Highland Park Good Green
Brewed by: Highland Park Brewery
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: American
- Limited: Yes
- ABV: 6.2%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Won gold medal at 2016 Great American Beer Festival for American-Style Strong Pale Ale.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
West Coast IPA with Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra hops.
Hops: Amarillo, Simcoe, and Citra
More Highland Park Good Green Images
Artwork: Drippy, gooey lettering that reads “Good Green” (in green) on a black background.
Color: Bright golden hue.
Aroma: Mild grain and floral hops.
Arrived in: 16oz. Can
Served in: Specialty IPA Glass
We absolutely love Highland Park Brewery and their insanely hoppy beers, and realized we had never written about them. They are brewing some of the best hop forward offerings in California, especially their West Coast style beers like this aptly named Good Green.
They do canning runs from time to time, and hopefully once their brewery expansion is complete more beers will be available all the time! Thanks to one of our bestest beer buds @sin_isterkid, we get treated to these amazing beers, and we’re so fortunate he introduced us to this place!
Good Green was a real beauty in the glass, with a vibrant golden color you could see right through. It poured quite effervescently, with a moderately sized pure white head. Its topper faded fairly quick, but left a thin layer of resilient froth for most of the way through the glass.
Considering the hop bill, we were a little surprised there wasn’t more aroma to this beer. Just a little bit of grain and floral notes on the grassier side.
From our experience, Highland Park’s other IPAs feature more delicate, citrusy and tropical fruit flavors. Good Green was a straight up, sticky pungent hop kick in the palate. And we were more than fine with it!
Good Green started off with a slow rolling earthy and floral bitterness from Simcoe. Its skunkiness built up nicely with an edgy herbal onion quality to it. Citrus washed over for a drying finish, with gentle notes of orange that lingered on the palate.
Good Green packed quite a bit of dankness without any chewiness. We loved how light and airy this beer was, with a refreshing nudge of effervescence that brightened up the stickiness. Crisp and crushable, with an ABV right in the 6% wheelhouse, it was definitely feasible to enjoy two in a row.
Final Score: 4/5
Highland Park Brewery named it right — this was some Good Green! It packed a skunky punch of herbal and floral dankness, with a lighter body and just enough citrus character to chase the stickiness after each sip.