CHAOS!!! | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

16 Ratings

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

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed once, December 2009.

Added by Kegatron on 12-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 16 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of ronn
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of whartontallboy
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in Chicago, poured on the 4th of July. The bottle has a bright red or orange-red wax. The beer pours a little hazy with a light copper color and lots of wet sticky foam and lace. The aroma definitely hits the mark for a Belgian style IPA, spicy and a little yeasty, not too unlike established benchmarks like Hop-It. It tastes similarly good, hitting all the right notes.

The mouthfeel is OK, but unfortunately doesn't have the creamy cask-like consistency of Flossmoor IPA's of early 2009. Still solid in my opinion, but the body is what I really liked from these beers.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to fishingnet for the share.

A: Pours a pale golden hue with a small head. No retention or lace.

S: Aroma of spruce, caramel, light apple, yeast, and spice.

T: Very fruity think apples and oranges with hints of spice and Belgian yeast.

M: Medium in body, nice carbonation.

D: Not the most tasty, but man do I love how they pump out all these IPA's.

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Photo of bruachan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the brew is a clear rich golden color, with a pinkie's worth of head (that faded). lacing was at one point promising but not too much in the end

judicial coriander usage (or yeast contribution, i suppose) with lots of lemon. hops are earthy, grassy and lemony. plenty of lemon

plenty of pilsnery sweetness, though some artful bittering matches the malt's authority. more strong coriander disposition here, and clove. spicy hops are strong of flavor--citrus (lemon, not grapefruit) and floral...whatever floral tastes like

hoppy, yeastybelgiany, balanced. strong bitterness (for a BELGIAN ipa, that is)

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Photo of MasterSki
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After all the negative buzz I've been avoiding this one whenever I hit the fridge. Figured I'd try it out in the spirit of New Beer Sunday. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip.

A - Pours with a finger of eggshell foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves some attractive lacing. Hazed golden orange body with a few bubbles rising upwards in the middle of the glass.

S - Belgian yeast, some wheat and clove character, a touch of pepper, and a nice caramel backbone. There is some light floral and tropical hoppy flavor, but significantly less than something like Houblon Chouffe. Reminds me more of a tripel than a Belgian IPA - so definitely not to style, but not bad either.

T - I'm not getting a ton of bitterness in the flavor - mostly yeast, bready malt, and a bit of spicy noble hop character. There is some bitterness present in the aftertaste, but it's not in Le Freak territory. Very much in Belgian Pale Ale territory, but with slightly higher malt sweetness in the taste, and more bitterness in the finish.

M - Carbonation is low, but harsh at the same time - not sure how that works. There's both some dryness and residual stickiness in the finish. Medium body that's fairly smooth in character.

D - I wish this had come in a 12oz bottle (or better still that I hadn't bought it at all). It's just not all that interesting and I'd rather have another beer than a second glass of this one. Still, it's not bad enough to warrant pouring down the drain.

This isn't an awful beer, it's just a dull one that's been mis-characterized as a Belgian IPA. I think Bryan should have just kegged this batch and put in on-tap at the brewpub as a "hoppy Belgian pale", instead of releasing it as part of the Brewer's Whim series. While it would have been just as dull it wouldn't have pissed off the Chicago-area hopheads nearly as much.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber with a thin eggshell white head.

Smells of yeast with notes of apple cider and grapes. A bit of a floral hop aroma at times too.

Until the beer warms up a bit, the taste is dominated by the smell with almost no bitter hop presence at all. As it warms, more citrus bitterness comes through with a fruity yeast finish. Compared to an American IPA, the bitterness is quite tame. The flavors really come out when you let it linger on your palette for a little while.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied and well carbonated for the style.

Overall Chaos!!! is good, but didn't have the bitter hop profile I was expecting. If the bottle didn't say IPA on it, I probably wouldn't have thought this was one.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3


Bottle shared by John (weeheavysd). Thanks! The beer is dark orange with a frothy white head and good retention.

The nose is of sugary peaches, apricots, Belgian yeast, and a little pineapple. Bitterness is light in the flavor, with a distinct Belgian yeast influence. Notes of lightly sweetened peaches, pineapple, apricots, and oranges are evident. Malt provides a little balance.

The absence of any indication on the bottle as to which beer this is perplexes me.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

"It turns out that an eerie type of chaos can lurk just behind a facade of order. And yet, deep inside the chaos lurks an even eerier type of order."

--Douglas Hofstadter

Glassy pumpkin with sunny honey highlights and several streams of slowly rising bubbles. The alabaster colored crown peaked at barely two fingers, is melting in appealing fashion and is blasting the pint glass with ripped sheets of Belgian lace... that are impressively extensive in the end.

The nose is both fruity and spicy. I'm not sure where the tropical fruit quality is coming from because Summit, Styrian Golding and Liberty don't usually come across that way. Smells like Simcoe to me. The Belgian yeast is nice and peppery, which adds even more character.

CHAOS!!! is not the bitter bomb that was expected. Granted, it's now 4-5 weeks old, but that shouldn't have been time enough to tame it. It's odd that Bryan decided to add most of the hops early in the boil in order to maximize bitterness at the expense of hop flavor. Something about wanting to emulate an insanely bitter ale put out by a West Coast craft brewery (that he doesn't identify).

Unfortunately, it's mission accomplished on the palate. A fresh IPA should be much more flavorful than this. The choice of hops wasn't inspired either. Finally, the Belgian yeast doesn't taste like the most estery strain on the planet. All that said, this is still pretty enjoyable beer if you like the lupulins.

Specifics include a minimal amount of toastedness, bitter grapefruit peel, orange oil and white pepper. Bitterness is cumulative, while still stopping short of abusive. Even though the beer is growing on me with each ounce, it doesn't do enough to earn the next highest taste score. Flavor, man! That's what we want.

The mouthfeel is a little lighter than it should be. It makes up for it, however, with a firm creaminess and bubbles that add energy without being annoying... or chaotic.

CHAOS!!! IPA is not one of Flossmoor Station's finer efforts. It has nothing to do with the brewer's talent, but has everything to do with the beer's blueprint. Different hops added later in the boil would have fixed this one right up.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a fluted pilsner glass)
A- This beer has a golden orange crystal clear body with a thick beige head that sticks to the glass and a single strand of bubbles gliding up the middle of the beer.
S- There is a green resin hop note that comes through and a pungent hint to the finish.
T- The nice pine hops flavor has a slight pineapple sweetness that comes more from yeast than hops followed by a big dandelion bitterness at the finish.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The pungent hops stomp all over the other flavors most of which are the yeasty fruity notes. This beer has lots of complimentary flavors but just to much bitterness.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Scent of Belgian yeast, clove, candi sugar, and light sweet hops. A pleasant aroma, but hardly reminiscent of a Belgian IPA.

Taste of bitter earthy hops, yeast, light sugars and clove. Finishes with a bready yeast flavor. Balanced well, but really not much of an IPA.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp.

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Photo of gford217
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Adam for another Flossmoor brew, poured out of a reddish wax-topped bomber.

Pours an incredibly clear golden amber with a big thick white head that recedes to a soapy collection of bubbles along the top and some drippy lacing.

Aroma is one part spicy Belgian yeast, one part hops. The hops are floral, almost perfume-like, up front before the bready malts show up. There is then a solid earthy spiciness to round things out.

The taste seems to be even spicier with more Belgian characteristics than the aroma. There is a solid hop profile up front, mostly floral, grassy and earthy hops with the big spicy Belgian yeast supporting the beer in tandem with some toasted bread. The finish is very dry, bitter with pine resin and peppery.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with solid carbonation and dry and spicy, even for a Belgian IPA, in the finish.

This is a solid effort from Flossmoor, in a style that I'm not the biggest fan of. It's got a load of Belgian characteristics with a robust enough hop profile to keep it interesting.

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

This is the new Belgian-style IPA from Flossmoor. 22 oz reddish orange wax topped bomber into a tulip. Big thanks go to paco1029384756 for this in a recent trade. Thanks Frank!

Pours a crystal clear coppery gold, with 2 tight fingers of foamy brite-white head. Retains with a firm ½ finger, which leaves a rich cascade of lacing back. Real nice look here. The aroma is VERY floral up front, with a good bit of peppery spicing, before giving way to a much more herbal smelling citric dankness. Light bread adds some sweetness. Yeast pulls up the rear, giving this some sharpness in the back of the nose, along with extra spice and maybe even a touch of softer fruit character.

The taste is just dripping with American hop attitude, with a ton of resins, prickly spice, and green citrus. Bready malts give this just enough sweetness to offset that initial blast of hops. The Belgian character is fairly well blended into the bulk of the profile, mostly coming out as a yeasty flush in the back, with a bit of spice and fruity esters. The finish on this is EXTREMELY bitter and dry, being the type that sucks all of the moisture out of your mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied overall, with a ton of oily slickness to it, which almost makes this feel a bit lighter in spots than it actually is. The carbonation has a more mellow creaminess to it, which spreads out nicely in the mouth. Props also go to the ABV for being barely detectable here, with maybe just a touch of warmth hanging out in the back along with that bitterness and yeast.

Way too bitter and thin straight out of the fridge, this evened and thickened up nicely once I allowed this to warm up some. There was absolutely no shortage of hops here but the extreme dryness of this was a bit hard to take for the duration of a whole bottle. Overall though, this was well done. A Single Hop, Rye, Double, Wet Hop, Black, and now a Belgian IPA coming out of here under Head Brewer Bryan? You certainly can't say that he isn't experimenting with new hoppy styles here!

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CHAOS!!! from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 16 ratings
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