Vishnu's Vice IPA | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Vishnu's Vice IPAVishnu's Vice IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
1st bottle release: July 2008, Burgundy wax.

2nd bottle release: July 2010, Medium-dark green wax.

Added by JeffKrenner on 08-10-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 41 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by HopasaurusRex:
Photo of HopasaurusRex
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Brew Free or Die tulip:

A pool of shimmering golden amber with a half-inch off-white head.

Nose of candied citrus peel, Grand Marnier, and mango. It exudes the essence of the American hop from its pores.

Hop-laden citric bite. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Lingering resiny pine on the finish. Medium bitterness. Slight honeyish malt flavors lift the hop up to be the star of the show. Tantalyzing spicy finish.

A well-made hoppy nectar that could hold its own in San Diego.

Cheers to my friend Dennis for hooking me up with this gem from Chicago!

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say until yesterday I had never heard of this brewery but when I tried this offering on tap at the Pizza Plant on Transit I most definently know about em now.Poured into a 10oz goblet (I hate goblets) a hazed peach color with a thinner but quite sticky head atop,this is DIPA all the way in the nose and palate for that matter intense piney hop very resiny a fruitiness like alcohol infused apricots its pretty damn big.Big vineous hops thruout very resiny with an underlying herbal-like note that lingers for a long long finish wich I liked,and there is even a detectable although light caramel malt base to keep your tongue from curling.This is a big DIPA not sure the alc% but it was served in a goblet at the Pizza Plant meaning at least 8% alc,very good offering I hope I see more Flossmoor Station stuff around.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a bit dense but clear warm copper colored body with a antique white thick head supported by a gentle carbonation.

S- The big green herbal hops have notes of pine as it warms a bit. The hops smell grows nicely but no real malt aromas come through.

T- This beer has a green herbal piney hops flavor with a sweetness of pale malt and a hint of toasted malt underneath. A note of alcohol spice fills the mouth while the taste of green hops with a hint of pajoli oil take over. There is a light citrus hops note in the finish that increases as the beer warms and turns into a nice pungent green finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no real alcohol heat that stands out.

D- This beer has a full flavor of big green hops with a nice complexity to them. There is a nice alcohol taste to enhance the hops but no real alcohol heat. This beer is very smooth for 7.7%ABV and I can't believe they serve it in a pint glass. That is wonderful.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at the map room, really wanted to try a flossmoor beer and fortunately i was wise enough to choose this sensational IPA

appearance: pours a muddy/murky copper amber colour into a pint glass, thick powerful layers of lacing

smell: potent hoppage on this one - huge pine whiffs, ruby red grapefruit, thick caramel malts. This beer has a terrific well rounded nose that comes through on the heavier side of the style

taste: awesome. This one has a big syrupy body with a huge hop bite. Pine resin stings the tongue from start to finish and ruby red grapefruit leads the citrus ambush. the bitterness is moderate and welcomed with open arms. A thick caramel malt base lines up well. This is one of the finer hopped beers i have ever sampled - it feels big and thick but layers of hops sting you until the last stop

mouthfeel: BIG body on this one, huge hop bite

drinkability: 22oz no issue

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Photo of mikey711
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to enelson for getting this fresh IPA to me!

A: Nice amber color with good clarity. some rising carbonation and a small white head that does hold that well and does not really leave any lacing

S: Juicy citrus and grapefruit hop aroma. Very hop forward with a touch of breadiness in the background

T: The taste of this reminds me of a lighter version of hopslam. Huge grapefruit notes with some lemon and pineapple, but also a nice bit of sweetness in the background that adds to the overall flavor. some breadiness present as well.

M: A bit on the light side and a touch of graininess which deter from the overall feel. a bit more creaminess would be nice

D: a very solid west cost IPA that goes down way to easy. it would be nice if there one were available more regularly

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Photo of emerge077
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

New batch, new review. Had one on tap at Flossmoor, and enjoyed it enough to bring some home.

Deeply glowing orange into yellow at its edges. Sticky collar of lacing and solid head with good retention. Lots of lacing looks nice.

Initial tropical hints when opened, but those fade fast sadly, in the glass it's a bit more piney and bitter, with sweeter malts coming through.

Malty with a strong resinous bitterness. Some grapefruit rind and puffed wheat. Leafy green and resinous hop character. Full bodied with even carbonation as we've come to expect from this series. The rapidly fading nose is somewhat of a letdown, but otherwise it's a solid IPA.

A- / 4.25 look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | drink: 4
rDev: -1.9

Bottle at Uncommon Ground in Chicago.

Coppery orange body, thick sheets of intricate lacing. Concentric rings separated by a spindly network of lace. Last dregs give the body an opaque clarity.

First whiff is citrus and pine, but it also remains pretty malty as well over time. Fresh cut grass and more pine after it sits awhile.

Rich, resiny and herbal hop flavor, pale malt & caramel riding sidesaddle. Body seems lighter than others of the series. Easier drinking, but it was still something of a sipper. Unique and worth seeking...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.64/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. "Keeps best in ice box", "O.G. Does it really matter?", "Color: Gold to Amber, Bitterness: Plenty 40", no date.

There was no beer name on the bottle but it had green wax as shown. I assume it's the correct IPA. [Given the correct IPA name from DavidEddie and emerge077, thanks guys!]

Thanks to emerge077 for this beefy IPA!

A - Clear golden amber beer is brilliant looking with a phenomenal bone-white head and fantastic lacing coating the whole glass on the slow way down.

S - Am I in the berm cleaning up grass-clippings and dry wood chips? That's what it smells like! Tons of earthy, mulchy hops really bust out and overwhelm the malts in this. Normally I really don't like this aroma but I find it intriguing from this beer.

T - Toffee and honey coated biscuit malts are overshadowed heavily by very mulch-like, grassy, wood chip-flavored hops.

M - Medium-bodied and fairly bitter with a good balance to the finish despite the overwhelming hops. The maltiness balances nicely leaving a smooth mouthfeel and a dry, hoppy bitter finish.

D - Thankfully I'm sharing this bomber because the woodiness and grass is getting to me towards the finish of my pint. It's a good IPA but it has become a bit of a chore to finish.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Much, much thanks to a wonderful BA who sent this one along to me. I have been trying to track it down for damn near forever. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 05/20/2009.

The pour was very nice. Very cloudy looking bright orange in color. Nice big head of white greats me right as it comes out of the bottle. Very solid here indeed. Settles down effortlessly with a very nice lacing profile and a smooth, mellow top. Rich citrus aroma, lots of grapefruit and pineapple here, light sweetness as it warms but this is a hop monster for sure. As I take the first sip, fresh bud like flavors rush across the tongue, mellow, not terribly biting and harsh, but still lots of grapefruit and rich orange peel like flavor to it. Near perfect balance as mid palate a light sweetness starts to rise up and over it, but never overtaking it. Smooth carbonation left it still crisp on the tongue and with all the ABV smoothly hidden from site, this was a real winner.

Overall this was superb even with a bit of age on it. I cannot even imagine fresh from the tap this must have been otherwordly. I would love to try this one again.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of ronn
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of 67couple
4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A:Pours a supremely hazy, peachy, orange-brown color with a creamy off-white head. The foam is about 1-1 1/2 fingers thick and it leaves a fair amount of lace on the glass.

S: Holy hops! Big & sticky tropical fruit, resinous pine sap, grapefruit/lemon, apricot, sweet caramel. and toasted malt.

T: Juicy pure pine sap hoppiness mixed with the aforementioned tropical and citrus fruits. The toasted and caramel malt flavors become mone pronounced during the finish.

M: Thick, bitter, sweet, and sticky. This has all bases covered. Incredible balance between the hops and malt. Coats very well.

D: Fantastic...absolutely fantastic! I wish I bought more!

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. I believe this bottle was from Masterski. Thanks, Alex.

Pours a light copper color with a single-finger white head that dissolves a bit quickly. Nose brings forward some strong line and citrus. A bit of pale malt backing, but not much. The hops are more subtle in the flavor with a pretty good backing bitterness for a nice dry feel. Drinkability is nice. A nice refreshing IPA.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


So I had this on-tap at the beer release-- and this is either one of those few beers that are better in the bottle, or it just needed 2 weeks to settle down a little!! This is drinking REALLY nicely right now.

Pours a clear dark gold color with a whitish head. Great lacing hangs in thick foamy rings. The head has settled to a whispy cap of fluff, but the lace looks great.

The smell is hugely bitter--- just gigantic sticky fresh hops. Very citrusy and bright Some grapefruit and some tropical fruit too-- perhaps pineapple? Don't smell much influence from the malts... but that's ok. This is like a big old west coast DIPA, from the heart of the land of Lincoln. The taste does pick up a little malt sweetness-- very light and faint, but it's there long enough to lull your tastebuds into a false sense of security before they are bludgeoned by the prickly hops. There are some astringent piney notes that I'm getting here too.
The pineapple and grapefruity citrus hop notes are fresh and clean. Very crisp, almost sharp hints of these fruit flavors... Even perhaps some mango hiding in there too. Very strong bitterness lingers for days. The hop oils coat your teeth and help give a place for that bitterness to hang out--- and it brought a bag so it can stay a while! This beer has thrown the concept of "balanced IPA" right out the window and brought the full out hop funk.

I for one am glad. It's about time the midwest had a big old DIPA to lord over the heads of those California tickers!! Enjoy your Pliny... and your Alesmith... And your Sculpin... I'll be drinking this one... and perhaps some Southern Tier 2XIPA. Maybe we could set up a trade?!

Body is fuller than medium. Smooth and easy with great carbonation. My only complaint at all with this beer right now is that the bitterness lingers too long. I can deal with it, but I like the finish to be a little cleaner--- this makes me feel like I am sucking on a grapefruit wedge.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

***Will have to work on determining the specific identity of this one. The dark green wax could denote a couple of different possibilities, and since I received this one as part of a "care" package; just not sure. I'll work on it....***

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Dark golden hue. Decent amount of carbonation. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty slowly, leaving some sticky residue behind as it does. Eventually, leaves a blanket of bubbles on the surface. Plenty of beer ring lacing.

S: Hoppy, piny, and very floral; with just a little baked bread.

T: Very hoppy. Lemon citrus.

M: Mouth puckering but hearty hop tone. Steely, dry finish.

D: The hop here will dictate a slow paced drink.

Atmosphere is good. Nice golden hue, and a decent head with plenty of lacing. Nose is full and floral. Flavor is not complex, but heavily hopped while maintaining a hearty graininess. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from backlog, Summer 2010.

A - Pours a hazy orange-goldenrod, and is capped with a moderate-lived head.

S - The nose is dank and citric, offering pine, mango sap, cannabis and orange zest. There is also a sweet sugar cookie note that I know as jaggery.

T - The flavor is more sweet / less bitter than the nose suggests, and has a lot less dankness; it is not a bad thing, though. Herbal and fruity notes abound, including lemongrass, tangerine, and mango sap, and the malt is mildly toasty. Tastes good.

M - IPA. Good.

D - Easily crushed; could drink this all the time.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance -- Pours a pale golden orange with two fingers of sudsy white head. Lacing was minimal.

Smell -- Grapefruit rind, pine resin, with some faint sugary malt sweetness in the background. Overall: dank.

Taste -- Follows the nose fairly well: grapefruit rind, pine resin, and some floral notes along with bready malts and very subdued sugar cane and honeydew sweetness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carbonation. I always say this, but these Brewer's Whim IPA's hit all of the right spots with me when it comes to mouthfeel. Never disappoints.

Drinkability -- Overall, this is an ideal warm weather IPA: dry, crisp, and bitter with just enough sweetness to keep things interesting. I can't compare the previous iteration, but this has been one of the better Flossmoor IPA's that I've had thusfar. Good going, Bryan!

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Photo of brewdan
4.32/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Sean for the tip to head over to Flossmoor a couple days after this hit. 2nd bottling.

Nice looking mostly clear light amber color with a solid white head.

Smells mostly citrusy.

Taste is mostly citrusy as well. A sharp bite of the hops is the first thing you'll notice. Nice bitter orangey hops like orange zest and grapefruit. A decent amount of malt in the bill but the hops definitely dominate. The bitterness lingers nicely.

The feel is a little slick and resiny buy not too much. Just the right amount of fine carbonation.

Nice job Flossmoor! Overall an outstanding IPA. I look forward to trying more of your offerings.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.21/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks goes to BeerFMAndy for another beer to sample.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is lightly cloudy orange gold with a thick two fingers of off white head. Huge sticky lace gobs remain.

The aroma is heavy on the cedar and pine. Holy hampster cage. I'm not sure if that's what they were shooting for but I'm not a fan.

The flavor is again loaded with cedar and pine. Like cedar chips drizzled with pine sap. Pretty one dimensional.

Medium bone dry body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a bit to woody for my taste. I struggled to finish my glass for sure.

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Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 22oz bottle of this from yeahnatenelson. Green wax. Into two New Belgium globes, split with my girlfriend.

A: Nice copper in color with a stark white head, mostly cloudy, some carbonation moving through the glass. Not much head retention from the 1/4" or so that came from the pour. Nice gobs of lacing from what was there.

S: Pungent hops, man, this is dank with hop resins, insanely resiny. Smells a lot like sweetgrass initially. Juicy hops, citrus and fresh pine sap as well really is present. The hops are thick enough to taste them. Awesome. Underneath that there is a pretty decent amount of caramel, but you really have to look for it. Excellent.

T: Follows the nose nicely, excellent citrus but also the nice sweetgrass note comes through in the flavor. Slightly grainy underneath that, and there is a definite presence of caramel. Strong bitterness, with a great lasting power on the tongue. The bitterness reminds of biting right into a grapefruit peel. Wow, this is every bit on par with any West Coast hop bomb. It may have faded a touch, but not enough so that this isn't true to the original beer. This is something else. Excellent.

M: Spot on in the mouth, medium body with a medium-low carbonation that is excellent for IPAs. Excellent lingering bitterness that aids in the dryness that this beer has. Excellent here.

D: This is not hard to drink at all, the hoppiness is huge, and definitely in your face, not to mention the excellent bitterness, perfect dryness helps to keep this one going down. This is a great hot weather beer. Excellent IPA, one of the better ones out there.

Thanks Nate!

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Photo of joepais
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks joe1510 for this one
Bottle poured into a pint glass produced a good two fingers worth of white head that last's a long time then turns to a thick lace that slides down the glass . The body on this is a wonderful hazy orange color

Big hop aromas from this one right of the bat you get the citrus grapefruit and tropical fruit. The pine and grass smell are not far behind, so far I am really impressed with this one

Flavors are first rate for an IPA I know I waited a month after I got this one but I will say that this is extremely well balanced. The bitterness is there but not over the top, good grapefruit flavors, but malt sweetness keeps it from being overly bitter. Quite enjoyable on the taste buds one of the best balanced IPA I have had. Medium mouthfeel a little sticky but with enough carbonation to keep it interesting

A great brew could have drunk more than this bomber by myself, but at almost 8% I would stop at one even if I had more. Although I know it would have been a struggle if I had another one around. Thanks Joe for this treat

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Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of paco1029384756
4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy copper color, not much carbonation but a solid ring of lacing.

Scent of hops and caramel malts. Finish is grassy and floral. A full and lush scent, great stuff.

Taste of hops and some malts up front, not overly hoppy or malty. Hops bite with sweet malts give this one an incredible balance, with a plenty bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is unnaturally smooth for an IPA with drinkability being very high.

The Brewer's Whim series continues to impress me, and I am willing to give the good people at Flossmoor Station my money as long as they keep producing high quality beers like this.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lightly hazy orange with a one finger off-white head. Massive sheets of lace down the side of the glass.

Aroma is strongly grapefruity with some resinous pine followed by tropical fruit tones. Also detect some toasty malt with caramel. Aroma is great but doesn't really seem that strong to me. Maybe I'm just getting too used to DIPAs.

Flavors are similar to the aroma. It almost tastes like biting into a hop cone. Grapefruit still stands out but the pine is stronger than the aroma. The tropical fruit is still there as it finishes with a nice caramelly malt backing.

Body is medium. Very nice carbonation level allows for the hops to dance all over the mouth and disperse their magical powers.

This is one damn good IPA. It's a perfect balance of all the flavors I enjoy in an IPA. I wish I could get this in six packs. I have a feeling this growler might be finished before the night's over.

Update: After finishing the growler, this very may be the best IPA that I have had. Anyone that loves IPAs and lives remotely near the Chicago area should go try this.

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Vishnu's Vice IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 41 ratings