Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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Ratings: 169 | Reviews: 45 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by AJacob81:
4.58/5 rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Growler purchased at the pub (of course) and opened at home the same evening. Poured into my new favorite glass, my Half Acre tulip.
A - Pours a deep copper w orange highlights and a foamy eggshell head of 3 fingers which dissipates after a few minutes to a collar w decent legs. Patchy lacing.
S - Redolent of citrus and pine w a hint of baked apples, blood oranges, and fresh-cut grass. Sweetbread and smooth caramel in support. Smells like an IIPA oughta.
T - Grapefruit, orange juice, and pine nuts explode up front. Pineapple and dreamsicle follow, then the malt asserts itself w buttery caramel and the slightest hint of glazed cinnamon rolls. Citric and earthy bitterness abounds throughout, finish is long and bittersweet.
M and O - Medium body, sticky w hop resin and an oily finish.
Mathias is an incredible brew, easily the best IIPA made in Chicago, and on par w the best of the region (Dreadnaught and Hopslam). Well worth a trip to Randolph and Halsted.
Serving type: growler
03-16-2012 02:10:45 | More by AJacob81
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4.71/5 rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
16 oz. draft at The Haymarket
I can't give this beer a proper review, since I had it over a bachelor party weekend in Chicago and didn't take notes. But I felt the need to expand on my rating. Mathias was simply amazing. In a 3-day binge of a wide variety of craft beers of all shapes and sizes, this one stood out as deserving individual recognition. I suppose it should be noted that I've had my first Pliny The Elder and Heady Topper within the last month. Mathias left a bigger and better impression than both.
VERY citrus forward with plenty of tropical fruit and floral notes. Juicy, sticky, and just enough piney bitterness to give it some bite. Easily the smoothest 10% DIPA I've ever had. Possibly the best as well. If you are in Chicago I cannot recommend The Haymarket highly enough.
Serving type: on-tap
04-26-2014 23:28:43 | More by glass_house
Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.