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Great Leap Little General IPA

Great Leap Little General IPA
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Brewed by Great Leap Brewing
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Beijing, China
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 10   MEAN: 3.58/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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The Little General IPA is an American-style session IPA, hoppy, but not irresponsibly so. It is a balanced, medium-bodied IPA made with indigenous Chinese hops and a combination of 85% local malts, 15% imported German malts. Named after the only Patriotic hero to be recognized by both Mainland China and Taiwan, the Little General is an act of balanced beauty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (2163) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2015
On draft at the original brewery. Easy drinking, big hop character with more of a focus on herbal and earthy hops instead of massive citrus hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
thebeertourist (5077) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Clear golden, smallish head. Nice fruity hop nose. Intensely bitter. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuideDogSaint (778) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 21, 2014
On tap at #6 bar. Pours mid brown with a white head. Aroma of coconut. Bitter and slightly sweet finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beersiveknown (3832) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 5, 2014
Growler from great leap brewpub
Decent resinous hit on the nose from this dark amber beer. low carbonation, sticky malt, bitter but not massively so. some pithy citrus but like its lower ABV siblings favouring IBUs over hop flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
Visited Great Leap and tried 10 of their beers in samplers. All in all I was impressed and happy with the beers. Too bad I forgot pen and paper so take more serious tasting notes so my rating score is based on memory.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (654) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
This was served warm, which was unusual for me, but the flavours and aroma of citurs and sweet malts was great. Great beer!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
northropfrye (2600) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 14, 2012
Asia’s best IPA? On tap at Great Leap in Beijing. Amber colour, creamy texture, bitter with some caramel notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 3, 2011
Dark orange colored, hazy appearance. Little yellow head. Grassy bitter, fruity aroma with some herbal touch, thin yeasty note here as well. Medium bodied. Flavor is grassy as well with some orange-peachy fruitiness, yeast and dry grass still in aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (13426) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
Cloudy tan. The head is somewhat thick. The aroma has some nice hoips (minty, citrusy). There are minty, orangey notes on the palate. It’s a little bit sticky and has some yeastyness as well. The finish is quite stick with decent hop resin. I had a couple of different batches and found the latter to be a little more expressive in hop character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - AUG 27, 2011
Draft at the brewpub from a few different batches, and the recipe had changed. It got better, the hops more assertive and more American in flavor. It’s a dark orange color, varies from being hazy to murky, but always with a stable tan head and lacing. Big American hop aroma and a soft palate. The malts lend a good amount of sugars for balance, and are sturdy. Hop oils are rich, adding fine bitterness. Can be quite yeasty for an IPA but the higher ABV keeps it dry and quaffable. Every so often a slight hint of butter peeks through in an innocuous way. One of my go-to GLBs.

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