bwy (87) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2017 DrnkMcDermott (3101) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Debut tapping at The Beer Bistro. How cool is it that we beer geeks often have a new beer with its brewmaster at the same table telling us about it! Ike Orcutt of Hopothesis filled me in while I was scribbling about this new brewer’s flagship. It’s got an amber gold body that shows off its use of Vienna malts, under a firm one-finger head. Ike said it was intended to be more of an English style IPA, with a bigger malt backbone playing equal parts to the hops and I agree. Still, I can’t but notice a definite use of Pacific hops in this glass. Some of that impression comes from this beer being very fresh. But it does have a welcome, malty, hearty mouthfeel for an IPA. Orcutt says their plan is to "gypsy brew" until they can get their own brewing space in the city, probably next year. And just like that, our town has ANOTHER beer-maker!
Strong but a little bit goes a long way. Has an interesting sweet factor on the backend.
Reviewed - A Brew With You, Ep. 50 JeffStone (10) - Batavia, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2015
A strong example of the false belief that lots of hops is always better. Not all hops are created equal.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Ahuth (591) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2015
Bottled. Cloudy brown. Nice thick head.. Has a nutty malty taste. After a couple drinks grassy piney pops out. Below average IPA Niko100 (2914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 28, 2015
Hazy amber color; Medium slightly creamy body; Aroma of citrus hops, caramel, & some floral; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, hops, and citrus (notably orange); No real bitterness; Overall, kinda of weird - ok. miyauchi38 (1096) - chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
markducommun (1117) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2014
Clear golden-orange with a light white head. Bubblegum, very sweet nose. Hint of grapefruit and citrus. Touch of resin. Bitter initially, heavy malt sweetness in the middle and a dry bitter, medium long finish. Relatively clean palate, medium to light body, not a ton of carbonation. Fine, unremarkable IPA.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TattooJack (518) - Illinois, USA - JUN 28, 2014
If this is the future of cerebral drinking experiences maybe my policy of drinking and not thinking has been correct all along. I’m seriously doubting the claim of "years of research" that is on the bottle, or maybe instead of research you could use trial and error. I’m going to finish the six cause its 7.1% and that I paid 10 bucks for it, but I’m not going to like it. This may inspire to be more cerebral in my selection in beers I don’t know, from now on if I see anything related to science on the label I’ll use kinesia to walk on by. Bosco (324) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Pours cloudy apricot/orange with minimal head and a relentless carbonation release.
Tastes sweet almost spicy, flavored.
Never had an "IPA" quote like this before.
Ot a big fan.
$9.99/multi six pack at Binny’s Beverage Depot, Elmwood Park, IL Cornfield (5570) - 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. bytemesis (8439) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 22, 2014
Bottle. Pours clear orange, medium creamy white head, dissipates slowly, good lacing. Aroma is caramel, grain, pine. Flavor is medium sweet, medium bitter, honey, shrubs, lots of pine, bitter lingering metallic finish. Medium body. Meh.