TheAlum (6900) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flight pour on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich deep hazed golden pour, a bit darker, some orange golden glow with a big cakey whitish head atop. Laces well and sticks around well. Aromas are spicy, yeasty, and coriander driven. Touches of orange peel, lemon, and some gentle tropical fruit. Richer citrus flavor hits the nostrils. Initial is a little more tame, still a nice tart citrus presence, rind and fruit. Lemons and orange. Middle shows more bread, straw, and gentle sweet grainy malts. Kisses of spice, coriander, and gentle yeast. Touches of citrus rind really hang on, gentle yeast, some straw, grass. Mellow spice, firm coriander on the backend. Finish shows some crisp elements, dryness, and spice. A more vibrant citrusy front end wins me over. This is better than Willow Street, offering good fruit flavor, some dryness, spice into that backend and finish. A damn good Wit and highly advised for those of you that might pass over such a beer and style. A bit more tame in the middle but really holds it’s own as far as the style, some vibrancy returns in finish. Well constructed and interesting for the style, fairly complex. I think it’d still prefer Willow Street though.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at clybourn. Pours orange gold, hazy with a white head. Nose is straight lemon grass-yuzu with a pledge like slant. Faint wheat and yeast. Earth. On tasting, strong lemongrass, lemon, yuzu and pledge. Wheat is secondary. Clean overall. The yuzu is a bit much, reminds me of Thai soup. Super lemony and lacks complexity. No artificial notes just too much yuzu.