Gallery:Beer At The Fountain – Hardcore Chimera IPA

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Brewery: Finch Beer Company

Beer: Hardcore Chimera IPA

Style: American Double IPA

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For a beer that walks the line between hoppy American Pale and and an IPA, Finch’s Chimera brings a flavorful combination of citrus and pine notes. While notes of grapefruit and candied orange pack a powerful punch, this beer is well-balanced with a hearty, sweet caramel and bready flavors from its hearty malt bill. It’s crisp without being thin, holding a body similar to many wheat beers. With an off-white head, ample lacing and moderate carbonation, it’s deceptively drinkable at 6% ABV.

A fluffy pour, Chimera leaves a good trail of lacing as you empty your glass. Subtle and short-lived aromas of grapefruit are most prevalent, while first sip brings the typical hoppyness you expect from an IPA. Bold, but not biting notes of citrus are followed by sweet biscuity flavors and a dry, bitter finish for a drinkable, malty IPA. With so many “hop bombs” available, Finch’s Chimera strikes a more balanced approach to the IPA style.

The Chicago Ale Fest is a celebration of American Craft Beer in the heart of Chicago. The 2016 fest will take place on Friday, June 17th and Saturday, June 18th. Located at Buckingham Fountain in historic Grant Park, bordered by the Chicago skyline and Lake Michigan, the fest will feature more than 200 beers from over 100 American craft breweries. The fest will also feature live music and food from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants. Join us on Chicago’s front lawn for one of the most anticipated craft beer fest of the year!


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