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Brother Benjamin - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

487 Ratings
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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 20
Gots: 64 | 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:
Beer added by: divineaudio on 11-09-2012

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: a deep orange. a bit hazy and a nice off white head that leaves a lacing

Smell: big in your face hops. i can tell there is a strong malt presence as well but i have trouble getting past the hops

Taste: starts off with citrus and piney hops, and an intense bitterness blocks out the rest of the beer from my taste buds. i can pick up more but there's no way i can tell what is going on through this sea of hops

Mouthfeel: extremely bitter and pretty heavy.

Overall: I think i need to work up to this one. for now this is my rating but I may have to revisit it after working my way up to hop bombs. it certainly has a lot of potential and greenbush does know their way around the hops

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to ROBSTARR for sending this one! Reviewed from notes. Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Hazy, deep caramelly brown, with a half-finger's worth of off-white head and moderate visible carbonation.

S: Sweet caramel malts, some pine and bitter hops, and a restrained booziness.

T: Follows the nose. Quite malty with significant caramel sweetness. Moderate hops (I get pine, grass, and citrus pith), but they're nearly overwhelmed by the sweet malty boozy caramel flavors. Hop bitter and alcohol heat in the finish.

M: Thick, sticky body, low carbonation sensation, and the alcohol is a bit too prominent.

O: I think this toes the DIPA/barleywine line, but it does come down on the right side - barely. Too much caramel malts for me to really enjoy it, but it's not bad.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We crack the top and pour a brew of sunset ruby-orange into our Founders snifters. It holds a two finger head of big khaki colored bubbles, showing excellent retention, and leaving rings and spots of patterned lacing around the glass. A cidery haze permeates clarity with the dregs from the bottom of the bottle, but no outright sediment is noted. Carbonations appears to be on the light side. The aroma is heavy with floral, nectary, and grapefruity hops, giving a perfumed fruitiness to it. The malts to meet are crisp and pale, but do dip down into toasty caramels, with fusel booziness, cotton candy esters, strawberry and blueberry bite, musky moss, mineral, and salt crackers. Our first impression is that the flavoring is heavy and spicy as the nose suggested, but more to the bittered side of the hops, and less to the sweeter caramel side of the malts. As we sip, the taste begins with oily grapefruity hops and rind, slick waxiness, booze fumes, black pepper, tannic tea leaf, cotton candy and lighter browned banana esters, nectarine, and apricot skins. Moving to the peak is a flash of white sugar sweetness that is quickly countered by a hoppy herbal bitterness, along with pine bark, sulfur and mineral, musk, and leafy vegetals, with the hotness of the booze dragging us to the end. Here we are hit with bittered herbal and earthy hops, mineral-laden dirt, graphite, floral perfumes, raw honeycomb, lemon rind, sesame seed, buttery bread, toasted pales, clover, and far off medicinals. The aftertaste breathes of chalk, sawdust, moss, earthy and floral hops, nectarine pit, walnuts, parsnip root, green grassiness, biscuity butters, toast, mineral, peppery booze, and chalked yeast. The body is rather full, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives nice slurp and smack, with slightly lesser cream and froth. Finishing pop is also nice, but falls away into a stiff pucker. The mouth is left slick at first, eventually breathing chalky dryness into the hard palate. The abv is apparent but appropriate, and the beer sips easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its aroma. The nose was filled with a nice balance of clean, fruit, and floral hoppiness, with a malt bill that gave just the right amount of depth and toast, without going overboard into American barleywine or strong ale territory. The flavor, however, showed a bit more bitterness than expected. This was not to its ultimate detriment, but was rather more of a surprise in that it unbalanced the sweetness of those aromatics. The booze was decently well hidden, and moderately contributory in the end. This is a great introduction for us to an up and coming local brewery, and it certainly does a nice job of generating excitement for the rest of their stock.

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Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.