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Reviews by botham:
4.14/5 rDev -6.8%
Hopleaf has a great reputation, and in most regards, it lives up to it. in appearance, the bar is like most good beer bars, with various memorabilia around, a wall of bottles above the bar, and a variety of tap handles that gives the bar a great character.
the atmosphere is laid back and very condusive to drinking great beer. this BA visited on a monday evening, around 4pm to 6pm, and the conditions were decent, with around 15 to 20 people around the bar, all drinking great beer and no drunks to speak of.
quality and service are great. correct and clean glassware, knowledgeable barkeeps, and friendly & prompt service.
selection is solid. a wide variety of styles with a bunch of less common styles are available on tap. the bottle list is extensive (this BA stuck to the tap handles); expect a good proportion to be Belgians, with a healthy selection of american craft brews as well.
food is available, albeit a bit pricey.
overall, this is one stop in Chicago that should make it on any visitors list, provided a trip north of the city is possible. cheers!
07-28-2009 01:42:34 | More by botham
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4.29/5 rDev -3.4%
Stopped by hopleaf on a recent trip to Chi town. Just prior to hopleaf I stopped by a modestly impressive bottle shop located nearby (unsure of the name, same intersection)
The bar had an English pub kind of feel walking in, though it was weird being carded at the door before it was even nighttime (midday on a Friday). The bar seats were generally taken, but it was easy enough to grab a table, which had the draught and bottle menus available.
There were many local options available, but I gravitated towards the 3 floyds options, which included zombie dust, yum yum, and fantasmo - all for $6/pint. Yum Yum was a new option for me, so I requested a sample first (1/4 oz pour into a highball glass - barely enough to coat my palate or to get much aroma) and eventually I settled on that option for my full pour. Service was reasonably quick and it was already busy (considering the time of day and location - kind of far North compared to other options). There were no issues using card/closing tab, getting water, using the bathroom, etc.
Unfortunately I didn't stay for a meal.
Overall I'd say this is a worthwhile stop. The taps were selective (including some STL love with their perennial collab hopfentea) and I was able to grab a pint of a fresh local beer I was actually interested in trying with general ease (and for a reasonable price).
Protip: check out some amazing viet food @ tank noodle beforehand and make the reasonable walk from there
08-12-2014 00:30:24 | More by ThePorterSorter
Hopleaf in Chicago, IL
98 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.