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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Ratings: 34 |  Reviews: 31
Reviews by portia99:
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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More User Reviews:
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 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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear caramel colored body with a thick tan head that is cratered but last for a good bit. There is a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding through the beer.

S- The aroma of green earthy hops increases in pine qualities as the beer warms. There is a minty brightness to the pine aroma as well. Buried underneath is a light dry caramel malt aroma.

T- This beer has a full hop flavor with a soft bitterness and a cream flavor. The softer malt note is dry with a light spice flavor to follow, the notes of toast and cream are mixed with pale malt which is finished by a hop warmth that lingers after each sip.

M- There is a medium-light mouthfeel with a crisp finish and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer is complex but well blended with a full malt flavor and nice big hop flavor without having a harsh bitterness overtake it. The spice notes work well with the hops aswellas the malt flavors.

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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 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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Photo of beertooth
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the pub.

Served in a shaped pint glass.

A finger of off white head sits on top of a burnt orange body with streams of bubbles dancing up from the bottom of the pint.

The nose is giving me grapefruit, spicy rye, promise malt, acidic hops.

The first sip is a little surprising. I'm getting a little rye, fresh grapefruit, there's a very dry and bitter finish.

the mouthfeel is a bit thin and falls off quickly, but it's still a tasty brew.

Very drinkable, very tasty and different. Another great IPA from my favorite brewery.

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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 Kegatron
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 alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Floosmoor

A- Came poured to me with a nice one and a half finger off white head. Left nice sticky lacing on the sides that clung and well...just looked like they belonged there. Good semi-haze golden rusty orange color. Nice looking beer all around.

S- Upon smelling this I realized that it was not going to be a hop bomb like I was hoping for. Instead you got nice floral hops with a hint of piney hops in there. Malty backbone stayed in the back with a nice sour rye scent coming through the initial floral hop smell.

T- This is a well put together beer. The smell threw me for a loop. I didn't expect it to taste as good as it did. Nice bitter hop upfront that seemed to balance the malts almost perfect. The rye came through toward the middle to end and ended with a quite bitterness of piney hops. You could taste the alcohol in this one but it was low tasting and nothing bothersome.

M- Nice medium to light-medium mouthfeel to this beer. Good carbonation that left you wanting more as it glided across the palate. Left a nice bitterness and rye taste on the tounge which was a warm welcome.

D- This is a highly drinkable beer. I know what I'm getting next time I hit up Flossmoor for sure. Would recommend this to someone who has never tried a rye beer...good good good!

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Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reddish orange, a few lazy bubbles rising through the suspended micro-sediment. Fluffy head that looks like a sugar cookie resting on the surface. Soapy rings of lace sparkle.

Dried apricot, rye bread, herbal notes, grapefruit rind. A light sweetness is there that meshes well with the bready malt aromas.

Lots of malt upfront, with an even level of hops behind it, that trail long into the finish. A bit spicy and bready, light floral and herbal touches in the middle, dandelion bitterness in the end. A suggestion of clover honey in the aftertaste, with minimal sweetness. Possibly the most malt dominant of the series, with nine malts cited by the brewer. It was full bodied and very drinkable, just not as hop-saturated as Flossmoor's IPAs of recent history.

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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 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 GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a Dark Blue wax sealed bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

Case dated 6/23/09

A: Poured a hazy, tarnished copper penny color. On top sat a soapy, off-white glob of foam that really did resemble a sugar cookie (thanks emerge077!). Retention and lace were fantastic and some minor sediment was visible.

S: Delicate herbal notes as well as aromas of spicy/tangy rye, floral hops, pine, citrus, and caramel.

T: Herbal and floral hops blend nicely with the caramel, pine, and citrus and throughout this all runs a common thread of spicy and tangy (and maybe just a shade sour?) rye malt. Peppery notes in the finish.

M: On the thin side of medium bodied. Great mix of spicy, sweet, tangy, and bitter.

D: I almost think that the slightly thin mouthfeel actually was a positive contribution to the drinkability score. An exccellent RyePA that doesn't let the rye run wild and clobber your palate.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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 brandoman63
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 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 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 paco1029384756
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with one finger of creamy white head.

Scent of strong sweet hops, grass, citrus, caramel, rye and sugars.

Taste of rye, fruit, caramel and hops. Finishes with more rye. One of the better Rye IPAs I have had.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with strong carbonation.

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Photo of gford217
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz blue-waxed bomber, courtesy of dug, poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark, clear brownish amber with a big creamy off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass and leaves lots of delicate lacing.

Aroma is a nice mix of citrus and floral hops, grapefruit and pine especially, and the earthy spiciness of the rye. There's also a hint of sweet malts, leaving a very balanced aroma.

The taste has a quick citrus hop kick up front, but it lasts only a second before the big caramel and rye malt backbone take over. The finish is extremely interesting with dueling bitterness from pine and spiciness from the rye.

The mouthfeel is smooth but prickly with the rye and hops complimented by a low, soft carbonation.

I really like what the brewers done with the rye here, making an extremely well balanced IPA with a spicy and smooth twist. Yet another solid IPA from Flossmoor (beginning to sound like a broken record).

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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 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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Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev -1%

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