pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 5, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Peace frog. On tap at haymarket... Pours a medium hazy orange brown
with a thin soapy head... ... Grassy bitter hops along with a nice
citrusy orange component. Some earth and a light astrigency but not
overly so. Nice citrus in the middle and throug the finish. Good body
and nice carbonation. Enjoyed more so than the ipas with the Belgian
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft at the pub. pours hazed gold with foamy white head, nose has a bright fresh citrusy resin and grapefruit hop character. flavors have strong resin citrus oily hop goodness grapefruit touch of mango too juice clean finish awesome ipa.
chibuck (3507) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at Haymarket, served in a taster... The body is a dark honey gold with a hint of orange. A really nice white head forms a great cap that’s thin but lasting, great lacing... The aroma has tons of orange peel, a bit of resin, and lemon. Sweet and refreshing... The taste is more bitter than I was anticipating, a lot of pine but not overpowering. Some orange left, but missing what was on the nose. My favorite ipa to date from Hay and worth having again.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a light golden with a small white head. Aroma is a bit dank hops, citric and a bit herbal, resiny, catty like some have said. Flavor is also very herbal, aggressive hop notes, a bit catty as well, stanky hops a bit of biscuit and graininess. Bitter finish that lingers for a short time. Medium body and a soft carbonation. Not bad
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Haymarket. Mostly hazy bronze with reddish tint. Nose is big American hops, citrus and peach, some resin, a bit catty. On taste, very hop forward with a smooth bitterness. More catty peach hops. Malt comes through pretty prominently with minimal caramel character. Could use a bit more juicy hop character but this is a pretty solid IPA for sure.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a fiery well hazed golden orange hue, with a frothy beige head atop that stays decent sized, laces well. Aromas are a melange of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, touches of doughy bread, toast, and toffee. Florals and grass mix into it, dry and bitter, the malt creeping through a bit. Initial is medium bodied, even a bit light with a nice blast of citrusy lemon and grapefruit, gumballs and florals give that telltale Amarillo appeal. Touches of resinous pine, fresh cut grass, bready and dough pale malts come in behind, but the dry hop profile is fairly strong, keeping the palate bitter and dry overall. Some resinous pine comes into the fold, as this grows a bit more potent with some warmth, some toast and even a touch of toffee. Although this is light on the palate for sure. Dry and bitter, with some prickly piney hops, a load of bitterness and citrus, the Amarillo doesn’t sell it out. Tasty, crisp, with a load of hops. I’m happy. Finish leaves a pleasant hoppy reminder, orange flourishes, and florals pine and bready pale malts stick. Pete’s doing his best to push out a lot of beer it seems.. But he has been pushing out those "Pete Crowley" winners more often now.