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Beer Review for Schlafly APA by Nick Antonopolous

Schlafly APA Review by Nick Ant

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Nick Ant, Bucktown neighbor of The Corner Bar, decided to write up a quick review for our newest beer on tap – Dropped Hopped Pale Ale by Schlafly Beer.

“Being a regular craft beer drinker, I am always excited to try the new beer that the Corner Bar has on tap. This week I had the Schlafly Dry Hopped American Pale Ale. I am typically a fan of very hoppy beers. This APA has a light pine and citrus aroma with a tingle of grapefruit citrus hops taste. Not as overwhelming as some IPA’s, the Schlafly is sure to please a beer drinker that likes a little hops, but doesn’t want that overwhelming hoppy feel. Go try one for yourself on tap now at The Corner Bar!”

Thanks again, Nick!. Also, if you haven’t seen them yet, thanks to Nick and his photography skills, we’ve got a few awesome shots of Karaoke in action on a random Thursday Night a month or so back. Be sure to check them out!

Chicago Pilsner Review

Baderbräu Chicago Pilsner Review

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From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #67 (August 2012):

LOOK: Crystal-clear pale amber, well-laced glass

SMELL: Aromatic malts, herbal hops, spicy, clean, bready, wild honey

TASTE: Godly smoothness, loaf of bread, balanced bitterness, herbal, peppery, salt, honey, touch of toastiness, green tea, grassy, mildly citric; clean, semidry finish

A resurrected Chicagoland area brew from a decade ago that Michael Jackson the beer critic claimed was the “best pilsener I’ve ever tasted in America.” Fast forward 10 years and perhaps that is not the case anymore, though what we have here is a very good American craft beer. Not the kind of Pils we expected, but very good nonetheless.

Ten Ninety Imperial Witbier Review

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Review by: lagrobp

look: 5
smell: 5
taste: 5
feel: 5
overall: 5

Don’t get hung-up because this doesn’t taste like Hoegaarden, this is an awesome wit that brings a little something extra to the table. Good on a summer day or when you’re hiding out from a blizzard.

Great wit flavors mix well with the honey for a slightly apricot/orange flavor, and an ABV that will make the Belgians take notice

Berghoff Dortwunder Review

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Review by: RedRover

The beer is a chill hazed gold with a fairly thick white head.

Grains and grass on the nose.

The taste is slightly sweet with crackers, a bit of something earthy and a touch of pear. Berghoff seems to have changed their yeast strain as the bubble gum like esters are thankfully gone.

The mouth is medium thickness. I would like to see a bit more carbonation. All-in-all a fairly enjoyable beer.

5 Grass Hoppy Ale Review

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Review by: DrDemento456

look: 3.5
smell: 3.25
taste: 3.75
feel: 3.5
overall: 3.75

A – A very weird shade of brown with tons of mini floaties throughout. Head was short lived just a 1/4 inch that fades to a mildly sticky lace ring.
S – Well it is quite grassy and I can smell some peppercorn along with some flowers? It’s an interesting smell I didn’t expect for a beer kind of smells like potpourri.
T – Very herbal and spices with an almost oaky finish. I really can’t taste the hops over the flood of sage and peppercorns but it is mild enough and balanced to drink. Second sip it taste more like tea leaves and berries. This beer is all over the place!
M – Kind of watery, not very hoppy but overall light to medium on the palate.

Overall a very balanced herbal beer but with a name like “5 Grass Hoppy Ale” I really expected more hops. Still it is quite good.

Another Comfortably Blonde Review

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Review by TMoney2591

Rating: 3.75/5

look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a shaker pint glass. On Tap.

The first of our three-part into to Tighthead during their debutante party at the Firkin. It pours a clear brass-gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light wheat, very light grass, and very light caramel. It comes together as a calm, pleasant aroma, if not one of the strongest ones around. The taste brings in more of the same, with the flowers and caramel really dancing well together. Once again, the mixture isn’t a potent one, but a pleasant one. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, not the most exciting brew in the world, but it’s seriously easy-going, and I could easily see myself downing several in one sitting without ever being upset. Good times.


Comfortably Blonde Review

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Rated: 4.05 out of 5

look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – Clear and light golden.

Smell – Somewhat sweet, though not strong by any means. Subtle hint of hops.

Taste – Well balanced for a mild blonde ale. Much more a summer taste in my mind.

Mouthfeel – Smooth and drinkable, especially with a meal.

Overall – Solid for those with a lighter taste.


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