ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JUN 23, 2004
I don’t know what Jokes was smoking when he sampled GI’s new IPA because it is stellar. Maybe he had it at the Wrigleyville location or maybe it was the first batch and has since been improved. I also know that the current version is listed at 7% ABV, which is different than the 6.5% Jokes put on the site. Sweet, floral hoppy aroma. Somewhat cloudy body with no visible carbonation. Thin off-white head. Rich, hoppy flavor; strongly hoppy. Great finish with a strong alcohol mouthfeel. This may be the best IPA made in the state. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2009
Pale golden pour with a sticky white head. The nose is awesome… lots of rich pine and even more mango and pineapple over a light lemony citrus. There is also a bit of floral sweetness and a zesty fruitiness. Moderate palate with lots of juicy hop flavour over a moderately bitter finish. The malts stay with you all the way through to the finish, just serving as a counterpoint to the rich hoppiness. Light pine resinousness on the back. They should bottle this, because they’ve hit on a winner. JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 1, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2008 This is a monster IPA, with a grapefruit rind aroma that tickled my nose at arms length. Huge malt body was caramelly and a bit toasty, moderately sweet otherwise. Alcohol was just strong enough to compliment the overall experience. Huge, and I mean HUGE hops at the finish...tangy, grassy, spicy, citrusy...WOW! barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JUL 10, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 on tap ( cask ) at GI - Clybourn.
Oh Yeah, this is a good one! from start to finish, this was as enjoyable a brew as I’ve had in a while. to my palate, malt & hops were in perfect balance. one of those complex beers you sit and soak in all the different flavors, caramel malt, peach, grapefruit hops and creamy smooth! my first trip to GI - Clybourn and oh what a memorable trip it was!
Hurry on over to GI, this one is a winner! Frank (4209) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2005
Man, this is top notch stuff. I found myself having a second glass despite feeling a bit lifted already and having an immenent verticle tasting of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. You do what ya gotta...
I should mention this was the *cask* version not on nitro as in the comercial description. It would be a sin to put something like this on nitro. I take my IPA without a trace of vomitus in the aroma, thanks.
fidemaster (327) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Pours a brilliant orange color with just a few whisps of head that cling to the glass. Nose is vibrant with citrus. Sweet fruity body with a pleasing fullness. Bitter but on the light side for an IPA--very smooth but still satisfying. Even at well over six percent alcohol, this still drinks as smoothly as even the finest session ales. Still pisses me off that they’d ruin it with nitrogen, though.
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2005 Most people have this one down perfect. that tangy grapefruit taste, comes on strong after a spicky start. Veyr intresting, tangy, and unusual. I love it Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2005
On cask.Delicate peach notes in aroma, also grapefruit, plump white grapes, cloves, cinnamon. Start is butter, toffee, blackberry, middle grapefruit and pear, finish saltine cracker and buttermilk biscuit. Fruity to the point of not noticing the bitterness. Tobacco and oranges noted. Complex, nearly flat, warm, and quite lovely.