kwoeltje (2151) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(draught at Schlafly Repeal of Prohibition Festival) dark amber with generous head. Citrus hops aroma. Citrus/grapefruit flavor. Enough malt for balance. Great imperial IPA.
ElGaucho (2115) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2004 GTM. Very dry hoppy aroma. Great lace. Perfect appearance. Handheld voice recorder issues.
lb4lb (2112) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from d0b.
Pours orange to brown with a white head. Where the hell is Erin? I thought she went for a short walk with a person with a broken hip, and how long could that take? Smell is hoppy and candy caramel like. Touch of a yeasty smell that does not belong in an IPA. Taste is yeasty, caramel and hoppy with some fruity and sweet flavors. Moderate bitterness. Decent but ridiculously overpriced. Man, they had a few amazing beers on at the pre-DLD but this is not the same caliber. Average...
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2007
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled on cask at NotLA 07. Golden amber colored with a white head. Piney oaky nose carmel and malt. Sweet carmelized malt flavors oak, citrus, pine, grapefruit, and sugar. This gets better as I go on, the grapefruit is so assertive and almost acidic on cask. Long finish with that bitter grapefruit and oak. My number two for the night.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper color with white head. Aroma is piney caramel hops (very pot like), caramel, biscuit, and a hint of alcohol. Flavor is piney earthy hops, caramel, biscuit, and a bitter earthy finish.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 3, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
CAMRA-compliant "real ale" version of Flossmoor’s X-IPA...and a very tasty one as well. The initial impression is a strong citrus/pine aroma drifting off the foamy head. The flavors are a rich caramel malt (very slippery and cream-like) supporting the enormous hop bite of grapefruit and pine...which linger on the palate well after the last sip. This version is creamier, less intensely bitter, and has far less carbonation than the non-cask version. Both versions, though radically different, are great examples of huge American IPAs.
Earlier Rating: 1/29/2005 Total Score: 4
I’m in hop-heaven! Finally this brewpub let loose and went for broke. I don’t care if it doesn’t sell...I love it. Actually this hop-heavy IPA seemed to be relatively popular the day I was there, but a bartendress told me a lot of new customers seemed to complain about how bitter it was. Try a 60% X IPA mixed with a 40% Panama Red. I made this one up because they don’t have a black and tan.
frankenkitty (1958) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2006 This poured with a slight haze to a copper/orange body, topped with an ecru head that left wet lacing. Big pine and grapefruit NW hop profile with black and red pepper to spice things up even more. Sweet, chewy malts show in flavor a split-second before the intense hops drop in. A huge beer with a "heavy" balance, a silky mouthfeel and a warming quality without being "hot".
It was not simply the fact that Flossmoor was a hometown favorite that they took first with X-IPA at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve of the Living Ales II against the likes of Bell’s Two Hearted, Dogfish 90 and 3FAK... this beer could go head to head with a Dreadnaught any day.
<font size=-4>Sampled at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/events-detail.asp?eve II, but fully enjoyed on tap at <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Station, Flossmoor, IL 60422<font size=-1>
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bomber with black wax courtesy of wkcyr4 poured into a tulip.
Pours a hazy caramel orange with a one-inch cream-colored head that sticks to the glass on the way down to a cap that hangs on for quite a while. There is very good lacing.
The aroma is great with lots of juicy citrus fruit, especially grapefruits and oranges, that leave a slightly astringent (but pleasant) citrus burn in the nose. There is some bready malt presence in the background but the hops really carry the nose.
The first blast of hops bitterness is a bracing combination of sweet and acidic citrus flavors. Big juicy tangerines, oranges and grapefruit throughout the taste with only enough malt backbone to keep things semi-balanced. The finish has an alcohol burn along with the hop bitterness that builds up between sips.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with some soft carbonation. Overall, it’s a juicy mouthfeel.
This is a great DIPA dominated by citrus fruits and very drinkable despite the big bitterness of the citrus hops. Another top notch beer from Flossmoor and I wish I could get my hands on more of this IPA series.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ GTMW. Translucent and golden orange in color with a thinning whitish film head. Aroma reveals candied apricots, peaches and nectarines along with a sweet buttered jam semblance to hold the orangey fruits together. Flavor revels in sweet bitterness. Soft peaches, tangy mandarins and dried apricot chews all make favorable flavor appearances. Medium to fuller bodied and splendidly balanced. The amarillo is the star here. Fluffy oranges, peaches and a hint of orange peel over cotton see the flavor through to the finish.
StefanSD (1922) - Lakeside, California, USA - APR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650 ml bottle from trade with Noblesquirrel. Thanks. This pours a murky copper color with a big white head that has good retention and some lacing. The aroma is mostly all citrus; grapefruit, lemons, limes and way in the back a small amount of caramel. The flavor is similar to the aroma, this is a nicely biter citrus bomb, with lots of grapefruit, and with just a hint of bready yeast followed up by the sweet caramel. The mouthfeel is well balanced, full and smooth. The finish is medium in duration with lingering biter hops followed up by some sweet caramel. Overall: This beer has a lot going for it, once again I am impressed by this brewer’s IPA’s, very nice, very tasty.