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Dunegräs - Greenbush Brewing Company

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very good

46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 359
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ahq514 on 09-20-2011

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with amazing retention and nice lacing on a murky golden with amber hues body. Aroma of toasted malts, and hop varieties including earthy, mild citrus and floral. Flavors of toasted caramel malts, tart citrus, light pine resin and grassy hops. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A nice IPA. Not memorable or complex but a nice traditional member of the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Headquarters, served in a footed tulip glass. Copper orange color, slightly hazy, but bright when held to the light. An initial fingers width of foam, settling down to a broken skim and ring around the edges after a few sips.

Resiny pine and caramel malt aromas, pretty solid and standard for an IPA. Taste has more dry resiny hop bitterness, piney with some sweet caramel and bready malt notes in the middle. Finishes dry. Medium bodied with an even level of carbonation. A firm bitterness level, mildly sweet middle, dry finish. Pretty textbook IPA that satisfies the hop craving.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was released recently. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of big tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, floral, pine, caramel, honey, and light bread. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of hop notes with good malt balance. Taste of tangerine, pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest, grapefruit, light pine, floral, caramel, light honey, and light bread. Moderate citrus bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, light pine, floral, caramel, light honey, and light bread on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a nice moderate malt balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice IPA. Great hop complexity and balance of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Greenbush, although I sampled this at Haymarket a few weeks ago too. Served in a 6oz taster glass.

A - Finger of foam settles to a thin near-complete cap and thick collar, leaving behind a touch of lacing. Hazy bronze body.

S - Malt-foward, with a very icing sugar bent to it. Some grass and herb hop flavors, as well as a light touch of citrus.

T - The combo of icing sugar and orange citrus is evocative of creamsicles. However, this is marred by a mildly astringent herbal finish and mounting bitterness that is surprising and unexpected.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry finish, chewy texture, and plenty of slick tooth-coating hop oils and resins. Medium body that is plenty hefty for the listed ABV.

D - A very East Coast American IPA, with a bit too much bitterness to it. Decent, but not an IPA I'd have regularly. I'm getting the feeling that Greenbush's forté is darker beers.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wendall for this one!

A: Pours a dark copper color with some ruby tint to it. Small off-white head with little retention, reducing to a thin cap on top. Thin lacing forms around the entire glass.

S: A little on the weak side with some floral/grassy hops, a little bit of orange, and some caramel.

T: Some citrus fruits up front, mostly orange and a little lemon peal, slightly bitter. The second wave is full of bready and caramel malt.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

O: A middle of the road IPA. Better than average, but probably wouldn't be my go to.

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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 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 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 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 xnicknj
2.76/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to erikkoppin

Pours clouded auburn with a thick layer of white head resting on top. Bubbly and persistent, the head slowly fades into a collar with patchy lacing on the glass.

Relatively mellow citrus hops with bread crust and caramel in the nose. Semi-balanced sweet and bitter character.

Bitter and dry up front with pine and citrus peel. Grain, cereal, and bread in the backbone followed by some predictable caramel sweetness. I was searching for something else in here, but there wasn't much else to be found. Finishes bitter and dry with a residual burnt sugar sweetness.

Medium body, higher carbonation, sticky, dry and biting on the tongue. I love trying new IPAs and I love trying new local breweries - but this one is a miss for me.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Mike for handing this one over to me. Pours a swampy and murky orange and burnt sienna color - the initial pour reveals some huge stringy looking sediment before it gets lost in the intense haze of the beer. The slightly off-white head settles quickly into a thin cover atop the unfiltered brew.

The aroma is pretty light overall; mild citrus fruit and skins. Light juicy characteristics, almost a little like taking a whiff of actually fruit-juice, if it wasn't for the underlying hop notes. Slight white pepper and tiny herbal notes make up a majority of the green notes. When all is said and done, it doesn't smell bad at all, but it's quite underwhelming. A bit mild and one-dimensional. I know it sounds funny to call an "IPA" one dimensional, because they're all just about the hops, right? Eh, not quite. This one just doesn't really stand out in any kind of way and the nose is slightly under-powered.

Dunegras is a bit watery on the mouth - very wet and leaving a bit to be desired. It starts off with a combo of citrus and mild peppery spice. As the nose indicated, the hop flavors remain mostly ashy and herbal. As the beers warms up, I pick up some lightly floral and very little pine notes, too, but still with heavy herbal overtones. The malt is pretty heavy and noticeable - breadiness and very light caramel sweetness back the hops up. Near the end, some more distinct fruits come out - light apricot and grapefruit. Aftertaste is mildly leafy and fruity, not too bitter, but not that sweet, either. The body is pretty thin and it leaves a sticky coating all around my mouth. Medium carbonation.

Definitely not a bad beer, just fairly unimpressive in basically all facets of the game. I enjoyed the gift from Mike, but this is something I would probably not purchase if I saw it in a store now. There's just too many other options and this is giving me no reason to every pick it over the rest.

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

A- Pours a slightly hazy copper with one finger of head. Nice lacing.

S -- Big citrus aroma, both orange pulp and a bit of grapefruit. Also some caramel malt. Nice.

T -- Similar to smell, nice citrus burst up front. Not overly bitter , but a decent bitterness throughout. Enough caramel malt to balance, but not too malty.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with nice amount of carbonation that gives some creaminess.

O -- Enjoyable IPA. Solid all around, and something I would have again, but not amazing.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1496th Review on BA
Bottle to Speigleau small tulip

No bottle date

Thanks to ErikKoppin for this one.

App- When it poured out at 1st it was a bit of a honey orange that was a wee bit hazy and unfiltered. A solid two finger off white, thick head was there that was quite long lasting with some amazing cling.

Smell- Very grassy. Wet and cut but not fresh cut football practice. Hoppy and small citrus. A small amount of malt balances it all out. There is a tinge to it that I can't place but didnt knock my thought of it down.

Tastse- This was a moderately bitter and balanced IPA. It had a nice hop flavor with a small citrus. Bits of wheat and spice come on the finish and a little bit of the grass flavors developed in the middle.

Mouth- A solid medium body on this one with a gentle but medium and semi creamy carbonation. Residual citrus zest and thick malt flavors.

Drink- It's good and solid. A great IPA, not there yet. Only because not in my wheelhouse of flavors that I generally enjoy more than the bill on this one. I'd have again at a party in the midwest, but wouldnt seek it in trade.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Dunegras last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I'm working my way through the new Greenbush beer's I picked up and since I'm in the mood for an IPA tonight, I thought I would give their Dunegras a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh since it just showed up. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's pretty well done and the sand dunes and lighthouse give it a nice Michigan lake shore look to it and I like how it makes it clear that this beer isn't brewed with Dune grass. It poured a light muddy brown/ burnt orange color with a brighter orange hue coming through when held to the light. There was a finger and half worth of white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing behind. The appearance is a little above average, the head and lacing weren't too shabby, but the color seemed off for the style.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a candied sugar like aroma and was followed by huge tropical fruit, bubblegum and candy like aromas that smells exactly like juicy fruit gum, it blows my mind how close it smells to the gum, I really enjoy it. After that comes some earthy, citrus, and slightly floral hops followed by some grainy and bready malts that provide a little bit of balance to the aroma. This beer has a very good aroma, it;s hoppy, a little malty, and it has huge juicy fruit gum aromas that make this beer have a unique aroma that I really enjoyed.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but not as intense, it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some earthy, citrus, and slightly floral hops that aren't super intense but they seem to stick out enough for the style. After that comes a good amount of bubblegum flavors that taste like Juicy fruit bubblegum, it's not nearly as intense as it was in the aroma, but it's still very noticeable. On the finish I get some sweet, grainy, and bready malts that provide a little bit of balance to this beer and it's followed by a lighter amount of medium bitterness, with a sweet, bready, and citrus like aftertaste. This was a good and unique tasting IPA, the juicy fruit flavor was nice and it really sets this beer apart from all the other IPA's on the market.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly sticky, a little dry on the finish, on the slightly lighter side of being medium bodied, with a good amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a pretty good beer and a good and unique example of an American IPA, it really sticks out from the pack, but it still retains enough of those classic American IPA aspects that keep it pretty true to style. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, not filling, and the flavors did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these without getting bored of the taste, it keeps me wanting to come back for more and that's a quality that I always look for in an American IPA. What I liked the most about this beer was how great and unique the aroma was, the strong juicy fruit gum aroma mixed with those classic American IPA aromas make for a really good aroma that I really enjoyed. What I liked the least about this beer was the appearance, the color just seemed a little off for the style and it wasn't what I was expecting. I would buy this beer again, it's for sure worth buying a six pack of and I can see myself drinking this quite often, I'll have to keep some in the fridge for the summer, I think this would be a pretty refreshing and tasty beer to have in the warm weather. I recommend this beer to anybody who is a fan of American IPA's, there's no confusing this with any other IPA. All in all I was fairly impressed with this beer, I thought it was pretty enjoyable, I really liked the juicy fruit gum aspect and I couldn't get enough of the aroma. Good job Greenbush, you guys are really starting to impress me with your unique brews, I can't wait to see what your other beers are like.

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

Served on-tap in a branded Tripel Karmeliet tulip at Randy Melnick’s Corner Tap (Chicago, IL).

A: Amber-lemonade hue with short, 1-finger of quickly fading head with several residual layers of lacing (3.5).

S: A nice combination of lighter toffee sweetness matched with leafy, herbal, resiny, and lemon-orange citrus hops (4)

T: The toffee comes through a bit stronger in the flavor and dampens the hoppiness to some degree. The hops stick pack some power, but it is most in early bitterness of leafy, resiny, citrus flavor that unfortunately doesn’t quite hit that sharp bitterness in the finish. I think more focus on lighter caramel malts might help to allow the hopping more room to blitz the palate. The bitterness is more flat and less crisp than it could be (3.5).

M: Somewhat sticky but not overly heavy, very smooth and drinkable with moderate carbonation (4)

O: A nice brew from the Chicago area that I am glad I got the opportunity to try. Its fresh hops flavor is there but a little less crystal malt sweetness with just the same body would given the hops more space to shine. (3.5)

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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 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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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 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 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 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 lunarbrew
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, almost like a dark amber or light brown ale. It's a little cloudy. 2 fingers of off-white head with fine foam and excellent head retention. Sticky and appetizing lacing. Cool bottle art.

Smell of delicate and low alpha aroma hops on the front end. It's sweet and not too complex. Crisp, simple, and refreshing.

The beer is little watered down. Delicate hops on the backside which are citrusy (mostly lemon). A little dry on the finish, which is a little bitter and unpleasant. Nonetheless, it's session-able.

Soda-like, light-bodied, and crisp. Not a lot going on here.

I like this beer, but it's not at all special. I would really like more depth, more body, and quite generally, more flavor.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at GB, served in a mug.

Pour: Hazy, nearly cloudy orange with a finger plus of off white head. Some lacing.

Smell: Nice citrus and caramel. Some dank pine sneaks in, but only just. Pretty straightforward.

Taste: Follows the nose with nice citrus orange and a sweet caramel backbone. The typical GB cloying sweetness sneaks in and distracts immensely from the enjoyable aspects of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Pretty solidly drinkable, but again, far too sweet for the style.

Overall: A good go to at the brewpub, but GB needs to figure out the situation with how sweet most of their beer is.

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