pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub... Pours a completely transparent amber brown hue , homogenous throughout, and topped with a thin wispy soapy barely off-white head... Aroma of fruity pears and banana yeasty esthers. Fairly subdued on the spice front actually and was expecting more in that regard... Dark and mild fruits throughout, generally sweet with caramels and soft grain that gives it some texture. A touch more than full in body with decent level of lively carbonation. Lacking some complexity and spice nature that usually is offered up by the style.
ryanfolty (1780) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 28, 2011, tap at Clybourn. Translucent copper with minimal head. Aroma was fruity, spicy and maybe some rye. Taste was similar, slight carbonation but very east to drink.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy yellow with notes of fruit and dried tea leaves. The flavor shows off some lighter malts with a bit of the rye near the end of the finish.
TheAlum (5205) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a glowing golden pour, light haze, small offwhite frothy head laces small, dies into a film. Aromas are light pine, touches of sweet toffee, caramel, bready malts. Some tea, light florals, some light grass. Initial is lighter bodied, touches of piney bitterness move into sweet bready malts, juniper berries, light bitterness, touches of honey and toffee, light bodied overall, easily quaffable. Quite clean, a backend that busts some ass with sweet honey, wet bread, and some piney juniper. Light overall, easily drinkable. The pine fades out a bit much for my liking, sweet rye and oats with a touch of toastiness. Bitter pine tries it’s best to balance, but can’t. A sweeter beer, ok overall. Interesting.
jrallen34 (3478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
In tap at GI into a tasting glass, recommendation by the bar tender...Pours a yellowish gold, pretty clear, watery lacing...The aroma is pretty good, a nice mixture of fruit and tea. Tea does dominate mostly but the pears and lemon help to balance this a little...The balance on the nose is undone the taste as its mostly tea with aloe and other herbal notes. Still some fruity notes just not enough.
To much tea for me to make it drinkable. What some would find refreshing I find as medicinal.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Wrigleyville BrewPub: Aroma of malt caramel, light rye, and a hint of juniper. Poured amber in color with no head. Hazy. Not sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet. Tastes of malt, Belgian yeast, light candi sugar, slight rye, and slight juniper. Medium body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Medium sweet, malt slight rye, and slight candi sugar finish. Not all that much flavor.
satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft at clybourn brewpub. aroma is pale malts, undefined spice, sand, big florals. appearance is lightly caramelized brown, crystal clear, super polished. flavor is sweet malty, light herbs, big floral fresh nectar, big sandy flavor returns. mouthfeel is mealy, lightly gritty. quite complex but difficult to imagine even a second glass of this.
drdisque (495) - Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at clybourn brewpub. Weak pleasant grainy aroma. Pours golden. Flavor is complex maltiness with slight sweet undertones of rich fruityness. Finish is clean and sweet. I liked it.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a golden brown with a small white froth. Aroma is surprisingly basic, mostly just a soft candy caramel malt and some light fruity and floral notes. Just very simple, a touch of bread and biscuit. Flavor starts with some basic bready sweet notes before a slightly stronger floral and citrusy fruit notes. Finishes lightly bitter and sweet with some doughy notes. Medium body and a softer carbonation. Eh, kinda boring, nothing standing out here.
Duhast500 (374) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 8, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had this while in Chicago for the weekend.
Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.
The color is a clear gold with a slight head and little lacing.
The smell is fruity with a touch of plum and a slight tea like flavor. There is a bit of a malt flavor in the back with some spiciness as well.
The taste is again, fruity with pear, and some apple flavor that is smooth and mellow. There is a nice bready flavor that is a bit dry as well.
The feel of this beer is light and goes down smooth. There is a bit of a dry feel to this beer that is an interesting feature but leave my mouth a little flat. This would go well with the properly paired food that might compliment this beer well.