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Anger - Greenbush Brewing Company

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89
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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 497
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 8.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 76 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: minterro on 07-21-2011

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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 497
Photo of Fargrow
4.66/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Black IPA I've ever had. Black beer with a beige head. Smells of roast, pine, and chocolate. Huge flavor of chocolate roastiness. Great hop bitterness. I was overall very impressed with this beer. (213 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black, slight transparency on the edges, with a huge rocky head of light tan, that fades very slowly. Massive lacing.

S - A hint of pine and malts, a slight sourness, but overall somewhat closed.

T - A subtle pine element, grapefruit, a strong roasty malt quality, and a smoothly bitter finish. Like the nose, this is a somewhat closed beer, with a end that drops off quickly.

M - A bit light, but also a strange coating quality that might come from low carbonation by the time the head fades.

O - It is possible that the one I had was on the edge of infection, given how the head formed and the slightly odd flavor profile. That said, the drinking experience was not bad, and the beer avoided the uber-hop trap that a lot of black ales fall into, where the bitterness goes off the scales. (805 characters)

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had as part of a flight. Beautiful dark brown color and two finger off white head. Creamy mouthfeel, roasted and hoppy. Another solid Greenbush entry, love what these guys are doing. (182 characters)

Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pored this out almost black and produced a nice two finger dark tan frothy head that has super small tight bubbles. The nose is interesting. A sweet candy cherry, slight roast, earthy, caramel, and some pine. The taste has all hops in the front then you get the slight roast character in the finish along with a bitterness. I get pine, earthiness, slight cherry sweetness, then the roasted coffee character comes in with a dry finish. The bitterness builds and takes over the flavor (malts and hops could be slightly more balanced.) Definitely a unique flavor for this style with a lot going on. This one is worth a try if you like the style but be ready for a beer that has a strong pronounced flavor and bitterness, cheers! (733 characters)

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%

Dark chocolate color. Aroma is nice combination of tobacco, licorice and coffee. Light carbonation, with a light, creamy mouth feel. Taste follows the nose, with malty, brown sugar sweet finish. Not heavy for a 7.6%. Not entirely sold as the fizz and flavor aren't entirely aligned, but very enjoyable for one pint.
BA lists Black Ale, but Greenbush lists as a Black IPA. Regardless, I much prefer it on tap at their brew pub to the bottle. (443 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker black body. Looks kind of like a cola. Big hop aroma with some sweetness. Lots of chocolate taste. Good amount of hop flavor. Mouthfeel similar to coke. (159 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
3.59/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: onyx body, trace khaki head
mild lacing

S: roasted malt, hint of coffee, fresh pine

T: mild leather, nutty, similar long bitter roasted coffee, pine finish

M: med body, smooth/solid oily

O: Not my fav style, but this is quite nice.

SOLID; NOT MUST HAVE! (261 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Appears well carbonated, deep brown but opaque, a bit muddy looking.
S: Vaguely hoppy, grapefruit, not much else. As it warms I get a little bit of alcohol, and maybe even some slight butter? This might be a malt characteristic though.
T: Flavor is nice, more grapefruit, maybe some orange, mild roast, caramel, toffee flavor. Bitterness is very present but not overpowering. Not too dry which is nice, I ilke this style to have a bit of mouthfeel to it. The hops could could be a bit more interesting, but they are also perfectly fine. I like this. It's solid.
M: Medium to medium full. Could even be backed off a little bit. Might be slightly overcarbonated.
O: A pretty good black IPA, malts could be backed down a touch and hops up a bit to make it better. Fermentation could be a touch cleaner as well. But pretty solid, I enjoyed this. (846 characters)

Photo of lochef81
3.46/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This bipa pours a very dark mahogany body with a short lasting tan head and just a slight film lace. The nose is subtle and a little funky. Slightly hoppy but also roasty and dark. The mouthfeel is smooth and rather light. It could actually use s little more body. The flavor is not particularly hoppy mostly just light coffee notes and a little citrus. Almost closer to a light porter than a bipa. Not a bad beer but nothing to hunt down. (439 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice black with a tan-ish head on top....
smell is earthy and a bit bitter smelling.
nice porter mind of taste, moreso than a black IPA in my opinion. thick to a degree, chalky, musky and earthy bitterness. almost some espresso-like flavor, but not quite.
overall, a very decent brew but not sure which way they are trying to go with it. very good brew, but more of a porter, no? black IPA works too, I suppose but either way it tastes very good. a little thicker than I was expecting, cheers! (493 characters)

Photo of Qbdoo
3.83/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A really good beer but a definite near-miss. It is gorgeous for a black IPA. As dark as a porter and the mouthfeel is comparable to porters - thick and creamy and very appealing. The taste is solid but not outstanding for a black IPA. Everything is good but nothing stands out. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, a strong but not particularly distinct hop presence in the taste and in the nose. It is a well balanced beer for this style, which is nice - many are not - but black IPAs - to me - should be bold and distinct. I like this beer a lot and think it would be a great summer beer when you're looking for something a bit heavier. It almost but doesn't quite blow me away. But the price is right: $9.99/six. This will make it a more likely choice for me. (756 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-dark brown black color with a nice light tan head and great lacing

S-dark malt, light coffee, cocoa, pine, herbal

T-dark roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, little citrus, pine, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and smooth

O-solid black IPA, good flavors and enjoyable drinking (312 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour is dark brown, fairly right tan colored head. Nose has a decent amount of roast and some black licorice notes. Light char and a bit of citrus orange. Taste is even more char, heavy and dark roast, black malts, citrus and hops behind, lingering bitterness with strong lingering char. Strong carbonation on a light body, a bit slick on the back of the throat. (362 characters)

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I dont really understand "Black IPAs" ....Theyre good, but I dont get it. Anyway, This beer is really good.
A- Aesome head retention. This is black as a porter. Nice lacing, a sure sign of a well crafted beer.
S- I smell the black patent(?) Malts and a dank piney floral hop aroma. Its quite nice, I almost smell licorice... interesting.
T- Matches the smell. I like it, I taste pretty much what I smelled, dank piney hops and dark malts. Its really a hopped up porter in my opinion, as for this style I think someone just messed up one time and said uhh its a black IPA, yeah thats it. Hah, some of the best things that happen are accidental. I like it though.
M- Outstanding. kinda chewy, full bodied, smooth, almost creamy, I love this.
Overall this is the best "Black IPA" Ive ever had. And Ive knocked back a few. Wortha try if youre into this sort of thing.

Cheers! (873 characters)

Photo of elNopalero
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a dark cola-caramel in color. The aroma is piney, dank, and slightly earthy with the grapefruit that I’ve come to expect in a black IPA. There’s a sticky, piney bitterness on the palate, with a grapefruitty dankness and a resiny finish contrasting a hint of roast. More, please. (293 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anger actually looks like something that generally makes people quite happy: a root beer float. It has a dark cola brown body and is topped with what appears to be a double-scoop of vanilla ice cream and a shot of whipped cream. I don't know whether to sip it or go get a spoon.

The aroma, on the other hand, definitely isn't catering to those with a sweet-tooth - you'll never find anything with a flavour remotely like this on a diner menu (although, actually, root beer is again a fair reference point). It smells markedly earthy - as if it were derived from plant root or tree bark - and has the auras of birch, pine and sassafras.

The flavour expands on this profile and has the invigorating sensation of jumping into cold water. It offers an entire farm's worth of hops and earthy/herbal tastes of bark, wintergreen, smoked pine (lapsang souchong tea), sarsaparilla, black licorice, molasses, and, on the end, equal parts vanilla bean, dark chocolate and coffee (it's these notes that linger on the tongue longest).

The yeast, loads of which rests at the bottom of the bottle, seems to be responsible for not only the persisting mound of mousse atop the beer, but also subtle hints of baking spices; minor notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are sprinkled throughout the aftertaste. These, in conjunction with all those flavours listed above, ensure the 7.6% alcohol is never tasted.

Anger is nothing unconventional - it's a dark, hoppy beer led by strong forest-like resins that are chased by a gentle roastiness - but it's a Black IPA with a personality of its own. Greenbush is the newest in a long line of Michigan microbreweries to impress the heck out of me - as if that state didn't have enough good beer already. I'm angry they didn't set-up shop where I live! (1,782 characters)

Photo of jdb288
3.24/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Fresh bottle from trade.

Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is earthy - grass, dirt. Taste is hoppy - bitter, bright notes of pine with some malt backbone (although not as pronounced as I would like).

Not my favorite but a decent offering from Greenbush. (255 characters)

Photo of PBIU
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Greenbush out of Sawyer, MI is somewhat of a relatively new brewery to Chicagoans. Believe they have been distributed here just this past year. I have seen them on tap occansionally but not as much as I would like. Big fan of their Closure Pale Ale, and this is the third time I have tried their Anger Black IPA.

I like to refer to this as Wookey Jack Lite. Which is not a bad thing to say the least. Also, the ABV lends it to be a beer in which you could have more than one at a seating. Not saying that it is sessionable, but it is a bit kinder in that regard versus other Black IPAs.

Appearance, Smell and taste are it's strengths. Jet black, great hop nose that tricks you into thinking its an IPA. But at the last second you catch that coffee and chocolate hint. Taste is very fullfilling with a smooth dry finish.

If anything, the mouthfeel is a bit lacking. Some may define this beer as being a bit watery, but I would not go that far. It just needs a bit more malt backbone.

Overall a great offering from Greenbush and enjoyable. Perfect for the cold weather season here in the Midwest when you still crave the hops but want something a little more robust. (1,169 characters)

Photo of BierStein711
4.37/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one amazing beer, my fellow explorers.

The appearance is a solid jet black with mild carbonation and a beige two finger head

Smells: Roast Malt, Oats, Hops, Coffee, and Cocoa

Taste: Roast Malt, Coffee, Pine, Cocoa, and a boozy, citrus finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth and Thick!

Overall, I'd have this again in a heartbeat. Such a great beer for this time of year, when you don't want the total stout. (406 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep rich brown hue with a HUGE billowing 4 finger mocha head that left sudsy lacing. Head just explodes...and that's not always a good thing.

S - Aromas are pretty nice. Good pine, lighter chocolate, roasted malts. Nice and deep and rich. Maybe a slight twinge of alcohol.

T - Taste is pretty straightforward. Piney hops, chocolate, good strong roast, faint coffee. Well executed.

M - Mouthfeel is good and creamy. Alcohol is hidden nicely.

O - Overall this is a very straightforward, well executed black IPA. The appearance needs some work as the head is simply unruly. (658 characters)

Photo of BreakfastStout
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I don't have a lot of experience with this style, my only other beer in the category is Founders Artist Inspired Black IPA. While I was ambivalent about that one (surprising since I'm a huge Founders fan) this offering by Greenbush is surprisingly tasty.

Appearance: Nice black appearance with a medium dark blackish head

Smell: Pleasing, slightly roasty, aroma

Taste: This is where this little gem really starts to shine. Nice malty balance to the hoppy finish. I’m reminded of a Bell's Two Heart. Really, this one is that good!

Mouthfeel: Nice hoppy mouthfeel, with a slight roasty notes..

Overall: After tasting the Founders Black IPA, I was ready to write this style off entirely. I'm glad I didn't. I'm headed back to the store for a six pack. (755 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.26/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - The first thing that I noticed was that my normal pour yielded a mountain of mocha head. It is a very foamy beer. The body is very dark. It looks a lot like a porter.

S - This black IPA has a more noticeable roasted character. I can smell some chocolate and some citrus.

T - It starts out with the roasted malt. I get some chocolate, cocoa, and some black coffee. The finish has a mild citrus flavor.

M - Full and creamy like a good stout.

O - This is probably my favorite black IPA to date. I love the balance between the hops and the roasted malt. Most black IPA's are hop bombs with roasted malt. This is more like a hoppy stout. The hops compliment this beer perfectly. It pairs well with Metallica's St. Anger (song or the album). (794 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer gushes a deep dark brownish black and a great head crowns with great lacing on my Southern Tier tulip.

Amazing aroma wafts through the senses. One of the best BIPA aromas I have experienced. The aromatics of the black roasted malt are dry and then transition directly into bold pine needle hops along with some nice fruity notes.

Cant wait for the taste after that nose. Could not stop smelling this one, just intense.

The taste is a surprise but not too surprising. It is still intense with the black malt flavor but does not have something I picked up before. Maybe the hops? But they too are intense. Mostly pine and a touch of citrus. Just a bit different than the nose but it's good. Very bitter finish.

M: Sharp and carbonated mouthfeel and slightly harsh.

I liked the aroma the most and the taste was good. I think this one was meant to be abrasive (hence the name) so I guess they hit the target. Pretty good heavy hitting black IPA. My first sample of Greenbush just a stones throw from Warren Dunes...heaven on earth. (1,042 characters)

Photo of William_B
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Overall, very good. Not as hopped as I would expect from similar IPAs. Very refreshing and flavorful.

Greenbush is new to my market. I have tried three of their beers, and would recommend each of them. The Anger is one of the best dark ales i've had. (251 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Half Acre snifter. Pour dark cola brown with generous brown head with nice retention and plenty of lacing. Nose is hop forward with pine being the main note. Notes of roasted barley, caramel, and pine hops come through. The taste is mildly roasty up front and turns into a nice hop forward IPA towards the end. This isn't quite as bitter as other Black IPA, it seems as if the bitterness from the roast is well balanced against the hop profile. Some bright citrus notes towards the end. Nice flavorful Black IPA. Mouthfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. I think this is very successful for the style. It doesn't seem gimicky as the roast actually benefits the hop profile. I'd drink this again. (712 characters)

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Anger from Greenbush Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.