Brother Benjamin | Greenbush Brewing Company

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605 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by divineaudio on 11-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
605
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
124
For Trade:
5
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Photo of Franziskaner
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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 -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BLZR
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Junior
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jakethesnake503
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dabear85
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Billydoughnuts
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheNewEarth
4.53/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of QuadriderMX
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of LloydDobler
3.44/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle dated 12-14-15

Pours light brown as opposed to amber. Thick off-white foam topping and a lot of sediment floating around the glass. The nose is very sweet and almost like a mead. Taste starts with sweet honey and has a bad, abrasive bitterness to the finish. Nice and smooth mouthfeel that helped make this palatable.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JDoHo
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SHDoyle
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Description: Has a dark, deep tan look, roughly the color of apple cider with a small amount of white head and lacing. I don't think this has any bourbon aging, but bourbon/booze was the first smell I picked up. Also sweet hints of honey, grape and some sort of smoky/wood/earthy aroma. Taste was bitter, certainly more than would be expected from the smell but that gave way to sweetness...which then tasted bitter...and then sweet again on the finish. The aftertaste was a bit too sweet for me, almost cloying. Not an IPA for hop lovers. Alcohol was very apparent. The mouthfeel also defied typical IPA expectations and was thick, velvety and coated the mouth.

Suggested food pairing: Chicken pasta salad with a creamy or mayo based sauce

If you like this beer then you should also try: Curmudgeon. Definitely not an IPA, but that's what this beer reminded me of.

Overall: 4.25 (This is a good beer and I would likely drink it again) That overall rating should be qualified with the comment that this is not a typical IPA. If it wasn't written on the bottle, I'd probably guess that this is an Old Ale or Barleywine. Still though, not a bad beer. Boozy, malty and ultimately on the sweet side, it probably functions better as a slow sipper.

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Photo of johunnic
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of deonreds
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Aleforme
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of pstam87
4.59/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steve8robin
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of swordofisis
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 9/17/15.

Pours a caramel color, somewhat hazy, with a small head, some soapy cling. Smell is lots of malt for the style, some citrusy and dank hops. Taste leads with the malt, more hops than the nose, more dank hops than citrus. Honey adds some sweetness, not a lot of bitterness overall. Smooth, good body, well carbonated.

This is definitely malty and sweet, but is very flavorful. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of NateDyk47
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L- dark golden color
S- can smell the alcohol; hints of honey/caramel
T- very bitter at first, but dies away quickly and leaves slightly sweet aftertaste
F- medium body & carbonation; smooth and a little creamy

I'm a big fan of this beer. I get a 4 pack every 2-3 months.

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Photo of chillin
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of blrickman
3.14/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 605 ratings.
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