chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft... huge highlight of my two samplers, I’d head here to drink this... the aroma is fantastic, fresh citrusy hops with a bite of rye, great depth... the taste is equally fruity of the melon variety, watermelon is apt descriptor and the first time I’ve used it in a beer, great hoppiness as well, spice watermelon... thirst quenching and delicious
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Flight serving on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice glowing orange amber hue, touches of haze, sunfire sunset glow, with a big frothy cakey light tan head, cakes to a decent level and laces well. Aromas are a sufficient fruity hopping, offering melon and grapefruit, lemons and florals. Touches of rye malts dance with pale and touches of sweetness, some grass and gentle spice. Lots of orange and tangerines come in as I take more time. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, offering a solid bitterness up front, lemons and grapefruit dance with florals, grass, dry hops and touches of fruit. Middle throws some pale malts, touches of deeper rye, a gentle spice, and dry hops. Hops take over into the finish, dry and assertive citrus lingering on the palate with florals and grass. Really fruity as I get further in, preaching melon and grapefruit, a lot of grapefruit, with the malts taking a backseat. It’s not a hop screamer, but it is assertively hoppy. A nice IPA with some gentle rye influences, but overall the hops take over. Not the most complex, but enjoyable.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 25, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at GI Clybourn. I was excited to give this ago, but alas. Pours an attractive reddish bronze with a nice layer of foam. Nose is like apricot jolly ranchers and some mango notes. Floral hops then a blast of big caramel notes. Some faint spicy rye as well. On tasting, it is on the sweet side. Loads of caramel comes across then a carraway note on the finish. Dries out a touch from the rye, but still too much caramel to be good.