August 2017 - Best American Ale, English Ale

This month's Beer feature is Best American Ale, English Ale
Best American Ale, English Ale Reviews
220420
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Hop Pursuit Northwest IPA
Clear deep amber color. Attractive, tropical aromas and flavors of granola in vanilla custard, caramelized mangos and pineapples, and geranium with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, fruity full body and a tingling, elegant, very long spiced apricots, orange pepper, and bitter greens finish. A bold, chewy, fruit-forward IPA that really nails the west coast style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220786
New Glarus Brewing Co.
Spotted Cow
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of roasted corn and plantain, toasted panettone, spiced candied nuts and apples, and floral honey and egg whites with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and an even, appealing, long mesclun and Hawaiian bread finish. A delicious, artfully crafted cream ale with great flavor, length, and perfect poise.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220588
Prairie Pride Brewing Co.
Lip Kick Imperial Brown Ale
Dark mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of s’mores, chocolate chip muffin, and fig newton with a slightly chewy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and a warming, interesting, medium-long maple syrup on cereal, caramelized fruits finished with white balsamic, honeyed greens and artichoke hearts, and pepper and herbs finish. A nice chewy, slightly boozy, savory brown ale on the imperial end of the spectrum.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220849
Revolution Brewing
Cross of Gold
Brilliant gold color. Aromas and flavors of buttered herb toast, honeyed dried fruits, yams, and white flowers with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, charming, medium-long citrus scone, roasted corn, and peppered greens finish. A refreshing, well-balanced golden ale with vivacious hop bitterness.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220566
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Hassle Hop Session IPA
Clear golden amber color. Fruity aromas and flavors of caramelized tropical citrus, honey roasted corn with paprika, lemon cake, and delicate fresh herbs with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long arugula and pepper finish. A well balanced IPA with a juicy center.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220567
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Fig Jam IPA
Clear dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of dried herbs, hop pellet, and onion marmalade on toasted corn bread with a supple, crisp, dryish light-to-medium body and a tingling, buoyant pepper, radicchio, and earth finish. A full-bodied chewer for those who want to teach their tongues a lesson.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220685
Samuel Adams
Irish Red
Brilliant copper color. Inviting aromas and flavors of caramelized apples and dried fruits, buttered chocolate muffin, and delicate spice with a supple, bright, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, compelling, medium-long chocolate citrus peels and bibb lettuce finish. A round and well-balanced Irish ale with fine sessionability.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220418
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Exit 63 Blonde Ale
Brilliant light gold color. Aromas and flavors of toasted tortilla, honeyed raisin scone, corn puff cereal, and clay with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dryish light body and an effortless, breezy citrus marmalade on toast, watercress, and white nut finish. A lovely, toasty, super sessionable golden ale that nails the style.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220419
Full Sail Brewing Co.
Oregon's Original Amber Ale
Clear deep amber color. Aromas and flavors of orange cake and soda, flowers, and alcohol with a supple, bright, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and an even, short lemon frosted scone and hint of herbs finish. An orange-y boozy quaffer.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220477
Shoreline Brewery
Beltaine Scottish Ale
Clear bronze color. Aromas and flavors of caramelized fruits and nuts, cocoa, and blueberry Danish with a supple, bright, dryish medium body and a smooth, relaxed peppered kale and brazil nut finish. A solid, very even and sessionable Scottish ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220564
Burleigh Brewing Co.
Twisted Palm Pale Ale
Clear gold color. Tropical, floral aromas and flavors of tropical fruit salad, honeyed lemongrass and herbs, caramelized pineapple, and pinesap with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-to-long buttered Hawaiian toast, nutskin, lettuce, and dried banana finish. A nice tropical session pale ale that is front-loaded with hops and is sure to please.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220834
North Coast Brewing Co.
Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale
Light amber color. Interesting aromas and flavors of smoked nuts and bbq woods, honey glazed ham, lemon poppyseed cake, and herbed grapefruit with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long toasted baguette with mint jelly, pepper, bitter greens, and lemon and lavender finish. A very lively and nuanced amber ale that will be great at the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220415
Sierra Blanca Brewing Company
Bone Chiller Brown Ale
Clear mahogany color. Aromas and flavors of dark chocolate, dark roasted nuts, smoked jerky, and rye toast with a supple, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length chocolate cream wafer cookie, sassafras float, and spiced nuts and cherries finish. A fruity, easy-drinking amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220506
The Great Dane Pub & Brewing Co.
Stone of Scone Scotch Ale
Pale burnt sienna color. Aromas of chocolate cream puff, caramelized fruits and root vegetables, and hard cheese with a round, bright, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length corn pudding, spice cake, and chocolate nuts finish. A nice Scottish ale for the table.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220404
Boyne Brewhouse
Amber Ale
Clear amber color. Aromas and flavors of toasted raisin bread, chocolate nuts, and straw with a supple, crisp, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light body and a tingling, snappy honey roasted nuts, watercress, and hint of bbq rub finish. A pleasant, versatile amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220565
Burleigh Brewing Co.
28 Pale Ale
Brilliant amber color. Aromas and flavors of butter roasted nuts, lemon poppyseed muffin, and slapped herbs with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, charming, long grilled tropical citrus, white pepper, polenta, and radicchio finish. A wonderfully hoppy pale ale that engages the palate.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220562
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Lightkeeper Blonde Ale
Clear light gold color. Aromas and flavors of honey butter on sourdough herb bread, kidd leather, white chocolate peaches and pretzels, and bruised apple with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, long roasted root vegetables, peppered melon, and kale finish. A very tasty golden ale with great fruit malt and invigorating hops.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220587
Prairie Pride Brewing Co.
Barn Burn Amber Ale
Medium copper color. Buttery aromas and flavors of caramel buttercream frosting and buttered raisin toast with grape jelly with a supple, soft, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, brisk caramel apple and box of crackers finish. A creamy, buttery amber ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220843
Temperance Beer Co.
Smittytown ESB
Brilliant deep amber color. Toasty, herbal aromas and flavors of herb toast, cocoa, black pepper muffin, and saffron with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long chocolate nuts and orange peels, dried lemon zest, and radicchio finish. A wonderfully lively and snappy ESB with a high hop impression for hopheads.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220452
Rochester Mills Brewery
Rochester Irish Red Ale
Bright dark copper color. Aromas and flavors of chocolate espresso beans and cereal, cola float, and oat cake with a supple, soft, effervescent, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, short-to-medium fruit cake, toasted corn bread, and pepper finish. A pleasant easy-drinking Irish ale with a nice chocolatey malt center.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
220528
O’Connor Brewing Company
Red Nun Red Ale
Minutely hazy dark copper color. Curious aromas and flavors of stewed veggies, sourdough, nuts, and fur rug with a supple, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and a tingling, weird, brisk watercress and caramel yogurt finish. A funky, rustic Irish ale.
Date Tasted: in our Chicago tasting lab
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