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Closure - Greenbush Brewing Company

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193 Ratings
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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.6%


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

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A different hop variety each and every time we brew a batch.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-09-2011)
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Reviews by tectactoe:
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.16/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I opened the bottle and it did not gush, but as I softly poured it into a pint glass, it flared up like a bad case of herpes. I was left with an inch of beer and about five inches of foam. Granted, even after settling, the head lasted for the entirety of the beer at an incredibly height and left some of the fattest lacing I've ever seen. The beers is a deep amber-copper color, cloudy, and a bit darker than I'd expect a pale ale to be.

Apparently this batch was done with Apollo hops. That's the thing with this beer - every "batch" uses a different hop profile. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. The aroma carries waves of heavy pine and zesty floral spices with a hint of brash soapiness in the back. Faint, orange-like juiciness sits in the back, but the rustic, spicy, and earthy hop aromas are stealing the show. Slightly aggressive for a pale ale.

The flavor is even a step up in intensity from the aroma; even spicier with heaps of ground white pepper, earthy hops, dirty and herbal to the core. Brash bitterness hits up front, though is brought back to Earth with a heavy injection of malty sweetness. The malts taste somewhere along the lines of toasted bread and toffee... Again, maybe just a bit too "heavy" and dark for a pale ale.

Though the sweetness is certainly high, the abundant bitterness makes a comeback in the finish, scraping the tongue and the palate heartily before the beer transcends into nothing. Unusually thick and creamy body - I'll say it again - a little too "over the top" for simply a pale ale. The mouth is left feeling coated with a slight touch of resin and residual sugary stickiness. Carbonation is tingly and excessive, could be toned down a bit.

I've come to the conclusion that I do not much care for Greenbush pale ales (including IPAs and DIPAs). They tend to be too malt-forward and just overall pretty cumbersome. In this case, the malt was a bit too dark, the bitterness was too brash, and the body was too big. I envision pale ales being beers I could easily crush without thinking about it. Closure was not that way. Hell, I think Permanent Funeral from Three Floyds (a 10% ABV "pale ale") was easier drinking than this. Not bad, but slightly above average at best.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2013 16:35:35 | More by tectactoe
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This beer swirls and billows dramatically on the pour to build up a dense froth of pillowy yellowish head beginning at three fingers and displaying fantastic retention. Webbing leads to sticky, chunky spotting as the completely clear coppery dark orange brew recedes in the glass.
The first sniff gives a nice, big hit of hops, old-school style with floral, grassy and herbal hops notes balanced by dryer malts and a bit of biscuit. A sweetness like confectioner's sugar with a bit of orange peel gives good depth. Eventually the powdered sugar fades away, leaving something a little more raw but with not without the light supporting citric sweetness.
The floral and grassy hops start it off, then it goes in the middle to a flash of something odd, almost light burnt grains. That translates to a heavily pithy bitterness that leads into the finish along with some leaf.
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The Closure Ale is decent and worth a try. The beer pours a slightly hazy copper with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent and taste has a spiciness to it that is attractive...while having the presence of bitter fresh hops. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a nice beer that could be sessioned during the fall or early spring seasons.

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This poured a caramel-amber color with nice, thick foaming.

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a: gold to almost bronze, off white head. frothy 2 fingers of foam. slight yeast haze.

s: amarillo hop aroma followed by caramel malt

t: bitter hop flavor with some caramel, bready malt. light phenols.

m: light, easy drinking. appropriate carbonation.

o: nice pale ale, a bit bitter but typical for american pale style. bitterness seems to wash out any malt complexity it might have had. still a solid beer and i wouldn't turn down a second pint.

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12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head.

S - I smell some caramel malt and floral hops.

T - It starts out with some caramel. Then it is just bitter and not a good bitter. There is a metallic taste, too.

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Closure from Greenbush Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.