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Closure - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 291
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 27.75%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | 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:
Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 11-09-2011

A different hop variety each and every time we brew a batch.
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
2.84/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.67/5  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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Closure last week for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. Greenbush just started distributing their beer so I decided to get one of each and try them out, I have had a couple beers from them before on draft, but I haven't tried any of the beers they bottled so I'm interested to see what this brewery can do, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, I don't exactly know why, but I think the flower on the label is drawn very well and it has a nice darker look it to it, it's pretty much the opposite of Bell's Smitten Rye label. It poured a nice slightly golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice rings of lacing behind. This is a pretty good looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that had a nice honey aroma to it and is followed by bready and grainy malts that imparted a slight caramel like aroma. Up next comes the hops which are nice blend of earthy and citrus hops with the citrus seeming to stick out the most imparting a juicy fruit like aroma that I liked and found to be a little unique. This beer had a pretty good aroma, it was balanced nicely for the style and the juicy fruit like aroma intrigued me.

T- The taste seems to be somewhat similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that had a nice and slight honey flavor to it followed by a good amount of malts that imparted some grainy and bread flavors with some bread crust flavors really sticking out with some lightly toasted flavors. Up next comes the hops which show up a little lighter than I would like and impart a light floral, citrus and earthy hop flavor with no one aspect sticking out more than the other and it imparted a nice amount of medium bitterness. This was a nice tasting American Pale Ale that was very balanced, but I wish the hops flavors stuck out just a little more than they did.

M- Fairly smooth, crisp, clean, medium bodied, with a nice amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and pretty true to style, no problems here.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a fairly good example of the style, it may be a little more balanced than some American Pales Ales, but most of the other aspects seem to be dead on for the style. This beer had decent drinkability, it was fairly smooth, and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could see myself drinking a couple of these, especially in the summertime. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma, it was pretty good and fairly unique, the appearance was also pretty good. What I liked the least about this beer was that the hops didn't impart a little more flavors than they did, if there was a little more hoppy citrus flavors than I think this would be up there with some of the better American Pale Ales. I would buy this beer again, but I can't see myself buying it that often especially when they start bottling Oddsides Citra Pale Ale, but it would be a nice to have a couple in the summer and I recommend this to fans of American Pale Ales. All in all I thought this was a solid American Pale Ale, it wasn't the best I have had, but it was still fairly enjoyable and I wouldn't turn this beer down if I was offered one. Green Bush seems to be making a good impression on me, the first beer I tried from them was a little rough, but everyone since then has been solid at the least. I'm looking forwards to trying the rest of their bottled lineup. I don't want to say this too early, but this might be a brewery that any Michigan craft beer lover should have on their radar, nice work guys.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks, Trent! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color - a bit darker than what I want from my pale ales, frankly. The head is two fingers high, and slightly off-white in shade. Good retention and a somewhat thick texture gives it appeal, as does the webbed lacing sticking to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Seems to be lacking in hop characteristics. All I really seem to get is a faintly floral touch. Mainly, I'm getting a lot of caramel and toffee. Normally, I'd end things here, and say "BOO CRYSTAL MALT BOMB", but there's something else here that really tickles my fancy. Ale esters, and a lot of them. I get plenty of cherry, apricot, and peach (more so than any other note in fact), and it singlehandedly saves the nose - however, it still doesn't make it spectacular. (3.25)

Taste: The taste smacks of an English pale ale or an ESB, more than an American pale. Here, the hops serve as a balancing feature rather than a showcase - it seems to me the dominating notes are caramel, toffee, and unfortunately, some diacetyl. I'm missing the ale esters from the nose. Even worse, the hops don't work as a balancing feature. Simply put, the back end seems to be slightly too bitter, without any significant flavor to prop it up. It tastes like an imbalanced mishmash of flavors, and this is a style that needs some sort of cohesion between malts, hops, and esters. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: In spite of the heavier feel and general sweetness, the bitterness does make it somewhat easy to drink. Carbonation is incredibly gentle without being nonexistent. (3.25)

Overall: It looked, smelled, and felt fine. Problem is, the flavor profile fails as an American-style pale ale, and it isn't even that good as an ESB either - it suffers from many of the pratfalls so many mediocre examples do. Too much crystal malt, too much diacetyl, and too little ale esters coming through. The usage of a different hop each batch is intriguing, but this one is too malty (in the wrong ways) for me to want this again. (2.75)

2.85/5: ...no, this door should stay closed

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Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one was a gusher. After rushing the bottle to the sink and pouring and letting this one settle, it appears murky brown with only a layer of head retaining. The nose is floral with fragrant hops that also carry a hint of apple and cracker. The taste is malty up front with toasted bread followed by flowers, pines, and grapefruit rind. Finish is moderately bitter with a bit of sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is prickly from this bottle being over carbonated. Overall, this was a pretty forgettable brew.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ Bevco. Brewed with 2 Row, Munich, Crystal 60L, Gambrinus Honey Malt and White Wheat Malt. Hopped with Apollo. Fermented with a British Style ale yeast.
40 IBU's, 6% ABV, 24.5L

Pours out to a slightly cloudy light amber, forming a tall whipped creamy light yellow head with excellent retention and beautiful lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma immediately recalls Manitou Amber ale, which was a local brew brewed with proprietary yeast on their Peter Austin brewing system. It has that British yeast nose, which is fruity, not tart, sitting on top of grainy/bready grains, vanilla, and light hop nose. The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with a finishing astringency. The taste is great...nice balance of the Munich and crystal malts with the 2-row with a firm bitterness that settles in half way through. The hops are somewhat grassy and piney. No perceptible off flavors or aromas. The finish is dry owing in part to the hop astringency.

Well, this is the first beer I've had from Greenbush and I'm totally digging it. Looking forward to trying their other two I have in the fridge. Recommended.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

M - Medium, chalky

O - It is an overtly bitter beer. I do not find it enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.48/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I’m starting to learn that with anything from Greenbush I should approach it with an open mind and it most likely won’t fit any preconceived stylistic expectations—but it will be excellent. This was no exception.

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

There’s a matly backing to this sweetish aroma of candied orange, orange preserves and the faintest whisper of … papaya?

The beer is bold and upfront, with a body and finish of a DIPA despite having the strength of a sessionable IPA. There’s that malty backing to a piney, orangey hop profile, with a hint of the tropical. Found this beer to be more than I expected and I liked it all the more for that.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store just started carrying Greenbush products a week or so ago, so I'm confident it's as fresh as can be. My bottle states a 5.90% abv. Brewed with a different variety of hops in every batch, so I'm assuming this is a fairly inconsistent beer, with varying results for everyone. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but whatever.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Gentle pour yields one finger of soft fluffy off-white head with excellent retention. Body color is a dark coppery looking blood orange, with some ruby hues when held under the light. As others have said, fairly dark appearance for a pale ale. Some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Some of the biggest walls of lacing I've ever seen. Very intense.

S - Smell is of juicy earthy hops, of an unknown variety obviously. Sweet malt presence, with tons of floral action reminiscent of lilacs, lavender, & spring daisies. At times, I feel like I'm sniffing the flower on the bottle. Smells good, but it falls short.

T - Taste is of lightly bitter hops, earthiness, lemongrass, & tons of floral notes approaching lavender and lilacs. Tastes like I'm drinking the flower on the bottle, also. Bit of a peppery type finish on this one.

M - Feel is creamy & smooth, with hop bitterness coating the palate & some floral notes leftover. Medium-full bodied.

Overall, it is a nice beer, but it seems to hang somewhere just slightly above average. High drinkability, nice flavors, decent abv, but it seems to be missing something. I would be interested to try a bottle from a different batch to see how it varies from this one. An interesting beer that I would drink again.

Greenbush Closure ---3.5/5

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique brew from Greenbush in that they brew it with different hops each time. I wish I could find some sort of bottle identifier to check up on the hop profile.

Beer pours hazy amber color with a nice eggshell head and good lacing. Beer smells candy sweet, juicy, and floral. I can taste the juicy quality with a floral attack and piney finish. The beer is quite bitter and the finish isn't particularly pleasant. It isn't nearly as sweet as it smells and the grain is overpowered by the hops. Not very well balanced unfortunately. The texture is light to medium and the carbonation is well executed.

Overall, I was disappointed in the balance and light mouthfeel. The juicy quality didn't seem fit with the flavor profile. Nothing particularly special here, but I still dig this awesome brewery!

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Photo of richj1970
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

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Photo of bnes09
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Transparent, orange-copper color. Finger and half head retains itself forever as a blanket over the brew and coats the glass in beautiful lace patches.

Malty caramel aroma with a hefty dose of fresh flowers.

Dense malt backbone, mostly caramel. Aggressive, floral, pine, grapefruit, detergent hoppy bitterness. Finishes with an odd, out-of-place, bitterness. The malt and hop varieties just do not blend well in this one.

Medium bodied, syrupy mid-drink with a crisp finish.

Overall, pretty average. A little balance goes a long way and this one is lacking in that department.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.17/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Very good looking. A hazy orange color with no visible particles. About a finger or two of creamy head put this beer in my pint glass perfectly. Lacing's quite good.

Smell: Man, I just... can't really describe this one. Definitely a lot of sweetness. Fruity characteristics that I just can't pinpoint. The smell is very solid and inviting though.

Taste/feel: It drinks like most pale ales ... super easy drinking, nothing inoffensive... not super flavorful, but this one is more interesting than a lot of other pale ales I've had. Really nothing but a bunch of creaminess on the front of each sip without much flavor, but spicy floral notes come in the aftertaste with a bit of caramel malt. There's a tinge of bitterness, but it's mild (only 40 IBUs on this beer). The mouthfeel on this is quite pleasant, but it's almost too thick for a pale ale. Extremely smooth, but almost too much so. Carbonation is good here, though.

Maybe it's just my batch, but this is a damn good pale ale. I don't normally complain about having a beer having a silky mouthfeel, but it's a bit too much on this one. This is a sexy looking pale ale that's above average for its style in taste and aroma. Since they use different variety hops in every batch, it's doubtful you'll taste the same beer I just did. I expect Closure to be rather inconsistent with its scoring due to this fact. Based on whatever hop variety was in this beer, Closure gets a + rating from me. I just wish I knew what hop was in this particular batch, as it's one that I don't think I've had much of, but would like to.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: a golden yellow. not quite clear but almost. a thin off white head that leaves a lacing

Smell: kind of subdued hops. some citrusy and floral. a sweet grainy background

Taste: floral hops, citrus and tropical fruity flavors. honey mixed in with a graininess. very complex and hard to decide on the actual flavors

Mouthfeel: not overly bitter at all. smoothish and fairly refreshing

Overall: this was an enjoyable and complex beer. clearly well done. I'd like to try a whole six pack rather than just one bottle to see how i really feel about it

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Closure from Greenbush Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.