On a recent quick stop in Worcester I was finally able to check out Greater Good Brewery, unfortunately just to quickly pick up an online order since I am still avoiding any sit-down brewery visits. I have enjoyed a number of Greater Good beers since they initially launched as an all-imperial contract brand, and I was impressed by my quick look around the brewery. They have great space, indoor and outdoor “social-distance” seating, and a variety of beers and food options available. There was a solid number of people hanging out on a Saturday afternoon, I’m sure there would have been far more in a non-pandemic situation, but the place seemed to be very popular even under the current circumstances. When Greater Good opened their taproom they realized that an all-imperial lineup of beers could be an issue, especially with people driving, so they launched an additional lineup of “normal” strength beers under the Soul Purpose label. These beers became so popular that they eventually scaled them, canned them and added Soul Purpose to their distribution list. I grabbed a variety of beers from both the Greater Good and Soul Purpose labels on my visit, including Soul Purpose Deepah Shade of Soul, a NEIPA that showcases Galaxy hops. Soul Purpose Deepah Shade of Soul is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Soul Purpose Deepah Shade of Soul pours hazy straw yellow with a solid white head. The aroma features a big burst of hops loaded with citrus fruit. The flavor is also hop-forward, notes of grapefruit, orange juice and peach along with a mild and soft bitterness. This is balanced by a pale malt backbone, hints of cereal and bread dough. Deepah Shade of Soul is medium bodied and easy-drinking, not overly boozy at 6% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. This is another excellent beer from Greater Good/Soul Purpose, I’ve been really impressed with the beers from this brewery recently and I can’t wait to do a proper visit post-COVID. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.
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