TheAlum (4289) - Lisle, 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!
BeerBunker (709) - 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.
nickd717 (3394) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Waxed bomber via trade from boothbeer on BA, poured into a tumbler glass. Pours a clear golden-amber color with a lasting white head and great lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus hops as well as a little caramel. Flavor is both really hoppy and malty. This is really not so freshly uberhopped, since itís got quite a bit of age on it by now. Still really good though, although the hops have mellowed out a bit for sure. Crystal and pale malts as well as grapefruity and piney hops. Medium-full and mildly syrupy on the palate with lots of hop oils. Not at all boozy, but you can tell from the maltiness that this is a strong one. Overall a nice IIPA, even past prime.
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gold with nice lasting white head, into imperial pint. Good lacing. Mouth and nose of big hoppy citrus. Great carbonation, though kind of heavy feeling. 9.6 ABV is only a benefit to the amount of this I could easily drink. The bitter hides it all. Pale biscuity malt. Grapefruit mid. Herbal earthy orange rind finish. Great DIPA after having some initial mixed feelings about the new brewmaster, though I had missed the Ryeím & Reason. Wish I would have drank more of this. 5 on palate for the perceived IBUs and hop presence.
BBB63 (5411) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber, light pink wax: Slightly hazy golden hue with a fading fluffy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of acidic fruits and resiny hops, minerals, crystal and pale malt, some pepper and clove. The taste is quite heavy grapefruit and mango upfront supported by an equally heavy dose of resiny bitterness and chalky yeast note. A spicy and herbal finish. The mouth feel is agressive and lively, the alcohol is dangerous well hidden. A classy DIPA, wish I had another bottle.
Cornfield (5276) - 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.
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.
markwise (3806) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks fishingnet for the share. Pours hazy yellow with an off-white head. Nose is prickly rye, malt, light fruit, honey, and love. Flavor is malt, rye, honey, floral hops, goodness, magic, and citrus. It attacks and does not let up and it is an enjoyable assault on the palate.
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.
TheEpeeist (2820) - Swarthmore, 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.