Ike's IPA | Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery

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Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery
New Jersey, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-29-2002

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by Augustiner719:
Photo of Augustiner719
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a sam adams oktoberfest .5l stein.

Appearance: Nice head yielded from a mildly agressive pour. Its a nice light brown/reddish color with a cream white head that leads to little lacing.

Smell: Beautiful aromas of hops and grassy undertones comming through. Very very nice on the nose... smooth smelling with sweet and fresh smelling hops.

Taste: A little bit lacking in the flavor department. Still, its a full beer with some nice hops pungent flavors comming through on the back end. A little more bitter than I thought it was going to be from the smell but nonetheless its a pretty nice beer.

Mouthfeel: A little bit of sticky hops/wheaty textures comming through as it stays in the mouth for a substantial amount of time. Nice medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: overall its a smooth, delicious beer that doesnt have to be savored with each sip. No need to go in depth with its tasting notes as it doesnt deviate from standard IPA's. Its a little bit less on the hoppy side which makes it more drinkable when pounding .Ive drank 3 of the 4 pints so far so that shows you the ease it goes down.

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Photo of Sammy
2.83/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Hop Devil Grill. No smell,looks, mouthfeel. Some hop taste, weak. Like a lager with a bit of hops. Soapy aftertaste. Passable in drinkability. Not every pizzeria can make beer, and it's surprising that they have been making this IPA for so long and it would be mediocre as a beer and an IPA.When I later talked to the brewer, he said that they tapped it very late, so i hope to try it again and will see.

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Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Lupe
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber in color with decent white head that leaves some lace. Floral hop aroma dominates with some malt in the backround. Medium in body with a crisp yet smooth mouthfeel. Taste is much like the smell with flavors of floral and earthy hops dominating, while sweet malt lurks in the backround. A nice hop bite ends this slightly unbalanced, yet not overwhelmingly bitter IPA. Good drinkability for an IPA, and quite tasty.

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Photo of jwc215
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought this home in a growler last night.
Poured medium orange with a thin head that is well-retained.
The smell was a bit on the thin side - but was clean, some fruity hops with a bready background.
The taste was of mild grapefruit. Buttery notes became more apparent as the drink progressed.It was neither too thick nor too thin. A crisp, refreshing feel lingered. It was quite good, and the bitterness was what it should be, but not overwhelming, making this a good choice to accompany food. It was a bit more malty than most IPA's, but overall, a good brew.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange in color with a nice 2" head. Very thick lacing coats the glass while drinking. The aroma is of very floral hops and malt. The flavor has a nice balance of sweet malt, high bitterness, and a orange zest that round out the flavor. The bitterness is not overwhelming, just right.

The mouthfeel is smooth at the start and finishes rather dry. The bitterness rides the tongue well into the aftertaste. A very drinkable IPA.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EPseja
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly darker than many other IPAs, burnt orange in color. Nice, active head.

Smell: Citrusy hops and medium bodied malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Sweet malt on the tip of the tongue (sweeter than many other I've had), pleasant hop punch in the middle and to round out the finish. Decent mouthfeel and drinkability. Would be slightly more drinkable IMHO if the malt were cut back a pinch. Overall, a very well rounded IPA.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EStreet20
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally got out to this place and had the sampler. Really enjoyed the IPA so I grabbed a growler to go.

Growler, filled about 24 hours ago, poured into a HopDevil nonic pint glass.

A - Pours out a dark orange that allows some light through. A very nice, foamy, two finger white head sits on top.

S - Lots of citrusy hops hitting you, along with some pine/floral aromas. A very nice sniffer.

T - Comes in malty for an IPA. Definitely a little different than most. The hops come through to balance things nicely in the middle and leave a nice bittering flavor on the end. I get a little bit of an orange taste at the end. Overall, very well balanced.

M - A nice feeling IPA in the mouth. Very smooth, goes down easy.

D - Highly drinkable in every sense of the word. It's not my favorite of the style, but it definitely does offer a lot and is one I look forward to having from time to time. Also, at 5.5 ABV, it's still a nice session beer, especially for an IPA.

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Photo of AltBock
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ike's IPA is one of Pizzeria Uno's regular offerings. I decided to take this one home with me in one of their 64 oz. growlers.

When poured into a Sly Fox Imperial pint glass, this IPA turned out to be a beautiful reddish amber with a small tint of sunshine yellow at the bottom. The head of foam was almost as good. This fluffy and creamy head of foam was about 1 1/2 inchs in height and was white/beige in color. It was hard to tell the color because it was inbetween both of those colors. It had great retention that left behind a small white/beige film and quite a few steaks of lace around the glass. Beer eye candy all the way.

This IPA's aroma was very malty with bready malts, a hint of caramel malts, candied yeast, and ended with the slightest touch of citrus hops. It was nowhere being a well balanced aroma. The malts took over everything.

While the aroma wasn't well balanced and was mostly filled with malts, the taste is where it decided it wanted to be balanced. The taste was well balanced with toasted bready malts, dried grapefruit, a hint of lemon, a splash of candied yeast, and plenty of bitter citrus hops. Sometimes the candied yeast showed through a bit too much, but most of the time it was well balanced between the bready malts and the bitter citrus hops.

The mouthfeel was just over the medium bodied line with a nice sized aftertaste of dried grapefruit, bready malts, and a helpful dose of bitter citrus hops. This aftertaste did bother to stick around for a minute or two.

I like Ike! It was just a nice well balanced fresh IPA straight from the brewpub. I would seriously consider filling my Growler up with this IPA again. This is another one of Pizzeria Uno's must try beers!

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Photo of BeerdedEric
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color body, a head that didn't last too long turning into a slight film with spotty islands, really nice lacing.

Smells good. Malt and hops are present. Some pine and citrus.

Crisp but bitter. I'm thinking lemon peel, a malt backbone and then a metalic bitterness at the end but really works well with the beer.

Carbonation is noticeable. Feels light to medium. A tingling sensation hits the tongue.

Drink ability is good. I could have a few definitely. But there is good beer here that I would like to seek more.

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Photo of Sellen
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is named after Pizzeria Uno's founder. Rich amber color with a medium white head. Thin lacing. Nice hops aroma. Medium-bodied with nice hops up front, however they do fall off some by the end. The finish is nicely bitter. Overall a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of Ego
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ah, the finer points of living 5 minutes from UNO... if the food was better I would be there more often... and when the smoking ban kicks in? hell yes...

in the bar lighting this looked darker, at home we get a light copper color, clear with lots of carbonation, great fluffy white head pillows up, very stick lacing (gobs of stickiness trace your way down the pint as you drink - super super sticky), a solid looking beer, the head sticks around for awhile as well

a pinch of pine hop florals delivered on a sweet malt base, a touch of grassiness also (something I didnt notice in the bar), straightforward and solid IPA smellin thing... nothing crazy but nice.

taste etc...
the carbonation is mild and just enough (you would think with that head it would be fizzy as balls, it aint), medium mouthfeel, good bitterness lingers after a nice sweet malt attack, stings on the lips, this one is definitely a bit sweeter than many IPAs around but not to detriment for me personally (and I usually avoid sweet), most of the time the nice hop bitters balance out the flavor.

a very solid IPA, great with the fare they serve at the restaurant and it should be good at your BBQ this summer. tasty. $10 for a growler is well worth supporting a local craft brewer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Aroma of crispy toffee candy along with lemons, tangerines, and a wisp of pulverized grain dust.

Taste: Pale malts with a toffee candy sweetness. Hint of grain. Citrusy hop character with a cleansing, medium bitterness. Drying, bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's OK; basic but decent, y'know?

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Ike's IPA from Pizzeria Uno Chicago Grill & Brewery
3.78 out of 5 based on 17 ratings.
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