Hair6a11 (1358) - Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor station ; So yet another sour blend - but this one has "dark cherries" in the mix? (according to the server). I wasnít expecting her to tell me anything about it, considering the *Secret* Nature of this one. Anyway - It seems like the base beer here was completely expected in my brain, as far as tasting memory goes. But I have to say, the cherries in this one provided a nice change of pace from some of the other more boring blends. The pour is murky dark amber with a fine bubbled off white head in this tulip. Average lacing resides on the glass as you go. The nose is lemon peel, bready funk, cherry pits, and lighter fruits as well. The flavor profile is mild funk, lactic, cherries and cherry juice, melons, and bready malts. The cherry notes seemed to fuse fairly well into this one. I like. Which is why I pounded two....
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2011 Tulip draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). I feel as though this was named in hommage to me.. Perhaps an insult and certainly a hint that they check the ratings of their beers. Pours a murky amber pour with a touch of reddish glow. A frothy decent sized offwhite tannish head cakes and stays ok sized. Laces well, and definitely sticks around. Aromas are a lively fruity melange, tangerines with some melon and peaches, touches of lemon, lactic acid, dry funk, and wet malts. Bread, some biscuits, lighter with a touch of red fruit but really some nectarine and tangerine come in. I seem to pick up a faint waft of prickly pear. Very fruity overall though, a touch of malt, light white wine, mellow sweetness and a touch of citrus. Initial is lighter bodied with a nice acidic punch up front that can be felt beyond without anything in the stomach. Peaches, lemons, and touches of melon mix with some cherries, more lemons. A decent acidic kick with lactic acid, more lemons, some white wine and fuzzy peach, sour comes in. This os a step up as far as sour from recent blends.. Or maybe I just havenít had anything in awhile. Middle throws more of a seemingly sour cherry mix. Pretty sour, especially as far as blends have gone lately. Some of that dry dusty brett picks up on the back, moving into soft cheese, lactic acid, and lingering wet bread pale bready malts, almost some lingering fruity ester from a possible wheat beer addition. Some vanilla. I enjoyed this. Seems like a blend of a couple of the base sour beers. But, as we were not given the info, I cannot say. Whatever it is, itís very fruity and has upped itís sour edge from a couple of the earlier blends. Pretty nice. It goes in and out as far as intensity.. Making some sharp jabs at times and really remaining mellow at others. A very nice blend here.
rubbishystuff (1844) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2011 At the brewpub part of the Summer Sour series. Murky red color. Tart cherry flavors but a nice sweetness to balance. Doesnít have a big funk like other sours. Very refreshing. Quite nice. Serving: Tap