1492 IPA | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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1492 IPA1492 IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gold wax.

"The generous usage of Columbus hops in this American IPA have inspired the naming of this one. Brewer Richard Grant has lent his recipe skills to this one so if you are a fan, let him know."

Released April 2010.

Added by Kegatron on 04-28-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 28
Reviews by ChainGangGuy:
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a near clear body with an orange-copper hue and capped with a fluffed, off-white head.

Smell: Within the nose there's lightly sweetish caramel, some grainy notes, and it's goodly hoppy, with aromatic wafts of tropical, citrusy fruits and springtime flowers.

Taste: Sweet, sugary caramel in the fore with pale and bready malts. After this malty initiation, it's off to the crackling hops, with tastes of lemon (pith included), white grapefruit (pith included), and even some pineapple and distilled florals. Moderate, heightening bitterness. The lengthy finish is dry, bitter, and lightly resinous.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. There's a remote oiliness to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: 1492 is an IPA, good and true, though I wasn't quite as taken with it as I have other Flossmoor IPAs.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Ken. Grapefruity aroma, its wonderful. Its in the taste and wafts in the room. One-quarter inch of head and its lacey. Good IPA with orange as well as flavour. Decent drinkability. Surperior IPA, and not overwhelming bitterness, its understated. Is tehre Simco and Amarillo?

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Photo of mikey711
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A: Burnt orange color with very good clarity and a lovely inch and half thick head that holds very well and leaves very nice lace

S: Huge pines notes in this one with a touch of grapefruit as well. The caramel is also quite present but this is definitely towards the hops than the malts

T: Honestly, this was a bit of a let down, it tasted slightly grainy, with only a faint herbal hoppy flavor as it is mostly sweet and slightly buttery

M: A bit lighter than i thought it would be but its not terrible

D: Really this one was a letdown. The smell and look is great but the taste just doesnt do it for me...

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Photo of nickd717
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Flossmoor pre-DLD.

Mostly clear copper color with a small whitish head and some decent lacing.

Aroma is very nice with caramel malt and citrusy hops. Better hop aroma than anything else I had at Flossmoor.

Flavor is not awesome, but good and balanced. Somewhat sweet caramel malt along with a good citrusy and resinous hop bite.

Clean and crisp on the palate with medium body and some hop resins.

Solid stuff overall, one of the more impressive offerings I had at the brewpub. Very drinkable, especially for the high ABV.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.76/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz metallic gold wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Bought this one fresh at the brewpub and cracked a few days later.

Pours a slightly hazy deep copper, with 1 1/2 fingers of rich eggshell head. Retention here is great, flaring up to a robust 1/2 finger when swirled, just slathering heavy swathes of thick foam all down the sides of the glass. The aroma is floral and a touch spicy at first but citric hops pretty much end up dominating this, with leafy and herbal textures and sweeter fruity tones that come out as well. Malts add some substance and help weigh things down in the nose. Things get progressively danker in the back of the nostrils as this warms.

The bitterness up front is more earthy and spicy but eventually resins emerge as the hops spread out across the palate. The sweetness moves in next, involving not only some gritty and green tasting citrus but also some more tangy tasting tropical tones as well. A sticky mix of bead and caramel help shore up the back of the profile. This finishes with a good bit of earth, pine, and LOTS of dry lingering spice. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the carbonation bringing all kind of different textures to the table, being oily up front, sharper in the middle, and then finally creamy in the back of the throat as you swallow. The one thing that is definite, is that that 8% ABV is nearly non-existent here.

Those Columbus hops brought a little bit of everything to the table they never did quite blow me away. A certain amount of pop just seemed to be missing but there's no mistaking that this had a super easy feel and good overall drinkibility for an IPA of this size. Definitely more things to like here than dislike.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunset orange fades into gold, some suspended particles are visible at close range. Languid trails of bubbles rise through the liquid, into a dense, creamy island of foam. There's sticky lacing all around the glass. Looks very nice, and it's retention is good.

Pungent sweet tropical nose at first, segueing into orange and grapefruit notes later. Leafy and fresh green hops. This just hit the shelves and is super fresh. Really like the nose on this.

Flavor is somewhat balanced, identifiable pale malts ride alongside the bitter grapefruit rind, with a dry & herbal bitterness in the aftertaste. Light citrus sweetness is snuffed by the building bitterness in subsequent sips. Not quite as punchy as the aroma, but it's similarly pleasant. Fairly mellow but full for an IPA, as is usually the case in this series. I'll probably buy a few more of these before the next installment of the IPA series.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pour was very nice with a rich light amber in color. Nice small haze to it and lots of carbonation was apparent as it bubbled up to the surface. Huge foamy head of white made me pour this one several times to get it all in the glass and left tons of sticky lace on the insides. Tons of hops here as I lean in for the first whiff. Pineapple and orange zest, hints of lemon, very fresh and very bright, this was exactly what I would have wanted it to be. Smooth, delicous, and rediculously drinkable this very bright ale was a wonderfully refreshing drink as I relaxed from a long day in the yard. Crisp hop bite and a really nice long drawn out finis

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of errantnight
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel like these beers kinda get a bad rap. With the expense and the bottling and the rotating thing, the expectations are a rotating Elder/Sculpin/PureHoppiness firebomb of hoppy delight every time and out. And that might be fair... but whenever I receive a bottle from my good friends in the midwest there I'm always pleasantly surprised by how good they really are, even if "good," as here, falls somewhere short of greatness.

Pours a deep orange with a tinge of mahogany, crystal clear with nice head and moderate lacing and solid retention into my Spiegelau tulip.

Aroma is a solid bouquet of tangerine/manderin oranges with a bit or warm roast to the edge (kind of reminds me of crepes suzette, to get ultra specific and therefore incredibly arcane and snobby).

On the palate this doesn't explode, but rather rolls over in a smooth, comfortable wave. Nice balance, and even with a solid malt bill this only has a moderate sweetness that finishes cleanly. Tangerines are again the predominate fruit note, blending with some of the caramel malt for a fuller experience.

Nice medium body with a clean finish that's not overly crisp but eliminates any prospective chewiness.

I'd be happy to quaff this any time. That said, it's a nice beer, not a great beer.

Thanks to GbVdave for this one.

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Photo of ronn
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

Photo of AleWatcher
4.48/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I finally had to review this one--

I'll flat out say it at the start: this might be one of the
midwest's best IPAs.

Poured into a Flossmoor Station pint glass... And this beer is glowing. It looks great. A coppery orange with 2 fingers of thick fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing. Absolutely incredible looking.

A sweet malt bill is present for rolecall and then ditches class fir the rest of the semester. The fresh hops are kicking down my front door and demanding entrance to the party in my mouth. I'll bring the funk, they'll bring the flavor! Fresh floral and citrus
with a hint of melon? Very tasty and enjoyable. This reminds me of a cross between Alesmith IPA and Pliny the Elder with a Midwestern freshness kick.

There is just enough pine mingling with the bitter on the finish to really leave you that oily teeth coated feeling. Carbination level is great for the style and fits this medium bodies brew perfectly.

$8 per bomber from the brewery seems like a decent price for the freshest of the fresh. I would stock this year round if I could make trips there often enough.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.46/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with two fingers of sticky white head.

Scent of citrus, hops and a hint of caramel malts. A fairly simple scent, but it definitely gets the job done.

Taste of bitter hops, citrus, and a hint of caramel. Starts off nicely, but it becomes rather dull before too long.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with sufficient carbonation.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kegatron for hauling this one back to share.

A-Pours a clear amber with orange highlights, a thin white head and no lacing.

S-Floral hop notes combined with a sweet maltiness.

T-Like the nose. Starts with a sweet maltiness, followed by some floral hops and some earthy hoppiness in the finish.

M-Light to medium bodied, dry and surprisingly oily.

D-Very tasty and delicious. Another fun IPA from Flossmoor.


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Photo of kwjd
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark orange with thick white head. Tons of piney hops on the nose, but I am not getting as much of them in the flavour. I get a nice amount of bitterness, but still lots of malt base. I taste orange and caramel sweetness. A very well balanced IPA. Not a hop bomb, but delicious. Quite smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of birdsellam
4/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of DmanGTR
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Flossmoor Station on 4/23/10. Review from notes.

A - mildly hazy tangerine, short lived white head, ring of lace. That's it? 3.5

S - Nice balance of pine and grapefruit, biscuity backbone of malt. And a bit more pine and grapefruit. Mmm I could get used to this :) 4.0

T - Earthy, grapefruit rind, piny resin. Incredibly bitter, maybe a bit too bitter for me to class as an IPA. The malts are kinda lost in here. 3.5

M - Moderately thin, well carbonated. Spritzy. 3.5

D - Pretty good. I'd recommend this to a hop lover. 4.0

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up at Flossmoor on 4/25/10. Paid $8.99/22oz bomber. Gold wax seal.

A: pours a nice dark copper color with a 1 inch off white head. sticky lacing left behind on the glass

S: smells of floral hops, fresh cut grass, pine, grapefruits, caramel, peaches

T: dry and bitter on the tongue, hops are dominant but still nicely balanced with the malts. some breadiness with slight hints of caramel

M: feels dry with good carbonation that kind of pops on the tongue. alcohol warms the throat on the way down.

D: goes down very easy. at 8.1% abv the alcohol is very well hidden. I could drink several of these. wish I had access to it more often.

A very easy drinking IPA the goes down smooth despite the higher abv. I would recommend to any hop lover.

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Photo of bonkers
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured from a bomber into an SA perfect pint glass. The pour is clear copper with a sticky 2 finger head. It leaves perfect lace rings on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full of juicy citrus. It has a very good flavor, grapefruit, mango and pineapple with a lingering bitter aftertate. The feel is medium and sticky/oily. A great IPA that taste like a bigger beer. Thanks to bauermc for this one.

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Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle received as an extra in a recent trade with lurchingbeast. Thanks again man!

Pours a very dark golden orange/amber color with burnt orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy, soapy yellowish head. Excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that leaves chunks and streaks of soapy lacing behind.

Earthy hop aroma with hints of pine needle, citrus fruit and a toasty malt presence. There is a subtle tropical fruit/orange peel presence but the hops provide more of the dry, earthy pine character in the nose. The mat presence is pretty strong with a slight toasted biscuit character along with a subtle graham crackery note.

Slightly chewy medium body with a lot of dry, bitter hops up front that linger throughout over a strong malt backbone into a long dry finish. Again, the hops provide mostly a dry, earthy pine flavor but there is a subtle tropical citrus fruit presence as well, orange peel being the most prominent. There is a very strong mat backbone which provides a bit too much balance for my liking, overpowering the hops. The maltiness tastes slightly toasty with hints of caramel, biscuit and graham cracker. The high ABV is very well masked making this beer pretty quaffable. I feel that this beer could have been a lot better but the malt profile is just too strong for my preference.

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Photo of fear025
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma:Sweet aroma with lots of grapefruit.

Appearance:Light amber color, off white head, good retention, poor lacing.

Taste:Lots of hop bitterness, grapefruit, and sweet malt in the foretaste. Hints of pineapple and tropical fruits in the midtaste. The bitterness lingers throughout the whole beer and into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body, a little alcohol warmth. A tiny bit harsh.

Drinkability:This is a very enjoyable IPA, with tons of hops. This beer walks the line between IPA and DIPA/IIPA. I love the complexity in this beer as I continue to drink it and it warms up a little.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at West Lakeview - can't be more than 10 days old. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Looks like the better Flossmoor IPAs. Two-plus fingers of creamy off-white foam that dissipates slowly and leaves glass-coating lacing. Hazed golden orange body. Color could pop a little more, but otherwise it looks excellent.

S - There's some dank hoppiness here, but nowhere near as much as I would expect from a beer with a "generous usage of Columbus hops". More tropical fruits and sweet caramel malts. As usual, the hefty malt bill makes this seem more like an English IPA than an American one. Smells good, just not what I was expecting.

T - Meh. Mostly malt sweetness and bread, with a bit of earthy bitterness showing up at the back end of things. Aftertaste also contains mild bitterness. Higher ABV for an IPA is well-hidden here thankfully.

M - Low carbonation, with only a little tingle on the top of the palate. Medium, smooth, body, that ends sticky with a touch of oily hop resin. Probably the best thing about this brew.

D - The low carbonation, smooth texture, and attenuated bitterness make this surprisingly drinkable. Tastes more like over-sweetened fruit punch than IPA. Not bad, and a little better than the last few efforts but still pretty bland.

Has Flossmoor imposed a strict hop budget on Brian, or is he secretly wishing he was living in the UK? I think the simplest solution is to reduce the malt bill and let the hops shine through a little more; you can sense they are there, but buried. Or perhaps they should just abandon the Brewer's Whim series and replace it with the monthly jalapeno and cinnamon beers. At least then I could avoid the temptation of buying yet another uninspired effort.

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Photo of Lunch
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with AleWatcher (Thanks!) into my new Flossmoor Station pint glass courtesy of AleWatcher as well (06/30/10).

A: Pours a slightly hazy caramel with two fingers off white head that leaves behind thick lacing.

S: As soon as I cracked this one open a beautiful hop aroma of citrus and pine shot out of the bottle. Really fresh smelling IPA.

T: Tastes of fresh hops with layers of citrus, pine, melon, pineapple, and a hint of tropical. A nice malt-backbone of caramel is there as well and add some balance to the bitterness. Really a nice tasting beer.

M: Fuller-bodied and fairly thick for the style with moderate and creamy carbonation.

D: Very drinkable and I wish I had another.

Overall this was a really nice IPA that to me drank more like a DIPA. Thanks Jeff! Recommended.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a cream colored head. Lots of lacing.

Smells is lots of grapefruit and pine.

Taste is bitter grapefruit and citrus hops with a moderate toffee malt backbone. Bitter finish with grapefruit, tangerine, and pine flavors.

Light to medium body with good carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

This has been the most enjoyable of the last 4 Brewer's Whim IPAs for me. The malt presence is a little high at times, but provides a nice balance. Tasted on-tap at DLD and thought it was pretty good, but this bottle was great.


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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked up this bottle in Chicago last week, gold wax. The beer is clear, sort of a deep copper color, plenty of white foam. The beer smells hoppy, so much grapefruit but also a huge dose of malt. Apparently Columbus hops, a really nice smell that comes off strong on fruit. It has a good flavor too, although I wouldn't mind a little less malt. There a good dose of caramel in the aftertaste after all.

One big plus is the light mouthfeel, this has the casky body that I associate with the best Flossmoor IPA's. Really satisfying.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orange-mahogany topped by a rich, creamy off white head. Laces nicely.

Textbook AIPA aroma. Sweet slices of pink grapefruit drizzled in a light caramel sauce. There's some lemon and other citrus and tropical notes as well.

The taste is prickly bitterness at first, an orange peel bitterness lingers long in the aftertaste, quickly washing caramel that reminds me of a Mackintosh's Toffee. A mite yeasty with just a hint of pineapple juice. Not a lot more going on than that for me, but there's nothing wrong with a small number focused flavours working together really well.

Medium bodied, light carbonation.

Yeah, a really well done IPA, a tad malt-forward as these things go, but still great. I'd get it again.

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1492 IPA from Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 31 ratings