Chilly Water | Tighthead Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Tighthead Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by TMoney2591 on 10-06-2012

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Ratings: 148 |  Reviews: 25
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
This beer pours a clear deep copper body with a thick sticky beige head. During the pour the flora bright green hops come through. Further sniffing reveals green mango aromas and a cat pee and mint characters in the finish. The taste follows suite with more great green hops flavor with mint and green mango notes of fresh hop cones and a pungent woody hop flavor finishes with a touch of cat pee. As the beer opens up the caramel malt comes through underneath adding some nice support. The carbonation is a spicy little fizz that enhances the hop profile very well.

This beer is very quaftable and has some nice depth of flavor to the hops and good support of by the malt bill.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64oz growler into a pint glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear dark orange with a healthy layer of light khaki colored foam on top. Retention was ok with a thin collar remaining after about only a minute or so. Carbonation was slightly lazy to medium.

S: Killer hop aromas here! Tangerine, tropical fruit, red grape, and tawny orchard fruit.

T: See above. Tangy apple, lightly toasted malt, citrus zest, and pineapple come to the party in a big way. Could've used a little more malty balance.

M: Spot on for the style. Thin at first, but becoming stickier as it comes up to temp. Lovely hop prickle blasts the tongue.

O: An excellent lower ABV APA. This need to be on at their taproom at all times. Seriously.

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Photo of joe1510
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle
Binny's Willowbrook

Chilly Water is an apricot orange beauty of a pale ale. Carbonation seems to rise from every surface of the glass and the body shimmers with golden highlights. The off white foam becomes instantly creamy and settles at a sturdy cap. Thin but consistent drink lines are left clung to the glass after each gulp.

The nose is big on Citra with tropical notes galore. Overripe pineapple, dried apricot, peppery mango, and juicy papaya. An undercurrent of pine and aspirin add depth and boldness. Musty wheat adds a twist to the usual crackery pale ale base and I dig it. This is an expressive beer for such a low abv. Impressive.

The flavor profile very much follows the nose. I get a good deal of the overripe pineapple upfront, a sure sign of Citra, with most of the other tropical and stone fruit notes following. The malt base is soft but shows flashes of both cackery grain and wheaty twang. Pine and aspirin are soft on the swallow but leave a touch of bitterness in their wake. A damn good pale ale.

The body is soft and luxurious, weighing in squarely in the middle of the spectrum with a plush carbonation. A soft sweetness upfront gives way to a moderate bitterness on the back of the tongue and down the throat. Low abv makes this an insanely easy drinking treat.

I've had multiple pints of this beer in the past both on draft and cask, enjoying every glass. It translates well to the bottle. I've always been a huge fan of wheat in my pales/IPAs and they did a great job with Chilly Water. This beer is a sleeper for sure. Find it, buy it, drink it.

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Photo of Stezz420
4.95/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Tighthead has really stepped it up with their beers. This one is definitely my favorite from them.

Very bright and clear golden color.

Smells like mangos and tropical fruits.

Taste lines up nicely with the smell. Very tropical, I love it!

Perfect carbonation and very easy to drink, the low abv helps. This is the kinda beer you can drink all day sitting on the beach.

Overall this beer is my perfect fix for zombie dust and gumballhead when both aren't available. This beer imho is their best and what puts them on the map.

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Photo of Tiernan
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass at a decent pub in IL.
Looked good, pale indeed. Decent head with some retention.
Some faint citrus smells, but the pub had it's own scent that may have taken away from the beer.
Flavor was packed with more citrus than I expected. Nice surprise.
Felt well rounded and piney.

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Photo of TFB5
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 77apm
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of Twifiter
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of wolfpac255
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of qcbrewer
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MikeThumel
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of richj1970
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

8/2015...brewery draft. Almost bright copper pour. Thick white foam. Active bubbles. Strong tropical fruit nose. Mangoes and tangerines. Soft malt, heavy bitter. Smooth mouthfeel, but loads of bitter thrown in.

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Photo of emerge077
4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale golden orange, saturated color with ever present rising trails of carbonation. Arcs of lace in the glass, lasting surface foam. Good clarity, not really hazy.

Grapefruit citrus and a twist of tropical fruit also, though hard to pin down.

Flavors of tropical and citrus fruit, somewhat mild, but ample hop bitterness carries into the aftertaste. Bitter grapefruit and light mango, light pale malt, the hops are showcased well. Light carbonation, crisp and easy drinking, though plenty of tropical citrus hop flavor. An underrated local APA that deserves more attention.

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Photo of Hendrick24
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcisco44
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of DHS1029
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of tommy5
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bonercityUSA
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of firkingroovin
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of xdtfx
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Inglewood
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Kubrickx
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Niners49
1.77/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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Chilly Water from Tighthead Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 148 ratings