BeerSquare (117) - - JAN 31, 2013
While this isn’t groundbreaking, I think it’s a pretty solid beer.
Nice sharp taste accented by interesting sugary sweet flavors that finishes quite clean.
If you’re looking for "big IPA" this isn’t it.
But if you’re looking for a drinkable IPA, this would not be a bad choice.
Many would call it bitter, but hop heads might want a bit more.
My biggest disappointment is it’s just a little too well behaved-- nothing about it is particularly prominent, unique or noteworthy.
But it’s really not bad in any significant way either.
So, "pretty good IPA". Christpuncher (3251) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2012
Rally tasty ipa that is not too overpowering. Goes down smooth and has the right amount of butter taste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thegreenrooster (4558) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Pour is a copper with a small white head. Aroma is a citrus hop. Flavor is more of that citrus hop with a minor caramel malt backbone. Not a world beater IPA but it has plenty of hop flavor with some chewy malts in the backround. Better than the rating on here. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2012
Copper hue with a light tan head. Aroma is spicy with roasted malt. Taste is malt, a little spicy hops. ccex (1365) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with a small off-white head that immediately turns to lacing. Not much to smell. Aroma has some floral hops and caramel malts, but not much more. Body is light with average carbonation. Tastes sweet and malty with a slightly bitter finish. I really wanted to like this one, a favorite style, from the only brewer on the South Side of Chicago (where I live), but it is one of the least impressive IPA’s I’ve tried.
DWestrick (817) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 5, 2012
Bottle. Not impressed. Maybe the least impressive ipa to date. Nothin special about this - too bad really Lemke10 (995) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 2, 2012
I got this as part of an M&M 6pack at Everett’s in South Beloit, IL in summer 2012.
Pours a medium brown color with a slight head. This is perhaps one of the darkest IPA’s I have ever seen as it almost has the color of a nut brown ale. Scent is mild with bitter hops giving it that great IPA scent. The taste is both bitter and malty at the same time. There is the bitterness from the hops and the bold taste of toasted malts usually found in a red/amber brew. Certainly unique in both color and taste which is either good or bad depending on your beer of choice. I found this beer highly likeable and liked the bold decisions in making this beer.
hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2013 12 oz. bottle poured a copper colored hue into pint glass,with a head...whoa! wait a tick, only got about 4 oz into glass and the foam just kept coming,almost over the top of glass,some bubbles slightly lrgr thn nrml. Sumfin ain?t right,took a whiff,no discernable hop pres. at all,slight malt nose that?s it.Taste, not much to speak of, alittle bit a malt,bitter/sour finish.Any quality control over there at Argus? Infected bottles? Not too sure,dont seem like it. QUite disappointed, was expecting a decent IPA instead got a 6pk of drain pours wlajwl (7065) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2012
Aroma is pine, yeast and an almost vegetable/spice element. The flavor is citrus, spices, malts and a mildly tart finish. HighWine (991) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - JUL 1, 2012
Bottle to taster glass at Chicago Beer Fest. I had low expectations and they were definitely exceeded by this beer. First thing you notice is the striking copper color with a dense cream colored head. It’s very pretty in the glass and unexpectedly dark for the style. Aroma is mild hop aromatics. The flavor is very flowery with floral hop characteristics dominating throughout. There’s not much malt presence and the body is kind of thin but not watery. Again, a pleasant surprise especially for someone who wants a more floral hop taste over citrus or resin.