November 2014 - Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles (2)
Ciders & British and North American Ale Styles Reviews
208566
Fatty Bampkins
Cider
Golden yellow color. Bold, earthy, yeasty aromas and flavors of exotic apples, apple cider vinegar, sourdough peach bread, and sour cream frosting with a silky, racy, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium-full body and a tingling, very complex, very long finish revealing overtones of apple skin, earth, and Meyer lemon. An amazingly rich, complex, and earthy cider with incredible schrub-like vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208205
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Barley Legal English Barleywine
Deep amber bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of toasted rye fruit bread, apple-peach yogurt, chestnut toffee, and mocha with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, epic, very long finish with suggestions of peppercorns, arugula, honeyed dried fruit, and custard. A remarkable and very faithful English-style barleywine with vibrant, fruity hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208567
Fatty Bampkins
Dry Cider
Light silvery straw color. Bold, earthy aromas and flavors of leafy fallen apples, apple cider vinaigrette on mesclun, roasted brazil nuts, and sour cream with a supple, tart, effervescent, sourish medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, long finish with accents of lemon zest and minerals with light oak. A dry, vibrantly earthy and mouthwatering cider with great acidity.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208457
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
HopsickleTriple Hoppy Imperial IPA
Amber color. Complex aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruits and stones fruits, cannabis, herb bread, and pepper with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-full body and a bitter, complex, long finish that exhibits nuances of caramelized parsnips, bitter greens, and pine. A full throttle, yet balanced and intense IIPA for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208173
Samuel Adams
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Hallertau Mittelfrueh
Bright amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of green herbs, spinach, and honeyed dried lemon with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long finish that shows notes of pepper, radish, and date. A zesty and delicious IPA with a balanced European sensibility.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208153
Epic Brewing Company
Escape to Colorado IPA
Hazy golden yellow color. Bright aromas and flavors of roasted corn, herb pepper bread, and grilled citrus and root veggies with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a breezy finish that shows notes of bamboo shoot, nuts, cream, and herbs. A nicely balanced, very sessionable beer that will shine at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208335
Mother Road Brewing Company
Painted Racer ESB
Copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted rye fig bread and pineapple-orange custard with a silky, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, complex, long finish with suggestions of roasted nuts, cocoa, lemon pepper, and bitter greens. A delicious, robustly flavorful ESB for all occasions, fantastic!
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207671
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Local Fields - Gourdgeous
Dark brown color. Rich aromas and flavors of fresh baked spicy pumpkin pie, candied yams, and mincemeat with a satiny, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with notes of dark rye toast, arugula, pepper, and coffee. A great drier styled pumpkin with nice nuances of spice and roasted malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208176
Samuel Adams
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Zeus
Deep amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of ginger pepper jelly, herbal pizza crust, and peach and grapefruit marmalades with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish that presents elements of citrus creme brulee, pepper, bitter greens, and pine blossom. A zesty, vibrant hop-centric IPA that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208204
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Sinister Minister Black IPA
Opaque brown black color. Toasty aromas of grilled pumpernickel and chocolate covered grapefruit peels with a satiny, lively, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, long baking chocolate, pepper, and dark roasted espresso bean finish. An intense combination of dark roasted malt and brooding, bitter hop flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208131
Fort Pitt Brewing Company
Fort Pitt Ale
Deep amber copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of toasted baguette, caramelized dried fruit, and cocoa with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length finish displaying nuances of sprouts, delicate lemon pepper, and roasted grain. A spot on English style pale ale that really nails the style with a fresh, zingy American flair.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207669
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Barrel Roll No. 3 - Pugachev's Cobra
Opaque brown black color. Rich aromas and flavors of chocolate coconut macaroons, roasted nuts, dried fruits, and peppery spices with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, involved, medium-long finish revealing accents of grilled root vegetables and pepper with light oak. A deep and flavorful nightcap; give this a bit of time in the cellar.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208320
Tieton Cider Works
Apple Cherry Cider
Bright dark ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of warm cherry compote, baked apples, grassy earth, and waxy honeycomb with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length finish revealing notes of tart cherry, rhubarb, and hint of fancy French milled soap. A very interesting, artisan cherry flavored cider that will be fun to pair with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208301
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Chocolate
Light bronze color. Bright aromas and flavors of milk chocolate toffee and dried apples and figs with a supple, tangy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, elegant, medium-length finish with nuances of chocolate citrus peel and spicy apple sauce. A very tasty, nicely balanced dessert styled cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208304
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Sour Cherry
Ruby color. Mild aromas and flavors of dried sour cherry with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish manifesting touches of apple skin and citrus. A pleasant cherry flavored cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208291
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Pumpkin
Amber copper color. Aromas and flavors of spiced watermelon, pumpkin cheesecake, and prickly pear jam with a silky, tangy, effervescent, off-dry medium-to-full body and a smooth, involved, medium-length finish displaying nuances of white grape, white strawberry, and mineral. A tasty, well balanced cider with a fun melange of fruit flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208155
Epic Brewing Company
Smoked & Oaked
Bright copper orange color. Rich aromas and flavors of toasted wood and nuts, coconut creme brulee, dried fruits, and cherry pipe tobacco ash with a satiny, bright, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, medium-long finish with overtones of spicy apple tart and earth with light oak. A nice dessert beer or fireside sipper.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208245
Flix Brewhouse
Kill Shot Scotch Ale
Dark bronze brown black color. Aromas and flavors of peach, apple, and toffee with a silky, tangy, petillant, fruity body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish revealing nuances of touch of greens, honeyed kiwi, hint of peat, and roasted chestnut. A solid Scottish ale with a nice fruity backbone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208201
Peter B’s Brewpub
Citra IPA
Pale amber color. Inviting aromas and flavors of grapefruit compote, banana flan, and pineapple-mango relish with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, stimulating, medium-long finish with elements of rapini, peppered kale, mineral, and pine bark. Great balance and drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208172
Samuel Adams
Whitewater IPA
Cloudy gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of sourdough, dried apricot, citrus, and pine with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, stimulating, medium-long finish. A great marriage of Belgian yeast and malt with American hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208175
Samuel Adams
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - East Kent Goldings
Pink color. Fruity aromas and flavors of fruitcake, lemon custard, grilled citrus and romaine, and Italian herbs with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, elegant, long finish with notes of grapefruit marmalade on toast, peppery greens, mincemeat pie, and parsley root. A fun, flavor jammed IPA with a great balance of fruit and hoppiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208296
Wyder’s Cider Company
Wyder's Reposado Pear Cider
Pale silvery straw color. Bold, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy apple-pear pie, menthol mint, herbal tonic, and medicinal bark with a silky, racy, spritzy, fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-length finish evoking accents of pear skin and minerals. A robust, wild flavor ride of a pear cider with a distinctive herbal mintiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208328
Delafield Brewhaus
Hop Harvest IPA
Golden amber color. Complex aromas of overripe peaches and pineapples, nougat, and dank greens with a vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, refreshing, mango custard, kumquat, pepper, and leafy greens finish. A very nicely balanced, fruity IPA with a nice fresh, green and tropical fruit hop character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208154
Epic Brewing Company
Hopulent IPA
Hazy deep amber color. Mild aromas and flavors of toasted nuts and toasted bread with a chewy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting finish evoking nuances of dried fruits, pepper, arugula, and caramelized nuts. A thick chewy IPA with a nicely restrained hop character.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208183
Fish Brewing Co.
10² Barley Wine Ale
Hazy copper mahogany color. Rich aromas and flavors of citrus, pine, and chocolate figs with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long finish revealing touches of creme brulee, white ash, and pepper. A very big and well-balanced hop-forward barley wine.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208159
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Poolside Blonde
Old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of cream puff and herb pretzel bread with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-length finish with elements of roasted corn and turnip, pepper, arugula, and grapefruit. A nice hoppy golden ale with refreshing bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208169
London Velvet
Porter Ale & Cider
Brown black color. Bright aromas and flavors of baking chocolate, rye toast, honeyed fig, and roasted nuts with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an astringent, interesting, medium-length finish that shows nuances of bitter greens, grilled apples, and coffee. An interesting marriage of deeply roasted malt porter and lightly fruit cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208454
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Tipperary Pale Ale
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chocolate peanut butter bar and peach and lemon marmalades with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a mildly astringent, interesting, medium-long finish evoking shades of pepper, kale, and mild pine. A broad shouldered West Coast style pale ale with balance and sass.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208455
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Northern California IPA
Golden amber color. Attractive aromas and flavors of vanilla mint bark, spiced grapefruit, pine blossoms, and ramps with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and an astringent, medium-long finish revealing notes of mango chutney, pepper, radicchio, and radish. An intense, well balanced IPA that hophead will love.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208336
Port City Brewing Co.
Ways & Means
Hazy light amber color. Lively aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade, spruce tip, lemon pepper, and herb focaccia with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, stimulating, medium-length finish that exhibits notes of peppery spice, rapini, orange peel, and turnip. A zesty, flavor-packed IPA with good sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208347
Reuben’s Brews
London Calling
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of toasted nut bread with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a medium-length finish evoking accents of dried citrus, earth, coffee, and turnip. A very true to style bitter; bring on the pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208178
Samuel Adams
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Mosaic
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of nuts, cocoa, greens, and grapefruit relish with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long finish displaying notes of turnip, cashew brittle, and lemon pepper. A bold, brash earthy IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208354
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Organic Cider
Light golden yellow color. Interesting aromas and flavors of apple custard pie, salt water taffy, banana chip, and soda bread with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a smooth, engaging, cheery finish displaying elements of lime spritzed apple slices, minerals, and hint of apple cider vinegar on greens. A tasty, nicely balanced cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208226
Stem Ciders
Remedy
Gold color. Rich aromas and flavors of exotic hops, lemon pepper, and spiced apples with a supple, racy, effervescent, dryish medium-to-full body and a peppery, engaging, medium-length finish with suggestions of minerals, melon rind, lime, and green peppercorns. A racy, tart, seriously dry cider with a nice hoppy streak.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208392
Vancouver Island Brewery
Thirty Years Imperial Red Ale
Dark ruby mahogany color. Rich aromas and flavors of dried fruits, cocoa, caramel cookie, and beef jerky with a supple, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of spiced pear, nut, golden beet, and pepper. A sturdy strong ale for the fireplace.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208283
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - 802
Deep amber color. Fruity aromas of apple sorbet and honey with a supple, tangy, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy apple juice and skin, plum, and apricot finish. A fruity, carefree sipping cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208302
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Mint
Golden yellow color. Lively, spicy aromas and flavors of menthol mint lozenge, lemon drop, and pepper with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, stimulating, snappy finish. A fun, zesty, minty cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208303
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Ginger
Pale silvery straw color. Lively aromas and flavors of crystallized ginger and apple soda with a supple, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length finish with notes of apple skin, baking spice, and custard. A very refreshing cider with a gingery twist.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208327
Delafield Brewhaus
Naga-Wicked Pale Ale
Amber color. Herbal aromas and flavors of bay leaf, kale, and caramelized dried fruits with a supple, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, easy finish manifesting impressions of roasted celery root, pepper, honeyed citrus, and melon. A sturdy pale ale for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208186
Fish Brewing Co.
Fish Tale Hodgson's Bitter End IPA
Hazy deep amber copper color. Delicate aromas and flavors of roasted root veggies and corn bread with a supple, crisp, frothy, dryish medium body and a warming finish with notes of reduced lemon, pepper, and earth. a vibrant, solid IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208237
Montano
Sidro Italiano
Golden yellow color. Delicate aromas and flavors of nutskin, mashed potato, and yellow apple with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, sweet-and-sour medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with accents of apple cider vinaigrette. A zesty, earthy cider with nice fruit and easy drinking balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208456
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Celts Golden Ale
Golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of toasted nut bread and dried citrus with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a polished, medium-length finish with notes of honey and pepper. A solid golden ale with a pleasant zestiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208348
Reuben’s Brews
Imperial Rye IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of rye raisin toast, floral honey, and dried citrus with a supple, tangy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, stimulating, medium-long finish with notes of pine, rapini, and earth. A earthy, nicely bitter, low impact IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208177
Samuel Adams
Latitude 48 Deconstructed IPA - Simcoe
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa, pepper, edamame, and spice with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, medium-length finish. A nice savory IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208203
Southern Prohibition Brewing
Jack the Sipper ESB
Bright amber color. Earthy aromas of toasted sour dough raisin bread, citrus peel, and cereal with a supple, lively, frothy, medium body and a mildly astringent, breezy mustard greens and pepper finish. A zesty ESB with a nicely astringency and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208206
Thatchers Cider Co.
Thatchers Gold Somerset Cider
Bright old gold color. Mild, yeasty aromas and flavors of apple bread dough and nutshell with a soft, crisp, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a medium-length finish revealing notes of lemon curd, earth, and caramel green apple. A nice English style cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208300
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Cellar Series - Smoked Apple
Dark copper color. Rich, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked jerky, roasted apples, bacon bits, and white ash with a supple, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting impressions of smoked nuts. A distinctive, super smoky cider for adventurous cider heads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208299
Blackthorn
English Cider
Bright gold color. Yeasty aromas of sourdough toast, schmaltz cookie, and dried apple with a supple, tart, spritzy, dryish medium body and an astringent, captivating, breezy minerals, lemon, and nutshells finish with dusty tannins. An earthy, very dry cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208235
Chaplin & Cork’s
Somerset Gold Cider
Bright light golden amber color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of dried apple, muddy hay, yeasty dough, and apple cider vinegar with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity light body and a tingling, interesting, long finish revealing notes of watercress and melon rind. A nice earthy, tangy scrumpy cider that will be great with cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208349
FireWheel Brewing Co.
Texas Pale Ale
Dark ruby bronze color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, caramelized citrus, and pepper focaccia with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, amusing, medium-length finish with elements of roasted nut, pepper, and minerals. A tasty pale ale with a lot of roasted grain character that will play out nicely at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207670
Hangar 24 Craft Brewery
Local Fields - Polycot
Cloudy golden yellow color. Lively aromas and flavors of egg sandwich and dried apricot with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of wheat cracker, apricot marmalade, and alfalfa sprouts. A tasty, purely flavored apricot wheat beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208182
Spire Mountain
Dark and Dry Apple Cider
Dark mahogany ruby color. Delicate, inviting aromas and flavors of baked apples, toffee, and cola float with a supple, vibrant, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, engaging, medium-length finish with notes of molasses, lemon curd, and apple butter. A pleasant, nutty cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208005
The Lonetree Cider Company
Authentic Apple Cider
Pale golden silver color. Delicate aromas and flavors of baked apple and honey with a supple, vibrant, spritzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, breezy finish with accents of mineral, melon rind, and green apple skin. A relaxing easy drinking cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208321
Tieton Cider Works
Yakima Valley Dry Hopped Cider
Golden silver color. Lively aromas of spiced apples, straw, delicate herbs, and pear yogurt with a supple, crisp, petillant, dryish body and a tingling, carefree lemon, melon, hop leaves, and apple water finish. A dry, earthy, lightly hopped cider for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208292
Woodchuck Cidery
Woodchuck Hard Cider - Private Reserve Barrel Select
Deep amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of brown sugar, maple fudge, and roasted apples with a supple, bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish with accents of oak, molasses, tart apple skin, and cream with moderate oak. A strongly flavored cider with lots of molasses notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
207530
Sonoma Cider
The Hatchet
Gold color. Yeasty aromas of sourdough and dusty dried apples with a soft, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a fast lemon spritzed apples finish. A nice dry table cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208181
Spire Mountain
Apple Cider
Bright gold color. Lively aromas and flavors of apples, apple blossoms, and custard pie with a supple, crisp, frothy, fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy finish conveying nuances of apple granita and melon. A fun, easy drinking cider.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208317
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Session Premium Pale Ale
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of salty roasted root vegetable, greens, and bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a mildly astringent, relaxed finish with impressions of dried citrus, pepper, and radish. A nice IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208161
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Indian Canyon IPA
Golden amber color. Bold aromas and flavors of grilled grapefruit, peppery spices, pinecone, and chive with a supple, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a bitter, medium-long finish with notes of bitter greens and bark, roasted turnip, peppercorns, and wormwood tea. A lashingly bitter IPA for IBU nuts.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208393
Vancouver Island Brewery
Storm Watcher Winter Lager
Copper mahogany color. Creamy aromas of coconut custard, vanilla yogurt nuts, and nectarine with a supple, frothy, fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, breezy cream soda, sprouts, and hint of pepper finish. A pleasant, easy going quaffer with interesting sweet creamy flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208326
Delafield Brewhaus
Amber
Amber color. Aromas of butterscotch, caramel corn, and toast with a soft, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk peach jam finish. A carefree quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208244
Flix Brewhouse
10 Day Scottish Ale
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa, coconut, incense, and taffy wrapper with a bright, petillant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, relaxed finish with shades of nuts and bread dough. A solid quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208160
La Quinta Brewing Co.
One Eleven Pale Ale
Light amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of honeyed grapefruit and mangoes and toasted herb muffin with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dryish medium body and an astringent, delightful, medium-long finish manifesting accents of peppercorns, grilled radicchio, and radish. A nice vibrantly bitter pale bordering on an IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208315
Faust Brewing Company
Vinny's ESB
Deep amber color. Mild aromas of honeyed date bread, brown sugar, and orange marmalade with a soft, crisp, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a mildly astringent, brisk okra, jicama, celery, and lemon pepper finish. A pleasant food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208243
Flix Brewhouse
Lupulus IPA
Hazy deep amber medium brown color. Fruity aromas and flavors of peach cream danish, apple cider, nuts, and hint of glue with a supple, bright, fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, medium-length finish displaying notes of citrus marmalade, pepper, and mustard greens. A nice food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208350
FireWheel Brewing Co.
Midnight Ninja Imperial Black Ale
Brown black color. Curious aromas and flavors of waxy chocolate covered cherries, overripe pineapple, coconut yogurt, corn silk, and beans and edamame with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, medium-length finish with suggestions of spiced apple, honeyed lettuce, nutshell, and root veggies. A somewhat vegetal and savory food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208458
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Kilt Lifter Scotch-Style Ale
Mahogany copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of mocha, toffee, dried fruits, and boiled peas with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length finish revealing impressions of grilled romaine, roasted carrot, date, and citrus marmalade. A vegetable laden Scottish ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208236
Chaplin & Cork’s
Somerset Reserve Cider
Bright golden amber color. Interesting, earthy aromas and flavors of apple cider vinaigrette, sweet potato, and a hint of dark turkey meat with a soft, bright, under-carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a appealing, medium-long finish that presents nuances of mustard greens, bark, pepper, and grass. A very earthy, medicinal cider that could use more carbonation.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
208227
Stem Ciders
Banjo
Pale golden straw color. Inviting, oaky aromas and flavors of whisper of wheated whisky barrel, nut brittle, spiced apples, and musk with a lightly tannic, puckering, under-carbonated, sourish medium-to-full body and a mildly astringent, odd, brisk finish conveying notes of balsa, pepper, lemon pith, and overripe apple core with barky tannins and moderate oak. A drying wave of wood almost smothers the cider, this needs food.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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