May 2017 - Best IPA, Pale Ale

This month's Beer feature is Best IPA, Pale Ale
Best IPA, Pale Ale Reviews
219413
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Cafe Racer 15 Double IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of tropical fruit chutney, lemon herb muffin, and pine needle and cone with a chewy, racy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, elegant, long cedar and peppercorns finish. A superb imperial IPA with tons of flavors, style and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219508
pFriem
IPA
Bright light gold color. Herbal, savory aromas and flavors of herbal potato pancake, honey roasted citrus, pine and hide, and grapefruit marmalade with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long dried stone fruits and pepper bread finish. A supple and savory IPA with a subtle sylvan style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219506
Samuel Adams
Rebel White Citra IPA
Dusty gold color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed pastry and pickled melon with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, complex, long dried fruits, watercress, and radishes finish. A smooth and satisfying IPA with great subtlety and balance.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219502
Samuel Adams
Rebel Rouser IPA
Brilliant old gold color. Attractive aromas and flavors of honey roasted citrus, orange mint jam on rye toast, cashew brittle, and floral tea and tree sap with a chewy, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-full body and a warming, nuanced, long mango chutney, peppery greens, and pine and ferns finish. A robust, chewy, finely balanced imperial IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219250
4 Noses Brewing
Bout Damn Time IPA
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized lemons, oranges and mangoes and chive herb pizza bread with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, delightful, medium-long arugula, peaches, and pepper finish. A juicy flavorful IPA with a basket of fruity hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219513
Aviator Brewing Company
HorsePower Double IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of nut brittle, caramelized citrus and stone fruits, and banana creme brulee with a chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long salted nuts, buttered roasted corn, and endive finish. A delightfully balanced and savory IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218977
Brasseurs du Monde
L'Interdite 60 Min Pale Ale
Bright gold color. Interesting, fruity, floral aromas of spiced peaches and apples, apricot vinaigrette on greens, and lilacs with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and an interesting, medium-long orange marmalade on rye toast, radicchio, kiwi relish, and pink pepper finish. Sort of a hybrid between an American and Belgian pale; very tasty nonetheless.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219505
Samuel Adams
Rebel Juiced IPA
Bright golden amber color. Tropical aromas and flavors of fruit punch, passion fruit sorbet, and strawberry bubble gum with a finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a refreshing, medium-long fruit stripe gum finish. A fun, tropical fruit bomb for sipping, desserts, or beertails.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219479
Stevens Point Brewery
Spruce Tip IPA
Copper color. Citrusy aromas and flavors of expressed citrus peels, pine cone and bark and sap with a velvety, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a warming, engaging, long radicchio, peppered cocoa, and rosemary muffin finish. A nice bitter IPA to cleanse the palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219251
4 Noses Brewing
.44 Magnum Imperial IPA
Brilliant old gold color. Boozy aromas of caramelized dried apricots and pineapple, buttered herb pizza crust, fruit salad, and orange jelly with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long pepper jelly, reduced lemon, starfruit, and praline finish. A solid IPA with buckets of bitterness buttressed by fruit.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219710
Lagunitas Brewing Company
IPA
Brilliant color. Aromas and flavors of orange spice cake, toasted baguette and lemon herb muffin, and white grape with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, delightful, long peppered greens, delicate spice, honey, and pine finish. A finely balanced IPA with great balance and crush ability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219403
Reuben’s Brews
Crikey IPA
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, sautéed greens, and pepper jelly on rye with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long rapini, candied yams and grilled mangos and apricots, roasted pepper, and pine cone finish. A robust, chewy, IPA with cascading waves of flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219501
Samuel Adams
Rebel IPA
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted nuts, grilled citrus peels, tropical fruit custard tart, and herb toast and flowers with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, long honeyed watercress and radish finish. A vibrant, nicely balanced IPA with great drinkability and length.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219680
Surly Brewing Company
Furious IPA
Dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of praline, caramelized tropical fruits, and lemon pepper muffin with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, long radicchio and grapefruit pith, roasted nuts, passion fruit, and dried citrus and pine finish. A great, hoppy IPA with aggressive bitterness and citrus flavors.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219252
4 Noses Brewing
Proboscis Simcoe Pale Ale
Minutely hazy yellow color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of pineapple-mango salsa, peach pastry, orange blossoms, and chives with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, long spiced tangerines and radishes finish. A delicious, juicy and nicely astringent pale ale with great orangey hop flavor.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219414
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Pace Car Racer Session IPA
Minutely hazy old gold color. Aromas and flavors of candied oranges, pineapple and yams, nougat, and pine forest with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, long grilled romaine, peppered greens, grapefruit peel, and lemon and lavender finish. A spot on west coast style IPA with a sessionable style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219542
Bravo!
Citropolous IPA
Amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of lemon herb toast and buttery toffee with a supple, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long pepper, bitter greens, and citrus butter on rye finish. A fun, lively old-school IPA that delivers the hoppy goods on time and with style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219281
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Chillwave Double IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of mango marmalade, floral honey, honey mustard on pretzel bread, and butter roasted nuts with a supple, tangy, spritzy, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long panettone, sweet and peppery spiced pineapple, and peppered greens finish. A lively chewy IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219711
Lagunitas Brewing Company
New Dogtown Pale Ale
Brilliant color. Fruity, floral, attractive aromas and flavors of lemon mango chutney and custard, frosty pineapple cake, herbal honey, and pine with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, intricate, long watercress, tangerine, peppercorn muffin, and marijuana finish. A vibrantly hoppy and very attractive pale ale with lovely tropical fruit notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219640
Revolution Brewing
Anti-Hero IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of pine cones, honeyed grilled pear, nectarine custard tart, and peppered bibb lettuce with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, nuanced, very long orange chutney, peppered greens, and pine finish. A sensationally flavorful and refreshing IPA that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219504
Samuel Adams
Rebel Grapefruit IPA
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas of honeyed grapefruit juice and peels and asiago herb muffin with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length toast, greyhound cocktail, and melon-guava-pepper relish finish. A very nice grapefruit flavored IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219487
Shoreline Brewery
Sum Nug Imperial IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of nougat, orange-mango marmalade, toasted hawaiian bread, and herbs with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, long sweet and peppery spices, grilled radicchio, and pine finish. A robust, satisfying IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219632
Sixpoint Brewery
Bengali IPA
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of grilled romaine and root vegetables and caramelized citrus with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, long grapefruit-onion marmalade, peppered arugula, and bamboo shoots finish. A nice hop-forward IPA with a savory, peppery finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219633
Sixpoint Brewery
Resin Imperial IPA
Brilliant golden amber color. Aromas of papaya creme brulee, pineapple cake and caramel corn, chive marmalade, and pine cleanser with a slightly chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, complex, very long honeyed grapefruit, kumquat, and herbs, peppercorns, rapini, and candied ginger finish. A complex and layered IPA with great vibrancy and impact.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219245
GoodLife Brewing Co.
Descender IPA
Minutely hazy deep amber color. Green, herbal aromas and flavors of lemon and pine, herbal honey and muffin, and sage stuffing with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long tropical fruit soufflé, radish sprouts, and peppercorns finish. A delightfully supple and appetizing IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219280
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Commodore Perry IPA
Brilliant amber color. Toasty aromas and flavors of honeyed toasted muffin, roasted corn and citrus, and peach marmalade with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long peppered greens and grass finish. A spot-on English style IPA with excellent balance and restraint.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219469
Infamous Brewing Company
Double Tap IPA
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of chicory coffee, toasted herbs and cheese, and dried mango and mint with a chewy, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-long chocolate pretzel with peanut butter, spiced greens, peppercorns, and birch beer float finish. A delicious and appetizing IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219499
O’Connor Brewing Company
Great Dismal Black IPA
Dark color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate nuts and lemon peels, pine needle, and thyme honey with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, long orange spice cake, roasted nuts and coffee, peppered greens, and cedar deck chair finish. A tasty black IPA with a snappy finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219442
Roc Brewing Co.
Golden Pale Ale
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus marmalade on toast points, dried peaches and mangoes, and herb pizza crust with a supple, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, appealing, medium-long spiced citrus and nectarine, cayenned kale and jicama, turmeric-saffron tea, and pine finish. A savory, well-balanced pale ale with fine crush ability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219550
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
STLIPA
Gold color. Earthy aromas and flavors of honey toasted zucchini bread, chocolate citrus peels and nuts, carrot cake, and honeydew sorbet with a slightly chewy, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-full body and a warming, distinctive, long tropical fruit punch and pastries, radishes, and celery jam on rye finish. A complex and captivating double IPA with great sweet and savory notes.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219512
Aviator Brewing Company
HogWild IPA
Clear copper color. Attractive aromas and flavors of bit-o-honey, caramelized fruits, pineapple cake, and honeyed tea with a slightly chewy, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, layered, medium-long peppered greens, roasted root vegetables and nuts, and radishes finish. A superb, vivaciously flavorful and astringent IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219371
Boyne Brewhouse
Irish Craft IPA
Brilliant amber color. Fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange-mango chutney, pineapple cake, pine blossoms, and forest floor with a satiny, lively, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a refreshing, medium-long frisée with lemon vinaigrette, grapefruit, peppered rapini and radishes, and vegetable chips finish. A rock solid ipa-like pale ale with invigorating bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219244
GoodLife Brewing Co.
Comatose Imperial IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of pinesol, lemon scone, and dried tropical fruits with a supple, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long floral honey finish. A solid imperial IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219283
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Burning River Pale Ale
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted pumpernickel and pretzel bread, golden beets and turnips, and cocoa and molasses with a supple, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long grilled citrus, honey, pepper, and pine finish. A bright hoppy pale ale with an earthy edge and nice astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219402
Reuben’s Brews
Daily Pale
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of fruit cake, chive herb bread, and grapefruit marmalade with a supple, lively, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, interesting, long fiddle head fern, kumquat, and mango finish. A bright, hoppy pale with excellent balance and palate waking astringency.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219641
Revolution Brewing
Fist City Chicago Pale Ale
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of lavender and pine resin, roasted root vegetables, and peppered citrus with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long rapini, honeyed citrus, and pine finish. A nice hoppy pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219488
Shoreline Brewery
Don't Panic English Pale Ale
Gold color. Toasty aromas and flavors of roasted nuts and carrots and fig newton with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, captivating, medium-long peppercorn bread and arugula and radicchio finish. A nice balanced, lively English style pale ale with great session-ability and table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219490
Shoreline Brewery
Atomic #29 Copper IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of citrus preserves on toast, roasted carrots, peppercorn chive muffin, and geranium with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a warming, captivating, long grilled kale, peppercorns, and pine finish. A rich marriage of malt and hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219679
Surly Brewing Company
Xtra-Citra Pale Ale
Yellow color. Aromas of crusty lemon bread, roasted turnip and squash, dried orange and mango, and waxy honeycomb and spruce with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a seamless, appealing, medium-length orange pepper jelly, roasted nuts, and grilled kale finish. A nice lightly fruity, peppery pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219682
Surly Brewing Company
Cynic Belgian-Style Pale Ale
Old gold color. Pungent, roasted, smoky aromas and flavors of singed herbal banana muffin, dark roasted nuts, and grilled root vegetable with a supple, crisp, spritzy, light-to-medium body and a peppery, brisk wheat wafer, peppered jicama, corn pudding, and citrus rind finish. A rambunctious Belgian pale ale with a bitter hop finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
218978
Brasseurs du Monde
L'Occasion Session IPA
Minutely hazy light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of buttery praline, peach cobbler, and floral honeycomb with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long lemon pepper, radishes, and endive and citrus peels finish. A vibrant, dry IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219444
Roc Brewing Co.
Whoopass Double IPA
Brilliant dark copper color. Green aromas and flavors of freshly picked herbs and chives, wet pine grove, sweet bbq rub, and caramelized root vegetables and peaches with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long radish, endive, and pepper finish. A nicely balanced and remarkably easy drinking IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219401
Rogue Ales
6 Hop IPA
Hazy golden amber color. Aromas of honeyed cereal, toasted herbs, grilled citrus and greens, and onion marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, medium-to-full body and a tingling, complex, long buttery caramelized pineapples and tangerines, pepper, radicchio, and pine honey syrup finish. A smoky, supple and superbly balanced IPA with great flavor and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219480
Stevens Point Brewery
White IPA
Gold color. Complex, floral, fruity aromas and flavors of meyer lemon and buddha’s hand custard, white toffee and tea, grape-guava jam, and honeysuckle with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, subtle, very long lemon grass and celeriac, spiced roasted nuts, and pink peppercorns finish. A wonderfully attractive, exotically aromatic and flavorful white IPA with great balance and style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219514
Aviator Brewing Company
ChopShop Session IPA
Golden amber color. Complex, fruity, floral aromas of lemon herb scone, citrus butter, cedar chest, and parmesan chips with a silky, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium body and a tingling, interesting, long grilled limes, kumquats and papaya, peppered rapini, and roasted parsnip finish. A solid, hop-forward pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219438
Church Street Brewing Company
Brimstone IPA
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach and citrus cream danishes, fiddle head ferns and hop dust, peppercorns, and white chocolate with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, appealing, long fresh tangerine, kiwi and pineapple and honeyed radish finish. A very lively and appetizing IPA with attractive fruitiness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219517
Danny Boy Beer Works
Rock N Rolla Imperial IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized dried fruits, white chocolate toffee, and onion marmalade with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and an interesting, medium-length peppered arugula and citrus peels finish. A nicely restrained imperial IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219392
Empire Brewing Co.
Particle City IPA
Brilliant hazy golden amber color. Exotic, fruity, herbal aromas and flavors of grilled citrus, dried herbs and lavender, pine and chive blossoms, and waffle with a chewy, vibrant, effervescent, saline medium-full body and a medium-to-long au gratin potatoes, butter roasted corn, citrus and root vegetables, and mint jam on pepper bread finish. An intriguing and exotically savory IPA that will be fun to pair with.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219258
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Dadgum IPA
Medium light gold color. Aromas and flavors of citrus-mint chutney, apricot pastry, lemon pepper and herbs, and pine sap and needle with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-long pepper and grilled tropical fruits finish. A refreshing and fruity IPA pleaser.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219334
Shmaltz Brewing Company
Hop Orgy IPA
Amber color. Alliaceous aromas and flavors of garlic and onion marmalade on toast, nougat, peach and citrus yogurt, and cedar shavings with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-long toasted fruit bread and grilled citrus finish. A flavorful, lightly chewy IPA that is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219563
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Hopsconsin Pale Ale
Brilliant color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts and grains, parmesan herb muffin, cajeta, and hop dust with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long caramelized citrus and carrots and peppered greens finish. A nicely balanced and approachable UK style pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219564
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Great Dane Imperial IPA
Brilliant color. Aromas of candied yams, sweet potato pancake, and cocoa-dusted nuts with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-to-long mango chutney on pepper bread, peppery spices, and pine blossom finish. A rock solid IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219566
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Puppy Tears IPA
Yellow color. Aromas of lemon parmesan muffin, mango marmalade, and dried herbs and hop pellet with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a warming, compelling, long orange butter on toast and peppered watercress finish. A nicely bitter and fruity IPA for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219449
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
Tommy's Double Black IPA
Brown black color. Aromas and flavors of dark fruitcake, marmalade on pumpernickel, and melted toffee with a velvety, bright, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, delightful, medium-long mocha latte, chocolate citrus peels, and dried tropical fruits finish. A nicely composed and balanced black IPA with fine malt character; drinks like a hoppy chocolatey porter.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219498
O’Connor Brewing Company
El Guapo Agave IPA
Bright golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of grapefruit and peach marmalades, fruit custard pastry, chive blossoms, and pine needle with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-long candied yams and carrots, chocolate citrus peels and figs, and radicchio finish. A supple-yet-rich, fruit-forward IPA with great drinkability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219477
Stevens Point Brewery
Beyond the Pale IPA
Amber color. Tropical aromas and flavors of mango-pineapple salsa, fruit tart, and hearts of palm with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, interesting, long orange spice cake, pepper, and endive finish. A nice tropical, peppery IPA with very good crush ability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219681
Surly Brewing Company
Todd the Axe Man IPA
Bright old gold color. Tropical, fruity, floral aromas and flavors of orange-mango chutney on scone, panettone, and lilacs with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long honeyed grapefruit peels, pepper, and endive finish. A great combination of chewy malt, fruit, and hop bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219412
Bear Republic Brewing Co.
Hop Shovel IPA
Hazy golden amber color. Chemical aromas of overripe green apple, roasted nuts and citrus, and pine bark with a slightly chewy, racy, effervescent, dryish medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long pineapple-grapefruit custard tart, kale and rapini, pepper, and roasted root vegetable finish. A chewy, piney IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219365
Belgh Brasse
La Bittt à Tibi Amos Pale Ale
Dusty amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted fruit danish, honeyed cornbread muffin, lemon curd, and straw with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, refreshing, medium-long watercress, pepper, and tropical fruit chutney finish. A solid savory pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219370
Boyne Brewhouse
Born in a Day Pale Ale
Bright gold color. Aromas and flavors of succotash and orange phyllo pastry with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and an engaging, medium-long grilled kale and radicchio, lemon pepper, roasted nuts, and leaves finish. A nice dry session pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219437
Church Street Brewing Company
Mosaic Ministry Hoppy Wheat Ale
Minutely hazy golden amber color. Hoppy, citrusy aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, papayas and mangoes and root vegetables and romaine with vinaigrette with a satiny, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium-to-full body and a tingling, medium-length peppered endive and kale, melon rind, and grapefruit finish. A nice hoppy wheat ale in the style of A Little Sumpin Sumpin.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219282
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Hop by Numbers IPA
Sunburst color. Earthy aromas of roasted nuts and lemons, farmer’s cheese, shmaltz scone, and chocolate yogurt with a slightly chewy, effervescent, medium body and a warming, engaging, medium-length cola, honeyed grilled fruit salad, peppered greens, and chocolate nuts finish. A very different American style of IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219284
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Oats Macdonald Pale Ale
Amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of cinnamon honey crisp cereal, peanut brittle and butterfinger bars, granola, and corn fritter with a supple, bright, medium body and a tingling, interesting, easy peppered greens and grapefruit and lemon peels finish. An interesting nutty pale ale with IPA like bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219332
Moab Brewery
Pale Ale
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of boiled potato and turnip, corn pudding, and sweet potato pastry with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish medium body and a tingling, engaging, relaxed bitter greens, honeyed citrus and apple peels, and spiced nuts finish. An earthy savory pale ale for pub grub.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219497
O’Connor Brewing Company
Heavy Footer Double IPA
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of peach-mango chutney, vanilla mint, fruit cake, and sweet pickled onions with an oily, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a warming, compelling, medium-long roasted pineapples and peppers, spicy vegetable chips, and orange spice cake finish. A fun, fruity double IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219257
Rahr & Sons Brewing Co.
Pride of Texas Pale Ale
Gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried stone, citrus fruits and raisins, pistachio baklava, floral honeycomb, and flower stems with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a graceful, interesting, medium-long radish sprouts, kale, and tropical fruit salad finish. A solid pale ale for all occasions.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219443
Roc Brewing Co.
IPA
Golden amber color. Aromas and flavors of greens, honeyed fruit pastry, and hint of apple cider with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a warming, interesting, medium-long radishes, vegetable chips, marinated bamboo shoots, and pine needle finish. A rock solid IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219489
Shoreline Brewery
Benny's American Pale Ale
Amber color. Earthy aromas and flavors of roasted pumpkin and squash, dried orange and orange blossoms, and buttered toast with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, charming, long rapini and watercress, pepper, and pine finish. A very hoppy, IPA like pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219478
Stevens Point Brewery
Session Pale Ale
Minutely hazy golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of roasted grains and corn, herb peppercorn muffin, pine sap and lime leaves, and grilled grapefruit with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish light-to-medium body and a polished, interesting, medium-long watercress and pepper finish. A nice hoppy session ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219448
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
Citrabellum Double IPA
Gold color. Odd aromas and flavors of pickled pigs feet, borscht and sweet relish, candied fruits, and butchers with a glycerous, tangy, spritzy, fruity sweet medium-to-full body and a peppery, brisk mustard greens, peppered citrus peels, and pine finish. A chewy, somewhat vegetal IIPA for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219450
Barley Creek Brewing Co.
Slippery Slope Pale Ale
Hazy light gold color. Herbal, fruity, dank aromas of dried herbs and flowers, caramelized citrus, hint of sponge mop and spic and span, and toast crust with a crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, odd, medium-long butterscotch, pepper bread, and turnips and greens finish. A funky hoppy ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219519
Danny Boy Beer Works
Training Day Pale Ale
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of dusty root vegetable, tomato focaccia, roasted nuts and fruits, and crayon and bouillon cubes with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry medium body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length peach and lemon marmalade, rye cracker, pepper, and arugula and parsley finish. An earthy, understated pale ale with nice table appeal.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219333
Moab Brewery
Red Rye IPA
Deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of cocoa powder, grilled cabbage and citrus, baked beans, and cedar and pepper dust with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length orange pepper, rye crisp, and endive finish. A funky, earthy IPA for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219369
Port Huron Brewing Company
Twelve Bottom IPA
Brilliant copper color. Aromas and flavors of chestnut honey on raisin nut toast, corn pop cereal, candied yams and corn, and dusty grains with a round, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, breezy butter roasted citrus and stone fruits and endive salad finish. A fruity, almost candied IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219543
Bravo!
A Galaxy Far, Far Away Pale Ale
Cloudy golden amber color. Aromas of ramps and mustard greens, caramelized tropical fruits and turnips, white pepper, and plastic wrapped sourdough with a slightly chewy, crisp, effervescent, dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, breezy turmeric mint tea, lemon pepper, and spinach and beans finish. A dry, earthy pale ale for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219220
Coopers Brewery
Original Pale Ale
Dusty gold color. Aromas of toasted spanikopita and baklava and hint of peach marmalade with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, medium-length peppered greens, citrus rind, and grilled turnip finish. A nice crisp, understated and somewhat lager-like pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219518
Danny Boy Beer Works
Hand of God Double IPA
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of honeyed citrus and herbs, lemon poppyseed muffin, chocolate fruit pastry, and menthol rub with a round, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, cheery pepper jelly on toast and kale and endive finish. A surprisingly smooth and easy drinking IPA with lighter malt and hops than usual.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219395
Granite City Food & Brewery
Batch 1000 IPA
Cloudy copper color. Fruity aromas and flavors of roasted stone fruits, dried citrus, peppery herbs, and isopropyl cotton swab with a round, soft, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a medium-length caramelized mango dates, orange balsamic reduction, pepper, and pine finish. A nicely rounded IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219451
High Heel Brewing
Too Hop'd To Handle IPA
Copper color. Aromas and flavors of dried mangos and coconut, vanilla greek yogurt, and playdoh and putty with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a peppery, brisk rapini, peppered citrus, and pine cone finish. A brawny, bitter IIPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219468
Infamous Brewing Company
Infamous IPA
Golden yellow color. Aromas and flavors of grilled bread, roasted nuts, citrus soufflé, and floral herbs with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, breezy orange spice cake, lettuce, and grass finish. A pleasant, easy drinking IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219500
O’Connor Brewing Company
Norfolk Canyon Pale Ale
Brilliant deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized citrus, creme brulee, toasted hawaiian bread, and marinated mushroom with a satiny, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-long arugula and kale, radish sprouts, citrus peels, and wax paper hint finish. A nice fruity upfront ale; dry and bitter on the back pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219404
Reuben’s Brews
Crush Series NE Style IPA
Cloudy gold color. Unusual, citrusy aromas of concentrated orange juice, frosted lemon and orange cakes, and flower lemon soap with a supple, shy, petillant, fruity medium-to-full body and a smooth, short banana-pineapple relish, bibb lettuce, and fruit cake finish. An interesting orangey IPA with little to no bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219400
Rogue Ales
4 Hop IPA
Deep amber color. Odd aromas of butter roasted nuts and potatoes, leather wood chair, jerky, and pine park with a soft, effervescent, light-to-medium body and a peppery, delightful, short-to-medium mesquite woods and grilled kumquats finish. An oddly bitter and vegetal IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219246
GoodLife Brewing Co.
Mountain Reserve Session Ale
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of grilled root vegetables, incense, roasted citrus, and cheese rind with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a tingling, cheery orange pepper and endive finish. A savory dry sessionable pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219394
Granite City Food & Brewery
The Duke Pale Ale
Hazy deep amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of baked mangos and coconut, frosted banana cake, orange blossom honey, and pine cone and bay leaf with a silky, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, relaxed roasted yams and citrus, arugula, cedar shavings, and pepper finish. A pleasant pale ale quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219467
Infamous Brewing Company
Party Juice Pale Ale
Brilliant pale golden amber color. Unusual aromas and flavors of potato and orange skins, sweet potato fries, onion roll, and asparagus with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry medium-to-full body and a tingling, intriguing, medium-length buttered pretzel bread toast, lemon pepper, and salted celery finish. A nice easy drinking pale ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219551
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company
Fantasyland West Coast IPA
Deep amber color. Yeasty aromas and flavors of banana clove muffin, polished wood, mixed peppercorns, and pizza bagel egg sandwich with a supple, racy, finely carbonated, medium-to-full body and a peppery, weird, medium-long honeyed lemon, rapini, and praline finish.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219492
Strange Land Brewery
IPA
Bright old gold color. Aromas and flavors of apricot yogurt, citrus pastry, and vinaigrette on greens with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a sleek, compelling, medium-long honey roasted pineapple and carrot, arugula, and pepper finish. A nice mix of fruit, savoriness and bitterness in a crushable style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219218
Narragansett Brewing Company
It's About Time IPA
Amber color. Curious aromas of ammoniated cheese, grilled kale, lemons, and root vegetables, and pine sap with a supple, vibrant, bone-dry medium body and a warming, odd, swift lemon pepper and herbs, watercress and melon rind, and vegetable chips finish. An earthy, savory IPA for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219466
Infamous Brewing Company
Ona Pale Ale
Hazy gold color. Tropical, attractive aromas and flavors of stewed veggies, kimchi, and jalapeno corn muffin with a slightly chewy, bright, finely carbonated, fruity sweet medium body and a seamless, stimulating, medium-long finish. A vegetal, earthy IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219491
Shoreline Brewery
Exponential IPA
Amber color. Aromas and flavors of playdoh, fruit custard tart, pumpkin guts, and melon with a supple, crisp, effervescent, fruity medium body and a tingling, odd, breezy pepper, honeyed grilled radicchio, and praline finish. A funky, fruity IPA with mild hops and lots of earth.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
219634
Sixpoint Brewery
Hi-Res Triple IPA
Amber color. Interesting aromas of vanilla mint cookie, floral cannabis, cola with lemon, and yeasty bread and ammoniated cheese with a chewy, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a peppery, somewhat odd, medium-long peppercorns and cedar and pine finish. A bold, spicy, minty IPA.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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