drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft. really not a fan of this hop. at first it had a cool bright citrusy thing but then it got weird with it, had a basil and melon quality that was really off putting. couldn’t finish this.
msante79 (2211) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Half Acre. Pours slightly hazed golden amber with small white head. Aromas of grassy and earthy hops, bit of fruit, and some bready malt. Flavors of light fruit, some citrus, grassy hops, light bitterness, and bready malt base. Lacking bitterness and comes off a little bland, especially after having Vallejo right before this.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
32oz. Growler filled at Half Acre. Loving the smaller growler. Pours a hazy gold with a sticky white head. Nose is moderately floral, light fruity notes and citrus. Toasty malt comes through as well. On tasting, this has a persistent bitterness across the palate that is a bit rough but okay. The malt is more subdued here, though the body supports it. Perhaps a touch more sweetness and it’d be a winner. Still, solid APA.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft on tap at the brewery (Chicago, IL). Not quite on at the taproom yet, a 32 oz of this came home as well. Pours a nicely hazed amber hue, a touch darker, with some nice lighter glow on the edges. A frothy offwhite dulled head dies to a decent ring, laces small. Aromas are richly hoppy, good fruit with touches of melon and white grape, citrusy grapefruit and lemons, orange and more melon. Touches of florals, mellow sweetness, more fruity elements overwhelm over a touch of bread. Gentle sweetness, richer fruit hop flavors, some berry. Initial is a good growing bitterness, grapefruit and melon balls, touches of florals, grass. Mellow dough, kiss of tropical fruit interwines. Gentle white grape and grapefruit play well, good fruit melange and some gentle bread, straw, sweeter tropical fruit elements. Backend shows touches of dryenss, bitter hops returning. Lemons, white grape, and florals. Grass, gentle dryness, a touch of body lingers. Solid. Nice mellow bitterness, grainy and bready malts at times, with firm fruit flavors, solid if a touch of slacking bitterness. Good flavors. Nice beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
32oz growler by means of the tasting room - didn’t feel i needed 64oz of this after tasting it initially... pour yields a coper penny brown hue, semi-transparent, and topped with a frothy medium white head that slowly settles down to a thin film... aroma of earthy herbal hops upfront, a touch of fruitiness in the way of dried apricot and pale fruit. reaches for more citrus and a subtle pina colada component surfaces after breathing for a bit. firm malt backbone to go with the aforementioned qualities. some smarties and aspirin develop late.... flavors are more of the same with herbal semi-sweet hoppiness upfront with a mild bitterness through the middle. a cedar-like spice like quality comes through late. medium or just above that level in terms of body with semi-lively carbonation. firm bitterness extends well through the finish. malts profile seems to be more prominent here than in their other hop-forward offerings. not sure that i’m a big fan of this hop varietal. seems more like an english pale ale with some added fruitiness. glad to have tried though.