Closure | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A different hop variety each and every time we brew a batch.

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Photo of liamt07
2.84/5  rDev -22%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip. Listed at 5.9% ABV.

Looks quite different from what others have described here, mine poured a deep amber-brown, with an ultra-persistent offwhite head. Super creamy and sheets of lacing. Nose has some hop character, and a weird mineral/yeast thing going on. Some bread underneath. Not at all inviting for a pale. Taste has some grassy/green hop notes, and again a weird bready/yeasty and mineral quality to it that I can't get past. Drying and moderately bitter finish. Medium full feel, medium carbonation. Not at all a fan - not sure if something went wrong with the bottling or the brew here.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.85/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Thanks, Trent! 12 oz bottle into a teku.

Appearance: Pours a darker copper color - a bit darker than what I want from my pale ales, frankly. The head is two fingers high, and slightly off-white in shade. Good retention and a somewhat thick texture gives it appeal, as does the webbed lacing sticking to the glass. (3.25)

Smell: Seems to be lacking in hop characteristics. All I really seem to get is a faintly floral touch. Mainly, I'm getting a lot of caramel and toffee. Normally, I'd end things here, and say "BOO CRYSTAL MALT BOMB", but there's something else here that really tickles my fancy. Ale esters, and a lot of them. I get plenty of cherry, apricot, and peach (more so than any other note in fact), and it singlehandedly saves the nose - however, it still doesn't make it spectacular. (3.25)

Taste: The taste smacks of an English pale ale or an ESB, more than an American pale. Here, the hops serve as a balancing feature rather than a showcase - it seems to me the dominating notes are caramel, toffee, and unfortunately, some diacetyl. I'm missing the ale esters from the nose. Even worse, the hops don't work as a balancing feature. Simply put, the back end seems to be slightly too bitter, without any significant flavor to prop it up. It tastes like an imbalanced mishmash of flavors, and this is a style that needs some sort of cohesion between malts, hops, and esters. (2.5)

Mouthfeel: In spite of the heavier feel and general sweetness, the bitterness does make it somewhat easy to drink. Carbonation is incredibly gentle without being nonexistent. (3.25)

Overall: It looked, smelled, and felt fine. Problem is, the flavor profile fails as an American-style pale ale, and it isn't even that good as an ESB either - it suffers from many of the pratfalls so many mediocre examples do. Too much crystal malt, too much diacetyl, and too little ale esters coming through. The usage of a different hop each batch is intriguing, but this one is too malty (in the wrong ways) for me to want this again. (2.75)

2.85/5:, this door should stay closed

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Photo of Jason417
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Huge amounts of head, grew impatient and spooned most of it out of the glass to pour the remainder into the pint glass. The Beer is a cloudy caramel color with a sweet, simple smell. Certainly tastes like an IPA, with two notes: simple hops and floral/nectar. I keep thinking it tastes like the flower on the label.

The mouth feel is very good, creamy balanced, not to bitter or alkaline.

Drinkable and hoppy, I would want this beer with cookout food, particularly sausages, brats, and spicy meats.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I poured a finger and 1/2 of off-white head over a beer with a nice complex looking body. Held up to the light, the coloration on this beer is interesting, a variety of yellow-orange to burnt orange colors come through. Lacing tries to cling to the glass.

I smell caramelized malt and weak, generic hops.

The front end is a light malt sweetness. The hops come in rather quickly, and it's a generic pine flavor. A little earthy tone also noted.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation a little on the weak side, but not quite flat. It has a dry, bitter finish.

This beer is interesting in that it looks much better than it is.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.17/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, interesting look - cloudy copper with a huge head that fills half the glass, but half the ale is still in the bottle and my glass is full of foam. Mountainous rocky head recedes leaving literally large chunks of foam on the glass. Aromas are bready, earthy, spicy, caramel, citrus. Tastes are dank, earthy, rye, bread crust, pungent, grapefruit rind, slightly medicinal. Full bodied, very creamy, fairly bitter finish bordering on IPA bitterness even though the bottle says 40ibu, seems like more. Overall, this one was odd for me. Seemed like it was tainted of sorts. Maybe I'll try it again...maybe not.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I opened the bottle and it did not gush, but as I softly poured it into a pint glass, it flared up like a bad case of herpes. I was left with an inch of beer and about five inches of foam. Granted, even after settling, the head lasted for the entirety of the beer at an incredibly height and left some of the fattest lacing I've ever seen. The beers is a deep amber-copper color, cloudy, and a bit darker than I'd expect a pale ale to be.

Apparently this batch was done with Apollo hops. That's the thing with this beer - every "batch" uses a different hop profile. Not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing. The aroma carries waves of heavy pine and zesty floral spices with a hint of brash soapiness in the back. Faint, orange-like juiciness sits in the back, but the rustic, spicy, and earthy hop aromas are stealing the show. Slightly aggressive for a pale ale.

The flavor is even a step up in intensity from the aroma; even spicier with heaps of ground white pepper, earthy hops, dirty and herbal to the core. Brash bitterness hits up front, though is brought back to Earth with a heavy injection of malty sweetness. The malts taste somewhere along the lines of toasted bread and toffee... Again, maybe just a bit too "heavy" and dark for a pale ale.

Though the sweetness is certainly high, the abundant bitterness makes a comeback in the finish, scraping the tongue and the palate heartily before the beer transcends into nothing. Unusually thick and creamy body - I'll say it again - a little too "over the top" for simply a pale ale. The mouth is left feeling coated with a slight touch of resin and residual sugary stickiness. Carbonation is tingly and excessive, could be toned down a bit.

I've come to the conclusion that I do not much care for Greenbush pale ales (including IPAs and DIPAs). They tend to be too malt-forward and just overall pretty cumbersome. In this case, the malt was a bit too dark, the bitterness was too brash, and the body was too big. I envision pale ales being beers I could easily crush without thinking about it. Closure was not that way. Hell, I think Permanent Funeral from Three Floyds (a 10% ABV "pale ale") was easier drinking than this. Not bad, but slightly above average at best.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is copper colored with amber highlights. It is topped with two inches of tan head.

S - I smell some caramel malt and floral hops.

T - It starts out with some caramel. Then it is just bitter and not a good bitter. There is a metallic taste, too.

M - Medium, chalky

O - It is an overtly bitter beer. I do not find it enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This one was a gusher. After rushing the bottle to the sink and pouring and letting this one settle, it appears murky brown with only a layer of head retaining. The nose is floral with fragrant hops that also carry a hint of apple and cracker. The taste is malty up front with toasted bread followed by flowers, pines, and grapefruit rind. Finish is moderately bitter with a bit of sweetness as well. Mouthfeel is prickly from this bottle being over carbonated. Overall, this was a pretty forgettable brew.

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Photo of richj1970
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden copper color with gigantic head. I ha to wait almost 5 minutes to get it to fit into the glass. Some decent lacing.

S: Hops mixed with some floral notes. Toasted malts.

T: A bit of bitterness from the hops. Toasted bread, grapefruit rind. Some slight sweetness from the malts.

M: Fairly light body and way too much carbonation.

O: An average APA. I think this one is best enjoyed with a nice spicy meal.

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Photo of smmeier819
3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- Cloudy, copper, thin off white head with decent lacing on glass.

S- My nose is failing me's floral for sure.

T- My first sip gave me some strong grapefruit, but not getting it anymore. Caramel notes abound with a hint of tannic astringency if you put your tongue against the roof of your mouth after you sip it.

M- Light bodied and smooth at the end despite the medium carbonation.

O- Word on the street, this beer's hops change based on whatever Greenbush can get their hands on. It would be interesting to try the same beer brewed at different times to see how much this thing actually changes. It's an efficient pale ale, nothing mind blowing but it has it's strengths (mainly the way it finishes so smooth). I have drank all six and I can finally bring this evaluation to a closure.

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Photo of carlborch
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden, and forms a 2-inch, off-white, pillowy head, that persists and persists! The initial nose did not yield much beyond citrus, some pine, caramel and malt. The body is medium, and carbonation light to moderate. Rather bitter on the palate for an American Pale Ale. It seems to lean more towards an American IPA. Delicious, piney, bitter, refreshing, with a mild backdrop of malt, biscuits, and grapefruit pith. Well-developed Belgian lace does form. I cannot decide if it is moreish or quenching. On the other hand, I would not hesitate to try it again.

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Photo of hackmann
3.44/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: a hazy deep amber body with a two finger head that leaves some lacing on the glass.

Aroma: overall, light to me; touch of sweetness yet earthy malts, lightly hoppy – faint floral; as the ale warms a nice tropical note appears

Flavors and Mouthfeel: earthy grains, sweet nondescript malts, grassy feel, light floral on the back, moderate bitterness, acidic, moderate-low fizzy carbonation, sharp sea grass aftertaste or pine needle feel, medium-full bodied Pale Ale,

To the Point: solid earthy profile with a firm bitter style with a hint of sweetness, a nice Pale Ale to try

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Photo of bnes09
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Transparent, orange-copper color. Finger and half head retains itself forever as a blanket over the brew and coats the glass in beautiful lace patches.

Malty caramel aroma with a hefty dose of fresh flowers.

Dense malt backbone, mostly caramel. Aggressive, floral, pine, grapefruit, detergent hoppy bitterness. Finishes with an odd, out-of-place, bitterness. The malt and hop varieties just do not blend well in this one.

Medium bodied, syrupy mid-drink with a crisp finish.

Overall, pretty average. A little balance goes a long way and this one is lacking in that department.

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Photo of lurpy1
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Mug poured at Dusty's Tap Room. How cool, never even heard of these guys!

The pour is your standard pale ale golden, with a 1+ finger head, slightly shimmery.

Smell provides a lot of yeast and lemon, thrown in with some hop. Nicely fresh smelling, almost a saison with a split personality.

Taste provides muted hoppiness, some malt, plenty of citrusy lemon flavor, but ultimately it lacks panache and is a little bit tame.

Very nice for sipping at 5.8% ABV. Goes down good.

Sort of a boring beer, but still tastes pretty good. Worth a go.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this last week in a mix 12 pack in Michigan and mine was dated mid-March. It was OK, though the hop profile is likely stronger when it is fresh. I could see trying this one again.

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Photo of entenduintransit
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Seems a bit pointless to read reviews of this when they even say they use different hop varieties in each batch. Even as I write this I'm tasting things that are completely absent in other reviews and missing out on the tastes they claim. Even the ABV is different on my bottle than the bottle pictured, though everything else about the label is the same.

Anyway, the 6.2% ABV batch I tried was decent.

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Photo of kevanb
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Greenbush snifter.

The beer pours an apricot honey color, light ambers, quite hazy with only a little bit of clarity. A frothy, white, soapy head about 2 fingers high that has very good retention but only yields a few spots of lace. The aroma is predominantly of malt, both caramel malts and cereal grains, lightly hopped with just a bit of earthy bitterness, some honey sweetness and light floral qualities at the back end. The flavors follow the nose well, strong malts straight away, honey sweetness is also noticeable on the tongue, the floral qualities and earthy bitterness from the hops are very light and linger on the finish. The mouthfeel is nice, lots of lively bubbles, coats the mouth well and finishes very easily with just a light dryness.

Verdict: A decent malt forward pale ale from Greenbush. It's simple, fairly well balanced and somewhat refreshing. I do prefer my pale ales to be a bit brighter and more delicate, but this hits the spot for an easy Sunday drinker.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden yellow in color a little bit hazy. It had a nice White foamy white head that kind of stuck around for a while. Some nice lacing on the sides of the glass a little spotty.

S - It had a pretty mild nose. A few things stood out to me though it had a lot of Floral and earthy notes that really stood out to me.

T - The Taste was mild you get a lot of earthy and floral notes in the front of the beer but backbone of this beer has some toffee notes and breaddy malts.

M - Light bodied, low carbonation kind of nice to have around on a hot summer day.

D - Very Drinkable it has some nice qualities about it but Greenbush has a lot better beers in there lineup.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apparently the primary hop varietal changes from batch-to-batch in this beer, but since it isn't always clearly advertised there's no sense in creating separate listings. I had the "Galena" version. Served in 6oz pils-esque glass at the Greenbush tasting room.

A - Half-finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace swathes. Slightly hazed pale golden body.

S - Pretty mild aroma that is heavy on the floral, earthy, and herbal hop flavors. Cracker and biscuit malt backbone.

T - Again, a mixture of crackery and bready malts with light earthy hop flavors and a low amount of bitterness in the finish.

M - On the lighter-bodied side of things, with low carbonation making it a tad watery. Nice residual oily hops and resinous attributes.

D - I remember enjoying this more when I had it at Blokes & Birds - guessing that was the Summit version? In any case, a largely forgettable pale ale. I guess I just don't dig Galena hops or something.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! A new brewery in town, eh? Always fun. This batch was hopped with Fuggle and Columbus hops. It pours a lightly hazy straw-amber topped by a finger of off-white micro-foam. The nose comprises sweetgrass, sweet flowers, dark greens, toffee, and powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, though the sweetness of the toffee and powdered sugar are amped up a bit. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and an almost dry finish. Overall, a solid APA, one that drinks pretty easily, but nothing truly outstanding.

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Photo of SmartyPints
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Greenbush.

A- Came to me a light hazed golden orange color. One figer white head shows medium retention. Light lacing on the sides of the glass bunch up in spots while I drink.

S- Green smelling and not as in a beer to young to be served. Nice grassy notes with a hint of citrus thrown in there. Sweet caramel/toffee malts also make a apperance before getting covered with light alcohol and herbal hops.

T- Light citrus like hops in the front of this give off a settle apricot flavor that blends with a slight grassy hop tone. Malts come through with light toffee like biscuty flavor before leaving a light cut grass flavor on the palate as an ending.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation was nice for the style. Grassy hops and biscuty malts are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol mixed with cut grass and some light grain. No off flavors at all with this beer. Clean tasting overall. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer sits in at a nice ABV to invite you to have another. This is a soild example of the style but oddly enough my least favorite from them. While I would gladly drink this all the time if on tap around me I would rather drink others while sitting at Greenbush.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a unique brew from Greenbush in that they brew it with different hops each time. I wish I could find some sort of bottle identifier to check up on the hop profile.

Beer pours hazy amber color with a nice eggshell head and good lacing. Beer smells candy sweet, juicy, and floral. I can taste the juicy quality with a floral attack and piney finish. The beer is quite bitter and the finish isn't particularly pleasant. It isn't nearly as sweet as it smells and the grain is overpowered by the hops. Not very well balanced unfortunately. The texture is light to medium and the carbonation is well executed.

Overall, I was disappointed in the balance and light mouthfeel. The juicy quality didn't seem fit with the flavor profile. Nothing particularly special here, but I still dig this awesome brewery!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. The local beer store just started carrying Greenbush products a week or so ago, so I'm confident it's as fresh as can be. My bottle states a 5.90% abv. Brewed with a different variety of hops in every batch, so I'm assuming this is a fairly inconsistent beer, with varying results for everyone. Doesn't make a lot of sense to me, but whatever.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Gentle pour yields one finger of soft fluffy off-white head with excellent retention. Body color is a dark coppery looking blood orange, with some ruby hues when held under the light. As others have said, fairly dark appearance for a pale ale. Some bubbles lazily floating to the top. Some of the biggest walls of lacing I've ever seen. Very intense.

S - Smell is of juicy earthy hops, of an unknown variety obviously. Sweet malt presence, with tons of floral action reminiscent of lilacs, lavender, & spring daisies. At times, I feel like I'm sniffing the flower on the bottle. Smells good, but it falls short.

T - Taste is of lightly bitter hops, earthiness, lemongrass, & tons of floral notes approaching lavender and lilacs. Tastes like I'm drinking the flower on the bottle, also. Bit of a peppery type finish on this one.

M - Feel is creamy & smooth, with hop bitterness coating the palate & some floral notes leftover. Medium-full bodied.

Overall, it is a nice beer, but it seems to hang somewhere just slightly above average. High drinkability, nice flavors, decent abv, but it seems to be missing something. I would be interested to try a bottle from a different batch to see how it varies from this one. An interesting beer that I would drink again.

Greenbush Closure ---3.5/5

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy rusty copperish color that settles with a thin cap of white head.

S - mild floral notes, some malts come through, honey,

T. Nicely balanced on the front end, honey, Dry and bitter resinous aftertaste.

O. Quite interesting that they will continue to brew this with a different hop variety every time. Would be interesting to review it once a year and see how it changes. Overall, solid ale and I'd try it again for the sheer novelty to "open up something new".

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Photo of deadchef
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass...

a: gold to almost bronze, off white head. frothy 2 fingers of foam. slight yeast haze.

s: amarillo hop aroma followed by caramel malt

t: bitter hop flavor with some caramel, bready malt. light phenols.

m: light, easy drinking. appropriate carbonation.

o: nice pale ale, a bit bitter but typical for american pale style. bitterness seems to wash out any malt complexity it might have had. still a solid beer and i wouldn't turn down a second pint.

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