RATINGS: 115   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.08/5   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
If malt and hops are the two poles of brewing, this beer is the gently spinning sweet spot between them. First, you’ll notice the spicy aromas of Perle and Hallertau hops. Then - wipe the foam off the tip of your nose - dive into the toasty flavors of Vienna and Munich malts. Dynamo starts strong and finishes crisp and smooth. The balanced flavors, aromas, and even the coppery-red tones of this beer go great with everything. Fear no pairing. The best time to enjoy Dynamo is when you’re thirsty. Dynamo Copper Lager goes great with pizza, neighborhood block parties, spring rolls, first dates, football games, whiskey, tapas, the Sunday newspaper, late-night burritos, veggie omelets, business lunches, grilled mushrooms, pretzels, political debate, corn-on-the-cob, classic sci-fi flicks, mixed greens, campfires, salmon, billiards, cherry pie, rock shows, pumpernickel, salsa, grand openings, peanuts, sewing bees, extra sharp cheddar cheese, and holidays. Original Gravity: 13.6 Plato Bitterness: 29 IBU Color: 8.4 SRM ABV: 5.6%

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hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Nice. Copper colores body with a thin clinging white head. The aroma is rather light but sweet. Medium palate with a decent punch of carbonation. Overall sweet flavor...caramel and brown sugar. There’s a slight bite at the end. Not a bad beer.

Thorpe429 (5122) - , Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2010
G: Poured into a Pilsner Urquell pilsener glass. A: Pours a transparent gold, typical pilsner color. The head is typical of the style, although slightly reddish, and measures about a finger and a half. Large rush of carbonation. Decent lacing as it goes down. S: Grainy and slightly sweet. A little grassy. T: Slightly grainy and sweet, following up on the nose. Not much at all of a hop presence, though it is slightly bitter. M: Starts out smooth with mild carbonation. No alcohol bite. A very light mouthfeel. D: In a style that is quite drinkable, although not the best tasting variety that I’ve had. It’s nice to support a local up-and-comer, and I really like the idea of the lager-only brewery, so I’ll probably go with this one from time to time.

DuffMan (10762) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 26, 2010
On tap at Hop Leaf, compared directly to another vienna-style lager, Eliot Ness from Great Lakes. This came out the loser. Clear copper amber, mediocre white head. Lightly fruity, and a little skunky/sweaty. Much thinner mouthfeel than the Eliot Ness. Mediocre at best.

bhiner41 (194) - Darien, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2010
Excellent beer from an up and coming brewery. Reddish in color with complex flavor and some lasting after taste. Best paired with heavier meals.

otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 2, 2010
For a copper lager, she sports very little copper stylings, looking instead like a rather typical lager with light straw hues. A thin head tries oh-so-hard to linger in spotty patches with a few trails of lace. On the other hand, her nose is far more intriguing. Husked grains and bread crust make a brisk showing while lemon cream and meringue streak through the middle of her nose with exhibitionist flair. There is a soft underbelly of white breads almost of the wonder variety, but not quite. Riding his intriguing nose right into his body, I find a surprisingly prominent hop presence with fresh lemon zest, green grass, pith, and bitter citric esters, none of which were readily available in her nose. A faint sweetness is quickly overrun by a dominant hop profile. Her short start ends just as fast with the epicenter of her palate containing all she wrote. A growing bitter rind finish is traced with more lemon pith and green grass. Wait! Is that some melba I taste? Hm… I don’t know. As soon as it was there, it was gone, replaced once more by her dominant hop persona. Very one-sided and one-dimensional, if more melba and malt crunch had been there to balance the hops, Dynamo would have been truly dynamo.

I could taste the potential in the Metropolitan Dynamo Copper Lager, really I could. All she needed was a little help from her malty brethren for balance. The hop aromas and flavors were playful and invigorating, but without some toasty crunch they ran amuck and eventually dominated her palate with merciless abandon.

rubbishystuff (2537) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 7, 2015 Pretty good. Light enough to be easy drinking but flavorful enough to satisfy. Sometimes a little light in the body but nothing to be too concerned about. Serving: Bottle and tap

theisti (4237) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2010
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint at Dunlay’s in the logan square neighborhood - Chicago, Illinois. Pour is clear golden copper, with a nice white head. Aroma is nice soft floral hops, on top of clean cracker malt. Fresh, though a bit underwhleming. Taste is the nose, soft floral hops up front, decent backbone of malt in the middle, slight earth and mineral in the finish. Light to medium bodied, though a tad uncarbonated which made it a bit dead in the mouth.Taste broke down a bit as it warmed, though still nice enough.

heemer77 (5361) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Dark copper colored body with a white head. Nose is caramel with some fresh bread dough. There is also some nice almond character. The taste is doughy with caramel and a little hint of celery. There are a few black pepper notes. Pleasant and sweet, this is a smooth drinker.

Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - MAY 31, 2010
I don’t get why people didn’t seem to like this... She’s a very attractive clear copper lager with a frothy white two inch head falling quickly to no lacing. The nose is of malty burnt/brown sugar with citrusy undertones of orange peel, or perhaps grapefruit, though the character develops into a more grainy (crystal malty) and toasted aroma. The mouthfeel is initially light and silky, with a carbonated teeth on the middle and finish. She tastes like a twist of orange peel over a distinctly malty backbone: the maltiness comes at the start, until the fizz carries a bitter citrus to the end with a very dry finish.

koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 26, 2010
Apppearance: Pours a light honey orange that is fairly translucent. The beer has a 2 finger soft white crown that shows a touch of retention and lace. Smell: simple notes of caramel, lager yeast and earth. Taste: Not the best mxi...a tangy quality with a touch of bitter hops over sweet malt Mouthfeel: thin side of medium bodied and quite crisp Drinkability: sessionable Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 10-29-2009

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