Mathias Imperial IPA | Haymarket Pub & Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Haymarket Pub & Brewery
Illinois, United States
haymarketbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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. Copious amounts of Citra Hops deliver wonderful citrus and mango notes. At 10% ABV, 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.

Added by beertooth on 01-23-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
248
Reviews:
54
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.1%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 248 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of MaxOhle
4.17/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RAFH
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!

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Photo of kreg02
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
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!

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Photo of rapayn01
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.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rblackwood
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.

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Photo of CSO
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of kingjohnh
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of EdFed
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tim007007
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bcm75
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buck89
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.

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Photo of 98green
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.

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Photo of sahd-1
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gooseman80
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of c00ller
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bylerteck
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.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.09/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of bcuz7
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Jason36
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Pub & Brewery
4.32 out of 5 based on 248 ratings.
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