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Dunegräs - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 356
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ahq514 on 09-20-2011

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Photo of SometimesIfart
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Greenbush Dunegräs.

From the makers of brother Benjamin, which is the only other brew I've had outta these guys and it being fair enough I elected to give this brewery a second take. $2.29 for the twelve ounce bottle at Jake's Liquor Monroe, Michigan just off the North Dixie I-75 exit by all the truck stops and fast food joints.

Look - Brew flows out like a waterfall and landing is the glass with a murky copper complexion that makes visibility through the other side of the pint glass a chore. Head comes out at a solid two fingers of off white froth that disappates at a slow pace leaving the first signs of a sticky web of lacing at the very top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be on about moderate from what I can tell through the murk. Lacing is a no show like your father at your first birthday party after a night of jack and cokes and convenience store robberies rotting in the Feds. 4.

Smell - This one is clearly brewed with Mosaic hops. Very flower forward and well easing into your nostrils. Like a cute girl with an adorable smile that just absolutely melts your heart. No I'm not talking about your fat pigly wife, I had her last night and there ain't nothing cute about her. Tropical fruity juices meld well with a mixture of mango and grapefruit piths. If it tastes half as good as it smells, we have a winner here. 4.75.

Taste - Well it didn't follow completely to suit. Flower power is there on the initial invasion of your taste buds followed by a guest appearance of tropical juices and grapefruit pithy galore. The sixty-seven IBUs seems higher until your taste buds grow accustomed to them. Bitterness is ever present even after a period of it growing on your tongue. Ahhhhh...our palates are such beautiful things. I'm fighting myself on the score for this category. Perfectly situated between a 4 and a 4.25 so I'll give it the extra credit. 4.25.

Feel - This is the only category I don't care much for judging as I often swallow before I can even get a feel for the feel. Ha, bad puns aside...the body is light to moderate with a noticeable level of carbonation that pricks the top and the bottom of the tongue lightly without feeling like an annoying drunk asshole at the dorm party. Bitterness coats the mouth the longer it sits and opens up the malty level of the brew which is completely absent in the initial flavor. Coats the tongue in high IBU goodness and nearly wrecks the palate. Only wish it had a higher ABV. 4.5.

Overall - This one was a roller coaster ride. As my palate gets better and better so does my way of explaining it to you. No, my reviews are not conservative nor are they biased and at times not even to the specific style. BUT...this is a site dedicated to what the INDIVIDUAL thinks while reviewing the beer. This one..very solid and probably my favorite lower spectrum ABV IPA. But as always, that's just MY opinion. Try it out for yourself and make your own judgement. 4.25.


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Photo of PaulyB83
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 01/15/15 Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

L- Mostly hazy deep amber, one finger off white head.

S- Spicy and floral hops hit you first followed by citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. Sweet malty note.

T- Similar to aroma with spicy notes, more citrus than in aroma, ends with a floral note and malty sweetness and light toasted malts.

F- Lighter side of medium

O- It's okay but not really the hop profile I enjoy and a bit too malty for what I want in an American IPA.

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Photo of MIbeer27
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, date 1.5.15

Bottle pours into snifter with a beautiful deep amber, nearing red color. There is a one finger, white head that slowly dissipates.

Aroma is nicely balanced between sweet, candied caramel malt and floral, orange notes from the hops.

Taste remains balanced but favors the floral (over the orange) hops, which really take the lead and are joined by some perfume and white pepper notes.

Mouthfeel is medium, as is carbonation. Bitterness is damn near perfect, almost completely cleansing the palate after each sip.

Overall, Dunegräs is a very solid IPA. While I'm not a huge fan of the floral, perfume and white pepper hop flavors that this beer provides, I can appreciate the balance that is presented throughout.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tumbler.

Appearance - Copper body. Nice big white head with great lacing. Excellent retention.

Smell - Grassy and piney. Some caramel and bready malts.

Taste - Grassy hops. Gets a little spicy, even. Bready malt with just a hint of sweetness. Aggressively grassy and bitter. Just a hint of citrus in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. A little creamy. Medium carbonation.

Overall - The hop profile isn't my thing, but every other part hits the spot.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Dunegras fro the Bush is decent. I would classify it as a Belgian ipa. The beer poured a clear copper with white head that left a nice lace. The scent was definitely Belgian leaning. The taste was nicely balanced with Belgian sugar/malt present.the m outhfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this beer is sessionable and I would recommend it.

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Photo of Omnium
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Tulip Glass

A - Slightly hazy orange with a finger of fizzy off white head, no real lacing as the head dissipates fast.
S - Aroma is rather nice, big pine and grass dankness, fresh lemon zest, pineapple, a little astringency, sweet malt.
T - Load of bitterness come through, the malt while mildy sweet kinda takes a back seat, you get a bread taste more at the end, but this thing is loaded with big spicy piney hope bitterness, you get a little orange juice, and some bitey citrus too.
M - Lingering bitterness, mildly dry, feels kinda bigger than it is, but its fairly balanced in feel.
O - This was an interesting IPA, the downside would be the bitterness is a tad extreme, but its got a really nice aroma for what it is.

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Photo of portia99
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into an Idle Hands tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, pale amber color with a huge three fingers of dense cream colored foam with excellent staying power. Foamy lacing is left on the glass as the head slowly fades.

S - Citrus and tropical fruit up front - oranges, grapefruit, pineapple, mango. Lightly sugary sweet and finishing a bit spicy. Plenty of great hop character here.

T - Bitter hops up front that tend towards medicinal in character. Less hop flavor than the aroma would indicate with only light hints of citrus and some pine coming thru but really subdued. Mildly sweet malt.

M - Medium body with a prickly medium carbonation. Aspirin-like bitterness that lingers past the swallow tempered by a bit of sweetness mid sip.

O - Great looking and very good smelling hoppy beer that falls short a bit in the flavor category. Not undrinkable by any stretch, but unremarkable and slightly off-putting with its medicinal flavors. This would be a one and done for me - happy to try though.

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Photo of Maryobeerian
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased onsite at the brewery. Deep honey color, slightly cloudy, full bodied mouth feel. Distinctive grassy flavors, pine with a hint of citrus and brown sugar. A nice complexity going on without one note over taking over the other. Well rounded, interesting beer, definitely worth coming back to.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-nice amber color with a good off-white head and some lacing

S-caramel malt, citrus, light pine, little grassy

T-light grapefruit, pineapple, caramel malt, light pine, little grassy, mild to moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation! crisp

O-decent IPA, but a little too much sweetness comes through in the malt for me

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Photo of jdb288
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from trade with Cbuk1013. Reddish gold pour with white head. Nice aromatics of pine and citrus, also hay.

Taste is full of hop punch - fresh, crisp and light. Very smooth and drinkable. Depending on the freshness this could be a really remarkable beer. Hope to find it on draft someday.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in my new Kuhnhenn snifter

A - It is tea colored. I must have forgotten how to pour. I ended up with a half a glass of off-white head.

S - There is a light citrus aroma. I also smell some fresh cut grass. Maybe the name is influencing my perception.

T - At first I tasted the citrus. The more I drink. The more the bitterness takes over becoming less pleasant.

M - Moderate

O - It started out good with light citrus notes, but I found the building bitterness overwhelming after a while.

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Photo of pls2087
4.49/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Greenbush brewery is nearby in Sawyer MI and is frequently crowded. I've had Dunegras many times on tap, but this time was poured from a bottle into pint glass. I did not notice much of a difference.

A: Beautiful caramel color. Hint of red. 1/2 finger head, dissipates relatively quickly.

S: Sweet, malty.

T: Balanced bitterness and sweetness. Slight citrus taste comes through.

M: Minimal carbonation. Lingering bitterness, not overwhelming.

Overall: One of my favorite beers from GB.

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Photo of LordBeardman
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Sort of a caramel brown color with a good finger of fluffy white head. Good amount of lacing.

Smell: Light hoppy smell. Not much too it.

Taste: Great IPA flavor. Very hoppy. Perfect amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp. High amount of carbonation.

Overal: I really enjoyed this beer. Would have it again. Also really enjoyed that on the bottle they wrote "A justly hopped india pale ale with absolutely no dunegrass.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Greenbush has been on my radar for a while now. While I haven’t made it to the brewery I’m glad to see they’ve started bottling.

This poured a honeyed amber color with great foaming. I found an aroma of tropical fruit and lemon, pineapple and lemon zest, along with some pine. It has a fantastic big, aroma. There’s an intense bitterness on the palate which just dominated the flavor, with a smooth piney and tropical fruit hop profile coming across. Great finish. One of my new finds for the year!

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Photo of sweemzander
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

(A)- Pours a golden amber orange color. Produced a giant clump of frothy white foam with one of the best retentions on an IPA I have seen in a long time. Tons of clumpy lacing left behind as it finally dissipated.

(S)- A good combination of pineapple and orange citrus meets a subtle layer of lemongrass and minimal caramel malt sweetness.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only a much more pronounced bitter pine needle entering the mix with the pineapple and orange citrus. Not so much the lemongrass anymore but the same very minimal caramel malt sweetness at the end.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance to this. Bitter, yes, but a good sweetness and slight acidic twang from the citrus too.

(O)- I am actually kind of impressed by this one. A fairly new brewery, but with some definite solid entries and this one perhaps being one of their better ones with the style in mind. For me, it really takes something well-made and thought out to stand out in the sea that is pale ale / IPA / DIPA in the craft beer world. This one will probably go well under the radar, but its dynamic and well-made enough to get my attention.

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Photo of ypsifly
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz poured into a pint glass.

Chestnut brown, light colored head with good staying power that clings to the glass. Looks as it should and I like that the foam never really goes away and is sticky.

Nice balance of pine and grapefruit with just enough malt in the nose. This is what I want an IPA to smell like.

Nice and malty upfront and it transitions into the hop flavors from the nose nicely. Lingering grapefruit with a nice dry finish that stays with me. The malts are there, but they know their place and add just enough balance to keep things complex without getting too busy. This tastes like a solid American IPA and hits all of the notes I want and need from this style.

The mouth is as full as I want it to be and the carbonation helps the dry finish. Again, what I want from this style.

This is what I think of when someone asks me what I want to taste and feel in an American IPA. It hits all of the notes perfectly and I will be buying this again, and again. This beer stands out in a market that some might (reasonably) argue is a market over saturated by the style. I highly recommend.

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Photo of MatthewPlus
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

received both the beer and the glassware from c64person in a BIF. Thanks so much for the great box, bud!

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a FFF Teku.

The bottle had a ton of yeast caked to the bottom on the cap and near the top of the bottle. it let me know what i was in for.

Poured an opaque deep caramel, with a minimal amount of floaties. It has highlights of orange and peach. Egg shell head, fairly rocky.

lightly citric hop nose complimented by caramel malt and bready yeast.

Peach, grapefruit and lemon zest backed up by a big malty backbone. Flavorful and balanced.

Big, heavy mouthfeel for the style. has a lot of weight on the palate. low carbonation accentuates this body. long finish, but not overly bitter.

i really enjoyed this beer. i had my reservations with after seeing the bottle and the initial appearance, but this beer does not disappoint. I would recommend it.

Thanks again Justin for letting me try this one.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$2 12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

Appearance: A very hazy red color with orange around the edges -- bits can be seen floating around, and there's a little bit of sediment. There's a two finger of off-white, creamy head that lasts awhile before dying down to about half a finger. Lacing is awesome.

Smell: A lot of piney, resinous hops with really no fruit character to speak of. Grassy and earthy. A bit of spiciness comes through as well. Very nice, and smells super fresh.

Taste/feel: Follows the nose for the most part, with a good "malt backbone" as they say. IBUs on this are at 67, which is about what I'd guess. There's a slight bitterness on the finish just to let you know that you're sipping on an IPA. As the beer warms up, it gets a slightly fruity quality to it, and it tastes a little more sweet. The mouthfeel on this beer sets it apart from most IPAs that I have had -- like their Closure Pale Ale, this beer has a very silky, drinkable quality.

I'm really enjoying Greenbush, and I'm glad to get the chance to taste their stuff. Another awesome beer ... I'm surprised the score on this site is "only" 86.

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Photo of hackmann
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: murky brown body with a light tan two finger head.

Aroma: mild citrus, hint of floral, a touch of sweet malt, nothing special

Flavors: mild non-descript citrus, little peppery, some grassiness, slightly fruity undertone,

Mouthfeel: medium body, mild-moderate carbonation, grassy feel from the hops, peppery, nice bitterness, oily

To the Point: okay, nothing memorable, I don’t think I would buy this again, interesting to try

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Photo of SerialHiker
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a caramel orange color…somewhat dense, I can see a few bubbles in the middle…head is light khaki and maintains a finger width thick…a nice lively looking brew with some great head…(4/5)

Smell: Yum! Fresh and lively aroma…tons of piney, tropical, citrus hops exploding out of the glass…orange, mandarin, pineapple, mango, lemon, grapefruit and a distinct pine bite…very inviting and mouthwatering…malts play a background role here, but there is some pale, caramel and toffee notes…very hops driven, this thing smells fantastic! (4.25/5)

Taste: Yum! Way more caramel malt flavor than the nose would indicate…this brew is wonderfully flavored with zesty piney, citrus and tropical hops varieties that bring orange, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon bitterness and a piney resinous bite to my palate…there is that noticeable sweet caramel malt presence that does just enough to keep the flavor balanced as best as it could be…this is very hoppy, very fresh and very tasty…one sip lasts a few minutes…(4.25/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium to tons of carbonation…this thing fluffs up nicely bringing muted earthy/piney bitterness to the palate…it really hits all parts of my tongue and that noticeable bite really rounds out the overall flavor nicely…lingering piney bitterness in the after taste…(4/5)

Overall: This is a fantastic brew…the flavor is wonderful and there’s a real drinkability here that would put an ordinary sixer in danger, each sip leaves me wanting more…Greenbush is becoming one of my favorite “Chicagoland” (I use that loosely because it’s about 1.5 hours from Chicago) breweries with each outstanding beer I try from them…Dunegras is fantastic ale that is a bit high on the ABV scale for an all day sipper, but if you are looking for a brew to help watch the game or sustain laughs during the neighborhood poker run, than this is the beer for you…easily recommendable, if you see this in your local beer store or are in Western Michigan, pick up a sixer of this and enjoy…(4.25/5)

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy amber color with a huge, fizzy head that gushed out of the bottle before I even poured. This one appears mega carbonated.

S: Yeast. Some funk. Strong citrus. Heavy floral notes. Very nice.

T: As the nose suggests, definite yeast esters upfront. Floral hoppiness follows and finishes with orange and clementine-like sweetness. This one finishes with a nice fruity note that was surprising and unexpected from the nose.

M: High carbonation. Dry. Medium Body. A bit prickly. Refreshing.

O: Not bad at all, following the frightening bottle opening and initial pour. I wasn't sure what to expect from the initial smell, but it ended up being a nice little surprise. Glad I tried.

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Photo of emmasrue1
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I just tried this beer and think it is very tasty with a nice dark amber color. The smell is not as interesting but the beer tastes great and gives a kick. Mouthfeel is good also. Overall- a good beer which grows on you and that is not a bad thing. I will drink again.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

No freshness info was apparent. Poured in to snifter.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber with one finger of tan coloured head.

S - Grapefruit, tangerine, peach and some sweet honey.

T - Bitter up front with grapefruit, orange zest, pine and some lighter grassy notes. Some honey sweetness in the background.

M - Medium body. Creamy with some sticky hop oils. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Treebs
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on tap at Greenbush. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours an amber and peach color with a fluffy white head forming on the pour. The head has some yellowish tint to it as well. The head recedes slowly leaving behind sticky cascades of lace.

S: Grassy and floral on the nose. Mild citrus notes in the background as well. Sweet malt bill background.

T: The taste follows the nose but is a little more amped up. Very grassy and floral with a nice little citrus bite to it. Mild grapefruit with a residual bitterness and a light sweet cracker malt body.

M: Really drinkable and refreshing. Light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet and floral finish.

O: A very nice and refreshing single IPA. I could definitely drink a few on a hot summer day. Nice balanced as well.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Golden Promise, Gambrinus, Munich, Belgian Aromatic, and Crystal 60L. Hopped with Columbus, Amarillo, Cascade, and Spalt. Fermented with House yeast, which I'm guessing is Nottingham because it's highly compact and flocculant and the beer is brilliantly clear.
67 ibu, 6.7% ABV, 12º Lovibond. $1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco.

Pours out to a brilliantly clear dark copper, forming a tall whipped and creamy light yellow head with superior retention and beautiful lacing, in part due to it's brisk carbonation, ~3.25 carbs or so. The nose is nice...a little cat piss, a little grassy green hops, a touch of pine, a touch of skunkweed, sitting on top of a grainy malt base with some toast and some mango esters. The mouthfeel is a little dry and hop astringent with tannin astringency as well. Medium bodied. The alcohol is a touch harsh and imparts a peppery aftertaste with some moderate fusels. The malts are well balanced despite the pleasantly firm bitterness with lots of toasted bread and some apricot in the middle.

A peculiar beer. A little incohesive but tasty. Worth trying.

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Dunegräs from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.