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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.62   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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The Hopothesis IPA is the first of many cerebral drinking experiences. Our India Pale Ale is specifically formulated to be balanced, flavorful, and approachable. It can be easily paired with a variety of food and you can drink more than one and still feel quite lucid. Enjoy. Centennial & Cascade Hops 2-Row & Vienna Malts


1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. Iím so proud of them for spending 2 years coming up with the perfect IPA recipe. Unfortunately, I think they are definitely in the wrong business. Pours deep amber, super dark. Caramel, faint resiny hops, bland malt and a touch of fruit. On tasting, there is a mild bitterness, almost no hop flavor. The caramel is overwhelming. What the hell were they thinking? This is an abomination as far as IPAs are concerned.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
HonkeyBra (3287) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber pour. Aroma of sweet malt. Some herbal and pine hops. Flavor is mostly iced-tea and mild hop bitterness. Apparent sweet malt. Lots of cardboard and bland malts. I donít want to drink this any more. I thought this was supposed to be an exciting new Chicago brewery not another Minhas disaster.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
crossovert (7023) - Illinois, USA - SEP 15, 2012
sweet, sweet, uhh sweet, far too much for an ipa. The kicker it it has absolutely 0 hops in the taste or aroma, 0.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerSquare (116) - - SEP 9, 2012
This is a middling example of a beer. . . I canít call it bad, and nothing really fails in it, but nor can I call it a true IPA, or really recommend it. Agree with many of the other comments that the more pronounced flavors are actually malt / barley. It has a very "pilsner" look and taste to it, which is something I really donít like in IPAs (fine in pilsners!). The dry booziness gives a clean finish, but thereís just not anything about this I can really recommend. Iíll save the rest of my 6 pack for friends who lament they canít appreciate IPAs, as theyíll be able to drink it without spraining a taste bud.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
jzimmerman21 (2) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2012 does not count
Well balanced, clean finish. You have several of these and not get overwhelmed by hoppiness. An easy drinking malty IPA. Anxious to see if it changes once itís brewed at its home in Chicago, since itís a contact brew for now.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
brian60625 (742) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 1, 2012 12 ounce bottle. Ahhhh, Minhas. I wish I hadnít seen your name when I retrieved this rating page. It has a clear, amber color and there isnít much bubble action. The foam hangs out on top like stagnant, dimpled, cellulite epithelium. Subtle pine smell. The flavor is pine, malts, citrus hops and booze. I didnít pick up on any spiciness, as you may expect with cascade hops. Itís stale and generally unpleasant. I give it a C.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
12oz bottle from Binnyís Lincoln Park. Pours a cloudy, golden-copper colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is floral grapefruit hops with some bready caramels and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Bigger grapefruit citruses up front with mostly florals and a bit of a stale, earth and grass. Somewhat bready caramels in the middle with a medium-light sweetness. Finishes clean and balanced with a medium bitterness, some caramel, and a decent citrus backing. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, not bad, but pretty forgettable. Well balanced for the ABV% and fairly clean without an excessively sweet and annoying caramel maltiness, but the hops arenít overly complex or inviting. Not bad for a first beer from a new brewery.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kaser (2546) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
Draft at beer bistro. Pours dark. Reddish. Slight hops aroma but not a lot going on. Bitter and malty taste that isn't crazy hoppy. Average IPA. Would have again I guess ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Frank (2787) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
When a new brewing company in Chicago opens w/o me knowing about it, I am always surprised. Then I almost always find out itís a brewing company and their beers are brewed by Minhas and am somewhat less surprised as is the case here. This beer pours a nice clear orange color w/ a huge and long lasting head of mixed bubbles. The nose is mostly floral hops and the flavor somewhat sweet. This is a medium bodied beer but still fairly drinkable with gentle carbonation. Considering the name, the hoppiness in this brew is really very subdued. It is more along the lines of what some breweries will call an amber than an IPA. If anything this is a malt-accented beer. That is not a problem in and of itself but hopheads should be forewarned that this might not be the brew for them. Overall, this is pretty forgettable anyway so itís not that big of a deal.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5621) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 Draft on tap at the Oak Park Microbrew Review (Chicago, IL). Pours a richer deep copper hue, some glowing golden edges. Just a kiss of haze, vibrant glow. Cakey tannish head is big, laces well, and sticks around big. Aromas are more earthy bitterness, florals and gentle citrus. Biscuity and a touch toasty, some dry toast, bready malts. Initial is a bit oniony, with some grass and florals. Some dryness, bit toasty and bready, some touches of biscuit, some mellow sweetness, dryness comes back, a bit toasty, earthy hops and a bit off. Dryness. A solid beer, a bit big, a bit forgettable.


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