NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Clybourn. Pours a brilliant soft gold with a frothy white head. The nose is a touch musty with a light hoppy profile. Clean yeast overall, faint fruity notes. On tasting, the carbonation is definitely on the low end. Bitterness is a touch aggressive for the style. Not nearly light and clean enough for a Kolsch, really drinks closer to a Cream Ale or blonde. Light vegetal notes on the finish. Not really a fan.
TheAlum (7051) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft flight on tap at the Clybourn Brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pours a rich golden glowing hue, gentle haze, some orange glow flashes in body and edges. A frothy whitish carbonation driven head atop dies to a ring, laces small. Aromas are gentle flashes of apple and lemon, dry bready malts, mellow fruity qualities, touches of earthy dry hops. Crisp and light with a gentle yeast and fruity slant. Initial is lighter bodied, but on the heavier end with a kiss of cidery apple, mellow fruit, touch of banana, gentle lemon. Some bready and dry malts, cereal grains give some work into the middle. Gentle apple presence grows, a touch cidery as it dries and gives distinct red apple sweetness into the backend. Gentle yeastiness, gentle spice, and earthy mellow hops give a kick into the finish. Despite being such a light beer, it gives some distinct solid pleasant flavors of mellow fruit. Cleanly drinkable and light yet still with some character. Clean with gentle yeasty elements and dry hops into the back, gentle yet distinct fruity elements and touches of cidery fuzziness in front and middle. Nice and fresh. Probably rated it lower than it deserves.. The nose didn’t offer much life, but flavors, balance, and the rest were good and earned it the extra point overall.