chibuck (3509) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 28, 2011
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Alex shared this with the group...This beer is all about the aroma which is so wrong in so many ways. Its overly pungent aroma of peppercorns sting my nostrils, I almost want to sneeze and that’s all I get on the nose...The taste thankfully is not as strong its loses a lot of the peppercorns but still is not very good, peppercorns mixed with mlight muskyness is not much of combo. Skip this beer.
holdenn (2110) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the Half Acre Hop Leaf event. Light sweet banana citrus strong yeast aromas. Sweet banana a little cloying. Too much banana sweetness. Really not too enjoyable, the weakest Half Acre beer at this event. Not fun and hard to finish. 7/3/5/3/12
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 1, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
at hopleaf Half Acre event. pours golden with white head. nose is moldy antiseptic, bananas, and phenols. it sorta cleaned up after a while. flavors are sweet grainy, earthy and spicy yeast, bananas. odd messy beer.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Sheffield’s. This is strange. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a fluffy head. I do not care for the nose on this at all. Long Pepper is an odd thing... Nose is tangerine skins, old bubble gum, sweet rye. Nose seems almost overpowering. On taste, much better. The rye dries it out, offering spiciness that is lacking in the nose. A bit sweet and the odd spice notes from the long pepper make it interesting. Weird beer...
andyhwcinc (1813) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on draft at the Bad Apple in Chicago, which is quite literally across the street from the brewery. Tastes like similar "farmhouse ales" of the style, has a certain spice to it and it’s pretty good. I’m really impressed with the quality coming from this smaller Chicago brewery.
17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Maproom. Very cool beer. Pours golden with a fizzy head. Love the play of the rye and saison. Very drinkable and refreshing. Seems like a blend of a golden ale and a saison, especially the ester/yeast profile, not quite straight saison. Nice depth, quite interesting, has that edge that gossamer seemed to be missing. Love it.
HonkeyBra (4025) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. Clear orange pour with minimal white head. Spicy aroma of fruit, bubble gum, peppercorns and rye. Some grass, some cake. Maybe a bit of tea. Flavor is very tasty. Spicy peppercorn, lots of fruit, rye bread. Still has that fruity cakey thing going on. A bit of honey as well. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation for the style. I’m digging this. Pretty cool beer.
TheAlum (6860) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Oak Park Microbrew Review (Oak Park, IL). Pours a frothy headed glowing golden amber hue, well hazed, good lacing almost towards eggshell white head. Aromas are peppercorns and spicy yeast, a big fruit ester take moves in. The pepper is really nice, cereal grains and honey, vanilla, light bready notes, richer rye. The pepper finishes it up. Initial is medium bodied, full fruity pear and apple esters, light yeastiness, black pepper. A nice malty bready quality, rye bread, cereal grains, apple and peaches move into focus. Fruity, pepper works well. Finish is estery, vanilla, honey, bready malts moving into a blast of fruit, pepper. Nice. The pepper and fruit strike a nice balance, the rye malt smooths it all out
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
rated from a small sampling at Half Acre. will follow-up with a growler over the weekend in traverse city.... pours a pale light yellow-brownish hue with a medium soapy white head.... herbal and grassy hops in the nose faired with some peppery aspects on the backend, not too assertive.... flavors of grain and light fair grassy, citrus hops lending very little bitterness at all moreso for flavor. biscuity/bread from the rye and some hints again of pepper from the thai peppercorns. nothing too assertive. pretty light and drinkable being a 5% saison type beer (it’s advertised as a saison anyway). light on the palate. dry finish
jaymobrown (1833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice golden color with a good size head. Faint notes of rye, white pepper, straw, hay and hops. There wasn’t any bold taste, but lots of great subtle hints of the above. A big hit at the party I was having. Easy, easy to drink. Went down super fast. Smooth, medium finish..