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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.46/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.3/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
"Good Night Sweet Irene" West Coast Style India Pale Ale: On August 29th 2011, one of the most powerful Hurricanes to hit the US since 1980 rolled over New England and caused devastation and destruction that most people had never experienced. That experience pulled many people together to help with the recovery. Berkshire Brewing Company and their distributors in Vermont and New Hampshire are also pulling together with the long recovery effort. $15.00 from every case of "Good Night Irene" will benefit the local organizations which are assisting the recovery effort. This special India Pale Ale has the assertive bitterness of a hurricane and the subtle malty sweetness of recovery. We hope you enjoy this as much as we enjoy you. From the Crew at BBC

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 2, 2012
In short: A juicy IPA full of overripe fruits. Meh.
How: Tap at Three Penny Taproom, Montpelier, VT
The look: Almost clear amber body topped by a small beige head
In long: Nose is timid orangy and wooden hops along with fruity yeast esters like bananas and such. Taste is dominated by overripe fruits, overripe citrus apricots, overripe bananas, some other citrusy fruits, basic juicy caramel, soggy old moldy bread. Very mild bitterness. Overall dank basement sensation which is very much not appropriate for an IPA. I didnít find it as offensive as my description makes it to be but I didnít find it pleasant nonetheless. Named after Irene, the infamous hurricane that devastated Vermont. And just like a woman when Irene came she was all wet and out of control, and when she left she took the house and the car.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ernesto987 (5831) - Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2012
bomber, a british style ipa. Big malty flavor with a light bitterness in the finish. The malts are fairly tasty, but not wut er ímericans like in a IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (3407) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Aroma is toast, hay, raw grains and bread. Taste is more of the same with a very light sweetness and mild bitterness. The aftertaste is mildly unpleasant with an overwhelmingly grainy taste. This isnt really an IPA. Mediocre at best.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
UDBeernut (2856) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - FEB 25, 2012
22 oz bomber acquired in trade with Shcufj from ba. Pours amber into my cheater pint, small white head with good retention. Nose is pretty clean, just a hint of pine. Taste is malt centric for an IPA. Mostly light caramel, pale malt, and maybe a bit of toffee. Bitterness is in place put not a whole lot I hop flavor of any sort. Ho hum. Rated via BeerBuddy

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AdamChandler (4846) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2015 Picked this up at Huger Mountain Co-Op. It was brewed around September following Hurricane Irene and money is going to charity for every case sold. It looks like it didnít go over well. Only 4 ratings here of this beer. Hereís mine! Poured into a Duvel Tulip out of the fridge. A - Three-Finger off-white head with semi-tight bubbles. Thereís a solid creaminess to the head but it fades away pretty fast. This is a fantastically dark IPA. Solid amber / tan color with some clouds in there of particles. S - Some hopiness but not too strong. Itís very faint like the beer has been around for a while (which may be the case). Pine trees, oak and a hint of bread yeast T - Whoa. HUGE explosion of flavor. Bananas are very present with a lot of hop but almost old hops like itís not biting at all. Itís there and huge but not explosive compared to most IPAs. Roastiness as well with citrus at the finish. M - Full conversion from liquid to carbonation right as I do one swish. Medium bodied and very drinkable. O - This beer is fantastic! Wonderful IPA and solid drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
davey101 (751) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 4, 2012
22 oz bomber into a nonic pint glass. Picked this up at Table & Vine. Roughly a month old. A - Dark amber with a light khaki 2 finger head that dies quickly. S - Like Lost Sailor, it is very heavy on the malts. Caramel, toffee, biscuits, and some light piney hops. T - Same as the nose. Starts off with biscuits and caramel and ends with lightly bitter pine notes. Nice carbonation and slick mouth feel. Drinkability is quite high. O - I donít understand why BBC calls it a "West Coast Style IPA" when its so malt heavy and light on the hops. Its just a bit hoppier than lost sailor, but not enough to really stand out as a superior beer. It is easy drinking though, and supports a great cause. Its also quite limited and a one off beer, definitely worth a try!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
puboflyons (3301) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 19, 2012
It pours a slightly hazy medium amber to orange with a substantial foamy, long lasting head. According to the Berkshire Facebook page the ABV on this is "about 7%." Very aromatic with a pleasant mix of toasted bread, sweet malts, and moderate hops. Medium body. The taste is mellower than many IPAís with a decent bitter character. Highly drinkable beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Derek881 (1266) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2012
Had a glass of this beer on tap at the brewery in January 2012. The beer had a somewhat cloudy orange-amber color with an average-sized foamy white head with modest retention and good cling. It had a strong hops aroma with scents of pine, straw, and some earthy, floral tones. The beer was fairly bitter and grainy in taste without much sweetness. An average-bodied beer with average carbonation and a dry, thinner mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2011
22oz bottle. As a side note this is reported to be their Double Nickel IPA redux, however it seems as though that beer hasnít even been added. Pours out a very nice medium golden amber hue, white head great carbonation. Aromas are popping in the nose, fresh citrus, pine, some delicate floral notes. Palate is very enjoyable, citrus hits bright up front, then the hops which are not overpowering, rip through the mid palate and leaves a refreshing crisp finish. I have no idea what ABV is on this, but it drinks fantastic. This one is a winner from BBC, I vote for it to at least be a special seasonal like the Raspberry Barleywine, with the original name of the Double Nickel. Top 5 offering from BBC for sure!

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