August 2016 - North American & British Ales

This month's Beer feature is North American & British Ales
North American & British Ales Reviews
216068
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale
Minutely hazy gold color. Herbal, hoppy citrusy aromas and flavors of grilled tropical fruit, herbs, and rye toast with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, complex, very long pepper, spice, and bitter greens finish. An absolutely delicious hoppy wheat ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216057
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Hop-Trio" Triple IPA
Golden amber color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon pepper, mango yogurt, raisin bread pudding, and fresh herbs with a chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, complex, very long honeyed grilled pineapple, spiced tangerines, arugula, and mixed peppercorn finish. A rich, superbly fruity, complex, and balanced triple IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216054
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Lupulin River" Double IPA
Bright old gold color. Curious, savory aromas and flavors of roasted mango and root vegetables, radicchio, spiced nuts, and pinecone with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long coconut cream, herb-pepper muffin, and sweet potato and plantain finish. A superbly smooth and elegant balanced DIPA with shocking crushability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216069
Lagunitas Brewing Company
Dogtown Pale Ale
Old gold color. Aromas and flavors of spiced mango and pineapple, herb toast, and pepper with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, nuanced, long roasted root vegetables and citrus, watercress, and rye toast finish. A robust, wonderfully flavorful and hoppy American pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216081
Aviator Brewing Company
HogWild IPA
Deep amber color. Citrusy aromas of lemon herb muffin, mango custard tart, and roasted grain with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, very long pine, grilled radicchio, and pepper finish. A flavor-packed, finely balanced IPA with a mile long, hoppy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216040
Two Roads Brewing Company
Lil Heaven Pale Ale
Golden amber color. Interesting, tropical savory aromas and flavors of pineapple-peach-pepper salsa, toasted Hawaiian bread, and honeyed chives with a supple, tangy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-long pine cone, peppery greens, and kiwi finish. A fun combination of savory and tropical hop notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216079
Aviator Brewing Company
Wide Open Red Ale
Dark copper color. Attractive, fruity aromas and flavors of chocolate muffin and nuts, grilled baguette, and figs with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, involved, long spiced citrus, salty roasted nuts, and pepper finish. A superb, toasty and delicious Irish ale that is a pleasure to drink.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216052
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Citra Extra Pale Ale
Amber color. Herbal, citrusy piney aromas and flavors of grilled tropical fruits, fresh herbs, baguette, and creme brulee with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a smooth, long peppered greens and pine sap finish. A luscious, robustly herbal and tropical IPA that will delight hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216090
Samuel Adams
Rebel Raw Imperial IPA
Hazy golden amber color. Herbal aromas of toasted herbs, pine sap, and char-grilled tropical citrus with a chewy, racy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, pineapple-mango custard, rapini, and toffee finish. A rich, chewy juicy IIPA with lots of tropical goodness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216078
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Messiah Nut Brown Ale
Dark mahogany color. Grainy aromas and flavors of fresh baked wheat bread and roasted chestnuts with a round, crisp, effervescent, medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long peppered watercress, sprouts, and cocoa-dusted nuts finish. A nice nutty brown ale for easy enjoyment.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216080
Aviator Brewing Company
FrostNipper Brown Ale
Dark sunburst color. Spicy, toasty aromas and flavors of gingerbread and snaps, spiced caramelized yams, and toasty pie crust with a round, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a sleek, captivating, medium-length peppered nuts and arugula finish. A light smoky, spicy brown ale that has a holiday feel to it.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215946
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Classic IPA
Amber color. Citrusy, herbal aromas and flavors of lemongrass, spiced orange and pineapple, nougat, and citrus blossoms with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a graceful, appealing, medium-long spiced apricot and mango and arugula finish. A juicy tropical IPA treat.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216053
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Breaking Bud" IPA
Brilliant gold color. Tropical, dank aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad and chive muffin with a satiny, racy, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, long pepper, pine, and arugula finish. A well composed very tropical hop forward IPA that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216056
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
Simtra Triple IPA
Gold color. Earthy, tropical sweaty aromas and flavors of dried peaches and tropical fruits, cheese, and lemon herb toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and an appealing, long bitter greens and sweet spice finish. A fruity, boldly hoppy IIPA to savor our pair with cheeses.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216044
Church Street Brewing Company
Tale of the Shony Scottish Ale
Mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate toffee, dark raisin toast, and citrus spritzed melon with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length arugula and hint of spice finish. A lovely, smooth and chewy Scottish ale with great drinkability and authentic UK style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216077
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Wishbone Session Double IPA
Brilliant old gold color. Fruity, inviting aromas and flavors of lemon herb muffin, dried pineapple and mango, and nougat with a silky, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity body and a warming, complex, peppered nuts, pine, and grilled grapefruit finish. A flavor packed and surprisingly sessionable IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216055
Knee Deep Brewing Co.
"Hoptologist" Double IPA
Hazy amber color. Citrusy, green aromas and flavors of herb roasted root vegetables, spiced lemon custard, and white toffee with a chewy, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long honey roasted corn and grain, watercress, and grass finish. A surprisingly crushable ’session’ IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216026
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Even Par 7.2 IPA
Brilliant amber color. Fruity, tropical aromas and flavors of honey roasted pineapple, toasted herb-mint bread, pink peppercorns, and cumin and turmeric with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long onion-pepper tart, grilled grapefruit, pine, and nutskins finish. A rock solid IPA with fine balance and drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216007
Samuel Smith’s Old Brewery
Nut Brown Ale
Dull reddish mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of bread crust, dark roasted nuts, and hints of coffee and dried apple with a supple, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, honeyed dried fruits, crushed nuts, mesclun, and grass finish. An appetizing, very sessionable food beer.
90 points $2.50
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216027
La Quinta Brewing Co.
Heatwave Amber Ale
Brilliant copper red color. Dank, herbal aromas and flavors of grilled pineapple and grapefruit, pinecone, and honeyed toast with a round, vibrant, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, compelling, peppery greens, radish, and roasted nuts finish. A vibrantly hoppy and quenching amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216011
Peter B’s Brewpub
Golden Tides Mosaic IPA
Minutely hazy light gold color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of chive muffin and lemon-garlic chutney with a round, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long grilled grapefruit peel, lemon pepper, pine, and rapini and turnip finish. A robustly astringent and green IPA that delivers a palate-waking slap of hop bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216043
Church Street Brewing Company
Fire IPA
Pale golden amber color. Grainy aromas of honeyed fruits, toasted bread, and apple-pumpkin tart with a round, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, appealing, coconut mango custard, peppered nuts, rapini, and hint of peach brandy finish. A nice creamy, lightly warming IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216067
Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA
Brilliant gold color. Fruity, tropical attractive aromas and flavors of caramelized pineapple and mango, herb sourdough bread, and pine and maple with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long radish sprouts, pepper, and grass finish. A well balanced and flavorful IPA that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216045
Sixpoint Brewery
PUFF Cloudy IPA
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of papaya-mango relish and onion bread with a slightly chewy, lively, frothy, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, charming, long peppercorns, honey roasted pineapple, pine, and arugula finish. Rich and satisfying DIPA with excellent balance and sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215937
Kawaba
Sunrise Ale
Cloudy copper color. Grainy aromas and flavors of bread crust, dried fruits, and buttery praline with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, breezy starfruit and nectarine, sweet potato skin, wet grass, and pepper finish. A snappy bready amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216070
Stevens Point Brewery
Beyond the Pale IPA
Bright amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of grapefruit marmalade on soda raisin bread toast, hint of pepper jelly, and toasted bbq woods with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, medium-length roasted nuts and kale finish. A pleasant warming IPA with good balance and crushability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215938
Narragansett Brewing Company
Summertime Citra Ale
Gold color. Toasty, grainy aromas and flavors of buttered corn pepper muffin and hint of citrus and melon with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a touch of pepper and hint of apple and sprouts finish. A nice, mellow lawnmower beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216050
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
The Fort Worth Wheat Ale
Minutely hazy color. Aromas of baked lemons, dried lavender, and rye toast with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity body and a sleek, easy lemon pepper, orange zest, and greens finish. A nice citrusy wheat ale crusher.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216051
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Pride of Texas Pale Ale
Bright gold color. Grassy aromas and flavors of honey roasted pineapple, corn husk, flax, alfalfa, and slaw with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length orange slice, apricot, peppercorn muffin, jicama with cayenne, and grass finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216041
Two Roads Brewing Company
Road 2 Ruin IPA
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Buttery, fruity chemical aromas of kettle corn, apple butter, caulk, and orange pepper with a crisp, dry light-to-medium body and a roasted turnip, grass and pepper, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
215991
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Hasslehop Pale Ale
Brilliant dark amber color. Curious aromas of succotash, grilled grapefruit and banana, fresh herb bread, and chives and gardenia with a supple, bright, spritzy, bone-dry light-to-medium body and a peppery, quirky, brisk blue cheese puff, roasted vegetables, and pepper finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
216042
Church Street Brewing Company
Brimstone IPA
Dusty deep amber color. Flawed, hoppy herbal grassy aromas and flavors of lemon yogurt, yeasty fruitcake, and hint of latex and cleanser with a satiny, crisp, frothy, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, charming, medium-long pine, caramelized grapefruit and radishes, and coconut milk finish. A bold, chewy hoppy IPA with lots of tropical notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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