Lady Columbia IPA | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Lady Columbia IPALady Columbia IPA
23 Ratings
Lady Columbia IPALady Columbia IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Blue wax.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-20-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of joe1510
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler
Flossmoor Station

Blue Wax

Lady Columbia IPA fills up my pint glass with a glowing apricot orange and good clarity. A few large carbonation bubbles break free and shoot to the surface every now and then along with a couple streams of tiny carbonation bubbles. The creamy white head grew to two healthy fingers on the pour and became craggy as it slowly fell, eventually settling at a thick cap with sticky lacing all over the glass. This IPA looks how an IPA should look.

The aroma is all at once resinous and herbal. The resinous qualities tickle the nose at first before the herbal qualities come along while these two qualities are the most pronounced there is a hint of tropical fruitiness. Slightly overripe pineapple is what comes to mind and adds a great depth to the already expressive hoppiness. The malt that shows itself is mildly sweet and cake like, very clean. The hops choke down the malt so its presence is barely known.

The flavor follows the aroma very closely with the hoppiness leading the way every step. The resinous hops get off to a running start as soon as the beer hits the tongue. The herbal quality is milder than the aroma suggested but the tropical, bitter fruitiness is more pronounced. The fruitiness comes across more like bitter grapefruit pith than the overripe pineapple the nose suggested. The big resin quality is what makes the most noise and at times is reminiscent of tobacco, which I get a lot from super resinous IPAs. Again, the malt stays right where it should, deep in the back and barely noticeable. What is there has a touch of sweetness with the cake like qualities. Lady Columbia is excellent!

This is my third time sampling Lady Columbia and each different day the bitterness catches me off guard the first few sips and I love every second of it. The body has a nice fullness while still remaining moderately light on the tongue. The carbonation is somewhat aggressive and leaves some prickliness on the tongue which helps to accentuate the bitterness.

Although this IPA is big and bold it goes down very easily. The bitterness does a number on the tongue and after a glass you don't quite get the full experience from the sheer numbness. While this beer has a great big bitterness the fruitiness and malt add enough perceived sweetness to keep it flowing.

This is another one of Flossmoor Stations great IPAs. I can't get enough of any that they brew. Lady Columbia is a delicious beer and it's nice to try something so good that's single hopped so I can get a real feel for Columbus. So far the Brewer's Whim Series of IPAs have been some of the best I've had the opportunity to sample.

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Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Atron67
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #3 Lady Columbia

A- poured a relatively dark copper with a light white head on top that left a thin white lace a little while after a gentle pour.

S- huge citrusy hops, very juicy fresh hop scents. pine and mango scents are present as well.

T- slightly sweet crystal malt backbone with a large hop kick. the hops dominate and keep it a bitter beer, however the malt has a residual effect on it. mango pineapple and pine flavor all over.

M- full body, light carbonation, lingering hop and malt character all over

D- very tasty all over, another winning batch.

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Photo of weeare138
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to hopdog...
Appears a super hazy, orange toned amber with a small white head that slowly fades into a mild cap. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is hoppy, corky, herbal, and grassy, with notes of fresh citrus.
Taste is of the aromas with lemon and orange citrus notes pulling through the front.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter, with citrus lingering in the finish.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is orange with a white sticky head. some murk as it is unfiltered. the smell is a wonderful blend of lemon zest, grapefruit flesh, and dough. palate has that grapefruit bitter quality with a lemony english malty character. this is somewhat of an older bottle though. a consistent dough finish. some candy in the fruit, a citrus that shifts into pepper in the finish. initially wonderful volume but it seems to flop out a bit to quickly... a tad sweet in that regard.

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Photo of hopdog
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, blue waxed bottle, acquired in trade with BrianDorry55 (thanks!).

Poured a medium and lightly hazy amber/golden color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of earthiness, floral, and citrus. Tastes of the same earthiness, pine, floral, and citrus. Some malitiness in the tastes as well.

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Photo of younger35
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this from Armanetti's for $9.99. It wasn't in a fridge so hopefully hasn't lost that hoppy goodness. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Blue Wax.
Flossmoor IPA 6 of 10

Appearance- Pours a very hazy orange yellowish with a nice big one finger head that is super lush and creamy. The head recedes very slowly leaving a thin cap and thick collar that leaves plenty of lacing.
Smell- Very pungent and hoppy with a big herbal and earthy pine presence. Lightly floral as well with flecks of lilac and rose and some grapefruit pith. The familiar scent of semi burnt caramel malt that I get in all these Flossmoor IPA's is present in this one as well. I get some candied corn and licorice as well at times.
Taste- Starts with a big resiny hoppiness that is fairly citric and bitter. Perhaps the most orange (the fruit) IPA I've ever had. More than enough grapefruity and lemon goodness back it up though. As the soft caramel maltiness washes over my tongue the beer becomes slightly sweet and the hops become somewhat candied and fruity. The alcohol does add a bit of spiciness at the end and the beer becomes ever so SLIGHTLY cloying.
Mouthfeel- Soft and creamy with a nice medium body, a slightly oily feel and ever-so-light carbonation.
Drinkability- Well like all these Flossmoor IPA's its very good. This one though tends to get a bit cloying in the finish especially as it warms. Maybe this is because of the age but it's a tad harder to drink than the others. Still very tasty, probably on par with the rest of the IPA's when it was fresh.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bomber at Armanetti in Chicago over the holidays for $9.99, along with 4 other "Brewer's Whim" series bottles. No "Lady Columbia" name on the bottle, only identified by the light blue wax. The beer is hazy and light orange colored with a substantial white foam that left lots of lace on the glass. The smell is pungent and floral, almost a hint of honey too. Very tasty upfront, all the sweetness and hops flavor I expected, but with a mildly disagreeable bitter edge in the aftertaste, lingering into a chalky bite. The body is well done as have been the other Brewers Whim bottles I've tried, more carbonated than a cask ale but not with a very large margin. Overall a very good IPA but on the tail end of my ranking of the Brewers Whim series.

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Photo of akorsak
3.93/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A blue wax-capped bomber that my sister gave me for Christmas. I have very fond memories of my visit to Flossmoor during DLD 07 so I am very excited to have another of their offerings.

A: The wax around the cap isn't stubborn, quickly giving way to my opener. The ale is a cloudy Perrydell bug juice orange, hazy enough to give off an ethereal glow when light shines through. A finger and a half of head has left a thick, rugged trail around the sides of the glass.

S: The nose is very resiny, thick with pungent hops. A citrusy rind profile jumps out. The malty side is pretty concentrated as well, giving the ale an American barleywine-esque scent.

T: The ale is well-balanced, even though both hops and malts are turned up to 11. A very pleasant hop profile sits up front, releasing citrusy flavors of orange, grapefruit and lemon peel. The hop profile has a fruity sweetness that subtly lingers. Caramel malts add a dryer biscuity flavor, balancing out the intensity of the hops. A peppery flourish appears near the end of each sip, adding a bit of heat.

M: The flavors are much better than the initial smell indicated (I thought that the hops had seriously degraded). The resiny, oil hops are flavorful but not completely dominating, allowing the caramel to come through.

D: The ale tastes bigger than 7.5%. Despite the perceived strength, I like the hop profile. Another good-to-great beer from Flossmoor.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.7/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review 11/23/08 - Brewer's Whim Series - Batch #4. Flossmoor Beer Blog - IPA Wax Color Code -Blue - Lady Columbia IPA

Many, many thanks to DavidEddie for the opportunity to consider this one!! We're still calling these American IPAs as opposed to Double IPAs. These are some of the best IPAs out there. Orange peach color with a HUGE stiff pastel yellow head that resists fading and leaves sheets of Belgian lacing. Aggressive piny resin hop over a sweet malty base. Big, full bodied beverage that's totally creamy; a lot like a bigger Double IPA. The flavors are big and the grapefruit hoppy resin and sweet malts compliment each other really well. Not sure what the ABV is but it's a real fine drinker. Way too good. You folks in Chitown have got it NICE! A 4.5, S 4.5, M 5, T4.5+, D 4.5 One of the Best in style.

Previously filed under Brewer's Whim Series: IPA

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Photo of srandycarter
4.37/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky golden honey, not much head, lots of sticky lacing, which I like.

S - Pronounced malt presence. Thick, sweet, yet nicely snipped by the hops. This is going to be a good one.

T - Oh yeah. Heavy malt, up to the point of maybe too much so, until BAM, hop time -citrus bite! Something also very earthy about the whole feel which I find appealing.

M - Thick beer, medium +, yet GREAT carb and coating and by no means cloying. Stellar.

D - Far more than it should be. LOL.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.88/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 8/29/08. Bottle courtesy of inkubus27. Pours a light brown with a small foamy light tan head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma of piney hops, lots of bitterness, only a hint of citrusy malt. Flavor is surprisingly malty, given the aroma. Nice grapefruit and citrus with a bitter finish. Yum!!
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5)

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz blue wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Big props to joe1510 for the hookup with this.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a finger or so of eggshell colored foam. Fantastic looking 1/4 finger of retention that flares up beautifully into a huge cascade that leaves some nice swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is floral, spicy,and earthy with a touch of citrus and some big grainy smelling malts behind it that reminds me of a DIPA at times.

The taste starts out with a spicy and earthy hop profile that puts a nice dry lingering bitterness on the palette. This is balanced by by some tangy citrus and a beefy feeling backbone of bready malt sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a soft and creamy carbonation and a viscous feeling hop oil slickness that runs through it.

Very nice! Big and bold IPA flavors that are well balanced and smooth, this had me thinking DIPA at times, yet it remained as eminently quaffable any as regular IPA offering out there. A very nice introdution for me to the world of Flossmoor's brews.

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Photo of jraycee
3.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from joe1510. Never heard of it before, but I'm looking forward to it. Thanks joe1510!

Pours a dark yellow orangish color with a thick haze. Head is small and thins to a small ring.
Smell is nice grapefruit and flowers, lemon zest and pine.
taste is spot on. big resiny hop flavors stick around the outside of the tongue supported lightly by a biscuity malt base. Hops hold on strong for a long finish.
Mouthfeel is good. Not too thin, and a little sticky. Nice light carbonation.
Drinkabilty is good. I'd love to try this on tap with some great pub food.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.92/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber on my recent trip up to Flossmoor.

This beer pours a hazy golden color with one fingers worth of off-white head that faded quickly into decent spotty lacing. The nose hits pretty nicely on this beer and is full of pine, grapefruit, and other citrus spice, and only really a touch of caramel malt base. The flavor starts with plenty of hop bitterness followed by a big rush of citrus fruit and resinious pine flavor. The bitterness upfront settled down a bit about half way down my glass and then the caramel malt really provided a decent balance to the hops. The wasn't much carbonation in this offering and left an almost astringent bitterness lingering after the swallow. I am fine with that, but I can see how others would not like that in the finish. I think one bomber was just about perfect for me, and I would very much like to try the other IPA styles from Flossmoor.

Another good beer from the duo at Flossmoor.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

Blue waxed bottle=Lady Columbia. I did my homework. ;^)

With a vigorous pour, I get a +1 finger head of foam with some lacing. It's a nice hazy amber gold in colour. Very nice looking brew in the glass and the foam, albeit a thin solid layer, stayed for the entire session.

The smell is strong on the hops; Floral, citrus, and some pine but I also can smell some caramel malt. Good nose.

The taste has the hops up front, right in your face...floral and citrus mostly with some pine bringing up the rear, so to speak, where actually, a rather big dose of caramel malt moves in, with a touch of earthy notes and, voila! We have some balance! We have some balance! There's also some fruitiness lingering in the background that I guess also adds some sweetness. Yum!The smell is very similar, I think, to what I get out of Odell's IPA but the taste takes a different route, ie more balance. ;^) Ok, don't get me wrong when I say this has some balance. The overall flavour still leans solidly toward the hoppy side but the malt presence is certainly nothing to sneeze at.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium, the carbonation is on the high end of low, and it finishes with some dry hopped bitterness that lingers, much to my nondismay.

Bottom line: A very tasty and very satisfying and very drinkable IPA(drinks like a DIPA as there's some warming) from Flossmoor indeed as I cannot find much fault with it. I can't wait to try the Burgundy waxed bottle...

Thanks again, Joe!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blue wax top means Lady Columbia.

Pours a fully fogged orange touched brown. Great balanced nose of citrus and woody earth tones. Thick malts too. Flavor gives a real nice meaty hoppy thing. It's earthy with a touch of citrus and fruits and so balanced. Whew. I love it. Feel is smooth on liquid with a great level of carbonation. Well. That's pretty damn good I have to say. It's masterfully balanced and oh so enjoyable. It's not trying to blow me away with an explosion of hop ridiculousness. This is a mature and well thought out American IPA. I really hope someone gets this to England so anyone over there sees what we can do with this style. I could go on this all night. A whole keg of it. And perhaps even a cask!?!?

Huge thanks go to TATTORSO for this. Brewers Whim? Brewers gem.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

blue wax topped bottle into nonic

a: poured silky orangish copper with little head and very little lacing

s: chewy citrus notes, grapefruit yet a hint of bubblegum hiding back there

t: citrus but not bitter, dry but not drying, it is really an amazing thing to see hops large and in charge but subtle with a bitterness that just lingers on the aftertaste.

m: smooth, not too dry for the hops, chewy, yum

d: i could polish these off all day. the bitterness is toned down enough to be extremely drinkable.

comment: get

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Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz blue wax sealed bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to my lovely fiancee HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours an absolutely lovely hazy peach/apricot color with a dense and creamy dallop of off-white foam. Head retention is quite impressive and leaves a nice amount of sticky lace webbing down the sides of the glass. Lazily carbonated.

S: Holy grapefruit! Boatloads of spicy grapefruity hops. Strong aroma of freshly shaved grapefruit zest. Lurking in the background is a touch of sweet toasty malt, white pepper, and lemon peel.

T: The taste follows the smell extremely closely. Bitter and spicy grapefruit, softly toasted malt, peppery spices, and multiple tangy/tart/spicy citrus flavors.

M: Very juicy and oily throughout the whole experience. A hint of sweetness in the beginning that quickly becomes dry and spicy during the middle and finish. Quite sticky and resinous with a long lasting, dry, and coating finish.

D: Another stunner in the Flossmoor Station Brewers Whim IPA series. I swear, these guys could brew an IPA with sweaty gym socks and it would be awesome! Ready for the next one in the series...

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber capped with blue wax, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a hazy apricot and honey amber topped with a thick and creamy looking half an inch head

S: Super aromatic as an American IPA should be, tons of fresh juicy hops, very piney and herbal and earthy but with a strong amount of grapefruit and ripe mango, this subsides a bit after the first sip or so as the beer takes over the tongue and covers up most of the aroma in the beer, but the first sniffs are quite good.

T/MF: Good mix of floral and piney hops, very resinous taste and feel good amount of carbonation, decent malt profile that holds this beer together and seems almost mild in hop flavorfulness when compared to other American IPAs, earthy almost woody taste thick and bitter yet the malts are still strong enough to say whats up. This is a very solid beer, and has a bit more to offer when let alone to warm up for a little while.

D: This beer tastes and at first smells great and I have a lot of respect for the beer, but I just cant get all that excited about it, it doesn't blow me away, but not to take anything away, it is still a great beer, but when a Dreadnaught costs only a buck more I'll take a Dreadnaught every time, still its nice to support an in state brewer.

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

**Blue Wax**

My new favorite IPA...

It pours a deeply saturated tone of orange, with creamy eggshell foam that deposits random tendrils of lacing around the glass. The body is foggy with a few lazy bubbles rising.

Resiny aroma of Columbus hops, pungent, citrusy, and even lightly floral. The ripe fruit scent just keeps drawing you back in, which is a great quality to have.

Grapefruit is big in this, with some maltiness in the middle and end. Resiny and herbal, with a bitter finish. Light sweetness before the rush of alpha acids takes over the palate. Body has fullness, with fairly low level carbonation. Very long aftertaste that lingers forever, somewhat drying. One bomber is the perfect serving size.

A really delicious IPA from the midwest that can go toe-to-toe with any given west coast variety. This series just gets better and better...

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Lady Columbia IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.18 out of 5 with 23 ratings
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