Anger - Greenbush Brewing Company
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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
3.24/5 rDev -18%
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.
01-17-2014 15:40:38 | More by jdb288
3.9/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
01-13-2014 20:38:42 | More by PBIU
4.39/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
01-13-2014 05:46:04 | More by BierStein711
3.99/5 rDev +1%
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.
12-11-2013 00:08:06 | More by rudzud
Anger from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 404 ratings.