Hardway IPA | Chicago Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Chicago Brewing Company
Nevada, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by DESTRO on 08-22-2004

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of kojevergas
2.67/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of italianstallion
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerZombies1
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 98green
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of OscarO67
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This IPA was a clear orange-gold colour I could only describe more as just 'healthy' looking. It smelled lightly malted with floral hop notes. At first taste, this ale was quite hoppy and bitter upfront, but gradually mellowed out into a lingering flavour of floral hop on the palate.

Would I buy this beer again? Probably.

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Photo of JohnW58
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of MSL94
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of StArnoldFan
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of apf
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single finger head with excellent lacing on a cloudy orange golden body. Citrus, herbal and light floral hops. Very nice hop dominant aroma. Flavor is also nicely hopped with herbal, tangerine and grapefruit citrus and a bit if a piney and metallic bitterness to the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. This is a very good IPA. Not super complex but flavorful and the best beer on the flight.

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Photo of stevied71
1/5  rDev -72.5%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of sholland119
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewpub, 12/6/10.

A-Golden amber with a thin white head and a bit of sticky lacing.

S-some citrus hops but mostly diacetyl. Hi, ringwood.

T-Ruggedly bitter, citrusy and earthy, lacking in balance.

M-Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, slick.

D-My notes say "not terrible". There you have it.


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Photo of GarthDanielson
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured on-tap into a pint glass. This beer was a typical IPA, and nothing truly stood out. That being said, the beer was your typical copper color, although unfiltered, which gave it a cloudy appearance. The aromas are hoppy, and the tastes are bitter and sour hops flavors. It reminded me of most east coast IPAs. The beer itself was round a bold in mouth, and combined with the sourness, not the easiest of consumptions. A little goes a long way here.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.07/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Chicago Brewing Co. in the Four Queens, downtown Las Vegas, served in a 20oz pint glass:

A: The beer appeared a nice clear orange with a small white head that quickly disappeared. No lacing to speak of. Really, upon first glance the beer did not appear all that appealing.

S: The beer had a nice aroma to it, mainly citrus hops with hints of pine and a nice malted barley backbone.

T: The taste was slightly better than I had been expecting after noting the appearance and the smell. The beer followed the aroma well with plenty of hops, and the beer was well balanced, so the hops did not knock you over. The beer did finish with a nice bitter, dry aftertaste.

M/D: The beer had a medium body to it with good carbonation. The beer was smooth and pretty refreshing and the beer went down very easily. Drinkability is definitely its best quality. Overall not a bad beer, a beer that I would drink again, but no where near the top in the IPA world.

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Photo of PantsOptional
4.62/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Chicago Brewing Co., then ordered a growler to go.

A: Attractive semi-cloudy orange coloration that leans more toward dark than light (and it's at times clearer or cloudier depending on when purchased--it is unfiltered, afterall). Little carbonation. Decent lacing.

S: Huge notes of grapefruit and pine in the nose but with plenty of malt detectable to back up the hop presence. Just how I like my IPA's. Very enjoyable.

T: This is where the magic happens. Love at first sip. The citrusy-piney hop aroma presented in the smell unfolds brilliantly on the palate. Kudos to the folks at CBC for brewing this gem in the desert.

M: Amazingly balanced mouthfeel. Not too cloying, yet thin enough to facilitate the relaxed atmosphere present at its place of brewing.

D: Honestly, I could drink a lot of this beer. As it currently stands I have in my possession one growler . . . that's just not enough.

Conclusion: Hands down my favorite brew so far (and I'm predicting victory for this selection) at CBC. Barring some amazing seasonal that the brewmaster may create in the future, this will be my beer of choice on any future visits. Awesome.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.21/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Chicago Brewing in the 4 Queens. Cloudy golden color, with a few orange hues. Small white head disappears after a few minutes. Not much lace to speak of.

Notes of citrusy hops, and a bit earthy. An overwhelming oxidation note which is quite distracting. The classical wet cardboard smell is what comes to mind. A bit of caramel malt as well.

Caramel malt up front, with a good citrusy bite from the hops. Nice to see that the oxidation present in the nose did not make its way into the flavor for whatever reason. Dries out at the finish.

Medium body, with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall not bad. Without the oxidation in the nose, this would be a pretty solid beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.4/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 3/16/2008 (Sampler @ 4 Queens, Las Vegas, NV):

Pours a pale yellow-amberish colored body, with some white colored head, lasting. Has very little aroma, maybe a little IPAish, and some bitterness. Good bitter taste. A little too bitter. Some grapefruit, piney.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definately the best beer that I had at the taproom in the Cigar Lounge, 4 Queens.

The beer begins with a nice look. Somewhere between golden and amber in color with a froathy white foamstand that laced well and retained to the bottom of the glass.

Sharp aromas of grapefruit and pine resin dominates the well attenuated malt base. Fruitiness of pineapple, pears, and apples compliment the hops while bridging the barley malts.

Flavors of grapefruit, orange rinds, lemon zest, and grassy/piney notes give a lot of flavor and spicy notes to the softer malt bill. Malts give very little sweetness, but give a good malt flavor. Spicy phenols also compliment the hops without delivering any detectable off flavors.

Texture are crisp, clean, refreshing from the high attenuation rates, leaving almost no residual sweetness on the tongue. Bitterness is agressive and pleasant giving the beer dryness, spiciness, and palatablility.

Finishes dry, citrusy, and with a long, bitter lingering. A must-try if passing by the 4 Queens Casino on Freemont Street.

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Photo of charlzm
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 05/11/08 at Chicago Brewing Co. & Cigar Lounge, Las Vegas.

Medium/light gold. Unfiltered. Particularly unusual head: reminds me of a bacterial culture in a petri dish.

No aroma.

Flavor starts with piney hop notes. Not much malt character; too shy to be definitively identified. Some light citrus, grassy notes on finish. Bitterness shows up a good second or two after beer has been swallowed. Neat trick, that.

A nice enough beer.

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Hardway IPA from Chicago Brewing Company
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