dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
translucent amber color, thin white head. citrusy, evergreeny, hoppy aroma. a pleasure to sniff. i was assaulted by the hops, but i didn’t mind, and it seemed to finish grassy (or maybe i just fell over on the lawn). thick mouth feel, sticks to the ribs. good looks, alluring aroma, great flavor. inspired me to write this haiku:
why does this pale beer
bubble lightly on the lips
and finish with a belch?
ah, this beer made me wax poetic.
3fourths (8238) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick, syrupy and sharp honey/fruit hop resin all over the nose. Viscous on the tongue with some heavy, hoppy orange and pine notes, very juicy but sharp. Turns into more of a mold hop leaf deal over time, and finishes a little disorganized but overall the hops used perform very well, and it finishes with a resinous, grassy, dank aftertaste
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Flossmoor Station. Poured a nice orange-ish hazy pour with a decent white head. Smells of citrusy hops and some earthy tones, the hops being similiar to some of FS’ other Pale Ale offerings. Initial taste is very citrusy, with a nice mouthfeel that wasn’t overpowering. Piney and citrusy as the hops dominate, but a mild medium malt character is definately there. Overall, I was very happy with this brew.
kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had on tap at FS. Poured to a bright orange-red with a medium thick white head that lingered thru mid-glass and left good lacing. Strong citrusy grapefruit hop aroma with hints of grass, noticeable as soon as the waitress brought the glass. Mouthfeel was full bodied, and tingly, while the taste accentuated the hoppy citrus.
Finish was tastily bitter, with just enough alcohol peeking thru to be warming. A darn good beer.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My favorite beer that I had on tap at Flossmoor Station yesterday. Heavy hop aroma. Lots of grapefruit, pine, and more citrus in this beer. Almost had a little grass aroma/flavor in there. Well done.
Stine (1628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the pub. Light, semi-clear dandelion yellow appearance. Lots of peach and apricot skins on the nose; very resinous with steamy, wet hop tones of artichoke heart and garlic clove sweetness. Flavor brings a peppery and pungent bite of sundried tomato with a heavy layering of hot spice and alcohol interaction. Caramel and brash, needly bitterness rush in strongly in the mid palate with an aerosol twang. Wet toward the finish; medium bodied and somewhat biting with forceful effervescence in the mouth. Lemonade and dry grasses in papery bittersweetness at the finish, smacking of pine resin and wet bark. Some plastic astringency. Uninspiring, and just not carefully made.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in a shaker. This IPA poured a cloudy orange/amber with a thin, lasting beige head. A touch of spotty lacing was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of citrus hops, pine, and mild, sugary caramel notes. The flavor consisted of lightly bitter citrus notes, including orange and grapefruit, earthy grass notes, and a light caramel malt backbone. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and smooth with light carbonation. A nice solid IPA with a nice bittersweet flavor. Well done.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured with a hazy glowing orange body. A 1+ finger white head appeared on the pour but after some time faded to a solid white cap completely coating the body. Leaves spotted lacing throughout.
Smell is full of different aromas. I pick up sugary candy aromas up front. This mainly leads me to think of bubblegum. Then comes the hops. Strong citrus in the form of lemon and orange. There is some pine in the finish along with a earthy aroma that all go together very well.
I really like the taste of this one. There is a mild caramel malt backbone but the hops take the main stage. There is lemon up front followed by oranges and finishing with a spicy pine bitterness.None of the hops overtake the others. They blend very nicely.
Medium bodied and smooth. Has a very nice body considering the abv. Mild carbonation lets all the flavors work through at their own pace. My tongue definately takes a beating.
This is surprisingly easy drinking for a beer with this abv. The mouthfeel helps with the drinkability a lot. It will ruin your palate though so if drinking a few you won’t get the true potential after the first.
This is a really nicely made beer. I hope this turns out to be a year around offering. Uses some interesting ingrediants as well. It was brewed with three spices, one slips my mind but the other two were lemon grass and hemp seed.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From Magic Porch 2006 notes. Nice copper hue and a good standing head. Wow, huge aroma of pine and citrus fruits. Good use of malt to help create some sort of balance here, but just a bit off. The finish is where you really get a bit too harsh of a bittering character. Went a bit too crazy with the high alpha acid hops in this one. Decent IIPA, but could use some more fine tuning in relation to finding some balance with the malt and hops.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared by murrayswine on 12/16/06: Pours a slightly hazy golden bronze with nicely-lacing wispy white head. Huge, fresh, piny grapefruity hoppy aroma floats out of the glass. Body starts fairly full and sweet with a ton of fresh bittering drier hoppiness. Big double IPA, but could use some more balance.