RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 3.61/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.49/5   IBU: 52   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
How do you fit a square peg into a round hole? Our hop-heavy golden rye ale thumbs its piggy nose at the style guidelines. It boasts a lavish Pacific Northwest hop bouquet of nectarine, grapefruit and wood, and a lopsided bitterness accented by spicy rustic rye malts. Dry, crisp and unabashededly hoppy, who wouldnt love a Square Pig?

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lasminit (2) - - MAR 20, 2013 does not count
Boom. Right in your face square pig appears. Come prepared! Or just read the description before you drink it. Its hoppy. Its light. It looks like what beer should look like. It smells like hop sex. Yes thats right the smell of two hop varieties getting it on up in that mash. Its a good thing. The aftertaste is bitter-hop-sweet, with a perfect balance of "Mmmmm that shits good!" Overall vintage did a good job of making me want more. Next step: taking the bus here, so I can enjoy more than two.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
madvike (3230) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2013
On tap at the brewpub - Pours clear light amber with a thin foamy white head. nose is lightly dank hops, tons of citrus, and a dry, spicy malt base. Taste is the same--dry and really hoppy, with citrus and garlicky/dank hops on the forefront. Real fluffy body, thin with ample carbonation. A star.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
deyholla (11018) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Sampled from the tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light yellow with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice citrus note with a touch of pine and a rye backbone. Flavor a nice earthy citrus and light pine combination with rye and light grain combination.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shrubber85 (11215) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - JUN 27, 2016
Draft. Orange, berry, rye malt and orange peel aroma. Golden yellow with moderate head. Moderately sweet orange, rye malt, and moderately bitter grapefruit peel/pine flavor. Good body. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (6105) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Tap at Vintage. Golden hop-heavy rye ale. Unfiltered, hazy golden tan. Steady creamy white head. Astringent citrus rind dryness coupled with sweet Rye tones. Fresh and quite enjoyable. Well balanced, comes together well. Coop and crisp, mild tropical tones. A bit sugary at times with the rye, Id love to taste this beer without the rye addition. The hops carry this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (7135) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 15, 2013
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Madison, WI). Stop in for lunch on the way home from Decorah. Pours a nice orange golden hue, nice haziness, brighter yet dulled glowing edges. A frothy whitish head dies to a firm layer, laces ok. A thicker ring. Aromas are firmly hoppy, fresh lemon and floral hops, medium bitterness with gentle grapefruit, gumball, and mellow tropical fruit. A bit of rye, bread, and pale malts give some sweetness, but a firmly hopped nose is what I get. Initial is lighter end of the fold, firm bitter hopping shows grapefruit rind and jjuice, florals, and medium bitterness. Dry, florals, and earthy bitter hops strike up front. Some tangerine, more grapefruit juice and rind as we round the corner. Mellow rye and bready malts stay behind. A firm and flavorful hoppin offers a good dose of fresh grapefruit and florals. Firm bitterness, touch cereal and mellow fruity elements work well. Fresh and quite drinkable, dry and bitter with some good flavors. Tasty one here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (12255) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 7, 2013
Not super hopy but very pleasant aromatics of tropical and citrus. Flavor follows with a bit extra maltiness.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3635) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2013
On tap at the brewpub (Madison)
This is an excellent mid-level IPA that brings a Wisconsin touch to the West Coast IPA approach. Drinkable with a nice finish that does not crush the palate it is one example of why I keep coming back to this place every year.

Aroma / Appearance - A cloudy golden base is hazy with a light film of white powder for decoration. Hints of carbonation are present. Mango, rye, and fresh citrus create this bright aroma that sticks in the air without being unbalanced or over the top.

Flavor / Palate - The bitterness is immediate from the second the first drop hits the tongue. Oak, citrus, and grapefruit appear soon after. The transitional rye flavor sweeps the excellent balance into the robust finish. With everything that is going on it is hard to pin this down exactly but whatever you call it the outcome is great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Terminus (3662) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 18, 2016
Tap at brewpub Pours bright clear orange hue with a small soapy white head and ghostly lacing. Nose is floral bright hops nice rye spice. Flavors are almost a mirror of the nose. Solid hoppy session ale. A bit medicinal on the finish however very solid.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3904) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2013
On tap at Vintage Brewpub. Golden yellow with at thin white head. Aroma is dank with pine, rye, noble hops and a touch of bready malt. Taste of rye, noble hops, mild woodsy notes, faint citrus and finishes with moderate bitterness.

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