holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
On tap at Sheffield’s listed as Second Star. Citrus sweet malts doughy bright and nice. Sweet malt flavors: citrus grapefruit dough and bitter. Really drinkable solid beer. Its good for getting off the ancho crack for a few minutes. 8/3/8/3/15
TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2010
Draft at Sheffields (Chicago, IL). Pours a glowing reddish copper, darker and well hazed with a small offwhite lacing head. Aromas are dry florals and grapefruit, a touch of lemon, crisp crystal sweetness, bread, toffee, biscuits, dry lemon peel. Initial is medium bodied with biscuits and a big blast of grapefruit. Florals, lemon, caramel, toffee, a touch of grass. Finish is dry, some soap, grass, light citrusy life. Some thicker bread and toffee, florals and lemons, grass, faint pine. Not as intense of a bitterness, but quite pleasant. A balanced Imperial Red, one of the better I’ve had but not a style I love. Lingering toast and bitter hops, yet more subtle and earthy with some light lemon. Nice. JaBier (7841) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Sample at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours clear amber with a medium off-white head. Piney and spicy hop aroma with subtle traces of malt. Caramel malt flavor with piney and earthy hop flavor and subtle citrus. j12601 (10925) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
On tap at Goose Island Clybourn. Pours a hazy copper with a medium sized white head. Big sticky citrus and large pine, very fresh and clean. Smooth and sticky, great malt character. Nice slow grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Really good. drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2010 draft at cly, pours hazy light amber with white head. nose has a good dose of piney hop notes with big sweet caramel malts. flavors are sweet, caramelly, with some attempt at balance with some grapefruit and piney hop notes. this is just underattenuated, heavy, boozy finish, sort of a mess. 3.2.
draft at Sheffields, listed as Second Star. Perhaps an improved/tweaked version of Chicago Star. p red copper small head nose floral pine grapefruit fl piney dry grapefruity really dry gfruit rind finish
seems like a pete crowley over hopped brew, killer and dry. GI has had trouble with big hoppy reds in the past but they got things right here.