Union Station/1st City Brewery & Grill Reviews




robertsreality
3.3
1st City St. Ansgars Oatmeal Stout
Dark Dark Brown Coloring with No Head. Malt and Oats on the Nose. Sweet Malt, Fresh Oats and Coffee Roasts on the Tongue.. Strikingly Similiar to the Coal Train Porter....
Friday, September 02, 2005

robertsreality
3.5
1st City Cannonball Red
Brownish/Red Coloring with No Head. Sweet Caramal and Malty Aroma. Sweet Malt, Caramal Hits, Followed by Notes of Roasted Malt Flavor with a Enjoyable Sweet Aftertaste. Heavy Malt All the Way. After Letting It Breathe, Some Hop Notes Can be Detected at the End as Well. Quite Enjoyable.
Friday, September 02, 2005

robertsreality
2.7
1st City German Alt
Yellow Gold Coloring with White Ring. Light Malt Aroma. Carbonated Beginning, Stale Sweet Malt, Then Heavy Sustaining Roasted Dry Nut Roasts. Very Dry Nut Aftertaste...Impossible to Avoid After the Initial Carbonation. Gotta be a Nut Man to Fully Appreciate This One.
Friday, September 02, 2005

robertsreality
3.3
1st City Orient Express IPA
Brown Gold Coloring with No Head. Light Hop Aroma, Carbonated Start...Wet and Dry Hops Following... With a Dry Hopped Ending. Good Initial Hit of Hops, Then Quietly Departs As You Reach Aftertaste. A Hop Passivistsí Kind of IPA.
Friday, September 02, 2005

robertsreality
3.3
1st City Coal Train Porter
Dark Brown Coloring with White Head. Sweet Malt, Coffee Roast Aroma. Initial Hit of Carbonation, Almost a Stale Sweet Malt Note , Followed by Semi-Sweet Coffee Roasts. Possibly Too Sweet to Savor the Coffee Notes. More Coffee Yet On the Aftertaste. Smooth, Drinkable..Thin Mouthfeel..Simplistic Porter.
Friday, September 02, 2005

robertsreality
3
1st City 1st Street Wheat
Gold Coloring with White Ring. Wheaty Aroma. Sweet, Honey and Wheat Notes. Very Sweet Overall. Wheat Flavored Pretty Subdued.
Friday, September 02, 2005

beermatrix
3.4
1st City Hobos Ginger Ale
This is the regular porter they brew year round with the addition of spice for a fall seasonal. Deep dark brown in the glass, nearly black, a thin, loosely foamy, wet sandy brown edging at the top; minimal lace sticks in thick strings. Aroma is faint of some milk chocolate laced with a small roasty aspect. As it warms a bit of coffee and burntness makes an appearance, but very light. Taste is welcome and smooth with a nice slender chocolatey tone and a bit of roastyness mixed within. The ginger barely makes a presense in the finish but does add a nice yet brief stay among the finish which in itself is favorable with some darker chocolate tones and roast fading off. Feel is just shy of a medium body, quite smooth and quick, creamy and slim on the carbonation with a chocolatey drying finish thats milky smooth and fades nicely without much bitter chocolate that you may find in other porters. This was more of a milky smooth thing in its character. Not bad at all, this could be better, and Iím being a little generous here too, but it couldíve been alot worse as well. Too bad it was Sunday otherwise this may have come home in a growler.
Sunday, October 03, 2004

beermatrix
2.9
1st City Orient Express IPA
Color is a clear orangey amber with a very thin foamy off whitish top, no lacing is evident or carbonation bubbles. Aroma is unlike any IPA I know of, it smells of a beer that isnít an IPA. No hop profile on the nose, mostly a husky grain with a toasty edge and thats only eveident upon very big wiffs. Taste is quick, clean, and crisp, weakened front and middle with a meager carbonation. Finish is actually pretty good though, a nice toasty grain grabs and slight dry grassy-like hops build lightly, actually substantially compared to the rest of its character which ainít much. But I kept returning to drink it, due to the return of hops in the finish were nice to behold. Itís no bitter worthy giant or hop flood parade by any means. It just has enough lateness creeping in and lingering power to keep it from being completely wasted. Feel is much like what the taste eludes to with a very weakened front and average to lower medium/light body, not thin, but empty to the point of the finish where it finally says hello. Very little carbonation. Reminds me more of some of the weaker English style IPAís with a tame grassy/toasty hop and plain bite. Definately drinkable but lacking any real depth or hop character that I tend to like.
Sunday, October 03, 2004

PorterPounder
3.5
1st City 1st Street Wheat
Not bad for a local wheat - appearance not very cloudy though - tto clear for a true wheat. Good compliment to the walleye at the restaurant.
Monday, August 12, 2002

PorterPounder
3.8
1st City Coal Train Porter
Good solid porter - no gritty aftertaste. Detect a hint of chocolate and coffee. Good thick, creamy head. Great restaurant as well.
Monday, August 12, 2002