ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Draught @ Buffalo Alice’s in NSC - Pours a goldeny amber with almost no head..aroma is ascorbic cirtus and some light malt...flavour is similar, decent bitterness balances with the subtle malt...good alcohol presence, good midrange (or midway...) IPA... doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 9, 2008
750ml bottle from RaverJames. Pours hazy, brilliant orange with a very thin, white head. Smells very citrusy hoppy and resiny, almost a bit wet towel musty. Tastes mellow, citrusyand resiny hoppy, sweetness throughout, malt flavors linger. Medium body, ok carbonation. SQNfan (591) - Wheaton, Illinois, USA - OCT 8, 2008
20th Anniversary bottle: Deep golden in color with a moderate head. The nose gave off a balance of citric hops and light caramel sweetness. In the mouth it was medium-bodied, rich and smooth with some dry hops lingering on the finish. Great balance. User29624 (1687) - - AUG 30, 2008
I had this probably back in 2004 back at Goose on tap, but this rating is from the 20th Anniversary bottle collection. This beer doesn’t really strike me as an heavy IPA or an Imperial IPA. A little bit of citrus aroma. Pours a cloudy gold with a thin white head. Well balanced and very smooth, but no where near the amount of hop profile I would like from an IPA. I really remember liking this beer a lot more in the past. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2008
on cask at GI LPB. so I’ve had this before and I was surprised I’d never rated it. now I wish I would have taken better notes. i’m pretty sure the alcohol is higher than 5.5%, I think it is more like 7.5%, next time it is actually on the menu all update that. also I dont think this is aged with oak and apple wood chips anymore. anyway...this pours slightly hazy golden with white head. nose of pine, grapefruit, and melon. flavor of melon, leather, citrus, some grapefruit, a bit toasted malt, caramel. very balanced IPA and really nice on cask.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
Wow pretty good rating for this, but I am sticking to my own thoughts. Not as hoppy as I expected for a high ABV IPA. Maybe I am just not used to the nitro pour for a non stout, but I wasnt digging the feel of it. I know I have had a couple British beers served that way and i wasnt a big fan. Would like to try it cask, that might bring out more flavor. dukefan (215) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2008
Now on tap again at Clybourn. At times a bit "rugged" in its hops - clearly and intentionally unbalanced from the malts. Fine citrusy flavors and more IPA than Double IPA. Very nice. tomaroth (31) - Troy, Michigan, USA - JAN 21, 2008
Good IPA. Not the greatest, but good. Nice color. Overall flavor is nice - not too hoppy, but balanced. Had both at Clybourn and in bottle. Draft is better. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2007
cask @ GI.....rating from memory.....pours a slightly muddled orange brown with a moderate off-white head....aroma of earthly hops and lighlty malted.....flavors of earthy hops but very non-assertive and not in your face. nicely balanced with a lightly sweet caramel malt....very smooth overall. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2007
Cask conditioned at Clybourn and served in a MBA pint glass: Slightly hazy deep amber hue with a lovely creamy head and very good lace. The best part of the hand pull is the beer is the right temperature to drink right off the get go! The aroma is very grassy, leafy, and resiny with mild pineapple and apricot esters, biscuity and dusty vapours with a hint of band-aid. The taste starts with astringent bittering but more towards the English styled IPA that is balanced nicely with soft sweet malt. The finish is slightly mineral and lingering citric qualities. The mouth feel is extremely smooth and creamy with an almost chewy note.
On cask this is a wonderful brew. I wonder how much the difference is between the cask and regular tap versions. Get ya some, it just went on cask as of Saturday.