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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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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

birchstick, Mar 31, 2012
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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of Treebs
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Treebs, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: This beer was expertly poured by our very friendly bartender at Flossmoor Station this past Sunday afternoon. It was a deep, brownish-red with a very thin head and just a touch of haziness.

SMELL: The nose was of a medium intensity and aromas of rye and floral hops came through. Exactly what I would expect a Red Ale to smell like.

TASTE: A big, biting rye flavor hits the palate up front which creates a pleasantly bitter base that gets washed away by a slightly sweet honey finish. The aftertaste, however, is more on the bitter side, but ends up being a very nice balance.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a fairly well-carbonated, nice, dry beer. By mid-pint the dryness builds to a point where it is just a touch abrasive, but nothing that ruins the beer, but some drinkers may have a hard time powering through it.

OVERALL: The Red seems to be a staff favorite at Flossmoor station and there is a good reason why - it is delicious. This is a well-crafted beer and is certainly worth the drive down from the City.

StoneTSR, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Bigelos Bistro in a pint glass. Comes out a deep red color, clear, with a little brown tint. Two-finger head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a little ringed lacing and a small creamy cap on top.

Nice aroma of slightly citrusy hops with a hint of pine oil. A touch of caramel malt and a note of spiciness.

Nice flavor mix. Reminds me of a rye IPA. Plenty of piney hop bitterness, and some spicy rye-like flavors blending in as well. Enough caramel malt to achieve a nice balance.

Medium consistency in the mouthfeel with some hop oil traits. Very drinkable and enjoyable. Recommended for sure.

FanofHefe, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of LusciousJackson
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

LusciousJackson, May 18, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

nrbw23, May 10, 2011
Photo of IchabodcraneIpa
4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this served in a pint glass at the station itself

The color of this one was a deep reddish brown that was brilliantly clear with a little half inch head of white foam.

The smell was some hops to the nose with a bit of malts and other spices added.

The taste of this one was surprisingly piney hopped at first, then it changed to a perfect blend of malts and spices with a clean finish.

The mouthfeel was a very nice relatively light clean ale feel with a thin bubbly carbonation factor.

I could drink this one all day it was on special today and I found it to be rather enjoyable especially with a burger from the brewpub.

IchabodcraneIpa, Feb 22, 2011
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 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 jrallen34
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, one of the highlights of a nice 12 sampler...Pours a dark copper with a light amber. The head on this makes the appearance, a awesome tope head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass the whole drinking experience top to bottom...The aroma is like a malty ipa, lots of caramel, with grass wet hops, its really appetizing...Taste is grass hops that have a fresh bite which is nice, maybe that bite is the rye. Very fresh and clean to hops, super fun and easy to drink.

A brew worthy of getting.

jrallen34, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tmoneyba, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of bruachan
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not sure why this beer makes a reference to Central America. it pours a very attractive and deep ruby red and starts off with a decent head. this eventually waned, though never fully set sail

aroma hops are (with limited confidence) smelling of...nevermind...not gonna waste my breath guessing. i haven't brewed in ages so my hop detector is way out of calibration. clean american hop smells, featuring (besides citrus--thoroughly grapefruity) plenty of juniper and coolness, with a touch of a perfumy element. malt sweetness is apparent--a touch of bready.

very grassy, woody and herbal hop flavor dance with robustenough caramel and biscuit malt contributions. the hop has a cooling effect and is somewhat minty. fruity elements shine through: dark cherry, currant,

mouthfeel carries the hops well, delivering the requisite malt to keep everything in balance

this is a damn tasty beer. totally hoppy but pulls off a decent balancing act with malt contributions.

bruachan, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know if it's just a lazy reference, or if a beer's name and color do something to my brain that makes me interpret their flavors differently, but I've always thought a good red ale has a pleasantly rusty taste to it. Sometimes the malt is too sweet and you don't get the redness. Sometimes there are too much hops.

The best reds, the rare ones, are the ones that let the rustiness come out against a firm hop profile and then get a tiny bit sweet at the end.

And, lookee here, this is one of those rare ones.

Regular pour. Dark red with a nice head.

Smells and tastes like I said: kinda like a medium-hopped APA only with an amped up, earthy malt flavor that's a cross between fresh potting soil, rust, and sugar cookies. Wonderful blend, it's still beery and hoppy, but it's also still a red ale.

mynie, Nov 24, 2009
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 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 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 rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a well hopped rendition of the style with a head that isn't aggressive but well formed and mildly lacy. a grapefruit and yeast odor that's a tad earthy. palate had some orange peel in it too. quite grainy. a interesting texture of husk that gave it a woody nature. well malted. very balanced beer.

rtepiak, Jun 17, 2009
Panama Limited Red Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.