troyc (2227) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2007
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Tap) Pours a deep amber color with a lasting white head. Aroma reveals a fragrant blend of hops. Taste is similar, with a seemingly harsh, yet fleeting, bitterness. Smooth malt profile adds some balance to the beer, but it could use a little bit more. This is a good beer, but could be even better with a few minor fixes.
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this one on draught at the ale house in Oswego, Illinois. Medium orange pour with a thick, white head, very floral, rosy nose, awesome hoppiness fading into a delicate, carmelly finish. Very good!
Ughsmash (7008) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Emmett’s - West Dundee. Poured a clear lighter coppery-amber with a short off-white head. The nose found a delectable blend of juicy pear and grapefruit hoppage with a sweet toffee and caramel base.. just a wonderful aroma! The flavor department found sweet lightly-toasted caramel with boatloads of tasty hoppage around (pear, grapefruit, and faint pineapple representin’).. very well-balanced with a long, sweet pine finish. Medium-bodied with great balance.. moderate-high bitterness.. Excellent all around!
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 8, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This has a substantial PNW hop nose to go along with its attractive copper pour and moderate white head. The flavor is careamel malt sweetness, somewhat bready in nature, undercut by the bright grapefruit and pine hop bite. I think it can hold it’s own up against the big boys APAs out there.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint at Emmett’s DG - Aroma is strong with floral citrus hops. Pours transparent amber with a small head and great lacing. Flavor is also floral citrus hops with enough malt in the back to balance it out. Palate is crisp and tart. A very tasty APA which reminds me of Alpha King (that’s a good thing!!).
Headbanger (3051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft Brewpub Downer’s Grove- Aroma of hops on an amber bodyHad a nice white head. Taste of hops and more hops. I agree with the previous reviews that this should be an IPA. Great tasting beer.
sersdf (1013) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2006 stellar. smelled like alpha king (an IPA masquerading as an APA). actually, i spent some time contemplating the APA-IPA-IIPA spectrum with this beer, wondering where it belongs (given that it’s one of the highest rated "APA’s." whatever. red/brown color. typical grass/fruit aroma. unforgiving hops for an APA. lots of body. rerate... not enough malt backbone
ElGaucho (2161) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAY 7, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Glad to see my fellow Ratebeer bretheren agree with me on this one. Clear hops in the nose, although not overly strong. Clear, dark gold body with no visible carbonation and a slightly off-white head. As with most Emmett’s brews, excellent head. Strong hop profile; in fact, this drinks more like an IPA than an APA. Well balanced; excellent; growler worthy.
kseecs16 (1182) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2008 Tap at Downers Grove Brewpub. Poured a reddish copper with an off-white foamy head. Crisp and hoppy scent with a detectable sweet malty background. A sweet floralness with a malt body introduces this beer to the mouth and is quickly overcome by a nice bitterness that lingers elegantly. Slightly thin in the mouth but still smooth and silky.
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 10, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sampler at West Dundee. Nice orangey color with a touch of haze, and a thin head. Tasty pine and citrus up front, that settles to a slightly orange aftertaste. Good northwestern hop profile, not overdone. A swell fresh hoppy smell when there’s enough room in the glass to stick my nose. I see my notes didn’t mention anything about the malts. Oh, well.