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RATINGS: 36   MEAN: 3.74/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
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This reddish ale gives off a pungent grassy, citrus-like, aroma with a touch of pine that invites you to take a sip. The American hops (Chinook, Amarillo and Cascade) are balanced by the full-bodied sweetness of the malt and the higher than normal alcohol. The bitterness is not as aggressive as some of our IPAs but the bold citrus and pine type flavors linger on your palate and blend magically with the sweet malt flavor.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2009
Bomber via trade with Msante79, shared with friends who are fans of the hoppy stuff. Flossmor IPAs tend to be really nice and the pour on this gives me the thoughts that this will be balanced. Pours deep copper orange with a tan ring. Nose is rich with big grassy, piney with a big hoppy bite. Taste is really nice, the hops are crisp, I can tell this bottle is very fresh. Got some nice citrus in here and a noticeable bite. Clearly some nice malt undertones here as well. Good work Flossmoor, I like this one a lot.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 7, 2009
Purple wax bomber. By far the darkest of the 2008-09 Flossmoor Station IPA bomber series, this one pours a deep, rusty, reddish amber color. A creamy head of rocky, beige colored foam displays great retention. Tall, jagged flares of lacing jut out from the surface, clinging tightly to the glass. The aroma shows a really toasty malt base, heavy on biscuit and caramel, with the sweetness being fully neutralized by the substantial pine resin and grapefruit hoppiness. There is an earthy, dirty sort of pepper overtone that I also got in the Ore-Gone IPA. Flavors follow suit, very well balanced between the toasty, sweet caramel cookie notes and the sharp, resinous pine and citrus bitterness. The mouthfeel is lush and creamy up front, transitioning to a semi-dry, peppery finish. This marks a nice finish to the 10 beer series. It was one of the more exciting beer storylines ithat I experienced during the past year.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3340) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 13, 2009
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!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheEpeeist (3180) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2009
22 oz bottle. Clear orange brown with a frothy bone head. Nose is orange juice, caramel and pine. Medium light with a tingle. Taste is orange, apple, white grape and spruce. Nicely put together with enough of a bitter finish to tone down the sweetness.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HonkeyBra (3114) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Reddish pour with an off white head. Strong hop aroma with caramel and bread. Flavor is more subdued, flavorful hops with nice bready caramelly flavor. A touch of butter scotch. Bitter finish. Pretty good IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Snojerk321 (2975) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 21, 2009
22oz bottle via trade. Pours a deep, hazy copper color with a fluffy off white head. Nose was big on sweet malts and citrus hops. Flavor was pretty sweet with a touch of citrus hops and a bit resiny. A great change of pace with this IPA.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrnkMcDermott (2748) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2012
Purple waxed bottle from 2009. Another IPA I’ve held on to for too long. Those bomber just look so cool stacked up in cartons in my cellar. And the gold logo is way off center on the bottle, too! So. A lot of malty smell when opened, this has gotten a bit of phenol and oxidation, but just enough to give it kind of a barley soda smell. Hops have settled down to a sight citrusy note. Taste is pretty good, though. Malt taste has deepened and gotten just a tad sweeter. Hops are still there mostly as a bitter background. Like I said, a bit more soda character, but still great as going-on-four-year-old IPAs go.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2009
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
adrian910ss (2277) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 1, 2009
22 oz purple wax top bomber courtesy of Todd. Pours a dark amber caramel iced tea color with a medium beige head. Aroma of grassy citrus hops, sour dough bread, and bitterness. Taste is grassy with hints of sourdough bread, citrus hops, and buttery malt. A bit tangy.


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