Demeter | Greenbush Brewing Company

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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.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.42/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ Siciliano's. 6.8% ABV and 70 IBU per the bottle. No information on the website.
Pours out to a clear deep copper, forming ann expanding meringue-peaked yellow head with superior retention and beautiful sticky sheets of lacing. Very beautiful beer. There is a thick layer of heavily compact yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is has the perfumy overtly floral, almost rose-like hops that I get in Anchor Liberty Ale. This is sitting on top of some distant grainy pale malt. Cleanly fermented. No DMS, diacetyl to my nose. Mouthfeel is VERY clean, and very very soft. Pillow soft. Amazing mouthfeel. The taste is a recap of the nose...lots of perfumy floral hops, followed by the slightly grainy pale malt base, a lager-like cleanliness and mouthfeel, then some moderate, but beautifully balanced bittering hops, and these linger into the finish. In the middle, I get a touch of grapefruit, lemon pith and pineapple, and as it warms, a little grainy toast. Some reviewers are commenting on the spice in this beer, however the label doesn't say anything about spices, and the website doesn't contain any info on the beer. Despite this, I am not getting any spices in the nose or flavor.

Wow. This is just an exceptional IPA. Beautifully balanced and clean. I would definitely buy this again. Highly recommended, totally under-rated.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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 outdoor7or24
4/5  rDev +5%

Poured into snifter, trade from Todd P. @ work.
A: pours a deep orange copper body, fantastic +2 finger brilliant white foam head, heavy lacing
S: tropical fruits, sweet orange, citrus, mango and guava, biscuit
M: medium body, slight carbonation
T: orange peel, grapefruit, pine resin, biscuit, slight sweet malt, the bitterness of the hops are quite strong for 70ibu's and more than I anticipated.
O: great ipa and solid, heavy on the hops but the sweet malt helps balance things out nicely. Looking forward to trying more from Greenbush.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy dark amber with a large off-white head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas are orange, pineapple, and floral hops.

T - The taste starts with sweet malts and citrus flavors. The sweetness fades into a strong burst of piney hops. The finish has more piney hops and grapefruit rind.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

O - This was a very nice IPA and better than I expected. Lot of fresh juicy flavors.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
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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Photo of Jas45678
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into tulip

Pours a amber orangish with a little haziness and big fluffy light tan head that fades very slowly. Has a light piney and earthy smell. Taste is earthy with a little piney bitterness with a little maltiness. Medium mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall a good and crisp harvest ale.

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Photo of stortore
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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 superspak
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy orange copper color with a 2-3 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, pepper, light pine, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and moderate malt notes; with decent strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, tangerine, floral, grass, pepper, pine, spicy rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, pepper, pine, spicy rye, caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and moderate malt flavors; with nice crisp hoppiness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy, crisp, and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice fresh hop IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop, spice, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 9/10 and poured 10/9. $2.49 single seems a little high for Greenbush, but whatever.

Appearance: Absolutely fantastic. Semi-aggressive pour gave off a two-three finger creamy-esque head that went down to one and stayed and stayed. Nice lacing. The beer is a copper orange sort of color with a heavy haze to it.

Smell: Pretty one-of-a-kind for me and hard to describe, but I'll try -- sweet is the first word that comes to mind. After that there's just a sort of spice blend aroma that smells very good, but I'm not sure what spices I'm getting. There's a pleasant (but actually pretty subtle given the dry hopping) hop aroma in there as well. It almost smells like freshly fallen leaves now that I think about it... but not quite. In any event, it's got a nice nose on it.

Taste/feel: Got a lot of flavors going on. First, an herbal and earthy hop quality, followed by a super buttered up biscuit malt flavor. Afterwards, there's a dry, dry bitterness that lingers with a slightly spicy hop flavor. A very unique tasting beer. The feel is fantastic as many Greenbush beers seem to be -- pretty nice full bodied with a great creamy texture to it.

The label showcases a hop, but this isn't an especially hoppy APA by any means. There's a definite hop bitterness and dryness on the finish, but outside from the quick flash of hops at the front of each sip, it's a pretty malty beer. Not a BAD thing, don't get me wrong. It's actually very welcoming to me to have an APA that's not super hoppy.

I didn't love this beer at first sip, and I still don't "love" it, but it's grown on me as I've sipped on it... there's something distinct about it. It has a fairly unique flavor that I've only gotten in a few APAs before. This beer is apparently brewed with spices, so maybe that's where that character is coming from. In any event, Demeter is a very nice, easy drinking beer. Yet another very tasty brew from Greenbush, doing Michigan el proudo... I'm just disappointed that this beer was $2.49. While good and fairly one-of-a-kind, that's a decently high price to pay for a good/very good beer.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an apple cider like brown - very cloudy - big off white head. Nice cling with the head after every drink left rings around the glass.

S - Smells like fresh hops, lemon grass, citrus.

T - Refreshing hops, tart fruit, juicy mouthfeel.

O - This is a nice fresh APA that balances wet hops with a semi sweet yet bitter finish.

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Photo of Prager62
3.56/5  rDev -6.6%
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 TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

My buddy just came back from a business trip in Michigan where he stopped at Greenbush. He didn't bring me back anything. Sad face. So, I just went and picked up a bottle o' this, and I ain't gonna share. *raspberry* Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger or so of light cream foam. The nose comprises...well, it doesn't comprise much, as all I really get is some very light mixed greens and a hint of bread. The taste holds notes of grass, light wild onion, light rye bread, and a pinch of brown sugar. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this was just an underwhelming beer all around. It's nothing bad, but, for lack of a better word, I just found it, well, pointless.

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Demeter from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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