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Floppin' Crappie - Northwoods Brewpub and Grill

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BA SCORE
71
okay

51 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 20.21%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DrunkMcDermott on 12-10-2003)
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.33/5  rDev +14%
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.

BeerAdvocate, May 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -14.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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2/5  rDev -31.5%

richkrull, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.45/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

cokes, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of WoodBrew
3.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

WoodBrew, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.2/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 10, 2003
Photo of CharlesDarwin
2.38/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

CharlesDarwin, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of KTCamm
3.58/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

KTCamm, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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...

emerge077, Aug 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerFMAndy, Aug 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

enelson, Feb 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

kdwruck, Jul 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Kmcvey99, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

yankinwis, Jun 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +19.9%

FFATS, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of ridglens
3.63/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

ridglens, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of nsiergiej
3/5  rDev +2.7%

nsiergiej, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

woodychandler, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of Azpittil57
2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Azpittil57, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Wisconsinality
2.5/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

Wisconsinality, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of Strix
2.83/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Strix, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

Redrover, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of demcorhip
2.8/5  rDev -4.1%
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...

demcorhip, Jul 07, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -5.8%

NEDmiller, Apr 18, 2012
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Floppin' Crappie from Northwoods Brewpub and Grill
71 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.