drdisque (510) - Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Got a growler of this from a friend who works there. Pours fizzy and orange-ish clear. Aroma is piney and sweet. Flavor is bitter and hop-forward without much balance. Crisp and bitter finish. Lacks depth or sweetness. This isn’t a style I like and in addition, I feel this is a poor/crude execution of the style.
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - MAY 4, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apr 28, tap @ Rock Bottom, Chicago. Pours clowdy amber with a beige head leaving a nice lace. Aroma is very hoppy, citric, floral and sweet fruity. Flavor is great; bitter, pungeant, very fruity, citric, piny so good and so drinkable. Finishes with a longlived bitter tart sweetish aftertaste.
maneliquor (3005) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Rock Bottom Chicago. Found this surprisingly good considering I hadnt heard much about Rock Bottom. Pretty much a stock standard IPA. Has some nice citrus, little bit of grapefruit, and nice hops. Balanced out by caramel malt. Very solid and balanced IPA, would go again
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RBC. This is Chris Rafferty’s first incarnation. Pours a slightly hazy gold with fluffy head. Nose is strong and clean hops. Not citrus and not super resiny. Really, just hops. There is some dusty grain note as well. On taste, very big bitterness. It is listed as roughly 70 IBU. Clean astringency and some dank Cascade notes seem to come through. Malt is restrained. Overall, pretty good first IPA from Chris.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler sample thanks to...? sampled at 1st CST as our break beer. Pours a clear but duller orange with a frothy white head. Aroma is peachy, sweet, piney, fruity, touch of alcohol. Flavor is very bitter, sugary sweet, piney, peachy, fruity. Body is thinner and a bit watery. A nice hoppy beer but I don’t think I was really in the mood for this after 19 sours...
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy orange with a medium sized creamy white head. Aroma is very fresh citrus hops, very refreshing and sweet. Lots of grapefruit and some tangerine with just a but of malt to back up the hops. Flavor is again very fresh citric and pineapple grapefruit. Gets just a bit grainy in the middle, a bit weak but not anything to get upset about. Finishes slightly bitter but pretty smooth and fruity. Medium body and a nice prickly carbonation. A very refreshing IPA, nice hop presence and perfect for the hot days.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Rock Bottom Chicago. Pours murky orange with a white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. The hops in this beer are more sweet than they are bitter, so this beer comes off as very juicy with a nice flavor. Lots of tropical fruit comes through as well. Backbone is of caramel malt. Lots of pine lingers after each sip. Each sip also finishes with a big hop burn. The hops really start to come through in the finish. Not bad.
Rastacouere (6122) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An IPA that focuses on aromatic hops and light maltiness.
Potent orange and flowery aromas are well-defined out of the glass. Gentle, soft spicy bitterness. Good-looking with its cloudy golden robe and lasting foam.
A bit watery and possibly not even bitter enough (a formulation I rarely use) for all oh the malts’ insistence on occupying the background.
Aurelius (4050) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy, lemon-tea color, tapioca bone head. Nice fruity, grapefruity aroma, though stereotypically AIPA. Medium sweetness, pronounced grapefruit, sour, not edgy in the hops department, but there is a strong west coast hop underpinning. Long pine finish.
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
They call it an american ipa... not sure what that means but it does remind me of a fruity APA. Pours a dark golden color with a small white head and nice lacing. Aroma is sweet hop flowers definatelly floral with a light caramel and a touch of tropical fruit. Palate was well coated and a little sticky. Flavor was outstanding. Nice smooth even bitterness from a fruity hop, I’d say some watermellon and grapefruit mixed along w/ a lightly sweet caramel back. Very nice beer.