Brother Benjamin | Greenbush Brewing Company

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3.95/5
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by divineaudio on 11-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,282
Reviews:
80
Ratings:
621
pDev:
11.65%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
125
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 621 |  Reviews: 80
Photo of Timc32
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drunkenmess
4.39/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Chance4493
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of Bammer21
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puck1225
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really enjoyed this beer! Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Dark golden brown with a nice thick head and excellent lacing. Sweet herbal smell and taste. The herbal taste is nicely accompanied by the honey sweetness. Nice beer!

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Photo of djfrenchy
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GuyFawkes
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 11/18/14; drank 1/18/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque ruby red appearance.

Khaki head; frothy lace.

Honey, mango, caramel, pine & booze nose.

Medium thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Caramel, honey & mango flavors up front; a grapefruit bite on the finish. Booze heat emerged as this warmed. Basically a slightly above average American barleywine; a bit too bitter, a bit too sweet, but still drinkable.

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

Photo of Joe_Palooka
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first learned of this beer when searching online for beers similar to Hopslam. Well, Brother Benjamin came up. I was in The Quad Cities (Iowa/Illinois) and I found a bottle but it was quite old so I passed on it. Two weeks later at Bell's "All Stouts Day" I met some guys that talked up Brother Benjamin so being from the western suburbs of Chicago I would be passing through Sawyer on my way home from Kalamazoo. They were sold out of bottles but had it on tap so I purchased a growler to go. I found it to be hoppy and malty all wrapped up into one delicious glass of goodness. The 10.10% ABV is pretty well hidden, the mouth feel is grainy with some sweetness. Doesn't have a whole lot of lacing but who likes to lick out beer glasses anyway! The finish is warming but i am used to beers in the 13%-17% ABV range so it was fine for me. The published 114 ibu's is well masked. As far as a comparison to Hopslam...now you need to know I drank about 22 six packs of Hopslam this years and I am going to tell you this is a close rendition but if I had a fresh sixer of Hopslam and a fresh 4 pack of B.B. and only twenty bucks in my pocket, I'd buy the Hopslam. I am just glad I always keep a hundo tucked away for such purchases so I don't have to make these choices. I am sure i will drink this again and again.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheCzarof85
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chrismattlin
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

This looks, smells, and tastes like a Barleywine. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Hops are hard to detect, but are definitely present. Biggest thing about this brew is it's alcohol heat; if I didn't know any better, I'd think this sucker was 14%.

I'd say Greenbush should stick this in bourbon barrels and call it a BBA Barleywine. Would probably work out better.

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Photo of gcasher
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Awesome hoppy dipa.

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Photo of Warren2621
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brown in color with an inch of tightly woven creamy beige on top. Heavy lacing. The aroma is deeply pine and light malt in nature. The flavor is heavy with piney hops and light malt. The mouth is sticky, resinous, and bone dry.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.69/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BLZR
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Junior
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jakethesnake503
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dabear85
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of TheNewEarth
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 621 ratings