Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. I really like this aroma which has a solid mix of English and American hops along with a nice English malt backing. Florals up front with grassy lemons and some grapefruit resins along with a light earth and hint of herbal spice. Biscuity toffee behind the hops with some grains and a light caramel offering a moderate sweetness. Flavor is floral and biscuity up front before some slightly toasted toffees, a light caramel, and a drying grassy hop comes in. More lemons and grapefruits with a slight resin as well as a touch of herbal spice. Dries quickly and completely with a good amount of grass coming out at the end with an indistinct hop profile that leaves a medium-light bitterness. A hint of biscuity toast creeps in with the dry grass and light floral before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body and a bit thin feeling on the palate because this dries so quickly and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty well made and interesting take on an IPA. I really liked the aroma with the English and American hops mixing nicely along with the English malts. The flavor was still well put together, but it didnít have the same complexity as the aroma. Nonetheless, this was easy drinking and enjoyable.
phaleslu (9380) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle from TheAlum- thanks, Adam! Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of tea, grapefruit citrus, earth, grass, herbs, and caramel malts. Seems like a variety of hops were used here and Iím not getting the unpleasant notes I sometimes get from English-style IPAs. Flavor of grassy, citrusy hops, tea leaves, and sweet and caramel malts. Light-medium bodied, with an earthy, citrusy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very nice. And Iím not let down that it isnít a smoked beer; I remember The Onion article this is named after and appreciate the Chicago-centric joke. Keep up the good work!
brokensail (16055) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A: The beer pours an amber color with a small off-white head.
S: Oh boy, this one smells buttery. Some sweet malt notes, but not a ton of substance. Lots of grass and straw with a weird grain husk aroma. Pretty damn watery, too.
T: Watery is the best way to describe the flavor. Still a fairly noticeable amount of butter. Thereís a moderate bitterness and some light malt notes, but almost no hop flavor. Just a bit of straw, grass, and grain husk.
M: The body is light and watery with a medium to high carbonation.
O: A very disappointing beer from a brewery Iíve grown to like a fair amount. Hopefully just an anomaly.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Is it bad that I wanted this to be a smokey meat tasting IPA? Still a good beer. Pours a copper with an off white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Caramel malt blends well - but this is a solid IPA.
TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by emacgee. Deep hazy amber with a nice sized white head with good lace. Nose is tropical fruits, sweet candy, lemon. Flavor is disjointed; shows a lot of booze upfront with some tropical fruity sweet flavor in the finish.
emacgee (4611) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks bauermj. Cloudy amber red pour with one finger sandstone tan head. Really nice aromatics, fresh and hoppy with lots of citrus and resin. Spicy and zesty flavor with a mild astringency and slight residual sweetness. Dry and light bodied with a biting bitterness.
50belair (3379) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Hazy caramel in color. Dull and un-lively pine and citrusy hop aromas. Lacking in hop characteristics, this is just sort of a bland lifeless ale.....
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Misty brown with honey tints and a pocked beige head. Nose is pine and caramel with hints of peach and lavender. Juicy medium body with dull carb; hoppy but not so resiny finishing sticky but not sweet. Interesting. Taste is orange marmalade, juniper and lemon pith. A bit salty.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber from the brewery. Pours hazy dark brownish amber with off-white head. Aromas of pine, lemony hops, caramel, and bready malts. Flavors of caramel and bready malts with a little citrus and muted hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation were fine. Not a bad beer, but where are the hops. Fresh Daisy Cutter was way way more hoppier than this. Not really an IPA, not even by english standards in my opinion. First time I can say that I have been truly disappointed by a HA beer.
dumontn (530) - St. Joseph, Michigan, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a handsome hazy amber with a frothy 2 finger head. Aroma is toffee, caramel, pine, and resin. Taste is similar to the smell, pretty basic earthy caramel body with mild resiny hops. Body is medium-heavy with average carbonation. Big points for mouthfeel, nice and creamy. Sessionable. I think why this beerís rating is so low is that it is a mild English IPA whereas most people are expecting a hop explosion from an IPA. Learn the difference in sub-styles and rate them as such, folks!