nearbeer (5516) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2009
Blue-waxed 650 ml, big thanks to General Gao! Translucent orange-copper with a small, fleeting head even on a hard pour - excellent. Aroma is honey and brown sugar-covered peach, grapefruit, and orange. Flavor is earthy peach, honey, sodden oak, resin, tangelo and tea leaf. Despite the lack of big foam, some beautiful soapy-drippy lacing followed me all the way down the glass. Near-medium body is nicely watery, smoothly carbonated, hop-tingly and dry. DrnkMcDermott (3120) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 17, 2008
UPDATED: JUL 29, 2008 Draft pint at Flossmoor. Guess I liked it even more than these other Flossmoor boosters. Pours cloudy, kind of rusty brown with a 1/2" foamy head. Smells of pine citrus, mostly grapefruit, and spruce resin. Taste brings up Gumballhead levels of alphas for the prickly "catbox" taste; the kind men like. Foam tickles and prickles at my upper lip. Crystal and caramel malt, lots of dry-hopping for a bitter aftertaste that lingers for hours. This is still barely out of the tank. No one else will have as fresh and yummy as we have! jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2008
Bomber at Jerry’s. Orange-amber with light, foamy white head / Nose of fresh cut pine and citrus / Medium, delicate body, a little residual sweetness, with forward fresh hops and good finish / Flavors of fresh cut pine with bubblegum notes of grapefruit and pineapple / Another excellent IPA from FS. jaymobrown (1845) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2008
Orange color with a bit of haze. Sort of like a wheat beer with a bubbly white head. Really light nose: floral, perfume, light citrus. It’s bitter but without that horrible tongue burning bitter. It’s really smooth all the way around. Grapefruit tastes throughout. Really good. BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2008
Poured an orangish color, with a small white head. Smelled strongly of bitter hops. Slight hint of malts, but the the bitterness is overpowering. Very hoppy, but not overly so. No apparent alcohol. Just a strong bitter hop and fruit flavor. Finish is extremely bitter.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Blue wax bottle. Poured orange copper color with with white head. Had a nice aroma of grapefruit, with some malt and floral hops. Taste is similar with a nice lingering bitterness. A very nice IPA. MartinT (10014) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 24, 2009
My Bottom Line:TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 16, 2008
The diligent hoppiness of this masterful India Pale Ale develops citrusy, resinous and piney melodies that lull toasted and honeyed malts into a state of wellbeing rarely seen in my neck of the beer woods.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A ring of foam surrounds the misty amber.
-Balance is achieved throughout even though the Columbus
-The mouthfeel is a cushion of which the tongue relaxes instantly.
-These guys really know how to brew flavorful IPAs!
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 On tap at the brewpub. Let’s start this by saying that, flat out, this is another excellent offering by my "Hawkeye Homeboy" Matt and Andrew. Pours a wonderful slightly hazy copper with a fluffy tannish head. Aromas are largely grapefruit and pine, ahhhh the lovely scent of the Pacific Northwest. Initial is wonderful, malty quickly building to a heavy piney northwest hop explosion. Notes of citrus and malt peek through the pine. Extremely well balanced, almost seemingly by making both tastes stand out extremely well! Finishes smooth, but leaves the piney bitterness on the palate and aftertaste, almost leaving this young man begging for more. Simply put, a wonderfully balanced and assertively flavored IPA. This is why Flossmoor Station is going places.
Rerate: Brewpub visit, 7/27/08. This beer’s flavor won be over moreso. It’s simply stunning. Cheers.
3rd and final Re-rate: This beer is not aging well. Still very solid and great, but losing the wow factor. tmoreau (4513) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2008
Sampled at AleFest-Chicago, and later on tap at the brewpub. Hazy,(young and transported) goldy/amber hue at the fest to fairly clear at the brewpub, with Matt’s disclosure of a limited supply left. Nice balance of malty sweetness & hop bitterness with the typical citrus and pine notes. Not as potent as th X-IPA, but very refreshing, and suits the warm weather better. Found it very complimentary with the house club sandwich that followed. A multi-pint IPA! iowaherkeye (2703) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - AUG 14, 2008
22oz blue wax-topped bomber, no date--thanks to whoever gave me this @ the Great Taste! Clear copper brown with a one finger fading light beige head, fading down to a clingy ring and film. The bitterness from the aroma leads me to believe this will be one bitter mofo. Loads and loads of bitter grapefruit (rinds included), pine, and some mango. Some clean caramel malts were in the background, but the hops are what this beer’s about. Flavor is not quite as big of a hop explosion, but there is still a helluva lot of pine and grapefruit again. bone dry finish, with no hint of alcohol. Bitterness peaked around a 7, so not as bad as I thought it’d be, either. Smooth medium body with light carbonation. Great IPA--I don’t think these guys are aware of the hop shortage with all of their IPA’s of late. . . .