BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Cask Conditioned hand pull at Clybourn: Brilliant sunset hue with a long lasting frothy head and excellent lace. The aroma screams RYE as well as grapefruit, pepper, bready malts, and earthy yeast esters. The flavor profile starts with a nice citric bite supported by spicy rye character and a biscuity dry finish. The bitterness last a long time on the aftertaste. The mouth feel is so smooth and creamy balanced by the hop and rye bite, nice! The Tomahawk hop shines as does the Rye addition, a beautiful handcrafted brew, get ya some! 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! 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. 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. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 28, 2005
Clear medium-golden pour with a light white head. Pretty dense and intricate white lacing as this one went down. Spices and bread complemented the strong citrus hops very well in the aroma. Mouthfeel was slightly oily, well-carbonated, and had some very fine bitterness on the finish. Flavor was well-balanced with the spices and the citrus hops. There was also some sticky caramel malt. Very tasty and appealing brew all around!
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2005
plane golden color, about the same as the IPA. Nose is distinctly rye, followed by hops. Smells like a marble rye sprayed with xmas spice. I particularly appreciate GI’s most recent attempts at delivering the beer at the desired temp. I haven’t had an overchilled beer in ages. Anyway, the beer itself is spicy with a touch of hops. Creamy and drinkable. Complexity keeps it interesting. 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.)
tjthresh (1871) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - SEP 9, 2006
<font size=-4>On tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Island Beer Company (Clybourn), Chicago, IL 60614</font>
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. 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. arjoseph (642) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2007
Pint on tap at Clybourn brewpub. Light orange and pretty much opaque in the pint with a feathery, soapy-looking dusting of head that leaves a big doily (sp?) lace half an inch up the side (nice). Smells of flowery hops and musty sugars. A bit watery at the very first, it settles into a warm medium-bodied feel. Sweetish, with the malts very nicely defined and somewhat dry, cracker and fruitcake. Flowery hops lilt over the top of the malts, and get delicately bitter and dry in the end, with a little bit of lingering citrus. Well crafted beer, great session ale.