Vir4030 (553) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2011
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2014 Pours a lot darker than I would expect from an IPA. A medium-to-light amber, clear, with a thin head. Medium-bodied aroma, slight bit of alcohol and roasted malts. Flavor is watery, harsh, roasted, and doesn’t have the distinctive bitterness that I expect from an IPA. It has this harsh roasted bitterness instead, and I do not like it.
Update: Sampler on tap at the Oak Park Micro Brew Review. Clear orange good head, bitter a bit sour. Did not like. +1 appearance, -2 overall
Tmoney99 (11555) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy resin hop aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate smooth bitter flavor with a moderate bitterswwet finish of medium duration.
Gription79 (2416) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 8, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle.
Aroma: caramel,floral, hint of pine
Appearance: Deep amber almost ruby, no head
Taste: caramel, toffee, floral/pine hops
Palate: medium bodied, a touch syrupy
Overall: I feel that the caramel sweetness really detracts from this beer, maybe a little fresher or on draft would help it out. meh
noid1985 (99) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle citrus aroma, basically what I would expect from a IPA but missing the bitterness
Ughsmash (7265) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottled. Poured light-medium amber with a nice initial off-white head.. settled down fairly quickly. The aroma picked up sweet caramel and bready malts surrounded by dank earthy and floral hops.. the hops didn’t do it for me, and this didn’t smell all that interesting. The flavor found bready and honey notes at the core, with dry earth and piney bitterness around.. dry, grainy, and tacky on the just OK finish. Light-medium bodied with just an OK feel and flow through the palate.. didn’t leave a great taste in the mouth.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from Armanetti’s on Lincoln Ave in Chicago. Pours a cloudy, deeper copper colored body with a big, frothy, three finger-width, light tan head that collapses slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is bigger florals, grapefruit citrus, biscuity caramels and toffee with a moderate sweetness. A bit of crystal malt in there too. Flavor is similar. Florals, biscuity caramel, toffee, and grapefruit citrus up front. A light grass comes in before this finishes dry with a light bitterness and a light bready, toffee sweetness. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a light-medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, an okay IPA. Not overly sweet, but a distinct toffee maltiness with some bread balanced well with an interesting hop mixture. Lots of florals with a touch of grass, but nothing too interesting. This was easy drinking and enjoyable, but unremarkable.
nuplastikk (4901) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2011
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle. Amber-brown. Big, intense beige head. Fruity, piny aroma, some faint cinnamon coughy syrup which gets worse and worse the more it warms.. Maybe this is infected, but tastes like a hoppy amber to me. Bitter, slightly soured, overcarbonated. Not bad per se, but hardly good. I take it back...bad. Infected for sure. Sorry guys.
holdenn (2088) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle. I picked this up b/c I thought it would be a fresh IPA, it was closer to an amber than an IPA. An amber color with a white head. Some hops in the nose but mostly earthy malts. Lots of crystal/munich malt flavors here that again remind me more of an amber. Lemony earthy hops that are minor and off putting with the malts. Too sweet malty and kinda odd flavors. Hope their other beers are better.
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with modest, creamy, tan head / Mild nose of citrus, spun sugar, and pine / Light to medium body, somewhat chewy and sweet, a touch watery, very modest hop profile, with good balance and bitter finish / Flavors of toast, grapefruit, pine, and brown sugar / A pleasant, middle of the road, pale.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
POurs copper with light citrus notes that turn into a deep malt backbone with a light bitter hop finish that dwells notes of malt to the end.