Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 29, 2014
Right. This is an IPA. The 6-pack’s cardboard carrier claims that "the outcome is a refreshing, flavorful, and thought-provoking drinking experience." Okay. What’s thought-provoking is, what is this all about? It looks just fine, golden bodied with a tall creamy head and thick lacing. The aroma isn’t too bad, if mild, some citrus, some floral, an underlying sweetness. The flavor, though, is lacking substance beyond a pale malty sweetness; merely a suggestion of hops appears. There is a very mild bitterness to the finish (55 IBUs?), but that fades quickly. The sturdy alcohol content (7.1% ABV) remains well hidden, but if you’re looking for an IPA, keep looking. Frank (4236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2012
When a new brewing company in Chicago opens w/o me knowing about it, I am always surprised. Then I almost always find out it’s a brewing company and their beers are brewed by Minhas and am somewhat less surprised as is the case here. This beer pours a nice clear orange color w/ a huge and long lasting head of mixed bubbles. The nose is mostly floral hops and the flavor somewhat sweet. This is a medium bodied beer but still fairly drinkable with gentle carbonation. Considering the name, the hoppiness in this brew is really very subdued. It is more along the lines of what some breweries will call an amber than an IPA. If anything this is a malt-accented beer. That is not a problem in and of itself but hopheads should be forewarned that this might not be the brew for them. Overall, this is pretty forgettable anyway so it’s not that big of a deal. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 19, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours a reddish amber pour. Aroma of sweet malt. Some herbal and pine hops. Flavor is mostly iced-tea and mild hop bitterness. Apparent sweet malt. Lots of cardboard and bland malts. I don’t want to drink this any more. I thought this was supposed to be an exciting new Chicago brewery not another Minhas disaster. esjaygee (3906) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2013
Clear amber with a large tan head. Aroma is mega floral with caramel and grains. Taste is floral as well with sweet malt and moderate bitterness. drpimento (3759) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2014
Definitely the best thing about this beer is its appearance. Nothing else, except the ABV reflects anything close to a traditional or even recognizable IPA. Almost no hops in the nose, very little in the taste, body is not bad except there’s some missing characteristics that the hops give to the mouth feel. And of course the finish sums all of this up. I can hardly imagine how a more forgettable beer could be made.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2012
Bottle. I’m so proud of them for spending 2 years coming up with the perfect IPA recipe. Unfortunately, I think they are definitely in the wrong business. Pours deep amber, super dark. Caramel, faint resiny hops, bland malt and a touch of fruit. On tasting, there is a mild bitterness, almost no hop flavor. The caramel is overwhelming. What the hell were they thinking? This is an abomination as far as IPAs are concerned. AWISLguy (3327) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2012
Bottle from Brook-Falls Discount. Pours an orangey-pink grapefruit with a white head. Great retention and lacing. Aroma has fruit and some breadiness. Taste is of some fruit, some sweet sugar and some off flavor malts. Sweetish without any real ipa-ness to it. A malty saison? Not sure what they were doing here. It was not a pourer, but it really had nothing redeeming about it either. jmagnus87 (3302) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a cloudy dark orange with a finger of thick yet frothy white head. Aroma is mostly citrus with loads of grapefruit and tropical fruits. Slight caramel aroma. Medium bitter and lightly sweet. Loads of tropical fruits like pineapple with a good bit of grapefruit and citrus. A good dose of caramel too. Light bodied with a somewhat thin texture. Very soft carbonation but a decently long finish. Overall, pretty darn good. I would be happy to drink this again! Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2012
12oz bottle from Binny’s Lincoln Park. Pours a cloudy, golden-copper colored body with a finger-width, dense and frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is floral grapefruit hops with some bready caramels and a light earth. Flavor is similar. Bigger grapefruit citruses up front with mostly florals and a bit of a stale, earth and grass. Somewhat bready caramels in the middle with a medium-light sweetness. Finishes clean and balanced with a medium bitterness, some caramel, and a decent citrus backing. Fairly lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, not bad, but pretty forgettable. Well balanced for the ABV% and fairly clean without an excessively sweet and annoying caramel maltiness, but the hops aren’t overly complex or inviting. Not bad for a first beer from a new brewery. Christpuncher (3251) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
An average ipa. Very hoppy with a bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a craft beer but not one I woul get again.
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