ElGaucho (2263) - 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.
Frank (3130) - 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.
heemer77 (5134) - 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.
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A nice golden body beneath an omnipresent, thick white head. The aroma is rather mild, with hints of hops, a touch of caramel-type malt and light woodiness. The body is smooth but uneventful. The flavor really lacks the hops are so mild, I forgot they were used at times. The finish is mildly bitter, at best, for an IPA. I don't know if it was the Nitrogen or the wood, but either way, it was wrong. This is one of the most boring IPA's I've ever had. An interesting idea, but just not right.
JoeM500 (1906) - 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!
fidemaster (282) - 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