monkeychugg55 (841) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours a clear ruby-copper with a chunky light beige head. Lots of lacing. The aroma consists of candy-like hops, wood, caramel, and that vegetable smell, like celery salt or something. The flavor isn’t as veggie, but the wood is more prominent, and fresher, like new lumber vs. old casks. Pine, citrus, caramel, toffee, and has a nice woody finish. Soft on the palate with light carbonation.
HonkeyBra (3280) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Binny’s. Pours a deep copper amber with an eggshell head that clings to the glass. Aroma of fresh strong hops, toasted oak, caramel and toffee. Very resinous and piney. Some grapefruit and tropical fruit notes also. Some vegetable notes come out after you drink more of it. Kind of ruins the whole experience for me as I was digging it before those reared their ugly head. This had some potential.
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear darker rich glowing red copper color with a tall airy foamy slightly off-white sticky sudsy pillowy head. Aroma is actually quite nice and very hoppy, at first, crisp, robust, sweet rich caramel, slightly toasted, resinous, piney, just a hint of green vegetable matter that detracts from the overall, similar to this years hop juice in the off aromas. Flavor follows the off notes in the aroma, oddly vegetable like, like a badly contemplated vegetable juice drink, weird bitterness, metallic, so similar to hop juice, the vegetable notes aren’t the same as in a ’cooked’ beer, more similar to vegetable juice drinks, asparagus, celery. Medium bodied with active sharp fluffy carbonation, light stickiness. Sigh....
hombrepalo (1819) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
FoBAB 2009 tasting, Probably the second best of the IPA’s that day behind the Wet Hopsickle. Pored an orange glowing color with some head. Aroma of lots of hops, some carmel and grapefruit. Taste is similar with a nice finish. A nice treat, I think this is going to be bottled?