Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2010 EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The C’s prevail. Sweet, sticky and resinous with ample pineapple, grapefruit and citrus notes on the nose. Initially numbing on the first sip but mellows and becomes less sweet and more bitter as it warms. A nice addition to the RBOP lineup.
I had this both on tap and in cask form at the brewpub... as well as a growler or two of both. It poured a slightly hazed golden bronze body with a solid white head, the cask’s being creamier. The aroma had plenty of hoppy goodness - grapefrut, citrus zest, pine, and lively tropical fruit. An occasional whiff of sweet malt squeaked out, as well. Brewmaster Iain Wilson seems to be able to coax more flavor from the hops than most others, and this IPA was no exception. And there was certainly plenty of bitterness in the drink, too, almost making the addition of malt seem like an afterthought. The finish was dry with a prolonged bitterness. I sure hope this beer makes a comeback. msante79 (2225) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - APR 16, 2010
On cask at RB Orland Park. Thought I missed this one but they had it on cask. Pours clear golden with white head. Aromas of citrus, pine, tropical fruits, crystal malt, and good dose of hops. Flavors of bitter hops, citrus, pine, some tropical fruit with some crystal malts. Finishes bitter and with good body even on cask. Probably the best IPA to come out of here. Would have loved to try it on tap. Good stuff. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2010
Hazy golden pour with thick white head that floats and lingers and laces, releasing a pretty substantial pine and citrus hop aroma, hinting at the PNW hop attack that follows. Big pine, grapefruit, orange, and resinous flavors, basically overwhelming the crystal maltiness at the bottom, and ending up in a very, very dry (almost "astringent") finish. Very impressed with this brew, and will seek it out as long as it lasts. Nicely done, Mr. Wilson! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
Mug club draft on tap at the brewpub (Orland Park, IL). Pours a decent hazed amber, lively and bright, with a moderate thick offwhite head that stays that way, laces well. Aromas are a hefty dose of citrus hops, lemon and grapefruit mix with a touch sweeter orange, pale and caramel malts, florals, a real citrusy one and fresh (tapped a couple days ago) with noticeable tropical fruit. Initial is very fruity, citrusy orange and lemon hop meet tropical mango and a touch of juicy peach, a decent bitterness with pine influence, crisp cereal pale grains and bread, the bitterness grows to a moderate to a touch heavier level. Very fruity, a real display of fresh hops with a tropical juicy kick. Good bitterness that lingers into the finish and sticks to the palate. Tasty and fresh, one of Ian’s best to date in the hop category. The body is light enough to make the hops pretty strong on a comparative level. If anything it needs just a bit of caramel malts to balance it a bit more, but as it stands this lighter bodied highly hopped IPA is excellent.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2010
clear copper, tiny off white bubbles for a head, quite lacy. apricots, pine and citric hops in the mild nose. flavor has lots of pine and citric hops, with a creamy, malty backbone. medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, moderately bitter finish. a celebration of piney, citrusy, bittery hops in my mouth. on tap at rbop brewpub. and in a growler that followed me home.