DrnkMcDermott (2997) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
4 oz. taster at Atlas. My nose has a bit of a cold tonight, but this is the first beer here where I really got a good whiff before tasting it. Thanks to the elevated alcohol content (which the beer list now shows as 8.7% instead of 10%). A nice alcohol delivery system that can sometimes overwhelm the hops. Lots of chewy malts matched to a full citrus hop note. They say grapefruit, but I didn’t see it as being that tart. Just some citrusy goodness. I would almost think this beer could hold its own against a Hopslam.
kaser (5567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark amber pour from draft at atlas. Menu says 8.5%. Thin head. Aroma of pine and mild caramel. Taste is citrus and pine with big hops and mild bitterness. Almost my wheelhouse. Goooood beer!
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Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazed, deeper amber colored body with some orange tints. Finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is fruity grapefruits with a light floral and earthiness as well as a few pine resins. Light malt sweetness with a light toffee and a touch of toasty dough. Flavor is similar. Pretty sweet up front with lots of fruity grapefruits. Touches of caramel in the middle with a light earth and floral. Hint of toast comes out in the end before this finishes fruity and dry with lots of grapefruit sweetness and a touch of astringency. Some pine resins and a light alcohol warmth. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a soft, moderate carbonation. Overall, not a bad DIPA, but lacking a lot of depth. All sorts of fruity grapefruits and a nice bitterness, but the malts could use work. Not bad for the first batch though.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours caramel with white head. Aroma green melon
citrus with caramel malts Flavors are plasticy malt, astringent mix of
melon and citrus hops, caramel malt finish, really boozy and
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Atlas. Pours a deep amber-red, quite dark. Sticky white head. The nose is definitely fruity, grapefruit skinned citrus and a hit of toasty caramel and a bit of booze. On tasting, the beer itself is too big bodied and sweet, lacks the finesse needed. Also, the malt profile bleeds over into a strange darkish thing, fruity. Big bitterness here with a decent taste of citrus hops, just kind of all over the place. Fortunately, not kicked in the teeth with caramel, but still.
deyholla (9993) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear amber with a gray head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of citrus and earthy grapefruit with a slightly sweet grain backbone. Flavor has more bitter grapefruit with a hint of pine that mellow slightly in to citrus and sweet grain in the finish.