holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Sampled at Goose Clybourn. Clear gold with a white head Malty with some hay and grassy hops. Light sweetness from pale malts. Light bitterness. Decent. 7/4/73/14
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Draught at Clybourn. Amber with a small white head. Big earthy, pungent and spicy aroma. Seems equally parts rye and chinook. Grainy as well with a big dry grain character. Lightly caramel sweet with some citrus and earthy bitterness. Lightly grainy and spicy. Lighter in body and quite drinkable. Medium bitter finish. Nice hop and rye mix with plenty of character from both. Very clean. Almost seems like Chico yeast. troyc (2869) - Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
[Tap] Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy white head. Rye bread, biscuits and hearty hops in the nose. This beer is quite hop forward with citrus and grapefuits in the taste. Caramel backbone and dry grain finish. Moderate carbonation levels and good body. Lingering bitterness overwhelms the rye undertones. Still a nice beer though. DuffMan (10549) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
On tap at the brewpub in Chicago. Clear orange-amber. Caramel with fruit-kissed accents of peaches or berries, I’m not certain. Peppery finish. Interesting, tasty. phaleslu (10462) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Draft at Goose Island-Wrigleyville. Served in a nice Goose Island wine-type glass that they typically serve Matilda and the other Belgian styles in. Pours a clear amber with a small off-white head. Notes of rye, earthy hops, caramel malts, cedar, grass, and grapefruit citrus. Light-bodied, with mellow carbonation and a dry mouthfeel and finish. Lots of rye but not quite the hop character I was hoping for.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - NOV 8, 2010
Had this when I was in Chicago for the weekend.
Poured from the tap into a tasting glass.
The color is a darker orange with a little foamy white head and some lacing left on the glass.
The smell is citrus fruit flavors. There is a bit of a grapefruit flavor and is a little sweet like a Now & Later.
The taste is a slight toch of caramel with a bitterness that eclipses everything fast and holds you in a hoppy shell before letting go and allowing some malt flavor come out before the finish.
This beer does have a medium body on it and is not as heavy as I first thought. A hopheads beer for sure.
Nitro0292 (4) - New York, USA - NOV 4, 2010 does not count
Had this on tap @ Goose Island Wrigleyville. The combination of hops, malts and Rye enticed me to sample this brew rather than GI’s standard IPA.
It did not disappoint. Poured a clear amber with adequate head, would have gotten more head from a bottle or tap had I poured it.
Taste was piney hops up front, very well balanced with an added dryness that subtracted from the bready/sweetness of the barley. I suspect this was from the addition of rye to the mash.
Mouthfeel was a touch thinner than I would like for an IPA (typical of GI), but given the lower ABV it is not surprising.
This brew as a whole was very balanced with a minimal strong aftertaste in any direction - very drinkable.
Love that GI is putting unique brews out there, especially one as balanced and tasty as this. dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2010
I liked this one a good bit and apparently it’s rare!
I don’t know much how to describe it because it really didn’t taste like a category I’m familiar with. Had a really nice hop front, and then some unique grainy flavors and a smooth finish. I know that’s a lousy description, but whatever, it was good. jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Sample at GI Clybourne. Poured an orange-brown. Nice rye aroma. Good hop front. A good IPA that isn’t too high in alcohol percentage. I should have gotten a bigger glass. FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2010
On tap at the Clybourn location. Pours a deep amber brown with a small white creamy head. Aroma is very fresh and pungent hops, quite piney with a touch of citric fruitiness. A toasty malt backbone provides some balance. Flavor is again aggressive with the hops from start to finish. It’s balanced more through the start as the caramel malts and a touch of the rye spiciness come into play. But a the finish roles around hop bitterness takes over and overwhelms everything else. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Good beer nonetheless since I like hops, but it could have been less aggressively bitter to allow all the flavors to compliment one another from start to finish.