The Curse IPA - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by taylorhamrick:
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
Pours out with a kind of small head, but with a more vigorous second pour, I was able to quite quite a nice pillow of carbonation. The bubbles look a little loose, but they eventually remain in a tight cap that leaves a bit of lacing. The color is deep copper, with edges that are almost yellow. The smell is immediately of pungent hops. You get some moderate esters floating around, maybe some orange juice, but the citrus is subdued. There's a nice malty sweetness behind it, well accenting the hops, kind of bready. The hops are different than normal, I think there's some Nugget in here, there a bit grassy, not too resinous, but moderately so, there's really a kind of herbal, floral note. The flowery aspect of these hops is really shining. The taste starts out with some caramel syrup, like sweet cake, very nice. I also notice a bit of a citrus taste, like some glaze on the cake. But it moves more to floral soon, with pollens, some herbs, a bit of a taste of raw honey, and a bit of some leafy and grassy tastes. There's an interesting fruit presence, a bit tropical, a bit underripe, maybe some mango and cherry, mixed in with some light esters. Then finishes again with a bit of malty sweetness. The body is nice and full, almost too full, but not thick and syrupy. Kind of chewy though. The resins don't pucker you up too much, but you can feel them. And the carbonation is pleasant, almost sharp, but not bad. The beer is actually quite complex, which slows you down, but enhances your enjoyment of the beer by quite a bit. The ABV is sort of high, but I could probably still drink more than one. I really enjoyed it and would love to have another.
07-10-2009 01:00:28 | More by taylorhamrick
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4.35/5 rDev +2.4%
Big thanks go out to the one of BAs finest, sir joe1510. Thanks you hippie bastard.
If you let is sit in the bottle overnight, instead of busting it open right out of the shipping box, you will find that this one pours a nice clean and clear (some very very slight haze) coppery light amber orange color with a nice fluffy stark white head that will not go away and leaves lacing you could climb up.
The nose here is very Sculpinesque with a nice fresh hop sweetness and malt body that is joined by some very fresh pine and citrus hop notes. A bit of perfume in here, maybe from dry hopping.
Taste is a very nice and unique flavor. This is a very Sculpin like brew. The hops begin about mid taste after a nice fresh sweetness. You can tell that this IPA is extremely fresh. Wet hop sweetness starts the taste out, but hop bitterness sets in mid flavor. Some orange peel sweetness here. The malt backbone begins its presence here, along with an earthy kind of dank sweetness, but is quickly overtaken by the oligarchy of "C" hops, and simcoe that rule this brew. A slight perfume scheme arises toward the finish. A bitter and dry aftertaste lingers on. Not quite the hop profile of Sculpin, but very very similar to me. A little more perfumey, and this one lingers a bit longer after each taste.
Mouthfeel is about where it should be, maybe just a touch too thick for the gravity, and maybe just a tiny bit more carbonation, but the flavors are so strong this really does seem like it is a DIPA.
The flavor may seem like a DIPA, but this one sure drinks much easier. A very slammable brew, the moderate resiny sweetness detracts from it slightly, but this one is defenitely very drinkable.
Overall, if you like Sculpin IPA, get yourself a bottle of The Curse Immeadiately. A very similar beer, and a high quality IPA undoubtedly. A great balance is provided. I would be willing to bet that they used some very fresh hops in this one. A great beer from flossmoor, certainly capable of rivaling many of the popular west coast offerings. Good to see some more good IPA coming out of the midwest. My eye has certainly been turned to Flossmoor, and i will be watching out for their beers in the future. Great brew, thanks again to joe.
11-02-2008 02:48:22 | More by AKBelgianBeast
4.47/5 rDev +5.2%
Received from Joe1510, cheers Joe, really nice looking bottle! Slight presence of floaties, as to be expected in a bottle conditioned beer, Average head retention & lacing
Pours a bright amber with a finger of sand colored head.
S: Big time orange peel, leafy hops & biscuitty notes & a touch of honey malt, super nose!
T: Initial tastes math the nose, then leafy hops, & breadyness. A bit of dryness, more breadyness & grapefruit as this warms. Finishes with nice citrussy hops, leafy hops, & nice biscuitty malt & a whisper of booze soaked tangerines
MF: Fairly chewy with low carbonation & great balance
Very easy to drink style & ABV-wise, my first from this brewery, Nice complexity as well. Well done Flossmoor!
11-01-2008 02:28:41 | More by russpowell
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
22 oz red wax topped bomber into a snifter glass. Big thanks to joe1510 for the hookup on this.
Pours a murky orange amber with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy eggshell-white colored head. A very sturdy 1/4 finger of smooth looking retention fires up very nicely when swirled, leaving a fantastic looking cascade of lacing behind that sticks to the sides of the glass with big swathes. The aroma is an OMG! huge citrus bomb of grapefruit character. I mean this smells exactly like a fresh glass of grapefruit juice with some floral hops mixed in. There is also definitley some deep underlying sweetness as well. The more this warms, the better it gets, turning into a well balanced and nose tingling fume of pine, floral esters, grapefruit citrus, and some light heat.
The taste starts with an intense bitterness up front that then lessens somewhat and becomes more balanced as the profile warms, melding into juicy grapefruit character and honeyed caramel sweetness that really stands out in the backend of the profile. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but seems a bit on the thinner side carbonation wise. What is there though is silky and smooth with an extremely slick feel that moves all of those awesome flavors around well. Finishes bitter and warm with a heat presence that does eventually emerge but never becomes distracting.
Wow! I guess the Cubs misfortune is our gain, as this is one top level IPA and one of the better one that I've had in a while. An awesome mix of hops, citrus, and sweetness, I finished off this bottle in no time. Joe, please send more stat! ;)
11-24-2008 18:04:04 | More by Kegatron
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
A saturated rusty orange liquid orb rests in the Duvel glass. Sticky foam billows up to the rim, two fingers capped by a mound of bubbles on top. Whipped meringue sheen, sticky sheets of lace all around. Very pungent hop bouquet, concentrated and rich, just dank as all get out. Orange and lemon zest mingles with earthy herbals and cannabis, while the subtly sweet malt is all but engulfed by the powerful hops in the nose.
Buttery smooth feel, balanced pale malt rides under the sweet orange marmalade citrus, melon-y cantaloupe, and herbal earthiness. The moderate bitterness lingers forever in the finish, not too dry, just a sly reminder to take another sip of this nectar. Finely crafted and seamless. This stuff goes down too easy!
11-22-2008 00:32:37 | More by emerge077
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
A big thanks to a kind BA who sent me this bottle. Another one off the bucket list, which seems to be a common theme these days! Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/28/2009.
The pour was very nice. A rich copper amber in color with a large billowing head of white that came up to two inches over the top of the glass, Nice and smooth settle left behind lots of side glass lacing and a nice inch of foam across the top. The aroma was a mix of light citrus hops and a nice and mellow bready malt. As it warms almost a touch of caramel comes out of it. Really very nice feel here as the the smooth and mellow medium bodied texture was very nicely balalced against good carbonation and a very creamy feel. Nice bitter citrus hops are the first thing to show up on this one. Really very well put together here with a ton of pine thrown in for good measure. Very well balanced though as the malts come in mid palate and lead the way to the dry finis and a super sessionable flavor.
Overall a very solid IPA. I am sure it was a bit more bitter when fresh but this bottle has held up well in the fridge as it was still one of the better in the style. I would like to see this one come around again.
04-29-2009 00:42:29 | More by mikesgroove
2/5 rDev -52.9%
Dyan shared this one with me. Thanks!
Appearance: Ultra turbid orange-amber with a solid white head. Clarity is atrocious but otherwise it's a decent looking beer.
Smell: Bready sweetness, light on the hop aroma aside from a touch of grapefruit.
Taste & mouthfeel: Similar to the aroma; bready, malty, subtle citrus. Medium-light body, fairly crisp. The finish has a nice big resiny hop kick to it, but I find myself wanting more balancing hop flavor. Not awful, not great.
01-01-2009 08:58:40 | More by largadeer
4.97/5 rDev +16.9%
Poured from a bomber, bought at the pub on 11/1/2008, into a brandy snifter:
A: Appearance is pure gold, very nice two fingered frothy head from a hard pour. Lots of lacing remains behind after the initial taste.
S: Citrusy smell hits you right away. I believe previous reviewer hinted at grapefruit and after a couple of smells I find that also.
T: This is just what I expected after opening up the bottle. Sweet, sticky hop explosion. This is very well balanced with a wonderful malt backbone.
M: Full,Full,Full and very smooth going down. This is my understanding of what an American IPA does and should taste like. Probably teetering on the edge of being a DIPA.
D: Drinkable? It goes without saying this extremely drinkable and a wonderful end to my evening beer parade!
Flossmoor continues to surpass all of my expectations with the Brewers Whim Series. This is by far, in my opinion, the cream of the crop. I will be buying as much as I can get my hands on. I suggest others do the same. Great job Matt, keep up the good work.
11-07-2008 02:30:40 | More by wkcyr4
4.55/5 rDev +7.1%
Served in a pint glass at Flossmoor Station 11/25/08. Thanks to my dad for the assist!
A: Served a clear, coppery-gold color. Quite still. Topped with a small creamy head that leaves a fantastic webbing of lace stuck to the inside of the glass.
S: Pungeant! Increadibly hoppy nose that features aromas of pine bough, grapefruit, mango, white grape, and a touch of grass clippings. For balance, there is a toasted malt backbone that asserts itself but doesn't overstep its' bounds.
T: Sweet and fruity with a spicy/hoppy pungeancy that's amazing. With so many hop-related flavors contained within this beer it could've easily become a messy hop bomb. That's certainly NOT the case here. Well defined layers of flavors add to the complex balancing act.
M: Oily and very sticky. Peppery bitterness coupled with alternating layers of sweet and toasty dryness. Probably the best feeling AIPA I've ever had the pleasure of drinking.
D: Increadible! Yet another stunner from Flossmoor. Does anyone know if they are going to rotate these in again next year? One limited bottling isn't enough for their IPA series...
11-28-2008 17:45:44 | More by GbVDave
3.9/5 rDev -8.2%
Thanks to DavidEddie for the hookup on this one.
Pours a cloudy golden orange. Nice billowing head gives way to a steady belgian lace. Pungent pineapple, melon and tropical fruit's and hemp seed meld with some brown sugar and a slight buttery note. Creamy and somewhat syrupy mouthfeel, coats the tongue with oily, resiny hop oils. Citrus hops and sweet malts fight it out, and the malts do a fine job holding there own. A spicy alcohol note comes in an keeps the malt sweetness in check. Oily hop flavors linger nicely. This is a nice complex ipa, the sweet malt presence and syrupy mouthfeel would keep you from wanting more than the bottle. I had a great time with this.
01-03-2009 21:27:14 | More by drunkmonk
4.4/5 rDev +3.5%
22oz bottle with red wax thanks to my friend Kunal who brought me a couple of these when he came visiting over Thanksgiving. Thanks are due to joe1510 as well for pointing him in the right direction
A: Decanting this at cellar temp into my Duvel tulip yields a sunset orange beer that's got a little haze and a massive off-white head with excellent retention and great lacework that reminds me of the Mayhem logo. Awesome.
S: Glorious hops with a massive grapefruit punch and a ton of citrus. There's some sweetness as well with a caramel/ fruity character. This one is a solid grapefruit bomb, though.
T: Wow. Grapefruit assault all the way with a great flavor, bitterness and a hint of hop astringency. While there is a little heft to the beer, it never gets to be distracting, allowing the hops to dominate. Clean hop flavor all the way with a hint of some pine and some citrus. Dry and bitter on the finish with some wonderful pine and grapefruit bitterness
M: Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation that goes really well with the resiny hop character. The finish is fantastic, both in dryness and bitterness
D: I'm drinking this bomber with no issues and could go for another...
12-12-2008 03:41:02 | More by DefenCorps
3.38/5 rDev -20.5%
Bottle in trade from d0b. Thanks!
Pours a hazy rich orange with a whitish head. Smell is very buttery and diacetyl laden with some fruity melon hops. The hops are dwarfed to me by the butteriness of it. Taste is better with nice bitterness and peachy and melon like fruitiness. Tastes better and fresher than it smells. Nice citrus rind like bitterness. Good mouthfeel and good medium to soft carbonation. Decent flavor, but the nose leaves a lot to be desired. Interesting, but FAR from an elite 4.5 beer in my opinion...
11-30-2008 03:03:30 | More by JDV
5/5 rDev +17.6%
Bottled, from the MapRoom in Chicago. Server had a heck of a time battling the wax top. :-)
To the reviewer just below mine: The varying colors of wax is their way of distinguishing the various offerings in this series. It probably represents significant cost savings versus printing new labels -- which would be unreasonably expensive, I would image, for such a limited release.
Color is a somewhat darker amber than most IPAs. Almost borders on an Amber or Red in appearance. Excellent head and lacing, etc. Looks like a very finely-crafted brew. Aroma is purely intoxicating; pine forest with hints of fresh texas grapefruit and hot cinnamon bread.
First taste was that of a Double or Triple IPA with the expected hop explosion, giving way to all sorts of complex flavors I can barely begin to describe. The follow-up is almost like a Red ale, with lots of toasted flavors, along with some mild hop bitterness. "IPA" is kind of a loose categorization, but then I don't think the brewmaster was overly concerned with trivial matters like labels and classifications. As part of the "brewers whim" series ... I get the sense that the brewer had some fun with this brew, rather than proceeding with any sort of caution.
Mouthfeel has kind of a frothy, rootbeer-ish quality that makes it fun to drink, but perhaps a bit heavy and flavorful to be considered sessionable.
In summary, this beer is all about the flavor. It is a rich and complex melding of flavors who's whole is greater than the sum of it's parts. I must have tasted about 10 different hop flavors, from fresh pine to organic citrus to a more organic wheatgrass, all in the same sip. Lively spices meld with a "red-ish" malt profile accented by notes of currant, molasses and black cherries.
This was my first from Flossmoor Station. I have always been skeptical due to the hype it receives around my neck of the woods, but I am now a believer. The "whim" series is a neat concept that embodies the spirit of a mad scientist set free from his straight jacket to run loose in his beer lab to see what he can concoct. And at least with this offering, the result is a very fun-tasting beer that excites the hop sensors on the tongue, in turn signaling the hop pleasure areas of the brain, causing my mouth to involuntarily utter the "mmmm" sound. "The Curse" is an ironic naming, as it is really more of a blessing. Perhaps because it is a limited release, I am cursed never to have anything like this again. Which is a shame.
02-23-2009 21:04:34 | More by keithricker
4.7/5 rDev +10.6%
Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a hazy amber color and a nice head that persists well and leaves a number of lacing sheets down the side of the pint glass
Smell: Nice and grapefruity - paradise in the land of the "C" hops
Taste: Rich and grapefruity from the get-go - sweet and bitter in a big way; after the swallow, the bitterness kicks it up a notch but there is plenty of residual sweetness on the tip of the tongue
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate but prickly carbonation
Drinkability: Three "Cs" and Simcoe - Holy Cow! as somebody used to say; just an extraordinary IPA that would give the San Diego crowd a run for its money
10-22-2008 22:26:28 | More by brentk56
4.58/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a small white head and good lacing.
Scent of hop, sugars, citrus, mostly grapefruit, a hint of mango and a bit of malts to prevent it form being over the top. The scent is just incredible, one of the finest smelling IPAs I have come across, with a strong hop presence, but not so strong as to burn the nostrils.
Taste of strong piny hops and grapefruit start, some earth malts come in and balance it out. Finishes with buttery smooth biscuity malts which also helps keeping the bitterness down.
Mouthfeel is smooth and slightly biting, with high drinkability.
This beer has a great taste and great balance, the Brewer's Whim series from Flossmoor keeps impressing me. This one is going to be hard to top.
11-02-2008 00:54:21 | More by paco1029384756
4.1/5 rDev -3.5%
Got a bottle of this recently from the very generous Unclejedi- thanks!
Now let me make one comment here: Why is the cap waxed? Generally, you will come upon waxed bottles which are meant to be aged for an extended period of time since the wax can provide a more efficient seal as the bottle caps do fail sometimes over time. But this is an IPA- its not meant to age. My only conclusion here is that its waxed for purely aesthetic value. To me, it seems like it is a waste, and an unnecessary cost to produce which is ultimately passed down to the consumer. Oh well, onto the real review....
Pours fairly dark for an IPA, slightly cloudy dark amber color into my trusty Bruery-branded tulip (also received from unclejedi) which helps to support a 1 finger head.
Nice strong hop aroma of citrus and grassy notes. Some toasted (nutty?) caramel malt as well.
I saw that many other reviews noted that this was a pretty bitter brew- I thought that the hop profile played through and it had a fairly strong bitterness but I wasn't blown away by it. It was very flavorful with a full bodied, almost creamy mouthfeel- although certainly not balanced. I had no trouble killing the bomber by myself with a couple slices of pizza- very drinkable.
01-25-2009 07:50:38 | More by Ineedabeerhere
4.53/5 rDev +6.6%
I was hoping to get this one on tap at Flossmoor last night but it was gone so I settled for the bottled version. Poured from a 22 oz. red waxed bomber into a pint glass.
Appears orange-amber in color with a one inch off-white head. This one is really clear and the carbonation bubbles are coming up like a reverse snowstorm and it's nice to look at. Leaves some very nice looking lacing down the entire glass.
Aroma is bursting with fresh hops with grapefruit and floral qualities being the most dominant but there is also some piney, grassy and slightly sweet and spicy notes as well.
The taste has a great fruitiness and sweet caramel at the start that is quickly laid to rest by an assault of citrus, pine, and spicy hops. The caramel sweetness lingers on beneath everything and the finish is wonderfully hoppy with a sort of raisiny sweetness in the back.
Mouthfeel is medium but a bit closer to the full side. Pretty chewy but very easy to drink.
This was definitely one of the best Flossmoor IPAs that I've tried. Not quite as good as Vishnu's Vice but still one of the best I've ever had.
12-01-2008 01:23:26 | More by roadhouse
3.98/5 rDev -6.4%
If it's from Floosmoor it was provided by fishingnet
A: Pours a cloudy orange hue with a light head. No real retention or lace.
S: Caramel malt sweetness, fresh florida orange with some light notes of bitter grapefruit.
T: Nice balance between hops and malt. Gooey caramel with some brown sugar. Lots of orange with mild grapefruit, Wow just like the nose.
M: Medium in body smooth.
D: Good Ipa
01-29-2010 20:23:40 | More by tpd975
4.71/5 rDev +10.8%
The Curse is Flossmoor's newest IPA in (dis)honor of the Cubs inability to win. This IPA has the glowing copper body of a freshly minted penny. There's excellent clarity with only a little haziness and the off white head grew to three fingers easily. The head took a few minutes to settle but got comfortable with a thick cap of creaminess that leaves sheet lacing on its way dawn and after each drink. This is another delicious looking IPA from Flossmoor.
Whew, this beer is a grapefruit bomb. Flossmoor used "c" hops galore in this brew. Their website mentions Columbus, Cascade, Cluster, and Simcoe; all of which fly from the glass directly into my nose. The aroma consists of mostly grapefruit pith with a little sugared grapefruit for good measure. Some of that aspirin like quality slides its way in there while the malt profile of this beer is almost all pale with a light drizzling of caramel. The malt is barely detectable in the nose, just the way I like it.
The flavor of this beer follows suit. The caramel is more pronounced as is a slight sweetness from the pale malts but hops rule the day. The malts wash over the tongue first but are violently shoved aside while the bitter grapefruit pith stomps all over my tongue and down my throat. This beer changes immensely as it warms. When the beers colder the bitterness is a buzzsaw along the tongue as it warms more malts come forward while the bitterness concentrates itself on the back of the tongue. This IPA is very nicely done.
This IPA starts out juicy but before I know it my mouth is bone dry with a lingering bitterness throughout that ends up doing a number on my tongue as I get close the end of the bottle. The dryness and bitterness alone raises the score for me. There is a moderate body here with soft carbonation that allows the beer to work through slowly.
This bomber disappears too quickly and I'm left wanting more. I should have picked up a growler while I was at the brewpub.
This is another excellent IPA in the series from the guys at Flossmoor. They have yet to make one that isn't excellent. These IPAs can go toe to toe with the best.
08-19-2013 01:44:34 | More by joe1510
4.65/5 rDev +9.4%
I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!
This one pours a clear reddish gold with a 1 finger head of foam. Plenty of lacing. Very nice looker in the glass.
The smell is full of grapefruit citrus up front with some pine and some caramel malt sweetness lingering in the background.
The taste....mmmm....much more balanced than what I got from the nose. Lots of hop(wet hop?) activity going on like what you'd find in a Harvest Ale, with notes of grass , some grapefruit, light pine and there to join in the party is a very healthy malt presence with a lot of caramel to take some of the edge off the bitterness. Yummy. All these IPAs that Flossmoor is brewing and they all have their own, distinct, flavours and not even close to a mediocre one in the batch. Hehe...I'm loving it.
Medium mouthfeel that borders close to full and usual lightish carbonation..it's hard to put the damn glass down!! And...the abv isn't interfereing with my drinking pleasure at all. read it's damn drinkable.
2nd pour and the brew becomes slightly hazy. Head retention is very good.
Bottom line: This is a *great* IPA in all respects. See some, don't hesitate to grab some!
11-21-2008 00:07:08 | More by Bitterbill
4.15/5 rDev -2.4%
Picked up one of these at Armanetti's a little while ago - finally got around to popping it open.
A - Two fingers of off-white foam, excellent retention & lacing. The beer itself is a murky amber color, but is strangely darker and brownish in the upper half the glass(!).
S - Hoppy citrus flavors - lemon zest, grapefruit, pineapple, pine and floral scents. Not sure how old these bottles are, but they've held up well (gotta love the wax tops, even if they're a bitch to open). There's a solid malt backbone with toffee and bready flavors.
T - Now that's bitter - really surprising for a single IPA. It's mostly grapefruit with a touch of pine in the taste. There's a tiny bit of malt sweetness before the bitterness takes off, but otherwise it stays bitter well into the aftertaste. It's a little unbalanced for me, and a little bit of a letdown from the rich aroma.
M - Good thickness, very creamy. Smooth drinking and not overly carbonated. Lots of residual resin character. I can't think of many ways this could improve - perhaps it could be a little crisper at the onset.
D - The bitterness puts me off drinking more than my one bottle. The alcohol, while not obvious, is clearly present - no deception here. It's a good beer, and I'd have it again, but it's not Furious in the way I can demolish a 4-pack.
Lovin' these Flossmoor Brewer's Whim series - they're all pretty different in character. It'd be nice to see a chart with the different hop usage.
01-20-2009 22:53:42 | More by MasterSki
3.78/5 rDev -11.1%
A: Very hazy orange in color. I split this one between two glasses, one a snifter and the other a tulip. The snifter produced a short, white crema-like head which the tulip produced a a large, big-bubbled white head. okay lacing.
S: Bread. Yeasty malts. Orange-lemon-citrus hops.
T: Low levels of pale malts. Light lemon and orange. A slight sourness and a little hop spice to it.
M: Medium in weight with medium carbonation. Bitterness builds slowly as you drink it.
D: I got this one on deep discount and I can see why - It appears to have a good bit of age on it, which isn't a good thing. I guess the surprising part is that the beer is still relatively good. Unfortunately, the yeast flavors (or rather off-flavors) have kicked in and are starting to dominate.
11-30-2009 02:23:23 | More by Florida9
4.38/5 rDev +3.1%
I picked up this bomber at Armanetti in Chicago for $9.99, along with 4 other "Brewer's Whim" series bottles. No "Curse" name on the bottle, only identified by the red wax. The beer is light copper color and transparent, with a thick creamy head which forms wet lace on the glass. The smell is all hops, citrusy and sweet. Actually you can make out some malt aromas in the back too. The taste is citrus (grapefruit, maybe orange) and a little floral, with some malty sweetness that keep the bitterness away in the aftertaste. The body is light, almost creamy like a cask conditioned ale but wiht more carbonation. Overall this is a great IPA now, and might have been even better when fresher.
01-02-2009 00:17:35 | More by TurdFurgison
The Curse IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.