hopscotch (11051) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2009
Bottle… Clear, lightly golden ale with a small, fat-bubbled, white head. The aroma offers a mélange of resin, biscuit, black tea, apricot and alcohol. Medium-bodied with gentle carbonation. The flavor leans a touch toward the sweet side of balance and provides essences of green tea, biscuit and toffee. The hops are flavorful, but not overly bitter. Short, lightly sweet finish. Kudos to StFun for shipping this bottle to me! fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Bottle. Aroma tropical fruity, hoppy, green. Flavor also has some earthy tones and maybe a bit of toffee, but largely tropical fruit-hoppy goodness, very juicy, solidly bitter, very drinkable. Nice stuff. LilBeerDoctor (3904) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2009
Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a cloudy light brown with a small white head. Aroma of sweet mango and tropical fruits, bitter orange rind, and grapefruit. Flavor is super fruity with lots of tropical fruits (mango again), citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, and a resiny, piney hops finish. Delish! Another awesome IPA from Flossmoor.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5) JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JUL 17, 2009
Bomber from the Patron Saint of Fun - thanks, Josh!!! Hazy orange body, with some dark colors at the edges suggesting just a hint of enigmatic qualities. Very soft floral aroma to me, rather than the advertised pine and grapefruit. Certainly those elements are in there, as they are in the flavor, but this one is quite floral and graceful. The full body is very enjoyable, and there’s a creamy, almost lactic quality that contributes to the balance and lightness of the brew. Really nice one. GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2009 22oz red-wax covered bomber courtesy of dug, poured into a tulip.
Pours a deep, hazy amber, almost like iced tea, with a hefty white head that showed very good retention with some bubbles streaming up to the bottom of the head, making it a bit rocky. The lacing is excellent.
The aroma is full of citrus, but not overly sweet, with some orange rinds and slightly tart grapefruit. But the hops are not completely dominant as there is a hefty caramel malt aroma that keeps things very balanced.
The taste is less hoppy than the aroma, if possible. There is very little citrus and there is an overall spicy earthiness to the taste, with plenty of caramel malts and molasses forming a formidable backbone that the hops only compliment. The finish is fairly herbal with a lingering spiciness on the palate.
The mouthfeel is very creamy with minimal hop bitterness. It’s on the fuller side of things as IPAs go with a soft carbonation leading to a very smooth, but slightly herbal finish.
This is another solid IPA from Flossmoor though probably not the caliber of the past couple I’ve had. That’s a pretty high hurdle though and this is an extremely well-balanced malty IPA, more English than American.
User37895 (3042) - - JUL 15, 2009
Bottle shared by GMCC2181 at the NSSMNSLT. Pour was amber orange with a decent sized initial head. The aroma was big sweet malts, some tea bags and caramel. The flavor followed, big malts, good and hearty body, caramel, brown sugar, some type of seeming spice (safron?), hop bite in the finish. This needed more strong hop bitterness and bite in the finish to be worth of IPA status, yet it was a decent beer. Thanks, Gabe, for sharing! GMCC2181 (1608) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JUL 13, 2009
Bottle from stfun.. Red wax...shared at SL... Nice orange color, decent head. Malty, sweet aroma for an IPA. Taste is the same, malty... brown sugar taste. Not much on the hops but they are there. Not bad. I just prefer a hoppier IPA.Thanks JOSH!!!! tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2009
Nose is similar to a wet sock that was used to clean up spilled semen.
Poured a hazy golden orange with a small bubbly head.
Taste has a very bitter front end, and moves quickly to a strong herbal and earthy hop finish. kimcgolf (872) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 23, 2009
Had on tap at the Station. Pours to a bright ornage-red with medium-thick white head that lingers thru mid-glass and leaves okay lacing. Aroma has some of the citrus grapefruit hops of an IPA, but fairly muted. Mouthfeel and taste were was more like a Pale Ale than an IPA, with a smooth, somewhat full blend of hops and malts, and the finish was likewise. Not a bad beer at all, just not a great IPA. BOLTZ7555 (3027) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
Bottle shared with Sparky27...thanks Eric!!! Much brighter than the other IPA’s by Flossmoor (orange peel in color) but with the same stark white fluffy white head. This one brought on the familiar flavor and aroma of Lipton iced-tea. Quite creamy and better than the nose would indicate.