hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2011 DrnkMcDermott (3099) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at RBY. Takes a couple of sniffs to pick up on the hop aroma at first, and then I think I pick up mostly Northern Brewer. yes, the usual cloudy orange IPA color with a vigorous head of foam. Once I get some on my tongue, it’s plenty more hoppy. Now I get citrus, pine and grapefruit, probably Amarillos or their cousins. Malt character is way in the background, but texture is still a bit thick, making this feel like a hop syrup. To a hophead like I sometimes aspire to be, this is actually kind of smooth.
Sample @ the brewpub. I can’t smell the hops to well. Nose of sweet cane sugar, rhubarb and melon. Taste of mild hoppy pines, alcohol burn, vegetal, burnt maltsand caramel. Biscuity linger, creamy, and a bit under-carbonated and not balanced. tmoreau (4363) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2011 On tap at the brewpub, and served to a footed ale glass with a hazed, orange/amber hue, creamy, off white head foam, and draping, clingy lacing. The aroma is citrus as grapefruit and a little orange, resin with light cattiness, and a touch of sweetness on the back. Not overly hefty, maybe medium+ bodied, but balanced, expressive hop bitterness and smooth malt. Hidden but lurking alcohol warmth greets you on your way toward the continuing bitter finish. Ordered again on my next visit and found the color more toward a clearer copper, a little light grain on the nose, the subtle malt sweetness present throughout, and the body a bit fuller. +.1