Friday, August 8, 2014

Beer Review: Uber Mathias

Reviewing the Uber Mathias, an imperial Belgian IPA from Haymarket Pub and Brewery out of Chicago, Illinois. This beer is their Mathias (a Citra-hopped Belgian IPA) dry hopped with 10 pounds of Cascade hops per barrel.

Score: 97

Tap pour served in a GLASS and enjoyed on 01/12/14 at Haymarket's anniversary party.

Appearance: Pours a murky pale sunrise color with almost a finger of frothy head that settles to a nice thin layer. Excellent lacing and retention. 5/5

Smell: Nuge tropical fruit nose: tangerine, grapefruit, orange, lemon, pineapple! A little spice, nice dank piney character too. Light Belgian yeast esters too (less than regular Mathias). Smells like Heady Topper with a light Belgian twist. 4.75/5

Taste: Bright and fresh tropical fruit juice with a lovely piney hop backbone and a more prominent Belgian yeast character than than nose, akin to To Live A Rich Life. Nice fruity yeast undertones. Lovely orange and tangerine finish. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Hugely juicy, low carbonation. Dry finish, which makes for a nice mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: One of my favorite hoppy beers brewed in Chicago. I wish this beer was on tap more often.

Cost: $3 for a 4 oz pour, $9 for a 12 oz pour.

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