Basement Batch - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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4.38/5 rDev +22%
A BOTMC selection that arrived awhile ago, now its time to untap it, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top yields a nice citrus smell with malts galore. Pours into a trusty stemless red wine glass to a cloudy orange bronze with a pillowy two finger head. On the taste, the balance is as good as the bite. This brew starts with a bold hop bite but the malt backbone is behind it, right off the bat. It transitions into a floral hoppiness with a semi bitter but still malty finish. Mouthfeel is evident but in the background as should always be. This is a bold, balanced, tasty and highly drinkable brew. Basement Batch, wish I had one I'd do my batches in the basement too, maybe even lagering with no refrigeration needed. But that's another topic. I suggest you rush out and find this brew and drink it in quantity.
06-19-2010 20:56:50 | More by mooseisloose
4.35/5 rDev +21.2%
(12 oz. bottle into shaker) Part of my Beer of the Month club and a surprisingly great brew. I am usually not a fan of the over hopped ales you tend to get, but this one was very well balanced. Poured a beautiful dark amber/copper color with a finger of creamy white head. Aroma of slight citrus and spice as well as a hint of a sweetness. very smooth in the mouth with a lively carbonation allowing the hops to pop on the tongue. The bitterness was not overpowering and actually cut by a slight caramel sweetness. The balance made for a very refreshing drink, especially as the glass warmed and both flavors developed.
02-10-2010 18:25:30 | More by crhensel
4.33/5 rDev +20.6%
I'm a horrible reviewer...that said, I feel compelled to say a few kind words about this Pale Ale.... Had this at the Iron Works bbq during their happy hour from 2-6 where it was ½ price. $2 for a pint of fine craft beer!
How's this for a review...not as hoppy as Sierra Nevada Pale Ale which I find to be pretty hoppy, but quite a surprisingly flavorful beer nonetheless. I have neglected to try the Choc beers believing that they probably weren't worth my money and I am very pleased to find myself mistaken in that regard.
This was my personal favorite of the four beers that Iron Works had on tap (COOP Amber and Horny Toad and Choc Whit). At $2 a pint I can see a love affair in the works!
01-20-2010 14:38:22 | More by fastfwd
4.22/5 rDev +17.5%
poured 12 oz from bottle into a tall pale ale chalice. the color is copper with some dark red notes. it is very hazy with plenty of carbonation. the foam which initially was a good finger and a half sticks around for an impressive amount of time.
the smell is of faint pine but it is subtle so it reminds me of clean laundry. i like it because it's not overwhelming.
the taste follows, but there is a definite bitterness there that isn't quite as subtle as the aroma. still, i like it because it doesn't stretch my comfort zone for bitterness and that's a good thing. i get definite orange and grapefruit hop notes over a nothing special malt profile.
the mouthfeel is just what i want in a pale ale. and being a pale ale i think it is very drinkable--i could imagine enjoying this over the length of a session.
01-27-2010 03:18:01 | More by dnjmed
4.13/5 rDev +15%
Pours cloudy amber orange with a massive 2 beige finger cloudy / creamy head that's fluffy and lasted about 2 minutes; on tom of sediment which builds up like a sand bar at the bottom of the glass and really nice lacing that clings to the glass. A very attractive beer in the pint glass!
Smells of floral hops, citrus hops, sweet malt, orange peel, grapefruit, some grass and or light grains, light caramel and coriander. Real nice pale ale aroma, which is subtle but sweet.
Tastes of floral, citrus and piney hops, sweet malt, orange peel, caramel, grass, grapefruit, brown sugar, pepper and some funky yeast at the end which gives a slight sour pucker that's on the dry side. Pretty nice balance between the hops and malts, but the yeast comes in towards the end and adds the funky flavor which takes away from the nice floral hops and malt sweetness.
Mouthfeel is light and creamy, with high carbonation like champagne that borders of watery but is still very refreshing; body light, but a little chewy, and the overall feel is smooth and airy.
This beer is very easy to drink, and very tasty so I recommend trying it as it's a good pale ale.
07-31-2010 23:37:46 | More by CHickman
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
A - Pours up an orange/amber wtih a white head that dissipates quickly to a thin cap
S - Starts off with citrus aroma and finishes with a hint of spicy hops
T - starts off with a hint of malt, replaced by grapefruit hoppiness. There is also a bit of tartness.
M - Good mouthfeel and carbonation
D - The hops are present, but not so overpowering that you can't have only one or two. Very drinkable.
06-29-2008 22:25:40 | More by hiikeeba
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Drinks a bit bigger than an American Pale Ale - pushing toward the upper end of the scale where the brisk hopping and slightly syrupy mouthfeel begin to take on attributes of a double IPA. Citrus hops with a pronounced grapefruit peel bitterness that clings to the back of the tongue. Moderate level of sweetness, not quite balanced on the bittering.
12-05-2011 14:50:17 | More by Brent
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big Thank You goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is full of citrus and caramelized malt with a good background of hops.
T: The taste is malty up front with flavors of caramel, nuts and citrus. Then a good hops presence comes in and provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice beer to drink for the duration of an evening.
02-04-2008 02:49:15 | More by TheManiacalOne
4/5 rDev +11.4%
Got this in a BotM shipment.
Poured into a shaker a cloudy, bright orange, 2 fingers of soft, whipped head. Didn't realize it was bottle-conditioned, so I got lots of tiny, suspended particles. Solid, inviting lacing.
Definitely a hop-forward aroma, with a subdued mix of lemon, grapefruit, tea. Some mild (tea)biscuity malt.
Taste is a nicely balanced mix of toasty malts & citrus hops up front -- I should say, nicely balanced but on the hoppy side. Sweeter citrus in the middle turning to a shortbread-like sweetness. It goes from balanced-hoppiness to balanced-maltiness, like a lightly swaying pendulum. Pepper-like bitterness in the aftertaste.
Has a little bite at first, tempered by soft foam that mellows it out & turns it very smooth. Very good, pleasantly bitter, solid in all aspects. Plenty of "label lit" to read, to boot!
01-22-2010 09:48:17 | More by OneDropSoup
4/5 rDev +11.4%
A - Poured a copper color with a white head that leaves some lacing behind
S - Is of citrus hops on a decent malt backing
T - Follows the nose citrus hops upfront then some biscuit malt balances things out
M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it
D - I'm enjoying this beer quite a bit its a well made hop forward pale thats worth getting to try sometime
02-01-2010 22:38:20 | More by armock
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
I always have a sense of pride when drinking a local brew. Pete was doing this long before it was popular, and there's something to be said for that. I remember my dad going to Pete's place when I was a kid and telling me about the beer, which I thought was "chalk" beer. At that time it was illegal, but everybody knew about it, especially the politicians! Ok, let's see what we got. Pours light amber with a slight head that sticks around a bit leaving consistent lacing all around. A big whiff reveals citrusy hops which may not be as robust as some other APA's. Hops are smooth with a bit of chalkiness at the end of the pull leaving some oranges floating around the palate. Basement Batch is very drinkable and has just enough taste to keep you coming back for more. The draught is a bit sweeter than the bottle, which lends for a bit more of an enjoyable experience.
02-01-2008 20:14:40 | More by stephens101
3.95/5 rDev +10%
A good tasting APA. Very well balanced. It is a good American Pale Ale to introduce to people new to the style, as it isn't too bitter, or have too much of a hop aroma. Yet still pleasing to a hop-head like myself. The beer is bottle conditioned which IMO is a plus. The appearance is that of a typical APA, but the head was a little weak.
08-19-2007 18:51:43 | More by tronester
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
I really enjoyed this APA, It was not the best but clearly not the worst. I have so far been impressed with the Choc line-up, and am looking forward to trying the Miners light, while I will rank this one up there as a beer I would drink again, I would have to say the Choctoberfest was much better.
11-12-2007 21:53:26 | More by skeetermoses
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
Cloudy copper in color with no head.
Floral notes in the nose, with citrus undertones.
This beer has a nice taste. Kind of a nutty taste initially with citrus fruits and hops fighting in the swallow.
With those flavors, it's a complex mouthfeel. Definitely a pale ale with the bittering hops, but the malt cuts into the bitterness giving a clean, citrusy finish.
Easy to drink, moderate alcohol; can't wait for another.
01-25-2010 20:44:19 | More by RickS95
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
This one poured the traditional Choc cloudiness with a somewhat dull caramel orange/brown. The head was pretty modest considering the vigorous pour.
The nose was an inviting blend of citrus and toasty caramel.
The flavor was much more hop intense in the mouth, almost sending it to the IPA realm. The malt backbone was quite strong as well, strong enough to hold it's own against a juicy and sharp hop bill. The finish was resiny and tart.
The mouthfeel was chalky with a nice dry finish. The body was medium and the carbonation was fluffy and crisp... right where it should have been.
Not a bad offering by any means.
06-11-2010 01:14:10 | More by climax
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
With about six inches of snow on the ground here in Chicago, and up to six more to come throughout the rest of the night, it's a good night to stay in and do a beer review. Plus, I've had a six pack of Choc Basement Batch sitting in my fridge for about a week now and this is an excellent excuse to crack it open.
I work with two guys from Tulsa, Oklahoma and my girlfriend's family is from Tahlequah (just outside Tulsa), so after a couple visits for the holidays and a few return trips from the guys I am fairly familiar with Choc. The Basement Batch IPA is probably my favorite out of Choc lineup, but I am sure to appreciate this beer even more after taking the time to review it, so let's get to it:
APPEARANCE: After a slow pour from the 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint glass the beer was a bright gold, almost glowing color. It was a bit cloudy due to a small amount of excess yeast that slipped into the glass despite my attempt to avoid it. The head was thin, but stayed strong throughout the whole glass. Even when cloudy, it was appealing.
SMELL: Before the first sip the aroma was not very strong, but it did seem slightly smoky and hoppy. I noticed as I got further into the glass that the aroma became stronger.
TASTE: The smoky, hoppy flavor that I only slightly smelled hit me hard with the first sip. It surprised me and woke up my taste buds in a good way. After the initial hit of hops and smoke it gave way to a caramel and kind of malty flavor. The smokiness slowly faded from front to back, and ended up lingering just enough at the end to leave me wanting to get to that next sip.
MOUTHFEEL: Much like the surprising burst of flavor, the feel snuck up on me as well. As it hit my tongue it didn't seem like there was much action, carbonation-wise. As it went down, however, the bubbles seemed to come alive and it almost felt like a soda on it's way down.
OVERALL: Although I have tasted this beer a number of times prior to writing this review, it has always been straight out of the bottle. Taking the time to take a whiff of this beer after pouring gave me a chance to be surprised by the taste. It was a very enjoyable experience. That said, this might not be the beer for everyone. It is certainly an IPA with the strong hops, but it is also richer and maltier than most other IPAs. Don't ever give this beer to someone to introduce them to the style, but definitely give it to a seasoned IPA veteran who is looking for something unique, different and tasty.
01-08-2010 07:34:05 | More by StoneTSR
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange with 1.5 fingers of white head that sinks rapidly to form crop circles.
S - Lots of caramel malt, orange and grapefruit cascade hops.
T - Rich caramel malt that is full and has a candy sweetness to it. Hops start in quick and keep the malt in check by offer a clean citrusy middle to finish. Has some tartness on the back end.
M- Medium lush body.
Nothing fancy here. Just a great unfiltered APA with nice caramel malts and clean citrus hops to offer a refreshing and very satisfying beer.
01-28-2011 00:10:09 | More by StaveHooks
3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a small head and some lacing.
S: Fresh grain and citrus aroma. Smells inviting.
T: Starts slightly malty with a pleasant citrus flavor. Has a nice bitter finish. Quite refreshing.
F: Fairly medium body, crisp & clean. Quite smooth and well balanced.
D: good easy drinker, very enjoyable. Came as part of a Choc 6-pack mixer. Worth having again.
11-16-2010 23:07:49 | More by soju6
3.85/5 rDev +7.2%
Pours cloudy amber color with not that much head. Lacing is good.
Smell is of lemon grass with some biscuit notes.
Taste is very citrusy up front and in the back. Middle you can taste the malt. Good balance with the hops and malt.
Mouthfeel is average for the style.
I could drink a few of these but than would need something different.
01-23-2010 03:49:31 | More by ksbeernuts
Basement Batch from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
82 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.