NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 9, 2010 frankenkitty (2014) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mildly hazy amber body under a cream-colored head. Light note of sour milk in the aroma with grapefruit and toasted grain. Flavor has a light sourness alongside its fruity bitterness, while a malt backdrop evens it all out. I’d be surprised if Marris Otter malts were not utilized here. This is a pleasant "English-style" IPA. ~~~~~~ Mug Club draught pint, RB Orland 04/02/11
Cask version "Two Bags of Crystal IPA" at Day of the Living Ales. Cask pour is a bit murky, orange with sticky head that goes away. Nose is tropical and slightly grainy. On taste, very nice bitterness that balances well against mild grain notes. Apricot and perhaps pine coming through. Nice enough IPA. dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2009
lighty hazy orange color, medium off white head, some lace. hoppy citrus and fruity nose with caramel notes. flavor has fruity notes (grapefruit and peach), piney notes, and creamy caramel. medium bodied, bitter finish. there is a sort of fuzzy peachiness in this beer that is quite enjoyable. i liked this one enough to take a growler of it home. enjoyed on tap @ RBOP. msante79 (2244) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2009
On tap at brewpub. Pours hazy dark orange with creamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with citrus, light fruits, and some sweet caramel malts. Flavor is bitter hops, citrus, light fruits, caramel, and sweetness from malts. Nicely balanced IPA with good hops, citrus, and malty sweetness qualities. One of my favorite brews to come out of RB Orland Park, TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2009
Mug club draft on tap at the brewpub (Orland Park, IL). Pours a hazy glowing orange driven amber with a fairly big cakey offwhite head. Hazy is a bit stronger than moderate. Head laces well, sticks around a little better than decent. Aromas are definitely crystal caramel and toffee malt feel, sweetness tempered by a moderate hop bouquet of citrus, florals, grapefruit and lemon driving the charge. A bit more pungent on the nose as it grows on me, pretty nice with light peach and apricot. Initial is a bit underbodied and fairly bitter and dry, caramel malt sweetness and toffee with a touch of toast, grapefruit and a bit of sticky piney resin lead the charge in this surprisingly bitter brew. Pine, dry flowers, some citrus, but a bit of fierce bitterness hides the fruit. Finish is bitter, a thinner bodied brew, light cereal and toasty caramel. This beer is interesting, crystal malts and some more piney and dry florals.
Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 22, 2009
I had this both on tap and on cask at the brewpub. Both poured a mainly clear amber/orange body, the former with a fluffy, good lacing head and the latter with a creamy, good lacing head. Caramel/toffee scents lay beneath a hoppy aroma of peach, nectarines, apricot, and a touch of citrus from the hops. The flavor provided enough malty sweetness to balance out the fruity bitterness from the hops. The draft seemed to carry more of the hop bitterness and the cask more of the hop flavor. Both finished on a fruity note with a prolonged medium bitterness. A dangerously sessionable brew in both versions.