JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber with notes of tea leaves and grapefruit. The palate shows notes of grass and denser bitter grapefruit that blends nicely with the caramel feel of the malt. Long finish.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler card #2, punch #9. aroma is lightly sweetened organic earth, welcome toast, pine is subdued but present behind curtain of sleek savory grapefruit. appearance is very hazy copper with giant sticky legs and island of head that lingers when ring dissipates. flavor is extremely savory pine and grapefruit, swayed from the typical american intensity and moved to more sensible and modest levels, toast is apparent late and pleasant. still not the A+ profile of british hops i have experienced elsewhere but the late malt presence makes up for it. finally a twist on hop forward beers from half acre where so many of the roster have filled the bill on the same standard.
17thfloor (2435) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
MMMEEEEAAAATTT WWWWWAAAAAVVVVVEEEEEE! Best spoof of an Onion article ever! Neat-o trick here fellas. Crisp grassy dry citrusy, lemony, light caramel aroma, reminds me a bit of centennial with some citra. Really pulls off that interesting English thing very well, this is more what an Americanized IPA would be. Dry and piney with some bright citrus, light caramel, plenty of pine needles, dry resin, bit of toasted crystal malt on the front and finish, very quick finish. Medium/light bodied, quite dry and crisp carbonation, little bit of alcohol on the finish. Very cool!
andyhwcinc (1567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Half Acre Brewery in Chicago, IL; enjoyed with a good friend on a hot muggy Chicago night. Appearance dark amber with frothy off white head. Aroma strong on the English fuggle hops, also a bit of bready biscuity malts. Taste is finely balanced between bready malts, the fuggle hops, and English ale yeast. It definitely has the English IPA flavor where the hops arenít the central focus. Good mouthfeel, smooth, enjoyable.
dumontn (529) - CHICAGO, Illinois, 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!
TheEpeeist (3429) - 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.
phaleslu (7041) - 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!
Hair6a11 (1394) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Co Prosperity Sphere; plastic cup! Pour is murky dark golden/brown, like apple cider. Modest off white head in this cup. This feels like a hopped up esb, I guess. Biscuits, caramel, toffee, apples, and well... floral hops. finally, an american brew that isnít afraid of the english, because this one is very english-centric.
holdenn (2085) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Mariaís CCBW event at the Co-Prosperity gallery. Malt light hops. Murky brown tan with a thin head. Low carbonation. Light malts sweet bitter pine grapefruit. Dry bitter finish. Earthy and pretty decent but not as bright and clean as I prefer my IPAs to be. Maybe I just donít like the English IPA that much. 7/3/7/4/15
hombrepalo (1885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber from the brewery. Clear copper orangish with a fantastic fluffy head. Aroma was a bit muted, but smelled clearly of aromatic hops; citric rind, floral hops, with a touch of cereal grain. Taste is malty with a bit of spice. Quickly leads to orange citrus, floral bitterness, light toffee notes, Inexplicably, tastes more of chemicals than hop and malt.