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.
jcwattsrugger (11079) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
@Tampa Wkly Gathering courtesy fishingnet-22oz bottle-pours a retaining thin white head and cloudy amber color. Aroma is pine/citrus-lemon, secondary medium malt. Taste is pine/citrus-lemon, secondary medium malt.
General66 (203) - Streator, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Waxed bomber obtained from Binnyís in the South Loop in Chicago. Poured a deep orange color with a half finger width white frothy head that stays around for a while and leaves great lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fresh... it consists of nice fresh hops, some sweet malt, and possibly some caramel malt. I would have rated the aroma higher but it seemed to disappear as the beer warmed... very unusual for an IPA. It had a strong aroma when it was first opened and then it went fairly bland. The taste is very good though. It has a great hop bitterness that sticks around for a while and some light citrus and pine. Overall a very good IPA... I will look forward to trying more from Flossmoor Station!
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.
drewbeerme (3879) - 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.
frankenkitty (1959) - 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.
Ratman197 (9690) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a hazy gold with a small lasting ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, grapefruit, orange zest and light pine. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, grapefruit and pine with a smooth dry lingering bitter finish.
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes. Had this on tap a few days after I heard about it, back when I was in Chicago and could do such things.
Pours a slightly-dark orange color with a white head that recedes fairly quickly, especially considering how many hops are likely added to this one. Nose has some bright citrus aromas that really pop along with a bit of malt. The citrus doesnít quite carry over to the taste. While itís fairly bitter, the fresh hop kick and flavor that I was expecting isnít there and itís actually a bit malty. Drinks fairly well overall, but isnít a killer DIPA.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-10-2010
Frank (2828) - 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.