madmitch76 (22102) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
11th September 2010
Hazy dark amber beer, short white head. Light palate, a little soft and a little dry. Nice caramel malt base. Piney grapefruit hops. Nice balance between the two flavours. Trace of orange and a whisper of pineapple. Minerally semi dry finish. Nice IPA - flavoursome without being too aggressive.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange color, small white head, lacy. citric hops and a trace of malt in the nose. flavor is creamy, malty with citric and pine hoppiness. medium bodied, light bitter finish. a fun summer beer.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber, light gray wax. Pours a dark and hazy sienna-amber color with a thick and lasting head of dark beige froth. Solid bands and tall, looping arches of bubbly lace coat the glass well. It basically looks like the prototypical red IPA. Aromas are based in burnt honey malt and darkly toasted toffee, with secondary hints of dark fruit. Pine resin, grapefruit, and pepper all come through in the strong hop profile. Thereís also a hint of cream hidden in there somewhere. Flavors largely follow suit, giving a deep pine resin bitterness that is further sharpened with pithy citrus, while underlying notes of toasted toffee and honey malts provide the malty counterpoint. Thereís a bit of oxidation and graininess, though that is more likely than not the result of my sitting on the bottle for a few weeks longer than I should have. The palate is medium-plus in stature, kind of papery, and light to moderately carbonated. Drying alcohol swoops in on the finish, which is long, toasted, and bittersweet. This is not really my favorite style of IPA, but I can respect it.
deyholla (9997) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a near white head that dissipated slowly and laced a bit. Aroma has sweet grains with a backing of pine and caramel. Flavor began with sweet grains and caramel but pine hops build to a bitter finish. Surprisingly thin on the tongue.
DrnkMcDermott (3003) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz gray wax bomber, $10 at Binnyís. Letís take on another IPA while itís still fresh, especially since itís not as high in abv as most others. Aroma: Piny hop smell not as big as claimed. In fact, under the cap I got an equal whiff of slight phenolic malt. Hops take over the nose in my IPA tulip glass. Pour is a dark brown varnish, under a rocky head of foam. The first thing I notice when tasting is that the carbonation is light: prickles the front of my mouth, but canít be detected at the back. Has a good strong backbone of crystal roast malts, then those Chinooks come in with the pine boughs and a touch of grapefruit syrup. Light effervescence, maybe an effect of the bottling, makes this a bit smoother than other hop bombs. Me, Iím just glad I can pick up a few more Flossmoor specialties, now that I donít live close to the brewpub.
monkeychugg55 (1026) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark amber with copper hues. Small off white head lasts and leave thick sheets of lacing. The aroma has toffee and caramel malt, with a sharp pine and slightly citric hop note. The flavor Isnít quite as hoppy, mostly sweet caramel with toffee, and an unusual buttery-vanilla finish. Slight citrus on the finish, with mellow ibuís. Full and very mellow body. Since this is two months old, Iím not surprised that the flavor is nearly void of hops, but, the dry hopping has held up very well. Nice mix of flavors, with very good balance. Wouldíve liked to try this one fresher though.
riversideAK (6140) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet malty nose - caramel, pale malts, toast - with a good amount of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and floral hops. Pours amber/copper, nice head and lace. Good head retention as well. Sweet and malty up front. Caramel, toffee, and toast are there. Nice tropical fruit, sticky fruity hops in the finish. Pine, floral, grapefruit. Another nice flossmoor IPA.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma:Sweet malt, pine and grapefruit. Also some black tea notes.
Appearance:Deep amber in color, low to medium head retention, nice lacing.
Taste:Pine resin notes come through nicely in the foretaste. The hops actually seem to become more bitter after a few sips, which is strange for me because it usually works the opposite. By the mid taste, the flavor starts to fade, and the aftertaste is very light, and is reminiscent of the black tea notes in the aroma.
Palate:The body is medium thick, with low carbonation.
Overall:This is a pretty unique beer thatís very drinkable.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear deep amber with a pocked beige head. Nose is caramel, orange, peach tea and mango. Soft medium body with a pleasant buzz. Taste is toffee, orange peel and apricot. Pine, grapefruit finish with lingering spice. Quite good.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Flossmoor Station. Pours a slightly hazy and glowing orangey gold. Fluffy white head. Nose is strong and resinous with the Chinook being the standout. Piney and great with some doughy notes as well. On taste, big bitterness and very dry. Again, resiny and robust. Fantastic IPA and another feather in the cap for Mr. Shimkos.