crossovert (8675) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Double ipa with a richer malt character, spices int eh flavor along with some citrus.
deyholla (7590) - 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.
TheAlum (6146) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler pour on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). My first stop in saw 10 drafts. This was one. Pours a deep copper hue, darker, nice haze, copper orange glow on the edges. Darker body is almost brown, dulled. Frothy tannish head atop laces ok overall, nice lacing. Looks too dark, but let’s see. Sticks around as a mellow layer. Aromas are richer grapefruit and citrusy hops, florals, grapefruit juice and rind, lemons. Grass, touches of biscuits and bread. More grapefruit. Nice. Initial is firm bitterness, florals and some grapefruit. Very earthy grass and floral bitterness grows firmly, strongly even, going into some toast, dry bready malts. Resiny pine, touches of ABV hit the palate into the middle, with firmer bitterness up front. Middle is sticky and sweet, but a boatload of hops tries to hide it. Shots in the middle feel thick and girthy, toffee and biscuits, bread, toast. Sticky malts get covered up by a bigger resiny hop feel. Backend is dry, lemon and citrusy grapefruit, touches of spice, heat. More earthy quickly as we move on. Florals, grass. A touch of girth. An odd one with a boatload of bitterness up front, tapering into a more palateably, although a lifeless (as far as interesting hops) backend and finish. Touches of heat, bit sticky girth really tries hard to poke through. An odd Double IPA, with promise up front that tapers off. A more interesting and complex hop blend could help this.. Especially if those hops provide richer flavor from said hops into middle and lingering into finish. Overall, this doesn’t. Backend and palate score suffer. Front had a lot to offer, but tapers off quickly.
drewbeerme (3891) - 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
kaser (3675) - 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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NobleSquirrel (3438) - 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.
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.
DrnkMcDermott (2870) - 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.
rubbishystuff (1963) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
At the brewpub. I liked this one, Got the balance pretty spot on. Grapefruity hops with out being too over powering very overall fruitiness to the beer. Serving: Tap
hombrepalo (1915) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
4oz pour. Poured a medium and clear orangish color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of melons, caramel, floral hops, and citrus. Tastes of toasted malts, caramel, citrus and had a lighter grapefruit finish.