Rail Hopper IPA - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by Goliath:
4/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This beer pours a hazy orange color with a half inch, yellowed, frothy head. There is great head retention and a bit of lacing as it subsides.
The aroma is nice. Notes of citrus and pine are prominent with a bit of spice.
The taste is decent. Again, citrus and pine are present in a big way. There is a nice subtlety to the beer which is followed by an appropriate hop bitterness. This is really what I think an American IPA was designed to be. Most way over or underwhelm me but I think the balance of this beer is just right.
The mouthfeel is full bodied, thick and oily leaving my mouth slick and interested. The carbonation level is relatively low with a very gentle bubble, but it's nice.
Overall it's a solid beer. Like I said before I feel the balance is right for an American IPA which I believe a lot of breweries get wrong. That said, it's not my favorite IPA to date.
Serving type: bottle
09-21-2011 23:12:02 | More by Goliath
More User Reviews:
2.91/5 rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
On tap at the brewpub on 7/22/12
Irresponsible tick #1
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.
Serving type: on-tap
10-05-2013 21:20:51 | More by Ryan011235
4.3/5 rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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.
Serving type: bottle
05-25-2013 17:34:40 | More by portia99
Rail Hopper IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.