NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Binnyís (nee Samís) Clybourn. IPA #100. Pours a sticky coppery brown with slick head. Nose is funky Chinook with a slice of sweet orange from the Ahtanum and some dust. On taste, pretty good. Big bitterness, distinct wet hops smoothness with the expected missing floral punch. Nice and crisp and big. Canít complain one bit, though itís not a huge standout. Still, pretty damn tasty.
hopscotch (10015) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
BottleÖ October í09 O-Town ThrowdownÖ Hazed golden ale with a small, creamy, off-white head. Musky, earthy aroma. Medium-bodied with a watery mouthfeel and nearly expired carbonation. Sweet up front; followed by alcohol and hop bitterness. Novocain-like, sweet-ish finish. Bottle provided by SoLan!
JaBier (5315) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours cloudy orange/copper with a big off-white head. Piney hop nose with some orange and sweet malt. Orangy and piney hop flavor with a touch of malt before a bitter grapefruit finish. Very good stuff.
daknole (10162) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
amber pour. Hops all over the damn place. Citrus? Yes. Floral? Yes. Resinous? Yes. Hop huffer is hop heavy. Wow.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
#1300 Bottle thanks to Rayboy. Clear amber with off-white head. Aroma is pungent citrus, pine and dry caramel, overall very pungent hop presence. Flavor is dry caramel upfront with citrus and some tropical hops, some deeper nutty, toasted malt as well. Medium to full, creamy body, very light carbonation. A fantastic wet hopped beer, everything Iím searching for in a wet hopped product, nice and resiny and fresh.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bomber courtesy of FlssmrBrewAlum, poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy golden amber with a small creamy white head that recedes to a soapy swirl along the top and leaves only a trace of lacing.
The aroma is mainly light citrus with lemons and oranges and maybe a little bit of grassy hops. There is a sweet malt aroma as well, but the aroma is fairly tame overall.
The taste is also fairly nondescript and lacks even the recognizable citrus from the nose. There is a slightly metallic bitterness with maybe some herbal hop notes and green hops in the finish.
The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with the hops though there is a lingering bitterness that Iím not too fond of.
This is a little disappointing, especially after the fantastic FUDOB I had recently. Itís still better than most beers out there, but itís definitely not one of my favorite Flossmoor IPAs....but thatís a pretty high hurdle.
BBB63 (6396) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 18, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber, olive drab green wax: Clean coppery hue with a rocky head and good lace. The aroma has notes grapefruit, blood orange, dank grassy and herbal vapours, some biscuit and caramel malts, hint of clove and mineral water. The taste is a bit of letdown after the nose, while there is an initial hit of citric hoppiness it fades far too quickly leaving behind an astringent aspirin note. A hint of pine resins and white pepper does appear on the aftertaste along with a bone dry ashy malt profile. The mouth feel is lively and moderately aggressive. All in all an okay IPA but left left me wanting more in the end.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light rusty orange with a snowy white head. Leafy nose with some faint orange. Fresh hop flavor with some grass and bitter pithy citrus. Medium body with a touch of oil, and prickly carbonation. Long bitter finish. This is a decent enough beer, but not close to BrooDoo or Founders Harvest.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station, served in a nonik. Poured a fairly clear golden amber with a thin head of off-white foam that quickly faded into a film. Decent lacing. The aroma had fresh pine, tangerines, and grapefruit. The flavor was also dominated by the hops. Fresh pine and citrus with just a touch of pale malt. Medium-bodied. Lightly carbonated. A nice showcase of the fresh hop harvest.
BeerBunker (863) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor. Pours murky orange with a white head. Aroma is of hops, pine, citrus, alcohol, tropical fruit, and malt. Taste is of tropical fruit and bitter, juicy hops. A large amount of citrus and pine to it as well. Dry malt backbone, which gets lost amongst the other flavors. Big alcohol burn that lingers long after each sip. A bit too heavy for an IPA, which I didnít expect. A very good beer nonetheless.