Skyview (5208) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Beeze Thru in MIlwaukee, WI. Pours a clear golden amber colored brew with a thick creamy off-white head that has some nice retention and spotty lacing. Aroma of both floral and citrus hops, some light caramel malt and a hint of bread crust. Taste is medium bodied, a dry bitter flavor with toasted caramel malt, dry rye malt and some medicinal dry hops. Finish has a continuing dry bitterness that slowly disappears.
heemer77 (5100) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUL 6, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a dark amber colored brew with a wispy thin white head. The smell is like orange juice with a hint of the rye spice. The taste is fairly spicy with rye and a strong grapefruit kick at the end. The body is fairly light for an IPA. The finish is a little ashy. This is an ok IPA, much better than the other Chameleon beers I have tried.
CanIHave4Beers (3260) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 29, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 6, 2011 From the last few ratings it looks like Chameleon is hitting Iowa hard.
Pours a deep orange with a big olí off white head with a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is soapy and fruity with a good bit of hop character (but not a very exciting bit). The flavor is very centered around the rye grain but has a good bit of soapy hoppiness as well. All together things are not balanced or well incorporated here the hops sort of fight the rye, all the while some sweetness is trying to push through and the bitterness becomes very harsh and out of control at times. I mean itís a bold flavored beer, no doubt but itís not a great flavored beer, sort of a whole not equalling the sum of itís parts going on here. Iíve had too many so-so homebrewed beers that taste like this to really think that this is original or creative. I mean itís very different from other rye IPA beers on the market, but that doesnít make it particularly interesting.
I look forward to a day when I can be excited about the breweries that enter the state, but lately itís just been one after another with these lackluster ones.
wlajwl (3875) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 17, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicy in the aroma, assuming from the rye. The appearance is amber with a slight gold inflection. The flavor isnít quite as heavy on the dry pine as other IPAs, with the spiciness from the rye balancing it. Its a unique take on an IPA, a good ale on its more so than a good representation of an IPA though.
GJF (1248) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JUN 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís OK. New beer from Hy-vee, so of course bought a six-pack. Better than I was expecting. Standard grapefruity IPA, generally sweet with a bit of tang from the rye.
jbuzz (753) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 9, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a very suprising IPA. Did not expect much coming from Sprecher Brewing Company
Bitter slightly citrus, The rye body is a good contrast.
fidelis83 (1953) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear, medium amber with a 1-2 finger light beige head that has good retention and leaves pretty nice lacing. Aroma is citrus, spicy and slightly grassy hops, earthy, spicy rye, caramel and a light nutty note. Flavor is big on floral, almost berry blossom like hops, a good amount of earthy, grainy rye character, lots of pine, sweet malt and caramel in the middle and a grapefruit and raw hop bite to the finish. Palate is medium bodied off dry throughout and has a medium to heavy carbonation. I like this beer quite a bit, but the hop profile just comes off as too aggressively piney, it sorta clashes with the rye. That being said, I could see myself knocking back a sixer of this every once in a while.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy of BeerFMAndy. Served in a Cantillon tulip.
Pours a red-hue bronze color with a single-finger off-white head with pretty good retention and some spotty lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward a bit of rye zest along with some mild hops, though those are quite muted. Somewhat earthy and floral. The taste definitely showcases the rye, but then finishes with an odd bitterness and a bit of astringency. Thereís some floral and herbal hop character lingering in the background. Light to medium body with average carbonation and a fairly-brisk bitterness in the finish. Drinks fairly well, but there isnít anything too enticing about it.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 02-04-2011
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
SDraught at Wisconsin Cheese Bar: Aroma of hops, caramel malt, rye, and Earth. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy dense, tan head that greatly diminished, but lasted throughout. Lightly hazy. Slightly sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is medium to heavily bitter, and lightly sweet. Tastes of hops, pine, slight caramel malt, and rye. Medium body. Average texture. Slightly tingly, then dry texture. Average carbonation. Medium bitter, hop, caramel malt, and rye finish.
phaleslu (6497) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from dbsdelight- thanks again, Dan! Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a finger-thick, foamy, off-white head and some visible carbonation on the sides. Aroma of floral hops, rye, grapefruit and orange citrus, pine, and caramel malts. Flavor of rye, floral hops, citrus peel, minerals, and bitter resin. Light-medium bodied, with medium-high carbonaiton and a crisp, bitter mouthfeel. Not a whole lot to this one.