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Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

Mathias Imperial IPA
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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 8.49%


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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schwemjw

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Serving type: growler

09-19-2013 06:22:06 | More by schwemjw
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Florida9

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-19-2013 22:21:47 | More by Florida9
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

09-04-2012 02:38:43 | More by BarrytheBear
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2012 02:41:50 | More by jlindros
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.43/5  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.

Serving type: growler

08-30-2012 22:36:31 | More by rudzud
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AJacob81

Illinois

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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areich6

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Dark coppery color, very little head. Looks very smooth.

S: Quite hoppy, but also sweet. Smells slightly of lemons and grapefruit.

T: Definitely a bit of grapefruit, with a good amound of hoppy bitterness. Quite tasty. The sweetness and bitterness is excellently balanced.

M: Very smooth. Not much carbonation and little creamy. I could drink this all night. Really nice. Can't even taste the alcohol, and 10.00% that is pretty impressive

O: This is very good American IPA. It has anything anyone would want in this style of beer.

Serving type: growler

Serving type: growler

03-13-2012 05:01:44 | More by areich6
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pschul4

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared with tasting partner areich6 (as always)

A- Beautiful deep orange with a finger of white head that pulls back to a ring of white around the brew.

S- Big citrus notes that are reminiscent of Zombie Dust. Love these citra hops

T- Great citrusy notes, some nice malts in the background but the citra hops take the lead and arent letting go

M- Pretty creamy for a DIPA but definitely some prickly CO2 on the end

O- If Zombie Dust is a 10 in terms of citra hop ales, this is an 8.5 definitely some steps behind but still amazing

Serving type: growler

03-13-2012 04:55:46 | More by pschul4
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 00:58:19 | More by jpmclaug
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osubuckeye99

Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
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...

Serving type: growler

05-30-2011 00:52:13 | More by osubuckeye99
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BasementBer

Manitoba (Canada)

4.58/5  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.

Serving type: growler

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

Illinois

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: growler

03-16-2011 00:33:41 | More by GbVDave
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 21:27:51 | More by MasterSki
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.08/5  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.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2011 15:12:33 | More by jrallen34
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.81/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2013 17:48:15 | More by NewGlarusFan
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
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...

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2013 14:19:25 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rope

Illinois

4.36/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2013 16:29:39 | More by Rope
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 02:24:35 | More by jeonseh
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Treebs

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2012 17:20:54 | More by Treebs
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KDawg

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2012 03:43:13 | More by KDawg
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warnerry

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2012 00:31:17 | More by warnerry
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Auracom

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2012 15:40:59 | More by Auracom
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 01:49:11 | More by WoodBrew
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.98/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2012 20:54:00 | More by TMoney2591
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.73/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 18:47:11 | More by UpToMeBeer
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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
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