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Rail Hopper IPA - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Rail Hopper IPARail Hopper IPA

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very good

118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.23%
Wants: 12
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Flossmoor's year-round "house IPA", bottle is unwaxed.

Formerly named "Inner Sanctum".

(Beer added by: yeahnatenelson on 08-18-2010)
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A) Deep amber with honey cloudiness. A thin layer of foam holds across the top. A few decent-sized rings of lace with drippy trails between.

S) The nose finds grapefruit, orange peel, pine, toasted grain, grass and, as it warms, peach.

T) Tastes of dry grapefruit and pine, and it has a lingering bitterness: harsh; nearly aspirin-like. Dusty biscuit in the background.

M) Medium body tilts in favor of the lighter side toward the finish. Appropriately average carbonation.

D) It's ok, but the finish is a downer.

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750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a huge 4+ finger dense off-white head that holds on forever...this one is going to take several pours to get a reasonable liquid level in the glass. Body is pale golden in color with quite a bit of murkiness. Tons of webby lace on the glass.

S - Very aromatic IPA. Spicy - almost Belgian character upfront with some cinnamony/clovey aromas. Lots of citrusy hops behind the spiciness. Somehow, behind all of these hoppy aromas is a very strong malt component at the base...doughy, bready and yeasty - maybe one of the best malt aromas I've ever experienced in a hop forward beer. This really smells outstanding.

T - Spicy and I still would call this Belgian type yeast flavors - cloves especially with even a bit of a funkiness to it. A bit herbal and minty too. Fairly well defined alcohol component takes a lead role too. Hops are citrusy, grassy, spicy and have a firm bitterness. Malt base is just about as nice in the flavor as it is in the aroma - loaded with doughy and yeasty flavor.

M - Strong and assertive carbonation with plenty of tingle on the tongue. Body is medium. This IPA is loaded with flavors - big malt base, plenty of flavorful and bitter hops and nice spiciness. This leads to a somewhat big/full feeling to the beer beyond what it actually is.

O - It is very difficult with the Flossmoor IPA's to feel truly confident that you are reviewing the correct beer. As best I can tell this is the Rail Hopper, but I would not be at all surprised if I was wrong about this. The spicy, yeasty, slightly funky Belgian like qualities of this beer make me dispute the American IPA classification and cause further doubt as to what I am reviewing here. However, I am really loving whatever beer is in this bottle. This is one of the most complex and intensely flavored IPA's I've had in a very long time. A bit of a surprise as I've had mixed success with Flossmoor IPA's in the past. This really was a very good IPA.

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Rail Hopper IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.