stoutchap (393) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Yorktown. Delivered in a small tulip glass. A bit disappointed - I suppose it was 12 oz. - would’ve appreciated 16 - esp. for the price. But that doesn’t really effect all the rest here. Nice Aroma, sharp yet malty. Nice bark brown with a very thin cream colored head - good lacing. I haven’t found the "India" Brown Ale designation used before - as one would expect from that title there was a good amount of hops in the flavor, but also a lot of malt. A little nutty as you would expect for a brown. A nice mouthfeel, but it went a bit flat as the brew warmed. Overall however, very enjoyable. Can anyone tell me if this "India" Brown Ale designation is an actual category or is it just something Rock Bottom’s brewmeisters cooked up?
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2008 This rerate is because the old one was for the ale of the previous brewer. Current braumeister Tim Marshall has conjured up a brown ale to this hop-head’s liking. And it’s been boosted to a 6.8% ABV, to boot. Sturdy PNW hops greet the nose overlaying a solid malty sweetness, lightly roasted. There’s an increased hop bitterness - pine, grapefruit, zest - to the flavor that wasn’t here before. Good bitter finish. A whole new brew, and a welcomed one at that.
Original Rating - 4/24/2007 - 6/4/7/3/15 - 3.0
-------- />Like my friend Drnk_McDermott, I insist on an unfrosted mug! Very dark brown body, nearly black, with a creamy beige head that does some thick lacing. The aroma is heavy with lightly roasted dark malts, a hint of chocolate, and a mild grassy & nutty bitterness. Smooth & creamy to drink, it’s very malty without getting too sweet and finished on a light, hoppy bitter note. Nice.
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DrnkMcDermott (2776) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2007 Mug Club glass, unfrosted, thank you! Quarter-inch creamy, tiny head but for a crop of bubbles on top. Fresh and spicy hop smell backed by a large malt bill. Solid brown body. My server said the brewmaster is big on Simcoe hops, as is this beer. My impression was it’s more toward the English version of IPA hops. No real PNW hop smack here, but grassy, bitter hop with a little citrus and spice, and a suggestion of dry hopping. Malts are clean, more of a chicory roast than coffee or chocolate. This bastard child of many styles is a nice twist and worth a hophead’s time.
Oct. 2007. No re-rate here, but just as a tempting update, I notice "IBA" marked on one of the barrels scattered around the premises.