Sunday, January 15, 2012

Beer Review: Anger

Reviewing the Anger from Greenbush Brewing Company out of Michigan. This is a relatively new brewery, and I believed they opened less than a year ago.
Score: 90

16 oz tap pour served in a pint glass at Kuma's Corner in Chicago. Kuma's has some of the best food in the city, and they always have interesting stuff on tap. Last time I stopped in to eat they had Surly Darkness on tap. It was too dark in the restaurant to snap a picture, and this is a draft only beer right now. Alas, no picture.

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a thin layer of tan head. Mostly opaque with brown highlights at the top of the glass. Pretty good lacing. 4/5

Smell: Floral citrusy hops, some roasted malts, and light chocolate/raisin. 4/5

Taste: Tastes like a pale ale bookended with light stout qualities. Light raisin and a hint of chocolate up front and in the finish. Earthy, piney hops bitterness and roasted maltiness on the midpalate. There's a little bit of citrus cutting thru the roasty maltiness too. Finish has some bitter hops flavor. More chocolate and dark fruit characteristics in the finish as it layers. A really solid brew. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel. Balanced and drinkable with a slight bitter hops and roasted chocolate linger. 4/5

Overall: A very solid, true-to-style black ale. I would certainly drink this one again.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out. The hops characteristics of this brew are more mellow than most pale ales, so it should have a broader appeal to casual beer drinkers -- at least in theory.

Pairings: Hamburgers (by default).

Cost: $7 or $8 for a pint.

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