sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
pretty good. got a growler and had about 2 hours later. some limited opacity, a pretty solid maple color. little head, fascinating lacings composed of uber-suspended bubbles that quickly leave, giving a pretty homogenous appearance. smells a bit like a barleywine. i found it strong and malty; friends didn’t smell anything. taste/texture feel like a juice. very little carbonation, not surprised to see amarillo hops listed since it’s a lot less sharp than a cascade-driven IPA. doesn’t seem nitrogenated... but that might be the growler.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Clybourn. Comes cloudy orange with a white rocky head. Has the citrus, pine Ipa thing that one would expect. Balanced nicely by caramel malts. Very nice.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 31, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewery. Orange pour with small white head that lingered. Mild grapefruit aroma with flowers, malt, light fruit. Easy going down, pretty average for an IPA.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample at the brewpub. Translucent, near-opaque amber-gold with little head...nose a bit sugary with caramel, light floral qualities...fruity, apricot-apple characteristics meld with vanill and caramel...finishes quite dry and bitter but sweetness lingers ever so slightly. Not impressed really...did I miss something?
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clybourn. Mostly translucent and solid orange in color. A once bubbly white head has left a scarce white wrung around the edges in its place. Sweet, snappy waft with orange and pineapple currents and nectar protruding most prominently. Nice wholesome primer coating on the palate. Orange juice, IBUs and a Jolly Rancher sweetener join forces to impose a fairly encompassing mouthfeel. Well-balanced, sweet and a pleasure to drink.
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Well, my hops and dreams were squashed when I actually got to sample this beer. The beer pours to a hazy bronze/amber body with a nice white head. The aroma is hoppy but not extremely strong. Nice with citrus and oranges. Needs to be stronger. The flavor is strawberry leaf hops (Amarillo), lemons, grass, and floral hops too. (Perhaps that’s the oak and apple wood chips kicking in?) Lots of variety in the flavor. I liked John the Younger better. The palate is so-so. Not as good as John the Younger. Yeah, different style, but this isn’t as good as I had hoped.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 26, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Described as being ’"mid way" between the IPA and Imperial IPA,’ I found this to be on the lighter side of the IPA world, despite it’s modestly higher ABV. The aroma is a sweet caramel malt with orange and grapefruit hops on top. Medium-bodied, the flavor is a nice balance of the two with the hops coming out slightly ahead. The finish is the nice, lingering hop bitterness that I enjoy in an IPA.
I also had a pint of the cask-aged Midway IPA. The body is somewhat darker and the head subdued. The hoppy aroma is a bit muted by the smokey woodiness, but the introduced flavor is a fair exchange. In the flavor, the aging makes for a nice blending of the three flavor traits. Quite smooth. The hop taste is less pronounced in the finish, but the bitterness lingers just as long. Very nice.
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JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUL 23, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: Golden copper and cloudy, with a thin layer of fizzy white head. Aromas are of citrus and some cinnamon doughy breadness. Was expecting more hops in this IPA, at least from looking at the ratings its been getting. Taste is citrusy hops, with a sort of bready malt thing to it. Grapefruit. Finished with a sort of sour tang and some caramel malts. Pretty flat, but has a slick mouthfeel. Solid, but not great. Defintely better than the oak aged version.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Finally caught this on tap. A pretty big IPA, though not quite as good as the Palisade was. Still, clean, crisp, pine hop nose. Taste is silky hops, not overly bitter, but definitely hoppy. Pineapple, juniper, pepper, citrus all make a stay in the taste. Very nice.
barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 on tap ( cask ) at GI - Clybourn.
Oh Yeah, this is a good one! from start to finish, this was as enjoyable a brew as I’ve had in a while. to my palate, malt & hops were in perfect balance. one of those complex beers you sit and soak in all the different flavors, caramel malt, peach, grapefruit hops and creamy smooth! my first trip to GI - Clybourn and oh what a memorable trip it was!
Hurry on over to GI, this one is a winner!