HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2010 npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask. Appropriately hazy, orange/yellow with a small white head. Nose is slightly citric, a bit musty, somewhat sweet. Flavor leans toward oranges and apricots, medium bitter, not too sweet. Excellent soft, full mouthfeel.
Growler from the brewpub. Aroma of citrus, grapefruit, caramel. Tropical fruits also. Flavor is mostly floral and citrus hops. Earth, some caramel malt. Fairly light but a light body and active carbonation makes the beer very refreshing. A winner summer IPA, for sure. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 12, 2009
Mug club draft poured on tap at the brewpub (Orland Park, IL). Pours a golden amber, lighter, decent haze with whitish head, moderate, laces well and sustains well. Aromas are a nice melange of hoppy character, tropical and citrus mix liberally, mellow caramel malt sweetness. A lighter IPA is the impression I get, but not to say flavor is the issue. Initial is bitter, light caramel and pale malts move to fair bitterness of grapefruit and mango sweetness, a decent bitterness, more of a summer sessioner body wise, lighter, but still bringing moderate bitteress to the table. A nice IPA, lighter fare. Finish a bit bitter, some citrus sticking onto the palate. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2008
pours a nice orange color, fluffy white head. aroma of airy hops and caramel. creamy flavor, grapefruit tones. medium bodied, slightly bitter finish. a good drink. i think i just like my pale ale a bit more hoppy. drewbeerme (3921) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 9, 2008
on tap at RB OP. pours clear gold with white head. aroma is citrus, grapefruit. flavors of citrus, grapefruit, piney. clean, rather low bitterness for an ipa, sessionable. more like an APA though but still a good beer.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2007
Yesterday I had the RB Yorktown spin on this ale. Today I enjoyed the Orland Park version and spoke with brewmaster Iain Wilson about his beer. He told me that he was going for a more sessionable version of an IPA, a goal which he seems to seek with each of his recipes. In that case (as in most others) he achieved what he wanted. It pours a clear orange body with a decent, sustained white head. The aroma is a balance between sweet caramel with a touch of toffee and a hoppy bitterness - grapefruit, pine, earth. The balance of the flavor leans ever so slightly towards the hops and leaves you with a moderately bitter finish. Of course, I’m the type who likes his lips to be blistering after drinking an IPA, but I appreciate the quaffability of this brew. Nice.
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