GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - FEB 25, 2009
22oz bomber with purple wax courtesy of 2277jf poured into a tulip.
Pours super dark for an IPA - deep, clear amber with a small cream-colored head that lingered as a cap throughout and left spotty lacing.
The nose was mainly of floral piny hops with some citrus hints along with a noticeable malt profile, lots of roasted caramel malts. Though the nose isn’t overpoweringly hoppy, there is a slight astringency that lingers in the nose for a while.
The taste is hoppy up front but nothing too bitter with a huge caramel malt base that makes this one very balanced throughout. Like the aroma, the hops are more bitter in the end and leave a slight stinging bitterness in the finish. Well balanced taste.
The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with decent carbonation and tons of hop juice that sticks to the palate between sips.
This is my first of the Flossmoor IPAs and I’m definitely impressed. I would love to try some more of this series. mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAR 28, 2009
22oz. purple wax, with thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear darker iced tea color with a nice tan head that lingers for quite a while. Aroma is citrus, freshly cut grass, and light pine and caramel in the background. Flavor is a nice piney bite that lingers, with some grass and light caramel on the finish. An enjoyable IPA, thanks again Adam! GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Bottle. Poured a hazy amber color. The head was two fingers high and tan. Attractive hop dominated aroma that included the likes of citrus, pine, and flower blossom. There was also some toffee, caramel, and light honey. Medium bodied and sweet up front with moderate bitterness. I tasted distinct ruby red grapefruit, toffee, pine, and earthy hops. Yum. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2009
16 oz draft on tap at the brewpub. Pours a reddish copper hue, slightly hazed with a moderate offwhite head. Aromas are a nice floral hoppy bouquet, not dominant but well sufficient, with grapefruit and pine leading the charge and some nice carmel malt sublty showing and making itself known. Taste starts off with a nice hoppy bitterness, citrus and piney resin qualities, light carmel malt and moderate flavors. Very sessionable, highly balanced, not a lot of malty sweetness gumming up the works. A nice hommage to the fine people at sierra nevada! Cheers! NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2009
Why not a celebration for number 800? Draft at Flossmoor. Pours a nice dark coppery amber. In looking at the description now, I would have guessed Chinook and amarillo to be involved. The Cascades seem almost an afterthought, as they are easily overpowered by the other two. Nose is nice and resiny/pungent with some dank notes and a touch of piney cheese. Taste is very pleasing. Clean, no caramel notes but definite citrus and stone fruit. Well balanced and smooth. Pretty nice IPA.
waolsen (1376) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2009
bottle. thanks bri. hazy copper pour with thin lasting head. earthy funk, citrus, big malty aroma. well balanced with good body. rich caramel, grassy earthy hops with light citrus. mild lasting bitterness. nice adrian910ss (2572) - Doylestown, PA, USA - APR 1, 2009
22 oz purple wax top bomber courtesy of Todd. Pours a dark amber caramel iced tea color with a medium beige head. Aroma of grassy citrus hops, sour dough bread, and bitterness. Taste is grassy with hints of sourdough bread, citrus hops, and buttery malt. A bit tangy. JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - AUG 4, 2009
Purple "wax". Initial burst of foam, was only a sips worth, but the hops are heavy even from that small sample. Hazed dark amber to copper in color. Smallish beige head. Pithy grapefruit and orange peel scents Dominate. Some heavy caramel and darker floor malt in the background. Heavy, but not mouthcoating or cloying in feel. Lightly toasted malt start. Interesting mix in the middle with sweeter, juicy citrus along with light apricots and honey. More bitterness in the finish as some pine pitch seeps in. Nice balance and play between the sweet and the bitter. Linger has a pale caramel and malt sweetness that seems to ask for another swig. kseecs16 (1216) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - AUG 17, 2009
Bottle. Aroma is very rich and resinous hops. Dank and sweet. Dark purple hued reddish brown with a big creamy off-white head that leaves gobs of lacing down the glass. Very full bodied with a chocolatey malt body that has a nice roast finish that picks up when the hoppy bitterness subsides. Hops flavor is dank and spicy.
riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 15, 2010
Dank orange pour nice head and lace. Nose is full of grapefruit and floral hops. Some orange, caramel, and toast. Flavors of caramel malts, floral, perfumey, and citrus hops. Long lingering grapefruit hoppy finish.