dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2009
hazy reddish orange, tiny bubbles for a head, nice lace. nose of citric hops and orange rinds. flavor follows aroma: bitter hops and orange peel, with some creamy caramel laying in wait. medium bodied, bitter finish with lots of orange peel in the belch! a very noble experiment, well worth trying, but teetering a bit toward the too sweet for my palate. but this is exactly the sort of experiment that is making flossmoor station interesting since bryan took the helm as master brewer. we ran out of this much faster than the chamomile wheat that was also served at this mug club tapping. wonder why. on tap at brewpub. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
On tap at the brewpub: This poured a hazy orange/amber body with a modest head that laced the glass nicely. The aroma was a really smooth blending of orange zest, tangerines, a light hoppy spiciness, and some sweet caramelly malt. Very smooth. Same with the flavor. The hop bitterness, not exceptionally strong in the original, was just enough, along with the rye’s pepperiness, to balance out the orange and malt sweetness. A dandy job by Bryan and Richard.... making a sturdy IPA even more dangerously drinkable! RAYBOY01 (2010) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
This experiment really paid off...the old Rye-PA aged on orange peels. The IPA itself has really smoothed over some of it’s early green harshness. Then on top of that you layer a very tart citrusy orange highlight and we’re all good here. Rye chewiness is still there, a tropical fruit smoothie on top of the potent hop bite is predominant, and the creamy texture just eases the delicious brew down the gullet where the 7.5% does it’s magical handiwork. Great job in the brewhouse, boys! TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 5, 2009
Special release draft on tap at te Frankenstein Mug Club tapping (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a nice orangey lightr copper, small offwhite head that dies to a film and clings to the glass sides some. Very hazy, hard to see through. Aromas are strong orange peel zest, oil and some smoother and lighter rye malts that get covered up some. Malt sweetness comes through a little, as a floral and citrus largely hop presence appear, but aided largely by the orange. If I remember right, this beer as a base threw off a lot of orange citrus in it’s hop profile as it was. This adds moreover. Initial is a good rye and caramel malt base, very much there as the orange oils and hops bring a sweetness more than an extreme bitterness. Don’t get me wrong, this beer has some decent florals and hop bitterness, but the orange oils sink in, make the bitterness cling to the back off your throat, a little grapefruit shines through, orange oils coat, rye and caramel malts come through as well. Complex, but very doable for a not-so-hophead. I liked this. Finishes mellow sweetness, bitterness sticks. Very well done, Bryan and Richard. Cheers!