Frank (4024) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very cloudy orange w/ a fine bubbled head that leaves behind just a few patches of lacing. Piny American hops make up most of the nose though w/ a bit of woody, resinous sharpness that I feel detracts a bit from the overall character. Flavor is similarly dominated by a woody kind of hop presence that just isnít really too my tastes. Good balance of sweet to bitter though and the mouthfeel is silky and nice. This shows no hint of itís nearly ten percent ABV and one could honestly mistake it for a much lower gravity beer. Solid beer but there are certainly better options from the very good people at Flossmoor.
drewbeerme (3917) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Cloudy yellow brown with a pocked white head. Nose is pineapple, grapefruit juice and pine. Crisp and juicy medium light with lively carb. Taste is lemon and orange with touches of banana sweetness. Gets bitter with grapefruit peel and resin. Hoppiest of the Flossmoor IPAs iíve tried.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from In Fine Spirits. Pours a hazy gold with a foamy head. Nose is instantly Amarillo, then the other hops come through with piney apricot notes and distinct C-hop notes. Taste is some what earthy, very deep bitterness that is super smooth. Mild malt backbone as well. Pretty damn tasty stuff, really...
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pink wax dipped bomber. Pours a lightly hazy, medium golden amber hue. A frothy head of beige tinted foam shows good retention, settling slowly to a thick, bubbly film. Solid sheets of lacing coat the glass very well. The aroma is bursting with citrus, notes of fresh grapefruit, orange, and lemon hops coming across bitter and sharp, with a light toffee malt base and hints of orchard fruits. Flavors are structured the same, strikingly bitter and citric, big on grapefruit, with a soft toffee background. Medium bodied and crisp, finishing sharp and semi-dry, the palate drinks easy for the heft of the brew. Very nice stuff. Fresh and ultra-hoppy.
adrian910ss (2565) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a murky brown caramel with a medium sized off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, hops and pine. Taste of grapefruit, bitter hops and light pine. Very nice.
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.
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.
frankenkitty (2006) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - SEP 14, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mostly clear, deep golden under a largish white head which faded quickly. Sharp, sharp pine resin nose allows very little else to come through. Mouth is mostly pine and pepper carried in a sticky, honey-thick body. Dry finish, low alcohol late. Hop-heads should enjoy, I found it a little overpowering and one-dimensional. ~~~~~~~~~~ On draught, Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, Flossmoor, IL.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 23, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to Adam for another Flossmoor brew, 22oz pink-waxed bomber, poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy orangish amber with a big fluffy white head that sticks generously to the glass on the way down and leaves a rocky cap that lasts for a while.
Big juicy citrus up front in the nose with oranges and especially grapefruit coming out aggressively. There is enough malty sweetness to be noticed but doesnít get in the way of the big hop profile.
The taste is aggressively hopped but seems to be sweeter than the aroma would indicate with the oranges and pineapple being more prevalent than the grapefruit. The malt backbone is stronger as well and the finish is more floral in nature, slightly dry, but not overpoweringly bitter.
The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of things and exceptionally smooth, going down so easy despite the ABV and full body. The carbonation is fairly soft and leads to a creamy mouthfeel, especially for the style.
This is an excellent beer and one of the better Flossmoor IPAs Iíve had. The drinkability is fantastic for a DIPA and I wish I had a few more of these.