seymour (1391) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on tap in Chicago at Giordano’s, a perfect pairing with a Caesar salad and deep dish pizza. It poured a mostly clear orange-ish golden colour, slight chill haze, with sudsy white head of spritzy little bubbles, some lace. Low aroma, but lots of grainy and hoppy flavours. Excellent balance of malt sweetness and hoppy bitterness, strong fruitiness from modern American hops and maybe a warm ale fermentation (I’d love to know for sure), crisp and biscuity, faint pine resin, black pepper. Light body, bready mouthfeel, high carbonation, lasting juicy fruit aftertaste. Struck me as a true-to-style Kölsch with lots of New World hops. Delicious and extremely easy to drink. "Sessionable" is right, but 5.4% alcohol will creep up on you if you have several in a row, as I did. I wish we could get this back home, but that would sorta defeat the whole carbon footprint reduction initiative they’re demonstrating with this beer.
beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was quite taken with this beer. Super easy to drink. Great malt and cereal notes. Paired well with the pizza. Solid citrus hops. Good from sip one to the last.
illiniphil (127) - Nashotah, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Public House, Chicago. Pours a golden copper with a nice one finger white head which laced nicely. Initial flavor is hops but with a very nice biscuity, malt follow. A fair amount of complexity to this beer. I really enjoyed it.
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kermis (4750) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Bijams restaurant, Chicago. Pours hazy orange light amber with an off white head. Aroma of grasy hops, citrus and light caramel malt. Flavour is light to moderate sweet and bitter. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
jmgreenuk (4006) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 13, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Bijam’s Bistro, Chicago. Poured a clear light amber with a thin white head and some broken lace. The aroma is grassy hop. The flavour is medium to weak bitter with a smooth hoppy malt weak liqourice palate. An easy drinking pale ale.
probstblueribbon (2855) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at O’Hare. Clear amber with a so so white head. Sort of peppery hops, a little citrus, light caramel maltiness, toast and biscuit notes, apricot fruitiness with light tropical fruits. Medium body, relaxed effervescence. Slightly peppery and spicy, apricot fruitiness, caramel and bread crust maltiness; dry with very soft bitterness and a biscuit and citrus finish. Meh.
pumpmaster (1117) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint draft at Giordano’s Restaurant in Midway at the 2013 WEFTEC Show. Very good.
freekyp (1473) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mellow pale ale with light citrus tones and lacing d back malt backbone. Hops are fresh tasting, almost juicy. Bitterness is dialed back. A good hop showcase that avoids an overly bitter finish.
Cantabrian (775) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster, at the Goose Island pub at O’Hare airport. As I am not a fan of the style, I was pretty impressed with this one, which does not have that sharp metallic, grassy bitterness of many others. This was a fruity, aromatic, resinous concoction with a thin malt/biscuit base. Just like a good American IPA.
bartlebier (1480) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - SEP 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught, Chicago architecture boat tour ix13. Pours an inviting honey yellow with some substance. Aroma is slight citrus and grass, honey sweet malts. Light-mid bodied like most GI I/APAs so far, with biscuit malts making a shy but welcome appearance. OK, brewed for sessioning, but feels like a forced and lacklustre exercise compared to many other APAs from the region.