17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft? Bottle... don’t remember. This stuff rocks, again like an APA meets Kolsch. Much along the lines of the pale crisp citrusy Daisy. Very delicious and enjoyable. Bit of grittiness.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Acre, side by side with the Brandy Barrel variant. First off, this is not a Kolsch. I don’t care that they cold conditioned it, that doesn’t make it a Kolsch. But whatever. Pours a very clear pale yellow with a fluffy white head. Nose hits you with the American hops. Somewhat catty and tropical. Some pils malt comes through as well. On taste, the bitterness is quite nice and balanced. The American hops really do come through with more of the fruity notes, pushing this into APA territory. Very cool beer and tasty. But not a Kolsch.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
growler. pours golden with white head, a nice big fresh hoppy aroma that’s rather green, juicy, citrusy, and dank hop notes with earthy undertones. flavors continues with that fresh green juicy hop character of tropical fruit notes. finishes clean with simple malt back bone. this was one fresh tasty apa that I could drink a lot of.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler thanks to Andrew for bringing this one by... Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber hue with a medium quickly dissipating bright white head... Fresh assertive hop aroma with juicy tropical fruit with a mild degree of dankness on the backend. Quite nice... Flavors follow suit with more of a citrusy hop profile, not as focused on the tropical fruit. A grassy earthy bitterness towards the middle and on towards the finish. Lighter bodied but not thin in anyway with decent carbonation to boot.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had some at Half Acre. Pours dark gold with a white head. Nice aroma of grain, sweet malt, but with some citrus hops as well. Light body, citrus and bitter/dry finish. Very easy to drink.
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from the brewery (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice darker golden amber pour, a faint hop haze with moderate frothy whitish head, thicker and laces well. Aromas throw grainy bready malts, cereal grains, moving into citrus hops, florals, and juicy lemons and grapefruit, melon, and touches of tropical fruit. A juicy fruit hopping of Citra. Initial is lighter bodied, giving a decent bitterness up front and flavorful citrus, touches of juicy fruit, melon, and tropical fruit. A moderate bite of bitterness for a light bodied beer, moving into fruity domiance and some crisp grainy malts, bread dough. Fairly clean with a decent soapy and floral lingering finish. Light and quite easily drinkable. Highly aromatic, with a light easy appeal. Well hopped for a Kolsch, maybe more of a fruity APA, with good drinkability, good fruity influence, good hopping, and light body and easy pleasant lingering finish. I see the Kolsch influence, since it’s still fruity.. But it’s more hop forward, giving it an American kick. Solid sessioner here.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler from the brewery. This beer pours a brilliant orange with a medium off white head. Aroma of lemon grass, citrus, a fair amount of hops for the style. I’m not one to fault a beer for being overly-hopped, though. Notes of fresh baked bread, honey, and a touch of caramel. Flavor has a very strong resiny hop presence, with some mild fruity esters underneath. This beer has the crispness that seems to define the style. Very lively carbonation with light mouthfeel. Amazingly drinkable. Great beer. It might not be to style, but I loved drinking it.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2011 growler card #2, punch #8. aroma is soft fruits (peach, light orange) with pine backbone. huge hops, malt is buried but shows more caramel then the lighter bready notes i might expect from the style. appearance is well polished gold with good lingering filmy head and active carb. flavor is hop onslaught, as expected from nose. fresh, harvest style resiny buds all about. another overhopped monster from half acre in the vein of daisy cutter, in this case a bit insulting to a subtle style who’s only fruits should come from light esters, not big alpha plant matter. eternally drinkable, but not much kolsch like about it.