Helena | Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company

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

Style: German Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Altbier brewed with cherries

Added by Britt on 04-25-2017

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Photo of justmebro
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper color with minimal white head. Delicious deep malt with mild hops and a nice cherry finish. If it truly was archived, I'm glad they chose to brew again.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 8.1.18 , poured 8.30.18

“Happy Birthday Jerry”

Hazy reddish brown liquid crowned with a fizzy one finger taupe foam cap, settles to a tan ring in under 5 minutes , no lacings

Aroma of tart cherries, bready malts, earthy, molasses

Taste is tart cherries, woody, earthy

Medium sudsing, the tartness lingers, claims to be refreshing but the tartness detracts from that claim

Nice beer

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. can

Pours hazy cloudy amber red with a creamy frothy off-white foam head. Smells like tart cherry, dark toasted bready malts, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, dried fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dark toasted bready malt, vanilla, marshmallow, coconut, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, tart cherries, dried fruit, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels light bodied, creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a real nice altbier with cherries.

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Photo of jlindros
3.35/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Canned on... wait, no date. Come-on! Also, "imperial" alt-bier, really... that doesn't sound like it's asking for a good time.

Pours a light fizzy fluffy head that fades at a med pace, lots of lacing, dark murky auburn iced-tea brown color, long legs.

Nose very fruity, lots of cherry, cherry and strawberry Popsicle, some fruity esters with a little plum and fig, a little sweet caramel, caramel candy toffee like, reddish malt and sweet brown malt, candy, brown sugar, candied cherries, very sweet and fruity and very little hop presence.

Taste starts with lots of cherry, not a super sweet cherry more earthy mildly sweet cherry but lots of cherry juice, very fruity again, kinda like the cherry in the fruit cocktail dessert, some fruity esters plum mostly, lots of biscuity Belgian like brown malts, toasted toffee and some caramel candy, brown sugar, raw molasses, etc, but still fairly sweet but not a lot, some booze warmth and tingle with a little phenolic character, a touch of herbal hop with very little bitterness. Finish is sticky, very sticky, sweet but the mouth and tongue sucking drying feel from the booze evaporating, lore more candy cherry.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, tons of fluffy carbonation too much, some warming tingly booze.

Overall not really an alt-bier, esp an "imperial" version, no malt presence, more Belgian sweet and biscuity malts than any German like malts, waaaay to heavy and sweet and sticky and boozy for an altbier and NO it should not be imperialized, some biscuit and caramel is fine, and the smoothness is nice but this goes overboard, should not be sooooo fruity and even the esters are more than they should be, too carbonated, and obviously this was not lagered. It reminds me quite a bit of my Belgian cherry quad, its a lot more of that style of beer with so much biscuity sweet caramel candy malts, booze warmth and ester/phenol profile, and the fruit, so if they had labelled this a Belgian quad I'd be all over it, but altbier, NO!

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Helena from Greater Good Imperial Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.86 out of 5 with 4 ratings