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Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Mathias Imperial IPA
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188 Ratings
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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 33
Gots: 6 | 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:
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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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Thorpe429, May 28, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -15.8%
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

brentk56, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

ygtbsm94, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

TMoney2591, Jul 23, 2012
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!

emerge077, Mar 12, 2011
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

MasterSki, Feb 27, 2011
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...

StonedTrippin, Jul 09, 2013
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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.

jlindros, Aug 31, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

imperialking, Nov 29, 2011
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

brandoman63, Jan 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

TurdFurgison, Jul 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Rhettroactive, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of jrallen34
4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

jrallen34, Feb 27, 2011
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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.

WoodBrew, Jul 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

KAF, Jul 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Hopheadjeffery, Aug 13, 2013
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.

AgentZero, May 23, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

bsuedekum, Jan 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

whartontallboy, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of rudzud
4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

rudzud, Aug 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

mhaugo, Nov 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

smartassboiler, Jun 28, 2013
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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
96 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.