X-IPA (Extreme) | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

X-IPA (Extreme)X-IPA (Extreme)
51 Ratings
X-IPA (Extreme)X-IPA (Extreme)

Brewed by:
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Black wax.

Added by CRJMellor on 10-04-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 46
Reviews by SPLITGRIN:
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black wax.

Body is a dark yeasty amber tone with thousands of pin head size bubbles clinging to the glass. Head is a creamy tan that reaches about two inch's before quickly fading to a rocky island of a skim. Hop profile on the nose is sweet with sappy citrus marmalade. Then you pick up some piney notes that include maybe a hint of raw dill. With first sip the hops on this one are just so dynamic with notes of creamy citrus, peach jelly, and mellon like fruit tones. The piney notes build up on the back of the tongue as you swallow. The initial sweetness is very well balanced by a consistant but very smooth bitter feel. The bitter feel really builds as yo continue to drink and creates a sharply bitter mouthfeel. This is a wonderfully drinkable and truely dynamic IPA.

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Photo of rudylaw
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle from Lush in University Village.

It has a nice golden/orange look to it... pretty much what delicious looks like out of a bottle.

It's very hoppy. Smelly hoppy, tastes hoppy. Of course, you need more and this has citrus, pine, raisin all in here.

It has a very sharp first bite, then you settle in for a refreshing ride.

This hidden gem of a brewery will be on everyone's lips once their bottles are more widely distributed. Outstanding first impression!

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Photo of dirtylou
4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, Steve's on PD

cracked after a long run - love the flossmoor

appearance: poured into my hopleaf tulip, bright golden-amber body with a bubbly white froth and pretty nice lacing. very pretty IPA

smell: sweet tropical fruit, ruby-red grapefruit zest, sweet candied sugar, soapy, caramel

taste: another winner from flossmoor...hi-c fruit punch, tropical fruit, light tea-like tones, alcohol is buried, crackery, caramel malt, tangerine, grapefruit and other citrus

mouthfeel: smooth and soapy, light bitterness

drinkability: high

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Photo of nickd717
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So I asked my dentist for advice awhile ago, and he said "Flossmoor" (or was it "floss more?"). Anyway I figured I'd take his advice and trade for some (thanks mrkanable!).

A - Bomber topped with black wax, with nice gold lettering. Pours a cloudy golden-amber with an off-white head.

S - Citrusy hops and sweet malt on the aroma.

T - Lots of Amarillo hops, highly citrusy, balanced with sweet caramel malt. Amarillo is one of my favorites so I'm a fan.

M - Nice medium-full body with average carbonation.

D - Very. I can down hops all day so I'd rate the drinkability high.

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Photo of russpowell
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from joe1510, thanks Joe!!

Pours a hazed caramel with a pinky of sand colored head. Clears over time, very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Grapefruit, leafy & herbal hops, pineyness creeps in as this warms.

T: Pineapple, sweet oranges, herbal hops & bread fruit, pine nuts & dryness up front. A riot of tropical fruits continues as this warms with some pine, caramel & a touch of toffee lurking, plus a whisper of booze & dryness. Finishes with pink grapefruit, tangerines, dryness, pine & herbal hops, caramel & a touch of booze & astringency that really works

MF: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation & fantastic balance. Stickyness & WARMING SENSATION creeps in as this warms, almost pulls a 4.5

I could drink this all night, or until I pass out! One of the best DIPAs I've had in a long-long time!

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Photo of Maction
4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Almost completely opaque, a swampy orange-ish brown, showing a small, 2 cm foam head that quickly collapses into a film.

S: Smell is pretty boozy, with apparent alcohol, honey and citrus, baking sugar cookies, and pine.

T: Flavor starts with bitter, piney hops, moves to French bread malts, creamy in the middle, and a bitter but not drying finish.

M: Mouthfeel is heavy, but not thick, with a slippery coating on the cheeks.

D: Intense, but very drinkable beer, I had no problem pouring through the bomber rapidly.

Notes: Without any ABV info on the bottle, I assumed that this was much higher than 8%. The alcohol is a little too pronounced in the nose and taste for me, considering.

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Photo of emerge077
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the 1st 22 oz. bottling, black wax, and handsome silkscreened labels. "Brewer's Whim Series" is printed above the IPA section of the label, and "Every Batch Different" is below. Sounds like this may be a rotating release.

It pours into a pint glass with a swarm of ascending carbonation, creamy whipped eggshell foam. Rings of spindly lacing decorate the walls of the glass. It has a deep amber tone with visible streams of ligth carbonation.

Initial aroma is really fantastic. Tropical fruit, mango, tangerine, juicy sweet, and fully citrusy. Later on a bready pale malt peeks through too.

Malty body with a generous blanket of hops that provide a long, lingering bitterness in the finish. Hops are resiny and green, with some mild grapefruit rind in the background. Very tasty and satisfying to drink. It feels very balanced, medium to low carbonation, and fairly light bodied. If this were on draft, a session would be in order.

Congratulations to the brewers Matt & Andrew, this is really excellent!

Some fun trivia from the bottle:
Original Gravity - Does it Matter?
Color: Gold to Amber
Bitterness: Plenty 4U
For OFFICIAL Use Only.

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.53/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours lights amber with yellow and gold highlights. Thin dull-white head with pin pricks of lace all down the glass.
Aroma has some grapefruit, bubblegum , bread and some mild caramel notes.
Flavors of caramel, heavy grain, heavy resins and a hard water mineral taste.
Mouthfeel starts with promise but fades into a one-dimensional hop monster. No layers or subtlety just a plain old hop assault.
Drinkability is slightly above average. A for effort, C for execution. Too aggressively bittered, (if that's possible)

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Very cloudy copper 2 finger head that lingers about 1/2 finger. Looks like apple cider.

Hops alcohol and malt all seem to be about equal in the nose

Flavor starts out the same as the nose but the middle is pretty hoppy and the finish is real boozy. Malt sweetness is very subtle.

Good mouthfeel almost silky smooth Near heavy body.

To many IPA's for me to want this one on a regualr basis but I'm glad i got to try it.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, 8% ABV. Pours a hazy copper color. White fluffy head holds together for a few minutes. A few spots of lace.

Nice hop aroma. Floral, with hints of pine and a burst of grapefruit at the end. Caramel malt backbone can be noticed as well in the nose.

Nice caramel malt backbone, balanced well by an array of hops. Piney, with a soft citrusy bite. Very well balanced.

Medium body, with adequate carbonation. Alcohol well hidden. Very nice.

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Photo of blackie
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: opaquely hazy medium-amber in color, average smattering of tan head, looks nice enough

s: tropical hops with undertones of pine on a sweet, thick caramel body - rustic and grainy, some mild buttered biscuit, good stuff

m: full slick body and a light carbonation

t: chewy caramel grain body carries a massive dose of tropical fruit hop flavor, sweet caramel fizzles out to leave a bitter finish

d: just fine, a high-quality dipa

black-waxed bomber from the fuhrer of filth

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Photo of errantnight
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This surprise wedding present from Joe1510 helped pull me out of my BA quasi-hiatus (damn you, now I've wasted time today posting when I should be writing!). What a beer.

Pours a ruddy caramel, lightly hazy with barely a half a finger of head.

Aroma is an awesome explosion of peach and grapefruit forward madness, backed by hints of toffee sweetness and toast.

On the palate this is well balanced, an extremely easy, clean bitterness, a bit forward on some of the melanoidin notes that comes through very toffee-like filling in around what is still essentially a hop forward experience. Grapefruit and citrus and a bit of resin come through more than peach, here.

Mouthfeel is spot on... I thought the perceived light carbonation here would be a pitfall, but it's great on the mouth, nice lift without being prickly, smooth and drinkable.

I just couldn't stop drinking this in long, smooth pulls. Really enjoyed it. Flossmoor knows them some IPA goodness.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber in color with a nice half inch head that forms on the pour.
Smell is great, citrusy, juicy hops. Love that smell! Taste is a very balanced, juicy, IPA. This isn't as big and bitter as the Pretty Big IPA I drank from them the other day. This is a much more mellow and more balanced. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Another solid offering from Flossmoor.

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Photo of mdm46410
3.84/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Flossmoor Station, served in a shaker. This beer poured an orangish amber color with a one finger thick beige head that quickly disappeared. The aroma consisted of the usual hoppy smells of grapefruit and orange, anlong with a hint of caramel. The flavor was very balanced for a big beer. The sweet citrus elements smoothed out the slightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with minimal carbonation. An excellent brew, although I would say that it lands somewhere in between a single and a double.

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Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a 16oz pint glass at Flossmoor Station 3/1/07. Listed on the beer menu as 8.0% abv. Thanks to pops for the assist!

A: Hazy golden brown in color with a tight one finger head. Tiny amount of of lacing.

S: Huge aroma of grapefruit with a touch of sweet malt thrown in for good measure.

T: Big grapefruit flavors dominate with a fine biscuit malt backbone. Secondary flavors of sweet citrus step out before the huge hop finish.

M: Very slick and very oily. Resinous hop flavors attach themselves to every square inch of my mouth. Pleasant prickly bitterness.

D: Good drinkability for a DIPA!

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy copper color in a Moonlight 20oz pint glass. Thick three fingers of off-white head. Very fluffy and creamy with some pin-size bubbles looking down into the glass. When I examine closely, I see tons of micro-hop asteroids chilling out in the orange lava.

Aromas of ripe peaches, a melange of tasty citrus, honey dew melon with a dash of white pepper.

Very pleasant first sip of citrus zesty hops. Kind of like a momentary sip from a creamy orange sickle. Quite effortless up front...pleasant. After we exchange pleasantries, the wicked hop nastiness enters the picture. Simple malt presence, with tons of peppery-grapefruit and sweet tangerine.

Lovely webbed lacing in the glass. Fresh, fruity hope flavor meets sticky bitterness. Nice and naughty double IPA. Oily sharp hop bitter mouthfeel...very lingering.

Cannot get over how effortless this beer drinks. Although, I would not drink another bottle right away. And that is neither a good or bad thing. This one kept me intrigued throughout the 22 ounces. My 1st IPA from Flossmoor and hopefully many more to come.

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black wax on the bottle. Pours a very cloudy off-orange color with a light amount of head. Leaves a light layer on the glass. Smells mildly of hops, and tastes rather strongly of orange, grapefruit, a trace of pineapple maybe, all in a well-balanced flavor combination. I drank this when it was a few months old and possibly a bit past its prime, and it was still damn good. Moderately bitter, but not much of an aftertaste. I make my way through the glass quickly and wanted more. Solid solid IPA.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the DLD08 pre-party on location.

Appearance - pours a murky, dull and dirty orange, like it's half OJ and half iced-tea. An even layer of soapy off-white foam rests above, leaving a nice ring of lace at the high mark. As the beer level falls, there is an attempt by the lace to cover the entire glass wall, which is about 80% successful.

Aroma - very crackery, biscuity malt. The hops are juicy and fruity at first, turning more piney and grapefruity and a bit soapy on setup.

Taste - sweet caramel and biscuit up front. The sweetness plays on the fruitiness of the hops, a well struck combination. The biscuity malt weaves in and out. The swallow brings out the full bitterness of the cones, and really limits the medicinal quality. The abv is only mildly evident, giving the bitterness that much more stage, until some warming occurs, then the abv presence starts to perk up. The aftertaste still has a touch of citrus to it, for a fuller hop profile, not often found this late into the mouthful. It does finish with the classic dryness and bitterness.

Mouthfeel - heavier than average, not heavy by any stretch though. The carbonation is about average, which gets a little muted by the big flavor and solid body.

Drinkability - another quality brew from Flossmoor.

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Photo of mcallister
4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just a mean looking DIPA in every sense of the imagination. Completely opaque smothered amber color with billions of floaties forming cloud within the beer. An off white almost yellow head is frothy and fades moderately leaving sticky lace in its path.

Very juicy and full of pine and stone fruit with some citrus and grassy qualities as well. Grapefruit comes thru nicely on the second whiff with some caramel and peach esters arising with a bit of a floral scent. Very nice.

Great balance, great flavor, great mouthfeel, great beer. Very chewy and resiny with a bit of a candied apple finish that is slightly sweet but no cloyingness at all. Pine on the front moving into grapefruit in the middle and stone fruits on the finish. Resiny throughout with again a great sweet tooth on the malt. Impeccable balance and a wonderful beer. Wish I would have bought many more.

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Photo of raverjames
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased at Lush in UIC university village, Chicago. Comes in a beautiful 22oz bottle with wax covering on top.
Appearance: Light amber, light carbonation, no significant head.
Smell: Rich hops, cascade, sweet, citrus, a slight floral hint.
Taste: Not as hoppy as the smell, slight bitterness, low malt, very crisp, mild sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and not too chewy.
Drinkability: Excellent. I would guess it is around 8% alc. but I can easily drink the 22 by myself. I love this beer!

I really hope the availability of this beer gets better. There were only 2 stores in the Chicago area that claimed to have it. All hop lovers will have to try this.

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Photo of kkipple
3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this at DLD 2008. Beautiful bottle!

A. Hazy amber-orange, small white head, nuthing special really. Looks alright I guess. </Mitch Hedburg>

S. Mm, sweet sugary oranges, big grapefruit hop notes, bitter, juciy, boozy... intense, not terribly complex. If I'd made this I'd be quite pleased.

T. Sweet and rich. Rush of hop bitterness initially, quite bold and intense. Mellows out soon enough, lots of fruitiness going on here and a pronounced citrus character. Again, its just... juicy. Fresh. Tastes young, even though it's a few months old. Tasty, but a little much. Surprised this is only 8%, would have guessed higher.

M. Active, fine carbonation. Thick, almost syrupy. Hop-blast finish leaves a bitter, somewhat dry taste behind.

D. Lowish, this is rather bitter and intense. Drink it after everything else. Will blow your palate, but put a smile on your face while doing so.

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Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty solid beer, and one I'd buy if it were local to me. Poured a hazy orange with an okay head. Smelled mostly of honeyed malt, but there were some citrusy hops on the back end. A bit more hops in the taste, but the malt is still a little forward here. Very smooth and well rounded, an easy to drink double IPA.

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