Rage | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by liamt07 on 05-29-2012

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 60
Photo of Stevedore
3.66/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass. Pours a dark black body, one finger offwhite head, short retention, rings of lacing. Smells of booze, toffee and caramel like a big barleywine; citrus hops accompany the malt but essentially only dent the sweetness a bit. The barrels are big here, and the booze is big on the flavour as well. Lots of toffee, more so than caramel, raisins, grapefruit juice and peel, bit of lemon and a light resinous bitterness that gets lost in the big bourbon wood as well. Mouthfeel is full bodied, big and goopy, lighter on the carbonation. A big one not to be trifled with. Worth trying if you enjoy black IPAs.

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Photo of jp32
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black in color with a foamy tan head on top. It's aroma is sweet and malty with hint of booze and a hint of hops. It smells as much like a stout as it does any other style of beer. Toasted malts control it's nose, and it smells absolutely delicious.

Flavor? Wow! This one is full of flavor. Big, sweet, sticky, and boozy, with enough toasted malts to again make me think I'm drinking a stout and not a black ipa. Prunes, molasses, notes of pinot noir, cedar wood, and booze all make an appearance, with just a tinge of hops sneaking through.

This is a big, tough, mean beer here. I received this in a trade from a buddy of mine, and he did me right with this one!

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Recommended by local Greenbush expert Prager62, RAGE, is quite the drink. This is one BIG, BAD mofo. But I will say, I highly recommend it. It begins with a dark brown mystery capped with a tan, loosely packed head. Smell is roasty meets sweet coupled with some piney hops. Taste is maple meets molasses in sweetness. Roast comes through, but “heat” is definitely part of this profile. The piney hop comes through as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy, and the alcohol closes with some warmth. Overall, a very good beer. I really liked it but wonder if the alcohol heat could be dialed back just a tad to allow for more of the other qualities to shine through.

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Photo of stortore
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 12/29/15. Had on 2/18/16.

Pours a deep, opaque brown, with a small, but foamy head and a good amount of foamy lacing. Smell is roasted malt, earthy, resiny hops, some yeast, a little chocolate, some molasses and raisins , light coffee. Taste also leads with roasted malt, raisins, figs, more molasses than the nose, caramel, some chocolate, light coffee, some resiny hops up front- they explode on the back end. A bit of a sweet finish. Remarkably smooth for the ABV and the IBU's, creamy, good body, the taste lingers.

I thought this was a well crafted, kind of unique offering that was true to the style. Solid hop presence that is well balanced with the big malt base, deep layered flavor. Well worth a purchase, when it's available at Greenbush..

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Photo of napdynmite
3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Strong, sticky stuff. Slightly sour hop profile. I like the roasty, bready background character but overall I found this overwhelming. I get what they're going for but it's just too much booze for the style.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Black with light brown head
S: Sweet, dark fruit, orange, roasty, coffee, dark chocolate
T: Bitter, orange, molasses, roasty, dark fruit, caramel, alcohol
M: Thick, creamy, perfect carbonation
O: I prefer Anger. This is good but a little too big

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Photo of Prager62
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A recent brewery release with a mfg. date of 12.29.15 poured in my 13 oz. Greenbush snifter.

Look- Pours a dark brown like root beer with a half finger of light brown foam that quickly settles.

Smell- Dark roast with light smoke, a hint of pine, molasses and burnt sugar.

Taste- A lot of sweetness up front in the form of maple syrup, raisins, figs, and brown sugar. There is some pine that emerges through the sugar and alcohol.

Feel- Mouth coating sweetness followed by considerable alcohol burn from the 14.6 abv.

Overall- A beast of a beer from Greenbush. Maybe a bit too beastly? In my opinion it would benefit from less sweetness and more roast. Perhaps that would smooth out the alcohol burn as well? It's not one of their best beers, but it is an interesting sipper. It sure is appropriately named!

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Photo of Auror
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From Blind Bif 8. Review compiled from notes. Drank side by side with Short's Goodnight Bodacious on July 6th, 2013.

Appearance- Pours a dark black with a deep tan-colored head. Decent retention and good lacing.

Aroma- Has a ton of bitterness. Roasted malt, coffee, and hops.

Taste- This is a beast. Very intense flavors of coffee, bitter chocolate, hops, with a light sweetness (bourbon?).

Mouthfeel- Decent amount of carbonation, complements the beer nicely.Evident alcohol, but it's a nice warming, not over the top.

Rage from Greenbush Brewing (a 14.6% Black Ale). Pretty straight forward: Hoppy (very) Imperial Black ale with coffee. Pretty much pegged that.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled at Michigan Brewers' Guild in Ypsi. Pours black with small off white head. Smells acidic, boozy, piney, roasty. In your face strong beer, but hides the alcohol burn well. Flavor is a big burst of heavy roasted malts and a bitter pine finish, with a good hint of booze coming in and sweetening things up. This was a little muddled and over the top for me. Worth a try, but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of genuinedisciple
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

"Rage," The Imperial Black IPA:

A: Looks thick, especially if we put it in the Black IPA category. However, this is 14.6%, yes you read that correctly 14.6% ABV. It's dark, like really dark. Great finger-lacing, most I've maybe ever seen for this style.

S: You can smell a strong hop profile, much like the ANGER, but there's a sweetness to it...very interesting, but It works okay.

T: Sweet. Its got some hoppy goodness in it as well, much like the ANGER, but it's muted by the sweetness. The ANGER ended pretty dry while this one ends fairly sweet. The roasted malts are definitely more present in this than it's younger brother. This could be a super-dangerous beer, because I don't really feel that it's all that boozy (so beware!). I do feel like the hop profile is off in this one. Again, I'm more of a hop-head, especially in my IPAs, then a roasted malt/sweetness guy. It disappoints in this area for me, but may not for others.

M: Thick, for an IPA, but it is 14.6%, so yeah... The flavors just stick on your tongue like molasses. It's sticky like a medium stout would be. The flavor stays with you, so be prepared.

O - I'm really confused by this beer, even though I think it compares more with the Stone Black IPA than the Anger does. It's really good, but I'm not sure what category it fits in. I think Greenbush may have created a beer that belongs in a limited category...If you like Black IPAs, it's a must try. Greenbush is really surprising me.

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Photo of liamt07
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draught at the brewery, served in a snifter. A doubled-up up version of their regular 'Anger' Black IPA.

Black in body, dark red around the edges. Tan, almost brown head. Good lacing and retention. Big tropical and pine notes initially, and some dank/weed as it warms. A bit stinky intially (body odor?), but this ultimately manifested into the aforementioned weed smell. Substantial roast and dark chocolate as well intermingled with the pungent fop notes. Juicy tropical and pine notes on the palate again, herbal bitterness and a brown sugar/vanilla-like sweetness. Big sweet roasty body as well. Roasty long into the finish.Good full body and medium low carbonation. Alcohol is not at all evident which is awesome for it's size. Well done overall, while it's not a perfect hop profile by any stretch, it's still quite good.

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Rage from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 60 ratings.
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