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Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Mathias Imperial IPA
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Ratings: 183
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
In honor of Officer Mathias Degan, the first of 8 of Chicago's Finest to lose their lives in the line of duty during the Haymarket Affair. Copious amounts of Citra Hops deliver wonderful citrus and mango notes. At 10% ABV, we feel Mathias is a proper representation of the strength and courage of our Boys in Blue. Raise one to thank the fine Officers of the Chicago Police Department for their sacrifice.

(Beer added by: beertooth on 01-23-2011)
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Reviews by BasementBer:
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Manitoba (Canada)

4.58/5  rDev +5%

This is an incredible beer.

A: Amber through and through. Slightly hazy with great head retention and mild to heavy lacing. Off white head of foam.

S: MANGO!!! Grassy earthy tones with heavy heavy fruity waves.

T: Umm delicious? Malty but packing plenty of a kick with the hop level. 10% was masked well with the thickness of this beer. Hop heaven.

M: So thick and gunky! Just as it should be, enamel scrapingly heavy. Rests in the pockets, tongue and throat.

D: Went back to back with this, simply the best.

04-25-2011 20:10:39 | More by BasementBer
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New York

5/5  rDev +14.7%

12-14-2011 19:56:57 | More by pbsmooth
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

08-11-2013 18:35:31 | More by danthehopslamman
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3.95/5  rDev -9.4%

A - Pours a bright golden orange with minimal off-white head.
S - Sweet malts and citrus hops. Lots of orange. Not much booze presence for the abv. Nice.
T - Like many DIPAs, malts are very prevelant and provide quite a bit of sweetness. Hop bitterness eventually cuts through the sweetness, again heavy on orange flavors. Finish stays bitter with a nice lingering bitterness and mild numbing alcohol. Would like to see the initial sweetness cut dow, but still very tasty.
M - Medium mouthfeel is initial sticky sweet, but gradually drys out with a nice bitter finish.
O- Very tasty, though I am realizing that most DIPAs are a bit too sweet compares to their single brethren. Would still easily have this again.

10-27-2012 00:31:17 | More by warnerry
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

10-24-2013 03:32:28 | More by SmellsofMahagony
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

07-30-2013 11:28:22 | More by Cynic-ale
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4.46/5  rDev +2.3%

On-tap at Haymarket

A - Copper with a clean body with small, sticky white head.

S - Big nose filled with mango and passion fruit. I also picked up hints of grapefruit.

T - Loads of mango up front. Then, grapefruit and pine bitterness kicks in. Great balance between the two that makes it nice and balanced. Long pine bitterness lingers on in the finish as well as a slight alcoholic kick

MF - Heavy body with light carbonation. Slight stickiness. Rather clean finish with only slight hop resin remaining in the finish

O - Really great DIPA that never fails to impress. Great flavor and good balance between hoppy bitterness and citrus sweetness

01-22-2013 02:24:35 | More by jeonseh
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

12-25-2013 21:46:08 | More by DerekQXQX
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4.49/5  rDev +3%

Golden honeyed pour with about half inch white head that recedes slowly. Pour from a growler.

Aroma is an immediate citrus. Fresh, clean and floral. Sugar Smack sweetened malt cereal. First batch caramel aroma so inviting.

Taste starts off with a mellifluous sweetness followed by pockets of alcohol. An enveloping bitterness ensues falling and coating to the sides of the tongue. Tongue thus takes on a mild hop pine numbness. Citrus, pine resin and alcohol linger well into the cranium. Very grapefruity throughout.

Mouthfeel is thin with creamy texture. Drinks very smoooooth.

Overall this screams Imperial. I've noted the texture is thin but that's works extremely well for me. I personally don't care for the amount of evident alcohol presence but that will not deter me from future purchases. This reminds me of the fruity sweetness and hop from Dirtwolf and the alcohol prominence of Hop Ranch. If your anywhere near this joint and you love imperials I would definitely stop by here and git yo self sum. Everything I've read about and more. Winner winner chicken dinner!

08-23-2014 00:45:30 | More by joeseppy
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

06-10-2013 17:41:45 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

Showed up in front of me in a tasting glass with a medium bubbles. Smells of citrus pervade, a lot pink grapefruit and pine. Lots of malt in the first taste, but laced throughout are citrus, and more pink grapefruit. A surprisingly light body, with a hint of the alcohol in the finish, lots of citrus too.
-awesome smell, love citra hops. Reminds me of Zombie Dust, which is great. Citrus, grapefruit mango, a bit of pine as well.

07-25-2012 01:49:11 | More by WoodBrew
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4.08/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz pour into a weird goblet.

This beer is a deep, cloudy bruised peach color with a thin layer of white head. It's really hazy with yeasty goodness.

The nose is ripe with citrus and tropical fruit. Big waves of grapefruit and mango, pine, and candied oranges. It smells like a great Midwest DIPA, super juicy!

The taste follows with zested orange, grapefruit, pine needles, sweet doughy malts and some booze. It's not overly complex, but it hits my hop fix. The citra hops are really bright.

The mouthfeel is full and slick with a low level of carbonation.

Tasty DIPA, but a one and done for me. It also took a few different people to get my order for this beer right. I'd order one more if I didn't feel it would take another 45 minutes to get it. This is probably best house beer they had on. The 10% really caught up to me though.

01-23-2011 03:40:14 | More by beertooth
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-10-2013 17:08:26 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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4.71/5  rDev +8%

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.

04-26-2014 23:28:43 | More by glass_house
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4.2/5  rDev -3.7%

Poured a nice cloudy orange with a solid head.

The smell was all citra, big giant funky and tropical goodness. I think Citra is the best smelling hop in the world, so its easy to understand why I think this beer smells great.

The flavor is a bit more subdued than the nose, with a nice blend of fresh hop flavors, some piney bitter backbone and a touch of sweet malt creeping through the hop assault.

The mouthfeel is thick and full with a long oily finish.

Very nice Double IPA, love the Citra dry hopping.

08-22-2011 16:04:31 | More by bashiba
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

01-22-2013 15:34:16 | More by KevinMc79
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

05-19-2012 14:05:20 | More by zonker17
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

11-15-2013 14:59:10 | More by HereforBeer
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

04-30-2014 22:52:51 | More by JSBILK
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3/5  rDev -31.2%

03-13-2014 05:57:25 | More by oso
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

08-18-2012 19:55:44 | More by SpdKilz
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

02-11-2014 03:34:51 | More by replacementpart
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4.35/5  rDev -0.2%

Served in a footed goblet at Haymarket.

Creamy lid of off-white foam, attractive reddish copper orange. Sticky crown of lacing majestically tops it all off. A spectral skim haunts the surface.

Sticky sweet tropical hop bomb... juicyfruit gum, mango, and grapefruit dominate. Extra pungent, with every sip its mandatory to take a deep inhale first to pull in the sheer hop intensity.

Resiny slickness, sweet malt and juicy tropical hops again. Some greenery around the edges, but the hop character is dominated by sticky sweet fruit nectars. Passion fruit, mango, tangerines. Full bodied and slightly syrupy, it sticks to your teeth. Light residual bitterness lingers equally with the caramel malt sweetness.

Awesome! A contender for top DIPA in the city. Hard to say, needs more research... growler please!

03-12-2011 02:04:34 | More by emerge077
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

03-22-2014 03:23:11 | More by Danimal25
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4.18/5  rDev -4.1%

Had on tap at haymarket. Pours a dark orange color with a foamy head.

Big and bursting aromas of grapefruit, navel oranges, fresh picked citrus, papaya and hop aromas. Deep and very complex.

Full bodied with a very smooth feel. Rich with really good flavors of navel oranges, grapefruit, hops, and papaya.

This was damn good. It has never failed to impress and is a really good imperial ipa.

11-24-2012 03:43:13 | More by KDawg
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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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