TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a very nice lightly hazed darker crisp gold with bites of amber, a bubbly bright white head and well carbonated beer dies to a small film, light lacing overall. Aromas are lively guava, citrusy and tart bite with grapefruit and lemon hops, bready malts with pale malts and a lighter touch of caramel. Bitter grass and weeds, but the guava really strikes a nice fruity effervescence, liveliness, juicy tartness. Malts fall behind leaving moderate to bigger fruit and citrus hops. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter, big guava and citrusy grapefruit, hits of tropical mango and peach, bready malts and pale, touch of toast, lighter than expected in malt oomph. Tropical and guava bite, moderate bitterness and lighter bodied with dry florals and grass, soapiness. A nice IPA, juicy hops and guava, tropical fruits with a lighter malt body. The wheat makes it a bit less enjoyable to me, a bit coarse. A touch of bubblegum, juicy guava sticks with it especially as you get further into it. A very interesting project and tasty collaboration. Lighter fare, well hopped and juicy fruits. I really liked this. Strengths of juicy fruits and good hop combos.. Malt body is dissappointing though and appearance is just ok.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler and now sampled from a bomber... pours a mildly effervescent orange brown with a thin to medium soapy white head... aroma is dank with fresh hops. emphasis predominantly green citrusy hops with a sweeter tangerine on the underside which probably is more attributable to the juicy guava... flavors are much akin to the aroma with really fresh pungent citrus and piney hops with an added guava twist that surfaces midway through that adds a fruity tartness that lingers on through the finish. carbonation is crisp, providing life and good body for the style. goes down easily overall.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft sample at Half Acre. Pours a mostly clear orangey gold with a sticky white head. Nose is immediate guava and dank American hops. Straight west coast style nose with the fruit for good measure. On taste, the bitterness is good and strong with the tart guava coming through late. It is quite well balanced with the strong hops popping over the top of the guava until the finish. Clean and fruity guava finish. Very incredibly well made beer. Awesome.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
growler card punch #7. aroma is a intense guava standing in front of fresh, american hop resin that pushes lemon and lime. appearance is well polished gold with very active carb. initial foamy head drifts away quick leaving little in its wake. flavor is less tropical fruit then 1000 lbs would have you think, good malt base displays a hint of breadiness then tartaric acid like bitterness clobbers you. metallic nearly, IBUs must be in excess of 100. that note is not altogether pleasant either but i have 50 oz or so to go and i’m sure ill loosen up.
UPDATE: big carb, light metallic bitterness and fruit soda pop backnote give this more then a few champagne notes. interesting.
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear light amber, small white head. Aroma is tropical fruit and resin. Quite dry and fruity (guava), finishes sour and bittter. Could use more malts to balance the sourness of the guava.