lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red-orange, off white cover. Caramel, toffee, apple, fruity hop aroma. Taste is sweet, fruity hops, bitter finish, light pepper.
jcwattsrugger (10726) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle @PreJam Gathering-pours a tan ring for a head and copper color. Aroma is pine/earthy hops, secondary light/medium malt-caramel. Taste is pine/herbal hops, some medium malt.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Binnyís Beverage Depot, Orland Park, IL: This poured a dark copper body with a one-finger head that quickly disapeared entirely. The aroma had some nice hoppy scents, mainly citrus, over a light malt sweetness. It seemed somewhat watery. The flavor had a generic malty sweetness and an earthy, metallic bitterness. Disappointing.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from the Binnys Singles Rack (Orland Park, IL). Another Illinois brewery, and my first selection from them. Pours a glowing dark copper, brownish iced tea notes with big orange and reddish glow, light haze, a small frothy offwhite film of a head that sticks around on the edges, laces small. Great color, dissappointing head. Aromas are florals and grass, a touch of citrusy grapefruit rind, more florals, biscuity and toffee malts mix with bread and some crystal malts. By the book, decent hopping. lighter end of medium bodied with a bigger bitterness than anticipated, florals and grass, a touch of pine and metallic feel, citrus dies back as biscuits and toffee move in, caramel and bread. A bit underbodied, the hops are stronger but almost a bit offensive with the lack of citrus in their appeal. More florals, lemon move in, metallic and piney hops, a good dry bitterness moves into sweeter more substantial toffee malts and toasty bread, sweeter biscuits. A bit on the lighter bodied side, but still a fairly sweet malt body beneath. I didnít like this hop selection.. the Magnum seem a bit harsh and out of place. A more welcoming citrusy melange would have suited it better. Meh.. Not bad, and the bitterness is potent, but I just donít like the actual bitterness profile, flavors, etc..
HonusWagner (1048) - Florida, USA - AUG 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Abnormally dark in color, more of a copper than a pale ale. Nose is a faint whiff of those nice Cascade aromas. Taste very, very strongly resembles SNPA out of the bottle. Not quite as good in any respect, but nevertheless a solid and drinkable pale/copper/whatever ale.
drowland (5693) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
8/17/10. 12oz bottle. Light brown pour, deep red when held to the light, which is quite dark for the style, with an off-white head that fades to a ring fast. Sweet, caramelly, almost musty aroma, almost no hop presence. The flavor is sweet, caramelly, nutty, and a hint of bitterness with a metallic tinge mixed with chocolate as well. This is either English or old... meh.
BeerChica (4) - Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010 does not count
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The best of the beers that this brewery makes. Not an original recipie but good none the less. It has a nice hoppy aroma and taste. This is the beer to get and I would steer-clear of the others this brewery makes
cbfobes (1942) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 8, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, I could have gotten a bad batch but I struggled with this one, poured very dark copper for an IPA and has aroma of american style hops, has a very bitter and metal taste, Iím going to have to try this one on tap later!
tmoreau (1919) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Ballydoyle in Bloomingdale, IL., and dispensed to a logo-ed, Imp. pint glass with a clear copper color, and sporting a modest, off white/light tan head, with clingy spots and ribbons of lacing. Served a bit too cold, but patiently noted some nice malt sweetness, citrus, mid-fruit, and a hint of resin in the aroma. The flavor was much the same with smooth malt and complimentary, medium hop bitterness. Maybe a little less than medium bodied, but crisp, clean, and finished with a pleasant dryness. Went very well with my fish & chips. Was looking forward to stopping at this past Houlihanís location and also trying this and the other Argus/Chicago offerings, and wasnít disappointed. Thanks for the welcome and friendly service, Josh.
DrnkMcDermott (2717) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Ballydoyle, Downers Grove. Another exclusive to the Ballydoyle pubs by this South Side brewer. Really fills an imperial pint glass; dark brown, but still clear enough to let some light through. Fresh malty nose with some mild hop bitterness combine for a nice "beer" smell. Taste brings in big, toffee flavored malts, some American hops that show their dry-hopping, and some citrus and grass. All combining to keep up a good bitter focus. Frankly, the total package comes just shy of a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale; a solid offering for a new brewery.