April 2012 - British and North American Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is British and North American Ale Styles
British and North American Ale Styles Reviews
198119
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
Dank Tank Ghoulash
Dark brown black color. Bold piney hops, molasses, chocolate orange, and pumpernickel toast aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, spicy, dried fruit, mocha, pepper, and dusty root vegetable finish. Artfully crafted and balanced; a benchmark for this new style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198062
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Workhorse India Pale Ale
Brilliant amber color. Rich aromas of apricot and grapefruit jams, baguette, and pine needle with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, lush, grilled turnip, peppery arugula, and honeyed grapefruit hop flourish. Wonderfully rich and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197892
Fegley’s Brew Works
Arctic Alchemy Old Ale
Hazy brown copper color. Mild aromas of cocoa, molasses, sherry, and sautéed nut with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a chewy chocolate candy bar and peppery hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
196839
Blue Tractor Brewery
Demonic Ale
Deep brown black color. Rich hoppy aromas of chocolate, fruit cake, hemp and baking spices are very attractive with a savor vegetable, chocolate latte and sweet baking spice driven finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197841
Gubernija SC
Tamsusis Elis
Deep reddish brown color. Aromas of roasted nut and grain and chocolate soufflé with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, tangy, toast and sprout finish. Delicious and super drinkable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197916
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Secession Organic Cascadian Dark Ale
Deep brown black color. Fruity hoppy aromas and flavors of apricot, grapefruit marmalade and raisin scone with a supple dryish medium-full and an herbal, grassy oregano, root vegetable, and pine sap accented finish. A delicious dark treat for hop heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197925
Pagosa Brewing Company
Kayaker Cream Ale
Brilliant pale golden color. Lovely aromas and flavors of whipped cream, honey, and spicy marmalade on brioche with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, creamy finish with a hint of water chestnut and grassy hops on the finish. A spot-on cream ale. Superb
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198001
10 Barrel Brewing
Oregon Brown Ale
Rich citrusy, floral hop aromas with a crisp, vivacious fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, grilled root vegetable, chocolate mint and honey grilled citrus finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197875
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Brewer's Share ESB: Extra Special Barney
Pure copper color. Bright aromas of honeyed citrus, toasted baguette and nuts with a crisp, frothy dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, vibrant hop and a grass accented finish. Delicious and satisfying.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195290
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hop Pursuit
Slightly hazy amber color. Aromas of roasted grain, praline, and dried citrus with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy citrus marmalade and grassy earth finish. Delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197917
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Organic Hopworks IPA
Aromas of peach chutney on bruschetta, aromatic herbs, and grapefruit sorbet with a rich, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and long, cascading finish of grilled root vegetable, dried fruits and peppery, spicy, barky hops. Great vitality and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197962
Shmaltz Brewing Company
He'Brew Hop Manna IPA
Rich copper color. Bold pine, grilled citrus, peach jam, and honeyed nut toast aromas with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a dried apricot, kale, beet, peppery hop, and salty pretzel like finish. Rich and delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198022
Track Town
200 Meter Ale
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange-pineapple marmalade on brioche with a creamy, fruity medium-to-full body and a lush, balanced citrus peel and peppered mesclun-like finish. Great style and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198063
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Gearhead India Pale Ale
Deep amber color. Rich aromas of apricot butter on rye, grapefruit and pinesap with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy radish, earthy kale, and grapefruit rind-like hop flourish. Nicely balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195371
Maui Brewing Co.
Black Rock Ale
Deep black brown color. Hoppy aromas and flavors of grapefruit, blood orange, creamy mocha and arugula with a smooth, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, astringent, beautifully balanced finish. A great, polished example of a new American style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197959
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone Ruination IPA
Bright pale amber color. Pungent cannibis-like hop and grilled apricot and pineapple aromas with a chewy, dryish medium-full body and a butter toasted baguette, root vegetable and piney, resinous hop finish. A serious explosion on hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197999
10 Barrel Brewing
Apocalypse IPA
Deep amber color. Aromas of peach marmalade and lemon peel with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, smooth sweet citrus and peppered kale accented finish. Very tasty and well balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197915
Hopworks Urban Brewery
Noggin Floggin Organic Barleywine
Bright orange marmalade on herb bread aromas with a crisp, chewy fruity medium-full body and a long, warming mint, peppery jelly and piney hop accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197988
Lakefront Brewery
Fixed Gear American Red Ale
Hazy amber copper color. Bright fruity grapefruit-like hop aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, tangy grain and tangerine finish. Very nice and stylistically right on money for a US amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197989
Lakefront Brewery
Lakefront IBA
Dark brown black color. Hoppy aromas of pine, grapefruit, coffee, cocoa, and fruity cake with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a chocolate mint, cola, and peppery spice driven finish. Very tasty and sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198045
Samuel Adams
Longshot Mile High Barleywine
copper color. Aromas of toasted peach danish and citrus marmalade with a lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a chewy tropical fruit tart, beet, and grassy citrus hop finish. Nice intensity and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198046
Samuel Adams
Longshot Blackened Hops
black color. Aromas of chocolate drizzled bread and polenta with a soft, chewy fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a savory, creamy tapioca, salty baguette, and baking spice finish. Wonderful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198082
Blue Point Brewing Company
Pale Ale
Aromas of buttered toast, citrus jam, and cashew brittle with a crisp, frothy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, nicely astringent grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198084
Blue Point Brewing Company
Spring Fling Copper Ale
Aromas of toasty orange and peach danishes with a supple, dryish medium body and a long, fine balanced peppered sprouts-like hop finish. Excellent style and sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198093
Fish Brewing Co.
Reel Ales Hodgson's Double India Pale Ale
Pretty reddish copper color. Bright chocolate orange peel, honeycomb, graham cracker, and pine aromas with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, tangy citrus, peppery, grassy hop finish. Very rich and refreshing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197873
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Pale Ale
Pretty pale amber color. Fresh bread crust and light citrus aromas with a crisp, frothy, dry-yet fruity medium body and a wonderfully balanced malt and citrusy hop finish. Excellent.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198061
Laurelwood Brewing Co.
Organic Free Range Red Ale
Deep amber color. Noble hop aromas with a touch of citrus and baguette. Crisp and finely carbonated with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lingering astringent hop finish that balanced the malty sweetness. Very well balanced and delicious.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197933
Quidi Vidi Brewing Co.
British IPA
Beautiful deep amber color. Savory grainy bread, dusty root vegetable, and Swiss chard aromas and flavors with a crisp, frothy medium body and a nicely astringent, honeyed citrus and minerally, leafy hop finish. A very nice food beer that really nails the British IPA hop profile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195042
Vancouver Island Brewery
Double Decker IPA
Pale amber color. Aromas of fresh orange and grapefruit peels and honeyed date bread with a round dryish medium body and a balanced, nicely astringent nutskin and earthy hop refrain. A dry and sophisticated British style IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195558
Bayou Teche Brewing
LA 31 Biere Pale
Aromas of grainy corn flour, nut brittle, lettuce and roasted turnips are interestingly taco-like with a round dryish medium-to-full body body and crisp, okra and grassy hop bite.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
196837
Blue Tractor Brewery
Bumper Crop IPA
Pale amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, lemon muffin, and savory herbal soufflé with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a body peppered arugula and grilled orange and beet like finish. Very nice and super quaffable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197893
Fegley’s Brew Works
Hop Explosion IPA
Golden amber color. Rich fruit danish, and peppery, spicy hop aromas with a supple, dryish medium body and a grilled parsnip and a grassy, radish-like hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198092
Fish Brewing Co.
Leavenworth Navigator Doppelbock
Deep copper brown color. Lightly smoked dried meat, graham cracker, and Mexican chocolate aromas with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and dried fruit, spice and peppery radish finish. A nice spicy doppelbock.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197949
Goose Island Beer Co.
Nut Brown Ale
Deep brown color. Very mild aromas suggest toffee and fig with a crisp, dryish medium body and a cola and cocoa, grassy hop accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197883
Granville Island Brewing Co.
Imperial IPA
Fruity vinaigrette on mesclun and grilled citrus and bread aromas with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a long, zesty grilled fruit, salted pretzel bread, and peppery hop finish. Nice balance and vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197990
Lakefront Brewery
Bridge Burner Special Reserve Ale
Deep brown color. Aromas of pickled okra, leek, chocolate and turnip with a crisp, dryish medium body and a sweet toffee and spicy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197960
Shmaltz Brewing Company
He'Brew Genesis Dry Hopped Session Ale
Grapefruit, custard and praline with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a lightly vegetal and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197855
The Brooklyn Brewery
East India Pale Ale
Pale amber color. Earthy and fruity aromas of soy, roasted root vegetable, honeyed orange with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a peppered spinach and succotash like hop and malt finish. A nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198000
10 Barrel Brewing
"ISA" India-Style Session Ale
Pale amber color. Mild honeyed citrus and lavender aromas and flavors with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and fruit stripe gum and tropical fruit salad like finish. Nice.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198139
Blue Tractor Brewery
Rootbeer Rye
Spicy honeyed rye bread, wintergreen custard, and sarsaparilla aromas and flavors with a supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a creamy vanilla soufflé and root vegetable, and mustard greens accented finish. Intriguing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195345
Fish Brewing Co.
Swordfish Double Cascadian Dark Ale
Dark brown color. Nice caramelized roasted nut, citrus and peppered spinach aromas with a tangy medium body and homemade catsup, dried cherry and citrus, and earthy beet accented finish. A nice savory beer for the pub table; serve with sausages and onion rings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195348
Fish Brewing Co.
Fish Tale Organic Blonde Ale
Golden color with a light hazy. Corn bread toast, white bean paste and faint plum and citrus aromas with a crisp, round dryish medium body and a savory, toasty root vegetable and grass finish. An interesting food affined take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195350
Fish Brewing Co.
Wild Salmon Organic Pale Ale
Aromas of apricot and pineapple jam on toast with a silky dryish medium body and a crisp, jicama, nut and earth finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197950
Goose Island Beer Co.
Honkers Ale
Brilliant deep amber color. Lovely pure dried apricot pastry aroma with a round, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a juicy orange, rye crisp, mustard seed and greens finish. Very tasty and sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197881
Granville Island Brewing Co.
Kitsilano Maple Cream Ale
Bright copper penny color. Mild caramel-maple gelato aromas with a frothy, dryish medium body and a fruity, honeyed date cake and radish accented finish. tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197931
Marin Brewing Co.
Marin I.P.A
Slightly hazy amber color. Compacted grain, honeyed quince, and sourdough aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a slightly sour and tangy, tropical citrus, cocoa, honeyed radish and spice finish. Nice earthiness for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195373
Maui Brewing Co.
Double Overhead IPA
Deep amber color. Mellow aromas of pineapple jam, grapefruit and corn pudding with a rich, chewy dry-yet-fruity full body and a savory peach custard, lemon pepper, and grass finish. Serve with fajitas.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195456
Narragansett Brewing Co.
Summer Ale
Deep old gold color. Aromas of peach marmalade on rye toast with a faint hint of stewed okra and peppers. Supple and frothy with a dry medium body and a floury, doughy, mossy stone accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197945
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Thumper American IPA
Deep reddish amber color. Aromas of peach, gingerbread, and candied orange with a zesty fruity medium-to-full body and a spicy fruity cake and honeyed kiwi, nut, and grassy hop finish. A fun, flavorful IPA that will be great with Thai food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198020
Rogue Ales
Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale
Copper color. Aromas of caramelized nuts and citrus with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a grainy, grapefruit driven finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197961
Shmaltz Brewing Company
He'Brew Messiah Nut Brown Ale
Deep brown color. Aromas of chocolate nut fudge, soy, and hush puppy with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a toffeed nut, latte, and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198055
The Lion Brewery
Stegmaier India Pale Ale
Pure amber color. Fruity pineapple danish and baklava aromas with a frothy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a grilled citrus, honeyed apple, mineral and watercress-like finish with floral pine blossom like hops. A tasty IPA for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198083
Blue Point Brewing Company
No Apologies Double IPA
Amber color. Aromas of margarine sautéed vegetables and dried citrus with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, highly astringent nutshell, orange rind, peach pit, and peppery, herbal hop finish. A hopped up food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198094
Blue Tractor Brewery
Bad Moon Ryeizen IPA
Deep amber copper color. Aromas of buttered multigrain toast and faint marinate okra with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and honey baked orange and pineapple, kale, and peppery hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198086
Cervecería Kross
Golden Ale
Floral aromas of waxy honeycomb, orange and peach marmalades on a buttered scone with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a nice fresh baguette and earthy hop finish. A nice carefree sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195454
Frankenmuth Brewery
English Style India Pale Ale
Hazy amber copper color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, grilled romaine, and toasted corn bread with a supple, dryish medium body and a tangy grilled citrus, root vegetable, and peppery hop finish. A savory, sessiony food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195372
Maui Brewing Co.
Big Swell IPA
Amber. Aromas of oily cashew brittle, dried peaches and grapefruits, and pepper with a supple fruity-yet-dry medium body a stewed okra, orange marmalade and radicchio finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198089
Mehana Brewing Company
Volcano Red Ale
Aromas of toasted grain and soy with a crisp, frothy dryish medium body and a tart, lingering grilled citrus and greens-like hop finish. Very nice and a great choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197924
Pagosa Brewing Company
Kayaker Golden Ale
Lightly hazy golden color. Lovely aromas of honeyed toasted Hawaiian bread with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp jicama, Brazil nut and kiwi accented finish. A super lawn mower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198019
Rogue Ales
Mogul Madness
Deep copper brown color. Aromas of spicy carrot cake, cocoa and dates with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a honeyed citrus peel, watercress and bitter pine cone accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197854
The Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brown Ale
Deep brown amber color. Aromas of mocha cherry fudge, soy and citrus marmalade with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, kiwi and cocoa accented finish. Very pleasant and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198034
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Singleton Barleywine Style Ale
Deep amber color. Roast grain and gilled citrus and peach aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a chewy, roasted root vegetable and pepper hop finish. A nice lighter-styled barleywine choice for the table; try with pork.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197830
Wild Range
India Pale Ale
Pale amber color. Aromas of honeyed pumpernickel toast and delicate citrus with a soft, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a crisp, dried veggie and watercress-like finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197831
Barrel Trolley
Pale Ale
Pale amber color. Aromas of dried fruits and lemon muffin with a supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, frothy pistachio and sprouts-like hop finish. Nicely balanced and flavorful.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
196838
Blue Tractor Brewery
Rusty Tractor American Amber Ale
Hazy brown color. Aromas of chocolate covered cherry and raspberry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, roasted root vegetable and pecan, grass and pepper finish. Tasty, but not an amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197832
Cable Car
India Pale Ale
Pale amber color. Ginger-orange marmalade and English muffin aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a honey and root vegetable accented finish. A pleasant easy-drinking IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198087
Cervecería Kross
Lupulus ESB
Pale amber color. Aromas of peach jam, buttery caramel, and cinnamon apple danish with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very crisp, grassy, herbal, and citrusy hop finish. Solid and appealing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195400
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
120 Shilling Scotch Ale
Aromas of dark roasted nuts, grilled lemons and peaches, and wet hay, with a racy, tingling dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming molasses, nut, moss and lemon pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195397
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Downstate Pale Ale
Pale amber color. Aromas of hoppy, fruity Brach’s toffee, lemon curd on rye, peppercorns, and pickled beets with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and toasty polenta, char grilled citrus and root vegetables, and peppery radicchio finish. A nice savory pale ale; serve with sausages.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197212
Frankenmuth Brewery
American Blonde Ale
Old gold color. Aromas of orange cake and almond brittle with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a grain and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198004
Garrison Brewing Company
Nut Brown Ale
Dark reddish brown color. Aromas of baker’s chocolate and sourdough toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an peach marmalade, kale, and radish sprout-like finish. A solid food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197947
Goose Island Beer Co.
Green Line Pale Ale
Buttered toast, praline, and edamame aromas with a crisp, dryish medium body and a lightly vegetal, grassy hop and honey driven finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197884
Granville Island Brewing Co.
Irish Red Ale
Brilliant deep amber color with a long lasting blanket of fine foam. Bold citrusy, coniferous herbal hop, chocolate cookie, and bread aromas with a rich, foamy dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy apricot jam, burnt orange peel, radish, and faint metallic, phenolic tang on the finish. A very hoppy take on the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197834
Roscoe’s Hop House
India Pale Ale
Pale golden amber color. Aromas of lemon herb lozenge, buttery praline, and honeyed tea with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy honeyed citrus, peach custard and minty hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197829
Tap Room 21
Pale Ale
Golden amber color. Aromas of apple butter and floury scone with a hint of root beer. Crisp and soft with a dryish light-to-medium body and a foamy sprouts, mint and grass accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197827
Wingwalker
India Pale Ale
Light amber color. Aromas of spicy honey, grilled citrus and vegetables with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, stone fruit, pepper, grassy hop finish. Nice earthy hoppy bite will be good with pub food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197828
Wingwalker
Pale Ale
Aromas of honeyed biscuit, dried flower and nectarine with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a crisp, fruit and peppered watercress like hop finish. A solid quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195166
Bastone Brewery
Royal IPA
Pale amber color. Aromas of succotash, vanilla cookie, and peach cobbler with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a creamy roasted root vegetable, honeyed grapefruit skin and radicchio finish. Interesting combination of fruity and savory qualities; best with food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
194868
Blue Tractor Brewery
Scotty's Full Power Scotch Ale
Rich copper color. Lovely aromas of melted toffee, toasted dark rye, roasted soy, potter’s clay, and lemon pudding with a supple, silky medium-to-full body and a banana cake, brown sugar, and honey roasted pistachio finish. A not very peaty at all, but a cool range of food friendly flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197913
Fireman’s Brew
Redhead Amber Ale
Copper brown color. Aromas of mocha, scone and toffee with supple, dryish medium body and a crisp, peppered nut and grassy hop finish. A nice session beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198023
Rogue Ales
Dad's Little Helper Black IPA
Mild earthy aromas with a dryish medium body and a molasses, burnt sugar, coffee,herb, and almond scone accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197996
The Vermont Pub and Brewery
Burly Irish Ale
Deep reddish brown with an olive rim. Mild cocoa, dusty nut, and sourdough bread aromas with a dryish light body and a earthy, grainy, peach pit accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197997
The Vermont Pub and Brewery
Dogbite Bitter
Minutely hazy copper color. Aromas of dark roasted nuts and bread, sautéed greens and asparagus, and chocolate custard with a soft, dry light-to-medium body and a crisp, grassy and peppery hop snap on the finish. A nice savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195500
Blue Tractor Brewery
Hopicidal Maniac Centennial IPA
Bold lightly musty hop, nut and haystack aromas and flavors with a biting grilled turnip, lemon pepper and grilled romaine lettuce finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198095
Blue Tractor Brewery
Sudworth Bock
Murky copper orange color. Aromas of peach pie and salty baguette with a supple, chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and roasted nut and corn accented finish. An appetizing, savory beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197833
Cable Car
Pale Ale
Bright amber color. Aromas of parmesan herb muffin, praline, and honeyed dried fruit with a supple fruity-yet-dry banana taffy wrapper, nutskin, and wafer accented finish with light grassy, peppery hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195396
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Jacob's Ladder American Brown Ale
Hazy copper brown color. Aromas of apricot butter, lemon pepper, and rye toast with a supple, dryish medium body and burnt nut, garden hose, tobacco, coffee and peppery arugula finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195399
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Hoperation Overload Double IPA
Hazy copper orange color. Bold warm apricot and kumquat marmalades and fruit cake aromas and flavors with a juicy, fruity medium-full body and a peach nectar and orange cake, kale, and grilled pineapple finish. A fruit hophead centric brew.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195349
Fish Brewing Co.
Fish Tale Organic Amber Ale
Brilliant deep copper color. Aromas of praline and toast with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a flan, turnip and grass nuanced finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195453
Frankenmuth Brewery
Batch 69 American India Pale Ale
Hazy orange amber color. Peach, pine and orange pudding aromas and flavors with a slightly metallic burnt kale and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198002
Garrison Brewing Company
Hopyard Pale Ale
Bright pale amber color. Bold aromas of dried peaches, bread crust, and delicate herbal hops with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a spiced apple, pear, and roasted nut accented finish with firm grassy, rapini-like hops. Nice balance and snap.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197882
Granville Island Brewing Co.
Lions Winter Ale
Aromas of cocoa puffs, maple fudge, and toffee with a sweetish, frothy medium body and a tangy, citrus pith, grass and mineral finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197856
The Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Pennant Ale '55
Amber color. Fruity apple pie crust, orange blossom honey, and corn pudding aromas with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a creamy, sprouts, mineral ore, and peppery hop accented finish. A nice lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197209
Frankenmuth Brewery
Red Sky Ale
Reddish copper color. Aromas of caramelized nuts,buttered raisin toast, and pepper with a crisp, supple, dryish medium body and a dried fruit and kale accented finish. A nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198003
Garrison Brewing Company
Tall Ship Amber Ale
Bold sour dough and succotash aromas with a fruity medium and a bright apricot jelly on gingersnap and fruity stripe gum flavors with a radish-like finish. A bit strange.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197926
Pagosa Brewing Company
Pagosa Pale Ale
Hazy golden amber color. Toasty malt and citrusy hop aromas with a foamy lightly sour and grainy medium body and a pine, buttered bread, and grapefuity hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
197998
The Vermont Pub and Brewery
O'Shennanigan's Brown
Mild citrus and nutshell aromas with a soft, dryish light body and a tart nectarine and citrus finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
198140
Blue Tractor Brewery
Tamaltach's Old Irish Red Ale
Brown color. Aromas of stale peanut butter and figs with a sourish medium body and a sweet chocolate pudding, nutskin, turnip, and citrusy floral bath soap accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195398
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Bar Sinister Mild Ale
Deep reddish brown color. Elusive aromas of over roasted whole nuts, fish bones, canned peas, and cranberry bread toast with a supple, dryish medium body and a blackstrap molasses, singed soy bean, and dusty black licorice driven finish. Different.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195395
Destihl Restaurant & Brew Works
Roadblock British Red Ale
Reddish mahogany color. Mild aromas of toffee, succotash, bean casserole, and toast with a round, dryish medium body and a slightly vegetal, cherry cola, melon, peach and grassy hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
195296
Northwoods Brewing Corp. LLC
Wall-I P.A
Bright amber color. Bold aromas of wet linen, apricot marmalade on buttered lemon poppy seed muffin, moss, and swimming pool with a soft, pliant dry medium body and a wispy peppered salad and green plum finish. Micro-hop character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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