Pulp | Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company

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Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A juicy IPA lovers delight with a citrus grove aroma, smooth mouthfeel, and a subtle hazy yellow-orange color. Nectar of the hop gods.

Added by Larueminati on 04-07-2017

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 103 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Tiernan
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jesusgorilla
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redsoxjim
4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mleblanc25
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mojuyt
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ivyman
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Darkish amber appearance with no haze at all. Piney citrus aromas and taste
with clean mouthful.

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Photo of Bork77
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer is not hazy as most of the reviews have noted. It is similar to Treehouse Bright but with a little more bite to it. Overall it is a very enjoyable NEIPA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned 12/6/17. "Pulp. A Juicy Hazy New England IPA, Nectar of the Hop gods."

So, not particularly hazy. That's an immediate let down and major points deduction. Looks more like a west coast IPA with a crystal clear gold body. Very odd that this beer would have that characteristic especially when the can advertises the opposite. Head is nice though, it's like a classic pub pint of Budweiser and leaves those nice webby laces.

Aroma is bright and is of orange and orange pith, slight pineapple, some grapefruit, faint onion.

Flavor is of sweet mimosa, box wine, and herbs. Supplemental notes of onion, pine, and then finally a little bit of orange and pineapple rind on the finish. It does not scream NE IPA. It only faintly hints at it.

Feel is crisp and clean, not creamy, not clingy. Light, non intrusive resinous oils on the finish.

...So why does this can lie to me? First, it has let me down with the appearance, which is by all regards NOT HAZY, and then the nose leads me to believe perhaps they just dialed back the haze a bit. Then the flavor makes me a fool for thinking I could pass this off as a Trillium clone. Modern Times from California makes better work of a New England style IPA in a couple of their recipes (Critical Band, City Of The Sun). But for a brewery to be in the mecca of the haze and STILL fail? I mean how terrible. Much of my low ratings for this come not from this being a bad overall beer, but for masquerading and failing to deliver on the promises the advertising on the can makes. I make better New England style IPA's in my kitchen and I don't dare advertise my labels as being a genuine NE IPA. I let the imbiber find out for themselves. It's not a bad beer, but it's not what's promised. I chose this over a Trillium tonight. How disappointed I am.

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Photo of DaveDaveDave
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tried the 'V' which was a soapy, pine laced dishwater IPA. Figured I'd give Pulp a shot given that it was recommended to me as being an East Coast fruit forward IPA. I did not find it to be so. I found this at Wegmans for $15/4 pack which is still pretty expensive.

I found very little fruit here. Mostly pine and some citrus of the peel/oil variety. Anyone looking for a fruity IPA will be bummed. It's somewhat abrasive. A dumbed down version of Resin IPA from Six Points. I love pine IPA ... But not when I'm looking for a fruity East Coast IPA, which this was billed as.

I'd stick with Resin at $12/6 pack vs. dropping $15 on this. It's not a bad beer but it's just not remarkable. Best served cold. It packs a decent buzz. Two cans of this and I was very relaxed. Would probably taste better on tap than in a can.

There was almost no aroma to this. First sip it was bitter but as I went, I could taste more oily citrus peel. I think it's billed as an East Coast IPA and it's not ... Which might account for the high ratings. I won't buy this on a regular basis, preferring Resin IPA. But if the price point came down, I might buy it once in a blue moon for the buzz. In my humble opinion 'V' is the better buy but neither 'V' nor 'Pulp' is the best buy.

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Photo of JohnofUpton
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rorjets
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of golddoubler
4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tunis
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – Half finger head on a clear deep yellow body. Funny, it says on the can it should be hazy.

Aroma – Floral at first, followed by orange and orange blossom (yes I know that’s a flower), very strong.

Taste – Floral, a bit grassy, some woodiness and a fair slug of hop resins.

Mouthfeel – Pretty good, not as smooth as their “V” but better than most.

Overall – Worth getting if you find it. I just can’t understand why it wasn’t hazy like it claimed.

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Photo of TedStrosser
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GHow
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tried a GC brew for the second time. It poured a clear dark amber color in my pint glass which is deceiving to the descriptive name. There is no outrageous fruit aroma and the hops flavor was not overpowered by citrus. The first sip was great and it was maintained until the last slug! Soft and smooth light citrus flavor with no bitterness or heavy coating on to my palette and beer defiantly maintained until the last slug. This Greater Good BA posting has this as a first time run. I say it say it should rate as a regular in the rotations.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with a little carbonation, and 2 fingers of off white head.

Smells of fresh cut green grass, pine, citrus, orange candy and caramel.

Tastes of pine, citrus, caramel, passion fruit, jackfruit, and some dankness.

Medium body with low carbonation. Really covers the ABV.

Got this at Towne Liquor in Agawam, MA, drinking near Gravenhurst, ON, Jan 11, 2018. Excellent brew. Not cloudy, so looks kind of like Pliny the Elder, and is full of aroma and taste.

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Photo of Spindletop
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is neither hazy nor juicy, and my rating reflects the difference between the implied promise on the label and the reality of what's in the can. It's definitely not a New England IPA a la Tree House/Trillium/Hill Farmstead. It's a fine sorta-West-Coast IPA with a good amount of piney bitterness, and if it was marketed as such, I would have been happier. Caveat emptor...

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Photo of roachkid40
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful color. Good taste. Would buy again.

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Photo of brunop
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheDoubleTomahawk
4.99/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is reminiscent of an IPA full of vitamin C. Pulp starts with amazing citrus flavor, even the aftertaste remains pleasant, no bitter whatsoever like so many similar beers. You know a good strong beer flavor when you have a different brand afterward (even Julius from TH) and makes it taste like water. Pulp is currently my favorite. It's 8% so beware. You can't tell it's a higher ABV. Enjoy!!!!

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Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of wpreynolds
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mhjipa
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Pulp from Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 103 ratings