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Shimkos' Simcoes - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 6.47%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

White wax. 2009 release.

(Beer added by: westweasel on 04-18-2009)
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Reviews by madtowndmb1:
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4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer! It was a nice change from the hop bombs that I've been drinking lately. Poured a nice rust color with a off white foamy head. Smelled like dessert almost. Caramel, citrus, very fruity like. The taste was along the same lines. A sweet hop flavor, again caramel, sweet grapefruit and the slightest bitterness. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad I have one left!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz white wax topped bomber that I picked up @ Flossmoor Station recently. Poured into an tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin creamy layer of retention frothes up nicely, leaving a tight cascade of spotty lace back that sticks. Much like all of the Flossmoor IPAs that I've had, this has a great look to it. The Simcoe hops really comes out well here in the aroma, being floral (with a touch of herbal dank to it) with a TON of sweet smelling citrus and malt character going on with it. This just has a great smelling freshness to it, with the aromatics just popping in the nose.

The Simcoe hops shine in the taste as well, imparting a dry and spicy bitterness that lingers lovingly on the palate, with a nice sweet backing of juicy tropcial citrus and bready caramel sweetness. Really nice balance here with hops and the tanginess of the malts evening each other out well. The hops return again in the finish, just completely drying the mouth out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slicker feel and a touch of warmth to it. Despite the slickness, it also has a softer carbonation to it as well, that really helps this go down nicely for a DIPA level ABV.

This is the first IPA from new head brewer Bryan Shimkos and we've got a winner here folks. Great use of the Simcoe hops here (one of my favs!) and this continues the solid tradition of hugely flavorful Flossmoor IPAs that drink great despite their higher ABVs. Awesome stuff!

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle at the new Binnys Algonquin today.

Poured 2/3 of the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Tawny russet color, shot through with a shade of red. Sticky sheet of lace coating the glass. Aroma of strong florals at first, giving way to pineapple and piney resin. A sweet tropical hint with a slight resiny character, and the malt base is also noticeable.

Sweet and simultaneously bitter, the fruity hops are in full display with a 50/50 malt showcase. Some malt-derived caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Resiny herbal bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Big rich flavor, though drinkability doesn't suffer. The malt definitely seems more substantial than past IPA's of the series, but it still packs a punch for hopheads. Nice stuff!

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I tried this beer back on July 2 2009.

This beer has a very deep murky amber tone to the body. The head is full a rocky pile of beige fluffyness. nice retention and leaves lots of lace. Nose is of sweet creamy hops with some citrus, vegetables, and soft pine notes. I don't get even a hint of the cat pee that some have mentioned. The nose is very inviting. With first sip you get a wave of fresh fruit based hops that are incredibley juicy. Fresh and vibrant and wonderfully mouthfilling. The bitterness isn't harsh at all but acts as a perfect balancer on the back and sides of the tongue. Bitterness does build as you drink but it is welcome so all you hop heads don't worry. Mouthfel is a pleasant fullness with both sweet and bitter notes. Drinkability of this one is off the chart good. This is a spectacular IPA.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I finally was able to track this one down last week. I had been trying to find it forever. The Flossmoor IPA's are always good but I knew this one would be great. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/20/2009.

Appearance 5 - Near perfect pour. Deep amber in color with a huge amount of white foamy head on top. Really big here with a killer amount of retention. Thoroughly coated the sides and the bottom of the glass as it went down and lots of carbonation visible throughout here as well.

Aroma 4.5 - Rich floral hops leap through the air at the first chance they get. Nice tight orange and pineapple, hints of grapefruit as well come rushing forward. Really very well done here. Warming did bring out much more of the malty backbone, but I have to admit, this one was killer.

Taste 4.5 - Sharp grapefruit and pine notes stick to my teeth and tongue with the first sip. Really powerful bold flavor here. Rolling across the tongue some nice caramel malts start to show their nature, hints of a buttery and bready mix then start to roll forward. Very full flavor here and it faded out oh so very slowly. This was exactly what I was looking for tonight in a nice solid IPA.

Feel 5 - Perfect. Almost full bodied, with a big robust carbonation level and a really big, bad feel to it. This was damn good. Every sip seemed to get better then the one before that. As solid as could possibly be.

Drinkability 4.5 - Superb. ABV well hidden, flavors so big, and so well pronounced you have no trouble at all enjoying every last drop of this nectar.

Overall - I was expecting big things here and I got them. Wonderfully complex and full bodied this was an amazingly solid IPA. Rich citrus flavors balanced effortlessly against buttery sweet malt flavors. I could really not have asked for more. One of the easiest drinking, smoothest IPA's out there.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flossmoor for the pre DL day get together.

Pours a dark amber in color with a nice two inches of head. This is a little bit darker than I was expecting. Smell is wonderful citrusy hops. Very floral and inviting. Taste is big, juicy hops. Plenty of citrus and bite. Lots of grapefruit and a decent amount of malt to help support. Very clean and enjoyable. Full and bittering in the mouthfeel. I could drink quite a bit of this.
This is the first offering I've had from the new brewer, and things are starting off pretty good.

Photo of ssimpson89
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at DLD Eve '09 on location. Life was good that day...

Appearance - pours a hazed, dulled orange with shades of darkened peach. A sizable head reduces and stays at a thin finger, leaving good sheets of lace in its wake.

Aroma - citrusy, intense grapefruit.

Taste - biscuity caramel malt base, layered with light sweetness as a prelude. The hops come on fruity and juicy at first, resolving to something more dry, piny and bitter. Avoids any medicinal flavor, stays intense, bitter and tasty. Finishes dry with an arid bitterness.

Mouthfeel - big body for an IPA, very nice. Smooth, almost silky, and a tempered carbonation to let the flavors run free.

Drinkability - dangerously sessionable. I toast this one to it's compatriot brethren lost in a UPS ground skirmish. We hardly knew ye...

Photo of Damian
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Drank from a white wax-dipped, 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle acquired in a trade at Dark Lord Day 2009
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep copper-amber color with a frothy, off-tan, one-finger head that quickly faded to a bubbly mass. Thin rings of lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was intensely hoppy. Amazingly sweet, fruity and fragrant. Tropical fruit notes (mango, pineapple and papaya) dominated and they were accompanied by a rich, caramel maltiness. Somewhat toffee-ish with hints of brown sugar. Citrus fruits were quite noticeable as well.

The taste was outstanding. Like the nose, super fruity. Peach and apricot notes were immediately apparent, along with tropical fruits (mango). Orange peel also came through strong. Overall, quite hoppy. The hops however were balanced by a stiff caramel malt backbone. Brown sugar notes were detectable. The finish was crisp and somewhat dry with hints of grapefruit and bitter orange peel. Some fruity (peachy) sweetness lingered in the aftertaste.

The beer was medium bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Somewhat creamy on the palate. After each sip, the liquid left a slightly sticky coating on my lips.

Drinkability was off the charts. The beer was super tasty, smooth and well balanced. At 8.7% ABV, this IPA skirted IPA/DIPA territory, yet it drank like something half its strength.

This very well might have been the best IPA I ever tasted. Aside from the slightly thinner than anticipated mouthfeel, this beer was flawless. The folks at Flossmoor Station are definitely doing something right. Keep up the terrific work!

Photo of drunkmonk
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing copper with orange hues. Vigorous pour yeilds a thick head with big bubbles. Nice bubbly lace stays for the duration, with nice clumps of lace sticking to my snifter. Wow, nice burst of citrus and tropical fruit in the nose. Warming brings in some nice sweet candy sugars and a hint of butterscotch. Taste is a nice balence of assetive brown sugar like malt sweetness and piney, fruity hops that smack the malts back down into there place. Lingering light bready malt sweetness intertwines with with hop flavors to finish things out. The body is not a syrupy or thick as I would have expected for an almost 9% brew, but right in line anyhow. Drinkability is rediculous here, I keep wanting another sip. Dangerous. A must try for hopheads. Another stand out brew for Floosmoor Station.

Thanks DavidEddie for the fantatic extra here. You rock!

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brownish copper with a medium yellowish tan head that reduced to a thin cap that left nice lace.

S-A powerful blast of the citrusy goodnes of Simcoe hops. Touch of astringency and sweet caramel malt in the background.

T-Sharp bite of spicy, citrus hops with good backing of rich, sweet, caramel malt. Touch of burnt caramel in the finish.

M-Medium body quite sharp with LONG lasting hop bitterness.

D-Good but maybe a bit too spicy and not enough citrus but that is the only negative I really have. Adjust the hop bill, more late addition/dry hopping, and this could be stellar.

Photo of bhalter8
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying several of these at Flossmoor while in town for DLD, I decided to bring home a growler to share with a friend, and fellow hop head. This brew did not disappoint. Pours a dark brown color, surprisingly dark. A nice thick tan head rest atop, and slowly recedes leaving lacing all around the glass. The Simcoe (a personal favorite hop) comes through in the smell, and that is a good thing, a strong citrusy hop aroma, with a strong carmel malt backbone. This beer was a pleasure to look at, smell, and taste. The Simcoe hops are fresh, and deliver a nice citrus bitterness, grapefruit would be the taste. It is an amazingly balanced flavor, though, as it has a lot of bitterness, but a strong enough malt backbone to hold it up. We both easily drank the growler quickly, as the beer is deceptively easy to drink, considering it is a DIPA in the truest definition in terms of ABV and hops. I really wish I lived near Flossmoor Station, I'd bring home a growler of this every weekend!

Photo of gford217
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for sharing the Flossmoor wealth. 22oz bomber with white wax poured into a tulip.

Pours relatively dark for an IPA, a deep brownish amber that shows a little more orange under light. The head is big, fluffy and off-white, lasting as a cap for the entire session and leaving lots of lacing.

The aroma is massive and full of floral pine hop aromas, deep and resinous, as well as some sweet citrus fruits, maybe some oranges and hints of grapefruit. It's got some caramel malts in the nose to balance things out a bit.

The taste has some citrus bitterness right of the bat before filling the mouth with sweet malts and tropical fruits. The finish bring the pine hops back and leave a stick hop resin taste on the palate after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium to full for an IPA, but at 8.7% I find it hard to compare to other standard IPAs. As a DIPA, it's medium bodied. Either way, the carbonation is good and it's nice and sticky overall.

This is another great brew in the IPA lineup at Flossmoor and I'm definitely excited that there's been no fall-off in quality with the new brewer. Congrats Bryan on making such a tasty IPA.

Photo of Sean9689
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber w/ white tax into Duvel tulip.

A - Dark copper color, mirky, white head which leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Fruit punch nose, really good, tropical fruits all over the place. I get lots of pineapple and oranges with just a small hint of bitter citrus on the end. Not much bitterness at all on the nose. Is is probably my favorite nose on any IPA I've ever had.

T - I get the tropical fruit sweetness but mostly a wonderful hoppy bitterness. This is a really great-tasting IPA, I'm impressed.

M - Perfect carbonation, light-medium body, and very crisp and refreshing. This is an awesome IPA that's all gone by now (so I hear). Glad I have one bomber left!

Photo of westweasel
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I missed the initial Mug Club tapping but got it a day later.

The beer is a very clear medium amber / dark copper color with a decent-sized off-white head. Belgian lace is left along the glass.

The aroma is fantastic. It is filled with a strong aroma of pine, grass, oranges, and tangerines.

The flavors consist of biscuits and a touch of toffee in the very beginning, which is quickly overpowered by a strong flavor of orange and pine. A strong bitter bite follows that does not linger long.

The mouthfeel is medium with medium carbonation. The finish is fairly dry.

For an IPA lover, the drinkability of this beer is fantastic! This is one special IPA!!! Welcome to Flossmoor Bryan!!!

Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler
$12.95
Flossmoor Station

Shimkos' Simcoe shows off a body the color of tarnished copper with a good deal of clarity. The off white head had the sheen of an eggshell and incredible staying power. Each pour from the growler easily produced two finger heads that fell ridiculously slowly and left sticky clumped lacing down the sides of the glass. This is an impressive looking IPA.

The nose begins with a solid caramel backbone but that's quickly pushed aside by the hop profile. Plenty of citrus is noticeable right from the get go with orange being most prominent. Pine needles waft around in the back but don't let my use of the word waft fool you into thinking the pine can hold its own with the orange, because it can and does. A clean drying booziness sits in the rear that accentuates the hop profile of this IPA. There are even floral notes as this one warms up.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. A deep caramel maltiness, that almost reaches light white toast occasionally, starts things off but is quickly taken over by the dominating hop profile again. Orange oils come through in a big way with a blast of smooth and bitter citrus. Bright pine needle hoppiness follows the citrus closely and drenches the tongue in a solid bitterness. Clean but noticeable alcohol cleans it up on the swallow and brings the bitterness forward.

I'm surprised at the mouthfeel on this big IPA. For a beer ringing in at 8.7% the body is like an IPA in the 6.5-7% range with a moderate body and prickly enough carbonation to keep things moving. The bitterness coats the tongue but this beer drinks like a dream.

The drinkability is off the charts. This beer drinks like a much lower in alcohol IPA which can be very dangerous with the abv this puppy hides so well.

I was both excited and a little apprehensive to try the first new IPA from Flossmoor's new brewer. I have to give it to him; he hit the nail on the head. What better way to start off a new gig than to pump out an IPA of this quality. Keep up the good work over there Brian!

Photo of Floydster
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce white wax dipped bottle via wkycr4, thanks again Wendall, poured into tulip glass, golden amber color, small white head, some retention and lacing, aroma consists of grapefruit, orange peel, herbs, sappy pine hops, and caramel malt, flavor is piney with some sweetness in the middle, nice bitterness, some apricot in the finish, mangoes and similar fruits come out in the aftertaste later on, medium bodied, dry and bitter mouthfeel, moderatate carbonation, could drink whole bottle, smooth and hidden alcohol, not too dry or sweet, smooth, would drink again, recommended

Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bland white, two finerhead that recedes to afilm o' foam throughout all 22 oz. Deep ruby red amber with copper highlights. Orange rind hops and caramel malts combine to give this IPA a gummy bear aroma... and I love it! They must've used a boatload of malt and hops in the brewing of this beer. There isan insane malty, caramel, and sweet bread. This combines with some syrupy and resiny orange hops. The overall flavor is a bitter, but still pretty sweet gummy candy.The palae is chewy, warm, and sweet. But all combined as one. Not a lot of separation. Very easy to sip and sometimes swallow whole beer.

This is a very unique tasting IPA. A bit of a swerve from the expected hop bomb.

Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dave (dukedevil0) for bringing over a bottle of this. Had it on-tap at pre-DLD but never took notes (was too hyped for crazy sour tasting), and then the stupid Algonquin distribution kept me from getting to a bottle any sooner.

A - A little bit of a gusher. Two fingers of blonde foam with decent retention and tons of sticky glass-coating lacing. Slightly hazed orange-brown with a nice glow to it.

S - Wow - smells like caramel. This wasn't the most hop-forward Flossmoor IPA but the hop presence is pretty much DOA here. Maybe a touch of pine and grapefruit, but very understated. Even though it's not super hoppy any more it still smells pretty good.

T - Apple, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of pine-y hops and some tropical fruit and peach flavors. Again - it's a little old and faded, but it's still quite palatable and doesn't have that slightly rancid old IPA taste to it. Low residual bitterness. Alcohol is very well-hidden, especially considering it's one of the strongest Flossmoor IPAs.

M - The feel is really smooth and soft, with mild carbonation, and dry finish. Thicker medium body and not a ton of residual stickiness. I generally love the Flossmoor feel, and this isn't an exception.

D - I remember this being easy drinking at pre-DLD, and even with the more muted hop flavors that really hasn't changed. Low bitterness, smooth texture and lower carbonation, solid taste make this pretty drinkable stuff.

My scores a little skewed to what I remember this beer tasting like when it was fresh, but it has aged much better than some of the other old Flossmoor IPAs I've tried. I'd recommend waiting for Bryan to do another batch (he did at Rock Bottom, so I know this recipe is written down, unlike some of the other Brewer's Whim series).

Photo of kirok1999
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn, I love this beer. The pour is a clear amber with a nice, sticky head and a good bit of foam.
The smell is a knockout. Lots of juicy Simcoe hops with a lush, sweet malt backbone. A nice floral note meets with some rich caramel and I want to order another one. Smooth and a low carbonation level, yet it still produces a rich, dense taste. This is all backed up by the lush citrus notes and make this one exceptionally drinkable beer.

Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with dukedevil0 thanks for the opportunity!

22oz bomber handsomely dipped in white wax.

Appearance: Dark iced tea with honey corners for the body. Bright 2 finger crown with some retention and good amounts of lacing.

Smell: Loads of caramel malt and some simcoe hops.

Taste: The simcoe hops actually have a bit of a fruity flavor to them. Not quite citrus fruit like a lemon, orange, or lime. More like a slightly red fruit berry like taste. The caramel malt is flawlessly integrated.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of chewy-ness and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Me like...

This is one of the first IPA's with a strong caramel malt component that I actually enjoyed. Very well integrated.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Flossmoor bomber with white wax, part of a DLD trade this year, maybe this is the freshest Flossmoor IPA available at the time. The beer is very clear, light copper color, thick slab of foam. This IPA smells really fruity, like papaya and citrus, you can also sense a strong pale malt base. The taste is sweet in a tropical fruit way, with some alcohol burn and a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The same light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel of other Flossmoor IPA's, very tasty as always.

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Shimkos' Simcoes from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.