jbeatty (1244) - New York, USA - MAY 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, thanks to AgentZero, 05/29/2012. Pours orange straw color, one-finger head recedes slowly to nice hazy foam slick, great lacing. Aroma of rye and other grains, touch of pepper and wit character, piney hop earthiness. Flavor is more vibrant, citrusy hops melding to subtle wit beer notes and drying out with rye spiciness, some bitterness. Palate is clean and smooth, imminently drinkable. Very well done and tasty, this one was gone too quickly.
TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys South Loop (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich orange golden hue, firm haze and bigger carbonation. Striking glow and frothy offwhite head that cakes well, stays a firm film and laces ok overall. Aromas are firm citrus, touches of rye, and mellow bready malts. Mandarin oranges, touches of Gumball and grapefruit, gentle spice, some mellow lemon and florals. Touches of bready grainy malts, dry bread. Initial is lighter end of the sprectrum, a touch of malty girth offering some firm grainy and bready malts, good touches of cereal grains, white mellow rye and a touch of yeasty doughy bread. Touches of lemons, mellow florals, and bits of grapefruit. Some gentle oranges grow and dry out and yeast it up into finish with a decent hoppy dryness. A touch of dry grainy and mellow more earthy hops linger on. Not bad.
Vir4030 (600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Pours a clear light tan with a thickish head from a bomber. Perfect pour, and the head recedes nicely. Aroma is nice, sweetish, with a bit of rye on an aleish nose. Flavor is a bit harsh at first but mellows out with more drinks. Good mouth and good beer. --- Dusty aroma thin head. Clear apricot in a plastic cup. Dry hop undead like flavor. Sour. Great name. Long lost sister to Zombie Dust, I swear. That’s a hell of a compliment. It’s a little harsh though.
efdejesus (93) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAY 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber poured into a snifter. Pours a deep clear golden hue with medium head with good retention. Aromas of citrus hops and grass. The rye spice is noticeable from the get go. Not as hop aggressive as C&E. Bitterness linger in a pleasant way though.
MacBoost (1775) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared by someone at the Monte’s Krown tasting yesterday. Pours an amber color. Tons of hoppy aroma in the nose, which was unexpected. Very decent hop forward taste with a nice sized malt backbone to hold it up. This was a good beer.
inechoic (4) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber bought at Two Brother’s brewery in Warrenville, IL. Cane & Ebel is one of my go to beers, so was excited to finally try it’s caucasian brother. Pour was darker than expected, but much lighter than Cane & Ebel. strong one finger head dissipated very slowly. Punchy, hoppy aroma, the citrus notes definitely overpower the rye in the smell. Taste and palate were like crisper pale ale, with all the same flavors to be expected from a rye pale ale, but with a much more effervescent finish.
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber bottle and served in NB Worthy glass: Pours a nice golden hue with a fading head which left okay lacing behind. (okay, disclaimer... I expected a Gose with this name, but I am still okay with what I got) The aroma is slightly dank and catty, some random citric vapours, and grassy hops over a bed of damp pale grains and white rye bread. Hint of grains of paradise too on the nose. The taste is moderately bitter, slightly juicy fruit and you have no problem noticing the rye on the edges and finish. The base malt and hop selection is rather haphazard. I am not a big fan of dank and garlic hop flavors with a rye beer. Still is it not all the bad, just a tad disappointing on the palate. Speaking of which, the mouth feel starts aggressive and brash as you would expected from a Rye IPA but the chalkiness and pungent nature drags it down, needs to have cleaner base malt and hops to let the rye shine through IMO. Yep, unlike the Dark Mild I had yesterday, this one can stay in retirement. Methinks I wish it was a Gose...
ryecatcher (1354) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bomber. Pours a nice golden orange, with thick white head. Nose is more malt and slightly spicy (clove?). Lightly bitter, a bit of biscuit, bread and spice. Overall, average.
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Bright, pale golden pour with a thick, sticky white head. Aroma of rye, wit spice, spicy hops. I get some notes of ild pale and pilsner malt as well as black pepper. Flavor had medium bitter, apparent spiciness and a slight saltiness. The herbal hops mesh well with the spicy rye notes. Also, the pepper and wit spice fits in well too. The mouthfeel is Light to medium bodied, fairly carbonated. The finish has a lot of citrus peel. Pretty nice, interesting beer.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from Binny’s in Plainfield, IL. Pours a clear golden colored body with an inch thick, dense, foamy and frothy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty solid with lots of citruses giving off a slightly sweet grapefruit and some grassy pines, rye spice, and lightly sweetened grainy pale malts. Flavor is similar. Citrusy grapefruits with a nice rye spice, some grassy pines, and a grainy pale malt backing with a light bready sweetness. Finishes dry, moderately bitter, and full of citrus hops and rye. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium-light body and a crisp, moderate carbonation. Overall, a straightforward, but solid beer. Crisp, grassy pines and rye spice with lots of grapefruit citruses and a lightly sweetened, grainy pale malt backing. Very enjoyable.