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.

Added by Jas45678 on 09-21-2013

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Ratings: 93 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 Zaphog
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of fredmugs
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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3.85/5  rDev +1%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 DanGeo
3.49/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tectactoe
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of hilgart1
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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 HardyA
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerBucks
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of mikeincharleston
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

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 Kerrie
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of JasonR1975
4/5  rDev +5%

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Demeter from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.81 out of 5 based on 93 ratings.
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