November 2015 - British & North American Ale Styles

This month's Beer feature is British & North American Ale Styles
British & North American Ale Styles Reviews
212913
Elevator Brewing Co.
"Dirty Dick's" Nut Brown Ale
Bright clear brilliant bronze color. Delicate, herbal, grainy aromas of praline and dark toast with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length peppered nuts and grains, arugula, and cocoa powder finish. A very nice dry English brown ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212727
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Double Kiltlifter Strong Ale
Clear reddish mahogany color. Lively, complex aromas of caramelized fruits, brown sugar, apple vinaigrette, and prune with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, moderately sweet full body and a peppery, very long toffee and orange pepper finish. A rich, nicely balanced strong beer for contemplative sipping.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212642
Samuel Adams
Latitude 48 IPA
Bright clear brilliant deep amber color. Bright, tropical aromas of tropical fruit custard tart, salted caramel, nougat, and peppercorns with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long finish. finish. A superbly fruity and delicious ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212695
Blue Pants Brewery
Cream Ale
Bright brilliant clear golden yellow color. Delicate, toasty aromas of fruit custard tart, honeyed toast, and roasted golden beets with a silky, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length buttered raisin toast and arugula finish. A very nice cream ale with good vibrancy and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212608
Full Sail Brewing Co.
ESB
Bright clear amber color. Delicate, citrusy aromas of orange marmalade and raisin scone with a silky, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length lemon cake, honeyed nuts, and kale finish. A fruity and refreshing bitter ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212728
Peter B’s Brewpub
Catch 24 English Pale Ale
Hazy amber color. Lively, toasty aromas of honeyed raisin toast and yams and dried fruits with a soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy salted nuts, toasted grain, watercress, and chocolate mint cookie finish. A precise and pleasing English style pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212834
Reuben’s Brews
Altbier
Medium bright copper color. Lively, toasty aromas of raisin toast and chocolate with a lean, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-length pretzel bread, roasted nuts and coffee, arugula, and pepper finish. A wonderfully balanced and delicious alt with snappy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212669
Revolver Brewing
"High Brass" Blonde Ale
Bright brilliant clear old gold color. Lively, toasty, savory aromas of peach danish, honeyed nuts, and spice with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length flan, pepper, and bibb lettuce finish. A spot on golden ale with lively, spicy hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212914
St. Croix Brewing Co.
Cream Ale
Bright brilliant clear gold color. Delicate, fruity, creamy aromas of peach granola in cream and golden raisin baguette with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length radish, arugula, and minerals finish. A clean, precise cream ale with great table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212675
Vancouver Island Brewery
"Sabotage" India Session Ale
Minutely hazy dusty old gold color. Lively, tropical, hoppy interesting aromas of lemon marmalade, jasmine tea, and spiced pineapple with an even, lively, fizzy, dry medium body and a peppery, compelling, medium-length herbs, dried tropical fruits, peppered melon, and pine needle finish. A vibrant mouthwatering, very sessionable ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212911
Elevator Brewing Co.
"Three Frogs" IPA
Minutely hazy old gold color. Lively, baked aromas of tropical fruits, peach custard, yams, and caramel corn with a silky, lively, finely carbonated, very sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, amusing, medium-long caramelized citrus, roasted nuts, lemon pepper, and grilled parsnip and cabbage finish. An astringently bitter and flavorful ipa that is sure to please hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212661
Fairport Brewing Co.
"Church & Main" IPA English Style IPA
Cloudy dark copper color. Bright, toasty aromas of lemon nut scone, herb bread, and brown sugar with a velvety, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length caramelized grains and nuts, dried citrus and fruits, and roasted carrot finish. A nice snappy ipa with balanced maltiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212830
Reuben’s Brews
Imperial Black IPA
Dark brown black color. Rich, dank, hoppy boozy aromas of chocolate toffee, dried citrus, and dark rye toast with a soft, lively, finely carbonated, bittersweet medium-full body and a hot, complex, very long nutskins, lemon pepper, grilled yams, and grass finish. A blockbuster black ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212672
Revolver Brewing
"Mullet Cutter" Double IPA
Bright clear brilliant dark copper color. Bright, fruity aromas of tropical fruit chutney, lemon marmalade, and raisin toast with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-length pepper, arugula, and turnip finish. An even and balanced imperial ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212614
Burleigh Brewing Co.
28 Pale Ale
Pale clear golden amber color. Tropical aromas of pineapple-mango chutney, gooseberry jam, and peppercorn muffin with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, compelling, medium-length nuts, delicate spice-sage bread, and grassy earth finish. A nice, fruity, easy drinking pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212551
Newcastle
"Foreign Extra" IPA
Bright golden amber color. Lively, earthy, grassy herbal aromas of tropical fruit pastry, flan, and saltine with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-length peppered greens, citrus peels, pine, and spiced nuts finish. A bright zesty English ipa with a fruity nod to the states.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212673
Revolver Brewing
"Cinnamon Girl" Spiced Amber Ale
Copper color. Aromas of gingerbread, mincemeat pie, and chocolate graham cracker with a velvety, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-length spicy roasted carrots and apples, peppercorn muffin, and nutskin finish. A great combination of savory and spicy flavors with a table friendly balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212659
Fairport Brewing Co.
"Peter J IPA" Double IPA
Amber color. Aromas of caramelized mango and root vegetables, honeyed lemon scone, and brazil nuts with a velvety, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a seamless, compelling, medium-length citrus peel, grass, radish, and bamboo shoot finish. A malty, almost British styled imperial ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212761
Morland Brewery
"Old Speckled Hen" English Ale
Brilliant medium light copper color. Rich, peppery, toasty nutty earthy aromas of caramelized nuts, dried fruits, and honey buttered toast with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, interesting, breezy brown sugar, roasted nuts, arugula, and minerals finish. A spot on session bitter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212552
Newcastle
Scotch Ale
Clear bronze color. Lively, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts, fig pastry, and spice with a glycerous, crisp, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, complex, medium-long lemon peppercorn muffin, roasted grains and nuts, peppered greens, and minerals finish. A superbly balanced and vivacious Scottish ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212833
Reuben’s Brews
Koyt
Clear gold color. Lively, interesting, citrusy aromas of spiced oranges, chocolate mint, exotic tropical fruits, and bubblegum with a velvety, lively, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a peppery, complex, medium-long sweet potato chip, spicy chutney, toasted lemon grass pastry, and alpine herbs and grasses finish. An intriguingly spicy Belgian style beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213023
Big Top Brewing Company
"Circus City" IPA
Clear copper color. Rich, buttery, grainy malty nutty aromas of pineapple cake, toast, lemon vinaigrette on greens, and sorghum with a velvety, flat, fizzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long toasted pepper bread, dried fruits, pine, and jalapeño finish. A rich and satisfying, full throttle version of a British ipa .
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212693
Blue Pants Brewery
"Dry Hopped" Pale Ale
Pale brilliant clear golden amber color. Fruity, creamy aromas of pineapple custard, caramelized caramelized guava, pine, and chili jelly with a glycerous, bright, bubbly, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, long toasted nut bread, candied yams, bitter greens and root vegetables, and grapefruit pepper finish. A nice punchy, hoppy pale ale that will be versatile.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212872
Capital Brewery
"Ghost Ship" IPA
Hazy light gold color. Delicate, tropical, sweet piney herbal aromas of banana flan, spice cake, citrus compote, and seaweed salad with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, captivating, medium-length panettone and arugula finish. A nicely balanced, very crushable white ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212869
Capital Brewery
"US Pale" Ale
Bright pale amber color. Delicate, citrusy, dank earthy grassy aromas of lemon marmalade on toast, orange cream brulee, floral honey, and pine with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length honeyed herbs, nutskin, and earth finish. A well balanced "old school" American pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212870
Capital Brewery
"Mutiny" IPA
Brilliant pale light old gold color. Mild, floral, herbal aromas of orange blossoms and marmalade, roasted sweet potatoes, herbal honey, and pine bark with a glycerous, lively, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, appealing, medium-length tropical fruit custard, roasted nuts, grilled root vegetable, and peppered kale finish. A nicely balanced and very sessionable ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212658
Fairport Brewing Co.
"Big 'Merican" Imperial Brown Ale
Opaque medium brown color. Smoky aromas of cigar ash, peat, chocolate, and coffee with an even, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long chocolate pudding and nuts finish. A pleasant, chocolatey smoked ale that will be good with bbq.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213003
Kassik’s Brewery
"Statny Statny" Imperial Stout
Opaque ebony color. Lively, smoky aromas of chocolate molasses cake, black licorice, smoked peppercorns, and cigar ash with a chewy, tart, finely carbonated, moderately sweet fat body and a peppery, very long creme brulee, candied citrus peels, ash, and peppercorns finish. A rich and rewarding chocolate imperial stout.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212657
Mother Road Brewing Company
Tower Station American IPA
Amber color. Aromas of kumquat pastry and mango creme brulee with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long honeyed orange peel, grilled radish, and pepper finish. A big, tasty, nicely astringent ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212726
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Danny's Irish Red Ale
Clear amber color. Delicate, attractive aromas of caramelized citrus, lemon pastry, and floral honey with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length roasted yams and root vegetables, caramelized nuts, and pepper dust finish. A flavorful, very even and balanced amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212549
Ranger Creek Brewing & Distilling
Texas Bourbon Barrel Series Imperial Brown Ale
Nearly opaque brown color. Rich, interesting aromas of coconut custard and vinaigrette and spicy pickle with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a peppery, elegant, medium-long caramelized citrus, milk chocolate, cola, and pink peppercorns finish. A nicely warming barrel aged ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212832
Reuben’s Brews
"Rustic" Saison
Minutely hazy light gold color. Bright, inviting, toasty floral aromas of spice cake, peppercorn muffin, and banana chips with a soft, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, breezy wafer, roasted root vegetables, mint, and salt finish. A nice chewy saison with fine table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212861
Tremols
Pale Ale
Brilliant light yellow straw color. Muted, buttery aromas of roasted corn, baked fruits, and toast with a supple, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, crisp banana muffin, kale, pepper dust, and canned fruits finish. Not really a pale ale, more of a cream ale or even lager, but nicely quaffable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213022
Big Top Brewing Company
"Ashley Gang" Imperial IPA
Brilliant copper color. Rich, tropical aromas of caramelized mangoes and oranges, banana nut muffin, and flan with a creamy, tart, finely carbonated, dryish medium-full body and a hot, complex, endless pepper, roasted grapefruit, and pine finish. A big bruiser of an ipa for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212762
Morland Brewery
"Old Golden Hen" English Beer
Clear copper color. Mild, citrusy, curious piney unusual aromas of caramelized citrus, praline, and pine with a soft, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length butter roasted nuts, dried fruits, and pepper finish. A vibrant and refreshing bitter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212722
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Afternoon Tea Light English Ale
Brilliant old gold color. Bright, fruity, spicy floral aromas of lavender, bergamot, and honeyed fruitcake with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, breezy toasted bread, dried tropical citrus, spiced tea, and sweet potato finish. A fun tea flavored ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212670
Revolver Brewing
"Ironhead" IPA
Bright clear brilliant golden yellow color. Lively, fruity, floral aromas of citrus custard tart and floral honey with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy citrus peel, watercress, and light peppered nuts finish. A solid ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212871
Capital Brewery
"Grateful Red" IPA
Clear dark copper color. Lively, fruity aromas of caramelized tropical fruits, grapefruit-apricot custard, and mocha latte with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length tootsie roll, fruit caramel, grapefruit marmalade, and watercress finish. A nicely sessionable, fruity ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212912
Elevator Brewing Co.
"Bear Ass" Pale Ale
Pale clear amber color. Delicate, toasty, fruity aromas of fruitcake, honeyed pepper bread, pine, and kelp with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy spiced citrus, overripe melon, turnip, and pepper finish. A nice zesty choice for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213271
Guinness
Nitro IPA
Dusty bright maroon color. Lively, interesting aromas of floral honey, granola, kiwi marmalade, and moss with a supple, soft, bubbly, dryish light body and a smooth, odd, quick white chocolate nuts, fig bread, vanilla-orange custard, and river stones finish. An interesting creamy malty ipa with a soft hop impression that is more of a mild ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212621
Narragansett Brewing Company
"Town Beach" IPA
Hazy gold color. Lively, dank, tropical aromas of honeyed citrus, banana custard, pine cone, and toast with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry light-to-medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-length spiced nuts, roasted sweet potato, and peppered mustard greens finish. A nice savory ipa that will be great with pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212831
Reuben’s Brews
Gose Sour Ale
Clear golden yellow color. Bright, citrusy aromas of lemon marmalade, lemon-orange custard, Cherrios, and coriander with an even, tart, effervescent, fruity sweet body and a smooth, engaging, medium-long buttered toasted pretzel bread, lemonade, spiced kiwi, and nutskins finish. A tasty, easy drinking gose with a nice combo of toast and lemon.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212674
Vancouver Island Brewery
Piper's Pale Ale
Medium brilliant clear deep amber color. Delicate, woody, toasty sweet spicy aromas of caramel, dried fruits, corn bread pudding, and sautéed carrots and mustard greens with a supple, crisp, bubbly, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, relaxed dried citrus, turnip, kiwi, and pepper finish. An earthy pub beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213024
Big Top Brewing Company
"A Hotter Blonde" Ale
Bright gold color. Lively, peppery aromas of grilled jalapenos and pepper jelly on raisin toast with an even, soft, effervescent, dryish medium body and a hot, interesting, long honey cream, chili powder, and pickled jalapeno finish. A fun, well balanced pepper beer with a slow steady burn.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212550
Newcastle
Brown Ale
Pale mahogany color. Bright, dank, hoppy herbal aromas of light skunky cannabis, fresh buttered baguette, chocolate, and apple-banana pastry with a satiny, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light body and a smooth, brisk starfruit, honey, and radish sprouts finish. A lively, highly sessionable brown ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212784
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Daddy Fat Sacks IPA
Bright clear brilliant golden amber color. Bright, nutty, grassy aromas of spiced praline, dried herbs, and roasted corn with a satiny, bright, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, captivating, buoyant turnips, mossy earth, dried citrus, and brazil nuts finish. A dry earthy ipa.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212785
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Old Jail Ale
Bright brilliant clear copper color. Nutty, vegetal toasty aromas of cocoa dusted nuts, roasted corn and sweet potatoes, and buttered toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, brisk turnip greens, melted toffee, and bamboo finish. An earthy food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212694
Blue Pants Brewery
"Hop Bursted" IPA
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate, herbal, hoppy hot aromas of honeyed stewed spinach, overripe tropical fruit, putty, and orange aspirin with an even, racy, finely carbonated, bone-dry medium body and a peppery, quirky, medium-length succotash, nutshell, pepper, and radish finish. A very vegetal food-only beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212723
Moylan’s Brewing Co.
Orange & Black Congrats Ale
Dark brown color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate, orange peels, sautéed greens, and green tea leaves with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, sweet-and-sour medium-to-full body and a peppery, snappy white ash, bamboo, grass, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212786
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Best Blonde Ale
Minutely hazy light gold color. Faint, grainy aromas of toast, baked vegetable, and starfruit with a supple, bright, fizzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a smooth, breezy pepper and citrus peel finish. A toasty, savory kolsch.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
213084
Roy-Pitz Brewing Co.
Ichabod's Midnight Ride Belgian Style Ale
Copper color. Aromas of roasted nuts and squash and delicate spice with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, ginger ale, raisin bread pudding, pepper, and turnip and dried tomato finish. A pleasant fall spiced beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212692
Blue Pants Brewery
"American" Amber Ale
Clear deep amber color. Mild, phenolic, herbal medicinal rubbery aromas of stewed fruits, mango yogurt, and root veggies with a velvety, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light body and a tingling, quick burnt sugar and rubber, roasted nuts, pepper, and turnips finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
212660
Fairport Brewing Co.
"Trail Town" Nut Brown English Brown Ale
Dark walnut color. Lively, phenolic aromas of burnt rubber, smoked nuts, and succotash with a glycerous, soft, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a tingling, medium-length plastic, sprouts, ash, and carob finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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