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Celebration IPA - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Celebration IPACelebration IPA

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

25 Ratings
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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 6.7%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Purple wax.

(Beer added by: GbVDave on 01-10-2009)
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Reviews by mdm46410:
Photo of mdm46410
3.6/5  rDev -13.9%

On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in an English pint glass. This IPA poured a dark reddish amber with a one-finger thick head of tan foam that slowly settled into a lasting ring. Some light lacing was left around the glass. The aroma was loaded with grapefruit and pine. The flavor was also full of hops. Not abrasively bitter, but not much malt comes through either. Mainly a lasting Chinook bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied and clean. Light carbonation. A decent IPA, but not one of my favorites from Flossmoor.

mdm46410, Jan 17, 2009
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a warm glowing orange body with a slight amber quality to it. There is a creamy light tan head that last for a good while. There is a good carbonation of bubbles with a few popping off the sides as I swirl.

S- The full aroma of green herbal hops has a wonderful pineapple weed aroma to it followed by a faint musty quality and a soft sweetness lightly caramel in quality in the finish.

T- The big green juicy hops have a nice pleasant skunk quality to them with an earthy note yet they are still very bright. There is a soft sweet malt flavor to follow that offers a bit of a backbone for the hops to use and then it is back into the hops but this time it is a pungent bitterness that balances the floral flavors on the other end.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat that makes it very smooth.

D- This beer is all about the big fresh pungent hops with just a touch of malt to bring you back into balance. This is a delicious beer.

rhoadsrage, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz bomber, Steve's on University, purple wax

flossmoor IPA's rule.

opened during the acc tournament semi's

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, strong full amber body, garnet and apricot hues, wavy beige cap with strong lacing

smell: pulpy grapefruit, pineapple, stinging pine, green hops, nice and tropical

taste: strongly hopped, bitter grapefruit doused with hawaiian punch, pineapple, fierce pine, big time citrus hops, tea-like herbal notes. perhaps nothing will ever live up to Vishnu's Vice but this is still damn good

mouthfeel: sticky and oily, moderate-high bitterness

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%

22 oz purple waxed topped bomber into a snifter. Thanks to joe1510 for the hook up with this in a recent trade.

Pours a deep, clear, rose colored amber with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. A 1/2 finger of solid retention throws a big cascade all over the sides of the glass, which slowly recedes, leaving big swathes of sticky lacing back. The aroma is very herbal and spicy smelling hops, with an underlying thick tang of citrus, caramel malts, and bread. As it warms up more, a slight bit of heat pokes the nostrils, but it is overall not too distracting.

The hop profile is a little more busy in the taste, with an aggressive bite up front that lingers long and loud. The bitterness is kept in check however by a backbone that is equal to the task with a tangy and slick feeling mix of zesty citrus character and toasted, bready malts. The finish is bitter and dry and is followed by a flush of residual toasted notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a big creamy feel that fills the mouth with each sip and includes a pricklier carbonation at times, combining with the present bitterness to give this feel some real bite.

Another extremely well done hoppy concoction from Flossmoor, this actually reminded me a great deal of a hoppy red ale at times thanks to the beef and tang that was present in the backbone. No matter what the perceived style, I greatly enjoyed this. Thanks again Joe!

Kegatron, Feb 09, 2009
Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

Bottle from the brewpub, with a pretty purple "wax" on top. Into a Goose Island IPA tulip.

A - Two fingers of head from an assertive pour. The off white head does not leave any lace, and retains a thin ring of head. The body is dark amber with orange tints.

S - Hops all over this one, with lots of grapefruit, resin, and pine. Does seem to have a bit of sweet English type malt in there, but most of the sweetness seems to be coming from the fruitiness of the hops. A beautiful aroma.

T - The grapefruit doesn't waste any time assaulting my taste buds, with both sweet and tart fruitiness. The English pale malt does provide some good malt balance (lightly toasted/caramel), but let's face it, this is a glorious celebration of hops. Good balance of hop bitterness and hops flavors here. Bitterness and spice linger long in the finish.

M - Mid to full body, with a very silky, slick mouthfeel. The mild carbonation makes me think even more of English beers.

D - One can see the SN Celebration influence here with the hoping, but I would argue that Flossmoor did a better job balancing the flavors out. An IPA I could bathe in!

SammyDavisJrJrJr, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev 0%

a: dark amber-brown in color, ample pillowy head upon pouring with a well-retained layer of beige carbonation, some lacing

s: pungent pine and tropical hops - citrus, passionfruit, and strong pine needle tea, caramel malt body with notes of toast, rustic and earthy with loads of malt and hop complexity

m: carbonation on the low-medium side and delicate, medium body

t: flavors of steeped tropical and pine hops, still powerful with age, nice malt back with caramel and toast - the earthy toast and powerful hopping temper the caramel sweetness, finish turns towards a moderate-high bitterness with lingering flavors of hop tea and toasted malts further asserting themselves over the caramel, a bit rough around the edges - assertive in both malt and hop - just how I like my IPAs

d: easy, a fine ipa

purple-waxed bomber from dirty lewis, thx dood

blackie, May 19, 2009
Photo of b3barron
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Purple wax edition. Poured into a customized imperial pint glass. Pours beautiful deep ruby color with good clarity and a inch and a half of frothy head. Pretty good retention.

Earthy, herbal hops are at the forefront and a pronounced bitterness lingers. Carmel malt takes a backseat but keeps the hops in check. The hop character almost reminds me of spiced cider with orange rind. Perfectly carbonated and very tasty.

Not my favorite of the Brewer's Whim series but a very good beer nonetheless. I really hope Flossmoor Station keeps cranking out these small batch IPAs because they are all good and a couple were among the best I've ever had. Cheers to them for some memorable beers!

b3barron, Feb 01, 2009
Photo of errantnight
4.18/5  rDev 0%

Thanks Joe1510

Pours a luminescent, slightly hazy amber with a full finger of head. Tenacious head, a creamy foam that stays on, thin, all the way down.

If you tossed me a glass of this I'd tell you straight up this is an amber... and that's not a knock on this.

Aroma is a bit of spectacular grapefruityness rolling into a passion fruit, floral background. Sweet with a bit of caramel and grape.

A bit sweeter through the middle than the nose promised, despite the dry finish. Notes of grape and toffee from the caramel malts dominate the mid palate before finishing in a slightly ragged bitterness. All around the edges the softer floral and citrus notes reign. Pine-y, resin-y on the finish. Sticky.

Incredibly smooth, medium bodied. Great carbonation.

The drinkability is knocked down just a tad due to some lingering sweetness, but the body makes this superbly drinkable, and it's a pleasure to inhale between sips.

Love the experimentation and the refinement in Flossmoor's IPAs (all both of them, now). Bring them on!

Thanks again, Joe.

errantnight, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Purple waxed bomber purchased at Flossmoor Station.

Not what I was expecting, kind of caught me off guard. Pours a dark ruby brown in color. There's about a half inch of head that forms on the pour. Smell is piney hops, but plenty of roasted malts to support.
Taste is more bittering hops. A little thin in the mouthfeel. This tastes like a hoppy, amped up red, or amber. Very enjoyable and well crafted.
I'll have to crack my bottle of Ore-Gone to get my Flossmoor IPA mind straight.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

Served in a 12oz tulip at Flossmoor Station 1/2/09.

A: Served a dark-amber/tarnished-copper color with a tiny off-white head. The head receded quickly and left no lace behind.

S: Big, fresh-squeezed pine cone nose on this one. As it warmed, aromas of toasted malt, citrus, and caramel emerged.

T: Fresh-cut pine bough and caramel as well as toasted malt, pineapple, and the unmistakable spicy flavor of Amarillo hops.

M: Oily, sticky, resinous hops with a nicely dry/astringent hop bite in the finish. Great sweet balance from the caramel malt.

D: Yet another winner in the Brewer's Whim series. I also picked up the bottled version at the bar...can't wait to crack the wax!

GbVDave, Jan 10, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -12%

22oz bottle received in trade from jchampl. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Yeasty, tannish, amber with a 1/2 finger of tan head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. A thin collar remains. Lots of sticky lacing chases the beer to the bottom of the glass.

S - Citrusy hops, mainly oranges and sugary sweet malt dominate. Some caramelized sugar & molasses (more like unfermented malt extract) hit the nose too. Gives an overall fruity impression without a lot of hoppiness.

T - Taste follows the aroma closely. Lots of maltiness, light molasses, some yeastiness. This is a fairly bitter beer, but the hop bitterness fights to keep up with the malt. Some fruity and citrusy hop flavors struggle to come thru too, but barely make it. This is a malty IPA overall. I see no mention of brewed on/best before date, but I hear that this is probably more than several months old and maby be the cause of lack of hoppiness here.

M - Medium body. Overall, gives an impression of sweetness that lingers. Carbonation is medium, just prickly enough to give some character. Pretty good overall.

D - Overall, a decent IPA, more English in style than American, at least at this stage of its maturity. Hops are definitely American varieties, but the balance of bitterness, flavor, fruity esters, and malt sweetness, screams English IPA.

portia99, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of TomGavin
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

22oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep red, just before crimson, with a brown hue and copper highlights. The head is off white and builds to 1/4 inch for a few seconds before leaving no lace and miniscule bubbling. Darker than the majority of IPAs I've come across.

S: Hawaiian punch tropical fruit; lychee, mango, and pineapple all overwhelm the the nose. There is also some canned pear--like the Mott's I used to eat in my bag lunch as a kid. The hops provide a pine backdrop, but it is difficult to detect behind the fresh fruit--truly unique.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

T: The fruit translates beautifully; caramel sweet grapefruit touches down before the hops come on full force drying the tongue and wiping the sweetness and leaving for the first time a bit of malty sweetness.

D: For 7.1% I've encountered better drinkability in similar IPAs. The only downfall to a masterly crafted ale.

Comment: I'm having a hard time finding fault with Flossmoor Station and this IPA is no exception. Seek out and drink immediately.

TomGavin, Mar 12, 2009
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4.6/5  rDev +10%

Pours a nice ruby color with two fingers of white head.

Scent of strong piny hops, citrus, and some caramel malts. I love hops, but the strength of the hops made it a bit unbalanced.

Taste is exactly the same, a very strong piny hops flavor, citrus, and caramel malts. An excellent IPA, but somewhat unbalanced, but that won't stop me from having more of this delicious beer.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

22oz bomber with purple wax courtesy of 2277jf poured into a tulip.

Pours super dark for an IPA - deep, clear amber with a small cream-colored head that lingered as a cap throughout and left spotty lacing.

The nose was mainly of floral piny hops with some citrus hints along with a noticeable malt profile, lots of roasted caramel malts. Though the nose isn't overpoweringly hoppy, there is a slight astringency that lingers in the nose for a while.

The taste is hoppy up front but nothing too bitter with a huge caramel malt base that makes this one very balanced throughout. Like the aroma, the hops are more bitter in the end and leave a slight stinging bitterness in the finish. Well balanced taste.

The mouthfeel is on the fuller side of medium-bodied with decent carbonation and tons of hop juice that sticks to the palate between sips.

This is my first of the Flossmoor IPAs and I'm definitely impressed. I would love to try some more of this series.

gford217, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of joe1510
4.43/5  rDev +6%

64oz Growler
$14.95
Flossmoor Station

Celebration IPA fills this Goose Island willi glass with a deep amber red liquid that has this crazy ability to glow when backlit. A few areas of the glass release the occasional carbonation bubble that zigzags its way up to the surface. The head is a dense dirty white mound of meringue-like foam that shows an aptitude for stickiness. Lacing coats the walls of the glass in sheet form before most of which slides back into the body after a short time leaving some chunkiness behind.

Wow, each time my nose sticks itself in the glass all those tiny hairs stand on end from the extensive hoppiness. If the nose is any indication this is going to be my kind of IPA. The smell of this IPA right off the bat is that of pure, unadulterated, freshly pressed grapefruit juice with a strong undercurrent of broken pine needles. The little bit of malt that's in the nose is cake like but I have to work to pick that up. This is a juicy, resinous hop bomb of a hop bomb. There's a super fruitiness down in there as well hat reminds me of candied orange peel. I'm drooling over here.

The cake-like maltiness stands out a touch more than the nose suggested and is joined by a drizzling of caramel but this beer is squarely hop forward. The maltiness or lack there of, actually lead the way but is quickly batted aside by the mouthful of pine needles that I am now chewing on. From mid-palate on the bitterness grows and is met by mouth puckering grapefruit pith and mild orange peel. This IPA has all the classic hoppy flavors I love to find.

Celebration IPA has a medium body with a nice dry finish. The dryness on the swallow works to accentuate the bitterness oven more. The pine seems to have a buzzsaw effect across my tongue and I thoroughly enjoy every second.

This IPA is a sheer joy to drink and does down far too easy for the abv. The bitterness is tongue stomping but each drying drink calls for another soon after.

From what I understand this was based on Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale and is fairly close. I've been crazy about any and all IPAs I've had from the guys at Flossmoor and this is no exception. Yet another wonderful addition to an already world class lineup.

joe1510, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%

Intriguing. Not a straightforward IPA, by any means.

Pours a dark reddish amber. Murky ... doesn't look like a typical IPA. Smells is pure grapefruit, but not sweet white grapefruit, this is the pulpy, pink stuff.

Taste is overwhelming bitter grapefruit with a touch pine, and the mouthfeel is thick and chewy. There's a strange spicy herbaliness on the back of my tongue as a I sip it.

Thanks to d0b for the brew!

Overlord, Feb 04, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev 0%

Light beige head with som stickage and retention atop a blood-orange tawny so hazey you can barely see the awesome bubbling. Mango-piney-grapefruit aroma. Complex hops dominate this aroma with maybe some sweet toasted malts that maybe mellow out this hop-sickle. Pretty fruity IPA. The grapefruit rind hops and deep toasted malts mix to create some mango and guava tropical fruit flavors. Prickly and resiny mouthfeel help develop the earthy notes of this beer. Very hoppy, but complex and well rounded

scruffwhor, Mar 30, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%

I got this bottle in a trade with TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!!

It pours a hazy red amber with a 1 finger head of foam. It's loaded with lacing and the head looks like it's going to stick around.

The smell is of grapefruit and pine...big time. A light nose of malt eeks through but this definitely hoppy to the hilt.

The taste starts off with grapefruit and pine with a good malty sweetness coming through shortly thereafter. I'm also getting some apricot and a light note of bread. Very interesting tastes here as up front, this is *very* hoppy but from about mid palate on, the hops fade a wee bit allowing some of the malt character to shine through. The finish is a nice mix of both with the edge going to hop bitterness leaving it dry with a short aftertaste. More sips in and I find the bitterness seems to grow leaving the malt behind. No more semblance of balance. :^( That's ok though...

The mouthfeel and carbonation are both medium and nice.

Drinkability? The first half of the bottle said it would be great but things slowed down as the bitterness got stronger. Still, there'll be no problem finishing the bottle and the alcohol is a non factor, as I've come to expect from the IPAs/DIPAs of Flossmoor, one of the brewers that make the very best of the styles in the whole of the US. Well done.

Bitterbill, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Figured I'd better make some notes on this at Sheffield's Beer Festival before the obvious palate fatigue and drunkenness inherent in drinking 12 brews in 3 hours. From a firkin into my glass.

A - Opaque, attractive, apricot/copper color, with a small off-white head that lingers. Obviously not much visible carbonation here.

S - Terrific! Tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, oh my! Citrus hops and pine balanced with a strong and sweet malt backbone. I find this to be really well balanced, like most of my other experiences with Flossmoor.

T - Strong hop bitterness at first, which then melts into a background sweetness. There's something about this brew that tastes incredibly fresh (perhaps the fact that it's really new!). The citrus notes in the taste are more on the grapefruit/lemon side, and there's also a bready quality that comes out.

M - This is a beer that works in a terrific way from the cask. It's resinous, smooth, creamy, and super refreshing even without the regular carbonation.

D - You can't taste the 7.1%, and the low amount of carbonation makes this really easy to chug down. The only thing preventing a perfect score is the lingering hop bitterness.

This is a terrific IPA - I'm looking forward to trying out other serving types (bottle, on-tap) to see how they vary.

MasterSki, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%

A: VERY cloudy, light brown in color with a sizable, thick, tan head resulting in maximum lacing.

S: Loads of citrus hops with some background accents of pine and a little caramel malt.

T: Wonderfully complex. Malty with a slight Belgian-style PA sourness. More citrus hops and a mild bitterness.

M: On the thicker side for an IPA with a hidden carbonation.

D: A very interesting and enjoyable, balanced IPA. Very complex flavors, not overly hoppy, but not lacking hops either. Not sure I could have two of these in a row, but a bomber went down easy.

Florida9, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%

Kudos to Masterski for providing this gem in a recent trade. Thanks... Excellent beer

A finger of off white head forms atop this brew. Nice retention. The beer is darker in color then I had expected. A deep rich Amber color with mostly brown highlights. Pretty good clarity, but again, very dark in color.

Aroma is very interesting. Leads you to believe that this will be a balanced IPA. Some floral, perfume notes, but also a nice scent of toasted malt with a little sweetness.

Man, this is a wonderful beer. The balance is certainly there. Initial sweetness gives way to a toffee flavor and some nice deep malt tones. Then the burst of hop flavor comes in.. Very rounded and smooth flavors... Just mellows out to a wonderful hop finish. I can't really say whether it falls mostly on the grapefruit or Pine end of the spectrum. I think I'd have to say leaning Pine and pine resin like.

Mouth feel is full bodied and almost creamy. Real silky smooth texture.

Wonderfully drinkable. Really nice beer. I'll need to grab some more on my next trip to the Midwest or trade for this again.

Reagan1984, Mar 06, 2009
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4.2/5  rDev +0.5%

A buddy picked up a bottle of this delicious nectar for me from Armanetti's for $9.99. All of the previous Brewer Whim IPA's I've had have been pretty damned tasty. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Purple Wax.
Flossmoor IPA 5 of 10

Appearance- Pours a fairly dark brownish orange with a decent one finger off-white creamy head that recedes fairly slowly. A nice cap and collar remain leaving some random web like lacing.
Smell- Very fresh and fruity with plenty of vibrant citrus including, but not limited to, grapefruit, orange peel, some pineapple and some light banana puree. Floral as well with some rose hips and lilac. A light bit of toffee and alcohol try to cut through all the hops but for the most part, are unsuccessful.
Taste- Maltier than I was expecting but don't let that fool you. Plenty of fresh bitter hops to go around. Some light candied caramel malts add a bit of balance at the beginning before the hops take over. Very herbal, earthy and piney with a nice citric kick to finish. Super pithy grapefruit and orange leave a raw bitterness toward the finish. A bit of alcohol in the finish with plenty of lingering hoppy goodness.
Mouthfeel- Medium-ish body with a soft oily feel and light crisp carbonation.
Drinkability- Not really sure it could possible be any better. I've had SN Celebration Ale a couple times but never in a setting that I really thought about what I was drinking. I just remember it being tasty and fairly balanced. This has that same thing going. Enough malt to make this über drinkable but not enough to let that spicy hop bite shine. Really good stuff!

younger35, Jan 18, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +6.9%

22oz brown bomber with thick purple wax poured into an imperial pint.

A- This beer is a dark amber and totally opaque. Some red highlights from the bottom of the glass. Not a big head, but great retention and excellent lacing.

S- Fresh smelling with lots of grapefruit and citrus hop notes. Can't really smell the malts.

T- Man, this beer is good. Sweet grapefruit up front dominates, but I love it. Nice bitterness to the finish. No alcohol taste and very fresh tasting.

M- Full body and low carbonation. Goes down easy.

D- I wish I bought 4 bombers. I might not have made it that far, but this beer just makes me want another and another. Great.

akokandy, Mar 26, 2009
Celebration IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.