Demeter | Greenbush Brewing Company

94 Ratings

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Dry-hopped pale ale brewed with spices.

Added by Jas45678 on 09-21-2013

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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of glowing sunset orange into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a glorious three finger head of toasty tan bubbles, showing excellent retention. The top layer of bubbles is thin, leaving sticky cratered lacing all around the glass. A chill haze is noted, and no sediment is found. Carbonation appears to be highly active. The aroma is “dirty”, giving spice of gingerbread, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg atop a deep base of caramel and lightly brown malts, coiny metallics, glass and mineral, creamy lactic acidity, honey Graham cracker sweetness, lightly butter biscuits, lemon rind, packing peanut plastics, and biting grassy and earthy hoppiness. Our first impression is that this is a very curious beer, with strong bitterness from the hops, and deepening bitterness of the spiced inclusion, bringing it to a mysterious low. As we sip, the taste opens with clean barley, caramel, and pale maltiness, well water, pumpkin and gingerbread spiciness, rye breadiness, pencil eraser, souring plastics, floral and herbal hops, honey sweetness, bubblegum esters, and lemon juice. The middle comes to a peak with booze, coffee grounds and brown malts, herbal hops, chalk, clear plastics, pear and apple fruitiness, candied figs, and tinny metallics. The ending wash is wrought with bitter herbal hops, oregano, packing peanuts, nectary citrus, apricot juiciness, basement muskiness, gravel, black pepper and allspice, penicillin, maple candy, and dried straw. The aftertaste is surprisingly mild consider how bitter it finishes, with calming warmness of gingerbread and cinnamon spice, honeysuckle, green twig and dirty earthen bark, moss and musk, fusel booze, herbal and grassy hops, mineral water, and soiled metallics. The body is solidly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip gives great slurp and smack, and nice cream, froth, pop, and glug. The mouth is fully coated, cooled, and creamed, with eventual sticky tannic, dry astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks well, once you get used to it.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its aroma. If you close your eyes and sniff, you would say this is an autumn spice/pumpkin beer. The spice is there, but actually mixes quite well with such a bitter hop profile, as presented here. The sip, however, gives quite a different picture. This is not to say we didn’t’ enjoy it, but rather we were just presented with something we haven’t encountered before. By the end it may have been a bit too bittering for our tastes, but to the goal of being unique and “new”, they succeed in great stride. This is a seasonally appropriate beverage, but it also leaves the drinker thinking, and scratching their heads a bit, which is always appreciated.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.75/5  rDev -24%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of deebo
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of gotweid
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.85/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of csphilly
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.2/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Bpierso1
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Prager62
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at the brewery shortly after the release. The bottle date is 10/2/15 and I'm pouring into my Greenbush tulip glass.

Look- Pours a hazy and deep amber color with a generous amount of soapy off white foam.

Smell- Sweet malt, spice and perfume.

Taste- Malt forward with a sweet floral/perfume flavor. A tiny bit of hop bite and spice in the end.

Feel- Slick and very creamy.

Overall- It lacks the grassy and dank complexity I enjoy from fresh/wet hop beers. This one is malt forward and it drowns out any of the hop characteristics I enjoy. I'll stick to the better examples in my opinion, such as Founders Harvest and Sixpoint Sensi Harvest.

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Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of HardyA
3.47/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stortore
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a medium amber, a little cloudy, with a two finger head, foamy ring throughout. Nice looking beer. Smell is citrus hops- a strong orange aroma, malt, some floral hops, some spiciness. Almost has a sweet aroma as it warms. Taste leans a little more towards the malt, still a solid citrus/orange presence, a bit more of the floral hops than the nose, some caramel. Lots of flavor, really not bitter at all. Smooth, well carbonated, good body for the style.

This is very nice, good flavor, enjoyable to drink. My first harvest ale, so I have no idea how it stacks up to others. But, stand alone, it's worth trying.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Demeter a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. Greenbush is a pretty good Brewery and the idea of a spiced Pale Ale peaks my interests, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good with a nicely drawn hop cone on it and the simple phrase of "Enjoy Life Now". It poured a slightly orange amber color that took on more of a bright murky orange color when held to the light with three fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and it left lots of rings of nice lacing behind. This is a very good looking beer, from the head and lacing to the color this is just one great looking beer.

S- The aroma starts off with a loads of hops that have that fresh wet hopped aroma to it with some nice earthy aromas coming through with citrus hops sticking out the most imparting a nice citrusy and citrus rind like aroma. Up next comes a noticeable lemon grass aroma followed by some spices with ginger seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end i get a light pale malt and grainy aroma. This beer had a pretty good aroma the hops were bright and fresh smelling, with just enough spices that made for a good and unique aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but a little lighter and it starts off with some grainy and pale malt flavors that are quickly followed by a good amount of hops that have that fresh hop flavor to them with some earthy and spicy hops coming through, but it's the citrus hops that stick out the most and impart a nice citrus rind like flavor. Up next comes some nice lemon grass flavors with just the right amount of spices that aren't overpowering with ginger still sticking out the most. On the finish there was a medium amount of bitterness with a citrus hop, lemon grass, and ginger aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting beer and there was some great balance between the hops and the spices.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, medium bodied with a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. This beer had a pretty good mouthfeel that worked nicely with this beer.

Overall I thought this was pretty good beer and a good and unique style, you could still tel it was a Pale Ale, but the fresh hops and spices gave it a complexity and uniqueness that you don't find in hardly any other Pale Ales. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, not filling, and the taste did a great job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these but the spices might start to wear one me after that. What I liked most about this beer was how well the spices worked with the fresh hop flavors, they worked together much better than I anticipated. What I liked the least about this beer was nothing, I can't find a single thing about this beer that I didn't like or would want to change. I would for sure buy this again, in fact next time I go to the beer store I'm going to pick a few more before they are all gone. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a good and unique Pale Ale. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, since it's from Greenbush I expected it to be solid but I was really impressed with how well the hops and spices worked with each other and the lemon grass and ginger aspects were great. Good job guys, I really enjoyed this beer and I have to say it's one of the better beers I've had from Greenbush and it's one of the most unique American Pale Ales that I have ever had, keep up the good work.

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Photo of Zaphog
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of BellsFan
3.21/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MiWolfman
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Demeter from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 94 ratings
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