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!
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, 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 (5242) - 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 (3846) - 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 (296) - 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
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 This is a monster IPA, with a grapefruit rind aroma that tickled my nose at arms length. Huge malt body was caramelly and a bit toasty, moderately sweet otherwise. Alcohol was just strong enough to compliment the overall experience. Huge, and I mean HUGE hops at the finish...tangy, grassy, spicy, citrusy...WOW!
ElGaucho (2380) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don’t know what Jokes was smoking when he sampled GI’s new IPA because it is stellar. Maybe he had it at the Wrigleyville location or maybe it was the first batch and has since been improved. I also know that the current version is listed at 7% ABV, which is different than the 6.5% Jokes put on the site. Sweet, floral hoppy aroma. Somewhat cloudy body with no visible carbonation. Thin off-white head. Rich, hoppy flavor; strongly hoppy. Great finish with a strong alcohol mouthfeel. This may be the best IPA made in the state.