TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - APR 29, 2007
Pours a translucent amber with a medium creamy off white slightly lacing head. Aroma of floral, citrus, caramel, cereal grains, toasted malt and fruity. Flavor of up front hoppy bitterness, grapefruit, some toasty malts, caramel and lots of hop flavor. GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2007 Draft at the brewpub. I’ve had this a few times. Poured a clear dark orange color. Head was thick and off white with good retention and lacing. Attractive aroma dominated by flowery, grapefruity hops. Moderate hop bitterness on the tongue which reaches its peak at the end and lingers. Lots of grapefruity hop flavor with malt hiding in the background. Solid beer. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 7, 2007
On tap at Flossmoor
BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - FEB 26, 2007
This marked the transition from the session beers to the stronger styles. Some people seem to like it. To me it was not a bad example of the style but at the same time I was not that impressed with it. It may be that I am not a big fan of amber ales in general but whatever the reason, this is an average beer at best.
Aroma / Appearance - The caramel body gave off the scent of hopped peanut butter and pumpkin pie. It was a bit of a change from what I usually expect from a red ale as it reminded me more of a west coast style ale than a midwestern beer. Perhaps given that everything so far had a trace amount of hops I should not have been too surprised.
Flavor / Palate - The introduction is hopped up caramel, apple pie and lemons. The bitterness is strong but not overwhelming. A chewy mouthfeel releases peach cobbler and graham crackers at the end before washing away in a resiny aftertaste. It was enojyable but not enough to blow me away. I might take a pint if offered but given the other options on tap would probably not choose this one again.
On tap (I swear I had rated this, guess not): It has a red tint (duh) with a small head and some lace. The aroma has a nice citric hop nose with some grassy undertones along with caramel and biscuity malt additions. A sharp quick bitter bite greets the drinker and is supported by loose malts and a hint of clove spice. I found a note of dusty yeast and mineral upon the finish. The mouth feel is sharp and dry yet it is softly carbonated. West Coast Amber Ale indeed! Almost IPA with the hop characteristic, more than I expected, very nice. beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 17, 2007
Pours a clear amber color with a thin offwhite head. Good aroma of citrusy hops with caramel. Good flavor of citrusy hops and caramel with a strong, lasting, bitter finish. The body is light with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Good stuff.
Arnie (274) - Chicagoland, IL, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2007
Sampler flight at Flossmoor Station. Dark red pour with a semi-thick long-lasting head. Hoppy on nose and in flavor, nice blend of hops and malts. Simple. I liked it. gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
Had this on draught at the brewpub in Flossmoor, Illinois. Dark amber pour. Very hoppy throughout, with a pronounced hop and roses in the nose. Hoppy and bitter and that’s about it, nothing complex about this one. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 7, 2006
On tap at the brewery on 10/21/2006 at the 2nd monthly meeting of the Chicago Ratebeer group.
lovemyipas (544) - nw burbs, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Briwn shiny copper thin whiteish head. nose has lots of hops, sharp copper. God. Taste is very hoppy, sharp with good malt backbone. Surprisingly good.
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2007 Had this beer on tap and wasn’t to bad for my first flossmoor beer. poured an amber body with a small cream head, a little hoppy nose with a little citrus and toffee. The flavor was suprising to me with the amount of hops that i tasted different than any other red ale i had but definetly good, also has a nice malt taste as well.Very nice a must try bought a growler while i was there of this ale. kwoeltje (2234) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUN 17, 2006
(draught at resaurant) Deep amber/red. Small cream head. Not a lot of aroma - some malt. Flavor is sweetish comples malt with a solid hops kick in the finish. Quite hoppy for an amber ale.