Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #747
Ranked #3,428
4.22 | pDev: 9.24%
Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: Since New Englanders know a little something about IPAs, we had to bring our best with Greylock. The New England Style is a departure from traditional bitter IBU-packed IPAs, but it is not easy to execute at 12%! Greylock is curiously turbid and cloudy, with just the right amount of hoppiness, big aromatics, and tasty citrus flavor. We paired a special blend of sought-after Pacific Northwest Hops with traditional New England style yeast to give a deliciously juicy and floral Imperial brew that’s completely unfiltered, so your palate will enjoy hints of fresh-squeezed grapefruit, orange and passionfruit with every sip!
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jameswaldo from New York

2.58/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured a pint into a Spiegelau glass. The can's cryptic dot-matrix code reads "GYLE 2113 18:47:38," whatever that means. Head a good thick white fluffy topping subsides quickly. Color a light whitish SRM 2 on my color chart. Slight yeast sediment. Very little lacing gives it few "look" points. As for smell, I get a tiny bit of yeastiness; but malt—nope, none. Taste is underwhelming: no floral or aromatic hops tho supposedly this is quadruple dry hopped. Did none of the hops ever get boiled? Maybe a slight citrus, none of the bitterness I crave in a well-hopped IPA. Maybe this can is stale? It would be responsible to put canning date on each container, don't you think? None of the trendy "drink quick while fresh" branding some brewers think an IPA needs (while I believe a good true Indian Pale Ale needs crafting for the long ship trip around Cape of Good Hope), but none of the good old bittering an IIPA deserves, either. I taste some bland wheatiness, like oyster crackers without the chowder, a nice hint of yeast, and wonder if this ale was made for those bothered by bitters. Definitely no bite or hops aftertaste, sigh. The carbonation is good, but I'd say the can label is the best thing about this disappointing timid excuse for a visit to one of my favorite mountains. Mt. Greylock deserves a much fiercer imperial!

Feb 26, 2021
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 16oz can (date illegible) into a tulip glass.

Pours a nearly opaque orangish brown with about one finger of white head. Nice lacing and head retention.

Smells of oranges, tangerines, pine and some earth. Picking up a bit of alcohol as well-not surprising at 12% abv.

Tastes of some oranges and citrus but also a strong alcohol component to the taste as well. Pine and resins in the background.

Even with all the abv, this actually drinks quite smoothly. Slightly thin mouthfeel. Bitter and alcohol on the aftertaste. Medium carbonation.

Overall, it's a big beer. Smell and taste were a little lacking but still drinkable for it's "bigness."

Jan 03, 2021
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.11/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A pint can of this 12% ABV beast is released into a clear glass Imperial pint mug. The color is a very thick and slightly dirty blond. There's a good amount of dense white head on top. Surprisingly, all this comes with very little aroma. The receding head leaves a pretty glass lacing. The taste is standard for a dry hopped NEIPA, certainly not bad, but nothing exceptional - standard. The uniqueness of this brute is the way such an amount of alcohol can be so well hidden without it exaggerating or overpowering any other attribute. Interesting and well worth a try, but not before driving home.

Nov 18, 2020
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ComeOnYouSpurs17 from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz van poured into a 12oz tulip glass.

Pours a bright straw yellow with little haze. Voluminous head with excellent lacing. Smell is sweet malt with some lemony-melon undertones. Taste is bready and almost bubblegum sweet. Some citrus there but less than I expected and wanted. Mouthfeel is smooth but with some stickiness, booziness is minimal considering the ABV, although it creeps in as the beer warms.

I’d almost put this in a novelty category of “look at how smooth we can make a 12% beer”. Takes a big malt base to get there and you can taste this tradeoff. On its own not a great beer, GG can and has made better

Sep 27, 2020
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into a glass. Dating hard to figure out.

Looks outstanding in the glass. Hazy, glassy golden yellow body, actual hazy not murky. Small white head dissipates to a thick ring and covering. A little lacing early on.

Nice aroma of melon.

On tasting, quite sweet, melon, warmth from the abv. Nicely balanced, seems not quite 12abv, but warm enough. Good hop flavor throughout.

Mouth full, finish warm, sweet, and slightly bitter.

Overall, for a 12abv quadruped dry hopped dipa, this goes down WAY too easy. Enjoying it, but drinker take care

Sep 06, 2020
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ok, it's very good but not the best in their stable. i find the flavors to be a bit muted, and i prefer a brasher set of hop flavors.
L: drinking it from the can and it's a nice can. educational for this MA native, since I did not know Greylock is our highest peak.
S: it's nice. sweet citrus. bit of apricot.
T: definitely sweet although not overly. melon, peach. bit of hop bitterness. abv well hidden
F: mouthfeel is ok but not special.
O: ok, it's good but again I'd personally like bigger flavors. Still, your mileage may vary, so check it out.

Jul 16, 2020
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beerdedking from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

To reach this kind of ABV, you need lots of grains, aka malt. So unsurprisingly, this one might be sweetish, but I think everything is in order here. Some nice melon and apricot flavors commingled with the not too sweet backbone. Nice beer no complaints. In my estimation, the triple and quad IPA as a rule are novelty type beers, and this one slides into the fold perfectly

Jun 28, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy light golden pour. Big fluffy white head leaves great lacing.

S: Sweet booze and hops. Citrus and summer stone fruit.

T.F: Somewhat sweet... malts/grains mixed with fruit. Peach, mango, and tangerine. Fruity with a bit of floral character and tea... definitely not a juice bomb. Modest hop bitterness... boozy but surprisingly balanced given the 12%. Warming. Creamy and sticky on the mouthfeel. Medium bodied.

O: A flavorful BIG IIPA. Great flavor... a bit sweet, but balanced and tasty. I couldn't drink more than 1 but that doesn't mean I didn't enjoy it.

Jun 20, 2020
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.37/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

[IMG] Poured into a 13 oz Teku glass canned on 11/25/19. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a 2 finger sticky off white head that leaves a bunch of thick streaks of lace behind as it slowly settles. 4.5

Smell is ripe melon, tangerine, pineapple, and apricot rather aggressive and pleasant. 4.25

Taste follows cantaloupe, tangerine, pineapple, and a big apricot finish. 4.25

Mouthfeel is BIG and sticky, gentle carbonation, and a pretty easy drinking 12% Dry hopped 4 times, yikes not everyone can handle a monster like this, but I’m your Huckleberry! 4.75

Overall this one is really impressive as I have come to expect from Greater Good. Thanks @tasterschoice62 for awesome can. 4.5

Jan 10, 2020
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LarryV from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a an opaque honey amber color - I wouldn't call it hazy though. Aroma is relatively mild so not a lot to report there, Taste is big hops with quite a bit of sweetness from the solid malt . The alcohol is well hidden and relatively imperceptible while drinking it, and that makes this one a little bit dangerous since it's so easy to drink.

The sweetness is rather cloying, consequently I could only have one of these in an evening. It's really a tasty brew and very well crafted, not overly juicy. Definitely worth a buy and try.

Dec 12, 2019
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer isn't super juicy however, its very easy drinking especially with a 12% ABV. Citrusy taste with a subtle amount juiciness, and then finishing with a sweet malt backbone. Solid beer but, very dangerous because it goes down so easily.

Aug 02, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a nice looking ruddy bronzed copper color with some translucency to it. Slim cap of white foamy head slid off evenly with two inner rings of sustaining head in just a film, more or less and seems to just stay there with my sips.
The aroma had some peach, bubblegum, grassy hops, citrusy notes, danky character, bready yeast and cracker malts.
The flavor leaned slightly towards the sweet side and tried to impress upon me some stifled bitterness (honestly, the bitterness really doesn't show up throughout the entire beer. There's a touch of bread, grassy hops and citrusy hints in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Good carbonation. Mild finish of some piney harshness, stiff citrus rind and crisp grassy hops, semi-dry.
Overall, mostly it's pretty enjoyable, it's a bit different but I liked it for the most part. ABV felt appropriate.

Jul 04, 2019
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garymuchow from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I was told this is a 12% that drinks like a 6%. Excited to try it.
Pours with very large white head. Body is yellow gold and somewhat hazy, but pretty clear for a NEIPA, really. Initial hop aroma is closer to a light earthy with light fruit that is not citrus. The large head seems to prevent much of the aroma from escaping. More on that later, I guess.
Nice fruit flavors with the drink. It is light for it's size. Some slight heat or light burn that could be from alcohol or hops, and maybe that's the mask. More fruity sided hop flavor that doesn't start citrus, rather more light, but it does end with a bit of a citrus tang. The finish holds a mild heat and maybe a slight perfume quality, but it blends nicely.
Body is light and drinks like a moderate beer. Smooth carbonation, especially considering the size of the head. The head stays apparent and forms a dome like foamy center structure. Kinda' neat.
Overall it drinks smoothly. It's hoppy without excess and it's so balanced considering how damn big it is. Enjoyable and impressive. Flavors are subdued and more blended.
Thanks T.

Jun 26, 2019
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- 12oz can into a tulip glass with a very slightly hazy yellow body. The head on the beer ascends up to an inch high with very good retention. After the thick and creamy head falls a ton of lacing sticks to the glass in the form of webs and thick pillows.

S- Mostly hops, as one might expect but at this ABV it can take some extra skill to get the hops to shine instead of sweetness and malts. The hops are hefty on the orange and grapefruit notes with an especially citrus zest forward profile. Beyond the citrus there are hints of mango, bubble gum, melon, dank herbs and floral hops.

T- Things change a bit from the aroma as the hop diversity collapses a bit but the hops still remain the focal point of the brew. The flavor profile is all about the sharp and bitter citrus hops with grapefruits and orange once again dominant and especially oily and zesty. Bold pine hops join in with slight hints of floral and herbal hops as well. Citrus peel all the way. Impressively the malts are mostly quiet with a substantial sweetness and a hint of pale barley but nothing interfering with the freshness of the hops. Gets boozy in the finish with time.

MF- A big and creamy body. This one is thick for the style and the consistency is luscious and silky before ending bitter and a bit boozy warming. When the beer warms up this one gets hot.

When I saw the ABV listed on the can I was really worried but Greater Good does a job keeping the malts at bay and the booze at a reasonable place. Massive citrus and pine hops with hints of booze and a moderate sweetness.

Oct 29, 2018
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JASnyder from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly yummy for such a strong brew. Just sweet enough. Beautiful honey color. Nice level of tiny tingly carbonation. Bouquet is perfect. Complex flavors. Smooth, slightly round feel in the mouth.

Aug 30, 2018
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jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.67/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly to a ring leaving some lace. Almost clear amber/straw color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light citrus nose and flavor is tart citrus with occasional streaks of caramel. $16.00 for a 4-pak 12oz cans from Vinodivino Needham, MA.

Jul 12, 2018
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can poured into a snifter. No date stamp on the can, Ive had it for a few months. The label says New England IPA, but it pours a pretty clear copper color with minimal bleached white head foaming up and fading quickly to a clingy edge layer. Several streams of carbonation rise to the surface.
The aroma is a little bit of pine sap and some floral notes mixing with a dose of sweet caramel and a bit of white grape. THe grape is probably from the higher booze content.
The flavor is similar to the nose with some pine and a bit of astringent bite, but very sweet and fruity, lots of white grape here and again some caramel. Did the hops totally disappear on this one? the beer is drinkable for 12% and is very smooth with a little bit of a sticky texture. The beer is good, but is not an NEIPA by any of the markers Ive grown accustomed to for the style. Id probably pass on this next time.

Jun 08, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.59/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz undated can.

Pours hazy gold with a short-lived head of white. Sweet malt with shades of pine and cardboard in the nose. Malty and sweet on the palate with some bitterness and pine. Wet paper follows through. Finishes stale, sweet, and malty.

Pretty rough and lacking hops.

May 11, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Copper with only a hint of haze, a moderate amount of small, slow rising bubbles and a half finger of yellowish head.

Smells of peaches and creme brulee.

Tastes of peaches, strawberries, blueberries, and caramel.

Medium body, moderate carbonation, and an extremely smooth, unpretentious feel that totally hides the ABV.

Got at Towne Liquors in Agawam, MA, drinking in New Hamburg, ON March 31st, 2018. Excellent brew, one of the best I've had.

Apr 01, 2018
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GHow from Connecticut

4.91/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought my first Mt. Greylock from Greater Good in the local section of Table and Vine West Springfield. As expected it has a golden hazy color and upfront whiff meets and exceeds what makes a great hop forward/citrus DIPA in my book. I really can't judge what variety of hops are used but it has no real sweet citrus taste in the blend which is what I prefer. Greylock has a a very smooth mouthful/swallow taste with a with no excessive bitterness- booze aftertaste on my palate even being a 12%er. Go out and get it while you can. Highly recommended. I hope it becomes a once a year specialty.

Mar 18, 2018
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a teku

Hazy deep orange in color. One finger , creamy, frothy one foam cap

Aroma of sweet orange juice, caramel

Taste is sweet at first. Orange, caramel, toffee, tropical fruits

Abv well hidden

Really good beer, repeatable

Oct 07, 2017
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ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L -Rusty, dark orange color and a murky body with less than a finger of off-white head

S - Caramel, toffee, blood orange, grapefruit. Shares characteristics with Scotch Ales.

T - Much more fruit forward with those oranges and grapefruit. Pure juice extract and hop oils, caramel malts and some pine.

F - Thick, but not syrupy. The juicy notes make it not too hard to drink. No alcohol.

O - A great Triple IPA. Citric and hop juices combine for a killer combo. Surprisingly easy to drink.

Aug 16, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy apricot color with a one finger head in a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Intense toffee aroma- reminiscent of a Wee Heavy. Some citrus.

Silky, smooth MF. Smoother with warming.

Complex taste: apricot, fruit and especially toffee.

Medium hoppy finish.

One of the best NEIPAs around. Looking forward to tasting more of their beers.

Jul 11, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brewery is touted as America's first all imperial Brewing company. Overly ripe mango smoothie, pineapple and peach. Grapefruit pith finish. Very sweet, cracker malt profile. Lower bitterness, but flavor lingers. Getting almost no alcohol heat on this. This is SUPER dangerous at 12%. as it warmed, the sweetness level was super high.

Jun 23, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours hazy foggy amber orange with a receding frothy white foam head. Smells like orange juice, grapefruit, sweet caramelized nutty biscuity malts, honey, toffee, slightly boozy caramel, pineapple, mango, papaya, overripe melons, with floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like sweet caramelized nutty biscuity malts, fresh orange, grapefruit, pineapple, mango, papaya, overripe melons, some honey, toffee, caramel, with dank floral resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels creamy soft and smooth, medium bodied with moderate low carbonation. Overall a nice, big, malty and juicy imperial IPA.

May 18, 2017
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