HonkeyBra (3115) - 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.
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - 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!
bytemesis (2600) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours clear orange, medium creamy white head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is caramel, grain, pine. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, honey, shrubs, lots of pine, bitter lingering metallic finish. Medium body. Meh.
Frank (2392) - 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.
jmagnus87 (2220) - 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!
kaser (2118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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drpimento (2103) - 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.
jstraw (1900) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden-amber with big, foamy, beige head / Dry, musty nose of barley and citrus / Medium body, very sweet, somewhat malty and syrupy, with lots of bitterness / Sweet flavors of dry hop and muted grapefruit and orange / Needs work.
Niko100 (1842) - Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
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 - but not too bad.
rubbishystuff (1761) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From B and C. Hop heads probably wonít be to big on this as it is a very malty but not very hoppy IPA. The hops were medium bitter but quite spicey herbal piney. As and IPA maybe not so much but overall it wasnít so bad. Serving: Bottle