msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours light orangeish amber with tan head. Aroma is light hops and caramel malt. Flavor is nice balance between hops and malt with some caramel. This is a pale ale and not an IPA. Not a bad pale ale though.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the brewery, sampler flight. Holds its head the longest. Dark copper in color with an almost non-existent hop nose. Both hoppy and malty at once, not a bad pale ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the brewpub on 6/22/07: Clear orange amber color pour has a full wispy lacing off-white head. Aroma of some piny, almost soapy hops with a touch of caramel malt. Body starts with some sugary caramel and earthy, sopay bitter hop balance before a watery finish. Pretty bland overall.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
clear dark amber, fine beige head, solid lace,
sweet dark caramel malt aroma with loys of citrus hops,
lots of earthy hop flavor balanced with rich dark caramel malt, solid hop flavor from the start through a tasty bitter finish, touch of dyactyl adds sweetness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 8/10; Overall: 14/20
Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 25, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub in Wisconsin Dells, pours a clear copper brown brew with an average size off white head. Good lacing. Aroma of piney hops, caramel, some citrus peel, toffee, and multi-grain malt. Taste is medium body, lightly carbonated, smooth and a good hop bitter aftertaste. More like an extra pale ale than an IPA. Finish is smooth and a little dry.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber color. Smell of malt, hops, citrus, caramel and grass. Taste of some grass, pine, earth, hops, little citrus, bitterness, caramel, flowers and a touch of honey. Nice IPA.
hero27 (19) - Iowa, USA - AUG 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap @ the Brewpub.
Amber color. The fresh hop aroma you get right off the bat is great, and I was told all the hops used are locally grown...nice. A solid use of caramel malts, but the hops take over from there and lead to a great, smooth brew that is certainly hop-driven.
I asked the bartender if there were any plans to bottle their beers in the near future, and he actually said they are planning to bottle the Kilbourn Hop Ale soon. Assuming that’s done, it’ll start very local for sure, but it’d be nice to see this one out in stores for more people to try.
Overall impression..this is a very good, hoppy pale ale. You can’t stop at this place and not try this one.
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Tap) Pours amber with tan head. Great balance, in my opinion. I’m not a big IPA fan, but this brew was refreshing and very drinkable. Would definitely drink again.
Bockyhorsey (2611) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ brewery. Good floral and pine aromas. Deep amber body with off white head. Medium bodied hop bite and bitterness. Cool and crisp on the palate. A good refreshing brew.
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
First off - this is NOT an IPA - I’d call it a brown ale, the brewery calls it an amber. This one one of the best I had of six. Nice head that laced well. Nutty and a bit bitter. The local hops taste English to my palate. A hoppy brown, but too malty for an IPA.