Hardway IPA - Chicago Brewing Company

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Hardway IPA
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 19.29%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Chicago Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Gavage on 03-19-2006)
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Photo of stevied71
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.42/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/16/2008 (Sampler @ 4 Queens, Las Vegas, NV):

Pours a pale yellow-amberish colored body, with some white colored head, lasting. Has very little aroma, maybe a little IPAish, and some bitterness. Good bitter taste. A little too bitter. Some grapefruit, piney.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured on-tap into a pint glass. This beer was a typical IPA, and nothing truly stood out. That being said, the beer was your typical copper color, although unfiltered, which gave it a cloudy appearance. The aromas are hoppy, and the tastes are bitter and sour hops flavors. It reminded me of most east coast IPAs. The beer itself was round a bold in mouth, and combined with the sourness, not the easiest of consumptions. A little goes a long way here.

Photo of charlzm
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/11/08 at Chicago Brewing Co. & Cigar Lounge, Las Vegas.

Medium/light gold. Unfiltered. Particularly unusual head: reminds me of a bacterial culture in a petri dish.

No aroma.

Flavor starts with piney hop notes. Not much malt character; too shy to be definitively identified. Some light citrus, grassy notes on finish. Bitterness shows up a good second or two after beer has been swallowed. Neat trick, that.

A nice enough beer.

Photo of sholland119
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, 12/6/10.

A-Golden amber with a thin white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-some citrus hops but mostly diacetyl. Hi, ringwood.

T-Ruggedly bitter, citrusy and earthy, lacking in balance.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slick.

D-My notes say "not terrible". There you have it.


Photo of PhillyStyle
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Chicago Brewing Co. in the Four Queens, downtown Las Vegas, served in a 20oz pint glass:

A: The beer appeared a nice clear orange with a small white head that quickly disappeared. No lacing to speak of. Really, upon first glance the beer did not appear all that appealing.

S: The beer had a nice aroma to it, mainly citrus hops with hints of pine and a nice malted barley backbone.

T: The taste was slightly better than I had been expecting after noting the appearance and the smell. The beer followed the aroma well with plenty of hops, and the beer was well balanced, so the hops did not knock you over. The beer did finish with a nice bitter, dry aftertaste.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it with good carbonation. The beer was smooth and pretty refreshing and the beer went down very easily. Drinkability is definitely its best quality. Overall not a bad beer, a beer that I would drink again, but no where near the top in the IPA world.

Photo of JDV
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a generic gold, clear color with mostly floral sweet hop aroma. Very nice nose actually. Taste is hoppy, fairly bitter, grapefruity and floral. Still suffers like many of their beers from a lack of body and slightly thin flavor. Not deserving on the 91st %, but not terrible.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Chicago Brewing in the 4 Queens. Cloudy golden color, with a few orange hues. Small white head disappears after a few minutes. Not much lace to speak of.

Notes of citrusy hops, and a bit earthy. An overwhelming oxidation note which is quite distracting. The classical wet cardboard smell is what comes to mind. A bit of caramel malt as well.

Caramel malt up front, with a good citrusy bite from the hops. Nice to see that the oxidation present in the nose did not make its way into the flavor for whatever reason. Dries out at the finish.

Medium body, with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall not bad. Without the oxidation in the nose, this would be a pretty solid beer.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was a clear orange-gold colour I could only describe more as just 'healthy' looking. It smelled lightly malted with floral hop notes. At first taste, this ale was quite hoppy and bitter upfront, but gradually mellowed out into a lingering flavour of floral hop on the palate.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of OscarO67
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of DESTRO
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the plain ole IPA at chicago. pours out golden with a slight orangish hue. small white head. aroma is very floral, hoppy but not overly so, balanced by a nice malt bill that adds a little sweetness to the nose. full bodied in the mouth, creamy, filling and satisfying. a hoppy beer, but not as potent as other american IPA's. very floral and slightly sweet, a hint of caramel, more tang than bitterness. in the end, a good solid drink.

Photo of MSL94
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap during a recent visit, have passed over several times before and finally had to try. Not a good read on color as I had it in their beer garden outside at night. Good head that remained throughout the beer and left a nice lace behind. Very hoppy/piney smell to it, a little too much so for my taste though. Taste was better, good combination of hops, spice, and malts (though this particular glass I should note the malt was minimal). Went down really easy and left no bad aftertaste, in fact I think that was the best part. Overall a good beer, this particular batch was a bit on the piney side, but still another good brew from Chicago.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. draft at the 4 Queens (downtown on Fremont Street). Very tasty with good long finish. Probably would have enjoyed the taste even more had I not been smoking cigars in the casino all day. Heck of a deal too at $4.00 for 22 ounce mug. A very tasty beer in a most enjoyable atmosphere.

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BrewMaster
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, reddish golden in color with a thin creamy head.

Smell: Hoppy sweet aroma with earthy, grass-like scents.

Taste: Fruity apple flavor with a light hop at the end and a lasting piney sweet flavor. Good malty base and a lasting hopiness. The beer also offers a lasting fruity aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very smooth and creamy with a clean, lasting, and refreshing quality to it.

Drinkability: This was the best brew in the house that day in my opinion. The aftertaste is splendid and balanced.

Photo of StArnoldFan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy orange golden body. Citrus, herbal and light floral hops. Very nice hop dominant aroma. Flavor is also nicely hopped with herbal, tangerine and grapefruit citrus and a bit if a piney and metallic bitterness to the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very good IPA. Not super complex but flavorful and the best beer on the flight.

Photo of kdog630
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a copper color with decent head that remained to lace the glass. Excellent hop aroma that easily complimented the rich malt overtones.

The malt flavor was also rich with a nice hop bitterness that balanced it very well. Effervescense filled the mouth with flavor and texture.

Drank with a hearty sandwich of Italian beef and sausage and the APA stood up well to the spiciness of the meal.

Took a growler back to the hotel with me and enjoyed it the next night.

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

This "big" IPA poured a hazy golden amber color with white foam that settled and clung a bit to the glass. The smell was big and floral with lots of hops. There was some citrus and grassiness to the hop aroma, and some malt came through. The taste was dominated by the hops: rather dry, somewhat floral, some citrus, and fairly bitter. The malt was there, too, under the hops. The mouthfeel was dry with medium body and good carbonation. The hoppy flavors lingered on the palate. This was a good IPA, but it is not an Imperial IPA.

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Hardway IPA from Chicago Brewing Company
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