Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Mathias Imperial IPA
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 220
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 7.36%
Wants: 39
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Auracom
3.28/5  rDev -24.6%
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. (785 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This is a very cloudy, amber-colored beer, with an inch of foam that leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Sugary toffee with some tropical citrus

Taste: Very sweet, up front, and the lack of attenuation more than offsets the bitterness from the hops; after the swallow, there is a bit more balance but there is a lot of residual sugar in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have a bias against sticky DIPAs, so this is not my thing; even so, it still lacks a bit of balance (538 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Orange colored body, cloudy; great one finger head formed and held very well; lots of quality lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Citrus and pine hop smell; slight hints of orange; the nose is crisp and refreshing; malty backbone compliments this well brewed beer

T - Citrus and caramel flavors hit the palate very quickly; retro-olfaction generates plenty of pine and forestry flavors; crisp malty taste washes out the palate; not much bite though for a Double IPA

M - Dry finish with a slight bitter aftertaste; thin consistency; off-balanced blend of flavors, needs a little more hop bite to it

D - I thought the hops would overwhelm this beer, but it wasn't the case as it was not as well-balanced as I thought it would be; should have a bit more bite to it and have a nice lingering effect; it was still a nice beer and one I would recommend to others (911 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (647 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.97/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of the brother-in-law, who brought this up to the cabin this weekend and then promptly whomped my ass at golf. Thanks B-Mac!

Tends towards a darker orange with a tight white collar. Lacing is fairly tame.

Nose is sugared fruits: mainly peach and mango. After sitting a bit there was also a very discernible smell of weed.

Wow, this is really very sweet. The nose plays mostly true while melding with melted caramel from the malts. Big bold sugary tropical fruitiness and a massive barrage of sweetness just overwhelm the palate.

Feel is syrupy and medium bodied. When the growler was first opened there was a substantial amount of carbonation. After a sister in law who is not to be named left the cap loose overnight, the carbonation understandably took a dive. I actually preferred this the next day.

Overall, this was just too sweet. I can see really enjoying the hop profile if this were dialed in and focused a bit more. I also started getting a headache both nights while drinking this. A nice hoppy effort that could use a few tweaks. (1,066 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev -8%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours burnt orange, cream-colored head, thin collar.

S - Tropical fruit, citrus, pine, resin, light sweetness. Lots of hoppy bitterness, which is to be expected with some malty sweetness on the end.

T - Similar to the nose. Lots of hops in all different forms mixed with a touch of sweetness. The alcohol is there, but doesn't hinder this monstrously-hopped beer. Finish is bitter resin & pine with a sweet malty kick.

M - Medium body, good carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - A nice DIPA from Haymarket that I'm finally getting around to review after having it several times. Hard to drink a lot of it, but one pour does me just fine. Will continue to have, if available. (724 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (841 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kan for bringing this growler, drank from a Cigar City snifter... Pours a dark clearish orange, guess they finally started filtering. Looks pretty good... The aroma is lots of citrus fruits; oranges rind and grapefruits. Pine on the back, present but not overbearing, a touch of alcohol but no indication this is 10%... Malty bread caramel base shows through with oranges and pine. Tastey and easy to drink, I kept coming back to this throughout the night.

Haymarket's best to date, glad to see they are moving in the right direction. (546 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of jpmclaug
4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

about as big as an ipa can get, this is a downright beast, and it nearly kicked my butt. well, it did kick my butt technically, but whatever. this red tinted bronze colored nectar boasts a few inches of off white head as dense as coolwhip. the nose is massively hopped. sort of like whatever was left in the hop room went into the kettle, I taste a lot of varietals in here, a lot of oils and resins, and a lot of bitterness. not sure if there was a method to this insanity or not, but I love what it tastes like. intensely bitter throughout, with shades of sweet caramel and dryer pale malt flashing in and out, between orange zest, lemon acid, and dried mango bits. massive amounts of flavor packed into this ipa, and not all of it from hops, very enjoyable. the alcohol is there, but its not apparent that its 10% abv until after you drink it. full body as expected, oily and sticky too, but not at all weighty in my guts. as big and brash as this is, its also impressively complex and well put together. if you imbibe on this freak, make sure you have a driver... (1,067 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Kan for the growler. Served in a small tulip glass.

A - A finger of late-rising off-white foam that settles to a thin ring. Transparent reddish bronze body.

S - Tropical fruits, caramel malts, a touch of burnt sugars, and a hint of that chive note that I get from certain hop varietals.

T - Taste is very sweet, with lots of tropical fruits and sugary malts. Not a ton of bitterness to this beer. Could use a few additional flavors to offset the saccharine qualities, but nonetheless still quite good.

M - Medium-bodied, dry and resinous finish. Carbonation is somewhat low, probably because the growler sat out a while before I realized it was there.

D - Definitely the best Haymarket offering I've had so far. I had a few pours from the growler and will have this next time it shows up on-tap. (807 characters)

Photo of bashiba
4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (511 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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! (811 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev 0%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Syrupy and thick. I think that's the defining feature of this one. Whereas the hops in a lot of dipa's provide flavor features, I think the loads of hops in this one contribute to the body of the beer more so; which I can dig. The flavor tones on this one lean towards meaty, earthy, pine. Anyways. I'm going to drink this now and say forget thinking about what to say about it. (378 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep amber colored. About the color of cognac or an aged rum. Forms a rather smallish white head that reduces to absolute nothingness. No lacing what-so-ever.

S: Aroma is very pleasant. Candied orange dominates. Sweet. Citrus, particularly orange, with notes of tropical fruit and melon. Alcohol comes through as well, but its a nice balance to the sweetness.

T: Damn, this is a fine tasting beer. Taste is sweet, but the alcohol really balances the sweetness. More orange, with tropical fruit, kumquat, and a pine bitterness on the back end. Gets spicy and fusel after the swallow, but it just seems to cut the sweetness, so it works.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation, though it doesn't seem to want to stick around for too long. Sweet, slick, and spicy. Moderate bitterness.

O: Got to admit, this is a very fine DIPA. On the sweeter side, which I typically don't like, but Citra just demands a sweeter base to play off of. However, unlike most Citra beers, the brewer uses the alcohol to his advantage, allowing the alcohol to cut the sweetness. A very well thought out beer. (1,092 characters)

Photo of Rope
4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of OttoPeeWee
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of JohnPPutz
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy orange with a thin head.

S-awesome smell, love citra hops. Reminds me of Zombie Dust, which is great. Citrus, grapefruit mango, a bit of pine as well.

T-Juicy citrus hops, but also a perfectly balanced malt backbone. Very well done Haymarket.

M-A bit slick and oily, good carbonation and medium body.

O-Great IPA, love the citra hops. Seek this one out for sure! (373 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jegross for the trade...shared with JLindros pours into a standard tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear copper hue with a nice half a finger head that fades to leave a nice soapy wispy head and light halo.

S - Aromas of nice mango and papaya along with light orange citrus. Some sweet malts and slot of mango juice. Super.

T - Taste is so reminiscent of the nose. Bursts of tropical mangos and papaya not much citrus this is a tropical vacation. The alcohol is slightly detectable in the aftertaste but its to be understood for a high ABV dipa.

M - Mouthfeel is good and solid not too sweet not too lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

O - Overall I was incredibly impressed with this beer. Can't get over how much mango is in this beer. Stellar. Definitely worth getting. (782 characters)

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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.