riversideAK (6057) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - SEP 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from BeerBunker. Thanks man! Aroma is rather complex. Notes of peach, grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral hops. Some earth, toast, and dough as well. Pours hazy amber, great foamy head, good lace. Peach, dough, toast. Earthy hop notes follow as well as some orange, and citrus skin bitterness. A touch of alcohol, but this is a nice complex and rather drinkable iipa.
BeerBunker (962) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours amber with a foamy white head. Aroma is of citrus, pine, grapefruit, caramel, and biscuity malt. Even has some hints of tropical fruit to it. Taste is very citrusy with a fair amount of grapefruit and even some tropical fruit as well. Lots of bitter hop flavors with pine, caramel, and a dry malt backbone. Lingering taste of bitter hops and grapefruit. Alcohol is well masked, but provides a slight burn on the linger. Much better than I was expecting. Enjoyable.
msante79 (2224) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - SEP 3, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 Rating # 666. Was going to rate Wooden Hell for the rating but did not feel up to a whole bomber by myself so decided to give this one a shot instead. Had my brother pick me up a growler of this the other day. Pours lightly hazed golden orange with one finger white head. Aroma is loaded with citrus. Specifically grapefruit with peaches, floral hops, sweet caramel and some pine. Flavor is hoppy with grapefruit, tropical fruit, sweet malt and caramel with some light pine. Finishes bitter and a little dry. Good mouthfeel and carbonation. Glad I got to try this one fresh and not from a bomber. Really good IIPA. Congrats Bryan on a truely solid brew.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 28, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, probably bottled about 2 weeks ago or less. this bad boy poured cloudy golden with white head. the aroma is bit strange for a double ipa, quite metallic, some lemon and lime. this is really a faint aroma for the style. the flavor comes in with that metallic note which tastes more clearly from the grains. i think weíve got some crystal malt here. the hop flavor is astringent with lemon and orange zest. the alcohol isnít there at all and it is making me doubt the 9.6% claimed. there is a pretty big dry hop bitterness which remains on the palate for quite some time even though the body feels too thin. i donít mean to be a dick but everything about this beer screams mediocre, and at $10/bottle, this is probably the last bottle of IPA I will buy from the new brewer at flossmoor. it taste similar to sierra nevada IPAs. perhaps this was better on tap at the release (which was just over a week ago so that would be a joke if it was that much better) or my south side friends are just homers and (mostly) old men.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor and served in a nonik. Hazy orange/amber pour with a one-finger thick head of light beige foam that lasted and produced some nice lacing. The aroma was freshly uberhopped. Tons of mango, peach, and grapefruit. Just a hint of caramel. The flavor was heavy on the hops, but not bracingly bitter. Lots of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and pine. Crisp, bitter, and mostly dry. If you like your IPAs to pack a huge, hefty aroma, get this one while its fresh. Good stuff.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
hazy orange/gold color, tny off white bubbles for a head, lacy. nose is citric hops, with perhaps a trace of pine. taste is creamy caramel, followed by citric bitterness. medium bodied, pine bitterness in finish, which grows and lingers quite nicely. a very enjoyable brew, but not as complex as the ingredient list might suggest. the 9.5% alcohol is completely hidden (i like a nice alcohol kick now and again), which means i should not be drinking much of this while out on the town, singing byrds songs. maybe i can fill a growler, drink it alone in my basement, wearing my bathrobe while blogging on the interwebs, ranting about the injustices of the world, while watching soap operas...but i digress. might be the alcohol. sampled on tap @ brewpub during mug club tapping.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I must have liked this, because I kept on refilling my glass at the mug club tapping until the well ran dry. It poured a somewhat hazy golden amber body with a tall fluffy head and coated the glass with intricate lace patterns. The aroma was an intricate blending of hoppy goodness - grapefruit, zest, tangerine, floral, pine - and somehow managed to avoid getting sloppy as do many a multi-hopped ale. There was some bitterness up front in the flavor, soothed for a moment by a toffee-ish sweetness, followed by more bitterness and a blending of hop flavors reflective of the nose. The bitterness didnít seem too strong at first, but it intensified as the drinking went on... an odd reaction, considering that usually the reverse occurs when imbibing a heap of hoppy brews. The big ABV (9.6%) remained well hidden throughout... at least until I found myself climbing the steps to my apartment on hands and knees. With tappings like these at Flossmoor Station, itís no wonder that thereís a long waiting list for its Mug Club membership. A dandy of a job by Bryan-the-New-Guy. (Note to brewer - It takes about five years for the name to wear away.) Thanks.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2009 What a nice IIPA from my favorite brewers! Big PNW nose...all resinousy pine tar and grapefruit-like. Pretty golden hazed pour with a big white head that not only lingers, but also pumps out a huge PNW hop aroma. (Not to be confused with "aromsa", which is what I originally typed) Kinda reminds me of North Coastís Old Rasmussan...(inside joke!) Huge ABV is dangerously well hidden, at least to everyone but the Illinois Highway Patrol. Very creamy texture does nothing but suck you in deeper into itís sickly convoluted, and ultimately completely evil web. Carl and I kept topping each other off, which somehow, in some horribly sick "alternative-universe-kind-of way" seemed like we werenít really being over-served. (After all, we werenít actually refilling our completely empty glasses...right?) So very nice! Sweet, yet crisp, crystal maltiness underlying the whole hoppy mess...but only JUST!. Basically just an excuse to sit back and enjoy the PNW hop burn on the back of the palate. And burn it does! But the long, lingering hop finish does reveal some really, really big citrusy (orange, tangerine and grapefruit) highlights, which I didnít really fully notice until I got home....such was the lasting build-up of hoppiness that seemed to linger far beyond any normally accepted limits. Thank you to our favorite brewers and good beer friends at FSRB...once again!!! May I, at this point, compliment Bryan by stating that I can not think of one single thing that he could do to even remotely further improve the Flossmoor Station Mug Club meetings........UNLESS he has plans to introduce nude female trampoline exhibitions or perhaps oriental back rubs, complete with illicit yet implied happy endings...and, BTW..... No, Cornfield, contrary to whatever you may have been led to believe, ...you are not Superman!!! Absolutely perfect event! [Although, I certainly would never refuse an exclusive sampling cellar tour...should it ever be offered (hint!).]
I offer my ultimate compliments to the fine work my friends at FSRB are doing in the brewhouse! Keep it up.
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 18, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint glass poured on tap at the Mug Club Tapping (Flossmoor, IL). A new Imperial.. Excitement abound and regulars sitting patiently. Pours a fiery amber, well hazed with decent white filmy head that laces fairly well, stays at thick level. Aromas are good grapefruit rind and juice, a touch of caramel, florals, faint resiny pine but largely a citrus forward aroma. Initial is bitter up front on the palate, orange and grapefruit are the dominant citrus, light biscuit and caramel balance but let a good hoppiness take the show. A bit of a cereal feel and piney resin with a touch of dank and pretty potent bitterness round out the body, finish is clean malt wise, faint sweetness taking out by a good bitterness in the finish and as it goes down. Hoppy aftertaste as the bitterness sticks in the throat. Man, been awhile. For being bigger, this certainly is a clean IPA, fresh and without a lot of sweet cloying caramel holding it down. The hops really take over, but arenít harsh or astringent, emphasizing the citrus, pine, and touch of dankness. Pine really comes in stronger further in. Well done, boys!