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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Situated in the increasingly popular Logan Square area (known as Hipster Highway) on Milwaukee Avenue just a few blocks away from Piece Brewery, ultimately rewarding gold-bricked beer haven, REVOLUTION BREWING COMPANY, practically created the whole 21st century Chi-town craft beer renaissance. An amazing modern Mecca for brews and food, Revolution opened in 2010 to rave reviews, expanding into production brewing at a nearby Kedzie Avenue location thereafter.

A nifty German beer hall-styled central island bar serves 40-plus …

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PLAINFIELD, ILLINOIS

Serving the rural town of Plainfield as well as neighboring Naperville, NEVIN’S BREWING COMPANY took over its large North Plainfield Crossing Mall space on main drag, Route 59, during December 2012. An expansive upscale sportsbar and brewpub (with intermittent entertainment), its plushly designed red-bricked interior matches antique wood with modern flagstone in a burnt orange-walled setting .

Besides its pristine central bar island, Nevin’s also offers wraparound dining tables, terrace balcony seating, a backroom banquet facility, glass-encased brew …

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NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS

Arguably Naperville’s best craft beer pub, JIMMY’S GRILL is situated down the hill from my alma mater, North Central College, and across the street from established downtown staple (and college hangout) The Lantern. An L-shaped black marble-topped bar welcomes brew hounds to this veritable sportsbar (with TV’s at all corners). Classical wood columns and pristine oak furnishings adorn the red brick interior while windowed doors lead to the umbrella-laden front deck. A rear dining area suits families and …

Rating: 3.5

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Ultra-dry medium body tosses piney hop bittering and juniper-like pungency at enhanced citric nature. Orange rind, lemon zest and grapefruit juicing scurry thru grain-husked rye spicing. Tertiary pear, apricot, tangerine, pineapple, mango and papaya illusions add depth.

Rating: 4

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Similar to brewers’ popular Zombie Dust, dry-hopped moderation offers honey-spiced pale malting to floral citrus nature. Orange-peeled grapefruit, pineapple, peach and mango illusions brighten brisk finish. Mild butterscotch sweetness stays below.

Rating: 3

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Less effective, more sessionable Belgian pale ale than brewers’ better P-2 sets the tone with black-peppered floral citrus resilience overriding peat-y pale malts. Lemony orange, peach and grapefruit illusions stay mild.

Rating: 3.5

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Crisply fruited Belgo-American hybrid receives affluent orange-peeled grapefruit, pineapple and mango tropicalia to brighten pine-needled herbal nip above buttery biscuit malts. Sharp dry-hopped bittering reinforces fruity aspects well.

Rating: 5

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On tap at Jimmy’s Grill, Half Acre’s well-rounded flagship offering brings forth a sharper citric acidity than most simpler pale ales. On first sip, champagne yeast and bark-dried oak drape lemon-peeled grapefruit rind, pineapple, mandarin orange, tangerine and mango illusions. Afterwards, floral fruiting picks up creamy caramel malting.

Rating: 2.5

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Docile Bavarian-like moderation spreads grain-toasted caramel malting across warbled citric murk and light sugared spicing. Lemony grapefruit bittering, tangy orange diffidence and musky hemp-oiled hop acridity depleted by minor aspirin astringency.

Rating: 3.5

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Sharper, woodier and bolder than most Imperial pale ales, concise copper-hazed medium body allows resinous pine hop bittering to impact floral-bound orange rind, grapefruit, tangerine and peach tones. Ashen phenolic astringency increases bitter end. 

Rating: 3

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On tap at Nevin’s, pleasurably predictable light-medium body brings mild piney hop bittering to floral citrus spree. Lemony yellow grapefruit, zesty blood orange and dainty white peach illusions seem a bit reluctant riding atop fresh-breaded biscuit malts . Still, effective mainstream fodder.

Rating: 5

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Engagingly floral fruited bouquet freshens up bitter piney hop pungency as well as spunky black-peppered spicing. Toasted rye spine deepens fruity nature, allowing lemony red and yellow grapefruit overtones to lead the way alongside ancillary sweet orange-peeled clementine, tangerine, pineapple, peach, nectarine, mango and red apple notions. A fabulous Midwestern-bound West Coast-styled India Pale Ale suitable for lighter pale ale thirsts and heartier hop heads.

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