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Anger - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

335 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%


Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: minterro on 07-21-2011)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 06:33:14 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

10-24-2011 00:04:09 | More by MasterSki
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kojevergas

Texas

3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

High C+

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2013 20:34:53 | More by kojevergas
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 00:50:25 | More by biegaman
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superspak

Michigan

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 04:53:23 | More by superspak
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 20:28:09 | More by kylehay2004
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to dschuster03 for sharing this growler.

A - Dark brown colored beer with a bit of khaki head that left some spots on the glass.

S - Roasted malts, little bit of bitter chocolate, floral hops. Really great smelling.

T - This is a very tasty beer that doesn't get too heavy for the style. Nice roasty malts with some good hoppyness. Very clean tasting with a touch of citrus in there to brighten it up a bit.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - A really nice beer. Easy to drink, and has great flavors. I really liked this beer a lot and find it a great example of the style.

Serving type: growler

12-05-2011 04:13:04 | More by AgentZero
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 00:08:06 | More by rudzud
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Durge

Connecticut

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A solid black brown colored ale poured cold from the 12 ounce bottle. It carries a hefty tan layer of frothy bubbles on top and leaves a serious blanket of lacing. The nose picks up an abundance of deep roasted coffee chocolate malt and sea foam piney hops. Scrumptious! The flavor delivers a unique seaweed malt and light coffee with creamy milk chocolate. It has a slight mineral water quality mixed in as well. Quite unusual but it includes a solid pine bite that's a tad funky. The body is medium at least but it has a fairly quiet, almost aqueous feel with a very delicate/ gentle carbonation. One of my favorite styles and a more than solid entry here.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 04:49:15 | More by Durge
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cpetrone84

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 23:57:44 | More by cpetrone84
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cosmicevan

New York

3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to zaphog for looking out in a LNBA BIF. enjoyed from a mystery brewing tulip.

a - brew poured watery black with a thin grey white head that had some creaminess to it. hung out for a bit, but eventually vanished leaving a thin skin of heady bubbling and lace chunks on the surface.

s - strong hopping over roasted malts.

t - just like the smell, strong hopping over roasted malts. bitterness is more subtle.

m - medium bodied, decent bitterness not overly hoppy.

o - overall, not wild about this style less a few examples. just had a short's double black ipa (goodnight bodacious) and feel that this is pretty similar except the shorts had a bit more heat and the hopping on the shorts was a bit more present and gave the beer a bit more character. this one is not bad, and worth checking if you dig the style, but for me, this was just pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 04:38:37 | More by cosmicevan
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with Maris Otter, Munich, Crystal 10L, Crystal 60L, British Chocolate, Carafa III, Wheat Malt. Hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Cascade
85 ibu, 7.6% by vol., 28.3º Lovibond

Pours out to a lightly cloudy light black (bottle conditioned), forming a modest light tan head with good retention and lacing. Mild to moderate carbonation, ~2.0 carbs or so. The nose is pungent with fine hops...skunkweed MJ, pine, and cat piss with a hint of roast character. The mouthfeel is pleasantly stinging with hop bite (not bitterness) with a medium dense body and finishing with a hop astringency. The taste is great...a wonderful balance of hop bomb and roasted malts with a well balanced bitterness, a little bit of chalk towards the finish, and more hops and roast lingering long after the swallow. Lots of resinous hop character. Bitterness is medium to medium strong, enough to please most hop heads but not severe enough that it interferes with the drinkability or relative balance.

A great example of the style. Black IPA fans will not be disappointed. This is only my 4th beer from Greenbush, but thus far I have been impressed. Would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2013 03:25:09 | More by Mitchster
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 06:04:52 | More by homebrew311
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mdaschaf

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2012 01:24:59 | More by mdaschaf
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2012 05:29:17 | More by WoodBrew
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours practically pitch black in color. Produced a great 3+ finger tan fluffy head that stuck around for quite awhile before dissipating. Plenty of lacing left behind too.

(S)- Some dry roasted malts and bits of citrus overall; honestly, it is a bit muted.

(T)- A nice combination of dry roasted baked bread meets a blast of lemon lime and pineapple citrus.

(M)- A nice smooth carbonation level meets a nice balanced mouthfeel overall. The dry roasted malts help cut the bitterness from the hops while the citrus is free to shine.

(O)- A pretty solid Black IPA. Often times I feel some of this are just too much like a hoppy porter or stout, but this one is well balanced and well-made enough to fit the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 20:50:35 | More by sweemzander
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Dave! Poured into Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours black, tan colored head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Nice mix of light bitter hops, roast, slight chocolate. Really nice and once of the better-smelling Black IPA's I've had. Just very smooth and the hops vs. roast is right down the middle.

T - Grassy hops, some floral notes, roast, chocolate. The taste lives up to the nose, perhaps better. Really nice mix of both..so good.

M - Light to medium body, good carbonation, roast finish.

O - A really great Black IPA that I would keep drinking over and over. I knew nothings about Greenbush before drinking this beer and now I'm inclined to try some of their other offerings. This one is a winner!

Serving type: growler

10-27-2011 15:53:43 | More by Sean9689
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz, no dating visible
Central Waters globe

A: Pours out a deep black color with some reddish hues. Only a mild quarter finger of light tan head. Some slight lacing bits.

S: I get a good amount of hops on the nose. Piney, earthy hop aromas. Behind that is some I do get a touch of roast coffee and some chocolate.

T: I get that hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue (and through the mouth). Don't know if it's 85ibus but it's nicely bitter. You certainly get that piney hop bitter flavor. I does overpower the dark malts, which surprises me. Wish it meshed better and blended the styles more. As it warms, I get a little more light roast and chocolate. Finish is actually creamy along with bitterness.

M: it's medium bodied.

O: It's about a B. Not the best BIPA around.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 12:55:50 | More by inlimbo77
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elNopalero

Texas

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2014 03:20:01 | More by elNopalero
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 19:19:30 | More by buschbeer
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2014 22:16:43 | More by MDDMD
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Anger last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm still working my way through Greenbush's lineup, I haven't had this beer before but I have had Rage before which I think is suppose to be the imperial version of this beer, I'm in the mood for a Black IPA tonight, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, I know it's fairly fresh since they just showed up. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice, it had a nice darker look to it that went nice with the name which I also like, Anger just seems like a fitting name for a Black IPA. It poured a nice black color that let hardly any light come through with two fingers worth of medium tan head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking Black IPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma is pretty intense and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar like aroma to it followed by a good amount of hops that impart a pretty big resiny and piney aromas with a slight bit of citrus hops that add a little more depth. Up next comes the malts which also stick out a good deal and impart some dark, roasted, and almost charred malt aromas followed by some nice chocolate and coffee aromas and there was also a slight boozy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was intense and fairly complex, I enjoyed it.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a slight brown sugar flavor to it and it's followed by a nice amount of hops with some resiny, piney and citrusy hop flavors all showing up equally making for a nice and unique hop profile. Up next comes the malts which impart some dark roasted malts flavors that had a slight charred flavor to them and were followed by a nice medium amount of coffee and chocolate flavors. Towards the end I get a real slight boozy flavor followed by a medium amount of bitterness with a half and half mixture of roasted malts with some resiny and citrus hops in the aftertaste. This was a good tasting Black IPA, it was well balanced and pretty unique.

M- fairly smooth, creamy, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a good mouthfeel, it worked nicely with it and I have no complaints.

I thought this was a good beer and a good and unique example of a Black IPA, it was nicely balanced with neither the hops or the malts being too overpowering and it wasn't overly bitter. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth and the flavor did a good job at holding my attention, but I couldn't see myself drinking more than two of these, this seems like a nice fall time beer. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was enjoyable and pretty unique, I liked it. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, I don't think that there's anything that I would change with this beer, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this bee again when in the mood for a nice and unique Black IPA and I think it's priced well, I would recommend this to anyone who likes Black IPA's. All in all I enjoyed this beer, it did remind me a lot of Rage, but much less intense which made it much more enjoyable. I thought this was a good Black IPA, I still think that Arcadia's B Craft is still my favorite Black IPA, but this beer isn't that far behind. I've been pretty impressed with these new Greenbush beers, it seems like all the beers I have had from them haven't tasted like anything I have had before and I really like that, Keep up the good work guys.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2013 03:51:21 | More by StoutHunter
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Treebs

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Kuma's Corner. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a light black color with dark brown edges where the light catches it. A light tan head forms on the pour and dissipates to a thin collar. It leaves some nice soapy webbing behind.

S: The nose has some fruity citrus hops with some nice roasted malts and some light bitter chocolate. Pretty standard, but good.

T: Wow, the taste is significantly better than the nose. There is a great combination of citrus hop flavors with a nice roasted oat malt body. The bitter chocolate provides a nice base for the citrus and there is also a light coffee bean flavor that plays off the lingering hop flavor. The finish is roasty with a light pine.

M: Medium bodied with a nice carbonation. The finish is refreshing with a drying, roasted finish.

O: Very solid. Really well done with the green hops lingering in the background while the roasted malts and chocolate flavors were upfront. Nicely done Greenbush.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2012 23:46:52 | More by Treebs
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pete's Garage. In the dimly lit restaurant, the beer is seemingly black, only traced with a wood-stained brown around the very edges when held up to the light. It's capped with a coffee-and-cream colored head that mellows out at a few millimeters thick and leaves small bits of wet, dripping lacing on the sides of the glass.

Chocolate malt is the first thing that my senses pick up on as I take my first whiff - it's got a hefty, dry cocoa aroma to it. Crushed coffee beans, burnt caramel, and some roasted malts make up the remainder of the malt bill contribution. Hops are in full force; leafs, mild pine, and even a small, citrus-filled finish. Reminds me a little of Shorts' Goodnight Bodacious, only this one is a little more tame and not quite as coffee-heavy.

The citric character in the nose is only amplified on the palate - heavy citrus up front; a good helping of peppery grapefruit and tangerine. It's actually almost tart for a brief moment before the leafy and herbal notes start to creep in and take over. The malts crescendo through the background and halfway through, they are in full force; slightly roasted coffee beans, cocoa powder, and some charred wood. The aftertaste is full of burnt hops with a roasty malt and faintly citric flavor combination. Medium bodied, decent carbonation with a slick and almost crisp mouth feel.

I don't know why, but I wasn't feeling the vibe on this one quite like everyone else. It was okay, but not something I would seek out or pick up again, unless I had a super-huge craving for a black IPA and there were no other one's available. I'd take both Shorts' black IPAs over this one (Bludgeon Yer Eye and Goodnight Bodacious). I guess my main complaint with this is that the citrus profile of the hops didn't mesh too favorably with the malt bill. I would have rather seen more herbal, ashy, spicy hops. Wish in one hand, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2013 11:41:37 | More by tectactoe
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KickInTheChalice

Illinois

4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Anger has an onyx color, a gentle reminder that this is a beer that will deliver some intensity. A small ecru head rests on top of the beer, but the small size is more due to the nature of the pour than the beer itself.

The aroma is a sharp blend of roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and pine and citrus hops. It is easy to distinguish the aromas, but they work together nicely.

My first sip starts off with a bang; fully roasted malt, smoke, dark unsweetened chocolate, and strong black coffee all come through. The flavor at this point is enough to be considered a flavorful beer. But then the hop flavors start playing games with my taste buds. There is a dash of grapefruit and orange citrus, but the main player is a strong spicy, resiny pine note. The hops and coffee work together to bring a bitter finish, although there is not much aftertaste.

The thickness of this mouthfeel is right around where I want it to be. At 7.6%, I want something that has some bite to it, and Anger does not disappoint. The carbonation is creamy and smooth. Out of the bottle the carbonation is a little bit out of control, so I like it better on tap. There is a bit of hoppy resin residue left on my lips after each sip.

Anger is one of the top American Black Ales out there, no question. This is a great beer that straddles two categories rather nicely. I order this regularly.

Serving type: on-tap

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Anger from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 335 ratings.