Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 26, 2008
In short: A refreshing and very tasty hop-fix. One of the best IIPA I’ve ever had.fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2008
How: Tab at brewpub. Pre-Dark-Lord-Day party 2008
The look: Cloudy dark-orange body with a medium off-white head
In long: BIG nose of grapefruits and citrus fruits. Taste expands on the nose. While the caramelized malt backbone is very adequate it is totally outshined by the hopping. Grapefruits, citrus fruits, pine cone juice and some orange. Body is a big fluffy. This beer is tasty, refreshing, juicy and well balanced. Certainly one of the best IIPA I’ve ever had. To compare it to well-known high-class IPAs I’d say that the Pretty Big IPA comes out like a cross between AleSmith IPA and 3F Dreadnaught. Women and IIPAs are really two different beasts. I really enjoy a bitter IIPA but I like a sweet woman, I really enjoy a cold IIPA but I like a warm woman, I really enjoy a Pretty Big IPA but…
On tap at the brewery pours a hazy dark golden color with a white head. Has grapefruit aroma. Tastes like grapefruit, slight pine, and has a smooth sweet honey finish. This is highly hopped for a IPA. Very tasty. barleyPops (1142) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2008
many thanks to heemer77 ( Eric ) for picking up a bomber of this while on his last beer run, shared with Illini08. pours a hazy amber with a peachy glow. a one finger tan head, settling to decent lace. aroma of grapefruit and ripe mangoes with just a hint of some spice. flavor is a near perfect blend of citrusy hops along with some pine notes followed by crusty bread flavors from the malt. a tip of the cap to the Flossmoor crew, a very well crafted brew! brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
750ml bottle thanks again to Heemer for sharing at Noog4. Orange-amber pour with a wispy head. Tons of citrus in the nose (apricot, orange) and just a touch of spruce. Very aromatic. YUMMY. Wonderfully integrate fruit flavors run all through this one (primarily grapefruit and orange) with a touch of spruce at the finish and a solid but in no way overpowering presence of caramel. Semi-dry med-full body. Great Stuff. couchand (182) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - APR 27, 2008
Hazy golden straw, some creamy white head.
Delicate, clean, floral with some herbal hoppy aroma. Light sweetness as well.
Light bitterness and strong herbal hoppy flavor. Some citrus.
Thick but still playful palate.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - APR 29, 2008
Growler fill from the Flossmoor gathering. Hazy deep orange pour with a big thick white head that stays big the whole time and leaves lots of lacing. Aroma is just fresh with orange, grapefruit, melon and leafy freshness. Taste is melon, grapefruit, orange with a touch of pine and bitterness in the finish. A very subtle touch of caramel to balance it out with a very thick and full bodied mouthfeel and a spot on carbonation level. This is an IIPA at it’s finest with straight up hop juice and pretty much all base grains with a touch of caramel to balance it and give a touch of sweetness but give hardly any flavor allowing the hops to shine and it’s so freakin thick it’s like having a meal. I’m so glad I got a growler and will drink this all to myself. unclemattie (4357) - Georgia, USA - MAY 10, 2008
22oz bottle, with gold wax. Aroma lacks the pot aroma of the black wax bottle. Don’t get me wrong, this one has its own very disinct hop aroma. Woodier with citrus. Flavor is a rich carmael malt, followed up by a woddy hop character. Very bitter character. I would rather have the Pretty Big with a nice spicy pork dish. yuumy. mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 14, 2008
22oz from the brewpub. Pours a hazy golden orange with a nice white head. Aromas of honey, caramel, citrus hops. Taste a very nice balance of sweet caramel malt at first and then the hops come thru with a pleasant bitterness at the finish. An almost perfect example of an IPA. Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAY 18, 2008
22 oz. bomber shared by barleyPops. Thanks!!! Wow, Flossmoor never fails to deliver. Orange/red pour with a slightly off-white head. Grapefruit and citrus dominate the aroma. Some bready malt is present as well to add some decent complexity. Flavor matches the aroma well. Very smooth drinking, medium mouthfeel. An excellent IIPA! MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - MAY 22, 2008
Poured from a 22oz gold-waxed bomber and served in a tulip. This beer poured a hazy amber with a very thin head of lasting beige foam. A nice coating of lace was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of grapefruit, peach, honey, and graham cracker. The flavor consisted of grapefruit, mango, graham cracker, and sticky toffee. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Nice and heavy without being overly sticky or resiny. Matt and Andrew put out some really good IPAs, but I think I may have a new favorite at Flossmoor.