StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - FEB 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
650 ml bottle from Noblesquirrel. This is the purple wax brewers whim series bottle. Pours a gorgeous red-amber that is slight cloudy. The head is beige and fine with fair retention and little lacing. The aroma is big and bold with citrus hops, resiny pine and a bit of grass. The taste is biter-sweet with green hops, pine, caramel and grapefruit. The mouthfeel is full, smooth and malty. The finish is long with lingering biter-sweet caramel. Overall: I was really blown away by this brew, a very nice IPA--well done Flossmoor, and thanks for this gem Brian.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle purchased at flossmoor station... dark cloudy raisin brown with a thick/full off-white head... slightly bitter citrus hope and as sweet malt backbone in the aroma... slightly bitter citrus hops balance with with a more than adequate malt bill. mild to medium carbonation with a fluffy yet full mouthfeel. FS really puts out some nice IPAs!
drewbeerme (3895) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 26, 2009 22oz bottle. pours hazy light red with creamy off white head. nose is a juicy one, lots of hop resin, red fruit, and grassy. flavors of red fruit, grassy, juicy resiny hop flavor, caramel malt backbone. pretty thin body and rather low bitterness leaves this a watery on the palate.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JAN 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
mug club tapping at brewpub. hazy reddish color, tiny off white bubbles, nice lacing. the aroma is piny hoppy, citrus hoppy. flavor follows aroma, perhaps with a trace of armpit. medium bodied, bitter finish. supremely bitter, which is a plus, but not very complex either.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Why not a celebration for number 800? Draft at Flossmoor. Pours a nice dark coppery amber. In looking at the description now, I would have guessed Chinook and amarillo to be involved. The Cascades seem almost an afterthought, as they are easily overpowered by the other two. Nose is nice and resiny/pungent with some dank notes and a touch of piney cheese. Taste is very pleasing. Clean, no caramel notes but definite citrus and stone fruit. Well balanced and smooth. Pretty nice IPA.
egajdzis (5514) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a reddish amber color with a small, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, light toffee, toast, grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. Taste of pine, bitter grapefruit, citrus fruits, and more bitter hops in the finish.
tmoreau (2820) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Being that I’m a huge hop fan, this doesn’t disappoint. Tap sample at the brewpub. Deep amber hue with a bubbly, off-white head and nice, clingy lace. Beautiful aroma of citrus- ruby grapefruit and lemon, and a touch of spruce. Malt sweetness,citrus and a touch of resin in the flavor, with a good hop bitterness to round it out.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh Purple Wax Bomber. Really nostril stinging bitter earthy grassy piney floral hops dried pine needles over some sweet sugary caramel and just a hint of the typical flossmoor tropical fruits. Pours almost clear dull brown a slight red tint and a very small frothy gray head. Flavor is more typical of the whim series than the aroma, this beer is more earthy though with a great robust toasty malty profile that really distinguishes it in the series, also significant;y less citrus. Sweeter than most earthy IPA’s whilst still being quite bitter. Great mouthful, softer larger carbonation with a slight sugary feel without being at all syrupy. The body of these beers is improving with each bottling as well as the overall balance.
hombrepalo (1923) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 21, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Flossmoor Station. Aroma of hops, caramel, cream, and some tropical fruit. Poured light brown/light amber in color with a small white head that diminished. Hazy. Sparkling. Flavor is lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of hops, grass, herbs, earth, and resin. Light to medium body. Average texture. Soft to average carbonation. Earthy, hoppy, creamy finish.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in an English pint glass. This IPA poured a dark reddish amber with a one-finger thick head of tan foam that slowly settled into a lasting ring. Some light lacing was left around the glass. The aroma was loaded with grapefruit and pine. The flavor was also full of hops. Not abrasively bitter, but not much malt comes through either. Mainly a lasting Chinook bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and clean. Light carbonation. A decent IPA, but not one of my favorites from Flossmoor.