Rail Hopper IPA - Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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Reviews by alleykatking:
4.1/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz bottle.
A- Poured a semi hazed burnt amber color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Long streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.
S- Very citrus forward west coast style IPA in the nose. Grapfruit mostly with hints of citrus in the front of the aroma. There is a light caramel malts base that gives this beer a semi-sweet aroma at parts. Bitter hops take out the ending of the nose with a lingering alcohol present as well.
T- Grapefruit forawrd in the inital taste of the beer. Hints of mango and orange back this up in the front with a hint of bitterness to it. Caramel malts show up in the middle but is still masked for the most part due to the citrus hops. Ending has a clean bitter bite that shows a little more to this beer than a citrus hop bomb. Alcohol is very present in the ending but doesn't kill off the beer in the end.
M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little chewy at times. Citrus hops run a muck on the palate leaving resin all over the teeth, lips, and palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, citrus hops, light bittering hops, and a hint of caramel. Flavors were hop dominate which I expected for the style. No off flavors were present in the beer at all. High alcohol drying left on the palate with each sip.
O- I thought this beer was a heavy hitting IPA that was good but lacking something that would make it great. I have come to expect a lot from the Flossmoor IPA's and this one was no exception. The ABV was noticable in the ending and for this it was a couple pints and then done with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
05-29-2011 19:24:09 | More by alleykatking
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.