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Mathias Imperial IPA - Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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Mathias Imperial IPA
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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 8.24%
Wants: 34
Gots: 8 | 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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Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  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.

Florida9, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of bradycd1
4.5/5  rDev +3%

bradycd1, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of Rope
4.36/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful crimson with a small, but lasting, white head.

Mango with a slight hop bitter.

The citra hops really blast through here, a hint of the alcohol, slight bitter but mostly mango and bubblegum.

The taste sticks with you and coats your mouth, but it isn't really a bad thing given the taste.

Excellent entry for citra hops, probably the sweetest of the ones I have tried.

Rope, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of straightlambic
4.5/5  rDev +3%

straightlambic, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Joel12
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Joel12, Apr 07, 2013
Photo of MIA4IPA
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

MIA4IPA, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of baker2gs
4.5/5  rDev +3%

baker2gs, Mar 15, 2013
Photo of Durb777
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Durb777, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of CityofBals
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

CityofBals, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of BrianBo
5/5  rDev +14.4%

BrianBo, Jan 25, 2013
Photo of EliRix
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

EliRix, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of KevinMc79
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

KevinMc79, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of MCain04
4.5/5  rDev +3%

MCain04, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of jeonseh
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
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

jeonseh, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of eyemustard
4/5  rDev -8.5%

eyemustard, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of spark3148857
4.5/5  rDev +3%

spark3148857, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

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

eorwar, Dec 21, 2012
Photo of Treebs
4.45/5  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.

Treebs, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Drucifer
5/5  rDev +14.4%

Drucifer, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of KDawg
4.18/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

KDawg, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of mhaugo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

mhaugo, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of anabar
4.5/5  rDev +3%

anabar, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of EROCK75
4.5/5  rDev +3%

EROCK75, Oct 29, 2012
Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
97 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.