Brother Benjamin | Greenbush Brewing Company

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606 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:
606
Reviews:
79
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
12.96%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
124
For Trade:
5
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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of sendbeer
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.26/5  rDev -13.8%

Bottle brought in to share by Curran.

Pours a golden amber color, with a half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells quite strongly of caramel malt and honey, almost feels like a barleywine. A little bit of pine is noted, but it doesn't really smell hoppy at all.

This definitely drinks like a barleywine more so than a DIPA. There's a bit of cloying honey, caramel malt, brown sugar, some bitterness, a bit of pine. At least no alcohol is present. Unfortunately, it it was a barleywine, it wouldn't really be a good barleywine.

This one has a thick syrupy mouthfeel, and a big body, with low carbonation. Not all that drinkable.

This one didn't quite work, I'm not sure why it's rated the way it is.

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Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of liamt07
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

No freshness info apparent on the bottle. Poured in to snifter.

A - Hazy medium amber with a thin coating of dirty white head.

S - Pungent pine aroma up front with some tangerine and grapefruit. A light honey malt sweetness is also evident.

T - An assertive bitterness up front with pine, grapefruit and tangerine flavours and a fairly prominent honey malt sweetness that provides good balance.

M - Medium body, sticky. Lots of resinous hop oils. Light carbonation.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of tommy5
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brother Benjamin has a somber, almost ghostly feel just like its label. Though a gleaming orange when backlit, the beer is both shadowy and hazy, as if entirely enveloped in a mist or smoke; it's not at all transparent. Despite sporting a white collar there's probably more foam on the glass than on the surface.

The aroma is a breath of spring... or is it fall? It has bright candied citrus notes but also plenty of resinous pine; it conjures thoughts of colourful flowers as well as dead, dried-out tree bark. Though noticeably hoppy, it's the dark honey that's appreciated most.

At 114 IBU and 10.1% alcohol this is certainly no small beer, yet it's surprisingly smooth to drink (and that's not a term I like to use often). Clover honey has made for a velvety and sweet texture that aggrandizes an already rich malt profile. The booze sort of blends into a nectarous and sustaining finish.

The taste is an amalgam of sticky-sweet and earthy bitter flavours with frequent spikes of citrus. Notes of rum-soaked pineapple are blended with tree sap and biscuity, toffee-laced malts. Creamy caramel is mixed with flower petals and pine needles. There's an impression of grill-charred orange, mango and lime.

Greenbush Brother Benjamin does indeed mystify. Honey in a beer (specifically one of double-digit alcohol) often makes syrupy, but this one is smooth, sumptuous and succulent. It's big but mellow, as ample as it is approachable, a perfect companion for relaxation.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Eziel
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bigred89
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of waddellc2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of sweemzander
2.51/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

(A)- Pours a reddish copper amber color. Produced some good white froth and lacing.

(S)- A fairly spiced yet sweet caramel malt body meets a yeasty bubblegum, lemon, and grapefruit citrus. A bit odd with the yeast acting a bit strange in an almost hefeweiss type of aroma.

(T)- A touch strange. Kind of spiced with a potent yeast profile. Almost bubblegum in flavor with a potent caramel sweetness.

(M)- The carbonation level is fine, but the yeast really seems to be off-centered and causing this to be a bit off considering this is supposed to be a DIPA.

(O)- Not bad, but definitely a strange version of a DIPA for sure. Not one of Greenbush's best.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.5%

Photo of Stevedore
3.56/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint 11/29/2014.

A- Slightly hazy yellow-orange body. Two finger thick, fluffy head with a long retention time. A bit too long, but otherwise nice lacing and film. [4]

S- Honey, grainy malt, biscuit, grapefruity hop resins, a bit of floral and grassy scents as well. Solid, nothing mystifying. [3.5]

F- A bit on the sweet side; sweet up front with honey, biscuit and pale malt sweetness; switched up with a moderately bitter floral, grassy finish. A bit of grapefruit permeates the whole thing as well. [3.5]

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, a bit soft and mellow. Not difficult to drink by any means despite its 10.1% ABV. [3.75]

O- Decent DIPA, nothing to write home about. It's on the sweet side but not as bitter as you'd expect from a big DIPA like this. [3.5]

Final score: 3.55

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

Brother Benjamin from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.78 out of 5 based on 606 ratings.
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