Saturday, January 24, 2015

Ale Syndicate Brewers' Sunday Session

Crank the ever living shit out of this while you're at it you hipster scumbag!

Reviewing a "Sunday session" beer on a Saturday?!? Someone call the KGB!

This is our first review of Ale Syndicate so let's go down memory trail to...last month. In July 2014 they got their own fermentation tanks and got their own brewery in Chi-Town; on Diversity if you are in the know. Their team is made from a hodge-podge of dudes associated with Lucky Hand brewery, microbiology, and general midwest nerds/Chicago aficionados.The founders started with home brewing (no shit) kickin' it old school in Oakland. They eventually moved to Chicago and partnered up with some local brewers in Chicago before they got their own space, brewing purveyance for young and old. They went to town in February of 2014 offering their first 3 commercially available beers; Municipal IPA, Sunday Session Hopped-Up Ale and Van de Velde Belgo-American Ale along with a magnum of Omega Midnight stout. They now offer an additional beer, a saison entitled Du Sable. So if you are in the Logan Square area...don't stop in. They currently aren't accepting visitors but will probably still entertain break-ins until the cops roll in.

So this is their Sunday Session Ale. A 4.8% ABV ale; clear and highly carbonated. It's a light, mildly hoppy beer. Medium head and clean, white head. Whitehead? It has a dry scent. Not overwhelming in the slightest. It tastes light with a dry, bitter aftertaste with floral undertones. Not much of a lingering flavor. At an IBU level we're talking 23; which is relativity low. Considering they market this as a "hopped-up" ale you might feel let down if you are looking for a hoppy ale. I suppose an argument may be that for a beer this light it has a hoppier taste than some ales; but only in contrast to the low maltiness of it all.

I appreciate the no-nonsense label and the "nutrition fact-esque" beer description on the labels. It's only available in Illinois so if you are looking to try their shit out you better get your ass to Chicago. This isn't a bad beer. Their isn't too much to say about it other than its light, dry and you could probably polish off a million of them in one sitting. I got it for free when a pal brought over a sixer. He probably paid over ten bones for a sixer though.

Drinkability: 8/10
Taste: 6/10
Value: 4/10
Curb Appeal: 7/10

Overall: 6.5/10

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