HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Frank (4025) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber with a large tan head. Aroma is mega floral with caramel and grains. Taste is floral as well with sweet malt and moderate bitterness.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
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.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2014
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Definitely the best thing about this beer is its appearance. Nothing else, except the ABV reflects anything close to a traditional or even recognizable IPA. Almost no hops in the nose, very little in the taste, body is not bad except thereís some missing characteristics that the hops give to the mouth feel. And of course the finish sums all of this up. I can hardly imagine how a more forgettable beer could be made.
DrnkMcDermott (3009) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Debut tapping at The Beer Bistro. How cool is it that we beer geeks often have a new beer with its brewmaster at the same table telling us about it! Ike Orcutt of Hopothesis filled me in while I was scribbling about this new brewerís flagship. Itís got an amber gold body that shows off its use of Vienna malts, under a firm one-finger head. Ike said it was intended to be more of an English style IPA, with a bigger malt backbone playing equal parts to the hops and I agree. Still, I canít but notice a definite use of Pacific hops in this glass. Some of that impression comes from this beer being very fresh. But it does have a welcome, malty, hearty mouthfeel for an IPA. Orcutt says their plan is to "gypsy brew" until they can get their own brewing space in the city, probably next year. And just like that, our town has ANOTHER beer-maker!
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a finger of thick yet frothy white head. Aroma is mostly citrus with loads of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Slight caramel aroma. Medium bitter and lightly sweet. Loads of tropical fruits like pineapple with a good bit of grapefruit and citrus. A good dose of caramel too. Light bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Very soft carbonation but a decently long finish. Overall, pretty darn good. I would be happy to drink this again!
Christpuncher (2833) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An average ipa. Very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a craft beer but not one I woul get again.
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Niko100 (2707) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2015
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of citrus hops, caramel, & some floral; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, hops, and citrus (notably orange); No real bitterness; Overall, kinda of weird - ok.