May 2016 - North American & British Ales

This month's Beer feature is North American & British Ales
North American & British Ales Reviews
214870
Rogue Ales
Old Crustacean Barleywine
Red oak color. Rich, sweet, complex aromas of toasted fruit cake, sweet and peppery spices, and praline with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long grilled and caramelized grapefruit and kumquat, peppered rapini, and chocolate cherries and nuts finish. A superbly balanced marriage of rich chewy malt and forget-me-not hop bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214868
Rogue Ales
8 Hop IPA
Copper color. Bright, dank, herbal hoppy aromas and flavors of oregano focaccia, mango chutney, orange marmalade, and pine needle with a tangy, frothy, fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, long mixed peppercorns, spice cake, and rapini finish. A fabulously fruity and layered cornucopia of tropical hop flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214860
Rogue Ales
Cold Brew IPA
Bright dark copper color. Roasted aromas and flavors of artisan roasted coffee beans, chocolate nuts, and honeyed pumpernickel with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, very long mocha creme brulee, dried fruits, and smoked peppercorn finish. A fantastic marriage of artisan coffee and beer, world-class.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215033
Samuel Adams
Rebel Rouser
Bright amber color. Bright, attractive, citrusy dank aromas and flavors of orange-mango creme brulee, sliced grapefruit, grilled greens, and peppery spice with a chewy, racy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and an elegant, long bitter greens, honeyed grilled kumquats, and orange-mint jam on toast finish. A superb, chewy IIPA with great complexity, depth and length of balanced hop and malt flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214921
Upland Brewing
Komodo Dragonfly Black IPA
Opaque brown black color. Fruity, hoppy aromas and flavors of pineapple marmalade on lemon scone, Italian herbs, pine cone, and dark rye bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long dark roasted nuts, espresso creme brulee, dried tropical fruits, and peppered greens finish. A fantastically smooth, vibrant, and balanced black IPA that will appeal to a wide range of palates.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215075
BrickStone Brewery
Galaxy Down Under Pale Ale
Pale bright golden amber color. Tropical, citrusy aromas of spiced pineapples and mangoes, toasted Hawaiian bread, bee pollen, and caramelized onions with a soft, vibrant, bubbly, off-dry medium body and a tingling, complex, long grilled tropical citrus, radicchio, and pepper finish. A fresh, nicely extroverted tropical hop bomb of flavor and goodness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214771
Reuben’s Brews
Foreign Export Stout
Medium brown color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, roasted nuts, and chicory with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long pepper and dark rye toast finish. A great, flavor-packed stout that nails the rich export style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214867
Rogue Ales
7 Hop IPA
Bright deep amber color. Delicate, fruity, minty aromas and flavors of mango-papaya-mint relish, orange spice cake, pink pepper, and pine blossoms with a supple, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and an elegant, long orange marmalade and pepper, bitter greens, white chocolate mint cookie, and radishes finish. A big, powerful IPA with intricately layered, minty hops and fruity malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215025
Samuel Adams
Crystal Pale Ale
Pale brilliant golden amber color. Bright, green, herbal aromas and flavors of pine forest, sage basil pepper muffin, caramelized citrus, and earl grey tea with a silky, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-long grilled romaine and kiwi, peppercorns, hint of bark, and herbs de Provence finish. A nice herbal, earthy, hop-forward pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215044
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Singleton Strong Ale
Light bright gold color. Lively, attractive, herbal peppery boozy aromas and flavors of grilled root veggies and citrus, greens, and pepper dust with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a warming, stimulating, breezy praline, fig paste, and sweet corn pudding finish. A smooth, earthy, very sessionable strong ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215073
BrickStone Brewery
BrickStone APA
Bright old gold color. Rich, citrusy aromas and flavors of spiced mangoes and apricots, chive-garlic-herb bread, and pine blossom with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, off-dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, long tropical fruit custard, fresh herbs, and peppery greens finish. A super lively and tropical hop pale ale for fans of Zombie Dust and Heady Topper or sauvignon blanc.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215003
Pearl Street Brewery
Haggis Scotch Ale
Medium brilliant walnut color. Sweaty, smoky aromas and flavors of smoked jerky, bbq rub, dark caramelized nuts, and cigar embers with a velvety, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a seamless, elegant, medium-long honeyed dried fruits, kale, chocolate caramel apple, and Worcestershire sauce finish. A super sessionable and nuanced smoked beer that will be a great intro to the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214797
Peter B’s Brewpub
Broken Hand Imperial IPA
Hazy gold color. Grainy, earthy curious aromas and flavors of wet greens, sourdough muffin, and roasted lemon and scallions with a chewy, racy, frothy, dryish full body and a warming, complex, very long grilled grapefruit peels and rapini, pepper, and pine sap finish. A bitter, earthy and savory IIPA that is a great marriage of UK and West Coast styles.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214871
Rogue Ales
New Crustacean Barleywineish Imperial IPA Sorta
Light amber color. Bright, malty aromas of egg croissant, honeyed dried mango, and grapefruit scone with a chewy, racy, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a warming, complex, long roasted pineapple and coconut custard, orange pepper, pine, and rapini finish. A super rich and chewy strong ale with lots and lots of bittering hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215034
Samuel Adams
Rebel IPA
Bright golden amber color. Bright, attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, lemon curd, honeyed toast, and pinecone with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, subtle, medium-long orange pepper and radicchio finish. A great, super balanced and tasty IPA that will be a crowd pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215074
BrickStone Brewery
Hop Skip IPA
Brilliant gold color. Tropical, hoppy complex aromas and flavors of caramelized mangos and pineapples, pepper herb muffin, pine blossom, and sage with an crisp, fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and an effortless, appealing, breezy honeyed grapefruit peel, spicy orange soufflé, roasted sweet potato, and birch bark finish. A great tropical, new-school IPA that will appeal to "citra heads".
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215089
Burleigh Brewing Co.
My Wife's Bitter
Pale medium sunburst color. Delicate, baked, buttery creamy nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee and coffee beans, rye crisp and puff rice, and hint of turnip with a satiny, crisp, fizzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and an effortless, delightful, snappy arugula, mocha, beets, and touch of pepper finish. A solid, earthy bitter with nice table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214869
Rogue Ales
Fresh Roast Ale
Dark nearly opaque bronze color. Lively, creamy, malty nutty toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and coffee gelato with a silky, crisp, bubbly, off-dry medium body and an effortless, interesting, medium-length honeyed greens, peppered chocolate, and dried fruity granola finish. Nice roasted ale with great balance and vibrancy.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214861
Rogue Ales
Dead Guy Ale
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Lively, fruity aromas and flavors of peach tart, dried mango, honeyed biscuit, and bread pudding with a silky, crisp, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy honeyed raisin rye toast, spiced orange and yams, and radicchio finish. Not really a golden ale, but very tasty and satisfying none-the-less.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215035
Samuel Adams
Irish Red
Medium brilliant sunburst color. Delicate, artificial aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts and frosted banana cake with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, breezy peppered greens, grass, and buttered cinnamon roll finish. A very refreshing and mouthwatering red ale with great flavor and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215031
Samuel Adams
Session Ale
Dusty pale golden amber color. Muted, savory, earthy aromas and flavors of omelet, turnip, and orange slice with a satiny, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, amusing, brisk greens, earth, and orange pepper finish. A crisp and refreshing very sessionable earthy ESB that is a nice American nod to the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215032
Samuel Adams
Scotch Ale
Dark copper color. Bright, toasty aromas and flavors of buttered dark rye toast, lightly smoked nuts and jerky, and dried fruit with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long chocolate espresso beans and orange peels, creme brulee, pepper roasted nuts, and lapsang tea finish. A spot-on Scottish ale that delivers loads of sweet and lightly smoky flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215058
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Fantasyland Midwest Coast IPA
Hazy amber color. Bright aromas and flavors of honey baked peaches and grapefruits, raisin rye toast, and pinecone with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, stimulating, medium-long chocolate orange peels, pepper, and roasted carrots and mangos finish. A super smooth and sessionable IPA with lots of delicious citrus hop and malt notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214749
Branchline Brewing Company
"The Visitor" IPA
Light bright old gold color. Bright, clean, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, panettone, carob bar, and pine needle with an even, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, interesting, medium-long citrus custard, herbs, and earth finish. A wonderfully fresh, clean and balanced IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214829
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Nut Brown Ale
Bright dark medium brown color. Bright, attractive aromas of chocolate nuts and ham sandwich with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, brisk pear salad, caramelized nuts, mocha, and pepper finish. A delicious, vibrant nut brown ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214830
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Slipknot IPA
Golden amber color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of lemon-orange custard pie, lemon pepper, honeyed nut toast, and arugula with a satiny, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, nuanced, medium-long citrus vinaigrette on greens, pepper, mangos and kiwis, and pine finish. A bright and refreshing IIPA with lots of snappy citrus flavors and lingering bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214745
Grapevine Craft Brewery
"Sir Williams" English Brown Ale
Medium dark brilliant reddish mahogany color. Bright, baked, grainy malty nutty aromas of caramelized fruits and nuts, chocolate pastry, and brown sugar with an even, bright, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long creme brulee, arugula, latte, and pepper finish. A clean, invigorating, spot-on English brown.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214796
Peter B’s Brewpub
Inclusion Amber Ale
Minutely hazy medium light deep color. Bright, sweet aromas and flavors of chocolate turtles and coffee cake with a glycerous, bright, fizzy, fruity medium body and a graceful, subtle, medium-length chocolate citrus peels, melon, and bibb lettuce finish. A crisp, very refreshing amber ale that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214835
Potosi Brewing Company
"Good Old Potosi" Golden Ale
Pale brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty, savory aromas and flavors of buttered nut toast and fig soufflé with an even, soft, bubbly, fruity medium body and a smooth, appealing, swift lettuce, nutskin, and lemon muffin finish. A rock solid, super drinkable golden ale that hits all the right notes and will be a great pivot for macro lager drinkers.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214772
Reuben’s Brews
"Blimey that's Bitter" Imperial IPA
Brilliant deep amber color. Citrusy, tropical fruity hoppy aromas and flavors of apricot-pineapple compote, toasty warm granola, sesame-nut brittle, and fruit cocktail with a creamy, lively, fizzy, fruity sweet full body and a peppery, very long orange marmalade and dreamsicle, raisin rye toast, peppered grapefruit, and pine finish. A full throttle citrus bomb of an IIPA that is sure to delight hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214866
Rogue Ales
6 Hop IPA
Minutely hazy amber color. Delicate aromas and flavors of dried peach, roasted corn and root vegetables, and pepper bread with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, charming, medium-long rapini, peppery pineapple relish, and pine finish. A fine, aggressively bitter IPA with a nice core of fruity malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215030
Samuel Adams
Old Fezziwig
Reddish mahogany color. Bright, spicy aromas and flavors of spicy carrot cake, sassafras float, and gingerbread with a lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length honeyed nuts, red licorice, and delicate sweet and pepper spices finish. A fresh, lively delicately spiced winter ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215027
Samuel Adams
Nitro IPA
Minutely hazy gold color. Mild aromas and flavors of baked citrus and stone fruits, honeyed yams, and lemon poppyseed muffin with a creamy, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long nougat, grapefruit custard, peppery greens, and pine finish. A super smooth and creamy nitro IPA that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214922
Upland Brewing
Coastbuster Imperial IPA
Brilliant light gold color. Bright, toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of toasted lemon scone, grapefruit marmalade, and nuts with a vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long rapini, orange pepper, and roasted root vegetables finish. A savory, well-balanced IIPA
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214735
Upstate Brewing Company
"Double" Imperial IPA
Hazy light copper color. Bright, citrusy, tropical aromas and flavors of grilled mango and pineapple, grapefruit custard, and pepper with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, long roasted yams and root vegetables, honeyed raisin toast, molasses cookie, and peppered greens finish. A rich and savory double IPA with nice layers of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214836
Potosi Brewing Company
"Snake Hollow" IPA
Brilliant amber color. Rich, sweet, tropical aromas and flavors of baked tropical citrus, spicy toffee, fruitcake, and lemon basil with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, appealing, breezy grapefruit chutney on graham cracker, peppered arugula, roasted root vegetables, and pine finish. A nicely balanced, super-sessionable IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214858
Rogue Ales
Hazelnut Brown Nectar Ale
Reddish mahogany color. Lively, nutty aromas and flavors of chocolate, buttery toasted hazelnuts, and fig bread with a supple, bright, frothy, medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-long mocha custard, peach cobbler, kiwi, and radish sprouts finish. A fun, flavor-packed hazelnut flavored brown ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214862
Rogue Ales
Beard Beer
Old gold color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of orange marmalade on muffin, nectarine, and papaya custard with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length honey roasted corn, spiced apple, and sweet lettuces finish. A nice sessionable, fruity ale with light and lively hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214865
Rogue Ales
4 Hop IPA
Old gold color. Bright, malty, fruity aromas of pineapple-peach tart, honey roasted corn, lemon herb muffin, and orange pepper with a supple, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long mango, radish and radicchio, and minted sweet potatoes finish. A nice hoppy session IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215106
The Bronx Brewery
Brazen Fox IPA
Light bright golden yellow color. Bright, green, herbal aromas of orange tea, lavender, herb focaccia, and spic and span with a satiny, soft, fizzy, off-dry light body and a tingling, nuanced, crisp minted melon and citrus, herb pepper spice mix, and blueberry fruit salad finish. A fun, lively, lightly minty IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214920
Upland Brewing
Helios Pale Ale
Brilliant old gold color. Bright, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple mango and grapefruit, fruit cake, and lemon herb muffin with a soft, vibrant, fizzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, medium-length honeyed raisin nut toast and lemon pepper finish. A sassy and super tasty pale ale pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214733
Upstate Brewing Company
"I.P.W" IPA
Hazy light copper color. Citrusy, herbal dank aromas and flavors of grilled mangos and scallions and peppercorn muffin with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long pepper, pine needle, and grilled radish and pineapple finish. A clean, nicely astringent and savory IPA that hopheads will love.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215057
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
STLIPA Double IPA
Brilliant golden amber color. Bright, toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of baguette, orange marmalade, and peppered greens with a supple, tangy, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, medium-long roasted sweet potato, honeyed grapefruit, spice, and pine finish. A rich, tingling IIPA with a fine balance of citrus and earthy flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214826
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Session IPA
Brilliant old gold color. Delicate, sourish, tropical toasty perfumed aromas and flavors of egg sandwich, lemon herb biscuit, roasted root vegetables, and pine needle with a satiny, bright, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, elegant, long grilled baguette and romaine, dried citrus and stone fruits, grapefruit sorbet, and pepper finish. A nice savory hop forward APA with a nod to England.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214827
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Session Cream Premium Summer Ale
Pale brilliant golden amber color. Mild, creamy, grainy nutty yeasty aromas and flavors of egg croissant, salted lemon muffin, and tortilla chips with an even, crisp, fizzy, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, appealing, medium-length apple, peppered starfruit, and grass finish. A lively snappy cream ale with nice astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214773
Reuben’s Brews
Baltic Porter
Medium dark brilliant dark brown color. Mild, vinous aromas of caramelized nuts, tropical fruit yogurt, and chocolate with a supple, crisp, fizzy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, complex, buoyant buttered pumpernickel toast, arugula, earth, and bouillon finish. A rich, savory, and mouthwatering.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214864
Rogue Ales
Chipotle Ale
Dark copper color. Bold, smoky, peppery aromas and flavors of chipotle, grilled pumpernickel, and chocolate figs with an lively, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and a hot, interesting, long chili pepper, pepper jelly on rye, and radishes finish. A rock solid pepper beer with nice balance and pleasing peppery, tingling, warmth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215072
Stevens Point Brewery
Point Session Pale Ale
Brilliant light golden yellow color. Fruity, floral spicy aromas and flavors of tropical fruits and blossoms, dried apricot, mango custard, and baking spices with a satiny, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, complex, medium-long honeyed melon, toasted nut bread, spiced gooseberry jam, and pine needle finish. A deliciously vibrant and fruity, super-sessionable pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215105
The Bronx Brewery
Session IPA
Pale dull gold color. Mild, grassy, green alliaceous aromas and flavors of fresh cut grass and alfalfa, grilled parsnips, herb garden, and garlic onion bread with an even, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, layered, medium-length orange candy, roasted nuts, pink pepper, and green coffee bean finish. A well made, savory, earthy, and very sessionable IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214732
Upstate Brewing Company
"Common Sense" Amber Ale
Cloudy mahogany color. Toasty, grainy aromas of toasted raisin bread, chocolate, and roasted nuts with an crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, charming, medium-length grilled romaine, dried fruit, and pepper finish. A crisp, well balanced amber ale with a nice grainy backbone.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214767
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky Irish Style Ale
Pale brilliant golden amber color. Bright, green, toasty aromas of sweet bibb lettuce and Meyer lemon curd on toast with an even, bright, spritzy, off-dry light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, quick radish sprouts, butter roasted nuts, and hint of water chestnut finish. A smooth and easy, lager-like Irish ale that is super crushable.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214804
Infamous Brewing Company
"Infamous" IPA
Pale bright light gold color. Delicate, toasty, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, panettone, and herbs with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a silky, amusing, medium-long candied yams, lemon custard, salad greens, and pepper finish. A smooth and savory IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214805
Infamous Brewing Company
"Double Tap" Imperial IPA
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Bright, sweaty, fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and peach creme brulee with a creamy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium-full body and a peppery, stimulating, medium-long fruit cake a la mode, peppered greens, and pine sap finish. A boldly malty and hoppy IIPA that is in your face, but has a creamy, warm underbelly.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214834
Potosi Brewing Company
"Cave Ale" Amber Ale
Brilliant deep amber color. Bright, fruity aromas and flavors of dried tropical fruits and lemon cake with a satiny, soft, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, brisk honeyed sprouts, praline, dark orange bread toast, and yams and carrots finish. A very tasty, well balanced, and crushable amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215045
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Beer Divided Pale Ale
Minutely hazy amber color. Bright, sour, tropical funky fruity aromas and flavors of roasted root vegetables, orange peels, toast, and mint and herb garden with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, very sweet light-to-medium body and a graceful, involved, breezy Brussels sprouts, kale, pepper, and grass finish. A savory, earthy food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214734
Upstate Brewing Company
"X.P.A" American Pale Ale
Hazy copper color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of spiced tropical fruits, pepper-herb focaccia, and roasted root vegetables with an vibrant, frothy, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long grilled citrus peels, pine bark, peppercorns, and dusty sweet potato finish. A dry and astringent pale ale with a nice wallop of hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214766
Alltech’s Lexington Brewing Co.
Kentucky IPA
Pale bright golden amber color. Delicate, floral aromas and flavors of honey roasted nuts, peach custard pie, lemon pepper, and dried flowers with an even, vibrant, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length bitter greens, pepper, and caramelized grapefruit finish. A solid easy drinking IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214750
Branchline Brewing Company
"Silver & Black" IPA
Dark opaque dark brown color. Bright, hoppy, toasty roasted citrusy aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts, pepper bread, and citrus creme brulee with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, charming, medium-length mocha latte and nutskins finish. A lively and smooth black ale with great hoppiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215002
Pearl Street Brewery
DTB Brown Ale
Medium bright mahogany color. Bright, roasted aromas and flavors of smoked nuts, artisanal coffee, dark chocolate, and char-grilled corn with an even, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-long arugula, dried fruits, and pretzel bread finish. A rich and nicely balanced brown ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215028
Samuel Adams
Rebel Rider IPA
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Bright, toasty, grainy grassy aromas and flavors of lemon pepper muffin and grapefruit marmalade with a supple, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length orange-mango chutney, arugula, and pepper finish. A solid, toasty, session IPA with nice crushability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215104
The Bronx Brewery
American Pale Ale
Medium dull dark copper color. Delicate, tropical, citrusy grassy green aromas and flavors of caramelized nuts, orange pepper, and toast with an even, crisp, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a seamless, medium-length peppered lettuce, herb muffin, pine bark, and cocoa finish. A rock solid, nicely balanced American pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214919
Upland Brewing
Dragonfly IPA
Gold color. Bright aromas and flavors of orange creme brulee, spiced peaches, and raisin toast with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length peppered kale and honeyed nuts finish. A smooth and even IPA with nice drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215059
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Trafalgar Bitter Ale
Hazy golden amber color. Lively, grassy, nutty aromas and flavors of char-roasted walnuts, dried fruits, and toasted sourdough with a velvety, crisp, frothy, fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, breezy watercress, orange pepper bread, and mustard greens finish. A nice rustic food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214899
Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Misfit IPA
Minutely hazy dull amber color. Bright, fruity aromas of spiced peaches and papaya, honeyed nuts, and lemon and orange pepper with a soft, crisp, effervescent, off-dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length grapefruit curd on toast, sweet and peppery spices, watercress and pine, and onion jam finish. A nice combination of sweet and savory flavors make this a natural at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214897
Australian Beer Company
Yenda Red
Dark copper color. Faint, confected aromas and flavors of caramel pastries and fudge and Werther’s butterscotch with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, weird, medium-length peppered greens and nuts, rye bread, and latte finish. A distinctively caramely amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214898
Australian Beer Company
Yenda Golden
Brilliant light gold color. Mild, curious, savory meaty aromas and flavors of schmaltz doughnut, dried meat, and frosted corn cereal with a satiny, bright, spritzy, fruity light body and a polished, refreshing, swift roasted corn, peppered spinach, and Playdoh finish. An very savory and interesting golden ale for the table
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214803
Infamous Brewing Company
"Party Juice" Session IPA
Hazy golden amber color. Fruity, earthy aromas of toasted grain and nuts and sourdough toast with a dry medium body and a chive butter on rye toast and lemon peppered lettuce finish. A solid English-style IPA with good restraint and a nice backbone of malt.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214807
Infamous Brewing Company
"Hijack" Golden Ale
Pale brilliant gold color. Delicate, toasty aromas and flavors of apricot jam on raisin toast, yams, and corn bread with an even, bright, fizzy, off-dry medium body and a smooth, breezy honey roasted corn, praline, and watercress finish. A savory and flavorful golden ale that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215042
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Rams Head IPA
Brilliant medium sunburst color. Mild, yeasty, sourish savory sour aromas and flavors of sourdough raisin toast, roasted root vegetables, and cedar bark with a velvety, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, carefree rapini, pepper, and dried stone and citrus fruits finish. A dry, earthy English style IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215043
Top of the Hill Restaurant & Brewery
Plott Hound Rye Pale Ale
Light dusty gold color. Lively, vegetal, savory sourish aromas and flavors of mustard greens and ore, caramelized citrus, turnips, and rye cracker with an even, crisp, spritzy, sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length pepper and bark finish. A very bitter and vegetal food beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214748
Branchline Brewing Company
"Shady Oak" Blonde Ale
Pale light brilliant amber color. Muted, toasty aromas and flavors of toast and herbed citrus with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a graceful, interesting, brisk lettuce, pepper, and grassy earth finish. A solid quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215061
Capital Brewery
King George Wee Heavy Scotch Ale
Brilliant reddish mahogany color. Bright, woody aromas and flavors of dried green apples, clay, nut butter on dark toast, and hint of glue with an even, soft, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length honeyed fruits and nuts, root beer, and chocolate macaroon finish. A fruity, easy drinking Scotch ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214746
Grapevine Craft Brewery
"Brewers' Reserve - Wee Heavy" Scotch Ale
Nearly opaque walnut color. Rich, artificial aromas and flavors of banana cake, chocolate toffee, and bubblegum with a lively, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, stimulating, breezy pear salad, nuts, and latte finish. A very tasty and balanced Scottish ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214806
Infamous Brewing Company
"Busgy's Fire Brush" Amber Ale
Medium minutely hazy deep amber color. Mild, baked, vegetal toasty fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate cereal, yams, and salad lemon vinaigrette with an even, crisp, bubbly, fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed honeyed toast, dried citrus, and wheatgrass finish. A pleasant easy drinking amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214863
Rogue Ales
American Amber Ale
Minutely hazy dark copper color. Delicate, savory, dank aromas of sauerkraut, caramel yogurt, brown sugar praline, and grilled pineapple with an even, crisp, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-length succotash, baked grapefruit, peppered mustard greens and celery, and pine finish. A sturdy, bitter amber ale for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214896
Australian Beer Company
Yenda Pale Ale
Pale bright golden amber color. Lively, buttery, baked fruity yeasty aromas of caramel pastry, butterscotch, and coconut creme brulee with a supple, soft, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, medium-length pineapple buttercream, peach nut tart, rye cracker, and lettuces finish. An interesting caramel and sweet fruit driven pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215114
Australian Beer Company
Yenda IPA
Medium light gold color. Hoppy, alliaceous aromas and flavors of baked tropical citrus, herb garden, and onion focaccia with an even, vibrant, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, brisk caramelized citrus, peppered greens and nuts, and pine finish. An very vibrant and distinctive golden ale that drinks more like IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214969
Casella Family Brands
Yellow Tail Pale Ale
Brilliant golden amber color. Mild, candied, fruity grassy nutty aromas and flavors of honey nut cereal, cinnamon raisin toast, dried peach, and sticky rice with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery lemon pepper and scone, toffee, and greens finish. A pleasant, toffeed pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214859
Rogue Ales
Brutal IPA
Pale amber color. Mild, roasted, fruity savory aromas and flavors of charr-grilled grapefruit and orange, dried and overripe tropical fruits, bbq turkey leg, and smoked cheese with a satiny, vibrant, fizzy, off-dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long grilled romaine, pepper, pine, and tomato jelly finish. A funky, meaty hop forward IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215096
3 Daughters Brewing
Rod Bender Red Ale
Dark copper color. Delicate, tropical, nutty grainy grassy aromas of peach vinaigrette and greens, roasted grains, nuts and and flax with a satiny, soft, effervescent, moderately sweet light-to-medium body and a tingling, medium-length coffee, rye fig bread, and pepper finish. An interesting savory beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214895
Australian Beer Company
Yenda Big Red IPA
Medium bright dark copper color. Lively, curious aromas and flavors of roasted sweet potatoes, chocolate pudding and yogurt, herb roasted peppers, and silly putty with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a smooth, odd, breezy roasted corn finish. A very different kind of IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214744
Grapevine Craft Brewery
"Lakefire" Rye Pale Ale
Minutely hazy amber color. Muted, creamy, nutty toasty green aromas and flavors of honey roasted sweet potato and dark sourdough rye baguette with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, off-dry medium-to-full body and a graceful, fast catsup on a bun, peppered watercress, peaches, and celery stalk and parchment finish. A nice, crushable pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215117
Two Rascals Brewing Co.
Cream Ale
Minutely hazy silvery straw color. Delicate, toasty aromas of buttered baguette, roasted corn, stewed veggies, and hamster cage with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity light body and a silky, brisk sweet potato, caramel apple, kiwi, and pepper finish. A refreshing and easy drinking cream ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215056
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
H.M.S. English IPA
Minutely hazy old gold color. Odd, vegetal aromas and flavors of orange-pear soufflé, roasted nectarines, banana and Brussels sprouts, ham and beans, and herb salt with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, brisk apricot and lemon marmalade on scone, arugula, wheatgrass, and turnip and potato peels finish. A funky, earthy, and very savory IPA for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214754
Mother Road Brewing Company
Tower Station IPA
Brilliant minutely hazy amber color. Bright, vegetal, piney fruity yeasty aromas and flavors of honey baked apricots and parsnips, stewed mustard greens, dried coconut, and hint of glue with a silky, bright, effervescent, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, breezy grass, praline, and pepper finish. An earthy, slightly vegetal IPA for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
214747
Branchline Brewing Company
"Evil Owl" Amber Ale
Brilliant medium light copper color. Bold, vegetal aromas and flavors of toasted corn bread, figs, and pretzels with an even, bright, spritzy, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy bamboo shoot, turnips, grass, and pepper finish. An earthy, dry ale for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215159
St. Croix Brewing Co.
Maple Cream Ale
Minutely hazy medium dark copper color. Bright, vegetal, yeasty nutty grainy aromas and flavors of molasses, brown butter on toast, and baked lemon in baking cloth with a bright, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, rapid maple fudge, pepper muffin, mashed sweet potato, and crisp pig skin finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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