January 2017 - New Release Beer & Cider

This month's Beer feature is New Release Beers and Ciders
New Release Beer & Cider Reviews
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Reuben’s Brews
Bourbon Barrel Auld Heritage
Dark sunburst color. Complex aromas and flavors of creme brulee, honeyed cherries, and maple nut brittle with a slightly chewy, bright, off-dry medium-full body and a warming, elegant, toasted coconut, peach cobbler, and cherry cola and brandy finish. A very lively and stimulating barrel-aged ale that will make a great fireside winter warmer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Reuben’s Brews
Crikey IPA
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Tropical aromas and flavors of honeyed grilled pineapple and mango, white toffee, and honeycomb with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an effortless, amusing, medium-long peppered watercress and roasted peaches and apples finish. A super sessionable IPA with lovely balance of fruit and bitter notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Reuben’s Brews
Pilsner
Light gold color. Grainy aromas and flavors of toast and roasted corn and nuts with a soft, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, appealing, medium-length honeyed fruit and citrus, pepper, and sweet lettuce finish. A well balanced, refreshing lager with a nice touch of fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Reuben’s Brews
Life on Mars IPA
Dusty amber color. Grassy aromas of caramelized citrus, honey roasted nuts, and grass and pine blossom with an finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long orange pepper, radicchio, and candied yams finish. A rich chewy IPA, bordering on a double, that delivers a boat load of hop flavor and bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Granite City Food & Brewery
Prairie Vixen Hefeweizen
Gold color. Artificial, tropical aromas and flavors of banana nut muffin and delicate brown spices with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, engaging, medium-length wheat cracker, honeyed nuts, and radish finish. A very tasty and refreshing hefe with clean, balanced flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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Reuben’s Brews
Lilywhite Wit
Light color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced citrus, coriander, and buttered baguette with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a seamless, delightful, medium-length melon, yellow apple, peppered arugula, and edible flowers finish. A nicely balanced wit beer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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