Cornfield (5325) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Another nice job by Iain, enjoying one or few at the brewpub. It poured a clear bronze body with a sizable head and provided loads of lace. The aroma was a dry maltiness with some floral and earthy hops.Malt dominated as advertized, it didn’t carry much sweetness and had a light addition of oats. There was a mild earthy bitterness that lasted into the finish. Nice summer ale.
ROGUE (2086) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brewpub in Orland Park. Pours hazy light amber color with a two finger white head that falls to a cap. Big doughy malt aroma with light caramel and a hint of hops. Taste is sweet malts, toasty bread and light yeast upfront. Mild grassy and earthy hops come through in the middle and stay through the end with a light bitterness. Medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.
TheAlum (5100) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampler draft on tap at the brewpub (Orland Park, IL). Pours a richer golden amber pour, healthy orange glows strike, decent haze, golden edges. A frothy whitish head dies to a layer, laces small. Aromas are oats, bready malts, and touches of biscuits. Gentle sweetness, with touches of dry florals, grassy and earthy hops. Gentle yeast, touch of spice. The oats really strike the nose, a touch of toastiness, with a mellow dryness. Initial is lighter end of the fold, with touches of oats, bready malts, grainy elements. Bread, gentle toast, and a gritty grainy feel. Touches of dry earthy florals, kiss of spice from the girtty malt quality. Middle is smooth and a touch sweet, cereal. Touches of toast, dry earthy hops, kiss of spice and dry hops. Solid, firm, interesting. A nice touch of malty goodness, yet still quite drinkable. Pretty nice summer beer with a bit of a different spin. Nice, Ian.