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Hop Huffer - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Ratings: 25
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Brewed once, released September 2009.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-06-2009)
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Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it's sitting across the table but throwing great scents my way

hazy amber orange with some sudsy head

juicyfruit aromas: immense, zesty citrus, mint. not much pine, which is a nice change from the norm.

good, robust, woody bitterness (it really hangs on the tongue) with excellent hop depth. mint. dry, nutty malt contribution

this brew seems somewhat of a paradox in that it seems at the same time simple and complex

Serving type: bottle

Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bright orange, full of haze with a thick white head. This did fade rather quickly and left behind a good lace, looks yummy. Smell was a hop bomb, no other way to put it. Huge strong flavors of grapefruit and pineapple, with a slight touch of alcohol, but not too strong, just a refreshing clean crisp smell that really made me want to dive in. Strong classic west coast hop bomb. Enormous citrus hops, pine resiny goodness, huge flavors, nothing subtle here, Sooo smoothe, crisp, perfect fullness and feel. Big dry bitter finish capped it perfectly.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of jwinship83
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

650ml capped and waxed bottle that i was given by a coworker. the wax was hard to get through. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a slightly hazy golden orange colored body with a finger and a half of bright white head on top. the head falls pretty fast and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- my initial thought about the nose is that the hops have seen better days. some piny and grapefruity hops. some sweet caramel malts. this seems to be somewhat balanced. who wants that?

T- the taste starts out with some sweet caramel malts and quickly moves onto the hops. lots of the piny and citric (grapefruit and some orange) hops. not as faded as i would have guessed from the nose.

M- medium bodied and well carbonated. the alcohol seems pretty well hidden. decently bitter.

D- i would have liked to try this a little fresher, but it still drinks OK. im thankful for the gift, and always looking forward to the next flossmoor IPA.

Photo of mentor
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from GbVDave, thanks much! Pfft from the bottle released a blast of piney and citrusy hop aroma. I can tell I'm gonna like this one already. Pours a thin layer of fine light tan head over a cloudy light copper liquid. Smells piney resin hops with some oranges. Peppery and spicey zing and some creaminess. My guess is Chinook hops. Has a rye mustiness to it, also. Swirling to renew the head releases a slight sewage note (yuck!), probably a green-leafy-chlorophyll character from all the hops.

Tastes piney hops bordering on sour acidic. Iron, baby aspirin, and tropical fruits. Clean hop bitterness and drying tangy spice zing. Thick waxy hop oil coating on the tongue is drying. Finish is grassy dry and waxy orange zest. Aftertastes are pepper burn, orange zest, bitters, and the dry becomes almost teeth sticking. The hop flavor in this beer is very similar to the hop flavor in the Philadelphia Pale Ale I once had from Yard's Brewing (just more potent in this beer).

Light in the mouth but with nice creamy dextrinous quality. Md-light carbonation is good, as stronger might well have amplified the dry and some other characters to an unpleasant level. Nice sheet of lacing on the inside of the glass.

Photo of errantnight
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a little shocked after drinking this how harsh the reviews have been... I found this to be a delightful IPA that certainly tackles the style from a bit of a different angle (to me, explaining people's negative reaction), but in a way that produced an exceedingly enjoyable quaff.

Pours a slightly hazy dirty copper with a satisfying finger or two of head, moderate retention and lacing.

Aroma is satisfyingly hoppy, resiny citrus notes bloom upwards against... well, further hoppiness.

On the palate this is balanced and clean, despite the amber hue this is bone dry, although what sweetness there is comes through as lightly toasted bread, which is nice. There's not that unctuous, oily hoppiness throughout that I often love, but what there is reminds me a solid east coast IPA, it's got a firm, aspirin-y bitterness, but enough pine and citrus to make this satisfying as a hop-fix. Perfectly balanced with a perfect finish.

It's definitely nothing more than medium bodied, but despite the dryness the alcohol is virtually non-existent, and the bitterness is not so harsh as to be overwhelming, making this go down dangerously easy.

I know there are some that demand overwhelming hoppiness throughout for an IPA to be satisfying... I don't find that to be the case. This is a fantastic example of what balance and nuance can do to create a distinguished, crisp IPA. I'd go so far as to say I think I'd rather this than a FUDOB....

Thank you, GbVDave, for the opportunity.

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass at Flossmoor Station 10/1/09.

A: Served a hazy, light peach color. The head is off-white and creamy, and about one finger thick. Retention is decent and just a small amount of lace was left behind.

S: Aromas of fresh, herbal hops, pine sap, and spices. Some floral notes and tropical fruit, too.

T: Very nice toasted malt backbone compliments the herbal/floral hoppiness. Pine comes through strong in the middle and finish.

M: Dry and prickly. Spicy on the lips and tongue. Sticky astringency.

D: Very nice on draft. I know some folks thought the bottled version of this was a little lacking, but on draft it was great.

Photo of Murchmac
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to dukedevil0 for this puppy in a trade.

Carved out of an olive green wax sealed bottle that was way harder than it should have been to open.

One finger, goam head, dark gold and orange color with yellow brown floating in. Very pretty looking beer.

Sweet, citrus hopppy smell

Bitter, burning almost taste. Grapefruit follows. But way to bitter. Like burnt orange peels.

I can see a good beer underneath this. It would be great if it wasnt so bitter. Like Sandra Bullock, would be hot if she only smiled once in a while.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to GbVDave for another Flossmoor beer!

Head is massively fluffy at first but disappears quickly and turns to a thin, soapy skim. The color is a gorgeous burnt/rusted peach color, shot through with a thick hop-haze.

Big, rich, resiny pine in the aroma, with a toffee/butter-like maltiness providing backup. Huge and welcoming, there's no need to elaborate further on the aroma--it just plain rules.

Amazing flavor, just like the other IPAs in Flossmoor's Brewer's Whim series. Okay, I've only had two others, but they're excellent, as is this. Big tangerine and pineapple flavors, with a good hit of pine resin, all balanced out with a cream-like sweetness and toffee-like toastiness. Delightful.

Feels a bit thin, where creamier and chewier would've done the trick. The carbonation is gentle, the texture airy but also slightly sticky. Overall a bit too thin, which seems to also make the flavors disappear in a shorter-than-desired finish. Other than that minor gripe, this is excellent, and when flavor is king, this one stands victorious. It's nice that the aroma is just as fantastic as the flavor--hop huffer indeed!

Photo of zebulon
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had this on tap.

Appearance: Clear amber with a nice white inch and a half foamy head that dropped to 1/4-1/2 and lasted forever. Nice looking

Smell: Strong pleasant citrusy aroma that lasted thorughout the drink.

Taste: Interesting mixture of citrus bitter and pine bitter with a citrus finish. What I like in an IPA. Unfortunately it lacked body.

Mouthfeel: This is its weakness, no body, watery.
I expect more from a craft beer. I first had it when it came out and it had more heft to it then.

Drinkability: The hop taste is attractive, the wateriness makes it uninteresting for a long drink.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark copper body, nice clarity at first with a nice ability to lace after each sip, leaving spindly webs of dried foam all around the edges. Last pour murks it up a bit with micro yeast sediment.

Sweet, peachy aroma, soft an a little bit tropical. Dried apricots. Less like a wet hopped IPA, more like a clean, concise DIPA. It really grows on me, and it's smell becomes the best attribute over the course of the glass.

Initial sweet hop fruitiness, solid pale malt base, soft and mellow. Over the course of the glass it devolves a bit... into alcohol, aspirin, and pale malt. After 20 minutes or so, it seems like a totally different beer. Dust off your beer bong to capture those fine (yet ever so ephemeral) fresh hop flavors I guess >_>. Drying aftertaste with a fair amount of bitterness. The body is fairly full with lower carbonation, but it works very well for the style, again more of an understated DIPA. I liked it although it seemed to lack a sustained fresh hop character.

Photo of gford217
3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of FlssmrBrewAlum, poured into a tulip.

Pours a hazy golden amber with a small creamy white head that recedes to a soapy swirl along the top and leaves only a trace of lacing.

The aroma is mainly light citrus with lemons and oranges and maybe a little bit of grassy hops. There is a sweet malt aroma as well, but the aroma is fairly tame overall.

The taste is also fairly nondescript and lacks even the recognizable citrus from the nose. There is a slightly metallic bitterness with maybe some herbal hop notes and green hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth with the hops though there is a lingering bitterness that I'm not too fond of.

This is a little disappointing, especially after the fantastic FUDOB I had recently. It's still better than most beers out there, but it's definitely not one of my favorite Flossmoor IPAs....but that's a pretty serious hurdle.

Photo of brow1901
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Clear medium amber color with bright white head. A little retention and nice lacing.

S- Nice citrus hop scent, good amount of grapefruti mixed with some different smells like lemon. Slight alcohol scent.

T- A bit light on flavor, tasted a little watered down to me. Overall good but I would have liked it a bit stronger. It's easily distuingishable as a wet hop beer though. Thanks to the nice quick oily hop bite and fruity finish.

M- A bit lighter than I would expect, but that makes it more easily drinkable and refreshing. Nice carbonation

D- Almost a five, if the taste would have been stronger. Overall a nice clean great tasting and refreshing Ipa from Flossmoor, I really like this style and I believe this is one of the better beers.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bomber wax sealed poured into a stemless snifter.

Pours a nice light amber/red with a tiny bit of lacing. Aroma is amazing, very hoppy. Fruity sweet and rich.

Taste is awesome and sweet, very hoppy and smooth as well. Fairly light body but still solid and easy to drink. A very nice brew.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with one finger of foamy white head.

Scent of strong juicy hops and citrus with some caramel malts. Good, but not great. It doesn't have a strong enough malt presence to keep the hoppiness in line.

Taste of juicy, spicy hops, earth and alcohol. The problem here is the same as with the scent, only with more alcohol thrown in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with decent carbonation. The body is too heavy for an IPA, or even an Imperial IPA.

Photo of Kegatron
2.83/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz olive green wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Big thanks to lurchingbeast for this most generous extra! I love trying new Flossmoor IPAs!

Pours a fairly clear looking softer amber/peach color, with a finger of so of tight brite-white head. Retains with a big frothy look, which leaves back a heavy latticework of sticky lacing. The aroma starts with some lighter sweetness from tropical fruits and bready malts, before segueing into hoppier notes of floral tones, spice, and earth. This is fairly strong in the nose but the strengh of the sweetness seems to speak to the lack of assertive hop character here. As this warms, alcohol comes out to play a bit too much, giving this a stiff feel in the nose.

My first impression of the taste (much like the aroma) is how sugary sweet this is from the fruity citrus and malt notes. I'll admit, not the first thing I would normally think of when sipping a wet hop IPA for the first time. The hop presence here just gives off an average feeling bitterness with a herbal and spicy feeling bite up front, that then quickly (and I mean quickly) fades away. It literally dies right there in the middle of the profile. If anything, the hops are most forceful in the finish, with a heavy lingering spicy dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a very mellow feel to the carbonation, to the point that it gets a bit watery feeling in spots. This does get a bit creamier towards the back of the swallow but not quite enough to make up for the lack of depth. Also, much like the aroma, this is just showing too much heat as it warms. The alcohol mixes with the herbal notes and bitterness to make for a hot medicinal feel that makes this tough going down.

Wow, I don't know what happened here. Beyond the look, this just did not impress me in the least. Too much sweetness and alcohol but not enough hop flavor and body to help cover them up, this was the rare Flossmoor IPA bottle that I actually had trouble finishing. I'll chalk this up as an aberration in a long list of good IPAs from here (yes, even the ones under new brewer Bryan Shimkos) and move on.

Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A vigorous pour of this gold-hued harvest IPA, spawns a relatively thin head that disspates quickly to a fine netting.

The smell is fruit forward: mainly peach and pineapple with a bit of pine and grass underneath.

The mouthfeel is a bit of a turn-off: there's enough carbonation to keep things in the ballpark, but overall it's too creamy for the style.

The taste is a nice, clean pine and bitter lead with a slightly sweet undertone, but there just isn't the complexity suggested by the smell. The sweetness does not provide the variety of fruit flavors that wet-hopped beers can bring and even the pine flavor is pretty one-note. Overall, this is worth a try, but will not occupy your taste buds the way a harvest IPA should.

Photo of jeffthecheff
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark amber color with just a whispy head.

The beer is moderately hoppy in the nose with a bit of tropical citrus. When it warms, there is a definite bubblegum fruitiness to it. Certainly not something I would expect from an IPA, but it's pretty interesting. The combination makes a pretty nice tropical-bubblegum character.

Taste is both too sweet and too bitter. This isn't really a good combination for an IPA. There also really isn't a good balance between hop bitterness and flavor, as the hops lean towards all bitterness. Mostly sharp, cardboard-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side, and is too sweet. There really isn't a lot of malt character, either....it's just heavy sweetness. The drinkability is average, I poured out the last bit to move on with the tasting, as there was a lot better beer on the menu.

Photo of Sean9689
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery. Served into nonic.

A - Pours and light golden color, very clear, with a white frothy head. A finger or so worth of head leaves behind some sticky lacing.

S - Medium bitter citrus, lemon peels, pretty straight forward.

T - Bitter hops, citrus, not as hoppy as I'd like but it's easier to drink this way. Oily, slightly bitter finish.

M - Light, crisp, and refreshing. Good carbonation.

D - Easy to drink but nothing mind-blowing. Would drink again.

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the good fortune to have this Flossmoor Station brew on tap three days after its release and it was wonderful, paired with the beer-b-que ribs at the Flossmoor Station Restaurant. This was my first-ever Flossmoor Station brew and I was totally impressed and went home with two bottles of the IPA. The best thing about this IPA was the smell -- not initially, but once the beer has a chance to breathe and warm up a bit. I'm not really familiar with the tug-o-war in the love-hate thing with the past-present brewmasters at Flossmoor Station, but I was very impressed with the IPA and will go back for the next release.

Photo of rhinos00
3.2/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Big thanks to boothbeer for picking me up a bottle! Poured from a 22 oz. olive wax topped bottle into Flossmoor pint glass. Talk about fresh, bottled on September 29th.

A- Pours a murky, hazy, pale, maize color. Produced a thin layer of white head, dissipated almost instantaneously.

S- Getting a slight tropical punch aroma, citrus and pineapple. Balanced by piney, malt sweetness. Pretty standard as far as IPA's go. Nothing outstanding or pronounced.

T- Much like the aroma, which is not that great of a compliment. Overbalanced and any citrus flavors are overpowered by bittering pine hops and a considerable malt backbone.

M- Light to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Could have used a bit more body as it seemed slightly watered down.

D- Decent drinkability. Nothing offensive, but nothing exciting either.

Overall, extremely disappointed in this beer. I have great respect for Flossmoor, especially with the quality of their previous IPA/DIPA's. Despite that fact, this one misses the mark plain and simple. Average IPA at best.

Photo of heliosphann
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz Olive Waxed Bomber. Received from GbVDave in another trade, thanks man! Served in a Pint glass.

A: Light orange yellow and semi-transparent. First pour yields very little head, which leaves a nice oil spill on top. Second pour leaves a finger of white, soapy head. Some good bubbly carbonation and decent lacing.

S: Nice citrusy notes from the hops. A lot of grapefruit, pineapple and papaya. Perhaps a little pine and a slight amount of malt sweetness.

T: First sip I get some of what I smelled, but it quickly vanishes. The hops are still there, but their much more resinous and piney. There's a significant amount of bitterness and some alcohol on the finish. Not any sweetness detectable at all.

M: Seems very thin for an IPA. In fact it feels a little oily. Carbonation is there, but just doesn't feel quite right.

D: At 8.4%, this is riding into the DIPA range, but certainly doesn't taste like one. I was able to drink the entire bomber, but it wasn't an easy chore.

I hate to say it, but my homie d0b is right. This isn't nearly as good as the Flossmoor IPA's I've had in the past. Hop Huffer just seems very unbalanced and one dimensional.

Photo of beertooth
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub served in a nonic pint glass. Review from notes taken.

This beer is a clear orange color with with a decent two fingers of billowy white head that drops down to a thin layer that leaves some lacing.

The nose is a bit faint, but inviting. Oily pine, grassy citrus, and sweet bready malts.

The first sip hits me with a little grass, pine, citrus, and follows up with the malt backbone and more lingering bitter pine. It's not extremely over the top like some of the other wet hopped IPAs I've been enjoying, but it's one of the freshest tasting. There's a nice oily piney finish that builds with each sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

I was really excited to try this and I wasn't let down. I thought it was an extremely easy drinking IPA despite the abv. I knew it wasn't going to be hop monster considering the small amount of wet hops Bryan was actually able to snag. I'm looking forward to the next one!

Photo of MasterSki
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review version 2.0 - thanks to the great crash of October 5th.

A - Two fingers of creamy off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves some attractive lace patterns. Slightly hazed, mostly transparent golden color with a few bubbles adhering to the sides of the glass, and a few others rising slowly upwards.

S - Very fresh smelling. Tropical fruits, zesty grapefruit rind, a touch of spice and earthy pine, and some a hint of astringent alcohol that belies the higher ABV. A well-balanced multi-grain and sugar-cookie malt backbone.

T - The taste is more pine and loses a lot of the lush tropical fruitiness. The slight booziness comes out a bit more and the multi-grain malt character also comes up front and center. A step backwards from the smell. Only mild bitterness in the aftertaste, although it builds slightly as the glass gets finished.

M - Moderate carbonation tingle, medium body with lots of oily resinous character, very smooth and refreshing. There's some light alcohol warmth that builds after a while. Not much residual feel, nor is the finish very dry.

D - Even with the higher ABV this still goes down pretty easy. I'll have no problem with the bomber, but I'm gonna go hit some Broodoo afterwards.

Drinks like a less interesting version of Time-Out. Hope it doesn't fall off as rapidly.

Hop Huffer from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 25 ratings.