Greater Good Smooooth

I just finished a book on Jonestown. I watched a documentary on Jonestown once, but it didn’t convey how bananas the whole situation truly was. Anyways, let’s get to the beer.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Imperial/Double IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “One of the newest installments of our ‘8 is the New 5’ series, SMOOOOTH was generously hopped with Citra and Mosaic hops, giving it a great balance of citrus vibes including notes of grapefruit and pineapple and a finish that provides mild pine and slight hop resin. SMOOOOTH has a gorgeous golden hue, showcasing a beautiful, orange haze while remaining easy-drinking and refreshing!”

Random: This beer uses Citra and Mosaic hops.

The beer poured with a one finger, pure white head. It dissipated quickly, but left a small crown and some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly cloudy and bright yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was pungent and came through with a generous dose of tropical fruit along with white pepper. I couldn’t smell any booze to this one. The taste started with tropical fruits as well. I picked up a lot of guava. It had some mango as well. The next thing that I noticed was an alcohol bite, which was a bit too much for me. There was some sweet malt at the end to balance out the sip. The body was on the medium side for the style with a lot of carbonation. The finish was lengthy with tropical fruit. I thought this was a good beer, but not the best I’ve ever had. Still, it’s worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Greater Good Pulp

I’m not sure how I feel about a brewery that only does imperial style beers, but I guess that everyone needs to find a niche nowadays.

ABV: 8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Welcome to THE GREATER GOOD, America’s first all-Imperial brewing company™. We’re obsessed: all that we think about, all that we dream about, all that we build are high-end ales and lagers which strictly range within the Imperial classification of alcohol from 8% to 14%. We’re committed to the production of Greater tasting beers, hand-crafted with Greater ingredients. We are defining the next level of Imperial brews. ‘Your journey is short on this blue-green marble. Our vision is to provide hand-crafted artisan brews that bring people together to share in the optimal drinking experience'”

Random: Pounder cans are all the rage these days. They’re definitely lighter to carry.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of pure white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was bright and golden orange in color with moderate carbonation. It was slightly hazy as well. The nose was filled with pine needles and mango. There were also notes of freshly cut grass and sweet pilsner malt. The taste started with a lot of fresh pine and transitioned into overpowering green onion and cilantro. The body was light for the style with some carbonation, but not enough. It had a quick finish with a lot of cilantro. I got this beer as a gift from my parents when they went to Massachusetts, so no idea on price of this one. Either way, this beer didn’t stand out to me and I wouldn’t have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0