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Panama Limited Red Ale - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Panama Limited Red AlePanama Limited Red Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

70 Ratings
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Ratings: 70
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002)
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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Fresh growler from the brewpub, consumed within 24 hrs.

Looks like a 1/2 gallon jug of reddish maple syrup in the sunlight. It pours a deep orange jewel tone, with a slight unfiltered haze. Spotty lace, but not a ton of foam. Some lazy streams of carbonation, but not alot. It resembles a pint of real ale.

Mild fruity/citrus hop aroma, light but strong enough to be distinctive. It's hard to pinpoint the type of fruit it is, but it's very pleasant.

Juicy hops reappear in the taste. A light biscuity malt runs underneath the fruity hop character. Lower carbonation gives it a supple "cask ale" feel, although there are a few bubbles. The hops aren't excessive, which made this very approachable. Brewer's notes mention that nine malts and four hop varieties go into this one.

This is the epitome of a session beer, which is why a growler seemed necessary. Next time i'll get two, one for me and one to share...it's that good.

emerge077, Oct 22, 2007
More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- light tan head that turned more yellow as it thinned out. deep reddish brown body that was opaque and no visible carbonation

S- Strong citrus aroma with hints of pale malt.

T- Big citrus hops that are balanced by a slight resinous hops and some pale malt flavors. I little caramel malt and hints of roasted malt pop out at the finish.

M- creamy mouthfeel with a nice light fizziness that gives it more body.

D- This is a big hoppy red but not big enough to be a hop monster. It didn't really have the malt to stand up to balance the hops if it wants to be an American Amber. Nice beer but I wish it had more maltyness to blend with the hops.

rhoadsrage, Apr 19, 2005
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can see where some people will like this but it's not among my favorite reds/ambers. It has a big, hoppy taste - among the hoppiest that I've had in a red; it's more akin to some IPAs that I've had. The scent is also hoppy but not as pronounced.

This is a typical beer of what I tried at Floosmoor - more hoppy and less smooth than what I would expect for this type of brew.

MarvinTheMarzen, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, I find I don't have too much to say about this. A nice roasty quality and a decent enough taste, but it gets overwhelmed because the Nut Brown is the next item on the "sampler platter." This is actually the best session beer of the place, instead of the Zephyr. You would likely have a much higher opinion if it's the only beer you have in one night.

DrunkMcDermott, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Flossmoor Station on 4/25/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a deep, clear, coppery amber with a finger of foamy off-white head. Retains with a rich and creamy layer that that skims the surface, leaving some good looking swathes of lace back. The aroma is floral, lightly spicy, and citric with a tangy smelling mix of caramel and toasted malts in the back. This was quite nice, with a fresh lively aroma and overall tasty smell to it.

The taste starts with a base of fruity citrus and toasted caramel malts that helps balance out a nicely spicy and lightly resinous hop bite. Nice full flavors here that really pop in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good crispness to the carbonation that lies under a more creamy feel, giving the body a good presence while still staying easygoing in the mouth.

Red Ales I find are kind of a crap shoot sometimes when you order one, as the end result can end up being all over the place. Luckily, this is a really solid one, courtesy of Flossmoor, that was fresh and tasty with a solid amount of hop activity and huge drinkibility. I killed this pint in no time.

Kegatron, May 05, 2009
Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Filled up at the brewpub less than three hours ago. Heard good things about this beer from just about everyone I've talked to about Flossmoor. From a growler into a shaker pint glass.

A: Pours out surprisingly hazy, I assume a bit of a chill haze, but after a while in the open air it only cleans up slightly so I guess this is the way it's supposed to look and that is fine by me. Color is nice, a dirty russet copper with a thick and rather sticky looking toasted marshmallow head that sits about an inch above the beer through the entire drinking session, all the while leaving behind some heavy lacing.

S: Aroma is a contrast of fresh earthy hops and toasted caramel, almost doughy, breadiness. Mild tart fruitiness, like muted cranberries that sort of have to fight their way through a wall of malt and the earthier aspects of hoppy bitterness to make themselves noticed. What is interesting is that you can go back and smell this and you might get the hoppy side of the aroma then come back a few minutes later and get the toasty sweet maltiness. As soon as you take a couple sips though, the aroma takes a back seat and sort of melds into an all encompassing mash of hops and malt that is not really as distinct as the initial aroma would indicate.

T/MF: Very malt-centric opening, a mouth-full of roasted, doughy sweetness laid down in thick rows across the tongue. A few sips later the hops sink in and the beer takes on an altogether different profile, the sweetness is pulled back slightly as the earthy bitterness takes a bigger and bigger role in the overall taste of this beer. It begins as a slight drying sensation on the back of the tongue than moves forward with each additional sip, increasing ever so slightly that it's almost impossible to notice this beer changing its profile on you as you are drinking it. I'd say a good balance is struck between the two opposing sides and if you do not pay attention, may give you the impression that this beer is one dimensional, which I am happy to report that it is not.

D: Way too easy to put down a growler of this stuff, it's almost a crime how fast is disappears when you share some with another person. I can tell you right now that this beer would be amazing with anything tomato based. Seriously.

Side note on growlers:

Man getting growlers filled may just be my new favorite thing to do. I really don't think I can go back to drinking beer from bottles after having experience what a truly fresh beer can taste like.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Flossmoor.

A- Pours a dark amber/copper color. Nice 1 1/2 finger off white head makes for a good topper on a beer. Took a minute before head dies down leaving alright looking lacing clinging to the glass.

S- I smell what I shouldn't smell with this style first floral hops. I am not to argue with this because this is how I prefer my ambers to start off like. Some mix of light spices in this upfront as well with a nice caramel malty backbone that I think is balancing this nose in the beer out perfect.

T- This has a wonderful slight hop taste upfront (more citrus than floral) with a crisp malt sweetness to it (caramel mostly). The ending has a light crisp hop bitterness to it that is welcoming in a good way. The more I drink this the more to me the hops pop out and the malts stay in the foreground but still manage to balance this beer out.

M- Nice crisp lighter moutfeel to this. The carbonation was a little lacking in my beer but I didn't really mind to be honest. This is a wonderful beer that slides around the palate perfectly. A nice bitter hop resin is left on your tounge but it's so light you could almost miss it with the malts that do the same.

D- A wonderful amber that I was suprised about. This beer is very good which is another reason why I ordered another one after I finished this one!

alleykatking, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of fattyre
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy reddish copper color with a very large tan head. The nose is mild hoppiness with a slight tealike aroma. It tastes of slight malt ovepowered by an almost astringent hoppiness that was not altogether pleasant and a thinnish mouthfeel. Overall a pretty average tasting beer that is drinkable.

fattyre, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of naproxen
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I changed over to this option after getting my fill of Pullman's Brown and was not really let down at all!

On tap 4/25, post DLD and a very satisfying Flossmoor chicken dinner.

I agree with Kegatron's review below regarding red ales. I tend to steer clear of those I am not already familiar with because they really are hit or miss. I prefer mine hoppy with a malt backbone to boot, and Panama Red delivers graciously.

Right off the rip I get a nose full of piney/citrusy hops that assures me I made the right decision. Not much else showing up in the nose.

The taste comes off first with the hops that were so predominant in the aroma, followed by the malts and grains, giving off a smooth blend that is almost reminiscent of the first batch of nugget nectar I had. This is not NN, but the predominance of hops brought me back for a minute.

I finished my pint with gusto, but really had no capacity to ingest any other liquid or solid after that day.

naproxen, May 07, 2009
Photo of jsh420
2.5/5  rDev -32.6%

jsh420, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of pbrian
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a nice hopped-up style red ale with nice toasted biscuit undertones. A little rough around the edges but not to a major fault. If this were readily available around here, I'd have it around now and again.

Contract brewed by Riverside Brewing, Riverside CA

pbrian, Mar 28, 2002
Photo of DCdevyl78
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

DCdevyl78, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Gusler
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours a ruby red crystal clear color with a colossal frothy beige head and tons of lace that clings longingly to the glass. Hop floral nose, hints of malt, brisk and sweet. Quite sweet start, the top skinny, the finish has minimal carbonation, the hops pertinent to the style, the aftertaste dry, and a quite drinkable beer.

Gusler, Nov 20, 2002
Photo of Aaron_Kerkvliet
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Aaron_Kerkvliet, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of Hopmarc
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Hopmarc, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of ppoitras
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from jaustin72403. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" frothy beige head over the cloudy reddish amber brew. Dense head lasts and lasts, with plenty of sticky lasting lace. Aroma is malty with prodigious amounts of fresh green hops. Taste is grain husks upfront, with nicely balancing hop character for the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel is very smooth, and this is W-A-Y drinkable. Would session if I could.

ppoitras, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of Thorpe429
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours amber with a light tan head and some sticky lace. The nose is pretty malt with some bread, and then there is quite a bit of citrus hops on top of that. The taste strikes more of a balance, but this is definitely a fairly hoppy red ale. Good feel with nice bitterness and body. Pretty good overall.

Thorpe429, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of RBorsato
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: Tasted bottled version contract brewed by Riverside Brewing Co., Riverside, CA.

Copper-ish amber with a full pillowy tan head, good carbonation, and good lace. Nice malty light spicy aroma. Light spicy malt flavor; not overly sweet. Dark caramel malts (?) and a bit nutty. Medium-full bodied (leans medium) with a drying finish.

RBorsato, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of Ryan011235
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at the brewpub on 7/22/12

Irresponsible tick #2

A) Very cloudy, pondy rust with some rotten orange. Thin layer of foam with thicker ring retention. Thick, droopy lace.

S) Aromas of caramel, earthy hops, soft bread and candy citrus.

T/M) The thin feel has a tough time with the short-tempered pine bursts. Ample carbonation. Sweet bread, caramel and candied fruit sugars round out the middle before the finish turns bitter again. Orange peel emerges as it warms.

D) This one is really rough around the edges.

Ryan011235, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

krome, May 13, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a nonic pint glass at the brewpub.

You can smell the locomotive history at this place. This case in point pours a clear light garnet-amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises leeks, slight toasted malts, caramel, and sourdough. The taste holds notes of rye bread, pepper, light roasted malts, leeks, greens, and cedar. The body is a heavy-feeling light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a lightly smooth feel. Overall, a nice red. Straight up.

TMoney2591, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

ROGUE16, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to a colorful amber with a tint of brown and a medium thick off-white head that lingered to mid-glass and left okay lacing. Aroma was muted, but what was there was malty roasted nuts combined with a slight hoppy fruit. Mouthfeel was fairly thick, and the taste accentuated the malt-hop mixture of the nose. Finish was smooth.

Not a bad amber.

kimcgolf, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Bunnyhop
2.93/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A slightly hazy, reddish copper Red Ale, with a very large tan head. The smell is definitely hoppy. At first I taste a slight maltiness, there is a bitterness in the middle, and a bitter finish. In my mouth this beer is thin to firm in texture. Overall, I did not care for this Ale, I didn't like how the bitterness "sat" in my mouth.

(source: Beers Across America)

Bunnyhop, Jan 30, 2003
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Panama Limited Red Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.