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Greenbush Damn Dirty Ape Banana Porter


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RATINGS: 8   MEAN: 3.56/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 309   ABV: 10.3%
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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
KPD (38) - Michigan, USA - JUN 24, 2014
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2014 On draft at Ashleys and called a brown ale, not a porter., Pours cloudy dark brownish red. Smallish head. Aroma is banana, malt with alcohol. Big beer with big mouthfeel. Flavor is malty sweetness, dark fruit, a touch of banana way less than aroma and alcohol. Big strong complex high alcohol beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alliance100 (642) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2014
Draft at Rezervoir - pours a medium light brown . Mild roast and banana aroma . Taste is definite fresh banana with some faint cocoa . Interesting . ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
tectactoe (1725) - Michigan, USA - MAR 6, 2014
Tap: I thought I was handed the wrong beer, as this was labeled "porter", & the beer I received looked like poopy brown, swampy toilet water. Dafuq? Greasy mud, capped with a khaki-colored layer of fine foam. Aroma has notes of... Hefeweizen yeast? Either that or some strain of Belgian yeast... Confusing notes of bubblegum, spice, clove, mashed bananas. So I guess Greenbush considers the banana-like taste of the yeast is enough to deem this a "banana porter". By that metric, Weihenstephaner makes the best banana beers in the world. Taste is somewhere between a double-hefe & a Belgian strong pale ale. Rotten & sweet banana flavors, bubblegum, spicy clove, a little mint... Perhaps some cinnamon? Big dryness on the back-end with lighter tones of nuts & a mild, woody & musty funk. This is not at all a "banana porter" & Greenbush should be embarrassed for labeling it as such. However, its not by any means a bad beer. Its actually alright. Just severely mislabeled. Good thing Im not rating based on the porter style guidelines.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Draft sample. Poured a cloudy brown color with an average frothy light brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted malt and banana bread aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy toasted banana bread sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Solid complex brew.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sampler on tap at the brewpub (Sawyer, MI). Pours a murky brownish hue, sewage appearance with some mellow glow on the edges and bottom, amber or lighter. A rich frothy head atop is offwhite, sticks around as a small filmy layer. Laces small. Aromas show gentle banana, bit of ester, mellow brown malt. Wheat elements, touch of spiciness, yeast. Kiss of cocoa, bready and a bit of toast. Some earth, more gentle banana and a touch of cakey sweetness. Initial is more banana, estery, firm Dunkelweiss feel. Richer banana and fruity ester up front sustain, keep pushing as some bready and gentle toasty malt elements give some play. Firm banana keeps pushing throughout. A gentle clove element, perhaps not enough. A gentle toastiness, brown and gentle carmelized malts. This seems like an estery run-away train. Not much presence beyond that except a touch of heat, some toastiness, and bread. A bit of heat, some more bread, dough, darker toasty and faint cocoa slant. Still, the estery banana seems to definitely hump this into submission. Ok beer, ugly pour, a bit of a one trick pony. The nose isnt even strong. Meh.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fredis23 (481) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Muddy clay brown, small head, lots of lacing. Nice banana bread aroma. Sweet malt, ckove, banana, nioce modest bitter. Nice. Enjoyed it on tap the brewery.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
crossovert (7309) - Illinois, USA - MAY 25, 2013
Brown swamp water pour. I actually think it looks cool, super unfiltered. Very nice one, it is like a ramped-up dunkelweisen. Lots of banana and clove and also cocoa.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 3, 2013
MiBG Winter Fest: Deep dirty brown hue with some head. The aroma has notes of banana, clove, weizen yeast, roast, walnut and some booze. The taste has a lot of fruity overtones of both banana and plum, roast, nutty and caramel malts. The mouth feel is lively but there is a bit of band-aid notes that distracts. A nice brew, +1 for originally.


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