Shimkos' Simcoes - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle purchased by a friend for me at Flossmoor on his trip to Dark Lord day. A nice looking white wax covered bottle.
A: Pours a nice caramel brown color with a nice few finger thick head. The head recedes down to just a covering of bubbles but leaves loads of sticky lacing. Only thing it loses a bit on is the retention.
S: The aroma is a big and wonderful. A nice caramel malt backbone with huge hop aroma of both pine and citrus hops. It is just as pleasing to look at as it is to smell.
T: The taste follows the nose. A nice caramel malt backbone for a big blast of citrus and resiny piney hops. Its odd to want to call it both incredibly balanced as well as incredibly hoppy. I guess that means its a fantastic version of an IPA.
M: The mouthfeel is medium and you could possibly even call it thick for the style. The resinous piney hops leave the mouth sticky. Your tongue wants to stay stuck to the inside of your mouth. The carbonation is perfect. I do not know how, but it is both smooth and a bit prickly at the same time.
D: The ABV makes it just a bit less drinkable than some of the others in the style. However, it also goes down incredibly smooth for such a hoppy IPA.
I have only had a sip of one other Flossmoor beer (Collaborative Evil) and it was tasty. This one could be classified as a work of art. If you like IPAs and there is any way to get your hands on this brew, do yourself a favor and do it.
Serving type: bottle
05-01-2009 01:10:53 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-30-2009 00:36:15 | More by gford217
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-28-2009 21:20:47 | More by FtownThrowDown
4.28/5 rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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!
Serving type: growler
04-28-2009 01:57:38 | More by joe1510
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-26-2009 23:36:09 | More by kirok1999
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!!!
Serving type: on-tap
04-18-2009 23:17:58 | More by westweasel
Shimkos' Simcoes from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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