Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2005
This is a nicely hopped up Irish ale. Hazy copper with an off-white head, the grapefruit hop aroma and taste dominate the light caramel sweetness. In the cask consitioned version, the hops are somewehat muted, especially in the aroma. As a bona fide hop-head, I recommend the "regular" version.jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2005
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Soapy nose. Floral and perfume. Smooth, but super, super bitter. I mean like a thousand bitters thrown in your face in a bitter storm. Holy hops Batman! Yes, I would say this is crazily hopped. Oddly, a very short finish. Leaves the palate fairly quickly. Some maltiness upfront, but mostly gets left in teh dust by the hops. Not really dead on Irish Ale, but still I enjoyed it quite a bit. JFGrind (2054) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2005
On tap @ Clybourn location; with ’Celebration’ in the name I couldn’t stop thinking of a SNCA. This beer shares the "other" Celebration’s ruby color and cascade hop flavor. However, GI’s Celebration had more of a caramel malt sweetness. I would have never guessed this was an Irish ale and not an IPA. ceejmomeechmo (58) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2005
On tap at clybourn... Poured a rich amber/red with a generic off white head. Aromas were hops, caramel and hints of spice, with a little fruit showing as it warmed. Mouthfeel was just a bit watery but the flavor was still there. Perhaps a possible session beer. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2005
(Cask) Pours a deep amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma of carmel, malt, and grass. Mildly bitter and somewhat sweet malt flavor.
doubletriple (52) - Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2004
Pint glass from the Clybourn pub. Served lukewarm which I actually liked. Very nice balance and color. A little watery. Hop aroma, slight hop flavor but hard to tell since this was one of the last of the night. Clean finish. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
Centennial hops galore, this is a nice irish ale with plenty of toasty and caramelly malts to complement the strong hops. Smooth, refreshing and, as always, super fresh at the source!! NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2004
Definitely better than their higher volume Kilgubbin. As far as reds go, I prefer them to drinking a lot of other styles. This one, I feel I could sit back and drink at least a few of and not be pissed about doing that. At the same time, this one doesn’t bring a lot to the table. Perhaps a dimmed down Honkers? Who knows. Tastes lightly of hops, not as much as you’d expect given the description. Kind of made me sad to find out that they were using Cascades but not exploiting them. Oh well. Still, nice looking beer that you could drink and enjoy. SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2004
a good for the style. a lot hoppier that the killgubbins. actually tasted a lot like a darker red version of honkers ale muzzlehatch (4963) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 2, 2004
5 oz sample at the brewpub. Translucent, deep red; clean, balanced nose, strongly hoppy. Balanced, clean smoothly malty body, quite hoppy for style I think. Pine, grapefruit, a bit of oak..the usual suspects. Little hard at the finish; refreshing.