hombrepalo (1885) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First beer in two plus months. Can about a month old. Opened without a noise of carbonation. Poured a dark orange with foamy head, no lace at all. Oily first taste with little to no hop presence, more of a flat malty taste presence. Finish is oily too. Didnít care too much about this one. Glad to be back!
pkbites (697) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a thick, cloudy orange with a creamy beige head. Nice floral/pine aroma. Very hoppy. But thatís where it ends. This is hopped up water, nothing more. Very thin, water mouth feel. The aftertaste is bitter but it dies away immediately. This doesnít taste bad, but itís overall consistency is very unsatisfying. It really falls off at the end.
BroSpud (1770) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz can. Pours a very hazy golden. Big on hops similar to an IPA yet lacking somehow that I canít quite identify. Itís just OK.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 28, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cask at Owen & Engine. Pours a deep reddish copper, slightly hazed. Nose is soft caramel and Cascade type hops. Taste is a bit earthy and too much caramel. Drinks pretty easily, just not my type of beer. Closer to an Amber, imo.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Like most, Iím attracted to beer in a can. [A] Herbal and cirus tea, grain, light caramel, pale malt. [A] The graphics on the can look like a high-school "graphics-design" project. This one pours a hazy orange/amber. White head rises and falls. [F] Taste is pale malts, with more caramel, heavier tea, and finally some spritzy hops on finish. FInishes caramel, herbal, and hoppy. [P] This beer is almost the definitive example of a medium body. Just enough carbonation and hop tingle to cleanse the palate, but a full mouth feel. Wasnít too heavy or watery. Though it could have been more satisfying. [O] Iím not sure how cans of Wild Onion beer make it to the south side before Half Acre cans do, but Iím glad to see another local canning line. This beer was nothing to brag about, but it was pleasing in some aspects. I can say
drpimento (2311) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can opened with only the sound of the breaking metal. Was hoping it wasnít flat. No problem there. With a vigorous pour, i got a smallish, cream colored head and a little lace. Color is a slightly hazy, medium amber. Aroma is mainly malt and caramel with a little hop. Flavor shows the hop more as well as accenting a little citrus and matching the malt sweetness to the bitter. Very good mouth and carbonation works, Finish is bitter enough and yet has enough sweetness to bring you back for another. Could be session if you didnít have a better choice or just wanted a mild PA.
Frank (3128) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I know in five years thereís going to be just tons of craft beers in cans and I will feel ridiculous for saying canned beers rule over and over in my ratings but... Canned beers rule! This one is very obviously unfiltered. I didnít think to be careful w/ my pour and got some larger particulates into this pale, hazy orange amber beer. The nose tends toward hops but is overall quite mild w/ some fruity and woody overtones. It veers more towards maltiness once tasted and finishes w/ just a touch of balancing bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied w/ a bit of slickness and perhaps slightly too vigorous carbonation. This comes off as rather bland overall but to itís credit itís got no major flavor flaws and it comes in can.
DrnkMcDermott (2855) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. can, $9 per 6 @ Binnyís. Yet another local brewpub on store shelves. This one canned yet. This one pours dark orange, and pretty cloudy. Bubbly pale ale head. Smell has some nice hop florals to it, citrus and light pine on the back end. Taste is more malty, even a bit sticky. Hops are settled in for balance, unlike most small brewersí pale ale. That would make this beer suffer in comparison to other hop bombs, but its a nice beer either way. Malts a little thick to qualify as a lawnmower beer, which is where my mind is this extended weekend. But it would be a good dinner beer.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz can. Pours a lightly cloudy deep orange with a small creamy white head. Aroma is bright citric hops, though not too overly powerful. A sweet caramel malt character really gives it a nice nose that is soft and balanced. Flavor starts sweet and caramely for a few seconds before quickly picking up a bitter note that rides the rest of the way. A lightly grainy finish and sharp lemon zest lingers. Medium body and a sharp prickly carbonation. Very easy drinking, nice little apa, nothing crazy good but really quaffable
HonkeyBra (3580) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a can! If itís in a can, Iíll probably buy it. Cloudy orange pour with thick eggshell colored head. Aroma of spicy, dusty hops. Some leafiness. Sweet caramel. Flavor is fairly assertive with hops. Same leafy/dusty hops detected in the aroma, along with herbal hops, herbal tea. Light sweet fruit becomes apparent too. Light mouthfeel, average carbonation. Finishes hoppy. Somewhat one dimensional but pretty solid for a pale from a local brewery Iíd never hear of prior to today.