Hoppy, Hoppy, Joy, Joy - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by wedgie9:
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Review from notes. Tasted from 22oz bottle with purple wax purchased at Armanetti's. Pours a beautiful amber orange color with a decent off-white head that has solid retention. Nose is a classic IPA aroma with tropical fruit and citrus hops, and a nice caramel and bread malt backbone. There is a hint of alcohol burn as well. The flavors are sweet with the tropical fruits and caramel malt up front, moving on to pineapple acidity and then onto the bitter hops finish. The body is medium plus with average carbonation and a super long nicely bitter finish. There is definitely some alcohol in this beer, as the burn in my chest lets me know.
12-14-2010 22:00:05 | More by wedgie9
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4.35/5 rDev +8.5%
Scored this in a trade at DLD. Was told it was already a little faded, drink asap. Unintentionally, I cellared it until Memorial Day weekend.
Purple wax top. Opened and poured a vibrantly carbonated and colored orange ale and perfect head. Aroma was enticingly hoppy.
Taste was exquisite, very hoppy, finished relatively light on the tongue, a touch of mint is possibly there. Continues its enjoyable scene throughout the bottle.
01-14-2012 17:58:40 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
Trying this a second time on a fresh palate.
Poured into a large 20 oz. mug, HHJJ looks similar to most Flossmoor IPAs, burnt sunset orange (slighty darker red than usual), yellow edges, hazy with suspended micro sediment. A nice sheet of coating lace plasters itself to the edges of the glass. Retention is good.
Initial whiff was promising, hinting at tropical pineapple and citrus. But after 5 minutes or so, it *fades* and the malt actually becomes more dominant. Pretty firm bitterness, plenty of golden promise malty sweetness, with citrus peel laid over it. Mild aspirin chalky dryness in the aftertaste, with some leafy herbal notes.
It's a bit thin feeling in the finish, and peters out somewhat after the initial hop flavor diminishes. Overall it's a good effort, but can't help but think it was better the week it came out.
02-19-2010 00:13:19 | More by emerge077
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a wax sealed 22oz bomber into two St. Bernardus goblets. Special thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist! Extra special thanks to neubernie for the hook-up!
A: Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a creamy, one finger, off-white colored layer of foam. Retention is excellent and lots of sticky ropes and sheets of lace are left behind.
S: Nice mix of tropical fruit and pine. Hints of clementine, aspirin, and leafy herbal hops.
T: Same as above with some boozy apricots and soft caramely malt.
M: Medium bodied with a smooth fruity and malty backbone that's countered by some dry, astringent hops and slightly prickly alcohol.
D: Very nice. The dryness gets a little played out by the end, but everything else here makes up for it.
02-08-2010 01:43:21 | More by GbVDave
4.25/5 rDev +6%
Glad I got to try this interesting looking gem with a wax seal thanks to the great trader paco1029384756. originally reviewed on 03-06-2010 01:27:48 but listed incorrectly so redone here.
A: Pours a light fluffy 1/2 finger head in my oversized snifter, with a darker reddish-orange color and some haze.
N: Nice fresh bright hops to start. Lots of fresh piny hops with fresh juicy hops and some citrus, chewy hops and a little candy bar nougat hops. A nice hop presence overpowers the slight crystal malt aroma and a little sweet malt and hint of booze.
T: Starts this time with a little malty flavor. Some crsytal malt and a little sweet malt flavors. Followed quickly with a nice bright hop flavor. THe hops consist of a little pine, some citrus, juicy hops, some fruity hops, and a little bit of that chewy goodness. A slight bitter orange peel too. Semi thick with some malt sweetness and hints of booze, but despite the hints of booze I want to believe its in teh 8-9% range with the thickness and heaviness of malts and hops.
M: Pretty good body with decent carbonation, but could use a little more carbonation.
F: The bitterness catches up pretty quick on the finish. Some earthy spicy hop bitterness comes through with more pine, citrus, and chewy hops. The sweet thick malt flavor that would accompany a thick boozy flavor is there on the finish, but not very hot in terms of abv, so it seems like it would be 8-9% but hides it. Overall a nice IPA, doesn't knock my socks off, but a really nice almost DIPA. Thanks a ton to Frank for letting me try this "on a whim" brew.
Serving type: bottle
01-14-2012 01:46:55 | More by jlindros
3.55/5 rDev -11.5%
I think this is the beer I'm about to have, has purple wax.
It struggles to form a decent head but when it does it is a thin soapy looking head. The beer is a hazy coper/amber color with slight hints of orange.
It smells pretty good with a ton of citrusy hops and the smallest touch of pine. Very nice nose.
The flavor is a bit of a downer though, it is very nicely bitter but the hops aren't flashy, just one dimensional, theres not any citrus, just a hint of piney bitterness left. As it warms th citrus flavors come out more and it gets better.
It is an okay IPA, but if Flossmoor were to pick a recipe to make standard this would not be the one.
03-01-2010 03:58:13 | More by crossovert
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
Been off work and studying much of the day, so figured I'd give this a go for the end of the day. Being somewhat new to the chicago land area I seem to get involved in a lot of flossmoor conversations in which I cant really say much... but I do love seeing Jay and Joe get riled up about it, so always try to sit silently in the corner and enjoy the arguing... AND get a couple bottles whenever i see a new IPA on the shelves.
Nice head and color, good lacing all the way down. Smell is super citrusy with some subtle pine in the background, but the citrus dominates. Taste lingers with mango and fresh grass, some dried apricots and caramel malts really finish out the bitter back end. Really good long lingering bitterness.
My initial reaction is wow is this thing dry. Almost too dry to a fault. But as it warmed, I started digging the dryness. Nice change of pace from the more typical sweet IIPA. I enjoyed this
02-16-2010 03:16:42 | More by wilwfu
District of Columbia
3.85/5 rDev -4%
the brew is a hazy orange color, with a head that didn't last and left no lacing. an iipa with weak head? weak
citrus aroma! the hop aroma is somewhat sticky: apricot sweetness. it's ok but hardly diverse. not sure i get much malt going on
the hops taste heavily of lemon (i can dig), with a little peach and apricot and grapefruit as well, though some of that could have been warm-fermentation esters. some maverik malt sweetness, but it seems homeless
this brew is all hops (plenty of bitterness prickle); body is robust enough but certainly far from chewy or cloying (i'm not looking for these...just establishing some context). the malt is a hop springboard but adds little independently
my gf recalls mr. clean to mind, on account of the lemony
02-05-2010 03:35:12 | More by bruachan
4.45/5 rDev +11%
Pours a cloudy orange color with a lasting two fingers of white head.
Scent of bitter, juicy hops, sweet fruit, light caramel, and a nice resiny pine bite on the end. Very hop forward, with a nice malt backbone.
Taste of resiny, piny hops, light tropical fruit, a hint of caramel, sugar, and a very faint alcohol. Definitely the best IPA Bryan has brewed thus far.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a somewhat mellow carbonation.
01-23-2010 01:40:34 | More by paco1029384756
4.15/5 rDev +3.5%
Thanks to Adam for another Flossmoor bomber, purple wax.
After fighting the wax for a while, this one pours a hazy brownish amber that shows a much brighter orange when held up to light. There is a small bubbly beige head that recedes quickly to a soapy swirl and small collar, leaving legs of foam on the sides.
The aroma is clean and hoppy with oranges and pineapples. There is also a hefty sweet sugary malt presence.
The taste is also well balanced with the sweet caramel malts forming a very strong backbone with citrus hops up front, juicy citrus in nature. The finish is pleasantly bitter with a mixture of citrus and floral hops.
The mouthfeel is slick for an IPA with soft carbonation. Less bitter than I was expecting and much sweeter.
I think this is a very good DIPA that has lost a little of its hop bite but that suits me just fine. Lots of malty sweetness to balance the predominantly citrus hops. Very nice though certainly no hop bomb.
05-28-2010 02:31:42 | More by gford217
4.22/5 rDev +5.2%
Bryan hit a home run with this DIPA!
I had some of this at the tapping, had some the other night, and had to get a growler.
The beer is a bright deep gold with a substantial off-white head. It is almost clear with just a slight resiny haze. The aroma is a wonderful dry-hopped mix of very strong pine and lemon scents.
The moutfhfeel is medium with moderate carbonation. The flavors consist of a bit of toasty malt sweetness at the very start of the swallow, quickly followed at the center by pine, lemons, and grapefruit. The finish is medium and bitter with some lingering bitterness on the tongue.
This is one very good, solid double IPA. Very nicely done.
01-30-2010 03:03:46 | More by westweasel
4.1/5 rDev +2.2%
22oz. bottle from Before You Go...Liquors, poured into my Ale Asylum pint glass...
Pours a golden orange with very good clarity. Even after a vigorous pour the beer still managed only a measly half finger soft white head which disappeared immediately. Slight lacing down the glass...
Initially smelled very strongly of fruity hops with a bit of pine/earth...after letting the beer sit 5 minutes to warm a bit the smell really mellowed. No longer strong hops alone, some malt peeks through...
Very well balanced flavor, the initial bite of the citrus hops is quickly kept in check by a caramel malt back...
Medium bodied with a slight chewy feeling but thins out as you get to the bottom of the glass it seems...
Pretty good DIPA from Flossmoor, no assault to the palate as the bottle would lead you to believe but a very drinkable and refreshing DIPA that I could drink all night...
02-20-2010 00:26:29 | More by hawks10
4.18/5 rDev +4.2%
We buried my beloved aunt today. To her memory, I raise this glass.
Interesting waxed bottle. What, was I supposed to age this double IPA? I've not seen a waxed DIPA before. Poured into the tulip. Kinda lacking in foam for a DIPA. Strong amber color.
It may not be the greatest looking DIPA, but it doesn't lack for grapefruit-piney-mango goodness.
It tastes great. I get a lot of pine, but not so much that it tastes like kitchen cleaner. I find a good deal of mango in the finish. Has a "juicy" taste, something I always appreciate in an IPA. Caramel-cakey malts backing things up.
The feel is a little too limp per style, I'm used to something a bit more hefty. That's going to help drinkability for me, though.
It tastes and smells like a good East Coast DIPA. Just needs a little work with feel and appearance. Solving one of these issues would probably solve the other as well. Regardless, I can't drink appearance, and it *is* tasty, so I'm more than glad to have it!
03-02-2010 22:44:56 | More by Patrick999
3.68/5 rDev -8.2%
Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors - this is the third time I've tried this but the first time that I haven't been past my reviewing threshold. Served in a Kuhnhenn tulip.
A - This is probably the best-looking beer Bryan has made in the Brewer's Whim series. Two fingers of soapy eggshell foam that dissipates to a thick cap and tons of chunky lacing. Semi-opaque dark amber color with a golden glow to it.
S - Catty and tropical fruit hops, notes of pine, grass, and aspirin, some alcohol peeking through, and a multi-grain malt backbone. It's reasonably hoppy at four weeks old, but it's more balanced than the name implies.
T - The taste is a little disappointing - it's kind of bland. Just some dull sugary malt and not much else. There's some residual bitterness, but the flavoring hops are almost gone already!?
M - A little thin and watery for an 8% brew. Soft texture and mild carbonation are pluses, but it feels like I'm drinking juice or something. Finish is slightly dry, with a little bit of residual alcohol heat.
D - This is pretty mediocre. I was expecting a bit of a comeback based on the initial buzz, but this is nothing special and somewhat overpriced too. There's nothing really preventing me from having multiple pours of this, but it's just not interesting enough to warrant doing so.
02-19-2010 00:49:55 | More by MasterSki
4.03/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a clear orangish-amber with an off-white head.
Smells of citrus and floral hops with a bit of lemon.
The taste has a good grapefruit bitterness to it. Medium malty finish with a earthy pine mixed with lemon quality to it. Lingering bitter aftertaste.
Clean medium body with a mostly dry finish.
Overall a solid double IPA with an interesting flavor and a good, but not extreme, level of bitterness.
02-09-2010 02:59:16 | More by sidetracked
4.43/5 rDev +10.5%
I had this on tap at the brewery. It was so good I had to get a growler to go. Nice rich pour produces a hazy golden liquid with a big finger of whitish head....sticky. I can smell this across the table. pungent hop smell, sweet. The first taste is a melange of malt and piney hop with some citrus and earth mixed in. Its hard to believe this is 8.0 abv. So much flavor. This is a sipper that's an easy tipper. Look out.
01-31-2010 21:05:57 | More by beereality
3.88/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a hazy light orange tea tinted amber color with better than two fingers foamy white head that fades fairly quickly to bubbly lacing. The smell is quite sweet and hoppy pineapple and grapefruit. Lightly carbonated yet tangy and alive from the grapefruit piney hops, the mouth feel is REALLY thin...almost watery and it cleans up really quickly. Full flavored, grapefruit and pine, the resin-esque character lingers nicely even without the support of the body...more so towards the bottom of the bottle. A refreshing light drinker...really hard to tell that it's 8% ABV. Many thanks for the opportunity Pops!
03-19-2010 19:03:49 | More by jjayjaye
4.08/5 rDev +1.7%
Bomber into a Duvel tulip.
A: Slightly hazy, nice medium-amber body topped by two fingers of white froth. Average retention and a good amount of lacing. Good looking IPA.
S: Predominantly fruity hops, with grapefruit taking top billing; some piney, herbal notes as well. Simcoe? No noticeable malt. Nice and hoppy.
T: Plenty of juicy citrus hops up front, followed by the pine and a hint of bready malt. Hugely bitter, slightly astringent finish. Overall, this is a really well-executed IPA - super-hoppy without quite going over the top. Delicious.
M: Medium body with fairly light carbonation. I wouldn't mind a bit more life in this one, but it's not bad at all.
D: Again, not bad, but just astringent enough to make killing the whole bomber a slight struggle.
Notes: My buddy picked this up for me at a Chicago beer store while searching for KBS, upon the recommendation of the proprietor. I was not disappointed. While perhaps not an especially memorable IPA, this is without a doubt an excellent expression of the style.
05-10-2010 01:04:18 | More by woosterbill
4.05/5 rDev +1%
Picked this up on a recent trip to IL. No date on the bottle, but luckily it was refrigerated which may help as I know it has a bit of age on it.
Pours into a Duvel Tulip a deep burnt orange color with a thin creamy tan head that leaves some spotty lacing.
Delicious smell of brown sugar and toffee with juicy hops that offer pineapple and citrus. Can't wait to dig in.
Very balanced, but that may have to do with the hops fading too. The hops are moderately bitter and offer notes of pine and grapefruit peel. The malt adds plenty of sweetness in the form of caramel and bunt cake. A mild alcohol is present as well. A nice balanced flavor.
This is my second Flossmoor beer and like the first, this one feels a bit undercarbonated. Otherwise the beer is medium bodied with a lightly slick feel.
A solid DIPA for sure. I would have loved to try it fresh, but this is still a nice beer.
08-20-2010 01:31:11 | More by jera1350
3.15/5 rDev -21.4%
22oz bottle (purple wax cap) purchased at Flossmoor Station. They said it was their last bottle.
A- Pours a clear copper/orange with a soapy white head that quickly recedes. Decent lacing. Better head/retention would have helped.
S- Heavy hops. Very piney.
T- A bit one-dimensional with the bitter hops. Lots of pine and not much else.
M- Medium. A bit thin and watery, not what I was expecting.
D- Not that high. Overly bitter and not very complex. Maybe it's good they only had one left.
Overall - I've had some fantastic Flossmoor IPA/IIPA brews, but this just wasn't one of them. Maybe the bottle is a bit old at this point, but I was not impressed. A good start, but at this point average.
03-10-2010 23:46:49 | More by mrandypandy
4/5 rDev -0.2%
Reviewed on 5/22/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear deep orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus, caramel malt. Flavor of bitter hops initially with a sweet citrusy finish and some hop oils. Very tasty IPA, one of the better recent ones that I've had.
12-23-2010 20:59:08 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Hoppy, Hoppy, Joy, Joy from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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