dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
thick caramel color, small tan head, lacy. mild citric hop and malt in the nose. flavor of caramel, citric hops, malty backbone. medium bodied, mild bitter finish. leathery, earthy, an enjoyable ipa. perhaps a touch too mild for me. on tap at brewpub. 3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2010
[A] Earthy, citrus hops. Dirty smell. [A] Clear amber, on the darker side. Decent whitish head. [F] There is a dirty earthy taste. A sugary presence. Lot of caramel. Tastes of darker malt. [P] Medium bodied. Tingles the palate. Hop bitter is satisfying. [O] A good IPA. Par for the course. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - MAR 20, 2010
On tap at the station. Pours hazed dark amber with off-white to tan head. Aromas of floral hops, toffee, caramel, light citrus, and fair amount of malt. Flavors of floral hops, light citrus, touch of pine, toffee, caramel, and bready and sweet malts. More of the british style for sure, which is a nice change of pace. Not overly bitter, but had good flavor. Solid IPA overall. wedgie9 (2703) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 20, 2010
Tasted on draft at Flossmoor Station. Poured amber with a fluffy white head that quickly dissipated leaving off white lacing. Nose of lemon oil, nuttiness, and malt. The first sip seems hot with a hazelnut bitterness and a bitter hops finish. As I continue to drink, everything integrates nicely with a bit of dustiness and lemon come through. Average palate, carbonation, and finish. Overall, this is a good beer that continues to improve with every sip. Definitely sessionable. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2010
Deep read pour with off white head. Aroma is somewhat spicy and has some licorice notes. Kind of a sweet, cough medicine/menthol note also. Flavor is sweet, earthy, with nice hop present and definite toasty maltiness. Licorice, brown sugar, and very earthy. I get some caramel and some grapefruit too. The more I drink it, the more I can pick out in the flavor profile. It’s very complex. Herbal in a different way than I would expect for an IPA. Medium mothfeel with a slick mouthfeel. Soft carbonation, finishes herbal and bitter. Reminds me of a beer some witchdoctor in a foreign country would give you to cure your back pain.
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Mug club draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a nice dark hazy amber, muted, but dark, with a huge tannish head that laces very well. Aromas are a nice melange of grapefruit and lemon, citrusy with some nice malty sweetness poking through, the jaggery taking an edge off and giving the palm sugar/brown sugar feel. Florals, grass, the maltiness is nice, different, not overly hopped. Initial is medium bodied with a good bitterness, earthy hops, florals, some nice spiciness. Grapefruit, lemon, florals, grass, a touch of orange on the sweeter edge as the beer provides good bitterness and underlying sweetness of palm sugar, caramel malts, toffee. The beer is pleasant, a good firm bitterness, proper malt balance, a touch of soap and faint pine slip in. Nice, a solid IPA without the extremity. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
On tap at the brewpub: This had a deep amber pour and, although the fluffy head vanished quickly, it coated the glass with heavy lace. The aroma had caramel and toffee, toasted grain, apple, and some earthy floral hop scents. The flavor was biscuity with caramel and an earthy floral/herbal bitterness that intensified the more I drank. The finish was a dry, lingering bitterness. Very drinkable, and dangerously so, considering the sturdy ABV. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Amber pour with fluffy off-white head. The nose, slight as it seemed to me, was floral/herbal hops, and sweet malted grain. Caramel and toffee (more toffee, I think) predominate, along with bread dough and sweet roasted grain. Nicely bittered with earthy/herbal/floral hops. Very satisfying and refreshing and repeatable. And now that you mention it, I DO taste the jaggery, dammit! Nicely brewed on all levels.