Greenbush Brewing Company

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American Black Ale
Ranked #101
Ranked #9,433
3.95 | pDev: 9.87%
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Very Good
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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle
A: Pours a dark brown. Thick off white head.
S: Smell is of pine and grass. Thee is also an aroma of char.
T: There is pine, grassiness and slight stone fruit balanced with coffee notes from the charred malt.
MF: The charred malt flavor hangs around but it is otherwise light bodied. alcohol burn is non-existent.
O: not my favorite style but this is a really good example of the style.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice, solid ale that was a little more flavorful yet easy to drink than I was expecting. Nice deep amber-brown with a little fading head and very minimal spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, floral and herbal hops. Tastes similarly, as well as caramel, vanilla and some roasted coffee and nuts. Smooth mild mouthfeel, good carbonation.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a becher pint glass, the appearance was a dark brown sort of purple hued color with a nice sustaining semi-tan foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Nimble messy lace.
The aroma had some roasted dark malts, a little sting of hop spice, pine tree, light cocoa and a little bit of grassiness.
The flavor shoulders the pine at the forefront to meld nicely into the roasted dark malts and cocoa touching down on the grassiness in a bitter fashion. Quick sort of roasty to piney aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate.
Overall, pretty good stuff, I'd have again.

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Photo of Hackattack
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great brew if you like the dark stuff...which I do. Hoppy, malty rich coffee tones here. The High ABV will not be noticed in the flavor but it'll get 'cha after a while. I saw that a rater says that this would work as a session beer... at ABV 7.60...hmmmmm.....depends on how long of a session you are talking about.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown with an amber tinge when held to the light, moderate carbonation and a half finger of beige head.

Smells of molasses, fruity and floral notes, black liquorice, and brown sugar.

Tastes of black liquorice, tar, and a perfect execution of fruity and floral notes balanced with dark and toasted, almost burnt notes. A noteworthy bitterness that is almost charred in nature.

Medium, dry but slightly sticky body, and a moderate carbonation.

Got this at a new bar in Kunming a month ago. Drinking it in Chiang Mai May 15th, 2017. Really good brew.

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Photo of GLBClover85
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good brew from greenbush.. Typical black ipa for the style..decent hoppiness at first sip followed by some malty sweetness. 7.6abv is well masked as well. Good beer to enjoy, also would be easy to session if desired.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Black/brown hue.

Tan head; spotty lace.

Roasted coffee nose; hint of citrus. Nice.

Medium mouthfeel.

Coffee and citrus collide in true black IPA manner; a hint of pickle juice note keeps this from transcendence. Good.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.21/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle dated 3/14/16. Oops! DFH Tulip.

A: pours a completely opaque black with 1 finger light tan head. Fades to islands of Crema. Lacing is epic.

S: hops are noticeable, but not as prominent as with Car Ramrod, or even as one might expect for the style; age has not treated this well. Definitely more roasty aromas on this than on Car Ramrod, but they are far from Porter territory. Dark chocolate or coffee is there if you look for it, with a the berry like aromas of a good Sidamo. As it warms it smells roastier with a healthy dose of earthy hops, like a good English brown ale.

T: roasty and quite bitter. Arrives like a very lightly flavored porter, with some mild roastiness, turning almost immediately to a big earthy, woodsy, hoppy middle with lots of resin and a little sweetness. Finishes boldly hoppy and bitter. Bitterness lingers. Improved markedly as it warmed and the roasty aspects became more prominent.

M: quite carbonated, and a little slick.

O: I'll bet this was decent fresh. But all told, I really don't care for it. Not roasty or malty enough to hit the notes I love in a porter or stout, and the hops are just bitter without contributing much fruit. Even at 5+ months, Car Ramrod did that, and it was four days older. As I have encountered it, this beer is only decent. Worth a revisit in March, but I won't be sad if that never happens.

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Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a teku glass. Bottled 4/25/16.

Pours near black and opaque, with a one finger head and a good amount of thin, foamy lacing. Smells of malt, citrus hops- grapefruit, orange, some chocolate, some resiny hops. I've had this before, the smell is off a bit with this bottle, getting a little sulphur. The taste is similar in leading with the malt, and the grapefruit and orange from the citrusy hops. A little chocolate, some resiny hops, some coffee. A strong amount of bitterness throughout, earthy. Smooth, dry, a good, medium body, well carbonated.

Good flavor and body, lots of hop bitterness with a good malt backbone to balance it. Very enjoyable to drink. A very traditional Black Ale. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of jp32
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark in color. Nearly black, but not quite. Smells of roasted malts with some citrus and pine included. It's taste follows the nose quite well. Strong roasted malt characteristics followed by notes of more pine and light citrus, just enough to keep it interesting. Medium bodied. Relatively smooth.

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Photo of 98green
3.49/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Look is black and opaque. Not much in the smell, maybe light roasty malts. Taste is similarly empty, a bit of toasted malt, slight hop bitterness. Decent entry black ale I suppose. Feel is a bit thin, carb a touch low. Overall not great

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a great lacing tan head and sticky lacing. Piney citrus toasty scent, makes me think it's a black ipa. Toasty bitter hop malt taste with a lot of earthy notes to it. Medium body with light carbonation, creamy. Great black ale with a good amount of hops.

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Photo of brentk56
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives fudge colored with a frothy tan head; great retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Earthy and very roasty, almost burnt, aromatics; piney and citrusy, as well

Taste: Burnt malt tones forward, with a building pine and citrus flavors through the middle; after the swallow, the bitterness builds to an overwhelming level

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather unbalanced beer, with very strong burnt and bitter tones

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Photo of hardysf
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Color me impressed. Pours a pure black with a thick caramel color head. Smell is of chocolate with some faint hop aroma. Taste is fantastic. Rich malts, coffee, chocolate, and then some dark fruit. Also some lighter fruits from the hops. Perfectly balanced. Mouthfeel is thick which may not be right for style. More like a hoppy stout. I'll take it though because it's delicious!

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Photo of Fargrow
4.66/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the best Black IPA I've ever had. Black beer with a beige head. Smells of roast, pine, and chocolate. Huge flavor of chocolate roastiness. Great hop bitterness. I was overall very impressed with this beer.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark black, slight transparency on the edges, with a huge rocky head of light tan, that fades very slowly. Massive lacing.

S - A hint of pine and malts, a slight sourness, but overall somewhat closed.

T - A subtle pine element, grapefruit, a strong roasty malt quality, and a smoothly bitter finish. Like the nose, this is a somewhat closed beer, with a end that drops off quickly.

M - A bit light, but also a strange coating quality that might come from low carbonation by the time the head fades.

O - It is possible that the one I had was on the edge of infection, given how the head formed and the slightly odd flavor profile. That said, the drinking experience was not bad, and the beer avoided the uber-hop trap that a lot of black ales fall into, where the bitterness goes off the scales.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had as part of a flight. Beautiful dark brown color and two finger off white head. Creamy mouthfeel, roasted and hoppy. Another solid Greenbush entry, love what these guys are doing.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pored this out almost black and produced a nice two finger dark tan frothy head that has super small tight bubbles. The nose is interesting. A sweet candy cherry, slight roast, earthy, caramel, and some pine. The taste has all hops in the front then you get the slight roast character in the finish along with a bitterness. I get pine, earthiness, slight cherry sweetness, then the roasted coffee character comes in with a dry finish. The bitterness builds and takes over the flavor (malts and hops could be slightly more balanced.) Definitely a unique flavor for this style with a lot going on. This one is worth a try if you like the style but be ready for a beer that has a strong pronounced flavor and bitterness, cheers!

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Photo of Maryobeerian
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%

Dark chocolate color. Aroma is nice combination of tobacco, licorice and coffee. Light carbonation, with a light, creamy mouth feel. Taste follows the nose, with malty, brown sugar sweet finish. Not heavy for a 7.6%. Not entirely sold as the fizz and flavor aren't entirely aligned, but very enjoyable for one pint.
BA lists Black Ale, but Greenbush lists as a Black IPA. Regardless, I much prefer it on tap at their brew pub to the bottle.

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Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darker black body. Looks kind of like a cola. Big hop aroma with some sweetness. Lots of chocolate taste. Good amount of hop flavor. Mouthfeel similar to coke.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: onyx body, trace khaki head
mild lacing

S: roasted malt, hint of coffee, fresh pine

T: mild leather, nutty, similar long bitter roasted coffee, pine finish

M: med body, smooth/solid oily

O: Not my fav style, but this is quite nice.


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Photo of mattbk
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Appears well carbonated, deep brown but opaque, a bit muddy looking.
S: Vaguely hoppy, grapefruit, not much else. As it warms I get a little bit of alcohol, and maybe even some slight butter? This might be a malt characteristic though.
T: Flavor is nice, more grapefruit, maybe some orange, mild roast, caramel, toffee flavor. Bitterness is very present but not overpowering. Not too dry which is nice, I ilke this style to have a bit of mouthfeel to it. The hops could could be a bit more interesting, but they are also perfectly fine. I like this. It's solid.
M: Medium to medium full. Could even be backed off a little bit. Might be slightly overcarbonated.
O: A pretty good black IPA, malts could be backed down a touch and hops up a bit to make it better. Fermentation could be a touch cleaner as well. But pretty solid, I enjoyed this.

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Photo of lochef81
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This bipa pours a very dark mahogany body with a short lasting tan head and just a slight film lace. The nose is subtle and a little funky. Slightly hoppy but also roasty and dark. The mouthfeel is smooth and rather light. It could actually use s little more body. The flavor is not particularly hoppy mostly just light coffee notes and a little citrus. Almost closer to a light porter than a bipa. Not a bad beer but nothing to hunt down.

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Photo of pkalix
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice black with a tan-ish head on top....
smell is earthy and a bit bitter smelling.
nice porter mind of taste, moreso than a black IPA in my opinion. thick to a degree, chalky, musky and earthy bitterness. almost some espresso-like flavor, but not quite.
overall, a very decent brew but not sure which way they are trying to go with it. very good brew, but more of a porter, no? black IPA works too, I suppose but either way it tastes very good. a little thicker than I was expecting, cheers!

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A really good beer but a definite near-miss. It is gorgeous for a black IPA. As dark as a porter and the mouthfeel is comparable to porters - thick and creamy and very appealing. The taste is solid but not outstanding for a black IPA. Everything is good but nothing stands out. Roasted malt, a bit of coffee, a strong but not particularly distinct hop presence in the taste and in the nose. It is a well balanced beer for this style, which is nice - many are not - but black IPAs - to me - should be bold and distinct. I like this beer a lot and think it would be a great summer beer when you're looking for something a bit heavier. It almost but doesn't quite blow me away. But the price is right: $9.99/six. This will make it a more likely choice for me.

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