Mathias Imperial IPA | Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery

BA SCORE
95.8%
Liked This Beer
4.33 w/ 259 ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Haymarket Beer Co. 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
Ranking:
#758
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
259
Liked:
248
Avg:
4.33/5
pDev:
8.55%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of GameOfBeers
2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -30.7%

Photo of boondogglefob
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Auracom
3.28/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Haymarket. 4 oz. served in a tasting glass on August 17th, 2012.

A - Akin to Dreadnaught's appearance. Darker golden coloring, thin white head. Good retention and decent legs.

S - More muted than I'd hope. Floral with a good bit of orange pulp with underlying tropical fruit. Not much from the malt bill.

T - It's more balanced, no doubt. The fruit is pulled back considerablely with a brown sugar finish. Far less bitter than anticipated. A bit of pine in the aftertaste. The oranges seem a bit too far gone at rear palate, almost sour at this point.

M - Good carbonation, semi-dry finish, medium body.

D - If balance is key then this is pretty successful. However, neither the hop nor fruit flavors are memorable and this doesn't show as much character as it should.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of kscaldef
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of SteveTheBrit
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of 98green
3.57/5  rDev -17.6%
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 brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This is a very cloudy, amber-colored beer, with an inch of foam that leaves some streaky lace behind

Smell: Sugary toffee with some tropical citrus

Taste: Very sweet, up front, and the lack of attenuation more than offsets the bitterness from the hops; after the swallow, there is a bit more balance but there is a lot of residual sugar in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have a bias against sticky DIPAs, so this is not my thing; even so, it still lacks a bit of balance

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of Buck89
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
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 ferrari29
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Orange colored body, cloudy; great one finger head formed and held very well; lots of quality lacing formed on the sides of the glass

S - Citrus and pine hop smell; slight hints of orange; the nose is crisp and refreshing; malty backbone compliments this well brewed beer

T - Citrus and caramel flavors hit the palate very quickly; retro-olfaction generates plenty of pine and forestry flavors; crisp malty taste washes out the palate; not much bite though for a Double IPA

M - Dry finish with a slight bitter aftertaste; thin consistency; off-balanced blend of flavors, needs a little more hop bite to it

D - I thought the hops would overwhelm this beer, but it wasn't the case as it was not as well-balanced as I thought it would be; should have a bit more bite to it and have a nice lingering effect; it was still a nice beer and one I would recommend to others

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Photo of Bammer21
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bcuz7
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jdhasse
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warnerry
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden orange with minimal off-white head.
S - Sweet malts and citrus hops. Lots of orange. Not much booze presence for the abv. Nice.
T - Like many DIPAs, malts are very prevelant and provide quite a bit of sweetness. Hop bitterness eventually cuts through the sweetness, again heavy on orange flavors. Finish stays bitter with a nice lingering bitterness and mild numbing alcohol. Would like to see the initial sweetness cut dow, but still very tasty.
M - Medium mouthfeel is initial sticky sweet, but gradually drys out with a nice bitter finish.
O- Very tasty, though I am realizing that most DIPAs are a bit too sweet compares to their single brethren. Would still easily have this again.

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3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a chalice-esque glass at the brewpub.

Another stop on the Second Annual Bachelor Party Free-For-All! This one pours a clear amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, lemon rind, and thoroughly rich caramel. The taste brings in more of the same, with some ruby red grapefruit zest thrown in for good measure, giving the citrus some extra balancing power with which to fend off the forces of the syrupy caramel. The body is a solid medium, with a light carbonation and a slick, syrupy feel. Overall, a very nice DIPA, one that doesn't overdo it with the hops but still delivers with plenty of citrus fun.

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3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler courtesy of the brother-in-law, who brought this up to the cabin this weekend and then promptly whomped my ass at golf. Thanks B-Mac!

Tends towards a darker orange with a tight white collar. Lacing is fairly tame.

Nose is sugared fruits: mainly peach and mango. After sitting a bit there was also a very discernible smell of weed.

Wow, this is really very sweet. The nose plays mostly true while melding with melted caramel from the malts. Big bold sugary tropical fruitiness and a massive barrage of sweetness just overwhelm the palate.

Feel is syrupy and medium bodied. When the growler was first opened there was a substantial amount of carbonation. After a sister in law who is not to be named left the cap loose overnight, the carbonation understandably took a dive. I actually preferred this the next day.

Overall, this was just too sweet. I can see really enjoying the hop profile if this were dialed in and focused a bit more. I also started getting a headache both nights while drinking this. A nice hoppy effort that could use a few tweaks.

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3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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Mathias Imperial IPA from Haymarket Beer Co. Pub & Brewery
Beer rating: 95.8% out of 100 with 259 ratings
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