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Brother Benjamin - Greenbush Brewing Company

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71 Reviews
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Reviews: 71
Hads: 565
Avg: 3.78
pDev: 36.51%
Wants: 21
Gots: 105 | FT: 7
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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 565
Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, $4.49 at Drakes Party Center in Kalamazoo.

Pours dark amber with a beige, fluffy head of two inches. A solid skim coat and plenty of stringy lacing for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with pungent piney resins, dank-drizzled candies, and fruit skins. A hint of spice-dusted leather and caramel follows through.

On the full side of medium bodied with a chewy, tacky mouthfeel.

Sweet malt starts the palate but a semi-numbing hop assault quickly follows. Resinous and piney with plenty of spicy bite and warming alcohol.

Finishes with lingering malt, piney hops, and boozy alcohol.

Tasty beer but more of a Barleywine than an IIPA. The malt character is almost as big as the hops, which are one-dimensional as well.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
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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Photo of lunarbrew
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Beautiful orange/amber color. Pures a little hazy with about two fingers of eggshell head. Pretty sticky full layer of lacing that doesn't go away. Very good looking beer.

S- Smells excellent. Very hop forward. Floral with tons of citrus. I'm really getting a creamy orange scent. I would rate a little higher if the aroma was stronger and didn't die out quite as quick.

T- Tastes awesome. Very balanced. Very creamy. Very hoppy with a nice bitter finish. Love it.

Mouthfeel- Also excellent. Sticky sweet, medium body, and creamy. Bubbles are small and lingering.

O- Highly drinkable and alcoholic. I'd like a little heavier mouthfeel and a little more depth, but still this beer is awesome. An excellent beer from and excellent brewery.

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Photo of Treebs
3.16/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of lochef81
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This dipa pours a very cloudy deep amber color with a ton of sediment and an off white head that gives way to a nice film and lacing. The nose is rich and malty with some notes of spice and pine, maybe even a little west coast citrus. The flavor is deep and rich encompassing all the notes the aroma had foretold. This is a delicious beer only hindered by a distinct alcohol bite. This is a 10%+er and it does not hide it. I love a strong beer but not everyone will feel the same way. Id love to try this one fresher because I feel like it is meant to be so much more.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brother Benjamin Greenbush brewing co.

Thanks to Dr. K for the bottle...

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Dark amber with a little haze. Not much head at all. A soapy dusting sticks around. No lacing to report.

S) Very ripe pineapple, and just a little whiff of booze. A little twist of orange. Some honey sweetness is noted as this warms up.

T) The nose on this brew has an inviting sweetness to it. This does not completely carry over to the flavor. There is a good dose of piney bitterness here. The alcohol could have been a little better hidden. Aftertaste lingers a bit.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. A bitter mouth coater, with a bit of alcohol warmth.

O) A pretty solid imperial right here. Not a beer I would go to far out of my way to consume, but thankful for the opportunity to knock one back.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Brother Benjamin.

No fancy intro, but this was a pricey bottle so let's hope I get my monies worth. WAIT..real quick. This is supposed to be Hopslams competitor. Let us see how it stacks up.

Look - Very murky copper amberish tinge with some floating sediment and a two finger off-white head that sticks around like feeding a homeless grizzly bear in the dead middle of a Russian Winter. Lace is scarce like...sorry, Can't think of a pun. 4.5

Smell - Malty malty malt-T OI OI OI OI!. 3.

Taste - Wowza! This is a big ole malty bitter bomb of destruction! So it shall get judged as such!. For malts sake, this is smoother than your average bear. The honey is definitely for true as it slides down your throat and leaves a very sweet tasting...tastyness. Tell ya what, it's prettty solid for what it is, but 'fraid this bottle might be a bit on the twilight side of its life. Still a tastyish som' bitch either way. 4.

Feel - Carbonation is moderate to heavy and the body is very, very sweet and sticky. Sticks to your mouth like a virgin clings to the first guy to pop her cherry. Speaking of cherries!...I hate cherries. 'Cept the cherries we just discussed ;). Hey fuck you, I'm in my twenties, THEY STILL EXIST!. 4.25.

Overall - So how does it stack against its competitor? Well, it certainly ain't too bad. As stated, the bottle may be a bit on the old side, but it is still better than a lot of DIPAs even in its strength range. Give it a shot guys. You won't regret it. At least I hope. And if you do, don't send poop in my trade plz. 4.

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Photo of minterro
4.24/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At crunchys and in a bottle on 3/7/13. About $4 in a bottle and less then that at crunchys cause it was half off sunday

Very volital aroma. lots of sugary sweetness, floral, earthy, and fruity. The aroma is very unique. A decent amount of alcohol as well. Color is a murky red/brown. The head is a egg shell white and leaves globs of lacing along the snifter, dies relatively fast.

Quite hot like most of their beers. Very intense mixture of sweet and alcohol. Lots of grapefruit and citrus in this one. Piney bitter finish. very smooth medium body.

Very good beer overall. On tap I felt that it could have used a bit more of a boast in flavor but in the bottle it was as powerful as I expected.

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Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Pours a deep copper color, with a thick chalky head and a bit of lacing. Lots of citrus, bread, malt, caramel in the nose. The palate is equally malty with sweet caramel, bread, biscuits and loads of hops: tropical (pineapple, mango) and citrus (red grapefruit, tangerine). Full and round mouthfeel with a proper amount of carbonation. A very tasty brew.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber with a two-finger off white head. Light sticky lacing.

S - Aroma of citrus, honey, and bready malt.

T - Taste starts off sweet with honey and citrus. Some bready malts come through mid-swallow. The hops give the finish a nice bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy mouthfeel. Sticky & dry finish.

O - Not the best DIPA I've ever had, but still very good. Fans of malty DIPAs should definetly check this out.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- Slightly hazy, dark burnt orange with a big toasted marshmallow head.

S- Big citrus, resiny aroma, sweet syrupy notes. Alcohol is hidden well.

T- Big bitter citrus peel, sweet notes similar to nose, bitterness and fruit aftertaste. Again not getting a lot of the alcohol.

M- Slightly lighter than other DIPAs I've had but still good, drinks remarkably well for the alcohol.

O- Been waiting to pick up any Greenbush beers cuz I wanted to try this one first. Really pleasantly surprised how great this is, reminds me some of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
1.9/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

This beer is awful. I wound up drain pouring nearly the entire 12oz offering.

If you are looking for a good honey IPA, get your hands on Trillium's Artaic.

This beer is overly bitter with a gross medicinal malty aftertaste.

I would discourage others from buying this beer.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.99/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - amber / brown with a 3 fingers of foamy off white head. Leaves nice rings after every sip.

S - Huge floral punch, citrus, malts, bread dough, resinous.

T - A very wet hop profile, oily hops, malt forward, hop resin, baked sweet bread, nicely balanced.

O - Very solid offering here. I would definitely try this again. This is the second bottle I've had from GB and both IPA's have a similar oily, and resinous taste and feel. Look for more to come from GB.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

picked up a four pack from the brewpub last weekend. undated 12oz bottle into a wine glass.

a - pours a hazy, deep copper shade with a thin film of tan head on top. leaves a few legs of lacing in the glass.

s - honey, toffee, pineapple, grapefruit, grass, faint alcohol.

t - very malt forward with a west cost style bitterness to balance things out a bit. starts off with toffee notes and some sweeter citrus, but quickly moves into herbal, resinous hop territory. noticeable alcohol taste in the finish which contributes to the bitterness.

m - fuller side of medium in body with not quite enough carbonation, finer co2 profile, serious alcohol warming. also a little on the sticky side.

o - i tried some of this at the detroit fall beer fest and was quite impressed, but this bottle is a bit underwhelming. i can totally see this being compared to hopslam, but i think this recipe needs to be refined just a bit before there can be any real competition. still a tasty beer and totally worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Greenbush branded snifter

Pours a golden amber capped by a slight off white two finger head. Excellent retention, significant lacing. Tropical fruit, mango and papaya especially, floral notes round out the nose. The taste follows the nose initially, hint of caramel, the honey comes through midpalate, finishes with light grapefruit bitterness combined with light caramel and honey-tinged floral notes. Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, slick and silky. Very nice beer. More balanced than modern day hop heads might prefer; but a solid DIPA that more seasoned veterans might enjoy more.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.21/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Look: Copper/amber, white head. Kind of surprising for an DIPA how dark this was.

Smell - Not at all what I was expecting. More malty than hoppy. Definitely smell the booze in this one as well.

Taste: Malt bomb of a DIPA. The hops come through, but are masked by the honey and malt pretty significantly. Carmel and bready as well.

Feel: Boozy. Medium-bodied. Drank like a barleywine.

Overall: Was not a fan of this one. WAY too malty for a DIPA. Maybe it was an old bottle, but there were no bottling dates present to check. The 12 oz. bottle cost $13. I would not buy again.

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Photo of SkeeterBoganski
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured in to my non-traditional tulip pint, the color up front is caramel or deep amber; heading-wise, there is some solid beige froth; consistent lacing that stays sip after sip; the beer is very rich in citrus aromas with a touch of dry floral; there are some additional notes of grapefruit and cake-bread; the hops used in this beer 'feel' really bite-y, with a lot of pine-forward and semi-bitter finishes; you can taste the booze in this, although that doesn't make it un-balanced; it's also full of grapefruit notes on the back-end. Solid overall.

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Photo of blackcompg
2.53/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

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Photo of breakingbland
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle with a one-finger ivory-brown head. The beer was an orange-tan with red highlights.

The aroma was of pine and flowers with some sweet orange. Very nice. The taste was of sweet candy and honey with a hoppy aftertaste that allowed sweetness to come in after a while.

This beer has a good mouthfeel: appropriate body and carbonation.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer. It bridges the gap for lovers of malt and lovers of hops. That is, it has a good balance between the malt backbone and the hops. It's a strong beer but not overly alcoholic.

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Photo of roger617
4.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Spiegelau glass. I added this beer into a mix 6 pack at the Garden Center / Grocery Store in Sawyer, having somewhat high expectations as it was $3.99/bottle.

A: Pours a medium brown color with over a finger of off white head that reduces fairly slowly and leaves great lacing. Surprised how dark this is in color, brown with a slightly copper tone.
S: Wafting aroma of a good mix of citrus, pine, and honey. I get pine in the front, honey throughout, and the lemony citrus as a slight compliment. Very impressed with how this one comes across.
T: Pine and citrus up front, and a long lingering honey after taste. I'm getting some heat here too, which is acceptable for over 10%.
M: Carbed well, extremely bitter, and leaves a mildly dry after taste.
O: Finding a beer like this on a whim is a large part of why I love craft beer. I had never heard of Greenbush before snagging this one, and I've got to say I'm very impressed with their first beer I've tried. Very reminiscent of another Michigan beer also brewed with honey, however I think I prefer this one.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.6/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorites from a great brewery right here in the Mitten. This one is all that you expect from a honey DIPA. Smooth, sweet, warm, and floral. The ABV is hidden well, too well. I'd love to have a few of these in a sitting, but one and I'm done. Absolutely a delicious must have.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours deep amber, hazy, white head lasts. Taste up front is pure caramel malt bready sweetness followed by massive hops and booze. The honey is there too. Lots of flavor but a bit much for an IPA. Mouthfeel is very nice, creamy. Overall intense for the style. Would drink again, but split a bottle with someone.

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Photo of Dr_Bahmbay13
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first sight this beer is a deep amber with a small head( thats what she said ) with tiny bubbles, looks almost like honey in a glass with a frothiness on top

Smell , You can smell the honey and the sweetness right away then the high IBU smell in between,

Smooth mouth feel , the honey is right on top of your tounge on this one, then dry high ibu feeling in the back of your throat, with the big ass alcohol warming tingle from this gift

Taste like a dipa should , well how i like them anyways , bitter from the high ibu's yet sweet and sorta crisp in flavor. Very drinkable and pleasant . Goes down super easy, no real alcohol flavor or presence for such a big beer.

Over all this is very good in style and all around, The sweetness in this is amazing , pure honey flavor with a touch of citrus, Highly recommend this beer for those who like the higher IBU beers and Those looking to find something with a little twist on a old classic style.

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Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.