoppy finish on the end but none present, just a pleasant reminder that this baby's packing some punch. Dangerously chuggable. I can drink this like apple juice. Excellent brew

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Photo of Jfols
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Imperial New England IPA from Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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