mixinnixon2000 (227) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. this was a pretty solid IPA. sweet hops aroma with a strong citrus flavor. not too over-the-top bitterness.
kseecs16 (1175) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught 02/07/2009 at the pub. Golden, nice with white lacing. Piney, citrusy sweet resious hops aroma, definitely delivers on the pacific northwest character. Quite bitter with pine and orangey citrus flavors with enough sweetness in the body to balance things out. Medium to light bodied with a nice lingering bitterness. Very good.
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BrewCzar (108) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the station of KK day. Heavy aromas of hops and citrus. Taste has some hints of citrus, tons of hops, some pine, and grapefruit. Great bitter hop finish.
drewbeerme (3809) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 11, 2009 growler from FS. pours a hazy glowing orange with white head. a loaded hop aroma of evergreen, pine, spruce, and orange citrus. flavors have tons of orange citrus and piney hop notes while the bitterness is just sharp enough at first but it and pine linger softly for a long finish. only knock on the palate for me is the body is just a tad thin. very smooth and easy drinking IPA.
inkubus27 (269) - highland, Indiana, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This has to be one of the best Flossmoor IPA’s. This smacks you in the nose with piney, citrusy, resiny hops... it’s fantabulous. There is a huge hop bitterness, sort of a sharp lingering bitterness that I wasn’t too fond of, but it was nicely balanced with a great malt profile. I loved this stuff
NobleSquirrel (3429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at the brewpub. Pours an attractive orangey gold, cloudy and bright. Nose is pungent with resiny pine backed up by citrus notes. There is some nice wisps of sweet malts in there as well. Taste is cleanly bitter, with orange peel and pine dominating. Very clean and easy drinking. Delicious stuff.
tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pint served at the brewpub. Poured a fairly clear, orangy/amber hue, with decent, off white head and "stick to the glass" lacing. The aroma was citrus, more grapefruit than orange, and the same resinous note that I noticed in the Recession Ale. Unlike that beer, this one had a better malt and hop bitterness balance. Very good IPA, as always, from brewers who have made a habit of producing fine IPAs year in and year out. I hope that it continues.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a murky orange with a white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is of hops, citrus, pine, and carmel. Taste is very hoppy, with just enough bitterness to even it out. Has a nice caramel malt backbone to it. Lingering bitterness and a nice alcohol warming feel. An easy drinking beer.
msante79 (2187) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours hazy a amber with white head. Aroma is packed with PNW hops, pine, citurs and some caramel malt. Flavor pascks big PNW hop punch, pine, grapefruit and other citrus and nice caramel malts to bring some balance. Finishes bitter with great mouthfeel like all of the FS IPAs. Thanks Matt for all the great IPAs.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - FEB 6, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was brewed to "celebrate the departure of our brewmaster, Matt," according to the actual commercial description on the brewpub’s menu. My hope is that the next brewer will provide us with some decent IPAs for a change!
This filled my mug with a hazy golden orange ale capped by a large off-white head and coated said mug with heavy lacework. The aroma was seriously hoppy - pine, grapefruit, tart tangerine, zest of lemon - with some sweet caramel occassionally oozing out. The balance of the flavor is heavily tipped towards the hops oth in flavor and bitterness, which suits this hop-head just fine, although we’re provided with enough of a malty backbone to keep our lips from peeling. Long, lingering bitter finish. Very nice.
Just kidding with my earlier comments, of course. Thank you, Mr. Van Wyk, on several years of fine brewing for we Flossmoor regulars. Good luck to you and your family on your new venture!