Brother Benjamin - Greenbush Brewing Company
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3.65/5 rDev -7.6%
A - Cloudy (almost opaque) amber with two fingers of tan foamy head that leaves moderate lacing. Not a bad looking beer, but I wish it had left better lacing.
S - Fermented honey, hops, banana(?). Sweeter smelling than most IIPAs.
T - Similar to the smell. Sweet malts, wet hop bitter, faint grapefruit. Very balanced flavor, less hoppy flavor than I expect from an IIPA.
M - Medium-high body, low carbonation, wet. Very little heat. I was surprised to learn that this was 10.1% ABV. Very drinkable.
O - Interesting IIPA, sweeter and less dry than most, perhaps too heavy on malt. I would recommend this to people that like some hops but not the extreme hops that seem to be in favor right now.
10-20-2013 04:26:14 | More by Calypso
4.11/5 rDev +4.1%
Had on-tap at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan for $6.25 a pint.
I've been wanting to have this beer for awhile, but most places where I've seen it on draft have charged insane prices... $6.25 a pint for a IIPA that's over 10% is a very fair price. Digging in...
Appearance: A dark amber color. Quite a dark red color... maybe a little darker than I usually expect from even an Imperial IPA. Two finger head sat on top when I got my pint, and it looked awesome. Lacing was sip-for-sip from top to bottom. Nearly a flawless looking beer.
Smell: Sweet. Bursting with a lot of citrus, but there's a solid earthy note as well. I can't pinpoint exactly what fruit it is, but it's a very inviting citrus and tropical aroma. I've smelled better, but this still smells outstanding.
Taste/feel: Yeah, another great beer from Greenbush that I'd give an "A" rating to. The look of it is glorious, the smell is candle-worthy, the taste follows suit with a sweet start, and then bitter, drying finish, and the mouth feel of Brother Benjamin is awesome... medium/full feel that's nearly perfect. The alcohol in this is nearly untraceable, making this a delicious, dangerous beer.
I have certainly had some better Imperial IPAs, but few better that have been over 10%. This is nearly a masterpiece of a beer, and any Double IPA fan should seek this out.
10-13-2013 03:35:00 | More by Alextricity
3.85/5 rDev -2.5%
Brother Benjamin has a somber, almost ghostly feel just like its label. Though a gleaming orange when backlit, the beer is both shadowy and hazy, as if entirely enveloped in a mist or smoke; it's not at all transparent. Despite sporting a white collar there's probably more foam on the glass than on the surface.
The aroma is a breath of spring... or is it fall? It has bright candied citrus notes but also plenty of resinous pine; it conjures thoughts of colourful flowers as well as dead, dried-out tree bark. Though noticeably hoppy, it's the dark honey that's appreciated most.
At 114 IBU and 10.1% alcohol this is certainly no small beer, yet it's surprisingly smooth to drink (and that's not a term I like to use often). Clover honey has made for a velvety and sweet texture that aggrandizes an already rich malt profile. The booze sort of blends into a nectarous and sustaining finish.
The taste is an amalgam of sticky-sweet and earthy bitter flavours with frequent spikes of citrus. Notes of rum-soaked pineapple are blended with tree sap and biscuity, toffee-laced malts. Creamy caramel is mixed with flower petals and pine needles. There's an impression of grill-charred orange, mango and lime.
Greenbush Brother Benjamin does indeed mystify. Honey in a beer (specifically one of double-digit alcohol) often makes syrupy, but this one is smooth, sumptuous and succulent. It's big but mellow, as ample as it is approachable, a perfect companion for relaxation.
10-01-2013 01:14:29 | More by biegaman
2.49/5 rDev -37%
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.
09-30-2013 22:53:01 | More by sweemzander
Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.