MeadMe (1610) - Fishhawk, Florida, USA - FEB 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Pours cloudy orange with a thin head.
S: Boldly hopped. Nice aromas of fresh citrus, caramel, and toast.
T: Malty backbone. Hints of caramel and light brown sugar. The hops provide a very fresh orange juice type flavor. Waves of sweet pine can be picked up along with hints of bitterhops in the finish.
M: Medium in body, smooth, nicely balanced.
D: Very good, real tasty IPA.
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 didn’t 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, it’s no wonder that there’s 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.
BeerBunker (965) - 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.
markwise (5195) - 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.
BBB63 (6557) - 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.
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 Rye’m & Reason. Wish I would have drank more of this. 5 on palate for the perceived IBUs and hop presence.
nickd717 (4187) - 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 it’s 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.
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 i’ve tried.
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.