Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,546
Ranked #5,765
4.06 | pDev: 8.62%
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: A juicy IPA lovers delight with a citrus grove aroma, smooth mouthfeel, and a subtle hazy yellow-orange color. Nectar of the hop gods.
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Photo of RockHop
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bright and hazy, more yellow and gold than most. White head with good lacing. Nose of lemon and butterscotch. Lemon candy and pineapple, with a bit of an herby almost menthol finish. Fresh hoppy bite and peppery funk. Unique and tasty beer.

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Photo of jrc1093
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Canned on 9/26/19

Pours a hazed copperish orange body with multiple fingers of fluffy white foam; decent retention leaves chunks of soapy collar trickling up the glass along with a varied spatter of moderate, webby lacing.

Aroma opens with ripe pineapple and bright tropical fruits, leading into pine resin, grapefruit zest, and spiced orange peel developing toward the middle; a touch of doughy sweetness builds on the back end alongside some dank apricot, passionfruit, and further citrus zest.

Taste shows plenty of overripe, mushy pineapple, dank mango skins, and further spiced orange peel to start; pine, herbal resin and ruby red grapefruit develop over the mid-palate and burst into the finishes as a minor alcohol presence integrates well.

Mouthfeel has a medium-light body supported with a subtle medium carbonation; consistent, bright, and even a touch juicy along the mid-palate building to a lightly bitter, oily, and resinous finish.

A natural progression and harmony to this one really does wonders at minimizing any deficiencies, ultimately leaving a compact, juicy, and boldly rounded NEIPA; a pleasure to drink and satisfying across throughout.

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Photo of Whitley
4.58/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this after drinking a Pulp Daddy which is super juicy. If you are looking for a rock solid IPA with a lesser juicy, sweeter taste, then this is the ticket. I am adding Greater Good to my list of Go to's.

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Photo of biointen
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Less hazy than most NE IPAs with an inch of large bubbled head and moderate lacing. Lees fruit on the nose and taste than most but a remarkably balanced and smooth flavor camouflaging the IPU completely. My mouth says “this feels great in here”. Sorry, the high alcohol just kicked in. Wish that so many great beers came in 12 rather than 16 oz cans.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottom 05/01/19. Treated as an imperial New England styled IPA, this was poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a thick hazy burnt orange/copper color with a beautiful looking head. One ring of lace streamed into some foamy strings of lace.
The aroma captured a wonderful blend of citrus rind/pith running into some sweet pine and white bread.
The flavor slightly leaned into the sweet side while adding a touch of sweet cream to end up meshing finely in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Nice low carbonation feels appropriate. ABV seemed on point. Definitely a creamy rich smooth juicy finish wrapping it altogether.
Overall, this is way better than Pulp Daddy, in my opinion. I absolutely would love to have again!

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Photo of malrubius
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can. Murky orange with dense head and lace. Looks and tastes like the old Orange Julius smoothies from the mall 40 years ago. Full orangy pulpy body. Not bad for a full-bore NE IPA. Not too fizzy and not too doughy.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 16 oz. canned 3/14/19. Sampled on April 13, 2018 so within a decent freshness range.

It pours a hazy looking light amber-yellow with a foamy white head the erupts and fades slowly but laces as it goes.

Enticing aroma of citrus, pine, and fruity hops with a more subdued but present white bread crust character.

Smooth, medium body.

Good bready malt sweetness in the taste followed quickly by the pine and citrus hop characters. Very approachable for people who are not used to the fruity bitterness of a NEIPA. Ends somewhat dry.

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Photo of usernamenotinuse
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can poured into pint glass.
Straw yellow color, mild haze. mild amount of off white suds with lasting lacing.
Smells of grapefruit rind and green vegetal.
Taste is grapefruit rind, pineapple, green, a little vanilla with a little pine finish.
Medium-low carbonation, bright, fine mouth feel.
Overall, more bitter than a typical NEIPA, not as much nose, and not as tropical. Decent. Hides the high alcohol completely.

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Photo of JASnyder
2.69/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

2 weeks since canning.
It has a clearish tone the deepens to gold as it settles in the light.
Medium strength aroma makes me think of pineapples and oranges right away.
The Taste is unimpressive and unremarkable with a noticably bitter lingering taste of pine resin.
Sparkly carbonation.

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Photo of scotorum
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


A single bought in a mixed six. Canned 8/8/18, although listed as "archived, no longer brewed" on Beer Advocate.

a: Nearly clear amber with an inch thick white head whcih receded to thin surface foam and patchy lacing.

s; Strong pine resin

t; Follows the nose with some vegetal notes over a medium bready malt base. Slight bitterness lingers on the dry finish, becomes more prominent as it warms.

m; Medium, very good body and good carbonation tingle.

o: A flavorful west coast style DIPA,

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Photo of beatonian
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have a lot of questions for the person who wrote the marketing copy, but otherwise this is solid. An IPA in the style of a west coast dank beer, enjoyably bitter and hoppy. Nose/look don’t amaze, but the 8% goes down smooth even though you can taste it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Small head with little lace. Clear and golden.

Malty aroma with a bitter background.

The taste is improvement, although the the hop is still quite harsh.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pint can. 6/6/18

Golden straw color, thick haze, good carbonation that easily sets up an excellent white foamy fluff cap. Nice lace. Very dense head.

Sweet and fruity hops and sweet amber style maltiness in the nose. Heady and sweet fruity scented tropical-style hops steal the show. Pineapple, mango, honeydew Melon withCaramel malty tones underneath. Excellent hoppy aromatics.

This Dipa really comes across with much more of a hop bite, like a West coast style. Then the hops quickly become tropical, dense and full of citrusy tones in the New England fashion.
A citrusy bite, followed by big, pulpy tropical complexity in the hops that is pretty impressive. The malt is a bit hefty but not as sweet and bready as west coast versions, more grains and wheat effect, but with a very nice sweetness to follow. Great balance for the style. There's a nice spicy and earthy bite Right at the end that makes this very well rounded and interesting.

This juicy New England IPA is just that, and is crazy drinkable for 8% abv.

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Photo of Bork77
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -7.6%
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 +0.2%
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 connecticutpoet
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
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 GHow
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +3.7%
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 -26.1%
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 TheDoubleTomahawk
4.99/5  rDev +22.9%
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 geoffm24
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This might be my favorite IPA over Sip of Sunshine now. It really tastes like orange juice to me. I was very surprised by many of the ratings on this saying the name was misleading. I find this beer to be really well balanced and the 8% abv to be well hidden. Many times IPAs over 7-71/2 taste too much of alcohol. If you are a hard core bitterness lover there is a distinct lack of bitterness on the finish.

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Photo of unclejazz
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's in the style and has some really nice tropical notes and spun candy/cotton candy sweetness in the finish. More along the lines of a mimosa so pretty dang good.

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Photo of PDENN
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hazy, cloudy and inviting. Exactly what I expect from a NE IPA. A bit dank and yet still floral with citrus. Feel was smooth and satisfying and not bitter. Very drinkable. Reminds me of skiing in Vermont and kicking back afterward for a well earned pint. I applaud this IPA wish I could find it more often - it is always out of stock at the local craft beer stores...

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tall can, 10/27/17 on a sticker attached to the four pack holder

Pours medium amber, hazed early, cloudy upon the later pours. Supports a long lasting and frothy light oatmeal cap, thicker collar and heavy strands of lacing left on the glass.

Fruity nose, with a hint of smoke and a whiff of chives.

Not a juicy as advertised either...seeing a pattern here? Better then respectable NE style IPA, but lacks the juiciness, complexity and tropical fruit goodness of the upper tier brewers of the style....still certainly worth a try, but dont expect this to be the "Nectar of the Hop Gods" (also advertised on the can....)

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