NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottles shared by the Ale Syndicate guys. Pours a paler gold, good clarity. White head. Nose is fresh hops, kind of old school. Citrus and resin, toasty malt. Straightforward, in a good way. Low floral. On tasting, sharp and overbearing bitterness. Medium-low sweetness. Crisp and clean but the bitterness is too aggressive/harsh. Tone that back and the balance will come together.
MarkoR (424) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught, at the Blue Frog Local 22, in Chicago. Pours a golden colour with medium head. Aroma of hops, citrus. Taste is hops, some floral, citrus. Very good balanced beer.
gws57 (1271) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this one on draught at Ray’s Evergreen in St. Charles, Illinois. Typical appearance. Stunning grapefruit hoppiness and a slight toastiness balance this out. Awesome brew.
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not necessarily balanced but brewed with traditional cascade hops which isn’t en vogue but is damn tasty.
jstraw (1837) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 23, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Jerry’s/Division Crawl. Dark, hazy gold with big, foamy, flotsam white head, superb legs / Muted nose of citrus, soap, pine / Light to medium body, some chewy sugar, fruity, creamy, soft carbonation, some initial sweetness but then dry, with some astringency, and good, bitter finish / Flavors of grapefruit, passion fruit, straw, pine / A dry, bitter ipa, but I would say that fruit mostly holds up, yielding a very pilsner-like, straw ipa. Strong personal bias here.
kaser (1755) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from draft at Owen n engine. Cloudy orange pour. Mild hops. Citrus and orange taste. Good stuff