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Floppin' Crappie - Northwoods Brewpub and Grill

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BA SCORE
70
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58 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Northwoods Brewpub and Grill visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 12-10-2003

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Ratings: 58 | Reviews: 28
Reviews by KTCamm:
Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Woodmans in Wisconsin. Poured into a pint glass.

Amber colored with active bubbles. Fluffy thick white foam, like snow banks. Light sweet malt nose. Nutty and bready. Light toffee malt taste, evolving hop that never takes hold. Touch sweet. Caramel close. Light carbonation, considering the bubbles. Not bad.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #57 (October 2011):

LOOK: Dark rusty amber

SMELL: Fresh toasted grain, buckwheat honey, yeast twang, woody hops

TASTE: Malty, toasty, grainy, bready, clean, light hop bitterness, spice, yeast, peppery

A very malt-forward brew—a whole lot going on here, with a very complex layered character that reveals something new sip after sip as it warms up. sometimes subtle beers can bring more to the table, even at a lower abv. That said, it is, is, without a doubt, sessionable.

Photo of cokes
3.45/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber-bronze with a low collar of pale sand foam.
Generally bready aroma with a minor toffee sweetness, a vague nod at herbal hops.
Bready, again as it travels towards the throat. Here, some honey-esque sweetness and toasted nuts add depth as it continues with it largely doughy template. Fairly clean through the middle with just a hair of apple fruitiness. Hops are meager, added a late dab of dried spice and lowly, countering bitterness.
Oily, medium-light bodied. The carbonation trickles out quickly leaving it a bit flat.
This is a non-frills, basic rendition of an Amber Ale. There's nothing particularly interesting, but it has no glaring flaws, is generally tasty, and easy enough to drink.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Floppin Crappie is a nice sessionable beer. The beer poured a nice amber with thin white head that is lacing nicely. There is not much scent to this beer....subtle hints of sweet malt...that is about it. The taste is a very even balanced beer....the malt provides a sweet back drop and there is enough bittering hops to balance the sweetness to make it very pleasant. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer.

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on draft at Northwoods. Described by Northwoods as a wheat, looks more like a light amber. Malt shows a hint a caramel roast, and we start getting into more noticeable hops. A clean finish, more like a “red” ale. Not much in the way of wheat taste, but pretty nice. If you to try this beer, though, go to Northwoods and drink it there, don't take any bottles home, as they seem to be having trouble with their bottling.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.38/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally reviewed April 9, 2005. On tap at the Gitchee Gumee Brewfest 2005. This is like a watered down, burnt toast version of their Bumblin Bubba, yet it has even less complexity and pleasentness. Vague sweetness, hints of cheap caramel and a fleeting ghost of honey. Light off notes mark the finish. Not a real drinker.

Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from sampler pack, review from written notes.

Into a stange glass it pours a nice reddish copper color. The offwhite foam has a creamy texture to it's surface, and leaves an intricate crown of drippy lacing on the glass. The retention was ok, the finger or so of sticky foam dwindled down to a thin skim after awhile.

Aromas of multigrain bread, specialty malt, a hint of molasses and brown sugar.

Fleeting flavors of toasted malt, seemingly the dominant taste characteristic, which doesn't stick around too long. Again, a hint of molasses sweetness. Bare hint of maltiness in the mellow aftertaste. Feel is a bit flaccid and bland, which puts a damper on the overall impression, despite it's decent flavor, smell, and appearance. Better than the other Northwoods beers so far... a simple, clean, utilitarian amber ale with no flaws other than it's dull mouthfeel. Tailor-made for taking cans out on the lake fishing...

Photo of ridglens
3.67/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- decent brown color, pours a thick light brown foam, which quickly dissipates to a thin layer. pretty beer. label is sweet too

S- a very wheaty-maly aroma. lots of it, so it smells good if you like that flavor. smells a little spicey, too. not a TON here, but pretty darn good.

T- a little of a let down, but definitely not bad. has a light classic wheat malty flavor. the spice from the smell doesn't come through much, and the bitterness is a little bland at the end. really good basic flavor though.

M- ok, the carbonation is at a good level, but the beer is a little thin (i might be biased, i love thicker beers).

D- decent, the bland bitterness doesn't leave you begging for more ounces, but definitely not hard to drink by any means.

Photo of woodychandler
2.82/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN't believe that I CAN't remember who sent this to me! I think that it was Chaz, but then I took a CAN Hiatus for a while and lost track. At any rate, The CANQuest (TM) is happy to be Cracking & Glugging another CAN, regardless of who sent it to me.

Ah, the Crack & Glug! I miss the auditory nature of my beer CANsumption when it is any other serving style. Bottles = boring! My pour created a finger of rapidly falling deep-tan head. Color was a cppery-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light malty sweetness underlain with a slight metallic tang. No, not from the CAN, but more likely the water they used interacting with the hops. Better living through chemistry, kids! Mouthfeel was medium with a muted caramel sweetness in the mouth. Finish was equally ho-hum, like they were afraid to let the reins out when they brewed this beer. It needed more Ooomph! I would not seek it out, but if I were in the North Woods of Wisco, I would not pass it up, either.

Photo of Wisconsinality
2.55/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to the one and only beerwolf77 for this one. Not only is he generous but has a good memory and it's little things like that show how good of a BA he is.

A- Pours a deep crimson with a small head that dies down quickly leaving a small cap on the beer. No lacing is left behind.

S- Sweet malts mixed with a decent caramel aroma. There are some faint hops in there as well and not much else.

T- Some bready and sweet malts greet the tongue. The hops from the nose pretty much disappear.

M- Medium to lighter bodied that has sufficient carbonation but also has a creamy feel to it as well. For as light as the beer is, the beer does a nice job coating the mouth.

O- Pretty mediocre brew but it was nice to have it again after having my fair share in college. It was a nice gift with some thought behind it from a world class BA.

Photo of Strix
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Darker than I'd expect with little head.

Little smell as well, vague caramel and the slightest hops.

Very watery taste. Blind, I'd guess this was a watery attempt at an american pale ale. Not picking up any wheat.

Mouthfeel thin, or maybe it's average, it's just the watery taste making me think it's thin.

This wasn't unpleasant to drink, but it fell flat. Lacking in the taste and mouthfeel departments.

Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Imperial pint for $2.75. The beer is copper bordering on bronze. Served almost to the rim, so there was not space for the beige head. Good lacing.

The nose is fresh and contains something sweet that must be the honey.

The beer is slightly sweet (that honey again), mildly bitter with a touch of citrus and then ritz cracker like malts. A crossover beer that is well executed and balanced.

The mouth is crisp and but could use a bit more heft. Could be a session beer, but I would reach for something with a little bolder taste profile. I see it won a silver medal at the Sturgis Beer fest.

Photo of demcorhip
2.81/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up last fall, tasted it then, then saved it for some warmer weather. Its somewhat dark for a pale ale, somewhere between amber and chestnut in colour. A decent 1 finger off white head formed on the pour but quickly receded. After the initial rush this brew settled down to quite a mild level of carbonation. Does manage to leave some decent sheets of lace however.

Somewhat strange aroma, can best be described as golden roasted marshmallow. Very little hop aroma, what was added was likely for bittering only.

Some bready pale malts initially before they give way to the lightly toasted marshmallow flavour, which lingers long into the finish. Just a touch of bittering hops appear, as well as a slight tartness.

A light bodied, slightly creamy ale. Mildly carbonated, and the sweet malts are balanced more so by a slight tartness than any appreciable amount of hop bitterness.

This is a strange one, but is somewhat drinkable for this fan of golden toasted marshmallows. Recommended for the crappie fisherman for the novelty if nothing else. There are many more interesting and beerlike options available in wisconsin's northwoods...

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Clear light brown in color with another flash/fizzle head and no lacing.

S,T. Light toasted bready malts through and through. Stays mildly sweet just like eating handfuls of malt for a crunchy snack. Garnish levels of yeast spice and grassy hopping do exist but are difficult to pick out of the mix until the glass warms up some.

M. Still seems somewhat thin but that's actually appropriate for the style this time. And for once the carbonation is actually adequate on the palate, despite the disappointing head.

Photo of rustycrayfish
4.14/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A wonderfully delicious treat that may make you flop like a crappie after your first 6pack. A delightful change to your regular beer or a viable option if you are looking for a new daily drinker. Don't be surprised if you are throwing POWs after just a couple. Definitely a thumbs up.

Photo of chetripley
3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a shaker pint glass. Bottle was given to me by beer club member Toms on his journey to Northern Wisconsin.

Pours thick and brown with some off yellow head that takes its time to go away. Unfortunately it was in the back of the fridge and was slightly frozen. I warmed the bottle with hot water but I think I may have put off the flavor doing it this way.

The smell was unimpressive and the taste was grainy with hints of pleasant flavors that never seemed to stand out. I waited throughout the drink to be turned on but it never happened.

I like the idea of their beer-all of them are northwoodsy (like Central Waters)- but I understand the brewery is actually a brewpub with not a lot of outside distribution. Maybe if I went to the restaurant there or maybe if I tried others I could get a better appraisal.

Photo of tavernjef
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Gitchee Gumee Brewfest - Listed as an Amber Honey Ale? Which the color seems to be, a light golden amber center with honey yellow soft edges. Thinner off-white head stayed present for a good while. Not much in the lacing dept. though. Very minimal.

Aroma is lightly toasted, kinda rice crisped cereal-like with a light leafy hop backing.

Short and brief taste of crisp and toasted malt, lightly breaded, cereal feathered with caramel and honey and a delicate leafy hop finish.

Lighter medium body, super quick and easy, not quite watery, thin overall but has a nice crispness to it; but lacks. An OK drinker to. A bit boring.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.8/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky, hazy light amber with a half inch white head that fades quickly, leaving some patches.
Smell is bready, crackery malts, with a decent hops presence. Faint, toasted, buttery notes as well.
Taste is more bready malts, with the "cracker" aspect being a little more subdued. Decent malt backbone on this one, and as the malts progress they become more buttery and slightly toasted. Small amount of hops come in a little over halfway through.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp, with a smooth finish. Good level of carbonation. Medium-light body. Slightly watery.
Good drinkability. Decent beer overall.

Photo of ZAP
2.61/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A run of the mill basic American Wheat with little to no flavor, aroma, or character...

A little darker in color than I expected, and there was a very light maltiness to it but overall it was devoid of taste and aroma...a beer for the bud light drinkers apparently....actually most of their 10-beer menu seemed to be dumbed down for cross-over drinkers....

Photo of budgood1
2.03/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours out a hazy, slightly muddled dark amber colour. thin wispy head and lace. sweet sugary aroma, ghostly mint and herb like notes. rather uninspired flavours of sugary maltiness with a strange hop flavour with a hint of bitterness. if there is any wheat in here it's hard to detect. this really doesn't taste all that good. flat and syrupy mouthfeel. drinkability isn't all that good. not impressed.

Photo of drpimento
2.26/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

hahahaha wow, this is a first: a beer whose flavor and aroma are so subtle, that I can't taste them. Now, I will admit I do have some allergy/sinus problems, but until this beer this evening, I've been able to taste and smell the others. It's extra weird because I have the feeling that the tastes and smells are almost there, but not. I did let the beer warm a bit and still.... wait- just now, I tasted some malt! Hurrah! The scores I gave for taste and smell are where they are since I tasted nothing bad or out of character. And now I did pick up a little malt. Pouring aggressively gave me some off white head that quickly died down and no lace. Body is good and so is carbonation. Color is an almost clear, nice medium dark honey amber with some tiny bubble trails. Finish is, ah, very faint and so, short.

Photo of woosterbill
3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear, deep red body with an inch of fine white foam. Average retention and light lace. Pretty nice.

S: Pure, simple, understated caramel malt. Just a touch of hops, but not enough to add any real complexity. Boring, but not bad.

T: Just like the aroma, with thin malt sweetness and a hair of hops bitterness on the finish. Simple and utterly forgettable.

M: A little thin and undercarbonated. Less than great.

D: The hops aren't prominent enough to keep even the rather weak malts from getting cloying; still, not really difficult to drink.

Notes: I picked up a single of this on a whim, and found it to be every bit as unremarkable as I expected. Now that I see it's listed as an APWA, though, I'm a bit confused. It struck me as being about as straightforward an amber ale as you can get - there definitely wasn't anything "pale" about it. I didn't get any wheat flavors from it, but if it is brewed with wheat it should certainly be called an American Dark Wheat Ale. Whatever its style, though, I won't be seeking it out again.

Cheers!

Photo of jera1350
3.42/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep copper brown color with just a trace of a head on top.

Has a buttery apple pie scent to it.

Like the nose, the taste is buttery with hints of apple pie crust, cinnamon and apples.

Pretty flat feeling although not entirely. A little beyond light bodied.

The beer drinks well enough. It's nothing outstanding, nor is it terrible which leaves it around the average mark.

Photo of alexgash
2.72/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. can. Love the name of this beer.

Mostly clear golden amber body. Two fingers of thick, whipped, light beige head. Good lacing. Very modest nose of toasted grain, subtle fruit, and very light hop zest.

Toasted malt and mildly astringent grain up front. Mineral water bitterness comes on, before bready, vaguely caramelly malt show up. There's a husky, grainy character throughout. Not even a hint of sweetness. Grainy, bready finish, with residual mineral water bitterness. Moderate body, with a slightly fizzy feel. Better than a lot of canned macro beer, but nothing to get too excited about. Needs more complexity and "freshness." Oh, and some more hop presence would help too.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a light, clear brownish-amber body with a thin, white head.

Smell: Light, toasted caramel in the nose along with a displeasing, worrisome amount of butter. Ugh.

Taste: More of that thin, toasted caramel character with a hint of grains slathered in freshly-churned butter. Finishes dry and buttery.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Decidedly slick mouthfeel.

Drinkability: One of the most aptly names beers I've ever come across. Bonus points for honesty!

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Floppin' Crappie from Northwoods Brewpub and Grill
70 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.