JoshuaB (473) - 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 (3336) - 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 (1137) - 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!
Probiere (992) - Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On cask.Delicate peach notes in aroma, also grapefruit, plump white grapes, cloves, cinnamon. Start is butter, toffee, blackberry, middle grapefruit and pear, finish saltine cracker and buttermilk biscuit. Fruity to the point of not noticing the bitterness. Tobacco and oranges noted. Complex, nearly flat, warm, and quite lovely.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 30, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask, Clybourn brewpub (summer 2005 version): pour a nice clear bronzed amber, with a fluffy, large bubbled froth on top. Modest hop nose, filled with citrus zest and resin, heavy in the grapefruit realm…a sweet perfume lingers. Smooth body courtesy of the beer engine delivers the even hop flavours and supporting caramel sweetness nicely. Solid session IPA.
ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask at Clybourn...Poured a hazy orange with a consistent white head, leaving notable lacing. Aroma was dominated by apricot and citrus with woody malt notes. Taste was semi-sweet with a bold, slightly bitter finish. A solid cask IPA all around.
NVBeer232 (467) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JUN 25, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cask @ the Clybourn pub, June ’05. Nice play on words for a name. Orange body with a foamy head. Clean aromas with notes of tangerine, grapefruit, and bready malt. Creamy (cask) mouthfeel. Beautifully balanced flavors. Very orangey. Very Nice cask IPA.
heemer77 (5016) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the brewpub. Poured a very clear light orange with a thin white head. The aroma is a nice orange and vanilla with some oak. The tate is dominated with orange peels. This has a slightly woody finish with tobacco and earthy moss. A slick mouthfeel. One of GI’s best efforts.
Frank (2189) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Man, this is top notch stuff. I found myself having a second glass despite feeling a bit lifted already and having an immenent verticle tasting of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. You do what ya gotta...
I should mention this was the *cask* version not on nitro as in the comercial description. It would be a sin to put something like this on nitro. I take my IPA without a trace of vomitus in the aroma, thanks.
Pours a brilliant orange color with just a few whisps of head that cling to the glass. Nose is vibrant with citrus. Sweet fruity body with a pleasing fullness. Bitter but on the light side for an IPA--very smooth but still satisfying. Even at well over six percent alcohol, this still drinks as smoothly as even the finest session ales. Still pisses me off that they’d ruin it with nitrogen, though.
fidemaster (219) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Most people have this one down perfect. that tangy grapefruit taste, comes on strong after a spicky start. Veyr intresting, tangy, and unusual. I love it