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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
n India Pale Ale with a earth and must character brewed in honor of Chicago Craft Beer Week in 2011.

6% ABV.

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3.8
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2011
Pours deep amber with notes of tea leaves and grapefruit. The palate shows notes of grass and denser bitter grapefruit that blends nicely with the caramel feel of the malt. Long finish.

3.6
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - JUL 15, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, amber-orange colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. I really like this aroma which has a solid mix of English and American hops along with a nice English malt backing. Florals up front with grassy lemons and some grapefruit resins along with a light earth and hint of herbal spice. Biscuity toffee behind the hops with some grains and a light caramel offering a moderate sweetness. Flavor is floral and biscuity up front before some slightly toasted toffees, a light caramel, and a drying grassy hop comes in. More lemons and grapefruits with a slight resin as well as a touch of herbal spice. Dries quickly and completely with a good amount of grass coming out at the end with an indistinct hop profile that leaves a medium-light bitterness. A hint of biscuity toast creeps in with the dry grass and light floral before leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium-light body and a bit thin feeling on the palate because this dries so quickly and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty well made and interesting take on an IPA. I really liked the aroma with the English and American hops mixing nicely along with the English malts. The flavor was still well put together, but it didn’t have the same complexity as the aroma. Nonetheless, this was easy drinking and enjoyable.

3.7
phaleslu (10670) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2011
22 oz. bottle from TheAlum- thanks, Adam! Pours a mostly clear amber color with a small white ring for a head. Aroma of tea, grapefruit citrus, earth, grass, herbs, and caramel malts. Seems like a variety of hops were used here and I’m not getting the unpleasant notes I sometimes get from English-style IPAs. Flavor of grassy, citrusy hops, tea leaves, and sweet and caramel malts. Light-medium bodied, with an earthy, citrusy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Very nice. And I’m not let down that it isn’t a smoked beer; I remember The Onion article this is named after and appreciate the Chicago-centric joke. Keep up the good work!

2
brokensail (16645) - Dublin, California, USA - JUL 4, 2011
A: The beer pours an amber color with a small off-white head. S: Oh boy, this one smells buttery. Some sweet malt notes, but not a ton of substance. Lots of grass and straw with a weird grain husk aroma. Pretty damn watery, too. T: Watery is the best way to describe the flavor. Still a fairly noticeable amount of butter. There’s a moderate bitterness and some light malt notes, but almost no hop flavor. Just a bit of straw, grass, and grain husk. M: The body is light and watery with a medium to high carbonation. O: A very disappointing beer from a brewery I’ve grown to like a fair amount. Hopefully just an anomaly.

3.5
User29624 (1687) - - JUL 4, 2011
Is it bad that I wanted this to be a smokey meat tasting IPA? Still a good beer. Pours a copper with an off white head. Aroma of citrus hops. Caramel malt blends well - but this is a solid IPA.

3.1
TURDFERGUSON (4068) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Bottle shared by emacgee. Deep hazy amber with a nice sized white head with good lace. Nose is tropical fruits, sweet candy, lemon. Flavor is disjointed; shows a lot of booze upfront with some tropical fruity sweet flavor in the finish.

3.6
emacgee (4705) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Thanks bauermj. Cloudy amber red pour with one finger sandstone tan head. Really nice aromatics, fresh and hoppy with lots of citrus and resin. Spicy and zesty flavor with a mild astringency and slight residual sweetness. Dry and light bodied with a biting bitterness.

2.9
50belair (3682) - Florida, USA - JUN 29, 2011
Bomber. Hazy caramel in color. Dull and un-lively pine and citrusy hop aromas. Lacking in hop characteristics, this is just sort of a bland lifeless ale.....

3.7
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 19, 2011
22 oz bottle. Misty brown with honey tints and a pocked beige head. Nose is pine and caramel with hints of peach and lavender. Juicy medium body with dull carb; hoppy but not so resiny finishing sticky but not sweet. Interesting. Taste is orange marmalade, juniper and lemon pith. A bit salty.

3.1
msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bomber from the brewery. Pours hazy dark brownish amber with off-white head. Aromas of pine, lemony hops, caramel, and bready malts. Flavors of caramel and bready malts with a little citrus and muted hops. Mouthfeel and carbonation were fine. Not a bad beer, but where are the hops. Fresh Daisy Cutter was way way more hoppier than this. Not really an IPA, not even by english standards in my opinion. First time I can say that I have been truly disappointed by a HA beer.


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