Clarkdvm (99) - Florida, USA - DEC 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft in Chicago. Dark copper pour. Smooth and easy to drink for an IPA. Average to above average flavor
Dstecich (1) - - MAY 11, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is Much easier to drink than most IPAs, but it is still very tasty.
DrnkMcDermott (2780) - 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.
firefly765 (109) - - APR 28, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle pours a dark amber color with lots of hop particles floating in it. Creamy off-white head and some nice lacing. Slight Piney and dank aromas. Very smooth and even keeled bitterness. From start to finish. Above-average IPA.
chicagobears (412) - Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Unique looking unfiltered ruby IPA. The nose has a hint of smoke and a floral presence. Flavor is sweet caramel with the bitterness trailing behind. A nice flavor but much different from what I expect from a American IPA. The bitterness creeps in more as I drink it.
crazyvin (1907) - New York, USA - JUN 26, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice a deep dark amber body which was almost opaque that had a nice off white head that had good retention and great lacing. Aroma had a good malt presence which was heavy on the caramel malts and had some almost nutty qualities. Hops were well balanced. Mild pine notes and a hint of citrus some almost spicy hop notes. Flavor was mostly sweet, there was a nice bitterness to it that crept up in the background. Finish was dry and nice mouth feel.
jstraw (1906) - 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.
HighWine (950) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to taster glass at Chicago Beer Fest. I had low expectations and they were definitely exceeded by this beer. First thing you notice is the striking copper color with a dense cream colored head. It’s very pretty in the glass and unexpectedly dark for the style. Aroma is mild hop aromatics. The flavor is very flowery with floral hop characteristics dominating throughout. There’s not much malt presence and the body is kind of thin but not watery. Again, a pleasant surprise especially for someone who wants a more floral hop taste over citrus or resin.
Lemke10 (755) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I got this as part of an M&M 6pack at Everett’s in South Beloit, IL in summer 2012.
Pours a medium brown color with a slight head. This is perhaps one of the darkest IPA’s I have ever seen as it almost has the color of a nut brown ale. Scent is mild with bitter hops giving it that great IPA scent. The taste is both bitter and malty at the same time. There is the bitterness from the hops and the bold taste of toasted malts usually found in a red/amber brew. Certainly unique in both color and taste which is either good or bad depending on your beer of choice. I found this beer highly likeable and liked the bold decisions in making this beer.
tmoreau (2314) - 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 Houlihan’s location and also trying this and the other Argus/Chicago offerings, and wasn’t disappointed. Thanks for the welcome and friendly service, Josh.