Cornfield (5552) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had a few of these at the brewpub. It poured a clear golden body with a slender white head (unusual here) and left some slippery lace. The aroma had an underlying pale malt sweetness topped by sweet peppers and more of a hot pepper heat than a hot pepper smell. The flavor began with some pale malt swsetness followed closely by sweet peppers and then the blended tastes of the hot peppers. The heat from the four hot peppers built up gradually, leaving a warm feeling in the mouth. Very tasty and quenchable.
monkeychugg55 (910) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear golden color with a small, ring of head. grainy aroma, with sweet pepper notes and a touch of citrus. Sweet, crisp flavor with some mild heat and tasty malt. Clean finish, pretty good.
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Orland Park, IL). Highly anticipated. Pours a golden pour, maybe a faint touch of haze but largely transparent. A small dusting of a brighter white head dies to a tiny ring and laces small. Aromas are a melange of hot and earthy pepper. Chilies and green peppers mix with some grainy malts, cereal. But largely a pepper cresendo. To the point, and not just a single pepper with some sweetness and a blast of heat emerging. Initial is lighter bodied featuring earthy and sweet peppers up front, green peppers and sweet peppers that remind me of the ones you find a top Italian Beef around here. Some touches of earth, vegetal lightly. Into the middle some of the heat picks up. Some nice spicy pepper, chili, with some bready and cereal malts. Nothing overbearing but certainly firm. Grows a bit in wave form. Backend brings back some earthy and sweet pepper, green pepper. Really, this beer is all about the peppers. And truly the melange and mix are on, keeping balance between spicy and sweet, earthy and hot. I’d say this isn’t hot enough, but it is.. For a more balanced beer for pepper fans. I can see people who don’t like peppers finding this too strong. That may be the case. But for a pepper fan it provides a nice melange of peppers and a lingering yet firm heat that isn’t overbearing in my book. I wouldn’t call it complex, and the score is probably lower than I’d like.. But fans of peppers of all shapes, sizes, and Scoville units should try this.