TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - MAY 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the brewpub -- notes from Jan 20th, 2011.
Pours a clear, light brassy color with virtually no head and no lacing Nice, sweet caramel malt aroma on the nose followed by mild bitter hops, biscuity grains, and a generral grassy/leafy/ meadowy aroma. The grassy/leafy/meadowy theme carries through in the flavor, accentuated, mildly bitter hops, a slight corn-mash flavor, a nice little dose of caramel, and a little too much butter/diacetyl, Mild but focused bitterness remains throughout. Finishes light and tingly with a hop and straw aftertaste. This one didnít work for me and I wouldnít mind if I never drank it again.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On-tap at the pub... A dark straw body, very clear. Not much head, poor retention but solid lacing... The aroma is surprisingly sweet, tons of sweet candied toffee, candied sugar, herbs. Nothing like any bitter Iíve had. Really good for an esb, but seems off for the style... The taste is beyond weird, but one of the most complex beers Iíve ever had. There are three distinct segments that have wholesale changes in flavor. The start is sweet, very similar to juice. The middle is dead but with alcohol. The finish is a hop bomb. I donít particularly like this but its certainly interesting.
Not a traditional esb and not easy to drink. However, its so unique its worth trying.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours lighter than expected with a more yellow spectrum. Notes of malt show right up front with some interesting hints that are driven by the hops. the medium bodied beer shows deeper malt notes and then increase the hop spice along through the finish.
rubbishystuff (2337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2015 Very pale yellow. At asked our server if it wasnít the golden ale Iíd been brought. Very drinkable, slight fresh hop bitterness/aroma. Good but I think I prefer bitter that is a bit more amber-y. Serving: Tap
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Pours clear dark yellow with a thin white head. Aroma of tea like, herbal hops. Biscuit malt blend with the hops for a well balanced beer.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a golden hue, a touch of orange, light haze, frothy offwhite dulled head dies to a thick film, down the road a ring, but laces ok. Aromas are a decent floral and grassy hopping on the nose, touches of dough and cereal grains, faint toast hit the nostrils. The hops grow, a big juicy orange hop in my book, sweet and acidic, very interesting. Huge blast of orange rind and oils. Initial is lighter bodied, a nice orange presence, juicy, light to decent bitterness follows bread, light toast, touches of dough and cereal grains. Oh man.. Suddenly Iím having Infinitas flashbacks. The orange grows, not acidic more sweet like Mandarin oranges, touches of bitterness, juicy fruit and bread and cereal malts. Tasty and a sessioner as a light bitterness, earthy and maybe a touch metallic grows. I think Bitters and Milds are my thing.. When it comes to low gravity brews.. And this is nice, clean yet flavorful, light and easily quaffable. Pretty, yet in the end not much lacing. A very nice sessioner by Revolution here
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mug at Rev. Pours a pale gold with white filmy head. Nose is interesting. British hops and a hint of diacetyl. Biscuity malts dominate as well. On taste, Iím guessing itís the ringwood strain. Taste has a hint of mint, Graham cracker crust and crisp hopping. More buttery notes come out as well as a fruity ester profile. Definitely an interesting beer, but could have used a bit of rousing to reabsorb the diacetyl. Okay
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mug club pour at revbrew in the day after release... Pours a predominantly transparent libber cider brown pour with a thin to medium soapy white head eventually transforming to a thin film... Aroma of herbal hops with a very light dusting of fruit on the backend, biscuity malts to go along with it... ... Flavors are smooth with biscuity malt coinciding harmoniously with grass, lightly bittering, earthy hops which are apparent initially. The progression continues with a light fruitiness that surfaces late whic then intermingles with the aforementioned grassy earthy bitternes. Lighter bodied, representative of the style that offers a quenching tea-like type of quality to it. Pretty drinkable and coming from one who isnít a big fan of esbs.
thetomG (246) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fairly standard golden/amber color with average head. Nice medium-light mouthfeel and VERY drinkable.
Aroma and flavor are mild at first, but both contain a surprisingly fruity element. The finish is much more earthy/grassy, and thereís a clear shift of flavor that happens from when you first take a sip through to the long lingering finish. I found this made what couldíve been just a very good session beer into something much more interesting and fun to drink.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at rev, pours clear straw yellow with white head. A green earthy and floral hop presence with a touch of wet grain. Flavors have sweet grainy notes, green piney hop notes that finish earthy while the malts become a bit tin canny but I either got used to this or it was never there. Spritzy and watery mouth feel. Clean and attenuated. Just enough fresh hop character to make this work for me. I could drink a lot of this fresh.