dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2008beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours a clear golden color with a thin white head. Mild aroma of hops. Decent flavor of citrusy hops with a bitter finish. The body is light with an oily texture and gentle carbonation. It feels like there’s something missing in there, oh I know, malt. ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2006
Growler from Rayboy. Solid APA with plenty of hops and even some spicy notes running through it. holdenn (2127) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2006 Growler from the pub: Pours a golden orange with a small head. The aroma is hops, oranges, and tangerines, the flavor follows with oranges, lemon, and malt balanced with a late bitterness that lingers in the middle of your tongue. It’s balanced and refreshing. Kevin (2201) - Montana, USA - AUG 9, 2006
copper body with a lacing white head. the aroma was hops, i would guess columbus is one of the carieties used due to the grassy smell. this one is lopsided the hops alright. mainly grass flavors with the iron taste like the lingering taste of blood. a bit of honey, but the malt hides in this. a bit of lemon comes out in the finish. i can see this beer making some people happy, but it just did not work for me.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2006
RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2006
When I heard that the anniversary brew was going to be an APA, I was somewhat disappointed. But boy, did Matt & Andrew come through on this one. It’s a lighly hazed amber ale with a thick head that does some fancy lacing. There’s a caramel scent in the nose, but it’s somewhere beneath heaping piles of pine, grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine... a great blending of hops. The malt asserts itself in the flavor, a nice balanced blend with some intense hop bitterness that lasts way long into the finish. Most breweries would be greatful if they could come up with an IPA this good.
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UPDATED: JUL 9, 2006 What Frankenkitty said! except I think the IBU"s might be pushing 80 or 90. Very, very sessionable! Citrus, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and pine...to the nines. And yet there is a substantial malt sweetness to anchor the whole thing. Very definitely a sessionable beer...in fact, I could use another one right about now! Great work Matt and Andrew!!! DrnkMcDermott (3159) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 7, 2006
Draft at FSRB. Matt tells me they used 5 American hops in this: Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe and Summit, most of them late in the boil. And that’s what it tastes like. Big front load of piney hops with undercurrents of pineapple and orange. Oh, yeah: hazy golden beer under a thin lacy head. Smells like… oh, yeah, hops.And besides that, a caramel sweet malt base that tries to keep its strength up in the midst of all this hoppiness. Well, whether you like it depends on your mood for hops, and today, I’m in the mood. And if you wait a week, much those hops will be subdued. frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2006
Served as a mid-hazed, copper/amber brew with a 3-finger, sudsy-yet-creamy head that stayed long and laced like a strip mine. Hops are highly evident as grapefruit in aroma and flavor, becoming a tad acrid in the latter. While we find a bit of a balance with an underlying thick base of sweet malts, I can still sense this approaching IPA territory. Mid-bodied with astringence to finish leaving the lasting impression of dried fruit on the tongue. Alcohol really crept up on me... two mugs before work was not one of my better ideas. Drinkable? Oh yeah. But I suspect the IBU’s in this baby are approaching 60 or 70, which may be a bit high for those without an affinity for hops. I personally found it highly enjoyable... congratulations on both the beer and the anniversary!
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