April 2014 - 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
204367
Traquair House Brewery
Traquair Jacobite Ale
Dark brown color. Complex spicy aromas and flavors of coriander, mace, cinnamon, pink peppercorn, turmeric, cocoa and peach-date bread with a rich, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, chocolate toffee, radish, mocha, and heather accented finish. Amazing complexity and integration of flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205988
Goose Island Beer Co.
India Pale Ale
Rich amber color. Aromas and flavors of tangerine preserves on rye toast with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent bitter greens, nut, and pepper finish. Delicious and super sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205801
Port City Brewing Co.
Monumental IPA
Slight hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of spicy apricot-orange marmalade on honeyed raisin toast with a crisp, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a refreshingly bitter pepper and rapini-like finish. Very tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204309
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Visionary Brew
Deep amber color. Aromas of caramelized citrus and nuts and pine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, well-balanced finish with notes of honeyed dried fruits, pepper, and radish. A delicious and expertly crafted double IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206069
Samuel Adams
Third Voyage Double IPA
Copper orange color, Interesting aromas of orange-pepper bread, peach custard pastry and and sautéed greens with supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory and bitter, pretzel bread, grilled citrus and peppered rapini finish. A great food IIPA with rich maltiness; try with spicy curries.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206049
Gaslight Brewery
Slalom Ale
Pale yellow straw color. Aromas of sourdough toast and light fruit jelly with a soft, dryish light-to-medium body and a honeyed corn, nectarine, and nutskin. A good representation of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205989
Goose Island Beer Co.
The Illinois Imperial IPA
Lustrous deep amber orange color. Hoppy aromas of mint green tea, mossy pinecone, honey, and orange custard pastry with a fruity medium-to-full body and a frothy, warming jicama, cayenne on mango, peppercorn, and mustard greens finish. A nicely composed and warming IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204059
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Boréale IPA
Brilliant amber color. Aromas of citrus marmalade, honey, roasted nuts and grain, and toasted herb muffin with a foamy, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rounded, wet stone, onion sprout, fruitcake, and white pepper finish. Lots of herbal complexity make this a distinctive, very food friendly IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206023
Packinghouse Brewing Co.
Ol' Smudgepot
Luminous mahogany color with a fine mousse. Aromas of cracked pepper, caramelized stone fruits, and multigrain bread dough with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a gently warming, honeyed cranberry toast and mineral accented finish. A nice, mellow fireside sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206092
Privatbrauerei Aying
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
Dark brown with a reddish cast. Aromas of chocolate covered fruits, grains, and nuts with a hint of meat with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a crisp, toffee and latte accented finish. A bit more lighter framed than previous bottlings and a great choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206073
Samuel Adams
Ruby Mild
Lustrous copper color. Aromas of caramelized peaches and sourdough raisin toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a refreshingly balanced, honeyed melon, spiced banana and lettuce accented finish. Very easy going and tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206079
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous Black IPA
Dark brown black. Aromas of chocolate nuts and citrus peels, pepper, herbs, and chive jelly with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a crisp, grilled root vegetable, dried ham, and peppered kale finish. Deliciously vibrant and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206072
The Boston Beer Co.
Dark Depths Baltic IPA
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of melted toffee and toasted fruitcake with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a satiny, savory caramelized nut, pepper, citrus, and watercress finish. Very nice depth and vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204208
Berghoff Brewery
Reppin' Red Ale
Dark copper color. Aromas of caramelized citrus, fig, and pepper bread toast with a crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a nice wave of bittering hops on the long finish. An excellent, dry, well balanced food beer with a good dose of hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205285
Elm City Brewing Company
Armageddon Black IPA
Dark brown with a bronze cast and taupe head. Aromas of chocolate drizzled and grilled citrus, cayenne pork rind, with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a lingering, astringent and bitter baker’s cocoa, peppercorn, and rapini finish. The bitterness is aggressively agreeable and makes this a great food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205990
Goose Island Beer Co.
Ten Hills Pale Ale
Rich amber color. Aromas of pepper-oregano focaccia and peach pastry with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, nicely astringent, honeyed grilled pineapple, banana, and papaya and pepper finish. Very pleasurable and well balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204253
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
New Mission Organics IPA
Rich copper color with a khaki lace. Aromas of caramelized citrus and stone fruits and honey butter on cinnamon rolls with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a rich, frothy, grilled carrot, nut, brown sugar, strawberry preserves, and peppery greens flourish on the finish. Impressive richness and dimension.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205976
Hopcat Brewery
PT Brown
Deep brown color. Attractive hoppy aromas of citrus marmalade, oregano honey, and pine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, mocha latte, peppercorn, roasted grain, pine cone and mineral finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206018
Mother Road Brewing Company
Roadside American Ale
Lustrously clear amber copper color with frog eye bubbles. Aromas of margarita pizza, cracked pepper, and fig paste with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and pleasant buttered raisin toast and salty roasted corn finish. A nice savory food beer that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206005
Rogness Brewing Company
Holiday Winter Ale
Copper color. Aromas of cinnamon raisin oatmeal cookie and fresh gingerbread with a tangy, silky, medium-to-full body and a long creamy white cherry toffee, Asian spices, and pepper jelly finish. Delicious, balanced, and a very festive. Try with vanilla based desserts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206075
Samuel Adams
Hazel Brown
Deep reddish bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of milk chocolate coated hazelnuts with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing creamy chocolate cherry mousse finish. Very tasty and sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206071
Samuel Adams
Juniper IPA
Lustrous copper orange color. Aromas of orange spice cake, pink peppercorn, lemon custard, and lavender with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a frothy, bitter finish with a notes of juniper jelly, pepper, radicchio, and violet gelato. Quite a clever and uniquely flavorful brew. Try with goat cheeses
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205965
Belching Beaver Brewery
Dammed Imperial IPA
Copper color. Aromas of mango chutney, peach-pineapple cobbler, and roasted grain with a chewy, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, caramelized citrus, radicchio, and pepper finish. Great intensity and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204261
Elevator Brewing Co.
Bleeding Buckeye Red Ale
Deep reddish copper color. Aromas of grilled citrus, wet pine and moss, and pepper herb bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a crisp, honey roasted carrot, rapini, radish and peppercorn accented finish. A nicely balanced, hoppy red ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204135
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Pub Series English Pale
Rich amber color. Aromas of apricot and grapefruit marmalades, pink peppercorn, and honey buttered raisin scone with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and tangy roasted nut, quince, dried violet, and grassy hop finish. A very nice and sessionable British style pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205975
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Belknap's Bock
Dark copper bronze color. Interesting aromas of teriyaki roasted nuts, chocolate, cola, and toasted fig bread with a crisp, supple dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a great, balanced interplay of roasted grain, peppercorn muffin, and grassy, watercress like hops. A great domestic bock that begs for sausages and cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205977
Hopcat Brewery
Right Meow Pale
Deep amber color. Aromas of peach butter and mango chutney on biscuits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a lovely caramelized citrus, nut, and carrot accented finish with balanced peppery hops. A great, vibrantly flavorful and balanced choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204061
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Boréale Blonde
Golden yellow color. Aromas of toasted baguette and herb butter with a supple, dryish, cream-like foamy light-to-medium body a nice, lightly peppery, radish sprout and nut finish. A rock solid golden ale for sessions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206004
Rogness Brewing Company
Rook Scotch Ale
Dark copper bronze color. Smoky peat, herb roasted nuts, and caramelized fruit aromas with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a spicy smoked paprika, grilled carrot, cigar ash, and kale finish. True-to-style smokiness and a great choice for spicy bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206096
Stevens Point Brewery
Whole Hog Six Hop India Pale Ale
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of Bananas Foster, creme brulee, and onion-quince marmalade with a chewy, fruity medium-full body and a pepper bread toast, brown sugar, and a grilled carrot. More of a strong ale than an IPA, but very tasty and food friendly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206077
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone IPA
Golden amber color. Hoppy aromas of grilled and caramelized tropical citrus on brioche with a supple dryish medium-to-full body and a snappy. bitter, peppercorn chive muffin, radicchio, and grilled turnip accented finish with great astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206078
Stone Brewing Co.
- Stone Pale Ale
Deep amber color. Aromas of dried grapefruit, dark toast, pepper, and roasted corn with a crisp, dry medium-to-full body and a nicely astringent grilled citrus, rapini, and pine sap smack on the long finish. Lots of hoppy attitude.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206336
Sweetwater Brewing Co.
420 Extra Pale Ale
Amber color with floating particles. Mild aromas of toast and dried citrus with a tangy medium body and a melon, starfruit, pepper, and lettuce finish. A pleasant, supple golden ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205950
August Schell Brewing Co.
Schell's Bock
Deep copper color. Aromas of citrus and stone fruit marmalades on raisin rye bread with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, peppery snap on the finish. A little on the fruity side, but quite tasty and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205966
Belching Beaver Brewery
Rabid Beaver Rye IPA
Brilliant deep amber orange color. Fruity aromas of mango-pineapple compote, pine, and pepper bread with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, medley of grilled tropical fruits, pepper, and a bitter mustard greens. An intense, borderline imperial IPA that delivers the hoppy goods.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204477
Caldera Brewing Company
India Pale Ale
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Brash aromas and flavors of apricot-pineapple jam, cheese rind, pine cone, and toasted herb bread with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a very dry and astringent herbal pizza crust, white pepper, and bitter grapefruit pith finish. A robustly bitter IPA for hop heads; try with a shot of bourbon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205924
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Pub Series ESB
Copper color. Aromas of honeyed toast with a hint of cocoa. Crisp and dryish with a medium-to-full body and a zesty dried citrus, melon and peppered greens finish. A great, vibrantly flavorful version of the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205974
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
1826 IPA
Deep copper mahogany color. Bold aromas of chocolate covered orange peels and Brach’s caramels with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a fruit salad and peppered greens and nuts finish. Quite lively and fruit driven.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205992
Hudsonville Pike 51 Brewing Co.
Hopnosis IPA
Old gold color. Nice dank hop aromas suggest pepper-scallion-oregano bread, mustard greens, and kumquats chutney with a frothy, dryish medium body and a snappy cayenne, radish, rapini, and grilled grapefruit finish. Aggressive hoppy fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204060
Les Brasseurs du Nord
Boréale Rousse
Pure copper brown color. Aromas of grilled root vegetables and citrus, dark roasted nuts, and toasted baguette with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and an elegant, layered finish with notes of sprouts, toffee, honeyed grain, and earth. A great session or table beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206021
Packinghouse Brewing Co.
Bell Tower Blonde
Golden yellow color. Fruity caramel spread on toast aromas with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a refreshing kiwi, pepper, and kale finish. Very clean, tasty and well balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205836
Rogue Ales
Juniper Pale Ale
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Restrained aromas of toasted bread and lemon marmalade with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a well balanced herbal and peppercorn-like hop finish. Very nicely composed flavors and texture.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206093
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
India Ale
Pale amber color. Aroma of honeyed oranges and pears with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and refreshingly balanced honey butter, date, and arugula finish. Very well balanced, nicely fruity and sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204312
Wychwood Brewery Co.
Duchy Originals Organic Old Ruby Ale
Copper color. Aromas of peach butter on pumpernickel toast with a crisp, dry medium body and an earthy nut, dried fruit, mineral, and watercress accented finish. A spot on dry bitter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205967
Belching Beaver Brewery
Hop Highway IPA
Golden amber color. Interesting aromas of herbs, honey, grilled mangos and papayas, brown sugar, and grapefruit yogurt with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and juniper candy, pinecone and arugula accented finish. A nice session IPA that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204476
Caldera Brewing Company
Ashland Amber Ale
Deep orange amber color. Dank hoppy aromas of toasted tortilla, grilled citrus, and polenta and salted nuts with a supple, dryish medium body and a radish, golden beet, pepper, soapy cilantro, and citrus rind finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205915
Epic Brewing Company
Epic Imperial IPA
Hazy copper orange color. Aromas and flavors of tarragon honey, grilled citrus and root vegetables with a supple, dryish medium-to-full body and a bitter papaya-banana custard, pine, pepper and mineral accented finish. Very well balanced and flavor packed.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205897
Fort George Brewery and Public House
Next Adventure Black I.P.A.
black color. Aromas of grilled citrus, pine, pizza herbs, and chocolate with a crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a long refreshing, citrusy hop, roasted parsnip and cauliflower, and dark herb bread driven finish. A very nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204251
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Gerald Rye Ford Imperial IPA
Dark copper meets reddish mahogany color. Dense aromas of caramelized citrus, pine sap, and Indian spice cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-full body and a long, concentrated pineapple marmalade, peppery greens, radish and earth accented finish. Big, but balanced hop and malt flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205972
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Red Ramona Ale
Copper brown color. Aromas of malted chocolate toffee and mocha latte with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long chocolate nut and citrus and lettuce. Walking down more of a English brown path, but quite tasty and satisfying.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205858
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.
Edwyn's Warm-Up Ale
Brilliant dark amber color. Aromas of peanut brittle, raisin rye toast, and grilled romaine with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, honeyed citrus, pepper, and nougat finish. Bold and appetizing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202919
Lake Superior Brewing
Deep Water Black IPA
Brown black color. Aromas of chocolate coffee bean, nut and orange peel, and fruit cake with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a tangy, grapefruit, roasted chestnut, and pine accented finish. A nice emphasis the malt and balance for drinkability here.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206022
Packinghouse Brewing Co.
Heritage Pale Ale
Amber color. Enticing aromas of pumpkin cheesecake with graham cracker crust, honey, and apple butter on rye toast with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and refreshing grilled citrus and root vegetable and peppered greens flourish on the finish. Flavor packed and mouthwateringly appetizing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205800
Port City Brewing Co.
Essential Pale Ale
Hazy sunset color. Aromas of mango chutney on raisin rye toast and cherry vinaigrette with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppered melon, sweet cream, and golden beet accented finish. A very nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206037
Revolver Brewing
Revolver Bock
Russet brown color. Intriguing aromas and flavors suggest chocolate graham crackers, root beer float,and a hint of roasted marinated pork loin with plush dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppered, dried apple and root vegetable finish. A fun beer to pair with bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205842
Rogue Ales
Rogue Farms Single Malt Ale
Slightly hazy golden color. Aromas of fresh toast, honeycomb, and dried citrus blossoms with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy, orange and melon, pepper, nut, and root vegetable accented finish. A racy, savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205795
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Bernese Barley Wine Ale
Minutely hazy deep copper color. Aromas of butter roasted nuts, chocolate orange peel, and peppercorn muffin with a chewy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a long, honeyed raisin toast, herb and pepper. Very tasty and balanced.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205928
Eddyline Brewing
River Runners Pale Ale
Brassy amber color. Fruity aromas of pineapple cake, mango gelato, and juniper jelly with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a buttery caramel, rye toast, and peppered greens driven finish. A pleasantly fruity and snappy pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205927
Eddyline Brewing
Crank Yanker IPA
Pale amber color. Aromas of peach yogurt, orange peppercorn vinaigrette, and steamed broccoli with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a dried cherry, pepper, orange, and glazed yam accented finish. A touch wild and wooly, but fun and good choice for pairings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206027
Excelsior Brewing Co.
XLCR Pale Ale
Deep amber color. Aromas of peach danish and apple sauce with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tangy caramelized citrus, melon, and grassy hop finish. A pleasant easy-drinking pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206028
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Shattered Solstice Ale
Hazy amber copper color. Aromas of ginger beer and coriander-turmeric spice rub on poultry meat with a fruity medium body and a ginger snap, caramel corn, and grilled parsnip finish. Vibrant, festive, and fun.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205969
Innis & Gunn Brewing Company
Toasted Oak IPA
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of vanilla yogurt nuts and raisins and dried apricot pastry with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a creamy, tangy sweet citrus and melon gelato finish. An interesting oak-aged take on the classic style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
202299
Theresianer
Pale Ale
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of banana custard, pear marmalade on sourdough toast and melon sorbet with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a peppery hop and dusty root vegetable accented finish. Not very British pale ale like upfront-a bit too fruity, but finishes dryly with a nice snappiness. Serve with spicy curries.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205797
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Irish Setter Red
Lustrous copper color. Aromas of buttery nut brittle, buckwheat honey, and chocolate mousse with a supple, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a pleasant honeyed oatmeal, raisin, marinated cucumber and kale finish. Tasty.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205995
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
General Sherman IPA
Golden amber color. Aromas bitter lemon, chicken fat chips, and pineapple marmalade with a supple, dryish medium body and a rutabaga, watercress, honey, and pepper accented finish. A savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205996
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
Double Dry Hopped General Sherman IPA
Slightly hazy golden amber color. Aromas of frosted apple strudel, grilled pepper, and dried mango with a dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a lingering hoppy, grilled citrus, pine, greens, and pepper finish. A burly IPA for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205929
Blue Heron BrewPub
Golden Road
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Aromas of apricot creme brulee and pineapple vinaigrette with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium body and a toasty meringue, banana yogurt, pepper, and clay on the finish. A sweet and savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204130
Elm City Brewing Company
Session Ale
Pale golden yellow color. Aromas of pepper bread and and scallion omelet with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a highly astringent, nettle-like bittering hop finish. Not really a mild, but a good match for hot wings.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205286
Elm City Brewing Company
Christmas Scotch Ale
Dark brown with a copper cast and a khaki lace. Aromas of toasted nut bread, grilled greens, cocoa and lemon pepper with a frothy, dryish medium body and a deft hint of smoked nuts and chocolate on the nice grassy hop finish. A mild Scotch ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206025
Excelsior Brewing Co.
Bridge Jumper IPA
Golden amber color. Fruity caramel and citrus pastry aromas with a frothy, dryish medium body and a honeyed, stewed apricot and root vegetable and kale finish with peppery hops. A nice, fruity food IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206104
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
Lost Colony Ale
Dark brown bronze color. Aromas of brown butter, green peanuts, and kale with a supple, dryish medium body and a caramelized banana, nut, pepper and grass finish. A zippy quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204249
Hopcat Brewery
Son of Hoppo IPA
Dark amber copper color. Aromas of wet roasted grain, powdered citrus cleanser, dusty herbs, and brown grain with a crisp, racy dryish medium body and a grilled root vegetable, stewed spinach, and rapini finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205798
Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
Twisted Kilt Ale
Beautiful bronze color. Aromas of salty crackers, roasted nuts, dark chocolate, and smoked cheese rind with a supple, dryish medium body and a grain husk, pepper, pear. and sprouts accented finish. Nice restraint and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206041
Worthy Brewing Co.
Worthy Pale
Golden amber color. Compacted aromas of minty, green tea and tropical citrus like hops and toasted peach pastry with a crisp, dry-yet-fruity and a pleasantly drying, toasty finish with notes of dried mango, orange, and radicchio. A rock solid pale ale that is quite sessionable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206106
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
Baltimore Blonde
Golden amber color. Honey butter, white blossoms, and roasted corn aromas are reminiscent of Corn Pops cereal with a supple, dryish medium body and tangy, citrus custard and peppered arugula accented finish. A sturdy quaffer that will stand up to greasy pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206105
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
Vitamin O ESB
Amber copper color. Aromas of roasted corn and toasted fruitcake and rice cake with a slightly sour and fruity medium body and a roasted grain, lemon peel, and smoked peppercorn accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204252
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Stickley Brother's Standard Bitter
Amber color with a fine mousse. Aromas of overripe pear, peach custard, caulk, toasty nut bread with a supple, dry medium body and a molten plastic, arugula, Nutella, and mossy earth accented finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206003
Rogness Brewing Company
Gigantophis Imperial IPA
Slightly hazy copper orange color. Aroma nutshells and dried fruits with crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a roasted grain, flour sack, cedar, and peppercorn finish. Very grain driven.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206098
Stevens Point Brewery
Whole Hog Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Copper bronze color. Aromas of chocolate gingerbread and cola float with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium and a creamy, fruity caramel flan, cherry, and grass accented finish. Simple, pleasant, and highly quaffable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205903
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Dank IPA
Luminous copper color. Aromas of apple cider vinaigrette and pineapple slices on mesclun with a sourish dry medium body and a breezy pinecone, clover, and parchment finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206017
Mother Road Brewing Company
Lost Highway
Aromas of over roasted nuts, clay, and dark sour dough with a dry medium body and a bitter turnip, sassafras and peppered mustard greens finish. A racy, spicy food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205546
Badger State Brewing Company
Bunyan Badger Brown Ale
Reddish bronze color. Diametric aromas of dried banana, chocolate caramel fudge and stalky vegetables with a supple, dryish medium body and a slightly sour poached pear, pepper, cocoa, and chestnut honey on greens finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206050
Gaslight Brewery
80 Shilling Wee Heavy
Reddish amber color. Disparate aroma suggest honeyed sundried peaches, butter roasted nuts, and molten wax with a supple, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a minutely sour apricot vinaigrette on watercress finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205857
Grizzly Peak Brewing Co.
Final Repose Ale
Hazy copper brown color with fish eye bubbles. Aromas of stewed fruits and root vegetables and spiced nuts with a somewhat flat, fruity medium body and a honeyed raisin scone, brown sugar,and chocolate finish. British in style and restraint.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205994
Tioga-Sequoia Brewing Co.
99 Golden Ale
Rich amber color. Aromas of asparagus omelet and buttered fruit pastry with a supple, dry light-to-medium body and a sweet potato, pepper bread, nutshell and grass finish. A cleansing food beer and drinks a bit like a lager.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206001
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Big Bertha Brown Ale
Reddish bronze brown color. Earthy aromas of crispy pig skin, chocolate nuts, and dark pepper bread toast with a crisp, dryish medium body and a whole nut, latte, dried banana and peppered kale accented finish. A little odd, yet somewhat appealing.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206040
Worthy Brewing Co.
Worthy IPA
Old golden color. Aromas of perfumed lipstick and dried mango with a dryish medium body and a water chestnut, pear in syrup, and pepper-onion bread finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205548
Badger State Brewing Company
Robin Red IPA
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of poached pears and fruit salad with a silky, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a slightly phenolic melted wax note and greens on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205383
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
Stone of Destiny Scotch Ale
Hazy copper brown color. Aromas of succotash, toasted corn bread, and caramelized and stewed stone fruits with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a bubblegum, spiced pear, and fig Newton accented finish. Not really a Scottish ale, but a decent choice for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206019
Mother Road Brewing Company
Whitewalls Extra Pale IPA
Golden amber color with little carbonation. Aromas of fruity taffy and sweet vinaigrette with a soft, fruity medium body and a tangy fruit salad and watercress finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204179
Rhinelander Brewing Company
Imperial Jack Double IPA
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized peaches and pineapples, white toffee, and fruitcake with a sweet medium-to-full body and a candied fruit and honeyed greens and carrot driven finish. Pleasantly fruity, but quite sweet and cloying with not enough hop presence for the style on the finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204178
Minhas Craft Brewery
Swiss Amber Ale
Pale copper color with a slight haze. Aromas of honeyed tropical fruit pastry and cling peaches with a frothy, fruity medium body and sweet toffeed nut, banana nut muffin, and wheatgrass finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205547
Badger State Brewing Company
Green Chop Session IPA
Pale copper color. Aroma of overripe citrus, melon balls, nutskin, apple butter on sourdough toast with a dryish medium body and a peppered jicama, apple peel, and radish finish. Not a lot of hop character, but a decent pub grub quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206108
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
Devil's Own IPA
Amber color. Aromas of potato bread dough with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a vegetal, melon, peppery hop and straw mat finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
204250
Grand Rapids Brewing Company
Minnow Ladder Pale Ale
Anemic hazy yellow amber color. Aromas of dried apricot, herb bread, and caramelized nuts with a very crisp, dryish medium body and a long, drying, pine, okra, tobacco ash, cooked corn, and peppercorn driven finish. A savory pale ale for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206002
High Noon Saloon & Brewery
Centennial Brown Ale
Deep reddish brown. Sweaty aromas of tomato paste, pencil eraser, fruity coffee cake, and nougat with a tangy, sourish medium body and a tomato jelly, peach butter on rye and peppery turnip greens finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
205901
Dad & Dude’s Breweria
Fathom Amber Ale
Hazy amber color. Aromas and flavors of frittata, funky cheese rind,nettles, dusty straw mat, and sour overripe grapefruit and stone fruits with a tart, sourish medium body and a tangy, orange vinaigrette on watercress and clay finish. Flawed, but interesting.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
206107
Full Moon Cafe & Brewery
Paddy Wagon Ale
Reddish bronze color. Muscular aromas roasted grain, clay, whole peanuts, and salted jerky with a soft, limpish dry light-to-medium body a bold grilled root vegetable, coffee substitute, and molasses bread dominated finish. Not together flavor wise.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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