Closure - Greenbush Brewing Company
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Reviews by tectactoe:
3.16/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
06-20-2013 16:35:35 | More by tectactoe
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3.8/5 rDev +4.7%
(Served in a tulip glass)
A- The murky brown body glows an orange glow at the base with a sticky light tan cream that sticks to the glass a bit.
S- The clean pale malt note has some cracker malt notes coming through with a green herbal note in the finish.
T- The herbal dark pungency has a light fruity note in the finish. Some pale malt hints underneath have a light toast note that takes on a butter note as it opens. There is a slight pungent hop note that lingers.
M- The medium-full mouthfeel and a creamy fizz in the finish.
O- The well-blended flavor is soft without much hop character other than the pungency.
09-12-2013 15:05:14 | More by rhoadsrage
3.89/5 rDev +7.2%
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.
The texture starts off smoother, then goes a little dry as leaf transliterates to the feel. Crispness is firm without being too hard, giving it a nip that stays with it. The medium body gives good support, though it backs down at the very end of the sip. The finish lingers long and pithy.
03-06-2014 22:16:13 | More by Brenden
3.74/5 rDev +3%
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.
02-18-2014 00:03:36 | More by WoodBrew
3.39/5 rDev -6.6%
Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.
A: Pours a cloudy golden copper color with gigantic head. I ha to wait almost 5 minutes to get it to fit into the glass. Some decent lacing.
S: Hops mixed with some floral notes. Toasted malts.
T: A bit of bitterness from the hops. Toasted bread, grapefruit rind. Some slight sweetness from the malts.
M: Fairly light body and way too much carbonation.
O: An average APA. I think this one is best enjoyed with a nice spicy meal.
11-16-2013 00:38:37 | More by richj1970
Closure from Greenbush Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.