Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Mathias Imperial IPA
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Reviews: 47
Hads: 219
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 mr-jj
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

On tap at Haymarket on 9/19/14.

Unfortunately for this beer, I had it side-by-side with the fresh hop version. It lost in that battle. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that this was an excellent beer. It has a great citrus hop nose, lots of complexity and juiciness in the flavor and a dry bitter-sweet finish. (328 characters)

Photo of joeseppy
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%

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! (1,097 characters)

Photo of glass_house
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (797 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap during the WBEZ tasting

A) Golden Copper color with a two finger head, cloudy some visible nucleation.

S) When the bartender handed it to me I could smell while it was still in his hands. Citrus fruits, dank, honey, bread, very sweet smelling beer.

T) Citrus, skittles, honey, bread, very tasty can't taste the alcohol at all.

M) creamy and juicey medium amount of carbonation

O) Absolutly great! Reminds me of Clown Shoes Galatica or Piepworks Citra Ninja. (476 characters)

Photo of schwemjw
4.48/5  rDev +3%
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 (761 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 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 jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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 (651 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Haymarket. Served in a 12 oz. goblet.

A: Pours a dark amber color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Piney and citrus with a malty sweetness through out. Some orange and melon notes with faint hint of resin.

T: Absolutely delicious. Bursting notes of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, orange rind, and lemon zest. Pineapple and melon with some mild grassy notes and a little piney bitterness. Great malt backbone with some sweet bread and cereal grain flavors. Both are definitely sweet.

M: Medium bodied with a sweet finish and medium carbonation level. Highly drinkable.

O: I could crush glass upon glass of this stuff. It was sweet, but I really enjoyed it and the hop profile is down right delicious. (801 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 UpToMeBeer
4.7/5  rDev +8%
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. (493 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Haymarket. Appearance is deep gold with sticky white rad that leaves plenty of lacing. Nose has floral hops with waves of grapefruit and mango reign supreme. The taste is more of the same with loads of tropical fruit up front and a healthy amount of bitterness to follow. Awesome balance here, the 10% is nowhere to be found. Mouthfeel is appropriate for style with zero heaviness that sometime comes with a beer of this magnitude. Delicious. (459 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 jegross2
4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,535 characters)

Photo of AdultBeverage
4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Haymarket.

Hazy orange color. Not much of a head.

Strong sweet citrus smell.

Heavy tropical taste. Grapefruit flavor throughout. When I drank it, I thought there was no way that this beer is 10% ABV.

Wow, this is an amazing beer which I will definitely enjoy in the future. (292 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 elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bam! This poured a golden color with generous foam. There’s a big, assertive yet floral hop aroma. Smacked me around and I liked it. Gloriously chewy, thick hop flavor. Lots of grassy hops, like the extract from a freshly cut lawn. Or evergreen forest. Loved it! (264 characters)

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