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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
85
very good

39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 79
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 9.26%
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-28-2002

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Reviews: 39 | Hads: 79
Photo of MarvinTheMarzen
2.6/5  rDev -31.2%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of TheDM
2.66/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours a medium head of finely sized light brown colored mostly lasting bubbles that left a good lacing. It has a red ale aroma and a strong sour hop initial flavor with a lingering red ale hop finish. Yet anothe nice brew from the folks at Flossmoor Station. (268 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.7/5  rDev -28.6%
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. (524 characters)

Photo of Bunnyhop
2.93/5  rDev -22.5%
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) (368 characters)

Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.1/5  rDev -18%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of fattyre
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (697 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours light reddish color with clarity. Smell is nice and fresh hoppiness. Quite hoppy and fruity nose. Taste is fruity and hoppy as well with a light malt backing but the hops shine in this amber. Medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty good amber for sure. (273 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.49/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Blind Pig in Champaign. Served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a very deep purple and red mixture with a nice, 1 finger off white head. It clings to glass like webs creating a beautiful looking beer.

S: I was so hyped up by how great the beer looked that the nose was a little bit of a let down. It wasn't bad, but didn't excite me. Bready malts with a subtle grapefruit and sweet berry. Pretty typical.

T: The was slightly better with some sweeter, caramel malt notes and light hoppiness to it. Also present were some notes of grapefruit and a touch of sweet berry.

M: Ample carbonation with a medium bodie and sticky sweet finish.

O: The was a decent red, but there wasn't anything that really caught my eye. Right about par for the style. (754 characters)

Photo of pbrian
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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 (268 characters)

Photo of LusciousJackson
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my hard earned Wednesday Warrior mug at Medici in Normal, IL. Nice to see a Flossmoor make it downstate.

Appearance is a gorgeous deep red. Just beautiful. A thin ring of froth sits atop that crimson beauty. No active carb.

Aroma of hops comes first but is quickly balanced out with a bready, almost rye-like spice to it. Pleasant, but not striking.

The taste mimics the smell closely. Hops, light rye. A bit of tobacco, like a cigar as a fellow imbiber indicated. The mouthfeel is full. A pleasant creaminess in your mouth.

Overall, a nice change of pace from the endless onslaught of huge IPAs and Stouts. Nothing extraordinary, but a nice drinker. (664 characters)

Photo of kimcgolf
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (363 characters)

Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poureed hazy dark amber color with an average fizzy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate toasted citrus hop aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Flavor was moderate bitter flavor with an average bittersweet finish of moderate duration. Good solid brew. (302 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of botham
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap ooured into a pub glass at the brewpub in Flossmoor. pours a garnet/fiery amber color with a tan head and mild lacings after decent head retention.

aroma is of coniferous hops mainly, with notes of citrus and light caramel malt. not uch of a red ale in the nose, albeit nicely proportioned.

taste has a hoppy backbone with a light citrusy base and a bit of caramel malt thrown in. more of an IPA than a red, with a very restrained malt profile.

mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a bitter texture and a dry finish of fresh, coniferous hops.

drinkability is decent. for an IPA, this is a solid brew, but for a red, it falls short of anything special. more caramel malt character would have been nice. (715 characters)

Photo of nrbw23
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep, clear, amber color with a nice foamy off white head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice layered lacing.

S- Quite a bit of hops going on here. Picking up floral, grassy, citrus and a nice spice. Nice malt back bone of caramel and toasted.

T- Taste is citrus hops and sweet malts. Has a nice spice to it as well. A good amount of hop bitterness to it.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

O- Pretty solid brew. (452 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (325 characters)

Photo of orfeu
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh pint at the brewpub, last day of 2006. Burnished copper, with a few stray lines of languid carbonation; Modest but dense onionskin foam cap. Fresh citrus-pine aromas; cleansing grapefruit, like a naturally-scented earth-friendly dish soap. Some bready malt notes peek around from behind, as well. The taste is more of the same, sturdily spiced with "American" hops, with a solid biscuit-bread malt backbone. Seems to be lacking any sort of fireworks, though. Easy-going lightly juicy mouthfeel, with a crisp and acidic finish. Body is the lighter side of medium. A sure-fire sessioner for certain, but not as outstandingly delicious as their brown ale. (658 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (337 characters)

Photo of davedahl
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was good - but didn't really leave me wanting more.

It pours with a nice amber color and burgundy tint (but could be brewpub lighting). Cool thick lacing. Slight chill haze. Nice resiny hops in the nose. Taste is more of a full APA. Nice hoppy aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and full. (299 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (333 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (2,493 characters)

Photo of naproxen
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (956 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass at the brewpub. The color is a deep amber. It has a nice head that is well retained. The aroma is one of lightly roasted grain with noticeable hops. It has a very malty, roasted grain taste with a nice earthy hop flavor balance underneath. It is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is probably one of favorite offerings I've tasted here. It's very enjoyable and worth having another. (439 characters)

Photo of NitroGen
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: Received this growler from jaustin72403 (Growling at the Moon GIF)

A: Poured a slightly hazy dark reddish amber. Although shipping all the way to AZ it has a strong one finger, perhaps the middle one, of off white foam that quickly settles to a slight cover and minimal lacing.

S: Bright grapefruit, pinecones and roasted grains.

T: At first, the bold and invigorating bite of hops on the tongue and then a feint sweetness of the roasted malt.

M: The slight carbonation really carries the roasted malts and the bite, but nothing harsh, of hops to the entire mouth to participate in tasting this really well balanced beer.

D: This was such a wonderful brew that it did turn out to be a session beer. Thank you again jaustin72403. (739 characters)

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Panama Limited Red Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.