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Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by ShawnoftheD3ad, Jan 10, 2019.
Why? I didn’t think their product was discernably better than what we could obtain in Chicago.
I completely agree. The beer is outstanding.
Tastes similar to every other HB beer so I wouldn't go bonkers trying to find this, but yes, that flavor of their 7.5% beers in a 5.75%'er gives me hope they can make some more sessionable, full flavored NEIPAs.
Valid point. By the same token, would you pass on BA Bottle Logic Stouts if you were down there because the product isn't discernibly better that what we could find in Chicago?
Yeah, there are very few times when I buy beer outside Chicago because it's better, but given that we chase new beer here because the experimentation is the fun part, same goes for trying beers you wouldn't be able to get otherwise.
edit: Hell, I got to NC and try beer that's mediocre have the time, but I'd still rather do it than grab a known-quantity or something national off the shelves.
Probably. I'd drink it there and then have a reason to visit again
Though, maybe just my palette, but I feel there's a lot more variation and nuance with BA stouts than with NEIPAs.
Surprise fourth can!
It's pretty staggering how much more of Miskatonic's capacity Hop Butcher uses compared to Begyle's capacity that Saint Errant uses.
Oh, I'm all about sampling. I was in Portland, OR in January and visited something like 7 taprooms. I was just referring to beer that's main unique feature is geographic availability. Don't see the appeal in stocking and paying bag fees to ship home.
I actually sampled Modern Times for the first time in the PDX trip as they have a taproom. The beer was good. But my main takeaway was Chicago beer drinkers are really lucky if Modern Times is considered top tier. We have breweries that are right there with them.
Binnys Willowbrook just got their drop (minus DDD).
Hopefully it lasts until 6pm
Beer temple just tapped Traveling Scientist
I second this review. Incredible beer.
Galaxy TS kind of fell flat ot me compared to the first round. I'm a huge Galaxy fan, too. By far my favorite hops. Not a bad beer by any means but felt a bit oily and light? My buddy and me liked Mirror Ball better.
Had a Mirror Ball last night and felt it is on the same packed flavor level as Galaxy Traveling Scientist though not nearly as hazy. Both good beers. Preference is going to come down to hop preference. Look forward to cracking the Cherry Milkshake tonight.
Anyone still have Traveling Scientist? North burbs or city?
Check Beer Bazaar in Hainesville. They had some yesterday, maybe still some today.
Wheeling Binnys had one on the shelf at about 1pm... dunno if its still there though
Some of their recent galaxy beers (Galaxy Bowl last batch as one example) have been very dank and less tropical than galaxy often is. I enjoy them still that way but it's a different profile
I'm not getting what people are seeing in these fruited NEIPAs.... Just drank a Circumpolar Cherry, and it taste like malt beverage mixed with rancid juice. It doesn't taste like what you would call beer (lacking hop profile). It has a wonderful NEIPA like pillowy body and some tart notes and vanilla notes, but it tastes more like someone's dad was drinking his macro lager and his kid dumped their juice drink in it.....I want to try Blazed Orange because of the hype behind it, but man, I have to pass on these fruited things because Old School Vibe and Circumpolar Cherry have been nasty....
These taste like St. Ides flavored malt liquor that people buy for college theme parties. Totally artificial tasting and why not just by flavored St. Ides 40s for a few bucks total vs $15+ 4 packs?
I think @croush hacked your account.
While I’ll agree that Circumpolar is not “on par” with BO I still real strongly suggest that you try and get BO on the next go around.
Didn’t Croush like Old School Vibes?
@croush is currently in a bathtub filled with a cuvee of every known speedway stout variant and the moment and can’t come to the phone. Can I take a message?
Yes, please ask him how he gets the speedway stout to maintain that level of carbonation in the tub without it going flat...
He did. As it did for me it reminded him of a Dole whip at Disney. Wow, I actually agreed with him on something
I was a bit underhwelmed down by it. The citra batch was far superior. This batch seemed thinner and didn't pack the punch I was hoping for.
Another friend pointed out that it’s an APA - was the Citra one the same?
Yes as was the Pipeworks one. All have been pale ales so far. That’s why I’d slightly push back on the “thin” comments
Yeah it's a pale but I remember drinking the last batch and I thought I was drinking an imperial.
Nice to see the love here while I was bathing in BA Speedway Stout. I had the Cherry Milkshake and Galaxy TS while out in San Diego. I thought Cherry was really tasty - definitely not on Blazed Orange level, but that could be my preference for orange creamsicles. It was probably about the same level as OSHV for my taste.
Galaxy TS was just ok to me. Didn’t stand out much. I think my buddy out there preferred the Galaxy TS, though.
I'm skipping the latest milkshake because I'm not a cherry guy, but the more milkshake IPAs I have around the city, the more I appreciate HB's; some are just terrible. I personally have preferred Old School to any of the other HB milkshakes, although DBO and BO were obviously still great.
Looks like they're canning Unwind Your Mind and Grid tomorrow. Unwind your Mind is one of my favorites
Looks like both starting hitting shops in the burbs yesterday.
How does Grid stack up to the Chicago top tier NEIPA Double Grid?
Half as good? <rimshot>
1/2... math checks out
Spotted at Binnys LP a short while ago
Found mine at Binny's in Oakbrook, Limit 1 Per 4pk on Grid and no limit on Unwind. WTF? Unwind is by far a superior beer, thank you Binny's, more for me
I've seen several places have higher limits for Unwind - maybe they made more of it?
Grid is pretty damn good though. I can't think of another sub-6% hoppy beer that I like better off the top of my head.