Closure | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
greenbushbrewing.com

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.

Added by TMoney2591 on 11-09-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
326
Reviews:
50
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
10.71%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
54
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Eziel
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of cb8282
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of wiseguywood
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatthiasGP
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stompilator
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of glevy194
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Segnem5
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cryptichead
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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

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: ...no, this door should stay closed

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Photo of Judgie
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McBAINx
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Maryobeerian
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MaxPowers
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of jrs3994243
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JordanKerns
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hallertau
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MIbeer27
3.32/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ruckus232
3.36/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimGlonke
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeFox
4.39/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub. Nice, easy drinking pale ale.

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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 goast8127
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Closure from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 326 ratings.
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