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Closure - Greenbush Brewing Company

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244 Ratings
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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 11.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
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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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

spycow, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Thorpe429, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger head with excellent lacing on a murky golden amber body. Very nice aroma appropriate in degree for the style with caramel malts, grapefruit citrus and toast. Nicely balanced flavor opening with toasted caramel malts with the hops coming in late with citrus tartness, grass, floral and metallic flavors. Medium body and moderate carbonation. A very nice pale ale. The hop character may make this less drinkable for some but I feel this one is well balanced and memorable for a style which is usually very variable.

kylehay2004, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! A new brewery in town, eh? Always fun. This batch was hopped with Fuggle and Columbus hops. It pours a lightly hazy straw-amber topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises sweetgrass, sweet flowers, dark greens, toffee, and powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, though the sweetness of the toffee and powdered sugar are amped up a bit. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and an almost dry finish. Overall, a solid APA, one that drinks pretty easily, but nothing truly outstanding.

TMoney2591, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Two pints on draft at Hopleaf, review from written notes.

Pint arrives with a finger of white foam on top, a lightly hazed saturated orange color that glows a bit in the light. Some sparse trails of rising carbonation visible. Retention is good, the satiny skim eventually breaks but there is some spotty lacing around the edges.

Smells a touch sweet and fruity, lightly resiny and green hop notes also. Flavors of fruity apricot, green hops lend some light bitterness, while underneath it all there's a clean armature of pale malt adding a touch of graininess. Light bodied and drinkable. Thought it was nice enough to have another, so I did.

emerge077, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently the primary hop varietal changes from batch-to-batch in this beer, but since it isn't always clearly advertised there's no sense in creating separate listings. I had the "Galena" version. Served in 6oz pils-esque glass at the Greenbush tasting room.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace swathes. Slightly hazed pale golden body.

S - Pretty mild aroma that is heavy on the floral, earthy, and herbal hop flavors. Cracker and biscuit malt backbone.

T - Again, a mixture of crackery and bready malts with light earthy hop flavors and a low amount of bitterness in the finish.

M - On the lighter-bodied side of things, with low carbonation making it a tad watery. Nice residual oily hops and resinous attributes.

D - I remember enjoying this more when I had it at Blokes & Birds - guessing that was the Summit version? In any case, a largely forgettable pale ale. I guess I just don't dig Galena hops or something.

MasterSki, Dec 30, 2011
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3/5  rDev -17.1%

MarkyMOD, May 25, 2012
Photo of drewone
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

drewone, Jun 09, 2013
Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev +10.5%

wrightst, Jul 28, 2014
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but a recent release. Pours hazy orange amber color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of peach, pear, orange peel, apple, floral, honey, caramel, bread, herbal, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of hop and malt notes. Taste of peach, pear, orange, apple, honey, toast, bread, floral, caramel, herbal, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, orange, toast, bread, floral, herbal, honey, caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and good complexity of hop and malt flavors; with a pretty big malt backbone for a pale ale; and no cloying sweetness present after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good pale ale. Good balance and complexity of flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Gonzoillini, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(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.

rhoadsrage, Sep 12, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24%

brandoman63, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of biegaman
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Closure has a sophistication that matches that of its bottle art. A handsome burnished brandy colour, its complexion is like that of frosted glass: clean but merely translucent. Its foam fails to cover the entire surface but puts forth a good effort that partially coats the glass too.

This recipe uses a different hop variety each time it's brewed. I have no way of knowing for sure which one's in this batch but it's got no shortage of aromatic properties; at first leafy and resinous, the nose opens up to showcase candied mango and pineapple flavours. It has the high-octane citrus of a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc...

Provided you can stay focused on it. The malt and yeast are no lightweights either; there's no shortage of esters working to push those tropical fruits out of the picture. The malts especially are a distraction, their honey-on-toast flavour is perfectly suited to the marmalade-like notes.

Pale Ales are typically distinctly either malty or hoppy. This one can go either way. Though it has a generous amount of candied citrus zest and a not-so-shabby 40 IBUs, its malt bill is nearly dark enough to question use of the term "pale" and dense enough to be described as muscular.

Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez wrote that “wisdom comes to us when it can no longer do any good”. So allow me to share some wisdom with you before it's too late: don't walk out of the store without at least one bottle of Closure in hand. Greenbush is a good brewery and not picking up their offerings will lead to regret. Trust me on that - next time I'm buying more.

biegaman, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

dmorgan310, Jun 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Zaphog, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of liamt07
2.78/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Listed at 5.9% ABV.

Looks quite different from what others have described here, mine poured a deep amber-brown, with an ultra-persistent offwhite head. Super creamy and sheets of lacing. Nose has some hop character, and a weird mineral/yeast thing going on. Some bread underneath. Not at all inviting for a pale. Taste has some grassy/green hop notes, and again a weird bready/yeasty and mineral quality to it that I can't get past. Drying and moderately bitter finish. Medium full feel, medium carbonation. Not at all a fan - not sure if something went wrong with the bottling or the brew here.

liamt07, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Hop Cat.

A - Straw yellow with a small layer of white head.

S - Grapefruit, pine and a fairly prominent overall bitterness.

T - Fresh grapefruit, pine, some peach and mango. A decent bitterness for an APA. Some sweet bready malts in background but definitely hop-forward.

M - Light body. Moderate carboantion.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

WoodBrew, Feb 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

scruffwhor, May 23, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
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.

tectactoe, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, interesting look - cloudy copper with a huge head that fills half the glass, but half the ale is still in the bottle and my glass is full of foam. Mountainous rocky head recedes leaving literally large chunks of foam on the glass. Aromas are bready, earthy, spicy, caramel, citrus. Tastes are dank, earthy, rye, bread crust, pungent, grapefruit rind, slightly medicinal. Full bodied, very creamy, fairly bitter finish bordering on IPA bitterness even though the bottle says 40ibu, seems like more. Overall, this one was odd for me. Seemed like it was tainted of sorts. Maybe I'll try it again...maybe not.

barnzy78, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

enelson, May 31, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Brenden, Mar 06, 2014
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Closure from Greenbush Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 244 ratings.