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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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