Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 14, 2010 pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thick hazy amber with a nice almost white head that is sticky and thick. Small little lacing. Smell is light hops - earthy with a touch of citris, just a bit too light for me. Flavor is big oranges and overall citris, very enjoyable. Nice sweet and bitter rind flavor in the finish. It is exactly what I was wanting. Mouthfeel is nice and medium bodied. Overall, I’d definitely have again.
A cloudy golden elixir which managed to change my perception on Flossmoor’s IPAs. This is a gloriously malty example, exquisitely extracted soft cereals, almost wheaty. Producing whisper of toastiness, fresh breadiness and this fulfillment impression. Despite the different base malts, this has this refreshment feeling idiosyncratic to crisp pils malt, but in a beefier, rounder way. Very smooth carbonation only enhances that beautiful texture. Like it were out of the cask, but this was a bomber bought at the brewery 3 months ago. Underneath, the hops are not at their freshest, but deploy floral grace and bright fruitiness. Soft and excellent.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2009
Bomber. Pours an orange-amber with a nice tacky sticky head and cool lace. Aroma is nice and citrusy with a light spiciness to it- god resinous quality and fairly fresh. Slight pine needle coming through int he flavor, with more citrus, resin and a tacky finihs- malt is just there as a backbone- seems mostly pale with a slight sweetnes. Good bitter finish- overall still fresh. goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2009
Poured a hazy golden color with a small off-white head. big hop forward aroma with citrus and pine. Some pink grapefruit as well. The malt was almost hidden away in the aroma. Nice hop forward flavor without a bitter finish. Sweet and malty middle with grapefruit and lemon mixed in. Light to a medium body. Pine on the finish with some of it in the middle as well. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 24, 2009
Green waxed bottle pours an orange amber with a thin lacing. Very citric hop character, pine, grapefruit with some lighter caramel malt in the back. Sweet tangy grapefruit and some light honey with a very light bittering hop profile to finish, no wonder i liked it so much. DSG (14838) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 30, 2009
(11/21/08) Bottle at The Map Room in Chicago. Hazy amber color with almost no head. Big citric hops aroma with grapefruit, pomelo notes, a bit of lemon and some flowers. Bitter hoppy flavor with grapefruit, some tropical fruits, light piney notes and some malty honey-ish tones. Rounded mouthfeel. A great IPA.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 22, 2009
In short: A tasty with a solid body and a refreshing hop signature. One to enjoy in very large quantities.kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 18, 2009
How: Bottle 22oz. Purchased at the brewery by Rastacouere and consumed fresh. Tasting session with Montreal crew.
The look: Cloudy orange-blonde body topped by a small white head
In long: Pleasant hoppy nose of fresh fruits, orange mainly. Solid but quiet malt backbone of toasted white bread and cookies. Refreshing hopping with orange pulps, juicy pine-tree and such. Medium bitterness and pleasant pine-tree dryness. Soft-medium carbonation. Not a lot of caramel or other tasty malt flavours but it does provide a good foundation for the refreshing hop signature which is the main attraction here. Gets extra points for high drinkability. I really liked it. It’s bad enough that I live walking distance from Dieu Du Ciel (one of the best brewpub in North-America). It’s a good thing I’m not also walking distance from the excellent Flossmoor. That would means I have miles-long legs and I’d hate to be a freak.
hopdog (12584) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2009
Date: October 16, 2008
Appearance: muddy orange, fine white head, lots of sudsy lace
Aroma: big hop aroma on sweet crystal malt base, touch of fruityness
Body: creamy body
Flavor: big hop flavor, lots of hop bitterness is restrained by a touch of crystal sweetness, touch of citrus, lasting bitter finish
Overall: hop flavor is great but a bit over the top on bitterness for me
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Finally I got a hold of an IPA from Flossmoor...finally! 22oz, olive waxed bottle. Poured a cloudy medium orange/deeper golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, floral, earhty and piney. Tastes of earthiness, pine and caramel. Not really bitter with a light to medium sweetness. Some lacing left on the glass. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2009 My Bottom Line:
Expressive orangey, piney and sandy hoppiness flourishes over the polite malt cookies, culminating in an eternal resinous bitterness for a chewy and potent India Pale Ale.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the hazy orange.
-The mouthfeel on this one is muscular yet friendly. With the intensity and light alcohol felt, this almost drinks like a hopped-up Barley Wine.
-The flavor profile is not really balanced, but I don’t think that’s the point!
-The malts do add some toastiness, which works well with the hop profile.