Anger - Greenbush Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +3.8%
Half finger head with nice lacing on a jet black body. Aroma is balanced with roasted malts, earthy hops, with light coffee and vanilla. Flavor is also fairly well balanced for the style with roasted malts and dark chocolate mingling well throughout with the earthy and slightly floral/grassy hops. Medium body and light to moderate carbonation. So many of these aren't very well balanced and either are more of a stout or an IPA but the balance here makes this a nice black IPA it's jut not complex enough to make it the best but still one to try while at the brewery.
11-24-2012 20:28:09 | More by kylehay2004
3.64/5 rDev -7.8%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
How appropriate that I'm drinking this while watching an AVGN episode. This stuff pours a dark black-brown topped by a solid finger of soft khaki foam. The nose comprises miscellaneous greens, light pine needle, and some very light roasted malts in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with a stronger sense of pine and a more robust roastiness, providing the balance so sorely missed in the smell. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly silky feel. Overall, a nice little black IPA. 'Nuff said.
05-22-2013 06:33:14 | More by TMoney2591
4.35/5 rDev +10.1%
Growler picked up by Dave (dschuster03). Served in a Russian River tulip. This is an American Black Ale - not a "Belgian IPA"?!
A - A half-finger of tan foam settles to a thin ring, wispy cap, and tiny dots of lace. The body is a dark brown color.
S - Smell is great - exactly what I want from this style. It's a blend of roasted malts, chocolate, floral and grassy hops, and perhaps a touch of citrus.
T - The taste is also quite nice, with a blend of roastiness, chocolate, and citrus hop flavors. This thankfully lacks the char, ash, and astringent black malt flavors I get from many Black IPAs.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a grainy and somewhat gritty texture. There's some mild stickiness in the finish. Could stand to be a bit softer here.
D - A very enjoyable Black IPA, and much better than almost all of the ones available in the Chicago area. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that Greenbush sends a few kegs of this one our way, as I'd love to revisit it without having to make the long trek to Sawyer. My second experience with this brewery, and they're two for two.
10-24-2011 00:04:09 | More by MasterSki
3.21/5 rDev -18.7%
Black IPA. Served on-draught into a pilsner glass at Jake Melnick's in Chicago over St. Patrick's Day weekend. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high; I really enjoyed Greenbush's porter right before this.
A: Pours a one finger rich tan colour head of good cream and thickness, and good (3-4+ minute) retention. Body colour is a solid opaque dark black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.
Sm: Floral hops, dark malts, and slightly buried roast. A mild strength aroma.
T: Creamy. Dark malts. Generic floral hop character. Buried yet intrusive roast. Balance is decent, but it's still an unrefined black IPA, never quite getting the mix of roast/dark malts and hoppy character to feel natural. They don't play well together here. Lacks complexity and subtlety, but it's built decently for what it is. No yeast character or alcohol comes through.
Mf: Smooth, creamy, and wet. Nice thickness. Slight overcarbonation.
Dr: Drinkable. Hides its ABV pretty well. Enjoyable, but far from the best in the style that I've had. I might have it again, but I'm in no hurry. Wouldn't recommend it to friends. Unrefreshing.
06-07-2013 20:34:53 | More by kojevergas
3.58/5 rDev -9.4%
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 3/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge mango, passionfruit, tangerine, caramel, toast, floral, light roast, and floral earthiness. Nice and interesting aromas with huge tropical hop presence and minimal malts. Taste of mango, passionfruit, tangerine, orange zest, roasted malt, light char, toast, coffee, floral, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, tropical, roasted malt, light char, toast, and floral on the finish for a bit. Good complexity of roasted malt and hop flavors; with a good malt/hop balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good black IPA. Good balance of malt and hop flavors; and smooth to sip on. An enjoyable offering.
05-01-2013 04:53:23 | More by superspak
4/5 rDev +1.3%
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!
02-04-2014 00:50:25 | More by biegaman
4.25/5 rDev +7.6%
Thanks to Wendall for this one!
A: Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan colored head on top. It settles quickly to a thin cap on top, thin lacing forming all around the glass.
S: Lots of chocolate and roast upfront with some floral hops on the backend. Really nice combination, lots of both the dark and hop.
T: Similar to the aroma, some nice chocolate and roasted malt upfront with a little bit of floral hops mixed in, with a hint of citrus.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.
O: A nice Black IPA, better than most I have had. Neither the roast nor the hops dominate the flavor profile as it does on many others in the style.
03-14-2012 01:24:59 | More by mdaschaf
District of Columbia
3.88/5 rDev -1.8%
From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 3/14/12
-- Another winner from Señor brydeen --
A: Killer bootstrap brown. A good pour yields a 3+ finger head and monster gobs of lacing.
S: Earthy mud and robust hop oil. There's a big dose of malts that round out the bouquet.
T: Bitingly hoppy, and for a beer with a moderate IPA, I'm quite impressed. It certainly comes across as the hoppiest Black Ale I've quaffed to date.
M: A bit overcarbed, which downshifts the entire beer. As I swirl it in my glass a bit, it helps to loosen the carb's death grip and opens 'er up.
O: For a style I don't normally reach for, Greenbush has put together a killer ABA with their Anger. The hops are the first, last and everything in this beer, yet the dark malt really adds a killer complexity to it. Recommended.
03-19-2012 23:45:35 | More by Rhettroactive
4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
I was able to try Anger from Green BUSH at a local tavern that just recently opened. The beer poured a dark nearly opaque amber with thin slightly off-whote head that left spotty lacing. The smell included piney hops and subtle roast. The taste started just as most IPAs ....a nice piney citrus that was quickly replaced with roast and then bittering hops that helped to cleanse the pallet. The mouthfeel was a medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall the beer was decent....but comapred to the Stone SSRIPA it was not as good. I would definitely have it again....and again....and again....if I see it in the future.
12-31-2012 05:29:17 | More by WoodBrew
Anger from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 402 ratings.