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Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Mathias Imperial IPA
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96
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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 35
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: beertooth on 01-23-2011

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.
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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 49
Reviews by BasementBer:
Photo of BasementBer
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of joeseppy
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%

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!

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertooth
4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of glass_house
4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bashiba
4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of KDawg
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing Uber Mathias from Haymarket Pub & Brewery out of Chicago, Illinois. Mathias is Haymarket's citra hopped imperial Belgian-style IPA. Uber mathias is their Mathias dry hopped with 10 lbs of Cascade per barrel. The Uber Mathias is the second beer from the right.

Score: 95

4 oz sample served in a taster glass and enjoyed at Haymarket's 2nd Anniversary Party on 01/12/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Amber/copper color witha thin layer of white head. Good lacing on the taster glass. 4.25/5

Smell: Huge tropical citrus notes in nose: lemon, peach, mango, grapefruit, orange and tangerine. Pine-iness too. Biscuity malt and caramel malt backbone. Not getting any Belgian qualities in nose. Nonetheless, this is an absolutely enticing IPA nose. 4.5/5

Taste: Taste has more fruitiness and a little yeastiness than the nose, but none of the phenolic banana traditionally associated with Belgian style beers. Atop that is grapefruit, earthy spice/peppercorn, orange and pear. Caramel malt, but no breadiness on palate. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of medum bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Slick, oily mouthfeel. Juicy on palate, dry on finish. 4.5/5

Overall: This and Clare's Thirsty Ale were the clear winners of the night. Uber Mathias was juicy, flavorful, and loaded with hoppy citrus. I will absolutely be seeking this out again in the future if it is rebrewed.

Recommendation: Seek this beer out; it is one of Haymarket's best beers!

Pairings: Beef chili.

Cost: $2 for a 4 oz pour or $6 for a 12 oz pour.

Photo of schwemjw
4.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and copper. little tiny carbonation bubbles with a thick white head. Good lacing!

S: Woah, dank and herbal! a huge wave of caramel oranges with s shot of sharp grapefruit. honeysuckle and more freshly bloomed flowers surround your nostrils. Delish.

T: Very sweet. A ton of pineapple. crisp apple and a truck load of mango. Sweet caramel backs up these tropical fruits. Towards the middle mouth kiwi and butterscotch come in before another helping of pineapple comes through. A bit buttery and some floral parts abeit light. Hides the abv very well.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. long tart finish. a very creamy dipa

O: Very impressive. delicious and fruity. quite juicy. one of the sweetest and most pineapple forward ipas i've ever had / 94

Photo of jpmclaug
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a New Belgium globe glass. Thanks to spycow for this local gem.

Ruby colored body with a tan/off white head with lots of lacing on the sides
Pineapple, mango and an onslaught of tropical and citrusy notes. Maybe a hint of booze in the background is the only negative but really this smells phenomenal.
Wow... follows the nose with the pineapple and mango. I'm impressed with the fruit like notes in this but this is a good deal sweeter than I would like. Really it is too sweet and it detracts from the drinkability of this.
Mouthfeel is right on, medium body, slightly sticky, a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer and has potential to be one of the best DIPA's I've had but it is just too sweet. A little more bitterness to go with the nice citra hop flavors and this would be near the top of DIPA's I've ever had. Still I really enjoy this and am glad I got to try it. I will have to seek out more of this breweries beer.

Photo of osubuckeye99
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Orange, thin head that disappears quickly (white)
S- Hop overload! Ripe tropical fruitiness
Taste - Really nice citrussy hops. You know you are drinking a very big beer, but not in an unpleasant way at all. It is just big and bitter, but also juicy.
M- Really full feeling, but also crisp and fresh with decent carbonation. Like I said in the taste, there is no doubt you are drinking a huge beer, but bitterness and alcohol are not unpleasant because of the juiciness and sweetness of the citrus flavor.

Overall: Great beer. This beer is THE reason to go to Haymarket so far...

Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into multiple pint glasses. Extra special thanks to Matt for sharing, and thanks to Matt, Joe, and Wil for the assist!

Also stopped by Haymarket on 3/15/11 with pops and had a 4oz pour.

A: Pours a bright peachy orange with agitated hazy clarity. Large, light orange head built up quickly on top before settling down to a thin wafer and a little lace.

S: Crazy good aroma! Gobs of fresh apricot and mango. Juicy Fruit and/or Fruit Stripe gum, pineapple, and super ripe juicer oranges.

T: There is some malt in there, lurking, but it acts to showcase the tropical fruit explosion. As it warmed I picked up more and more sweet citrus flavors (oranges, clementines, tangerines).

M: Huge, sticky, and sweet! The alcohol is pretty well hidden, but I could feel the hops etching into the enamel on my teeth.

D: So big and sweet it almost made me forget all about the 10%...almost. It was quite apparent by the end of the glass, though.

Photo of Rope
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-
A beautiful crimson with a small, but lasting, white head.

Smell-
Mango with a slight hop bitter.

Taste-
The citra hops really blast through here, a hint of the alcohol, slight bitter but mostly mango and bubblegum.

Mouthfeel-
The taste sticks with you and coats your mouth, but it isn't really a bad thing given the taste.

Overall-
Excellent entry for citra hops, probably the sweetest of the ones I have tried.

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Growler pours a decent head 1 finger nice lacing semi clear auburn amber color.

Nose big sweet malts, little caramel sweetness and hint of booze, hops bring light candied orange peel, little spicy, pine, nice candy malts and little fruity hops. Its has a lght tropical fruit juice.

Taste starts a bit boozy, lots of sweet malts, almost Belgian amber like with little caramel. Hops are fairly bitter, then little spicy and pine, but plenty of fruity hops, apple and pear juice, little mango and papaya, juicy as hell. Nice candy fruit flavor. Finish is sweet but slightly drier, big malty syrupy finish faily bitter and more fruit hops.

Mouth is fuller bodied, dec carb for growler, some warming booze.

Overall pretty nice. Great hop aromas and nice flavors, tropical fruits, little pine and candied orange, etc.

Photo of UpToMeBeer
4.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

During my vacation in Chicago, I tried to hit all the craft brew places. Haymarket was the one I hit last-minute.... and boy am I glad I did (because of this beer)

What an amazing concept of "East Coast" meets "West Coast." Particularly the taste: It starts out super tropical fruity-- mango, grapefruit and pineapple. Citra hops are obviously top-notch. But then on the finish, a vivid piney-ness, hints of onion and garlic settle in.

Simply a marvelous beer. Go out of your way to try it.

Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy orangish beer with a nice foamy, off-white head. Left some nice looking lace on the sides.

S - A lot of tropical fruit with some orangy citrus. There's a little bit of pine resin on the back end and a fairly strong caramel malt backbone.

T - Mostly dominated by citra hops, with big tropical fruit notes. Finish has just a little bit of a bitter bite on the end to let you know it's there. This is actually a really great beer, best I've had from Haymarket to date.

M - Medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O - Really nice beer, if Haymarket puts out more like this they may be onto something.

Photo of NorthsideFred
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying on tap at Haymarket, on the cusp of the Blizzard of 2011, talking to a cute bartender.

A: Looks great. A cloudy dark orange.

S: Smells incredible. Mangos and peaches jump out of the glass and race up my nostril. Can't wait to taste it.

T: Wow! This is impressive. The mango and peach shine through. It's hoppy but not bitter. Excellent.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated. Has a smooth, almost buttery feel.

D: Incredibly drinkable. Hard to believe its 10% ABV.

I hope I get snowed in here today!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An IPA that stood out among a crowded field at 4 Hands Lupulin Carnival

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice-esque glass at the brewpub.

Another stop on the Second Annual Bachelor Party Free-For-All! This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, lemon rind, and thoroughly rich caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with some ruby red grapefruit zest thrown in for good measure, giving the citrus some extra balancing power with which to fend off the forces of the syrupy caramel. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a slick, syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice DIPA, one that doesn't overdo it with the hops but still delivers with plenty of citrus fun.

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have to preface this review by saying DIPA's are not my favorite style. However, I've always felt with any label, that it is not the label that counts but if you can create something beyond a label into mass appeal. This could be the brew.

Now about the beer. Looks good with small bubble fizzy with good lacing. Smell is really fantastic. Smells like the perfume of your girlfriend when you were 18. The taste is candy-like with not much bitterness that the smell would imply. Extremely drinkable with the ABV totally hidden like presents behind an xmas tree. Eat well before drinking this one, because you'll probably have 2.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.82/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrusy and packs an alcohol punch @ 9%, one of my favorites from Haymarket who continues to put out fantastic beer.

Photo of Auracom
3.28/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Haymarket. 4 oz. served in a tasting glass on August 17th, 2012.

A - Akin to Dreadnaught's appearance. Darker golden coloring, thin white head. Good retention and decent legs.

S - More muted than I'd hope. Floral with a good bit of orange pulp with underlying tropical fruit. Not much from the malt bill.

T - It's more balanced, no doubt. The fruit is pulled back considerablely with a brown sugar finish. Far less bitter than anticipated. A bit of pine in the aftertaste. The oranges seem a bit too far gone at rear palate, almost sour at this point.

M - Good carbonation, semi-dry finish, medium body.

D - If balance is key then this is pretty successful. However, neither the hop nor fruit flavors are memorable and this doesn't show as much character as it should.

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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.