KariCupcake (214) - Lenox, Massachusetts, USA - APR 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown. No aroma. The flavor was spicy with floral undertones. Hoppy with a bitter aftertaste.
Cornfield (5276) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish brown with a meager head, this actually was more flavorful than I’d expected from the aroma..... since there barely is one. The body is a bit thin, but the flavor rebounds somewhat with a fruity, caramel malt taste, slightly nutty, and complemented by a rye-induced peppery spiciness. The finish is a bit weak, some caramel sweetness and a light hop bitterness.
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BBB63 (5423) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, Sunday morning after with TAR: More amber than red with a small frothy head. The aroma has notes of caramel and toasty malts, nice aromatic bitters, rye bread, and twangy apricot and lemon esters. WOW, a nice rye bite on top of the mild sweet malt backbone. This was followed by a pine bitter balance and citric finish. I was caught off guard by this amount of flavor in what I figured would be just another run of the mill Irish Red brew. The mouthfeel is crisp and sharp at first before leading dry earthy finsh. I dig this, great use of rye. Bravo!
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Clybourn. Pours light orange with a small head. Not much in the way of aroma. Malts dominate the taste with light hops in the background. Finishes slightly bitter. Nothing spectacular but very drinkable.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught, Clybourn Brewpub (2005 version): a wonderful autumn orange brown colour, under a decent (especially for the GI pourers) off-tan head. Toasted, fall (gourd) fruitness with a surprising amount of hops and orange juice sweetness. A strong floral malt flavour makes this one oddly pleasant – or perhaps that is the lack of decent beer I have had in the past few weeks…
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A trilling combination of deep amber and fiery red with a thin, tan head. The aroma gives an nice interplay of malt and hops. The toast nuts, whole grains, caramel and mild fruit speak to the layered malts. There is a cool spiciness that likely comes from the varied hops and the rye malt. Earthy spiciness, mild pine, lemon zest and a touch of floral perfume. The body is pretty full, giving the tongue hints that cool weather is on the way. The carbonation, while low, is fairly prickly on the tongue. The flavors just didn’t do all that much for me. The hops become the dominate factor, creating a rather surprising bitterness. At times, the tongue yearns for more malty sweetness to contrast the bitterness. All told, this is not undrinkable, but doesn’t excite me enough to go back for more.