madmitch76 (24807) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JUN 17, 2012
24th April 2010crossovert (12934) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Slightly hazy amber beer, tiny white head. Piney - grapefruit hop nose. Light palate, a little soft and a little dry. Fresh fresh hops. Piney minty grapefruit with a drop of sweet lime. Actually not too bitter at all, just loads of lovely fresh hop fruits. Finishes semi soft and semi dry with a little aniseed. Lovely!
I think this is the beer I’m about to have, has purple wax.
It struggles to form a decent head but when it does it is a thin soapy looking head. The beer is a hazy coper/amber color with slight hints of orange.
It smells pretty good with a ton of citrusy hops and the smallest touch of pine. Very nice nose.
The flavor is a bit of a downer though, it is very nicely bitter but the hops aren’t flashy, just one dimensional, theres not any citrus, just a hint of piney bitterness left. As it warms th citrus flavors come out more and it gets better.
It is an okay IPA, but if Flossmoor were to pick a recipe to make standard this would not be the one.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 03-01-2010 03:58:13 TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a nice golden amber, some touches of darker bits, decent haze, an offwhite medium head that laces ok, stays solid at a good level. Aromas are heaven: slanted towards a bountiful citrusy hop explosion: lemon, grapefruit, orange, moving to gumball sweetness, Amarillo is definitely a focal point, with good pale malt base, a touch of thicker, heavier caramel. Florals, this Amarillo bomb is awesomely intense with just a touch of dank pine and weeds creeping in. Initial is a good citrusy and lemon blast, bitter with florals and grass coming in behind. Medium bodied, pretty strong bitterness as the pale malts and touch of caramel slip behind, bread and cereal grains becoming well covered up. This beer coats the palate well, leaving a long lasting bitterness, intense citrus and slightly sweet flavors, with the hops stealing the show. Bryan’s best IPA yet, edging out Shimkos Simcoes. Finish is dry, bitter and citrusy. Cheers! riversideAK (6261) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - APR 15, 2010
Nose is of grapefruit and floral PNW hops followed by some caramel and toffee, I noticed a bit of mustiness as well. Pours golden amber with great head and lace - nice retention, creamy foam. Nice looking like all their IPA’s really. Flavors of caramel, musty malt notes, toffee, medium bitter grapefruit and floral hops that linger forever like chewing on citrus rinds. Not bitter or abrasive, but that kind of flavor profile. A touch of alcohol is noticeable, body is medium, smooth drinking solid IPA. Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 23, 2010
With IPA as my favorite style, I think that brewmaster Bryan Shimkos made this with my 5000th rating in mind. I had a few of these at the mug club tapping for it... and, No, IPAs are not sessionable! It had an amber body with a thick and sustained white head. Lots of lace. The aroma was HOPS! Starting with pine, adding grapefrut zest and lemon zest and a touch of the floral, the serious hop aroma overwhelmed the malt. The malt appeared with just enough of a caramel and grain sweetness to provide a sturdy enough backbone for the strong hop flavors and solidly bitter bite. The finish was a lingering dry, citrusy & piney bitterness that kept my cracking lips in a smile. And what flamora! Thanks to Bryan and the crew for this latest treat.
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 8, 2010
Sampled at the Guess Who’s Back tasting. Thanks Mmmckay! copper pour. citrus resinous nose. Decent flavor. Nicely done. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2010
Bottle, purple wax. Burnt orange pour with sparse clouds of off white head. Aroma is pretty stunning. Big citrusy aroma awakens my nostrils, grapefruit, orange, lemon. A light sweet bit of sweet pale malt. Flavor is citrus, nicely bitter, with some pine and grass. Light sweet malt and some caramel backing. Nice medium body with good carbonation and a citrusy bitter finish. This is what IPAs are about. LilBeerDoctor (3930) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 22, 2010
Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear deep orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt. Flavor of bitter hops initially with a sweet citrusy finish and some hop oils. Very tasty IPA, one of the better recent ones that I’ve had.
8/4/8/4/16 [4.0/5] drewbeerme (3920) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 20, 2010
22oz bottle. I don’t think the newer fs ipa bottles are showing as well in the bottle as they are on draft, I haven’t had a lot of them on draft but this and fudob scored very well on draft and so I picked up bottles and they aren’t that good esp at $10/bottle. So this is my last fs ipa bottle for a while. It poured a slightly hazed golden with white head. Nose has earthy hop resin, slight perfume, and honeydew. flavors are sweet orange and tangerine, grapefruit rind, and a dry honeydew finish. Thin body. So it’s a nice balanced ipa with good hop flavor (not explosive) and a pretty weak nose. I’ll try and enjoy fs beers on tap from now on. TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2010
22 oz bottle. Misty brown with a lacy beige head. Nose is toffee, orange, pine and pepper. Resiny medium body with mild carb and chewy hops. Taste is pink grapefruit, peach and citrus peel. Clean and well balanced with a short bitter finish.