RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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This American pale ale was brewed with 20% malted rye in addition to barley for a complex spicy malt haracter. It is hopped exclusively with tomahawk for bittering, flavor and aroma.

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3.9
frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2006
Draught. Served a mid-hazed amber with a thin skin and halo. Fruity tangerine and other citric aromas alongside a larger presence of pine and peppered with... pepper. Mild stickiness to an otherwise thick and creamy-smooth body. Rye bitterness balances thick and sweet honey while the character of the single hop is sharp and flavorful. Very good! (Note to self: Stop taking beer notes on the backs of business cards.)

<font size=-4>On tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Island Beer Company (Clybourn), Chicago, IL 60614</font>

3.6
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 8, 2006
From an Old growler from Librarybrewer.No head to speak of isince it’s age has depleted what carbonation it had.Nice dark amber color.Aroma was light malt with some hints of rye and a decent showing of fruit.The flavor was actually not bad for being over 5 weeks old.Malty and rye taste with some nice hints of fruit as well as a nice citrusy side and a good hop showing in the back ground.I have to say that this is or was a good brew and a fresher sample would probably render a larger rating but,from what i can see sofar it still ranks up there pretty high despite it’s flat feel and appearance.If i can get a fresher sample i rerate this tastey brew.

3.6
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2004
Tap at Clybourn: dark golden with nice thick head. Very hoppy nose with notes of pine and hay (as this warms the rye is in the nose as well). Body is very creamy and the malts are sweet and caramelly. Bitterness throughout, the end is especially hoppy. Very well balanced and hides the 6%+ very well.

3.9
tjthresh (1873) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2006
Growler from BBB63. Darker golden color with a good looking white head. Strong hop aroma followed by a bit of the rye spice character. Flip flopped in the flavor. The rye takes charge, yet the hop flavor manages not to be an afterthought. Solid mouthfeel. Good carbonation for sitting in a growler for a couple of weeks. Really good stuff.

4.1
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2006 On tap at Goose Island Clybourne. Nice PA look with pleasant hop aroma. Sweet rye flavor upront with a nice hoppy finish. This seems to be one that straddles the APA/IPA line. I hope they continue to offer this one on a consistent basis!

3.8
jasonp (1581) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2006
Sampled at GI Clybourn location. Pours clear golden with a white head. Great Columbus hop nose - piney/citrusy. Flavor has notes of sweet pale malt, spicy rye, grapefruit, citrus and piney Pac NW hops. Well-balanced, ends with a bitter hop finish - very drinkable. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Good stuff.

3.7
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 7, 2004
Growler sample: didn’t get the best seal on this growler, so the head and body suffered a bit...dark bronzed body that screams hops into the nose: the aroma is almost palpable pine and fresh bark. Long lingering bitter flavour with lots of sap, caramel, and honey. Even with the big hop flavour and bitternes there was enough malt to make this one drinkable throughout the growler...

4
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2004 Cask. Dark golden amber with a creamy, full white head. The aroma shows the amount of hops added to this bad boy. Earthy and spicy with small hint of pine coming through at times. Also, there is an underlying caramel and rye aroma, with hints of light alcohol. The body is exceptionally smooth and pleasant to the tongue. The flavor is fairly strong and leans more toward the strong hop additions. Fairly bitter with that great spicy, earthy character from the Tomahawk. Some sweet malt pokes through at times, but it really isn’t of much consequence. Another great cask offering from Goose Island, brewed with Rye for smoothness, to boot. A nice hoppy, easy-drinking beer.

4
steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 27, 2005
cask / wrigleyville / mmm mmm good! very smooth. bready, spicy rye bite; peachy, refreshing summer citrus. tomahawk, egh? tomahawk me over and over and over.

3.6
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 23, 2007
growler via myself. i didn’t realize this is so well rated. definitely not worth $16 for a growler refill, where does GI get off? there really wasn’t any rye in the flavor it all. it was pretty hoppy all around, pretty IPAish with a bit of a lager taste as well. reasonably drinkable, but probably would have started to get kinda heavy after 3 pints of it. so not a session by any means. in retrospect i wish i’d paid more attention to the hops so i’d be able to identify tomahawk in the future. but instead i was at a party. oh well.


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