Shimkos' Simcoes | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

Shimkos' SimcoesShimkos' Simcoes
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Shimkos' SimcoesShimkos' Simcoes

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
White wax. 2009 release.

Added by westweasel on 04-18-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 27
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3.5/5  rDev -19.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Flossmoor bomber with white wax, part of a DLD trade this year, maybe this is the freshest Flossmoor IPA available at the time. The beer is very clear, light copper color, thick slab of foam. This IPA smells really fruity, like papaya and citrus, you can also sense a strong pale malt base. The taste is sweet in a tropical fruit way, with some alcohol burn and a little bitterness in the aftertaste. The same light carbonation and smooth mouthfeel of other Flossmoor IPA's, very tasty as always.

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Photo of antoines15
4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep brownish copper with a medium yellowish tan head that reduced to a thin cap that left nice lace.

S-A powerful blast of the citrusy goodnes of Simcoe hops. Touch of astringency and sweet caramel malt in the background.

T-Sharp bite of spicy, citrus hops with good backing of rich, sweet, caramel malt. Touch of burnt caramel in the finish.

M-Medium body quite sharp with LONG lasting hop bitterness.

D-Good but maybe a bit too spicy and not enough citrus but that is the only negative I really have. Adjust the hop bill, more late addition/dry hopping, and this could be stellar.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Snagged a bottle at the new Binnys Algonquin today.

Poured 2/3 of the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Tawny russet color, shot through with a shade of red. Sticky sheet of lace coating the glass. Aroma of strong florals at first, giving way to pineapple and piney resin. A sweet tropical hint with a slight resiny character, and the malt base is also noticeable.

Sweet and simultaneously bitter, the fruity hops are in full display with a 50/50 malt showcase. Some malt-derived caramel and brown sugar sweetness. Resiny herbal bitterness lingers in the aftertaste. Big rich flavor, though drinkability doesn't suffer. The malt definitely seems more substantial than past IPA's of the series, but it still packs a punch for hopheads. Nice stuff!

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Flossmoor for the pre DL day get together.

Pours a dark amber in color with a nice two inches of head. This is a little bit darker than I was expecting. Smell is wonderful citrusy hops. Very floral and inviting. Taste is big, juicy hops. Plenty of citrus and bite. Lots of grapefruit and a decent amount of malt to help support. Very clean and enjoyable. Full and bittering in the mouthfeel. I could drink quite a bit of this.
This is the first offering I've had from the new brewer, and things are starting off pretty good.

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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for sharing the Flossmoor wealth. 22oz bomber with white wax poured into a tulip.

Pours relatively dark for an IPA, a deep brownish amber that shows a little more orange under light. The head is big, fluffy and off-white, lasting as a cap for the entire session and leaving lots of lacing.

The aroma is massive and full of floral pine hop aromas, deep and resinous, as well as some sweet citrus fruits, maybe some oranges and hints of grapefruit. It's got some caramel malts in the nose to balance things out a bit.

The taste has some citrus bitterness right of the bat before filling the mouth with sweet malts and tropical fruits. The finish bring the pine hops back and leave a stick hop resin taste on the palate after each sip.

The mouthfeel is medium to full for an IPA, but at 8.7% I find it hard to compare to other standard IPAs. As a DIPA, it's medium bodied. Either way, the carbonation is good and it's nice and sticky overall.

This is another great brew in the IPA lineup at Flossmoor and I'm definitely excited that there's been no fall-off in quality with the new brewer. Congrats Bryan on making such a tasty IPA.

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4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Dave (dukedevil0) for bringing over a bottle of this. Had it on-tap at pre-DLD but never took notes (was too hyped for crazy sour tasting), and then the stupid Algonquin distribution kept me from getting to a bottle any sooner.

A - A little bit of a gusher. Two fingers of blonde foam with decent retention and tons of sticky glass-coating lacing. Slightly hazed orange-brown with a nice glow to it.

S - Wow - smells like caramel. This wasn't the most hop-forward Flossmoor IPA but the hop presence is pretty much DOA here. Maybe a touch of pine and grapefruit, but very understated. Even though it's not super hoppy any more it still smells pretty good.

T - Apple, caramel, brown sugar, a hint of pine-y hops and some tropical fruit and peach flavors. Again - it's a little old and faded, but it's still quite palatable and doesn't have that slightly rancid old IPA taste to it. Low residual bitterness. Alcohol is very well-hidden, especially considering it's one of the strongest Flossmoor IPAs.

M - The feel is really smooth and soft, with mild carbonation, and dry finish. Thicker medium body and not a ton of residual stickiness. I generally love the Flossmoor feel, and this isn't an exception.

D - I remember this being easy drinking at pre-DLD, and even with the more muted hop flavors that really hasn't changed. Low bitterness, smooth texture and lower carbonation, solid taste make this pretty drinkable stuff.

My scores a little skewed to what I remember this beer tasting like when it was fresh, but it has aged much better than some of the other old Flossmoor IPAs I've tried. I'd recommend waiting for Bryan to do another batch (he did at Rock Bottom, so I know this recipe is written down, unlike some of the other Brewer's Whim series).

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from Binny's Algonquin.

A: Pours a nice orangy amber with a generous amount of white head that leaves an attractive amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells like citrus, hops, grapefruit, pine, some molasses and toffee smells too that might be more prominent because the hops have probably faded (since I had this when it was fresh on tap), however it still smells very pleasant

T: Tastes much more malty than I remember when I had this fresh, the hops are faded bigtime, also some apply flavor, but i remember this being like a super hoppy red ale/ipa and this is just a shadow of it's former self, this just didn't keep over time well at all
Luckily I still have a pretty good idea of what this used to be like, which was major citrus, grapefruit, and hoppy with a nice minor red ale type flavor... the slight bitter finish is still there though

M: Full bodied and well carbonated that makes this have a really nice mouthfeel

D: The drinkability takes a slight hit because of how this faded in a pretty quick amount of time...but fresh this was a super drinkable and sessionable IPA so I can't take the score down too much.

Unfortunately, this beer's prime is long overdue. I'm kicking myself for even holding on to the beer this long. Fresh this was a GREAT IPA, definitely a solid A-/A beer. It's still good but in a different way with the malty presence that would make be only give it a B+.

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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with a frothy, heartily bubbly, whitish head.

Smell: Aromatic, redolent, predominately hoppy nose with large notes of luscious, juice-dripping tropical fruits with some lesser sweetish malt accents in the background.

Taste: Fairly sturdy malt foundation with touches of pale and caramel maltiness. A fair amount of sweetness ushers in the strong hop profile -- Ruby Red grapefruit, oranges, fresh herbs, and, perhaps, even a touch of Golden Lippens mangoes and gooey pine resin. The malt base tries its damnedest to reemerge, but the hops manage to cow it. Shimkos' Simcoes finishes with a dessert-like dryness and a pleasingly long, staunch bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is a tad oily.

Drinkability: Recommended! Flossmoor regularly hits home runs with their IPA's. Even considering the bold bitterness and asserted 8.7% ABV, this beer has a surprisingly high drinkability, as it's just downright quaffable.

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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dusky, deep crimson hue. Slim white head.

Gorgeous aromatics, mango, grapefruit, & prickly pine, with caramel undertones.

bitter smack up front on loading into the palate, then a slow glide down...pithy citrus smack, with sweet, malty goodness below.
Beautiful blend, with non-stop blast of hops to the lips and tongue, yum, yum.

Medium-bodied, spicy flash, bitterness well met with sweet, toffee-ish malt backbone. Lightly spicy finish.

Great stuff. Thanks for sharing the bottle, Dean!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of joe1510
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64oz Growler
Flossmoor Station

Shimkos' Simcoe shows off a body the color of tarnished copper with a good deal of clarity. The off white head had the sheen of an eggshell and incredible staying power. Each pour from the growler easily produced two finger heads that fell ridiculously slowly and left sticky clumped lacing down the sides of the glass. This is an impressive looking IPA.

The nose begins with a solid caramel backbone but that's quickly pushed aside by the hop profile. Plenty of citrus is noticeable right from the get go with orange being most prominent. Pine needles waft around in the back but don't let my use of the word waft fool you into thinking the pine can hold its own with the orange, because it can and does. A clean drying booziness sits in the rear that accentuates the hop profile of this IPA. There are even floral notes as this one warms up.

The flavor follows the aroma stride for stride. A deep caramel maltiness, that almost reaches light white toast occasionally, starts things off but is quickly taken over by the dominating hop profile again. Orange oils come through in a big way with a blast of smooth and bitter citrus. Bright pine needle hoppiness follows the citrus closely and drenches the tongue in a solid bitterness. Clean but noticeable alcohol cleans it up on the swallow and brings the bitterness forward.

I'm surprised at the mouthfeel on this big IPA. For a beer ringing in at 8.7% the body is like an IPA in the 6.5-7% range with a moderate body and prickly enough carbonation to keep things moving. The bitterness coats the tongue but this beer drinks like a dream.

The drinkability is off the charts. This beer drinks like a much lower in alcohol IPA which can be very dangerous with the abv this puppy hides so well.

I was both excited and a little apprehensive to try the first new IPA from Flossmoor's new brewer. I have to give it to him; he hit the nail on the head. What better way to start off a new gig than to pump out an IPA of this quality. Keep up the good work over there Brian!

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4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass, thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for another phenomenal beer. Drank from around 50 degrees and up.

Pours dark copper, very clear, with a gorgeous, dense one-finger light-khaki head on top. Supremely persistent, would not disappear and took forever just to settle into a dense cap. Epic lacing.

One of the best smelling IPA's I've had - I got whiffs of it from a foot away as soon as I popped the bottle, and it refused to go away the whole time I was drinking it. Grapefruit rind bites at the nostrils, beautiful sweet, clean, vivid tropical citrus pairs with a bit of hop bite and a firm malt body underneath that is caramel sweet but also just a bit toasty. You can tell this one's fresh.

Taste is very nice, extremely balanced. The tongue is greeted with a nice, sweet, citrusy, introduction up front, gaining some bright tropical fruit notes mid palate as the simcoes really come out to shine, and ramps into a piny bitterness on the finish the finish that is fantastically satisfying without being at all overwhelming. Finish is lingering light bitterness, a bit piny, though tropical fruit, citrus rind, and even some lightly toasty malt echoes through as well. Delicious - would likely be a 4.2 or 4.3 if such subtleties were possible.

Mouthfeel is creamy, full, rich and tingly. Excellent.

Drinkability is superb. Lightly bitter but always balanced, the hops shine in this one while letting the malt take the stage in a few spots as well. This is another one that confirms for me how much freshness matters for IPA's. Great beer.

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at DLD Eve '09 on location. Life was good that day...

Appearance - pours a hazed, dulled orange with shades of darkened peach. A sizable head reduces and stays at a thin finger, leaving good sheets of lace in its wake.

Aroma - citrusy, intense grapefruit.

Taste - biscuity caramel malt base, layered with light sweetness as a prelude. The hops come on fruity and juicy at first, resolving to something more dry, piny and bitter. Avoids any medicinal flavor, stays intense, bitter and tasty. Finishes dry with an arid bitterness.

Mouthfeel - big body for an IPA, very nice. Smooth, almost silky, and a tempered carbonation to let the flavors run free.

Drinkability - dangerously sessionable. I toast this one to it's compatriot brethren lost in a UPS ground skirmish. We hardly knew ye...

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4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce white wax dipped bottle via wkycr4, thanks again Wendall, poured into tulip glass, golden amber color, small white head, some retention and lacing, aroma consists of grapefruit, orange peel, herbs, sappy pine hops, and caramel malt, flavor is piney with some sweetness in the middle, nice bitterness, some apricot in the finish, mangoes and similar fruits come out in the aftertaste later on, medium bodied, dry and bitter mouthfeel, moderatate carbonation, could drink whole bottle, smooth and hidden alcohol, not too dry or sweet, smooth, would drink again, recommended

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4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with dukedevil0 thanks for the opportunity!

22oz bomber handsomely dipped in white wax.

Appearance: Dark iced tea with honey corners for the body. Bright 2 finger crown with some retention and good amounts of lacing.

Smell: Loads of caramel malt and some simcoe hops.

Taste: The simcoe hops actually have a bit of a fruity flavor to them. Not quite citrus fruit like a lemon, orange, or lime. More like a slightly red fruit berry like taste. The caramel malt is flawlessly integrated.

Mouthfeel: Nice amount of chewy-ness and medium bodied.

Drinkability: Me like...

This is one of the first IPA's with a strong caramel malt component that I actually enjoyed. Very well integrated.

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4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased by a friend for me at Flossmoor on his trip to Dark Lord day. A nice looking white wax covered bottle.

A: Pours a nice caramel brown color with a nice few finger thick head. The head recedes down to just a covering of bubbles but leaves loads of sticky lacing. Only thing it loses a bit on is the retention.

S: The aroma is a big and wonderful. A nice caramel malt backbone with huge hop aroma of both pine and citrus hops. It is just as pleasing to look at as it is to smell.

T: The taste follows the nose. A nice caramel malt backbone for a big blast of citrus and resiny piney hops. Its odd to want to call it both incredibly balanced as well as incredibly hoppy. I guess that means its a fantastic version of an IPA.

M: The mouthfeel is medium and you could possibly even call it thick for the style. The resinous piney hops leave the mouth sticky. Your tongue wants to stay stuck to the inside of your mouth. The carbonation is perfect. I do not know how, but it is both smooth and a bit prickly at the same time.

D: The ABV makes it just a bit less drinkable than some of the others in the style. However, it also goes down incredibly smooth for such a hoppy IPA.

I have only had a sip of one other Flossmoor beer (Collaborative Evil) and it was tasty. This one could be classified as a work of art. If you like IPAs and there is any way to get your hands on this brew, do yourself a favor and do it.

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4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loved this beer! It was a nice change from the hop bombs that I've been drinking lately. Poured a nice rust color with a off white foamy head. Smelled like dessert almost. Caramel, citrus, very fruity like. The taste was along the same lines. A sweet hop flavor, again caramel, sweet grapefruit and the slightest bitterness. Very drinkable and very enjoyable. Glad I have one left!

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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz white wax topped bomber that I picked up @ Flossmoor Station recently. Poured into an tulip glass.

Pours a beautiful clear coppery amber with 2 fingers of foamy off-white head. Thin creamy layer of retention frothes up nicely, leaving a tight cascade of spotty lace back that sticks. Much like all of the Flossmoor IPAs that I've had, this has a great look to it. The Simcoe hops really comes out well here in the aroma, being floral (with a touch of herbal dank to it) with a TON of sweet smelling citrus and malt character going on with it. This just has a great smelling freshness to it, with the aromatics just popping in the nose.

The Simcoe hops shine in the taste as well, imparting a dry and spicy bitterness that lingers lovingly on the palate, with a nice sweet backing of juicy tropcial citrus and bready caramel sweetness. Really nice balance here with hops and the tanginess of the malts evening each other out well. The hops return again in the finish, just completely drying the mouth out. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slicker feel and a touch of warmth to it. Despite the slickness, it also has a softer carbonation to it as well, that really helps this go down nicely for a DIPA level ABV.

This is the first IPA from new head brewer Bryan Shimkos and we've got a winner here folks. Great use of the Simcoe hops here (one of my favs!) and this continues the solid tradition of hugely flavorful Flossmoor IPAs that drink great despite their higher ABVs. Awesome stuff!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After enjoying several of these at Flossmoor while in town for DLD, I decided to bring home a growler to share with a friend, and fellow hop head. This brew did not disappoint. Pours a dark brown color, surprisingly dark. A nice thick tan head rest atop, and slowly recedes leaving lacing all around the glass. The Simcoe (a personal favorite hop) comes through in the smell, and that is a good thing, a strong citrusy hop aroma, with a strong carmel malt backbone. This beer was a pleasure to look at, smell, and taste. The Simcoe hops are fresh, and deliver a nice citrus bitterness, grapefruit would be the taste. It is an amazingly balanced flavor, though, as it has a lot of bitterness, but a strong enough malt backbone to hold it up. We both easily drank the growler quickly, as the beer is deceptively easy to drink, considering it is a DIPA in the truest definition in terms of ABV and hops. I really wish I lived near Flossmoor Station, I'd bring home a growler of this every weekend!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bomber w/ white tax into Duvel tulip.

A - Dark copper color, mirky, white head which leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Fruit punch nose, really good, tropical fruits all over the place. I get lots of pineapple and oranges with just a small hint of bitter citrus on the end. Not much bitterness at all on the nose. Is is probably my favorite nose on any IPA I've ever had.

T - I get the tropical fruit sweetness but mostly a wonderful hoppy bitterness. This is a really great-tasting IPA, I'm impressed.

M - Perfect carbonation, light-medium body, and very crisp and refreshing. This is an awesome IPA that's all gone by now (so I hear). Glad I have one bomber left!

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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple bottles after DLD. Poured from a white wax topped bomber into a Flossmoor pint glass.

A- Pours a distinct amber with a hint of orange hues. Produced fingers width of white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S- Very tropical. Vast fruit aroma ranging from oranges to pineapples. Just a starburst of wonderful scents with a little bit of candied sugar from the malt.

T- Wow. What a wonderful tasting IPA. Tasted like a lot of heavyweight DIPAs yet not overdone. Lots of sugary pineapples and oranges up front with a nice bitterness to cap it off. Simplistic, but very well done.

M- Well carbonated, clean, and refreshing.

D- This was extremely drinkable. Alcohol not really detectable. I really wish I bought more than two bottles.

Overall, one hell of an IPA. Probably the best IPA I have had to date, including Sculpin and Masala Mama. I wish this beer was distributed. I'll definitely be stopping by here next year after DLD.

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4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing copper with orange hues. Vigorous pour yeilds a thick head with big bubbles. Nice bubbly lace stays for the duration, with nice clumps of lace sticking to my snifter. Wow, nice burst of citrus and tropical fruit in the nose. Warming brings in some nice sweet candy sugars and a hint of butterscotch. Taste is a nice balence of assetive brown sugar like malt sweetness and piney, fruity hops that smack the malts back down into there place. Lingering light bready malt sweetness intertwines with with hop flavors to finish things out. The body is not a syrupy or thick as I would have expected for an almost 9% brew, but right in line anyhow. Drinkability is rediculous here, I keep wanting another sip. Dangerous. A must try for hopheads. Another stand out brew for Floosmoor Station.

Thanks DavidEddie for the fantatic extra here. You rock!

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Beer rating: 96.8% out of 100 with 31 ratings
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