Sunday, October 29, 2017

Greater Good Pulp

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 8%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 3.98/5
- Untappd: 4.06/5
- RateBeer: 3.46/5

"We like to think “8 is the new 5” – this is our second IPA in the 8% series, a more “juice forward” lower IBU IPA that has become so popular here in New England. We dialed the IPA to 8% ABV and transformed the hop profile to include dominant citrusy and tropical notes with minimal bittering 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! Paul’s Ultimate Lupulin Protocol!"

Pours orange in color with some haze and a finger of white head.

The aroma has a lot of oily, spicy notes with a minimal amount of sweet citrus and an odd buttered popcorn smell.

This has more of a deep, resinous hop flavor rather than being a juicy "New England IPA". Lots of sweet citrus and stone fruits with berries and peaches. Some sugar-sprinkled grapefruit sweetness is what's sticking out most in my mind, but a big caramel presence can't be ignored. Caramel malts? Maybe, but I don't think they'd add so much of that sugary flavor. I know I sound like the proverbial broken record, but the sweetness of this beer has to be reiterated ($2 word FTW!). Whether it's the caramel and butterscotch flavor, or the abundance of overly ripe citrus, this DIPA makes me take a step back and wish for some more genuine hop flavor and juices. It's not a repulsive taste, but it is interesting to say the least.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with little carbonation. Luckily, there's no alcohol presence, so that is a plus I can give it.

Pulp was quite boastful on the can when it promised to be a hazy, juicy DIPA, but sadly, it did not keep its word. I have had positive experiences with Greater Good IPA's in the past, so I know they do produce a quality product. This wasn't a sin against God, but it didn't deliver on it's promise. Sorry.


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