DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 6/$9 at Binny’s, Plainfield. I had this on draft at a CCBW event, but thought it "wasn’t ready." Trying to meet the soft water profile of a Plzn gave it a bit of wet peanut shell. But now that the beer is in bottles at Binny’s, I’m rating it from this. There’s still a bit of the soft water in the nose when I first pour, maybe I can also put it to oxidation in the headspace. Once it’s in a glass, there’s a big Saaz hop smell that drives away any bad first impressions. Color is dark golden, with a big white head. Taste gives you a choice between thinking of the malts, which are at attention, and the hops. I guess Saaz is best at making a statement when you’ve doing Pilsener beers, and this has hops in almost American quality. Bitter and just a bit peppery. I had the original Baderbräu long ago, but I can’t say I can compare my memory to this. But this is a good example of a locally made Pilsener. Nice malty aftertaste.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 23, 2013 [stevens point rerate] much cleaner beer here, seems a bit lighter in body, bit less bready, very quaffable, hops and fermentation are clean without flaw. looking forward to having this on draft around town!
[original batch]Pours clear copper with a sticky white frothy head. Aroma is floral, hoppy, toasty, bit of tea. Flavor is a punch to the face of butter, then strong noble spicy hops, quite spicy, nice sweetness, lightly bread, toasty, strong bitterness but with ample floralness to accompany the finish, actually probably more herbal tea-like. Carbonation is perfect, without the diacetyl this might be a 4 or 5 in body, but it’s really hard to get past that and the super strong bitterness which could probably be dialed back. I could see why this would be an award winning beer... just needs some work on the execution.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Binny’s Marcey. First to rate? Pours a nice looking clear gold with a fluffy white head. The nose is hop forward overall, albeit a slightly odd blend of hops. Spicy and a touch fruity. Grainy pilsner notes with some faint butter. On tasting, the yeast is a culprit, touch of butter. Good level of hop flavor tending towards herbal. Decent overall, just need to learn how to use that yeast correctly.