TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - JAN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a highly hazy orange-amber with thin white head that quickly recedes to little more than a ring around the rim. Aroma is orange-citrus as opposed to the grapefruity citrus of your average American-style IPA, plus a clean, solid hop bitterness and a hint of malt sweetness. Flavor is dried orange and a big dose of sweet malt follwed by a solid wall of high hop bitterness. Solid mouthfeel; palate is disappointingly flat and lifeless but leaves a pleasnt bitter-orange aftertaste. This is one of the best-balanced, best-tasting British-style IPAs Iíve ever had from an American brewery that could have scored quite a bit higher but for its lack of carbonation and consequent flat palate.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Oh crap... didnít anyone take a picture of the bottle? Thatís it... my camera goes on all excursions from now on.
Pours a thin whiskey color, headless with thin legs. Low diacetyl over apple & honey with a pale malt presence and a butterscotch annoyance. Sticky & sweet without alot of character.... yet without very much offensiveness, neither.
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SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
#941, From the growler thanks to ElGaucho, had at the December 06 Chicago Gathering at ElGauchoís Place. Clear copper in color, no real head. The nose is sharp with hops but kind of thin and faint. The taste was pinkey but again flat with not much carbonation some sap and pepper towards the end.
Frank (3971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lovely orange color. I sampled from the growler provided most generously by El Gaucho and indeed it was a bit flat and thusly poured a bit headless (I have tried to adjust my scores to be fair for a beer that has traveled). Nose is quite mild, slightly citric and grassy. Sweet and smooth body w/ crisp but gentle bitterness and some butterscotch overtones. This is hard to pin down stylistically, itís hopped like a mild APA (about to the same level as, say, Goose Island Honkerís Ale though of a different character) but itís as strong as an IPA in terms of alcohol.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíd like to try this one fresh, since it seemed to lose a little in the growler. The body was a clear orange/amber, but it seems to have lost its carbonation during shipping. Itís got a pleasantly sweet aroma of caramel and toffee topped with a floral hopping that had just a touch of citrus fruits. Thick. The flavor begins malty and has an addition of aplles. Then itís joined by a solid floral, earthy hopping that the ale really needed more of. It balances more like an APA but would have to listed as a robust one, if there is such a thing.
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ElGaucho (2388) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler courtesy of ford9719. Some fruitiness in the nose with a faint hop. Nice, reddish amber. No head at all and no visible carbonation. It is clear that a growlerís inability to create a tight seal has struck again. Pretty decent flavor. Not much hop. A little flat. Sweet with a higher alcohol profile. Not bad. Would like to try this when it is fresh out of the tap. I detect a flaw that the sweetness is hiding, but it is not prevalent enough to disrupt my enjoyment of it. Not sure this is an IPA, although at 7.5% ABV, it would be pretty strong for an APA.
FlacoAlto (4139) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours from the growler a brilliantly clear, copper tinged, fully red color. The head starts out at about a half-finger thick and shows a amber tinged tan color. The head quickly becomes wispy though. The aroma has hints of diacetyl to it as well as an earthy herbaceous hops, a touch of apple and even a bit of caramel. Towards the end of the aroma it begins to pick up toasty malt note.
The taste is sweet up front and accentuates a nice berry like note. Floral citrus flavors join the berry notes to round out the fruity hop character. There is a nice solid bitterness here, which starts to bite the mouth in the middle and moves to a lingering, almost astringent finish. There is a touch of diacetyl in the flavor. It is just enough for me to notice a light butterscotch note, but not enough to detract from the flavor profile. In fact it probably even adds to the good flavors of this beer.
The beer is only lightly carbonate (appropriately so for a growler), which helps to soften the palate impact of this beer. This beverage balances between the soft creamy feeling malt notes and the sharp, piquant hop notes quite well. There is just a touch of zippy carbonation here, which also serves as a counterpoint to the soft creamy character of this beer. Being served from the growler almost gives it a feel like it was cask conditioned (though I wonder if the slight leak it sprung while enroute has something to do with this). In the beginning the diacetyl may be just a touch too much, but even my sensitive palate gets used to and even accepts it as part of this beer. The diacetyl is at the level where it actually seems to accentuate the fruity flavors of this beer, in fact it is this that brings out that berry note I noticed in the flavor. This is quite a tasty beer and is certainly a lofty introduction to the beers from Kansas.
DocLock (9857) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big thanks to jgd0608 for a growler of this as part of the Mystery Swap. The pour was medium coppery with dark straw menisci. The aroma was hoppy and fruity, with some tangeriny and grapefruity citrus and peppery notes. The flavor was hoppy and fruity, very nice complexity and balance for an IPA, with a finishing noble dry hop flavor that was very enjoyable.
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler. Thin white head, citrus and floral notes. Hops just tingling your mouth. Aftertaste is like you just got done eating an orange. Great IPA by this little brewpub, just wish they bottled.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JUL 28, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was quite a tasty pale IPA! Hops explode out of the nose, with a ton of citrus and grapefruit aromas. Flavor is just what I was looking for, a sweet but creamy caramel maltiness, with some orange rinds, and a that same fruit acidity to tingle your tongue. Wonderful mouthfeel, with a zesty lingering finish.