Rye'm & Reason | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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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 TurdFurgison on 06-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of allengarvin
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

(review relocated from 2009--apparently I stuck it in the wrong place, which is going to be deleted)

Whoever decided to cap the top with a wax covering ought to be dipped head-first into hot wax. After 10 minutes of trying to cut my way in with a bottle opener, I finally went in search of a knife and opened it.

The color of this beer is a lovely mahogany, with a thick, dense head on top, and beautiful lacing. It's obvious this is a hop bomb from the nose, full of citrus and pine resin hop notes to the exclusion of everything else. Very good flavor, not nearly as bitter as expected: instead, there's a well-balanced toasty maltiness, lots of bitterness of course but fortunately never overwhelming, a load of hop flavor, and a subtle fruitiness. The body is a bit thin, which is the only real flaw.

Very nice beer.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Schmaltzy
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Great light amber/caramel color body with 2 fingers white head that dies down slowly leaving clumps of lacing.

S- Nice grapefruit/citrus/piney hops, getting a nice sweetness to it like a light caramel apple and some sweet rye scents.

T- Not much hops in the front, loads of caramel and sweet rye and for once citrusy hops on the backend for a nice dry finish.

M- Ample carbonation with a medium body, due to the sweet rye, very good feel with nice combonation of Sweet and Citrus.

D- Very nice session beer, just a little too much sweetness for me and a little too out of the norm for my West Coast IPA style, but with that being said it is a good beer for the style up there with Hop Rod Rye as stated below.

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Photo of tpd975
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice dark golden shade with a nice off white head. Nice retention with some chunky lace.

S: Very floral aroma. Lots of herbal hops, grass, with notes of grapefruit rind.

T: Hoppy yet nice. Crystal malt up front, with mild carame and honeyl. Herbal hop flavors as well. Grassy green hops, citrus, and a dash of sweet pine.

M: Medium in body, smooth, tasty.

D: Damn good, I love the Flossmoor IPA's.

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Photo of mikey711
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A probably sat on this for longer than I should have but better late than never.

A: Bright amber color that is very clear with lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. The head is frothy, but slightly off white and leaves very good lacing. It was thick from the pour, over an inch, but the bubbles were not tightly packed. Head retention was good.

S: Slightly soapy smelling and light floral hops. Some hints of biscuit malt and maybe a bit of a sour note which was surprising.

T: The hops are pretty subdued but the rye provides a nice bready note. It is very balance though. Strangely I can still taste a slightly soapy and sour note.

M: A touch of alcohol heat. The body is light which is nice, but really it is just ok.

D: I think th issue here is I waited to long to drink this beer. I really enjoy rye beers and there is a very nice rye note but I am glad I split this bottle.

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Photo of sholland119
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from mikesgroove in round two of the 666 BIF. Thanks, Mike.

A-Very cloudy peach with a fluffy off white head that settles nicely into a thin pool on top with some decent lacing.

S-Lots of sweet malt and very generous hops. Citrus hops and floral hops. Very appealing.

T-Very flavorful. I did not note any rye in the nose but its grainy presence is very evident here right from the start. Hops kick in early and stay late. A nice earthy bite all the way through with a hint of citrus as well. Very nice.

M-Medium bodied. Despite the strong bitterness, few bitter notes linger.

D-A really excellent IPA. Another winner from Flossmoor.


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Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to stonequarrywest for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Blue Waxed

Pours a very nice slightly thick golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, but with some nice malt notes, citrus, slight pine, and caramel. The taste is sweet, bitter, hoppy, malty, with a nice touch of citrus, and some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first from this brewery and hopefully not my last. A very tasty IPA, nicely balanced, but a little more on the hoppy side. Thanks Gabe.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Blue wax capped bomber poured into an oktoberfest glass.
Navy Blue - "Rye"m & Reason

Pours a nice dark amber with a small sticky light brown head. Smell is very hoppy, nice and sweet with some lemon notes. A hint of Rye in here too...

DAMN! This thing is awesome! Very hoppy with a good kick of Rye, also has a good amount of malt in there for a solid overall taste. Reminds me of Hop Rod Rye, and that's a great thing.

What an amazing brew, this should be in their standard line up, I wish I had more than one bomber... Huge thanks to mikesgroove for this!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of koopa
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Rec'd in a fairly recent trade thanks!

Appearance: Transparent bronze with honey folds. A nice 2 finger off white crown that sits on top, showing some retention and lacing. Perhaps the rye is what puts this one on the darker end of the IPA color spectrum.

Smell: An underlying foundation of rye and perhaps a caramel malt with grassy herbal hops resting on top of it.

Taste: Strong fruity quality from the malt and slight herbal slightly spicy hop tinge. Very balanced.

Mouthfeel: Spot on if you ask me. Medium bodied, a touch chewy, and enough carbonation to get it down nice and easy!

Drinkability: Would have given this one a 4.5 if the ABV was lower.

Another great IPA from Flossmoor Station!

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Photo of portia99
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle received in trade with jchampl. Thanks! Shared with nonstick. Poured into a Russian River Belgian glass.

A - Pours a clear copper, amber color with a half finger off white head. Head dissipates rather quickly, buts leaves nice, sticky lacing.

S - Very fruity aroma. I get plenty of citrus, mostly orange and a hint of grapefruit. Sweet malt backing things up...yeastiness and just a touch of spicyness, presumably from the rye. Very well balanced.

T - Smooth, rounded bitterness. Lots of rye character here. The citrus that was in the aroma disappears in the flavor. Balanced towards the malty side. Not an overly hoppy IPA.

M - Smooth and rich...medium bodied. Nice, creamy carbonation...yeastiness, fruitiness and spicy rye linger into the aftertaste. Very nice.

D - This is a quite drinkable IPA...well balanced and full of flavor...nothing overpowering. At 7.50%, not quite sessionable, but the strength is totally not apparent.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured via 22oz. bomber. Thanks to FooFaa for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with a creamy off-white head that settled into a quarter inch of retention, a patchy film and decent lacing.

S - Citrusy hops with some pine accents appear first, followd by a sweet caramel malt character. Amarillo hops impart a spicy, citrusy zing to the aroma.

T - Like the aroma, citrus and spicy hops dominate, providing a moderate bite in the finish. Sweet malts balance the flavor a bit, but overall the hops are victorious, with Amarillo at the forefront. The rye presence provides a hint of spiciness.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation and a syrupy texture with some oily hop residue. Finish is somewhat dry and moderately bitter on the tongue.

D - Really solid IPA with lots of flavor and a balanced hop profile. The rye character is a bit more subtle than other rye-infused IPAs I've had in the past. Still, this was quite tasty overall.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a bunch to GbVDave for this extra in a recent trade. I'd only heard about this place and was amazed to see how many beers they currently brew and have brewed over the years. Wow!

A really good-looking beer. I'm assuming the "rye" in the name is the reason this is a little more toasty-tan in color than many other IPAs. The head is thin but creamy and retains well, leaving streaks, dots and stripes of lace on the glass.

Aroma is wonderful, like the gates of hop-heaven opening before the nostrils. That said, it's not a pine-needle extravaganza or unholy grapefruit-rind massacre...it's a clean, sensible, breezy, candy-sweet hop aroma, with a ton of character. It's superbly well-balanced against the malt, to boot, which has a gooey, caramel candy-like essence.

On the tongue lays a hop/malt balance that hangs with the best of 'em. Has that particular rye-ness about it, very earthy, a little coarse, somewhat spicy and distinctively grainy, while the hops are equally fruity, piney, minty and grassy. It's not an enormous wallop, but hop-lovers won't be disappointed either. Further into the glass, a candy-like caramel wonderfulness starts upstaging the hops. Fine by me, because it's delicious.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, despite having equal parts bubble fizz and slick slipperiness. No huge problem here, just maybe lacks the bigness and pizazz of the flavor and aroma.

High-quality stuff here. I'm now officially anxious to try more from Flossmoor. I even dig their attitude, as conveyed on the bottle: "Original Gravity: Does it Matter?; Bitterness: Plenty 4U." Awesome.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to mikesgroove for sending a bottle of this to me in a recent trade.

A: A dark, rich amber color with about 1.5 fingers worth of white foam.

S: A bit of a spicey aroma, which would seem to be from the rye. The hop aromas tended toward grapefruit with a mild resinous pine scent.

T: The taste starts off a bit slow, mostly malt and rye. It builds to a grapefruit citrus flavor in the middle and finishes with a moderate bitterness.

M: Good carbonation and medium bodied, the transition of flavors makes this very interesting.

D: All the flavors of this beer work together very well to form an easy drinking and very tasty IPA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Another in a long line of great IPA's from Flossmoor. This one I was especially pleased to be able to get my hands on. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/27/2009.

Very nice pour, all the Flossmoor IPA's seem to have such a really solid pour to them and this one was no exception to the rule. Deep, dark amber in color with a huge head of white foam just dripping over the top, caking the entire inside of the glass on its way down. The aroma was very nicely balanced. Not terribly heavy on the hops, rather nice notes of bready malts and hints of piney hops that blend very well together and really put together quite a nice show I have to say. First sip is very rich, feel is damn near perfect with a big, bold body and really very well done carbonation that never quits. Qucik bite of piney hops with a sticky, resin filled flavor. Qucily turns over to a buttery, biscuit filled flavor mid palate. Smooth, sweet and very subtle before it pulls back out and leaves a very solid and very complete finish on the table. No trace of the abv at all and this one really just completes the show very, very nicely.

Overall this was about as solid as it gets for a smooth and drinkable IPA. Not the hop bomb at all, but well balanced and very well put together. I would have no issue drinking this one any day.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 08/04/2009. Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a semi-clear orange-brown with a small thick white head. Aroma of tropical fruits, spicy rye grains, and grassy hops. Flavor of earthy hops and spicy rye with a touch of citrus. 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

"Most of our so-called reasoning consists in finding arguments for going on believing as we already do."

--James Harvey Robinson

Glazed terra cotta with crystalline clarity and several streams of lazily rising bubbles. The upper third of the pint glass is occupied by a gorgeous crown the color of lightly toasted marshmallows. Sticky sheets of BB-shot lace look outstanding as well.

For some reason, the aroma is more DIPA than IPA. Maybe because toasted-spicy malt pushes its way into the foreground alongside the citrusy fruit hops. The hoppiness isn't distinctive enough for me to make any guesses. What the hell: Cascade and Chinook. Yeah, that's probably way off.

Are all the Flossmoor Station IPAs as good as Time-Out and "Rye"m & Reason? If so, I'm kicking myself for not discovering this place sooner. Every trip on I-80 will now require a stop at the brewpub. If I had known these brews were this tasty, I would have brought home multiple bombers of each.

R & R is hoppy beer, but it isn't a hop bomb. It also tastes like a DIPA, since the malt plays so much of a role in the flavor profile. Specifics include lightly toasted rye bread (and nutty whole grain bread) slathered with orange marmalade and sprinkled with white grapefruit zest.

Beer of this style doesn't need to be deep and dizzyingly complex, it just needs to have enough background sweetness and plenty of fresh hop flavor and bitterness. Check... check... and check. Drinkability must be through the roof because the bomber is empty much sooner than usual.

The glass is now generously blasted with lace, which only solidifies the appearance score first impression. As far as mouthfeel, it's slightly bigger than most IPAs and slightly smaller than most DIPAs. It's also polished glassy smooth and has extremely polite carbonation. Fewer hop burps is a compromise that I'm willing to live with.

Those who live within easy driving distance of Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery should consider themselves fortunate. I'm sorry that I never got the chance to drink Matt's beer, but it looks like Bryan isn't letting quality slip one iota. This is a lip-smackingly delicious IPA that disappeared way too quickly. Thanks to GbVDave for a quality extra.

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4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz navy blue wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Picked this one up at the brewpub.

Pours a clear coppery amber, with a finger of foamy off-white head. Retains with some bunching around the edges, and some thin wisps in the center, throwing a big foamy cascade of lace up on the sides of the glass. Nice. The aroma is floral smelling, with a deep spicy element to it. Some of it seems to be coming from the more herbal elements of the hops, but mostly it's coming from strong grainy rye that is present. Lingering rye mixes in to create a tangy bloom with notes of tropical fruits and caramel, which round this out in the back. Some light warmth gives this some beef in the nose.

The taste is similar, with a more subdued and moderately aggressive bitterness, but this is very spicy overall. It's initially fairly smooth up front from the bready rye, but then gets much more sharp towards the backend. The hops and spice are backed up by a tangy/almost like a sourdough tasting mix of rye, citrus, and toasted caramel malts. The finish on this really brings the goods though, with a hugely lingering dry spicy nature that gets quite intense at times. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a big creaminess to it up front, but it is then quickly followed by a pricklier carbonation that really accentuates the sharp spiciness of this. This also has a nice oiliness to the body, that runs throughout, helping that 7.5% ABV go down nicely.

No shortage of rye here, which really brought a pleasant level of complexity to this, adding tang and spice to this in spades. The hops themselves seemed a bit muted (maybe they have fallen off a bit after 2 months) but I still found to be a most interesting and tasty American IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Flossomoor bottle received from Alex (Masterski) Thanks Man... He's an excellent trader.

2+ fingers of foamy head with large bubbles. Slowly begins to collapse upon itself. Some soapy and leaves many clumps of lacing on the inside of the glass. Bright orange amber color with the slightest haze. No carbonation is visible.

Aroma is a bit muted. Slight sweetness and a bit of fruit.

I'm assuming from the name that it's made with Rye and the flavor pretty much confirms this. The dry rye grains come through with a cracker like flavor. Very light fruit and a bit of spice in the middle of the flavor profile. This gives way to a dry finish that has some pine hop bitterness.

The mouth feel is decidedly dry and the body is medium. Very conservative carbonation.

To me this drinks more like and APA, vs. an American IPA. The rye touch is nice and provides a crisp and dry experience. A nice change of pace. I enjoy this, but I would place this lower among my Flossmoor favorites...

Always a pleasure to try Flossmoor beers.

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Photo of blackie
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: bomber portioned into snifters with dirtylou before the great taste pre-parties and enjoyed with a board of Wisconsin cheeses, dark amber in color with a light smattering of carbonation on the surface

s: spicy rye adds an interesting touch to the front with a grainy caramel backbone, hops bring a range of herbs and citrus with aromas of pine tea, oxidized apple juice

m: carbonation on the lighter side of the medium range accompanying a medium body

t: spicy rye rides a body of bready, grainy caramel malt, hop flavors of dried, steeped pine boughs and dried herbs with a moderate pine bitterness in the finish, the rye wields its influence from the start through the finish, good but perhaps a little thin in depth

d: enjoyable, but not something I'd seek out for a repeat

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, navy wax - scooped in Chicago a few weeks ago from Armanetti's

split with borat

appearance: snifter treatment - dark murky amber body with a very light beige bubbly ring

smell: juicy citrus hops - grapefruit, blood orange, lemon...spicy rye notes are noticed behind the scenes

taste: the rye is more evident here - spicy and earthy and providing a nice twist...the hopping is pretty strong as Flossmoor brews typicall are - juicy citrus, slightly tropical, bitter pine

mouthfeel: bitter and spicy with an oddly flat finish

drinkability: hindered by the spice

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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Archer Liquors, split w/ dkachur and poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous, perfectly transparent orange-amber, replete - filled to the brim! - with average speed, fine bubbled carbonation, like small jewels, pinpoint fine and incredibly well-distributed. The one-finger of foamy, marshmallow cloud head has amazing retention, beginning to fade only after I desperately (and I think unsuccessfully) tried to pull a floating cat here that had fallen on to it off. I think it ended up getting sucked in to the foam, never to be seen (though perhaps soon to be tasted/felt) again. The lacing is similarly impressive, sheet-like, in that awesome "frost on the windows" kinda way. Very, very nice.

Aroma: The first beer where the first aromatic note I pulled out was mango, actually. But there's certainly a lot more going on here. Juicy citrus dominates, really (I only got the mango first because it was so pungent, relative to the amount of mango I get in other brews), with tons of thick, ruby red grapefruit, blood oranges, and lighter lemon zest, all accompanied by a huge amount of minty, herbal goodness. Honestly, the hop combo reminds me a lot of Three Floyds - sort of that same fruity/minty/slightly vegetal combination that characterizes Alpha Kind, Gumballhead, and - to a lesser degree - Dreadnaught. The rye is present, but almost an afterthought, though not as much as the remainder of the roasted but nonetheless still slightly earthy and wholesome malt backbone.

Taste: A bit of a step down from the aroma, but not too much. The rye is definitely far more prominent here than it was in the aroma - as rye tends to be - with a spicy, earthy, dirty sort of kick that compliments and exists in synergy with a moderate to slightly super-moderate amount of bitterness courtesy of the hop schedule. The hops are a little more subdued here - still citrusy, with grapefruit dominating, but also slightly vegetal here ... or is that the rye? Caramel, sweet doughy malt, and light toffee provide the easel for this tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: Nearly a 4.5, really. This one's smooth, creamy, even, moderately thick, like good IPAs should be, but a little too subtly carbonated - that is, after a little while, it starts to seem, relatively, "flat."

Drinkability: A damn fine IPA. And now a story:

The first Flossmoor brew I ever had was courtesy of a very generous BA at Sexual Chocolate release day '09. I don't know who he was, but many thanks to him nonetheless. It was a magical day - in addition to the Sexual Chocolate I picked up (8 bottles) and had on tap (3 glasses), I was able to dry Firestone Walker XI, New Glarus Dancing Man Wheat, a ton of excellent Founders (not yet in VA at the time), and Kuhnhenn. Stellar evening. Anyway, when this one came around, I was sheer stoked. Flossmoor! They have amazing IPAs, I'd heard. And this one - this one I held in my hands, complete with wax - was simply labeled "IPA." Ah, it must be their house standard IPA, me thought. I got a really solid review out of it on my blackberry (customary for me at the time), as there was a ton left in the bottom of the bottle. Only once I got back to my hotel that evening did I realize that there was no Flossmoor "house" IPA, and that the color of the wax - a detail now lost in the mildly-inebriated recesses of my mind - was the identifying characteristic that got away. Which "Brewer's Whim" IPA it was has been forever lost to the ages.

So, though this is not the first Flossmoor brew I've drank, nor is it even the first Flossmoor brew I've reviewed, it will be the first review of a Flossmoor brew I've uploaded. And a damn good brew this is (as was the other). Flavorful, with a great mouthfeel, fantastic stick and retention, and - at 7.5% - in that perfect range of "quaffability" that's not too high nor too low, this one comes highly recommended. Cheers to Flossmoor for another/the first of many IPAs (and others) to come.

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Photo of mcallister
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Opaque cloudy orangish red with a thick fine off white head that fades into a half finger and stays. No lace.

The rye malt really shows through nicely, thick with citrusy hops and piney wonderings. Caramel and toffee malt with spicey characters from the rye as well. Very nice and complex.

Very soft beer with a creamy mouth. Hops are a bit astringent and chalky on the finish with spicey rye throughout. Hints of red currant and other red fruits. Citrus and pine.

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Photo of rudylaw
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper to hazy yellow gradient with a thick, foamy head.

I get the customary hoppy sniff. Pine, citrus, floral and quite a bit of rye.

Tastes the same, but pepper in some pepper... hah! Comparable to Tyranena's Bitter Woman in the Rye... but done better.

This is a very drinkable IPA with medium body. This doesn't achieve the excellent standard Flossmoor IPA's of yesteryear, but it's a nice, solid summer ingestion.

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Rye'm & Reason from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 34 ratings