1492 IPA - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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1492 IPA1492 IPA

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Reviews: 28
Hads: 31
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 7.23%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Kegatron on 04-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Gold wax.

"The generous usage of Columbus hops in this American IPA have inspired the naming of this one. Brewer Richard Grant has lent his recipe skills to this one so if you are a fan, let him know."

Released April 2010.
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Photo of kylehay2004
4.57/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My version is gold capped. 2.5 finger frothy head with very nice lacing on a clear golden-amber body. Very floral and grassy with a citrus (mostly pineapple) background. Flavor has a nice complex citrus taste with the hoppy biitterness mild and mostly in the finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall I really liked the aroma of this one. It was enticing and unique. The flavor is excellent. One of my all time favorite IPAs. (437 characters)

Photo of FanofHefe
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Recommended by local beer guy. Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on the bottle or label that I could find. Slightly hazy, dark golden color with a hint of orange. Thick one-finger off-white head that leaves pretty good lacing.

Nice aroma of grapefruit in the hops up front, followed by a few notes of tropical fruit. Good caramel malt aroma following the hops.

Good, tasty IPA. The hop profile comes across a little more bitter in the flavor than I would have expected from the aroma. Good grapefruit flavor, followed with some lighter citrus. Only a bit of caramel maltiness.

Medium thickness in the mouthfeel that works good for this pour. My second brew from this brewery and now they are 2 for 2, as I would gladly have this again. Good job. (759 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange-mahogany topped by a rich, creamy off white head. Laces nicely.

Textbook AIPA aroma. Sweet slices of pink grapefruit drizzled in a light caramel sauce. There's some lemon and other citrus and tropical notes as well.

The taste is prickly bitterness at first, an orange peel bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste, quickly washing caramel that reminds me of a Mackintosh's Toffee. A mite yeasty with just a hint of pineapple juice. Not a lot more going on than that for me, but there's nothing wrong with a small number focused flavours working together really well.

Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Yeah, a really well done IPA, a tad malt-forward as these things go, but still great. I'd get it again. (730 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was very nice with a rich light amber in color. Nice small haze to it and lots of carbonation was apparent as it bubbled up to the surface. Huge foamy head of white made me pour this one several times to get it all in the glass and left tons of sticky lace on the insides. Tons of hops here as I lean in for the first whiff. Pineapple and orange zest, hints of lemon, very fresh and very bright, this was exactly what I would have wanted it to be. Smooth, delicous, and rediculously drinkable this very bright ale was a wonderfully refreshing drink as I relaxed from a long day in the yard. Crisp hop bite and a really nice long drawn out finis (649 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/20/2010. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear dark orange with a thick creamy off-white head. Aroma of citrus fruits, tropical fruits, sweet caramel malt. Flavor of bitter grassy hops, citrus hops, and a touch of sweet fruits but this one is mostly on the bitter side. Very drinkable and certainly tasty, but not quite what I have come to expect from these Flossmoor IPAs... (398 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into an SA perfect pint glass. The pour is clear copper with a sticky 2 finger head. It leaves perfect lace rings on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of juicy citrus. It has a very good flavor, grapefruit, mango and pineapple with a lingering bitter aftertate. The feel is medium and sticky/oily. A great IPA that taste like a bigger beer. Thanks to bauermc for this one. (403 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Sweet aroma with lots of grapefruit.

Appearance:Light amber color, off white head, good retention, poor lacing.

Taste:Lots of hop bitterness, grapefruit, and sweet malt in the foretaste. Hints of pineapple and tropical fruits in the midtaste. The bitterness lingers throughout the whole beer and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, a little alcohol warmth. A tiny bit harsh.

Drinkability:This is a very enjoyable IPA, with tons of hops. This beer walks the line between IPA and DIPA/IIPA. I love the complexity in this beer as I continue to drink it and it warms up a little. (602 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a near clear body with an orange-copper hue and capped with a fluffed, off-white head.

Smell: Within the nose there's lightly sweetish caramel, some grainy notes, and it's goodly hoppy, with aromatic wafts of tropical, citrusy fruits and springtime flowers.

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel in the fore with pale and bready malts. After this malty initiation, it's off to the crackling hops, with tastes of lemon (pith included), white grapefruit (pith included), and even some pineapple and distilled florals. Moderate, heightening bitterness. The lengthy finish is dry, bitter, and lightly resinous.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a remote oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: 1492 is an IPA, good and true, though I wasn't quite as taken with it as I have other Flossmoor IPAs. (829 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with thick white head. Tons of piney hops on the nose, but I am not getting as much of them in the flavour. I get a nice amount of bitterness, but still lots of malt base. I taste orange and caramel sweetness. A very well balanced IPA. Not a hop bomb, but delicious. Quite smooth mouthfeel. (315 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in Chicago last week, gold wax. The beer is clear, sort of a deep copper color, plenty of white foam. The beer smells hoppy, so much grapefruit but also a huge dose of malt. Apparently Columbus hops, a really nice smell that comes off strong on fruit. It has a good flavor too, although I wouldn't mind a little less malt. There a good dose of caramel in the aftertaste after all.

One big plus is the light mouthfeel, this has the casky body that I associate with the best Flossmoor IPA's. Really satisfying. (534 characters)

Photo of Lunch
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with AleWatcher (Thanks!) into my new Flossmoor Station pint glass courtesy of AleWatcher as well (06/30/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy caramel with two fingers off white head that leaves behind thick lacing.

S: As soon as I cracked this one open a beautiful hop aroma of citrus and pine shot out of the bottle. Really fresh smelling IPA.

T: Tastes of fresh hops with layers of citrus, pine, melon, pineapple, and a hint of tropical. A nice malt-backbone of caramel is there as well and add some balance to the bitterness. Really a nice tasting beer.

M: Fuller-bodied and fairly thick for the style with moderate and creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and I wish I had another.

Overall this was a really nice IPA that to me drank more like a DIPA. Thanks Jeff! Recommended. (830 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for hauling this one back to share.

A-Pours a clear amber with orange highlights, a thin white head and no lacing.

S-Floral hop notes combined with a sweet maltiness.

T-Like the nose. Starts with a sweet maltiness, followed by some floral hops and some earthy hoppiness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied, dry and surprisingly oily.

D-Very tasty and delicious. Another fun IPA from Flossmoor.

HV (425 characters)

Photo of DmanGTR
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Flossmoor Station on 4/23/10. Review from notes.

A - mildly hazy tangerine, short lived white head, ring of lace. That's it? 3.5

S - Nice balance of pine and grapefruit, biscuity backbone of malt. And a bit more pine and grapefruit. Mmm I could get used to this :) 4.0

T - Earthy, grapefruit rind, piny resin. Incredibly bitter, maybe a bit too bitter for me to class as an IPA. The malts are kinda lost in here. 3.5

M - Moderately thin, well carbonated. Spritzy. 3.5

D - Pretty good. I'd recommend this to a hop lover. 4.0 (540 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ken. Grapefruity aroma, its wonderful. Its in the taste and wafts in the room. One-quarter inch of head and its lacey. Good IPA with orange as well as flavour. Decent drinkability. Surperior IPA, and not overwhelming bitterness, its understated. Is tehre Simco and Amarillo? (293 characters)

Photo of errantnight
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like these beers kinda get a bad rap. With the expense and the bottling and the rotating thing, the expectations are a rotating Elder/Sculpin/PureHoppiness firebomb of hoppy delight every time and out. And that might be fair... but whenever I receive a bottle from my good friends in the midwest there I'm always pleasantly surprised by how good they really are, even if "good," as here, falls somewhere short of greatness.

Pours a deep orange with a tinge of mahogany, crystal clear with nice head and moderate lacing and solid retention into my Spiegelau tulip.

Aroma is a solid bouquet of tangerine/manderin oranges with a bit or warm roast to the edge (kind of reminds me of crepes suzette, to get ultra specific and therefore incredibly arcane and snobby).

On the palate this doesn't explode, but rather rolls over in a smooth, comfortable wave. Nice balance, and even with a solid malt bill this only has a moderate sweetness that finishes cleanly. Tangerines are again the predominate fruit note, blending with some of the caramel malt for a fuller experience.

Nice medium body with a clean finish that's not overly crisp but eliminates any prospective chewiness.

I'd be happy to quaff this any time. That said, it's a nice beer, not a great beer.

Thanks to GbVdave for this one. (1,299 characters)

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Gold-waxed bottle into Bruery tulip, with the ever-generous Jeff (AleWatcher) to thank for the opportunity.

Pours deep, very hazy copper-brown with a solid two fingers of creamy off-white head after an aggressive pour. Settles into a nice solid cap after a bit of time, leaving gorgeous solid sheets of lacing along the way.

Nose is vibrant and fresh - floral hops underpinned by rich, fruity caramel, bursting with big-time melon and grapefruit notes. Beautiful nose.

Taste is very balanced. Underlying toasted caramel body underpins a piny, grapefruity, firmly bitter hop character from start to finish, with the bitterness lingering sharply on the palate. Prickly and astringent from the second it hits your tongue till long after you swallow, definitely aggressive. Sits the fence between IPA and DIPA for me - the big malt body and correspondingly firmer bitterness place it firmly in the boundaries my mind has laid out as Midwestern in style.

Mouthfeel is nice - prickly, astringent, smooth and a bit creamy. Almost fluffy carbonation sinks up with all those prickly hop oils to make your mouth just tingle.

Drinkability is the only major knock this one has. Just a bit heavy on the lingering bitterness for me, and the astringency can build. But even so, no problem finishing a bottle of this one on my own. (1,324 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally had to review this one--

I'll flat out say it at the start: this might be one of the
midwest's best IPAs.

Poured into a Flossmoor Station pint glass... And this beer is glowing. It looks great. A coppery orange with 2 fingers of thick fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Absolutely incredible looking.

A sweet malt bill is present for rolecall and then ditches class fir the rest of the semester. The fresh hops are kicking down my front door and demanding entrance to the party in my mouth. I'll bring the funk, they'll bring the flavor! Fresh floral and citrus
with a hint of melon? Very tasty and enjoyable. This reminds me of a cross between Alesmith IPA and Pliny the Elder with a Midwestern freshness kick.

There is just enough pine mingling with the bitter on the finish to really leave you that oily teeth coated feeling. Carbination level is great for the style and fits this medium bodies brew perfectly.

$8 per bomber from the brewery seems like a decent price for the freshest of the fresh. I would stock this year round if I could make trips there often enough. (1,100 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with lurchingbeast. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark golden orange/amber color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy yellowish head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks and streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine needle, citrus fruit and a toasty malt presence. There is a subtle tropical fruit/orange peel presence but the hops provide more of the dry, earthy pine character in the nose. The mat presence is pretty strong with a slight toasted biscuit character along with a subtle graham crackery note.

Slightly chewy medium body with a lot of dry, bitter hops up front that linger throughout over a strong malt backbone into a long dry finish. Again, the hops provide mostly a dry, earthy pine flavor but there is a subtle tropical citrus fruit presence as well, orange peel being the most prominent. There is a very strong mat backbone which provides a bit too much balance for my liking, overpowering the hops. The maltiness tastes slightly toasty with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker. The high ABV is very well masked making this beer pretty quaffable. I feel that this beer could have been a lot better but the malt profile is just too strong for my preference. (1,353 characters)

Photo of mikey711
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Burnt orange color with very good clarity and a lovely inch and half thick head that holds very well and leaves very nice lace

S: Huge pines notes in this one with a touch of grapefruit as well. The caramel is also quite present but this is definitely towards the hops than the malts

T: Honestly, this was a bit of a let down, it tasted slightly grainy, with only a faint herbal hoppy flavor as it is mostly sweet and slightly buttery

M: A bit lighter than i thought it would be but its not terrible

D: Really this one was a letdown. The smell and look is great but the taste just doesnt do it for me... (610 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a cream colored head. Lots of lacing.

Smells is lots of grapefruit and pine.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and citrus hops with a moderate toffee malt backbone. Bitter finish with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine flavors.

Light to medium body with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

This has been the most enjoyable of the last 4 Brewer's Whim IPAs for me. The malt presence is a little high at times, but provides a nice balance. Tasted on-tap at DLD and thought it was pretty good, but this bottle was great.

5/9/2010 (546 characters)

Photo of ffejherb
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this growler with Team D(r)INK on 5/1/10.

A - Poured a slightly hazy amber/orange liquid with a quarter inch off-white head that reduced to a delicate, flossy patch and a tightly woven patchwork of lace.

S - Grainy bread and sweet caramel malt notes comprise the initial aroma, although at its core, this IPA is quite spicy with herbal tones as well as traces of earth, pine and woody notes. Fairly complex aroma overall, although nothing really stands out in the forefront.

T - Spicy and herbal notes are apparent right from the get-go, followed by a backing of grainy malt and some sweet caramel notes. Finishes with a slight medicinal, herbal character, which imparts a fair amount of hop bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with some oiliness from the hops, although there is plenty of prickly carbonation, resulting in a pretty lively mouthfeel overall. Finish is dry and spicy with moderate hop bitterness on the palate.

D - Fine IPA with complex hop notes and quite a bit of spiciness. Didn't strike me as something special, but quite drinkable nonetheless. (1,095 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a little darkish for an IPA, medium hazy with a decent white head.

Smells surprisingly tame. Good green hops with medium grapefruit nodes, pale malts. Very nicely balanced but for the size of the beer there really isn't much there.

Tastes like it smells: a nice, very well balanced west coast IPA. The high ABV is utterly belied by its lack of intensity, and while that makes it really nice and smooth and drinkable this isn't the "wowzer" kind of experience that I'm used to with Flossmoor's one-off IPAs. But, really, this is still a very nicely brewed beer; it's no small accomplishment to make something this big that is also this drinkable. (653 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flossmoor pre-DLD.

Mostly clear copper color with a small whitish head and some decent lacing.

Aroma is very nice with caramel malt and citrusy hops. Better hop aroma than anything else I had at Flossmoor.

Flavor is not awesome, but good and balanced. Somewhat sweet caramel malt along with a good citrusy and resinous hop bite.

Clean and crisp on the palate with medium body and some hop resins.

Solid stuff overall, one of the more impressive offerings I had at the brewpub. Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV. (536 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview - can't be more than 10 days old. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Looks like the better Flossmoor IPAs. Two-plus fingers of creamy off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves glass-coating lacing. Hazed golden orange body. Color could pop a little more, but otherwise it looks excellent.

S - There's some dank hoppiness here, but nowhere near as much as I would expect from a beer with a "generous usage of Columbus hops". More tropical fruits and sweet caramel malts. As usual, the hefty malt bill makes this seem more like an English IPA than an American one. Smells good, just not what I was expecting.

T - Meh. Mostly malt sweetness and bread, with a bit of earthy bitterness showing up at the back end of things. Aftertaste also contains mild bitterness. Higher ABV for an IPA is well-hidden here thankfully.

M - Low carbonation, with only a little tingle on the top of the palate. Medium, smooth, body, that ends sticky with a touch of oily hop resin. Probably the best thing about this brew.

D - The low carbonation, smooth texture, and attenuated bitterness make this surprisingly drinkable. Tastes more like over-sweetened fruit punch than IPA. Not bad, and a little better than the last few efforts but still pretty bland.

Has Flossmoor imposed a strict hop budget on Brian, or is he secretly wishing he was living in the UK? I think the simplest solution is to reduce the malt bill and let the hops shine through a little more; you can sense they are there, but buried. Or perhaps they should just abandon the Brewer's Whim series and replace it with the monthly jalapeno and cinnamon beers. At least then I could avoid the temptation of buying yet another uninspired effort. (1,732 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunset orange fades into gold, some suspended particles are visible at close range. Languid trails of bubbles rise through the liquid, into a dense, creamy island of foam. There's sticky lacing all around the glass. Looks very nice, and it's retention is good.

Pungent sweet tropical nose at first, segueing into orange and grapefruit notes later. Leafy and fresh green hops. This just hit the shelves and is super fresh. Really like the nose on this.

Flavor is somewhat balanced, identifiable pale malts ride alongside the bitter grapefruit rind, with a dry & herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Light citrus sweetness is snuffed by the building bitterness in subsequent sips. Not quite as punchy as the aroma, but it's similarly pleasant. Fairly mellow but full for an IPA, as is usually the case in this series. I'll probably buy a few more of these before the next installment of the IPA series. (904 characters)

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1492 IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.