Indispensable
Greenbush Brewing Company

IndispensableIndispensable
Write a Review
Beer Geek Stats: | Print Shelf Talker
Style:
American IPA
Ranked #2,648
ABV:
8%
Score:
87
Ranked #15,968
Avg:
3.91 | pDev: 7.93%
Reviews:
13
Ratings:
78
From:
Greenbush Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Rotating
Wants
  3
Gots
  13
SCORE
87
Very Good
IndispensableIndispensable
Notes:
Reviews: 13 | Ratings: 78 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Raime:
Photo of Raime
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Greenbush Indispensable.

Oops just realized I spelled the name wrong when I added the beer ( should be Indispensable ) with that I instead of E. Editors please correct. Anyway, this is a brand spanking new beer out of this brewery and this is the first batch released, dated 12/29/15 so it is ultra fresh. Greenbush usually does a good job with their beers so I expect this to be a treat. Let's drink it.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. This beer pours a heavily murked amber with gleams of copper and is still penetrable by the light. The head amounts to roughly two fingers of off white head, dying down to a thick and frothy cap amongst the nectar. I actually cannot get a clear carbonation read through the glass but the head would leave me to believe it is about moderate in nature as expected. Lacing is rather spotty upon an empty glass.

Smell - Now THIS is a tropical DIPA. Lots of banana which is almost smoothie like in nature right up in your nostrils initially, followed by some floral aspects and a moderate dosage of malt. Pineapple in its barest essentials with a touch of mango and papaya to round things out. Smells like that recent SN Beercamp IPA only on steroids.

Taste - The taste follows the nose to a certain degree, with the aforementioned tropical aspects all coming through in a moderate sweetness which wouldn't be cloying for even a sixer. The malt turns up heavily here and the hops add a moderate pine note which turns the bitterness up to about an eight and a half. Banana is the most dominant still of the tropical flavors and the alcohol is more prevenlant than you would expect for 8.2%.

Feel - The body on this brew is heavier than you typically get with an ipa, which is completely fine by me seeing as I much prefer heavier bodied brews. High creamy levels due to the well retained cap of froth with a moderate level of carbonation. Flavors turn back towards the smell as it sits and the brew swallows bitter and sweet though nicely so.

Overall - Another well done beer out of Greenbush. Reminded me of a more bitter version of their Dunegräs ipa. All the tropical notes you could ever desire with a nice malt to back it up. Biggest complaint is the alcohol was stronger in the flavor than I would have personally liked but it doesn't take too much away. As always, try it for yourself and come to your own conclusions..

 2,399 characters

More User Reviews:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Indispensable yesterday at The Lager Mill. I'm in the mood for something hoppy tonight and I thought I would give this beer a shot, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 2-28-15 so it's less than a week old. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a murky dark orange color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with a little over two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly light tan head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but i wish it wasn't so murky looking.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and it's the citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas that stick out the most with some nice pineapple orange juice aromas coming through and there were some floral and green hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a slightly alcohol aroma with a little bit of doughy yeast showing up and it's followed by some some sweet malts with some light toasted malt and bready aromas coming through. This beer had a very nice aroma, I liked the fruity hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but lighter and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart the same hoppy aspects that they did in the aroma, but this they are lighter with the fruity hops being not as dominating as they were in the aroma. Up next comes a light alcohol flavors and it's followed by a little bit of doughy yeast with the malts imparting the same aspects that they did in the aroma. On the finish there's a medium amount of bitterness with a quick and slightly watery hoppy aftertaste. This was a pretty nice tasting beer, but I wish the finish was a little better.

M- Smooth, crisp, the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. This beer had a pretty nice mouthfeel that worked well with it.

Overall I thought this was a pretty nice beer and I thought it was a good example of an IPA, but with the stronger ABV I think it's right on the border of being a DIPA and I think it could easily be passed off as one. This beer had a nice drinkability, it was smooth, crisp, the alcohol could have been hidden just a little better, not too filling and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple, but the finish might start to wear on me after that. What I like the most about this beer was the aroma, it was by far the best aspect of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the finish and that the hop profile in the taste isn't more like it is in the aroma. I would buy this beer again, but it isn't something I'm going to stock up on. I would recommend giving it a try, especially if you like DIPAs. All in all I like this beer, i think there's some room for improvement, but I still liked and I thought the hop profile has some good potential. It isn't a favorite Greenbush beer and it's a little above average for the style. Nice job guys, I liked this IPA, keep it up.

 3,311 characters

Photo of DrainBamage
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color, is slightly cloudy, and has an weirdly uneven head. You're smacked in the face with piney hoppy aromas. Not much flavor here, because the hops are so overpowering. Goes down extremely bitter, but does not have the common lingering hoppiness that's expected. The bottle says IPA as does this page, but this is obviously an Imperial IPA, so I rated as such. Overall this is a decent brew.

 413 characters

Photo of Sammy
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Guinnsslvr
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRPunk
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle dated 2.28.15 from Copper Vine, $11.99 sixer into nonic pint.

A- 1-finger khaki head atop a slightly hazy, amber-orange body. Good sustain and excellent stick.

S- Quite bold and hoppy. Lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits, like a pineapple-mellon combination. Sweet malts underscore the hoppy aroma.

T- More fresh hops, mostly grapefruit. Gets a little pithy and slightly aspirin-like at points. Good malt backbone is sugary sweet.

M- medium-full body. Quite dry with a hoppy bite.

O- A nicely balanced, bold IPA that straddles the line toward a double-IPA. Good for a bottle or two in a sitting, it could really go to your head if you tried to do much more on an empty stomach.

 704 characters

Photo of teamwiggum
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wtkphoto
3.13/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lucasj82
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gtg642
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mikepcarney
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of glazeman
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaximus
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 2/28/2015. Pours slightly hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, peach, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, peach, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate dark malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

 1,486 characters

Photo of Prager62
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery served in a pint glass.

Look- A dark and slightly cloudy amber/gold with with a creamy finger of white foam. Heavy lacing is left behind as it slowly settles.

Smell- Cheesy yeast and malt forward like dirty socks followed by some floral notes.

Taste- Very floral to begin followed by grapefruit, orange zest, some pine and sweet malt.

Feel- Creamy and slick with a bitter and semi dry finish.

Overall- I'm a fan of Greenbush, but their IPA's do nothing for me. With that said, this is one I can actually tolerate. The smell is a bit funky, but everything else about it is decent enough. Easy drinking for the abv. and worth trying at the bar.

 674 characters

Photo of RAFH
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 12 ounce bottle from Crockers in Niles, Michigan for $2.50 in March 2016. This IPA showed 8.2% alcohol by volume with 84 IBUs. Loved the dry taste and it was very refreshing. A wonderful summer IPA with high alcohol content. I definitely recommend this one.

 268 characters

Photo of loganburgh
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Giggy
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DruC4
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Indispensable from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 78 ratings