DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 11, 2007Dogbrick (12912) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2009 Draft sampler, at Walter Payton’s Roundhouse, 11-Apr-07. Standard amber color, with a little denser haze than usual. Like all the beers here, it has a nice looking thin, lacy heads. Nice citrus hop taste for a beer with only 28 IBUs. Fruity caramel malts add to the package. They call it an APA here, but I’d agree it’s more of a well-made Amber.
Randallized sample at GTMW (beer #9), 8-Aug-09. Very cloudy. Big chocolate and hops smell; they had accidentally run their chocolate blond through the Randall first, and the taste is definitely still there. Mouthfeel is nice and spritzy, it lingers on the mouth for a long time. I simply did not get much in the way of Randall hops. Since this was a mistaken mixture not likely to be repeated, I’m leaving my original rating standing.
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2011 Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear orange color with a thin off-white head that recedes to an outer ring quickly. Aroma of sugary cereal, malt and hops. Light body with a sweet malty character and notes of caramel and hops. The finish is sweet with a malty aftertaste. Just average overall. anders37 (26137) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2010
Draft @ the brewpub. Pours a pale amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma. Fruity malty biter flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter finish. danielcurtis81 (1519) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 27, 2010
Served on tap wet hopped from the brewpub. The appearance is a solid amber. The flavors and aromas are solid with a fresh herbal leaning with a touch of citrus. The hop addition was a nice touch. NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Draft at America’s, through a Centennial Randal. First time with a randal and the hop aroma was pretty big. Problem is, Centnnial was not a good choice. I think they were somewhat old, as they tasted a bit cheesy. Oddly enough, the brewmaster stated that they "invented" the randal... Just for that, I’m knocking it down. Well, that along with it not being a very good beer. Bitter enough with cheesey hop flavor. Meh. tmoreau (4290) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - MAR 8, 2010
On tap at the breupub bar after a successful unpackaging session for this year’s Drunk Monk Challenge. Poured to a shaker by a friendly bartender who didn’t know the value of a good head. The color was a deep, hazy amber, with off white foam to the very modest head that left light spots and streaks of lacing as it reduced quickly. The aroma was pleasant mid-fruit, a touch of citrus, and malt. The flavor added some light malty sweetness and a medium hop bitterness. This was the hoppiest brew on the menu at the time, and was nicely sessionable.
kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a soapy off-white head that leaves sparse splotchy lacing. Mild s
Flavor is rather roasty, faintly chocolatey with a slightly vegetative flavor up front. Finishes with a floral sugary, but mild sweetness. Medium bodied.
envane (570) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2009
This is what I assume in their regular amber ale, run through this odd contraption at the bar where its steeped in fresh hops gathered from their garden. The aroma is, needless to say, heavenly, very floral and sweet(?!) and the taste, while hoppy, was not very bitter at all. Interesting idea with pleasing results. drowland (8629) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2009
Had on tap at the brewpub while judging the Drunk Monk awhile back. A tasty brew from a good place. satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 25, 2009
draught at 2009 oak park micro brew and food review. poured through their ’hop engine’ (aka ’randall the enamel animal’) filled with pure cascades. huge plant matter aroma. very cloudy amber body. flavor of green beans and overall chlorophyll. sugary sweet and grainy. poor pick for a beer to receive this treatment, either start with a huge malt character or forgo and use an APA or IPA. GranvilleTim (1855) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Highly carbonated. Dark Amber pour with huge light tan head. Lots of tiny bubbles. Took a long time to pour the bottle. Typical amber aroma of caramel malt. The flavor was a little weak at the end in the aftertaste, Middle of the road amber ale. Spotty lacing.