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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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If you’re anything like me, there were certain days you’d look forward to every month when the school hot-lunch calendar was released. Days that stood head and shoulders above the rest. The days when your absolute favorite cafeteria item was being served. Whether your food of choice be chicken fingers, tacos, pizza, french toast sticks, cheeseburgers, or country fried steak, those days were the best of all the days. The days when you could feel the electricity in the air as the seconds passed before the lunch bell would ring. With those memories in mind, we hope to elicit the same feeling of excitement with our newest brew: Taco Day. Taco Day is a 6.7% strong pale ale of the single hop varietal. We used an experimental hop from the Pacific Northwest. This beer has a subtle, floral taste with notes of berries in the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3891) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
msante79 (2212) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2012
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6119) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
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.

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