madmitch76 (12237) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
24th April 2010
Slightly hazy amber beer, tiny white head. Piney - grapefruit hop nose. Light palate, a little soft and a little dry. Fresh fresh hops. Piney minty grapefruit with a drop of sweet lime. Actually not too bitter at all, just loads of lovely fresh hop fruits. Finishes semi soft and semi dry with a little aniseed. Lovely!
crossovert (5692) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think this is the beer Iím about to have, has purple wax.
It struggles to form a decent head but when it does it is a thin soapy looking head. The beer is a hazy coper/amber color with slight hints of orange.
It smells pretty good with a ton of citrusy hops and the smallest touch of pine. Very nice nose.
The flavor is a bit of a downer though, it is very nicely bitter but the hops arenít flashy, just one dimensional, theres not any citrus, just a hint of piney bitterness left. As it warms th citrus flavors come out more and it gets better.
It is an okay IPA, but if Flossmoor were to pick a recipe to make standard this would not be the one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-01-2010 03:58:13
riversideAK (5557) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is of grapefruit and floral PNW hops followed by some caramel and toffee, I noticed a bit of mustiness as well. Pours golden amber with great head and lace - nice retention, creamy foam. Nice looking like all their IPAís really. Flavors of caramel, musty malt notes, toffee, medium bitter grapefruit and floral hops that linger forever like chewing on citrus rinds. Not bitter or abrasive, but that kind of flavor profile. A touch of alcohol is noticeable, body is medium, smooth drinking solid IPA.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
With IPA as my favorite style, I think that brewmaster Bryan Shimkos made this with my 5000th rating in mind. I had a few of these at the mug club tapping for it... and, No, IPAs are not sessionable! It had an amber body with a thick and sustained white head. Lots of lace. The aroma was HOPS! Starting with pine, adding grapefrut zest and lemon zest and a touch of the floral, the serious hop aroma overwhelmed the malt. The malt appeared with just enough of a caramel and grain sweetness to provide a sturdy enough backbone for the strong hop flavors and solidly bitter bite. The finish was a lingering dry, citrusy & piney bitterness that kept my cracking lips in a smile. And what flamora! Thanks to Bryan and the crew for this latest treat.
TheAlum (4989) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a nice golden amber, some touches of darker bits, decent haze, an offwhite medium head that laces ok, stays solid at a good level. Aromas are heaven: slanted towards a bountiful citrusy hop explosion: lemon, grapefruit, orange, moving to gumball sweetness, Amarillo is definitely a focal point, with good pale malt base, a touch of thicker, heavier caramel. Florals, this Amarillo bomb is awesomely intense with just a touch of dank pine and weeds creeping in. Initial is a good citrusy and lemon blast, bitter with florals and grass coming in behind. Medium bodied, pretty strong bitterness as the pale malts and touch of caramel slip behind, bread and cereal grains becoming well covered up. This beer coats the palate well, leaving a long lasting bitterness, intense citrus and slightly sweet flavors, with the hops stealing the show. Bryanís best IPA yet, edging out Shimkos Simcoes. Finish is dry, bitter and citrusy. Cheers!
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. I donít think the newer fs ipa bottles are showing as well in the bottle as they are on draft, I havenít had a lot of them on draft but this and fudob scored very well on draft and so I picked up bottles and they arenít that good esp at $10/bottle. So this is my last fs ipa bottle for a while. It poured a slightly hazed golden with white head. Nose has earthy hop resin, slight perfume, and honeydew. flavors are sweet orange and tangerine, grapefruit rind, and a dry honeydew finish. Thin body. So itís a nice balanced ipa with good hop flavor (not explosive) and a pretty weak nose. Iíll try and enjoy fs beers on tap from now on.
Butters (3590) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Guess Whoís Back tasting. Thanks Mmmckay! copper pour. citrus resinous nose. Decent flavor. Nicely done.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Purple wax dipped bomber. Pours a mostly clear and dark coppery-amber hue. A moderate head of cream colored froth settles in to a thin but lasting surface patch, while dense swaths of hard-clinging, bubbly sheet lace coat nearly the entire glass. The aroma is well balanced, showing an east coast toffee-biscuit malt base that is amply sweet, with a strong pacific northwest flare of pine resin and grapefruit hop character. Flavors follow suit, again sporting a biscuity, caramelly malt sweetness that is countered with bitter, resinous pine and sharp grapefruit and orange rind. The palate isnít as substantial as I thought it might be, which isnít all that bad, though it does get to be a bit papery on the finish. Carbonation is moderate throughout. Bitter citrus rind and piny resins linger on the finish. Solid, but not out of this world.
pantanap (3324) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from west lakeview... Pours a medium hazy medium copper penny brown with a soapy white head... Sweet tart and perfumey aroma with sweeter tropical fruit... Flavors were a continuation of the nose with more of a bitter citrus rind hoppy finish. Thought the hops would have faded but they remain quite vibrant. Long withstandiing
Pawola22 (3262) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 18, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, purple wax. Pours a cloudy, amber-bronze colored body with a finger-width, creamy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is deeper, medium sweet caramel and crystal malts with a pleasant, sweet-orange hop backing. The hops are a nice mixture of grass, pine, and herbal spicing that may come from the rye. A touch of bread to the malts as well. Flavor is similar. Sweeter, deeper caramels and crystal with a light bread. Well balanced with a good amount of orange citrus hops. A light spice along with some grass and pines before this finishes sweet and dry with a moderate bitterness. Bigger malt profile with a bit of a toffee flavor towards the end as well. Lengthy aftertaste following a full body and soft, light carbonation. Overall, a quality IPA. The hops seem like theyíve died down a bit by now, but the malts are pleasant and fairly robust. Sweeter with a light spicing and enjoyable. Not bad.