Pretty Big IPA
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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IPA - Imperial
4.24 | pDev: 5.19%
Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Gold wax.
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tpd975 from Florida

4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice orange hue with an above average white head. Nice retention and some lace.

S: Nice sweet malty aromas. Lots of caramel and toffee. Citrus is there with mild pine. Nice grassy hints as well.

T: Sweet malts up front. Bold toffee, sweet, gooey, and good. Citrus hops are strongest with notes of sweet pine. A very mild amount of the grass I picked up in the nose.

M: Rather full in body for the style.

D: Pretty nice, a tasy IPA.

Aug 22, 2010
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle.

Review from notes, 7 June 2008.

Small foamy white head. Very cloudy murky orange brown color. Aroma of resin, pine and chrysanthemums. Strongly hopped but nicely balanced with caramel and malt. Creamy body. Alcohol is noticeable but not overpowering. Finish is reminiscent of brussel sprouts in butter sauce (in a good way). Earthy and complex, good to drink.

Jan 11, 2009
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brewdlyhooked13 from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - deep coppery orange color, a thin layer of off-white foam on top. Some stray lace dotting, not much though.

Aroma - intense grapefruit, bitter and juicy. Mmmm...

Taste - a good caramel malt base,, juicy hops covering them pretty quickly. Moderately bitter, optimally flavorful. Finishes with some gaining bitterness, herbal and long-lasting.

Mouthfeel - smooth and full-bodied; carbonation is muted but complementary.

Drinkability - another delicious IPA from Flossmoor. Great stuff.

Sep 12, 2008
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mentor from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pouors a cloudy apricot liquid with a one finger dull tan head of fine bubbles. Smells potently of hops and apricot esters. Orange oil pith, tangerine, and some fresh cut grass. Sweet fruity enticing.

Tastes incredible. Surely too extereme in hop flavor for many people. Potent hops with supporting malt sweet just underneath. Very intense hops, it's amazing the beer can have malt to balance without being sticky. Orange and tangerine hop flavors with so much hop oil it has a drying effect in the mouth. The orange flavor is so intense it can comes across as a berry flavor. Bitter is present, but relatively clean of rough co-humulone. Creamy thick mouthfeel. Wonderful beer and a pleasure to have sampled.

Jul 01, 2008
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jjayjaye from New York

4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Review 08/03/08 - Brewer's Whim Series - Batch #2. Flossmoor Beer Blog - IPA Wax Color Code - Gold - Pretty Big IPA. Very classy packaging; nice effort on the bottle art!! This one via Randy at Archer's.

Pours a hazy orange-peach color with a big foamy light pastel yellow tinted head that resists fading and decomposes like an ice cream float. Tons of lacing, some 3D. The smell is an aggressive mix of citrus grapefruit hops and sweet my favorite Double IPAs. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied, tangy with hop and altogether creamy. There's a ton of quality ingredients in this bad boy!! Good thing the word about the hop shortage hasn't reached the Midwest!! Full flavored, the piny grapefruit hop character is mixed artfully with the sweet malt base. This one went down way too quickly...a real easy drinker. Highly recommend chasing after this one if you're a DIPA fan. I'd rate higher on taste & drinkability if there were more increments.

Previously filed under - Brewer's Whim Series

Jan 04, 2009
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

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

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, amber body with a small, white head.

Smell: Lightly citric-smelling aroma of butterscotch candies, orange oils, and a slight grassiness.

Taste: Sweetish blending of juiced oranges and butterscotch icecream topping. Medium-high bitterness. Slight touch of booze. A few spoonfuls of fruit smoothies. Slight sweetness on the predominately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: A bit above medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very good Double IPA.

May 12, 2008
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FtownThrowDown from Ohio

4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden amber on the pour. Nice head and lacing left on the glass. Smell is very floral hops. Very nice. Taste is again very floral hops and some spice. There is a nice citrusy hop taste as well. This is damn fine DIPA. Very glad I could get some bottles while there. Big and bitering on the mouthfeel. Creamy and goes down very easily. The glass was finished before I wanted it to be.

May 13, 2008
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TheBlackMallard from Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for throwing this in as an extra

Pours a hazy amber with a small white head.

Smell: Piney, Grassy, and Floral hops. This smells pretty damn good.

Taste: All of the above, mostly pine, plenty of grapefruit. Bitter yet smooth. Very refreshing. Slick with medium carbonation. Every sip just leaves me wanting more.

May 15, 2008
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden amber, murky with the last dregs of yeast. Plenty of creamy foam that leaves sticky lacing. With each following pour, the fluffy head bubbles up anew. It's just about perfect for a "pretty big" IPA like this one. Obviously a step up from standard IPA's, it has a definite visual fortitude.

Lush tropical aroma, citrusy with apricot and mango touches. Soft pale malt isn't far behind. Reminds me of another local DIPA with a rabid cult following.

Extremely creamy mouthfeel, it has an ample level bitterness that isn't too abrasive, and lends itself to a session easily. Earthy hop flavor, malt level is up there too, overall it strikes a nice balance. Slight spicy hops register on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Grapefruit and shortbread cookies...this is really tasty stuff.

Thanks to EehaiCJ for grabbing this at the brewpub...

May 30, 2008
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brewcrew76 from Wisconsin

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

A - Hazy orange, amber with golden highlights and a thin sticky white head that clings to the glass.

S - Bold tropical fruit aroma with some piney hops and a bit of caramel malt backbone.

T - Nice balance between earthy, piney, tropcial fruity hops and sweet caramel malt.

M - Medium bodied and smooth, maybe a touch sticky. Slightly dry finish but not as much as other IPA's that taste this hoppy. Nice balance.

D - Another tasty beer from Matt and Andrew. Hopefully with the new bottles more people will get a chance to try the great beers coming out of Flossmoor.

Jun 09, 2008
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful light rusty yellow color that is slightly cloudy - with a below average head, and below average lacing and slightly under carbonated. Smells of very strong heavy citrusy floral hops with not much malt aroma coming through. First taste is extremely hoppy and not so bitter yet very smooth. Finishes very well with a lovely bitter after taste. A good DIPA that is very smooth.

May 11, 2008
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nickfl from Florida

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured with three fingers of white foam on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves excellent lace.

S - pungent, sweaty hops with some pineapple and lots of caramel.

T - spicy, sweaty hops up front with lots of caramel. Some toast and more onion/sweaty hops. Finishes with strong bitterness and a combination of fruity pine and vegetal hop flavors.

M - medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D - very well done, the hop character is quite strong especially for am ipa with a darker malt profile.

Dec 30, 2011
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prototypic from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to lightindarkness for sending such a treat my way.

Appearance: Cap was covered with gold wax and was easy to open compared to many other wax covered caps. It pours an amber/orange color with an off-white white head. It's about a finger deep and receded quickly. A spotty coat of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell: The smell seems to develop and open up more as it warms. It's got an earthy, floral smell to it. There's a nice mix of citrus grapefruit and pineapple. Nice and sweet smelling. Hops are rather diverse and consist of piney and floral varieties. Caramel/toffee malts are sweet and suggest a nice balance. Slight biscuity aroma emerges to wrap it up.

Taste: It's malty and citrusy sweet up front. Grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors are blended well with the caramel malts. It's sweet and has a strong malt base. Hops are bitter and a little piney. But, they do have a secondary floral character to them which really broadens the flavor profile. All in all, it presents itself as well balanced. It's a little biscuity and finishes sweet and dry. One noteworthy characteristic is that a piney, bitter flavor seems to attack the palate during the aftertaste. Nice touch.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied and has a great feel. Very smooth. Carbonation is just right. Extremely drinkable. I have no clue what the abv is, but alcohol is masked well and is not noticeable in taste or smell. This bomber is going down with no trouble at all.

This is an impressive beer. Very solid in all respects. Flossmoor did a nice job with this one. I'd certainly like to try some of their other releases. Honestly, I'd like to have some more of this. Too bad they don't distribute here. Even worse, this is probably the only bomber I'll ever have of this one. Thanks, Christian.

May 26, 2008
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DavidEddie from Illinois

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

Gold wax. Part of their Brewer's whim IPA series.

Appearance - Coppery amber with a fair amount of sticky lacing.

Smell - a nice mix of grapefruit, pine, some tropical fruit, and carmel.

Taste - Starts off with sweet carmel followed by a heavy dose of piney/citrusy hops. A nice bitterness linger after each sip.

Mouth feel - Creamy smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Is GREAT! It was a real treat to enjoy every sip of this DIPA. Highly recommended!

Jun 09, 2008
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Atron67 from Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #2:
third experience with flossmoor. a friend brought up 3 different bottles and i saved this for last, been good so far.

P- silk screened pretty sweet bottle all around, gold wax around the top, on the side the details say OG : Does it matter?, Color : Gold to amber: Bitterness: Plenty 4U. interesting bottle and i like the personality on the bottle. would have liked to see the OG or at least get an idea of the abv. (as always)

A- bottle didnt lie,it pours a copper amber with plenty of chill haze most likely due to the hops. big off white head on top, bout an inch, fine light bubbles, that fell reasonably slowly, and left white ring of lace.

S- pretty solid hoppy citrus and piney character, solid noble earthy hop character underneath which makes it all the more interesting and better IMO than the average hop bomb. malt is pretty light in its presence. impressed. not the most intense dryhopped character, but its well rounded enough to work really well

T- light crystal malt character on the tongue, giving a slight sweetness and body before the hops build up, gives a solid backbone throughout. There again is a solid mix of noble and pacific hops. citrus and grapefruit gives the first hits of the hops which then fades slightly as a the light malt sweetness comes in along with the more earthy tones of the noble hops. after that the hops blend more together for the finish which works well and gives a solid smooth bitter finish. compared to some of the other hop bombs, this has a great not so bitter finish which is in (almost) contrast with the huge role of the hops in it.

M- full body, creamy characteristics with a light carbonation.

D- definitely one of the best IPA's ive had in awhile, great beer. would definitely call it a regular IPA and not a double, but without more info on the malt backbone, it seems too light in the malt and too smooth on the finish to be a IIPA. ide also guess around 7.5% abv. but who knows.

Jul 20, 2010
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BeerTruth from Connecticut

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

Thanks to TATTORSO for answering my call for some of the newly bottled Flossmoor Station IPA's.

22 oz. gold wax bomber poured into a nonic.

Pours a hazy orange with a two finger off-white head that slowly falls to a thin layer of creamy goodness. Thin lacing clings to the sides of the glass throughout. Smell consists of sweet fruits; peach, grapefruit, and clementine oranges. Piney oils and some hay tickle the nose as well. Underneath all those delicious hops is some creamy caramel malty sweetness, very nice aroma to this one. Bitter evergreen on the tongue to begin with followed by a warming booze. A dry hay like flavor midway with a touch of citrus. Aftertaste is pretty earthy with more pine. I was really hoping for more sweet hops similar to the smell, but the flavor still doesn't disappoint. A slick medium body with a chewy feel and an almost perfect carbonation. Yeah, this is a pretty big IPA for sure. If you like your hop monsters bitter, this is for you. Really looking forward to Lady Columbia, I've heard that's the best of the bunch. Thanks again Jeff!

Aug 23, 2008
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mdm46410 from Indiana

4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz gold-waxed bomber and served in a tulip. This beer poured a hazy amber with a very thin head of lasting beige foam. A nice coating of lace was left behind. The aroma of the beer was made up of grapefruit, peach, honey, and graham cracker. The flavor consisted of grapefruit, mango, graham cracker, and sticky toffee. The mouthfeel was full-bodied with minimal carbonation. Nice and heavy without being overly sticky or resiny. Matt and Andrew put out some really good IPAs, but I think I may have a new favorite at Flossmoor.

May 23, 2008
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JDV from Texas

3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours orange to gold and is cloudy. Smell is big and fragrant. Nice tropical fruit and peach like fresh aroma. Taste is equally as nice and hoppy with strong bittering hops to balance as well. Very good and flavorful. Probably the best beer on the sampler, and one I look forward to trying again bottled.

Jun 30, 2008
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LilBeerDoctor from New York

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

Reviewed on 8/28/08. Bottle courtesy of inkubus27 (thanks TIm!). Pours a brown/orange with a thick white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is awesome, lots of pine and citrus hops. Flavor equals the aroma and then some. Nice citrus notes and and excellent hops/malt balance. The malt really holds up these hops. Not too heavy either. After having a few uber hoppy/mediocre IIPAs, this is the stuff!! Flossmoor really got this right! This competes with Stone Ruination and Avery Maharaja for my favorite IIPA.
8/4/8/4/16 (4.0/5)

Dec 23, 2008
Pretty Big IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 19 ratings