Hoppy Little Gnome | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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4.24 w/ 9 ratings

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by akorsak on 04-30-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Beertracker
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Flossmoor Station's Hoppy Little Gnome was on tap this past April on my last visit to the brewpub. As is often typical, it was served at colder than desirable temperatures, but properly presented in a tulip shaped glass. This hoppy hybrid had a big, pillowy white head that briefly resided over the hazy, deep golden-peach colored body. The intoxocating aroma was filled with a nice intermingling of earthy (grass/freshly mown hay) , spicy (grains of paradise/peppery), fruity (apricot/bubblegum/pear) & citrusy (lemony-orange/tangelo) notes. These are enveloped nicely by a lovely full graininess with just a hint of tangy yeastiness under all those fresh American hops. The flavor starts off with a lovely bready graininess that carries into a big, ripe hoppiness which takes over to deliver an off-dry, bitter clean finish with a deceiving alcoholic warmth. This magical little creature has a firm medium body with just a touch of hop astringency in the finish. This is one of my favorites that Matt has come up with and highly recommended to Belgian beer fans who also appreciate hoppier beers. The latest organic version is labeled as Hoppy Little O and is made with 100% organic pale malts & a "slightly different hopping schedule." Enjoy this one as a digestive or try it paired with the house fried mini Brie cheese or sautéed Portabello mushrooms. Yum, yum!

CHEERS! Beertracker

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

golden orange beast with meth-fueled swirling carb bubble jets. frothy and rich head sinks slow leaving lava lace to linger.. and it sticks with resilience. the faintest note of white slick remains through the serving. ragweed and tangerine essence outweigh the struggling belgian yeast in the aroma, surrounded by a hint of creamed corn and columbus-y catbox. intricate and intriguing. at 10%, this is a true belgian dipa. ultra fresh hop oils full of sweet citrus and pine sap strike first, followed by alcohol warmth and the mouth-coating numbness of alpha acid. here and there i pick up the 'belgian' character, best described as a hint of vanilla-infused lemon sorbet in the finish, scraping my tongue with my teeth to discover this underbelly.... but it seems more from spices than what appears to be a clean, neutral yeasting. the maltiness is perfect here- it adds a medium body and plays off the yeast with minimal hop interference. imagine the most abrasive yet drinkable double ipa, and make it a bit more drinkable with the ease and conveyance of a smooth belgian strong golden ale. if unibroue made an ipa, this is what it would taste like.. and in my book, that's not a bad thing. more like hugh malone than any of the other belgian ipa styles out there right now.

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Photo of mdm46410
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flossmoor Station. Served in a tulip. Pours a nice deep clear golden/amber color with a small tan head. Some nice lacing is left around the glass. Aromas of sweet fruits and spicy hops. Nice creamy mouthfeel. Flavors of pine, grapefruit and sweet malts with big upfront hoppiness. Huge hop flavor but still very well balanced. Nice dry bitter finish. This is one excellent beer!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer is a crystal clear apricot colored body with a very gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. This head is a thick creamy off-white that has a small dimple where the beer was poured. I think you could cut it with a knife.

S- This beer has a soft white sugar smell with a hint of perfume followed by a strong green hop notes with a bit of earthy qualities. There is a light fruity note to the sugar with hints of flowers that come through when it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a dry club soda flavor with some light fruit notes and a white spun sugar flavor that is a bit dry. There is nice punch of green herbal hops in the finish that is a bit stronger than the other flavors.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish. The soft alcohol heat warms the back of the throat after each sip and enhances the hops flavor.

D- I did not do this beer justice with my description. There are lots of mysterious subtle flavors and nuances from the yeast that add intrigue and compliment the punch of hops in the finish. The hops are not overly bitter and have a nice flavor that is not citrus. I like this beer better than its Belgian counterpart and I think this is very well built.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull goldenrod, very still with no movement what so ever. Head is just a fine film, simple off white color.

S: Grapefruit rind, honey and cantelope

T: Begins with loads of jasmine on the front of the tongue. A lot of orange blossom, honey and vanilla follow suit. Some orange sherbert can be found as well as triple sec perhaps. Finishes with moments of bubble gum and a really minor bitterness.

M: Medium body, sort of fizzy.

D: I could us a bit more hop presence in this beer. Only real noticeable hops comas as basic bitterness in the end.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at Flossmoor Station 5/5/07. Thanks to Heather for the assist.

A: Served a hazy pale-gold color with a 1/4 finger head. Slight lace left in the glass.

S: This thing stinks of Amarillo hops! Very, very hoppy nose. Also detected are hints of honey, Candi sugar, and spicy yeast.

T: Huge Amarillo flavor. Amazingly enough, the hops don't completely trample the other flavors in this. We also found sweet pear, tart apple, and cloves in the finish.

M: Bitter, spicy, and resinous with a slight alcohol burn.

D: Highly drinkable for something packing 10%abv. The alcohol was hidden extremely well. This is a great Belgian IPA!

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Photo of hero27
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shortly off my Dark Lord Day bender, I stopped at Flossmoor for dinner on my way back to Iowa. I noticed they had a 10% Belgian-style IPA on the beer menu and I couldn't resist.

Golden-honey color. Billowing head that leaves behind some decent lacing on the tulip glass. Aroma is hoppy with some orange/lemon zest thrown in the mix..even some grapefruit creeping in.
Remarkably smooth for an IPA clocking in at 10% abv..the hops are strong but don't push you off your barstool. Aftertaste is dry and begs you to garner another sip.

Very glad I tried this offering from Flossmoor..just dissapointed I didn't have the time to stay and try more beers from them.

This is a gnome I could learn to love.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz pour served in a tulip glass. The visit to Flossmoor coincides with Dark Lord Day.

A: The ale is a golden yellow color with a thick billowy white head that is barely contained by the tulip glass.

S: The nose trends to the tripel side, showing off some candi sugar sweetness and coriander zest. Some hops emerge but the Belgian body wins out here.

T: The taste takes a 180 on the Belgian nose and chooses to showcase the hops. They are strong and earthy, showing off some piney resin (but not a lot) and some dirty noble hops. As the hops fade from their initial kick, the spiciness re-emerges, providing some sweet honey and candi sugar. On top, some anise tartness and coriander come through.

M: The Belgian IPA is a modern wonder, combining the best of a tripel with an IPA. The mouthfeel is really indicative of the hops but that spicy body quickly re-emerges to share the spotlight.

D: The 10% abv made me stick to one, but the hops and spices are nicely mixed and create a lively flavor.

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Hoppy Little Gnome from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
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