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Brother Benjamin - Greenbush Brewing Company

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88
very good

415 Ratings
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Ratings: 415
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | 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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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-06-2013 06:17:18 | More by ChadSabin
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Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

11-03-2013 15:56:04 | More by Andrew526
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-01-2013 18:18:37 | More by jemarent
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Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

11-01-2013 02:13:49 | More by vinnyg76
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-30-2013 01:06:05 | More by drbenderdo
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South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

10-28-2013 20:34:10 | More by server222
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MallyOMight

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-27-2013 01:47:08 | More by MallyOMight
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LanceRobbins24

Indiana

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

10-24-2013 03:22:58 | More by LanceRobbins24
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TPONY51

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-23-2013 05:27:18 | More by TPONY51
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ititani

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

10-23-2013 00:15:05 | More by ititani
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Calypso

Michigan

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
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HardyA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-20-2013 01:34:53 | More by HardyA
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detroitpat

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

10-18-2013 19:14:45 | More by detroitpat
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BreakfastStout

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-15-2013 17:28:22 | More by BreakfastStout
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Alextricity

Michigan

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
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Drk93TT

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-05-2013 01:31:20 | More by Drk93TT
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

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
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sweemzander

Illinois

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
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ystazi

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1.3%

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shredder83

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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mikerap100

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-25-2013 03:12:45 | More by mikerap100
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California

4/5  rDev +1.3%

09-23-2013 03:14:32 | More by mc4z
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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-21-2013 16:18:48 | More by waston
Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 415 ratings.