jcwattsrugger (12549) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUN 12, 2010
@CBC–on tap-pours an off white head and cloudy amber color. Aroma is resin, secondary medium malt. Taste is resin hops bite, secondary medium malt-caramel. Alcohol. Good carbonation. Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 12, 2010
Served in a snifter. Arrives a very hazy, deep orange color with a tall, dense bubbled head that really sticks around for along time. Brew has a very strong aromatic hops profile with notes of resin, orange citrus, some smooth leafy bitterness followed by a solid caramel and toffee presence that lend a strong candy-like sweetness to the brew. Flavor has a very strong leafy hoppiness to it very early, mild resin notes follow, modest citrus profile but much more on the sweet side than bitter in the middle. A mild caramel and toffee sweetness come in at the then and the high hop rate provides a strong residual bitterness that lends a slight dryness to the beer. Body is heavy with a lot of sugary smoothness and a strong alcohol presence. Overall a fantastic hops presence in both the nose and flavor. Alcohol is quite high but the concentration (listed at 10% on the board) doesn’t reach a strength such that the beer feels hot. The original gravity for this brew has to be insane to obtain the residual sugary feeling and 10% alcohol. I really wish this were on tap all the time as it is a fantastic sipping brew! Kodos (205) - USA - OCT 2, 2007
Tap. Small lasting head. Pine nuts in the nose. Nice pine and citrus taste with a slight sweetness before a bitter bite. Finishes strong with more than a hint of alcohol. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2006
This aromatic IIPA poured a dark reddish copper with a thick tan head. The darkness surprised me, it was similar to rootbeer in color. The aroma was a strong and fresh floral hops. Sweet malts are very evident, with an overall dark character to go with the coloration. Caramel comes to mind and for a second as the nice bitter finish overcomes you dark chocolate, which is quickly replaced by a bitter hoppiness that lingers. The feel is crisp and refreshing, but a bit thin. A great beer. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 9, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Oh my, this is very good. Of the microbrew restaurant kind of places that I have been this is by far the best beer from that kind of place that I have tried. Wonderful floral hops, sharp and fruity. Malts on back counteract nicely. Sharp, crisp and very clean.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 5, 2005SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Solid grapefruit and earthy hops emanating from a hazy, copper brew with a frothy off-white head, I anticipated some fun with hops in the drink... and I wasn’t disappointed. Good bitter drink on top of a solid caramel malt backbone, this Imp. IPA hit the spot and left me wanting another. Lingering bitter finish... muchly appreciated.
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I was quite pleased when i saw this on the menu board. looked like about a 10 or 12 ounce serving. this was my favorite beer from emmetts in downers grove based on my visit last night. piney/grapefruit hop aroma. this was very bitter but left me thirsting for more.