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Flossmoor Station Doppelgänger IPA

Flossmoor Station Doppelgänger IPA
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.39/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Doppelgänger is a German IPA. There is no such thing, you say? Think again, my friends. There is now. Actually this is what we believe a German brewer might create if given the task of brewing an American IPA.

Brewed following the strictest German Purity Law of 1516, only malt, water, hop(lots!) and yeast were added to this new creation. We began with German grown Pilsner Malt and the freshest Lake Michigan water. We then used German Magnum and German Perle hops for bittering and dry hopped it liberally with both Amarillo and Centennial Hops(2# per barrel). We fermented with our house ale yeast (an English variety) but at a colder temperature somewhat as you might do for a lager. The finished product still erupts with wild American hop aromas and is big at 7.8% abv, but has a restrained bitterness and malt body that only a Continental brewer could love. I hope you’ll come share it with us.

If you are a German brewer reading this, please accept our apologies for taking liberties with the fine brews of Germany ;)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2008
pours thick, cloudy amber with a white, fluffy head. the nose is lucious hoppy pine, citrus and grapefruit. the flavor is bitter and skunky, with the citrus being enveloped by the licked envelope aftertaste. the palate is sticky, but that might be some drunken association with the licked envelope taste. after a while, i can look past the odd flavor and pick up some of the richness of the hops and citrus fruitiness. it takes a bit of time to warm up to the flavor. well worth a try if you can get it. but you can’t. i wrote these notes on 1/16/2007. i am just catching up on my ratings. sorry. i don’t know why i apologize. i will fall behind again in a short while. but enough about me. how are you?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jaymobrown (1830) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 1, 2007
Golden tan color. Multi-hued yellow. Small white head. Hoppy floral nose. Very nice. Not the best IPA, but definitely worth a look if it’s on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 24, 2007
#1022, on tap at Radio Maria in Champaign Illinois.Clear lighter golden yellow with a medium sized medium lasting foamy white head. Nose has lots of hops of citrus and some pine but more soft really. Taste is very present with lots of malts but again this big beefy hopy punch that is bitter yet sweet at the same time. Excellent brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BeerandBlues2 (11971) - Escondido, California, USA - FEB 16, 2007
Draught. Pours clear dark yellow with a small rocky white head, somewhat lasting, excellent lacing. Aroma is light malt (grain, meal), heavy hops (flowers, citrus, grapefruit) and light yeast (sweat). Medium bodied, slick texture, soft carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, heavy acidity and bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glkaiser (1214) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Hazy yellow with decent head. Very nice C hops. Not overwhelming, but good hops and not bitter at all. A bit soapy. Enjoyable, but not outstanding.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2007
Served with a frothy white head, over a hazy, golden amber body. A thick, sticky lace clings to the glass on the way down. PNW’s are citric and dry without being overwhelming to the nose. A light floral quality creeps through. Palate is either a little too thick or a little less astringent than I’d like it. Malts find themselves a bit prominent and sweet in the flavor while the aroma-hops that dominated the nose make way for a more subdued, German hop bitterness that takes on a cool, menthol character. This was an IPA of good quality, like FSRB’s recent Vishnus Vice. However, given the name and the concept, I think this is an award waiting to happen. Good job, Andrew.

<font size=-4>On tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Station, Flossmoor, IL 60422<font size=-1>

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrnkMcDermott (2992) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2007
Draft. Okay, Matt, I may have been wrong when I said Schell had a German IPA before. My notes on <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/schell-pale-ale/ Pale Ale had them wanting to just call it "German Pale Ale," not "German IPA." A small quibble. Looks in the glass like a regular German beer, with the color of a pilsener, the haze of a weizen and a thin lact head. The citrusy hop smell makes me think of a lemony hefeweizen, too. These comparisons end, though, with the first sip. A big blast of piney PNW hops, the unmistakeable catty taste of Amarillos that drives most same people to ask "Wut the hell is this?" and us hop heads to get our lips numbed. Lighter malts get overwhelmed at first, but finally a bit of Pils comes through later, and even lingers in the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 Hazy golden pour with lingering white rocky head. The nose is initially a moderate floral hopping followed by strong bready/biscuity malt notes. The PNW hops contribute a moderate grapefruit and pine invitation. The flavor is a prominent bready/biscuity malt sweetness and some grainy notes that seemed a bit murky. The mixed bag of floral/herbal/earthy/ and finally citrus and pine hops seems to confuse my palate. There is a graininess, maybe even grassiness in the rather muddled mouthfeel that detracts for me. I welcome the spirit of experimentation shown here...this one is a single and not a home-run...and I encourage both of my favorite brewers to continue to pull out all the creative stops in the future...we’ll be there to support their efforts in any way we can, if only to help clear the taps for the next brew in rotation. It’s tough duty, but we are those kind of guys!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2007
An interesting experimental brew from Andrew and Matt. Labelled as a German IPA, this is brewed with Pilsener malt and bittered with Magnum and Perle hops, then liberally dry hopped with Amarillo and Cascade hops. After a cold lagering, the result is a hazy straw ale with a large, sustained bubbly head that laces nicely. The aroma carries that PNW bitterness, grapefruit & pine resin mainly, and when you sniff deeply you pick up scents of fresh bread and dried grains. Fairly light bodied, the flavor begins with a sharp stab of grassy/herbal bitterness, then turns sweet with bready malts, and finally finshes on a quietly bitter herbal note. Thanks, gents, for this interesting drink.

By the by - This is my 3000th rating. Let the music begin!!!!!

Hey, Flossmoor brewers - - Do I get a free growler for that?

<font size=-4><a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Station, Flossmoor, IL<font size=-1>

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