monkeychugg55 (815) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Crystal clear new penny copper with a small, white head. The aroma has candy-like orange and grapefruit, with some floral and earthy notes, and some light spice. There really isnít much malt in the aroma, aside from a hint of caramelized sugar, and very faint roast like you would get from amber malt. The flavor is similar, and reminds of a Dogfish 90min, with a lot more bitterness and a light but silky mouthfeel. Balance leans towards very bitter, but is surprisingly drinkable.
Dunt (254) - Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled open at Tomís, thanks Tom! Pours a clear orange/orange-brown in color a fingers worth of white head. Nose is bright tropical fruit, pineapple, grapefruit, and some backing malt. Flavor doesnít pack quite the punch that the nose does. The bitterness starts out soft and finishes heavy on the palate. Mouthfeel is light and maybe a little watery, moderate carbonation, moderate bitterness, and a moderate finish. One of the better IPAs theyíve made, definitely could be a nice addition to the regular rotation.
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Kedzie. Pours a pale gold with a sticky white head. Nose is pineapple and citrus, light petrol, toast and guava. Light ethanol as well. On tasting, moderate bitterness that sharpens through the finish. Guava and pineapple, kerosene notes. Light malt overall and dry finish. Itís an ok beer but not really something Iím a big fan of.
BBB63 (5609) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber bottle, pours a clean golden hue with a mostly lasting frothy head and very good lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has big citrus and tropical fruit esters along with light dankness and resiny notes. Minerally earthiness along with fresh bready grains as well. The taste is uber balanced with brash bitterness countered by fair handed maltiness supported by some spicy and earthy notes. Lively mouth feel with some metallic notes, not overly aggressive nor sharp. The finish is indeed dry but a tad short for my only bitch about this. This exceeded my expectations since many of the styled new hop breed IPA are one-note or just too high alpha. This is takes me to the cliff edge but does not push me over. Mikey Likey and I hope Eric does too.
ryecatcher (550) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours a medium gold-amber with a decent white head, excellent retention and lacing. Nose is medium-dank, tropical fruit (guava and pineapple), white grape, pine. Mouth is medium bodied and creamy, lots of that Galaxy goodness up front, with some bread and malts, yet relatively dry. Note that I do have a cold so this isnít the best rating I could give, but all things considered, it was still a very enjoyable beer and if I can get another bottle Iíll rate it again.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 16, 2013 22 oz bottle from Binnys Marcey (Chicago, IL). Pours a nice amber golden hue, mellow haziness, lots of glowing orange and sunset glow throughout. Some lively carbonation, darker middle with a cakey offwhite head atop, big and sticks around well, sustains and laces pretty well. Nice look. Aromas are big melange of Galaxy and Zythos, tropical fruit meets melon, florals, tangerine and citrusy lemon. Firm hop bouquet with some bready malts, pale grains, and some doughy sweetness. Big hops are fresh and vibrant, earthy and bitter, some pine, lots of florals, and a rich melange of fruit. Really nice and fresh. Initial is lighter end of the fold, very frangrant mirrors into the taste. Lots of Galaxy and Zythos, melon and tropical fruit, earthy and firm to strong bitter earth, pine, florals, and fruit. The middle is a touch thinner than I recall regular Anti-Hero, making it more drinkable for me. Bubblegum, tropical fruit, melon and citrus. Florals, a bit lighter into the backend. A medium dry bitter finish. I get a ton of fruit flavor and some really nice action up front and in the middle. The backend could use some more bitterness but the flavors are really where this beer gets it right. A touch sweet on a really mellow end of the fold, but this is a tasty one. Firm hoppy finish, dryness, some bready malt, fruit, and touch of bubblegum at times. Pretty nice. A bit underwhelming compared to my expectations, but a pretty nice beer made better by the hop choice. A little sweet overall, I scored it the same as Fistcal.. but I think I might rather have Fistcal on a regular basis.
Nickls (1708) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at source. Poured with no real head, clearer light copper body. Quite mellow aroma with some cotton candy, lemony hops, and pretty basic overall. Flavor is a bit more interesting and dries out a bit in the finish, some citrus and grassy hoppiness with slight candy notes. Bit too sweet. Lighter to medium slick body.
pantanap (3328) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2013 On tap at the source... Pours a mostly transparent copper orange brown hue, consistent throughout, and topped with thin soapy film of head... Aroma of tangerine and semi-sweet papaya. Somewhat juicy without beaming the deeper more tropical fruit aspects of galaxy but still pleasant. Zythos most likely qualms some of the more assertive galaxy qualities. Malt profile is somewhat lackluster but prett nice overall.. Flavors are crisp fairly clean with some tropical fruit upfront but transforms more to a semi-bitter citrus focus quickly there afterwards. Shy of medium bodied with more than adequate carbonation and finishes on a crisp dry note. Drinkable with a nice flavor profile overall. Malt pairs thing back with a touch of an earthy grain backend. Would have again.