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Brother Benjamin - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

472 Ratings
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Ratings: 472
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 18
Gots: 56 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: divineaudio on 11-09-2012)
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Photo of SteveMartinek
1.46/5  rDev -62.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Extremely harsh and bitter after taste.

Photo of maximum12
1.7/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to a good guy, who shall remain anonymous, for this extra in a recent trade full of Michigan goodness. Popped open while watching a bit of The Incredible & poured ably by my 10 year old Cicerone-in-training. 12 oz. bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark murky orange shot through with muddy brown; very viscous. Nose runs along in the same vein, the hops are earthy & muddled while simultaneously slightly sweetened. Good? Weird.

Brother Benjamin is malting all over the place. Big old sweet malts overcome the hops, the nose in profile is more like an old ale than an IPA. The hops match the nose, farmland dirt & dankness. Drinkable? Ah, no.

Blech. Six or seven sips of this leave me yearning for clean hops or deep malts or a barrel or strychnine. Anything else. This is a malt-bomb coupled up with dank earth, not a combo I'd ever seek out. Drain-pour.

Photo of Ribsandwhiskey
2/5  rDev -49.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -42.9%

Photo of blackcompg
2.44/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from their 12oz bottle...

Appearance - Pours 3 fingers of tight khaki foam, body is a deep opaque brown amber, by far the darkes and murkiest dipa I've ever seen, leaves big thick lacing. Really looks like a barleywine.

Smell - Floral hops, pineapple, candied orange, tropical notes, whiff of carmels, and perhaps some butterscotch.

Taste - Whoah, rich ripe plums, rum cake, sweet ruby grapefruit, warm butterscotch with an accent on the scotch, touches of brown sugar and molasses, finishes pretty hot from the alcohol, slightly sweet grapefruit zests, and a slight spice heat, like white pepper.

Mouthfeel - Higher side of medium, sweet and somewhat mouthcoating, carb is on the lower side and very smooth and foaming, which gives the impression of being mouthcoating - and really lets the heat from the alcohol settle in vs. any kind of scrub.

Overall - The only sign of this being a dipa is in the nose - otherwise the appearance, taste and mouthfeel are much more like a barleywine/scotch ale/wee heavy. The label says "prepare to be mystified" - and I truly am, why this is classified as a dipa is certainly a mystery to me. And as this warms... well, just throw back a shot of scotch - less filling, same taste. I can't recommend this.

Photo of sweemzander
2.49/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a reddish copper amber color. Produced some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A fairly spiced yet sweet caramel malt body meets a yeasty bubblegum, lemon, and grapefruit citrus. A bit odd with the yeast acting a bit strange in an almost hefeweiss type of aroma.

(T)- A touch strange. Kind of spiced with a potent yeast profile. Almost bubblegum in flavor with a potent caramel sweetness.

(M)- The carbonation level is fine, but the yeast really seems to be off-centered and causing this to be a bit off considering this is supposed to be a DIPA.

(O)- Not bad, but definitely a strange version of a DIPA for sure. Not one of Greenbush's best.

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

Photo of tectactoe
2.71/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

It's good to see new breweries springing up and bottling their stuff in my home state. If there's one thing I'll never complain about - it's having too much beer to chose from. Brother Benjamin pours a murky, swamp-brown color, only showing a faint copper essence near the very bottom of the glass. Save for that area, it's completely opaque with lots of little yeast-looking sediment floating about. The foamy, thin-bubbled, khaki head is probably the saving grace of the appearance as it has nice staying power and leaves some traces of lacing behind.

Some sweet grapefruit rinds jump out at my nostrils right away - the sweetness quickly turns into a heavier bitterness that's very pungent to the senses. Some hints of spice and white pepper, giving the hops an herbal and earthy feel. Some light honey sweetness squeezes its way into things, too. I'm picking up a very light tartness that occasionally shows up and occasionally does not. Hard to pinpoint or really put my finger on, but it's definitely something to note. Heavy malt underneath - lots of bread and even a good dose of caramel. Looks like this could be a malt-heavy, East Coast style DIPA.

Well, well, not only is it a malt-heavy DIPA, it's a malt-ONLY DIPA. Just kidding... but, seriously. This malt bill in this bad boy is absolutely huge - so much so that it even overpowers the hop bill just a tad. Huge bread flavors segue into a caramel and toffee backbone that injects some seemingly residual sweetness into the brew. Hops seem secondary, surprisingly enough; herbal, ashy, and loaded with a white pepper flavor. Right away, I notice that the flavor is quite different than the aroma. Not so sure I agree with the disconnect there.

Any detectable fruit in the flavor (which is plenty) is typically of the "bitter" type - meaning lots of pith, peel, and spicy zest flavors rather than the juicy or sweeter type of flavors you'd get from something like Citra hops. I want to say orange zest and grapefruit pith are the most notable fruits in this one. Booze is apparent - not too surprising given the 10+% ABV, although there are plenty of similarly injected beers that hide the alcohol much more elegantly. Aftertaste is reasonably dry and sustainably bitter. Lots of fading caramel notes, bitter fruits, and ashy hops. The body on this is huge - close you eyes and it feels like a stout. Sticky and thick on the palate with medium carbonation.

I don't like this one as much as everyone else, and perhaps it's because I'm not particularly partial to the malt-heavy IPAs. Or at least in this case, I wasn't the biggest fan of the hop bill that was chosen to pair with the heavy malt underbody. I was able to force it down, but it's safe to say that I won't be revisiting this one anytime soon. Or ever. Just too sweet and fat on the palate.

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2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

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3/5  rDev -23.9%

Photo of JeffONeal
3.03/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber brown with a small off white head that fades to a limited glass lace. Smells of honey, clover, and alcohol but it's pretty faint. Small malt notes get overwhelmed by the bitters which starts early and finishes strong. The honey adds some character but I've had better honey IPA's. I had high hopes but it just doesn't live up to its potential. This is a drinkable beer but not one I'll get again.

Photo of Treebs
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle served in a Greenbush snifter.

A: Pours a semi clear ruby color with an off-white head forming on the pour. it recedes slowly to a thick cap and collar that leaves tons of splotchy lace down the glass.

S: Lots of bready malts, dried grass and raw honey. Candied grapefruit with a bitter pine as well.

T: Bready malts. Light citrus. Sweet grapefruit with a dried grass backing. Pretty sweet overall with a light bitterness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. slightly sticky mouthfeel.

O: A little sweet and malt forward for my liking. I've had the fresh from the brewpub and out of bottles and it still doesn't quite jive with me. Not bad, but not something I'd want to go after again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.14/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

this was a huge huge disappointment all around, not least because it shares my name. it pours nice enough, tarnished bronze in color and mostly clear, with a bold white head that lasts. the nose on it is off, like something has gone terribly wrong, its not really hoppy at all, but rather sweet and just downright weird, floral and chemical laden, I do not understand why this smells like it does, but its turning me right off. the taste is the same, only the off elements are intensified. its like bad compost, preservative acid, and decaying hops that are only bitter and lack flavor almost entirely. its more like an American barleywine gone wrong than an ipa, with a huge and messy grain bill. the feel is like licking a battery, burns the whole palate from all the alcohol. fusel notes dominate the finish, carbonation tapers off, and the beer is undrinkable in terms of both size and flavor. im writing about this like its a crap macro ice beer instead of a craft ipa, which is maybe unfair, but the bar has been set awfully high for craft ipa, and I expect a lot more from a brewer who takes pride in his product. this is a few levels below even the most basic of double ipas, and greenbush owes us one here...

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Imperial India Pale Ale brewed with honey." 10.1% ABV confirmed. 114 IBUs. 12 fl oz bottle with branded green pressure cap and interesting label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Acquired from the very generous surlytheduff in a trade; I received my box today. Thanks again, buddy! Expectations are somewhat high given its current high ratings.

Served cold, straight from a cooler. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger light khaki colour head of nice cream, nice thickness, and very good (~5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Uneven lacing as the head recedes. Body colour is a dark murky copper. Nontransparent; semitranslucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Pretty dark for the style; the colour isn't quite ideal. But it does seem different, and I'm intrigued. Impressed with the head retention, to be sure. Somewhat rich and understated rather than vibrant. It has my attention.

Sm: Caramalts. Honey. Floral hops. Heavy heavy pine - almost like one of those pine car fresheners. A hint of citrus on the back end. This is not the usual bright juicy citrusy imperial IPA I've come to expect. It's strangely malty. Assertive, with herbal hop notes and maybe even some spice - pepper perhaps. Brown sugar. Brown bread. Heavy grains. Caramel is dominant. A hefty aroma of moderate to strong punch. For an imperial IPA, I'm not sure it's all that appealing. But I'm intrigued. This could either be good or terrible. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Heavy heavy pine joins with substantial caramalts and a bit of biscuit malt. Some biscuity hops as well - perhaps amarillo? Some sort of unrefined sugar on the climax. Perhaps marshmallow as well. Grainy as well, with some brown bread touches to boot. Dark honey when I look for it. Alcohol is present here, but tolerable. Really really malty for an imperial IPA. Herbal, lightly dank, piney hops. Not very floral, and there's no citrusy, nectary, or even oily hop character here. No yeast character comes through. The most flavour is on the climax; the rest of the beer is somewhat flat. There's not a whole lot of depth or complexity here, but I do like it. Balances its relatively few notes. Lacks subtlety.

Mf: Too thick and too full-bodied for its lack of flavour. Smooth and wet like it needs to be. It's too filling; there's not enough going on here to justify that. Unrefreshing. Slightly overcarbonated.

Dr: The biggest flaw is definitely the malt focus, followed by the relative simplicity given what a commitment a glass of this beer is. Not sure the high ABV and thick texture is worth the flavour payoff. There are interesting things going on with piney hops here, but overall it's just not that drinkable. It'll take me some time to down this glass. I wouldn't get it again, but I respect what Greenbush is doing with the style. Definitely a different take on an imperial IPA. I'm looking forward to trying more of their beers, but this one isn't really doing it for me like it should be. High alcohol is not that well disguised, though it never comes off boozy or hot.

C+

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to JAS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed red-tinged copper. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap with decent retention. Splotches of lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Mega bready. Biscuit dough, caramel and caramelized malt sweetness. Raw honey. Hops run a solid bitterness with a floral edge. Herbal with a touch of sweetness. Slight earthiness as well. Syrupy sweet malt blends well with the raw honey. Not particularly aggressive.

Taste: Pithy bitterness layered over a slightly syrupy sweet malt base. Deeply cooked and caramelized malts. Assertive honey. Hops are leafy and herbal with some citrus and pine needle bitterness. A bit earthy. Raw honey. Some generic fruitiness. Something akin to marmalade. Big bitterness tempered by the raw biscuit malt sweetness. Some spicy alcohol on the back.

Mouthfeel: Slick, bordering on full body. Moderate carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: My adopted brother is a bit odd.

An interesting take with the raw honey. It's big and syrupy with enough bitterness to balance. It's not the best thing out there, but it's good and that's more than enough.

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Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.