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Recession Ale | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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

Style: English Pale Mild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Recession Ale (3.0% a.b.v.)
Our beautiful rendition of an American Mild. Delicious citrus and grassy nose out of a golden and hazy straw colored body. Recession Ale has a light mouthfeel but is probably the most flavorful beer you will ever have at only 3% a.b.v. The Chinook, Amarillo, and Cascade hops assert themselves but help you forget the economy is in the toilet. SPECIAL PRICING! $2/12oz $3/16oz $4/20oz

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 8
Photo of birdsellam
2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BacklitAvenger
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at the Marion Street Cheese Market in Oak Park for my birthday. If you can get to MSCM do it, they got plenty of amazing beer/cheese/olives/pickled shit/bread/everything. Had this to start the night out because I was on an empty stomach at the minute. From notes.

Appearance - A golden, to amber colored beer with a finger and a half head. Ample carbonation supports the pillowy head for a good while. Nice lacings as well.

Smell - There's a nice maltiness that's immediately evident but also a good portion of hops. Mostly citrus with some pine and floral complexity.

Taste - The malts are toasty and biscuit-like. Fresh baked bread and such. They support a surprising amount of hops. Definitely some citric Cs in there. There's no alcohol evident, and the taste is just as strong as in a brew with twice as much alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Crisp but not insubstantial. Lively carbonation is appropriate for me.

Drinkability - Absurdly high. This reminds me slightly of stone levitation, in that it is a low alcohol beer balanced between malt and american hops. The levi is stronger in flavor, but I really honestly wish more brewers would enter the world of milds. This is to me an american mild, as an american pale ale or IPA is to its english counterpart in hop choice and intensity.

If you can find this stuff go for it, it's a tasty cup of goodness and you can drink till morning without really becoming impaired.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.67/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the brewpub, my last beer of the visit and I figured I could handle one more considering it was only 3% ABV. The beer is clear, golden colored, with a thin white foam. The smell is understated and neutral, more malty than hoppy. The taste is also on the light side but apparently a lot was put into this beer (Chinook, Amarillo, and Cascade hops). As with the nose I found this to taste more malty than hoppy, easy flavor that doesn't offend but certainly doesn't come on strong. I'd say Flossmoor hit the target (low cost beer with as much flavor as possible).

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Photo of Sean9689
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours light brown with a small white head which leave behind some nice-looking sticky lacing.

S - Lots of malt, very very light hops, and some caramel.

T - Very mild flavors. Slight touch of bitterness, light sweetness.

M - Light bodied, good carbonation, very crisp and smooth.

D - A good beer for the style but then again, not my favorite style. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Pre-Darklord Day gathering @ Flossmoor Station on 4/24/09. Served in a plastic cup.

Pours a clear copper with a thinnish foamy white head. Retention is recent, throwing some lighty spotty foam up on the sides of the cup. The aroma is fairly sweet with notes of bread and citrus, as well as a gentle floral feel. This wasn't overly complex but was pleasant and nicely assertive considering the very low ABV.

The taste is pretty similar to the aroma, with light toasted malts and a good bit of citrus character. Some moderate hops pull up the back, adding a bit more gravitas to the profile. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied with a very easy going feel to it, as well as a nice bit of firmness to the carbonation that helps boost the flavors with a little extra oompth.

Wow, this was a nice surprise. Full flavors, considering the ABV, a huge drinkibility, and most of all, a great price point make this a flavorful sessioner if ever there was one. It's awesome to see them offer something like this at Flossmoor.

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Photo of joe1510
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Flossmoor Station

Recession is brought to the bar shining with a pale golden body and a very slight haziness. A couple streams of large carbonation bubbles explode to the surface to keep the micro bubbled, perfectly white head in place. Decent lace lines are left here and there down the glass after each gulp.

This low abv beer has a surprisingly hoppy nose to it. The hoppiness brings a touch of grass but it mostly leans toward the citric side of the spectrum with orange and grapefruit being the two most noticeable. A faint, crisp biscuity maltiness brings up the rear. The entire aroma is crisp, clear and refreshing. This beer smells like an IPA light and I'm really enjoying it when taking the abv into consideration.

The flavor is a nice surprise with the low abv. That same biscuity malt lines the tongue before a surprisingly present citric hoppiness rolls along. Orange and sweetened grapefruit play a nice roll without ever coming across too strong. Again, this is like an IPA light and is probably the best low abv beer I've ever drank.

The body is on the moderate side of light but a good slow rolling carbonation boosts the mouthfeel nicely. There's a touch of bitterness left behind after each sip.

Drinkability? This is a gulper without a doubt. As a matter of fact it's hard to drink this one slow. Each drink is so refreshing and enjoyably hoppy the glass barely touches the bar.

It would be great to see this beer become a mainstay at Flossmoor; it would make a great addition to their lineup. The hoppiness is fantastic and totally unexpected with the low abv. It's hard to believe they pulled such flavor from a brew this low in alcohol.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Pokal)

A- This beer has a slight haze to the bright copper colored body and a thin snow white head with good lacing after each sip. There is a gentle carbonation that trails to the surface.

S- This beer has a soft fresh malt aroma with some bitter hops aroma to follow. The malt has some depth to the pale malt aroma but still stays pretty light in toast.

T- The soft fresh flavor of pale malt has a light biscuit note to it with some dandelion green hay hop bitterness to the finish. The hops are a little bigger than the malt but they have good balance.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol of fizz, but there is a slight slippery texture at the finish.

D- This beer has a nice full flavor with a great freshness. The hops are a bit strong on the bitterness and a bit more aroma or flavor would be nice. Very good beer especially at the price.

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Entered as an "English" Pale Mild Ale due to the ABV, although it's an americanized version.

Draft pint at Flossmoor Station. Bright pale gold body, visible carbonation trails, with a slim cap of foam on the surface. The head sustains itself pretty well for the style. Faint yet distinctive cut grass and citrus aromas. Chinook, Amarillo, and Cascade hops are listed, and the citrus of the last two really come through nicely. Flavor is in fact fairly mild, a light yet firm hop bitterness in the back, grassy, with some flaked maize and clean malt taste. Very light feel, not watery like some milds, just enough carb to carry it along. Super drinkable, and at $3 a pint, the ultimate cure for tough economic times...

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Photo of crayphish
4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a few of these at the Station today during the release party. The beer arrived a surprising orange clear liquid. A thin head adorned the pint. Smell consisted of a faint hop presence. Discernible? Yes. Overpowering? No. Taste is another story. A amazing grapefruit pop from such a small beer. Finished with a clean sugary note. Mouthfeel is crisp and ultimately refreshing. Drinkability might be unsurpassed. This beer would be the weekend warriors nectar if it could be had in six packs.

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Recession Ale from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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