Mathias Imperial IPA
Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery

Mathias Imperial IPAMathias Imperial IPA
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #120
ABV:
8%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,016
Avg:
4.32 | pDev: 8.56%
Reviews:
63
Ratings:
289
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Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
 
Illinois, United States
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Mathias Imperial IPAMathias Imperial IPA
Notes: 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. A massive American style Imperial IPA hopped and dry hopped with 3 pounds per barrel of Citra. 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.

90 IBU
Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 289 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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smackdanie from Illinois

3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark amber, like an amber ale would. No head, little lacing. For a dipa, it's not too boozy are syrupy. Overall, I'd get it again if I was looking for a higher abv beer, but I'd rather have 2 regular ipas. This is probably the best haymarket beer I've had.

Jun 28, 2020
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recognize Mathias is on The Chicago Haymarket list. But the bartender across the road from the Bridgman taproom swears that Mathias is brewed here. And since bartenders are reliable sources in their field, I added Mathias to make this point.

As for the DIPA, I have almost never rated above the average and I am unlikely to change that pattern.

Sep 01, 2019
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 3/28/2019. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/orange/amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, gooseberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly crisp/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth, easy, and fairly crisp to drink for the ABV; with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish, not overly aggressive. Great Citra profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balancing dark/bready malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering crisp resin dryness. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on Midwest style example.

Feb 03, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

9/19/18 (Chicago): $6.75 12 oz draft pour into snifter at Haymarket Brewery. Amber pour, white thin lacing. Sharp mango and orange aroma, balanced with strong hops blend. Slightly dry crisp hops taste and mouth feel. Friut blend taste not as strong as aroma would steer you toward, but what did flow through with the flavor was very good. Thin light texture, slightly dry, easy summer drinking. Overall, a very solid pour.

Sep 21, 2018
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Qbdoo from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

All 3.75s. It's good, a bit sweet, pretty middle of the road for a DIPA. It's solid and drinkable but hard to believe it gets such a high rating here on BA.

Apr 01, 2018
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Bloodbuzz99 from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old school west coast based DIPA; more amber in color, mainly pine on the nose, malty slightly sweet/boozy finish but overall very well balanced. A cousin of Maharaja, the gold standard in this category.

Sep 23, 2017
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Prager62 from Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Bridgman location and served in what looks like a 12oz. rocks glass.

Look- A dark gold with a slight amber hue with a creamy finger of white foam. Heavy lacing clings after it slowly settles.

Smell- Grapefruit, pine, malt and cheesy yeast.

Taste- Grapefruit, floral esters and sweet malt in the finish.

Feel- Creamy smooth with a slightly bitter and semi dry finish.

Overall- A more old school recipe in today's juice bomb IPA landscape that has withstood the test of time. A solid beer worth trying.

Sep 16, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2017-06-06 in Chicago, IL at the brewery.

Dark copper with a short head. Quite malty and sweet. Older stylge but good citrus, tropical, hop flavors. Not very bitter. The small version of this beer (mini Mathias) at 4.5% was also very enjoyable.

Jun 07, 2017
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RAFH from Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a 5 ounce sample from their five beer flight. This was the first beer I ever had from Haymarket. In a single word, "outstanding. " Very drinkable at 8%. Will definitely be trying this again and again!

Mar 02, 2017
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Almost brown with a thin head.
S: This smells like a world class IPA. Strong citrus that is different from what I'd expected for a beer with this dark of a color - I'm probably just used to this coming from an orange NE style IPA.
T: Some older IPAs can still smell & taste great! This one has some dank bitterness, but not the overpowering blech taste I get from some other IIPAs. This one has citra hops for days and is incredibly smooth & drinkable for a beer that's 9% ABV.
F: A bit thin - but like I said, still very smooth.
O: Great beer!

Oct 11, 2016
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rapayn01 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I visited the brewpub and had almost 2 full flights of beer. This one was excellent, though I liked the Experimental IPA even more. It has a bold hop taste, but dangerous 9% abv.

Sep 05, 2016
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rblackwood from Alabama

5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that started my lifelong quest to recreate that first, great IPA experience. One day I'll make it back up to Chicago and see if my journey changes this rating in retrospect, but until then (or until my next revelatory beer experience), this is the beer to beat.

As I recall, the Mathias IPA was extraordinarily hoppy, but the first IPA I had ever tried in which the hops character wasn't just bitter punch in the teeth, but was balanced robustly on the other end by a heavy dose of sweet malt. The flavor is super-citrusy, and tasted almost perfectly like an alcoholic grapefruit (even more than grapefruit-infused IPAs I've had since).

Again, this is definitely rose-colored glasses talking, but this beer is definitely worth making the trip to Haymarket if you are an American IPA fan visiting downtown Chicago.

Aug 05, 2016
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Buck89 from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Haymarket. Nice orange hazy color with a smooth off white head. Orange aroma with some caramel. Taste is sweet with mainly orange and some grapefruit. A delicious beer but a bit too sweet for me.

Apr 05, 2016
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98green from Michigan

3.57/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at haymarket. Look is deep ruby mostly clear. Smell is some fruity hops, and lots of sweet malt. Taste is holy hell malt bomb. If you like your doubles sweet and malty this is your jam. I like mine bitter and fruity. Feel is of course heavy sticky sweet. Abv hidden, but I think I got the diabetes from a single pint. Overall not my shape for a big double. Also, listed at 9% now.

Mar 26, 2016
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bylerteck from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy copper colour. Mild carbonation, nice one finger off white head. Nice lace and a film of retention.

S - Nice aroma. Dank, catty, pissy, deep malty layer with a nice aggressive sugary hop note.

T - Lot's of grapefruit, pissy, grassy. Balanced as well with lot's of malt in there. Lemon and sweet fruit.

M - Full body, big bitterness, mild carbonation.

O/D - A nice DIPA. Doesn't live up to the hype like most things. Very tasty and well balanced.

Jan 02, 2016
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mr-jj from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

On tap at Haymarket on 9/19/14.

Unfortunately for this beer, I had it side-by-side with the fresh hop version. It lost in that battle. However, that doesn't take away from the fact that this was an excellent beer. It has a great citrus hop nose, lots of complexity and juiciness in the flavor and a dry bitter-sweet finish.

Nov 04, 2014
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joeseppy from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.9%

Golden honeyed pour with about half inch white head that recedes slowly. Pour from a growler.

Aroma is an immediate citrus. Fresh, clean and floral. Sugar Smack sweetened malt cereal. First batch caramel aroma so inviting.

Taste starts off with a mellifluous sweetness followed by pockets of alcohol. An enveloping bitterness ensues falling and coating to the sides of the tongue. Tongue thus takes on a mild hop pine numbness. Citrus, pine resin and alcohol linger well into the cranium. Very grapefruity throughout.

Mouthfeel is thin with creamy texture. Drinks very smoooooth.

Overall this screams Imperial. I've noted the texture is thin but that's works extremely well for me. I personally don't care for the amount of evident alcohol presence but that will not deter me from future purchases. This reminds me of the fruity sweetness and hop from Dirtwolf and the alcohol prominence of Hop Ranch. If your anywhere near this joint and you love imperials I would definitely stop by here and git yo self sum. Everything I've read about and more. Winner winner chicken dinner!

Aug 23, 2014
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glass_house from Ohio

4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. draft at The Haymarket

I can't give this beer a proper review, since I had it over a bachelor party weekend in Chicago and didn't take notes. But I felt the need to expand on my rating. Mathias was simply amazing. In a 3-day binge of a wide variety of craft beers of all shapes and sizes, this one stood out as deserving individual recognition. I suppose it should be noted that I've had my first Pliny The Elder and Heady Topper within the last month. Mathias left a bigger and better impression than both.

VERY citrus forward with plenty of tropical fruit and floral notes. Juicy, sticky, and just enough piney bitterness to give it some bite. Easily the smoothest 10% DIPA I've ever had. Possibly the best as well. If you are in Chicago I cannot recommend The Haymarket highly enough.

Apr 27, 2014
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NewGlarusFan from Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap during the WBEZ tasting

A) Golden Copper color with a two finger head, cloudy some visible nucleation.

S) When the bartender handed it to me I could smell while it was still in his hands. Citrus fruits, dank, honey, bread, very sweet smelling beer.

T) Citrus, skittles, honey, bread, very tasty can't taste the alcohol at all.

M) creamy and juicey medium amount of carbonation

O) Absolutly great! Reminds me of Clown Shoes Galatica or Piepworks Citra Ninja.

Nov 26, 2013
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Gregaroo from Pennsylvania

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Updates:
6/20/17 - Again on tap at Haymarket in Chicago. Served in a tall goblet with a dark orange, rust color. No lacing. Hoppy, spicy, and crisp. Great aromas of mango, but not fruity. Such a good one.

Nov 17, 2013
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schwemjw from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear and copper. little tiny carbonation bubbles with a thick white head. Good lacing!

S: Woah, dank and herbal! a huge wave of caramel oranges with s shot of sharp grapefruit. honeysuckle and more freshly bloomed flowers surround your nostrils. Delish.

T: Very sweet. A ton of pineapple. crisp apple and a truck load of mango. Sweet caramel backs up these tropical fruits. Towards the middle mouth kiwi and butterscotch come in before another helping of pineapple comes through. A bit buttery and some floral parts abeit light. Hides the abv very well.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. long tart finish. a very creamy dipa

O: Very impressive. delicious and fruity. quite juicy. one of the sweetest and most pineapple forward ipas i've ever had / 94

Sep 19, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

about as big as an ipa can get, this is a downright beast, and it nearly kicked my butt. well, it did kick my butt technically, but whatever. this red tinted bronze colored nectar boasts a few inches of off white head as dense as coolwhip. the nose is massively hopped. sort of like whatever was left in the hop room went into the kettle, I taste a lot of varietals in here, a lot of oils and resins, and a lot of bitterness. not sure if there was a method to this insanity or not, but I love what it tastes like. intensely bitter throughout, with shades of sweet caramel and dryer pale malt flashing in and out, between orange zest, lemon acid, and dried mango bits. massive amounts of flavor packed into this ipa, and not all of it from hops, very enjoyable. the alcohol is there, but its not apparent that its 10% abv until after you drink it. full body as expected, oily and sticky too, but not at all weighty in my guts. as big and brash as this is, its also impressively complex and well put together. if you imbibe on this freak, make sure you have a driver...

Jul 09, 2013
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Florida9 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Apr 19, 2013
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Rope from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell-
Mango with a slight hop bitter.

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

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

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

Apr 11, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Jan 22, 2013
Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 289 ratings