Great Lakes Hop Madness ("Quitness") | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as Quitness.

Added by jampics2 on 10-28-2010

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Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 29
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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tripphop
3.67/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got to try from a growler thanks to Neorunner.

Color is a nice hazy gold with an orange tinge. Head is s nice fine white froth, but dissipates very quickly, light lacing is present. Nose is mild with a nice hop presence, slight hints of tropical fruit and apricot.

Mouthfeel is silky with a bright, crisp finish. Flavors of dried apricot with an herbal quality. Finishes dry and refreshing with hints of citrus and dried fruits.

Great balance all around, quite drinkable. Leaves you wanting more.

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3.69/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

64 ounce growler
Served in an imperial nonic glass

A - The first thing I notice is how cloudy this beer is. It was the end of a keg, so I probably have more yeast than a normal pour. The color of this beer is on the lighter side of amber. It is capped with three inches of off-white head.

S - The aroma consists of citrus and tropical fruit. There is also some bready malt that balances it.

T - It is surprisingly lacking in flavor. This is the second time I have had it, and the second time I have drawn this conclusion. There is a bitter pine finish that grows as I consume the growler. I am just not getting the citrus or tropical fruits. Hell, the bready malt is even conspicuously missing.

M - Medium to full. The sediment adds to the fullness.

O - I have to admit that this beer is a bit of a letdown. I hold Great Lakes beers in high regard. I think all of their beers are spot on for the style to downright great, aside from Glockenspiel. This beer is not bad. It is just average. I rarely get to try Great Lakes brewery only beers, but this one just left me feeling meh. I would drink Commodore Perry over this beer any day.

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4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to treyrab for bringing this back from the BA Blackout release. We drank this up at PSU before the Michigan game. The growler was literally filled to the rim. You couldn't fit any more beer in there if you tried.

The pour is the same pretty copper amber of the Commodore Perry, capped by a thin wispy head that leaves only slight lacing. I imagine the head would be more formidable if it was poured directly from tap to glass, but this was still a very attractive brew.

The aroma is fill with floral and citrus dry hops...there is a huge grapefruit aroma that really wins me over. A light biscuity malt provides a slight background but doesn't steal the show from the citrus notes and great hop bitterness. The taste is absolutely phenomenal. At this point, I am surprised that Great Lakes still surprises me with great beers. The citrus notes develop from mainly grapefruit in the aroma to include mango, apricot and orange on the palate. Okay, so they aren't all citrus fruits. Oh well. The bitterness is perfectly balanced with the fruity characteristics, merely enhancing the already great flavor rather than stealing the focus.

The feel is smooth, medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. As I mentioned before, I think that the growlering of this sample had something to do with it. All in all, this is a phenomenal beer, and the dry hops make it even more enjoyable than Great Lakes' world class IPA.

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Photo of Spider889
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this off cask at the Brewpub after the BA Blackout release party. Review from notes.

Quitness arrived in a snifter, a hazy golden yellow straw color. It was very bright with a tall frothy, stable head. Good lace honeycombed my glass.

Wow does this beer smell deliciously sweet! Full of citrus and tropical fruit, most notably grapefruit, tangerine, and mango. Nice balancing hop bitterness as well, and as a cask ale, it has the unmistakable creaminess to it that cannot help but be craved.

The flavor is also slightly sweet. Lots of bitterness and juicy pineapple and grapefruit.

This beer is well carbonated for being on cask, but still smooth (though perhaps not as much as it could/should be).

I highly enjoyed this and look forward to having the opportunity to drink this again sometime. Nicely done GL!

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4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Reviewed on 29 October 2010 at Great Lakes Brewing Company. It was on tap SAME DAY as the release of Barrel-Aged Blackout Stout. Glad to have this one!

Had on tap in pint glass, pours a cloudy-orange, bubbly/mediocre head retention, lacing is minimal and drips down the inside of the glass. Aroma of citrusy hops, apricot, pineapple, peach, yet not in a way to make this a fruity beer -- no no. Also slight smell of pine.

This beer is supposed to "leave a bitter taste in your mouth" and it's true! (It's based around Lebron James leaving Ohio). The taste is comprised of grapefruit, peaches, and orange peel, then a sweet bitterness is left on the tongue. No hotness of alcohol, making this a 7.5% session beer in my book!

Once again, I should emphasize that these are only slight fruit flavors, and this is actually a semi-bitter IPA, worthy of being called a session beer.

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3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

as i sit and stare at a glass of this tasty beverage, i can't help but wonder,

what should i do?

should i thank neorunner for sending me a full growler? should i mention that it pours murky golden yellow and has a thin white head?

what should i do?

should i admit that it smells fantastic, like a huge mash of simcoe and the c-hops, should i admit that the pine and citrus overwhelm my nose?

what should i do?

should i remind you that this growler can be finished in one sitting? should i tell you how much fun i had drinking it? or should i tell you it is not a role model ipa? should i say that it starts bitter but ends with a tiny tiny hint of biscuit malt sweetness?

what should i do?

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Photo of Deuane
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First of all I love the tongue in cheek name of this stuff to poke fun at your loss.

A-Hazed, bright, golden kissed copper with a medium, white, fluffy head that slowly reduced to a thin cap and left some spotty lace.

S-Plenty of citrus in the nose with notes of papaya, mango, grapefruit and orange. Light toasted biscuit malt notes add support for the simcoe, nugget, and cascade hop bill but does not overwhelm letting the hop deliciousness shine through.

T-Much like the aroma but even more so. A tropical and citrus fruit cornucopia in my mouth with only the slightest hint of lightly toasted biscuit malt to aid as a vehicle for the hops. GLBC hasdone a fine job with this hop bomb.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied not overly sharp but rather has a soft, almost cask like delivery. Long lingering hop bitterness rides far.

D-Wonderful stuff! On top of all the other beers I had during the BBA Blackout release party and then over at the pub this delightful brew was the capper to a mighty fine evening!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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4/5  rDev -3.8%

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a hazy, golden orange with a nice white head. Head has good retention, becomes a nice layer of bubbles and leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Quite a bit of tropical fruits here. A pretty good bready malt too but hops dominant this one. I big up mainly pineapple and bit of piney hops.

T- Follows the nose really well only better. Again tropical fruits every where here and only a tiny bit of malts to balance things out.

M- Medium in body and lighter side of medium in carbonation.

D- Brought a growler home with me of this one. Very nice and easy to drink.

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5/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of treyrab
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I was ecstatic to pick a growler of this up at the BA Blackout release and share it among friends. This was poured from the growler at a Penn State tailgate before the Michigan game. Great beer, great game, great weekend.

A: The cap opened and the beer was literally filled to the rim, preserving the carbonation immaculately. Poured into the glass a dark copper with thin white head. The color reminds me of the GLBC Commodore Perry IPA as it is a little darker with nice caramel malts.

S: 100% dry hopped, no doubt. Definitely has that dry hop scent with fresh citrus hops with grassy and some stanky undertones. Very floral and some caramel and Munich malts make their way in as well.

T: Greatly balanced IPA. Not a bitter bomb at all, but the fresh hop quality really shines. Citrus, orange, mango, fresh cut grass. Some caramel comes through as well to balance.

Overall, a great beer with a superb name. Really glad I got to try and share this one!

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4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presented with a hazy Orange copper brew thin large bubble cap. Left good lacing.
Smell is large citrus hops, you can smell the bitterness.
Taste is bitter Orange like hops while the beer is bitter its not a kick to the face.. unlike its reason for being brewed. Very citrusy.
Mouthfeel is very full bodied and chewy which suits it well.
Very drinkable ipa could definitely have a few of these to drown tour sorrows

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4.75/5  rDev +14.2%

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3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cleveland fans have something to cheer about this year after all. As a city, we're recovering after this summer's heartbreaker where Lebron James announced he would be bringing his talents and lack of class to Miami. Great Lakes has launched a beer that's guaranteed not to leave a ring (on your glass), but is a certain to bring home a winner any night.

Just a bit of background...this beer is not, as rumored, a beer brewed for "the decision" nor was it meant to be called "witness". When the rug was pulled out from under Cleveland's collective feet in July, the brewery had some "Quitness" T-shirts up around the bar thought that it was such a catchy name that they should name a beer after it. The first casks of Quitness were actually a dry-hopped version of another beer, but this is an entirely separate recipe, brewed for the start of the 2010 NBA season.

The beer is not transparent like it's namesake. Instead, it is bright orange with some yellow hints. A white, fluffy head has great retention. Some nice lace - wonderful, actually - is left behind. This is a great looking beer that would be perfect if it was more in line with some others that have a more filtered look. This is cloudy and unfiltered with no noticeable carbonation, and that just makes it look a bit too hazy.

The smell is pleasant and well-rounded. It smells like citrus - grapefruit, mango and orange. Some toasted notes and sweet malt set the foundation for the franchise. It's just not terribly expressive, but is still very pleasant.

The hop bill is simcoe, nugget, and cascade, and that really dominates in the taste. Notes of mango, orange, pineapple and grapefruit are unquestionably at the top of their game. A bit of sweet malt and a touch of toast drive the lane and score. But this beer just can't hang with the West Coast style and hall of fame members like Ballast Point's Sculpin.

While the beer is very flavorful, the carb is lower than normal American IPA's. The body is medium and streamlined. Quitness has a finish that is best described as moderately bitter with a kiss of sweetness. Unlike Lebron who is anything but sweet, or the fans who are totally bitter.

This beer made me fulfilled. And that's something that many in this town haven't felt since "the decision". Well, Great Lakes made a decision we can be proud of by brewing Quitness. It's a beer that will stay in town until it retires. And that's something we can all cheer for!

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4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought a growler back from BA Blackout Day. Had a sampler while I was at the brewery and immediately knew I needed more.

Cloudy crayola orange in color with a decent half inch of white head that dissipates at a standard rate. Leaves spotty lacing around the glass. Aroma is candied fruit and pineapple. Reminiscent of Nelson Savulin hops.

Flavor is creamy bitterness with little to no residue. Orange peel and citrus abound. This stuff is tasty and light enough that you can do some serious damage. The wet finish helps with the poundability on this beer.

I hope this doesn't fade with the memory of LeBron and the championship he threw. Bottles of this stuff would be incredible.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

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4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I knew I loved this beer for a reason, now I know why. It looks beautiful in the glass with a nice tight white head. The smell starts of the amazingness. Citrus hops everywhere, mango, lemon, and orange peel dominate the nose. All of this translates beautifully to the taste. Semi sweet malt, but not too much. I was surprised at the lack of malt presence, but there is so much juicy fruit in play here that I dont mind. It honestly reminds of Hopslam if you take away some of the sticky sweetness.

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