monkeychugg55 (1109) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Pours a slightly hazy copper with a small white head that doesn’t hold up too well. The aroma is mostly strong tropical fruit (pineapple, orange) with some pine, biting herbal character, and a solid caramel backbone. The flavor is similar, and the hops taste very fresh and earthy. Very well balanced, with a nice bitter finish. Really nice mouthfeel, not much carbonaion but floats in the mouth. This reminds me of the Mikkeller single op, but stronger all around. Very good. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
You know when you open a really good IPA you can smell it as soon as you open it? Yeah, this does that. Deep, complex hop aroma. Peaches, tropical fruit, pine. A bit of toffee. Citrus and tropical hops dominate the flavor, with some medium bitterness. A bit of pine or spruce or whatever. Caramel and toffee malt. Medium bodied, finishes long and hoppy. Excellent IPA by and excellent brewer. NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2010
Draft at DLD. Pours a clear orangey color with sticky head. Nose is straight up Columbus, dank and grapefruit. Strong hop flavor that has a good bitterness that really balances the hop flavors. Enough malt backbone to prop it up. Pretty damn good IPA, I’ll say. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2010
I had a bunch of these at the mug club tapping and plan on many more. It poured a hazy amber body with a frothy white head. The aroma holds a mass of hoppy delight, the scents remaining very clean - pink grapefruit, tart orange, tangerinse, zest, pine, peach, and tropical fruit. The flavor has just enough malty sweetness to give it some semblence of balance, but the scale tips to the hop flavors and bitterness. The finish is a prolonged bitterness, very satisfying. A dandy of a recipe by Mr. Richard Grant and great brewing by the crew. RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2010
UPDATED: APR 25, 2010 Golden/amber and hazy pour supporting a fluffy white head. Nose is an abundance of citrusy hops...but pine resin is obvious as well. Big ABV is there but not offensively so. Flavors are a really nicely blended amalgam of citrusy fruits (apricot, pineapple, tangerine, orange, etc) and pine resins, crystal malt caramel and toffee sweetness, and a seriously intense bitter bite in the finish. Great recipe from assistant brewer Richard Grant....WOW!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2010
Clear copper, white head. Floral and citrus, orange, pale malts, floral finish. SrSilliGose (3332) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - APR 25, 2010
Draft at DLD shared by Kan. Thanks! Pours a clear copper witha small white head. Piney, resinous hops. Perfumy and floral. some light toffee notes. Really solid IPA. One of the best beers I’ve had from flossmoor. Would like to try again. StefanSD (2468) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - MAY 20, 2010
650ml bottle courtesy of honkeybra. Brewers whim series gold wax. Pours a cloudy amber-copper color with a small off white head that slowly recedes to a fine film. The aroma is vibrant with citrus, musty hay, chlorophyll and pine resins. The flavor is biter hops forward with piney hops and grapefruit nicely counterbalanced by biscuit and caramel malts. Well done! The palate is full and silky smooth. The finish is medium in duration with lingering biters. Overall: A damn nice IPA. DrnkMcDermott (3141) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Metallic Gold wax bottle, $9 at Binny’s. At first pop, just a fresh beer smell. Nose over the bottle shows me there are plenty of grapefruitty hops inside. Pouring straight into the glass puts head over 1/3 of the glass, over a hazy IPA amber. In the glass, the hops show some pine resin and cut timber character. First taste is a big explosion of everything an American Big beer lover can want. Big citrussy and piny hops, backed by some stiff crystal malts that could be used to distill into brandy, and a nice warming alcohol. Happy, hoppy and malty. Soon as I finish writing, I’m going out to finish this on the patio. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2010
Draft at the Mug Club tapping (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a deep dark amber, towards the mruky end, a bubble driven head, decent sized, dies to a good film, laces ok. Aromas smack with citrus, orange and tangerine couple with florals and grapefruit, orange juice, orange sherbet, caramel and toffee malts dance beneath with a touch of tropical and faint pine. Initial is medium bodied, maybe a touch heavier, huge tangerine and orange fruit, potent piney and grapefruit bitterness coupled with florals, caraml and toffee malts come from beneath, a faint mango and peach. This thing is a fruit bomb, heavy tangerine with a potent piney bitterness. Very fresh, highly fruity with still a potent bitterness. As they told us, this is as fresh as this beer could be drank, it just got filled. Quality, lingering piney and grapefruit bitterness with a mellow orange, tangerine, and tropical sweetness. Best IPA out of Flossmoor in a couple months, I think. Yum.