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1825 | Greenbush Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by SmartyPints on 12-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#14,794
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
169
pDev:
10.99%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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7
Gots:
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a hazy to cloudy golden ad amber body. Aroma is sadly understated for the style with some Belgian yeast funk and banana citrus, little else. Flavors of banana, pear and pineapple citrus, Belgian yeast, herbal hops with the right amount of citrus and sweetness. Nice degree of Belgian character. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a nice one. Good Belgian style, doesn't wow you but still a nice brew.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours languidly into a tumbler glass, hard to generate much of a head, but there was about an eighth of an inch there momentarily. Foam quickly subsides, leaving a thin ring around the edges, no lacing. Tawny amber orange color, somewhat hazy.

Bubblegum and clove aromas, kind of a stereotypical "Belgian" aroma.

Spicy flavors, big on the phenolics, lasting clove in the aftertaste, low level pepper bitterness. Viscous body, low carbonation. Not a fan of the mouthfeel, a bit slick and coating, needs more carbonation. Overall not a total waste, it's not deeply flawed, just not appealing to personal taste. However i'm not sure about finishing it.

Thanks for this one Eric!

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours slightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of banana, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, toast, candi sugar, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity of fruity/earthy yeast and balanced malt sweetness; with good strength. Taste of banana, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, toast, candi sugar, clove, pepper, bubblegum, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of banana, pear, apple, white grape, honey, biscuit, toast, clove, bubblegum, and herbal/yeast earthiness on finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity of fruity/earthy yeast with balanced bready/candi sugar malt sweetness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly slick/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice Belgian strong golden ale. All around good complexity and balance of fruity/earthy yeast and bready/candi sugar malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the brewery, 12oz into a tulip.

Reddish orange, with a thin white head. Almost no retention, and the same case with lacing. Heavy Belgian yeast, fruity, slightly grainy and doughy and sweet malt character. Slight spice from the hops. Palate ha sweet doughy malt, spicy hops and a bittersweet finish. Full feel, alcohol is only partially disguised and the carbonation pops quite a bit on this one, even though it's not apparent on the pour. A nice Belgian golden strong, although this is tough to put back at when the spice and alcohol comes across too strong.

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Photo of Sweffin
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MasterSki
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased at the taproom and shared with Jason upon arrival in Madison Heights.

A - A white, quick-dissolving, wispy head settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Hazy copper body with with visible carbonation streams present.

S - Phenolic and spicy, with notes of bandaid, apples, alcohol, sugary malt, and a touch of herbal hops that also have a faint vomit character.

T - Taste is superior, as the unpleasant bandaid and vomit flavors are thankfully gone. Mostly Belgian yeast, bread, a bit of candi sugar, and a lightly medicinal finish. More of a Belgian Amber than a Dark.

M - Smooth texture, medium-full body, lower carbonation, and some definite warming alcohol. No major issues, but does little to enhance the beer either.

D - A thoroughly mediocre Belgian Strong Ale that suffers from a mildly unpleasant aroma. I'd skip this offering until Greenbush gets a better handle on Belgian yeast.

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Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Gotti311
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of StoutHunter
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

picked up a bottle of Greenbush's 1825 last week for $2.59 at The Lager Mill. I tried this beer last month at a Greenbush tap takeover and I liked it and I thought it was a solid example of a Belgian Pale Ale and I'm interested too see how the bottled version is, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up recently so it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A- The label looks pretty nice, it may not be the most eye catching, but I really like the look of it. It poured a nice and slightly hazy golden orange color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of slightly off white head that died down to a thing ring that stayed till the end and it left some nice patchy and spotty lacing behind. This was a pretty nice looking Belgian Pale Ale, but it could have used a little more head and that would make it more true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness that has a slight candied sugar like aroma to it followed by a good amount of Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts a light spicy aroma with some nice bubble gum and banana like aromas with a very slight hint of some of that funky Belgian yeast, but it's barely noticeable. Up next comes a noticeable herbal and slightly medicinal aroma with some fruity and dark fruit aromas coming through. Towards the end comes a pretty light alcohol aroma followed by some malty aromas with caramel malts seeming to stick out the most. This beer had a nice aroma that was fairly true to style.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that bordered on being highly sweet and it has a slight candied sugar like flavor to it followed by the Belgian yeast being the first to show up and it imparts all those Belgian yeast aspects that I got in the aroma with no single flavor seeming to stick out the most. Up next comes a slight herbal and slight medicinal flavor with a slight bit of alcohol coming through. Towards the end comes a little more sweetness followed by some malty flavors with caramel malts still seeming to stick out the most and it had a higher amount of low bitterness with a sweet and Belgian yeast like aftertaste. This was a nice tasting Belgian Pale Ale, it was a slightly rough around the edges, but I thought it was still pretty solid.

M- Fairly smooth, slightly cloying, slightly sticky, crisp, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was just slightly prickly. The mouthfeel was nice and it was fairly true to style.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a solid example of a Belgian Pale Ale, it's not as good as some of the authentic Belgian Pale Ales, but for an American version it's pretty nice and it has just enough of those Belgian Pale Ale qualitys. This beer had ok drinkability, it was fairly smooth, crisp, slightly filling, and the taste did a nice job at holding my attention, but I think one would be enough for me, the sweetness might start to wear on me if I have more than one. What I liked the most about this beer was how true to style it was, it had most of the aspects that I look for in the style and I thought the appearance was also pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the slight herbal and medicinal flavor and aroma, I could have gone without that. I would buy this beer again when I want a Belgian Pale Ale but don't want to spend the money on a imported one and I already got another one for the cellar just to see how it changes over time. I would recommend this beer to most fans of the style and people who generally like Belgian Style beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it was pretty much just how I remember it being on tap last month. It's for sure not my favorite of the style, I prefer my Belgian Pale Ales more like Orval, but I thought for an American version this was nice and it was also good for the price. Good job Greenbush, I thought this one was pretty solid and I wouldn't mind seeing more of their Belgian Style beers get bottled, hopefully retribution, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of warnerry
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tectactoe
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of stortore
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a copper color, somewhat cloudy, with a small head and foamy cling. Smells of belgian yeast, candi sugar, malt, a bit earthy. Taste also leads with the yeast, malt, some caramel. Getting some type of spicing, can't put a finger on. A little sweet up front, followed by a little bitterness, not sure if it's from the spicing or what, doesn't seem like it's from hops. Smooth, good body, nicely carbonated.

Have had a number of bottles over the last year or two and have liked all better than the one I finally write a review on. Whatever that spicing is, I noticed it a lot more in this bottle, and it's kind of a negative. Still, well worth a purchase.

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

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Another new beer to me from Greenbush Brewing Co., this one listed as a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a dark burnt orange colored body with some nice sediment floating in the glass. Three fingers of beige foam for a head that falls to about a finger. Fat spotty lacing. For some reason, I thought it would be lighter in color, but it looks very nice.

S - Smell is comprised of the usual suspects - candied caramel maltiness, Belgian yeast, banana, clove, dough, pepper. A simple, yet pleasant aroma.

T - The taste follows the nose - candied sugars, caramel, green apple, pear, banana, white grape. Lots of lovely yeast derived fruitiness on this one. It's very nice, but I was hoping for more grassy / herbal flavors. No alcohol heat or burn; the 9.30% abv is extremely well hidden.

M - The feel is slightly heavy. Dry on the finish. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation. Some lingering fruitiness / stickiness on the palate. Very easy drinking for the high abv.

Overall, a nicely done but average representation of the style from Greenbush. Doesn't really bring anything new or exciting to the table, but it's certainly enjoyable and very drinkable.

Greenbush 1825 ---4/5.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a pretty good example of a smaller, successful brewer not sticking to its knitting.
That said, 1825 is not a botch... but close. This young brewer has grown so fast that it should take this beer as their lesson to stick to their knitting.

Simply stated: it is very hard for a brewer that relies on hops to distinguish itself in the market and, then, to develop the distinct yeast that makes Belgians. Belgo-philes like me don't enjoy tasting too many other brewers' experiments, really their ventures into foreign styles.

While 1825 is a tasty ale to start, it is not a good one. While it does mask its alcohol well, there is very little fruitiness in the nose or taste. And in my mouth, a slight coating is forming... perhaps to protect itself from a brewer that simply does not know how to do Belgians well.

Advice? Stick to your knitting.

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1825 from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 169 ratings
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