Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 37
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
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

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
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...

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 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 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 RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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 jrallen34
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Photo of rudzud
4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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 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 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.

Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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 elNopalero
4.5/5  rDev +3%
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!

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 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 BarrytheBear
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Treebs
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

finally, a local, fresh substitute for zombie dust! the only problem is it's $27 a growler plus $5 for the initial one. When your growler pricing is more than 3 floyds, you may want to rethink some things.
A: orangeish light amber. decent white head and lacing. light haze.
S: delicious citra hops-citrus and tropical fruit, above a honeyed, doughy malt base.
T: follows suit. medium to full sweet malts perfectly balanced by smooth, juicy hop bitterness and flavors.
M: at 10%, obviously bigger bodied than zombie dust. carbonation seems a bit light against this more viscous mouthfeel.
O: hell yeah. i was planning on sharing the growler i brought home, but will be selfish.

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 bschinelli
4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

This is a fantastic example of an imperial IPA. If you get to haymarket, just hope they're brewing Mathias!!

Serving type: on-tap

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.

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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.