Rail Hopper IPA | Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery

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Rail Hopper IPARail Hopper IPA
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Rail Hopper IPARail Hopper IPA

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Seven different hop varieties were used in this brew, it screams out loud "American Hops!" on the nose due to intense dry hopping, citrus and tropical fruits followed by a bitter and very dry finish.

Added by yeahnatenelson on 08-18-2010

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 59
Reviews by latackbeer:
Photo of latackbeer
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Third I.P.A. tonight had my favorites first and got this as a gift. Pours a deep brown color with some orange at the edges! Maybe a finger head not much. Taste is some pine and lemon with a very malty background, did not expect that.

This would be a great IPA if there was some more Hop Bitterness I will definitely give it another try since there Brown Ale is one of my favorites!!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of portia99
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours with a huge 4+ finger dense off-white head that holds on forever...this one is going to take several pours to get a reasonable liquid level in the glass. Body is pale golden in color with quite a bit of murkiness. Tons of webby lace on the glass.

S - Very aromatic IPA. Spicy - almost Belgian character upfront with some cinnamony/clovey aromas. Lots of citrusy hops behind the spiciness. Somehow, behind all of these hoppy aromas is a very strong malt component at the base...doughy, bready and yeasty - maybe one of the best malt aromas I've ever experienced in a hop forward beer. This really smells outstanding.

T - Spicy and I still would call this Belgian type yeast flavors - cloves especially with even a bit of a funkiness to it. A bit herbal and minty too. Fairly well defined alcohol component takes a lead role too. Hops are citrusy, grassy, spicy and have a firm bitterness. Malt base is just about as nice in the flavor as it is in the aroma - loaded with doughy and yeasty flavor.

M - Strong and assertive carbonation with plenty of tingle on the tongue. Body is medium. This IPA is loaded with flavors - big malt base, plenty of flavorful and bitter hops and nice spiciness. This leads to a somewhat big/full feeling to the beer beyond what it actually is.

O - It is very difficult with the Flossmoor IPA's to feel truly confident that you are reviewing the correct beer. As best I can tell this is the Rail Hopper, but I would not be at all surprised if I was wrong about this. The spicy, yeasty, slightly funky Belgian like qualities of this beer make me dispute the American IPA classification and cause further doubt as to what I am reviewing here. However, I am really loving whatever beer is in this bottle. This is one of the most complex and intensely flavored IPA's I've had in a very long time. A bit of a surprise as I've had mixed success with Flossmoor IPA's in the past. This really was a very good IPA.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of dsauter
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle at the Maproom. Almost no aroma.understated and smooth orange citrus taste, but still a good IBU. Dark golden colour, with a big bubbly head. A fresh draft taste. Very drinkable.Well rounded like an English IPA,smooth gentle mouthfeel for an IPA, caramel.

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Photo of Beezee
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of beertooth
4.52/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Split a growler with some kind folks at emerge077's place tonight. It was a welcomed beer in line up of big brews and odd misses.

This beer pours a clear burnt orange with a solid creamy, off white head. It looks like your average Midwest IPA.

The nose is dry, chalky, citrus hops. Mexican orange juice, sweet malt, and tropical notes. It's fresh and very inviting.

The taste follows with hits of bitter grapefruit rind, candied orange slices, lemon, sweet, bready malts. It finishes a tad dry with some decent waves of bitterness. It's not too heavy and actually quenches a little bit. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation.

Not a bad "house" IPA by any means. It's fairly midde of the road and extremely easy to put down. I could easily gulp down a few pints without getting tired of the taste profile. I'm looking forward to having a few pints the next time I'm at the pub. Good job Bryan and Richard!

After having a few pints of this at the pub recently (1/2/11) I've bumped up my original score since I didn't take notes this time. This is a great IPA on draft.

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Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish orange and hazy with a fairly thick head--decent retention and nice lacing

S: This beer smells awesome: citrus and tropical fruits dominate--orange, pineapple, grapefruit, and mango; some bready malts underneath but mostly a fruity hop explosion

T: Hop forward and, of course, fruity and citrusy but not as much as aromas indicated--much more balanced in the flavors with the bready malts

F: Medium body with decent carbonation; creamy mouth feel

O: This is a nice hop forward American style IPA; one I will definitely come back to if the opportunity presents itself

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a deep murky gold with hints of brown and copper. light thick fluffy head. little to no lacing and very light retention

deep citrus such as orange, tangerine, and pineapple. fairly deep malty body.

a nice combination of hops and malts. lots of citrus from the orange family. very malty to balance out all of the flavor. a nice bit of grapefruit bitterness in the finish.

very thick and chewy, very full bodied, mild carbonation.

this is a nice IPA, a bit high on the ABV but plenty flavorful. excellent body.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always thrilled to get to try any beer from these guys! Got this one kenm1228, cheers Ken!!!

Pours a very effervescent amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head.Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness, breadyness & lemons. Grapefruit & pine assert as this warms

T: Pineapple, pears & ruby red grapefruit mixing with bready notes up front. Herbal & woody hops back-fill as this warms up along with King's Hawaiian sweetbread notes, plus piney notes. Tropical fruittyness battles it out with grapefruit bitterness & herbal hoppyness for taste dominance, no clear cut winner. Yes there is pineynes & grapefruit mop up in the finish, mucho bitterness with just enough pineapple sweetness to balance this out

MF: Slight thiness & grainy feel up front, smooth carbonation. Gets a bit maltier as this warms. Good, not great balance

Great take on the style, wish I would've tried this a few weeks ago, as I'm sure sitting in my fridge did it no favors; still a worthy AIPA for your consideration. Very quaffable for the style & abv

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Photo of OddNotion
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Russian River Belgian Glass.

Appearance: A little dark for an IPA bordering on brown, minimal off white head.

Smell: Smells like a DIPA, nice malt backbone but some great citrus tones but the malt takes the front seat.

Taste: Nice bitterness but the malt outweighs the hops. Very enjoyable and a nice alternateive to the normal IPAs I have every other day. More english in style and I am a fan. Bordering on a DIPA in flavor profile but I am not complaining.

Mouthfeel: A little thick which once again points towards a DIPA. Nicely carbonated.

Overall: A nice mix up from the normal IPA. I am a big fan and would certianly seek more out. Solid beer and no hype, I am very glad my buddy brought this as a gift to me from Chicago. I would love to try this one out again!

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Photo of bashiba
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy copper with almost no head, just a light white soapy ring.

The smell is a perfectly blended mix of big english caramel malts and nice west coast citrus hops.

Great flavor, slightly sweet malt body with a big herbal hop finish. Tastes very nuggetty. I like the mix of West Coast Smell, Herbal Hop taste and the big toffee malt body. Especially nice finish with the syrupy sweetness and bitter hops mixing nicely.

The mouthfeel is very thick and chewy with a big resiny hop coating.

Great IPA, really like it and it stands out a bit which is becoming harder and harder these days.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle.

A- Poured a semi hazed burnt amber color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Long streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Very citrus forward west coast style IPA in the nose. Grapfruit mostly with hints of citrus in the front of the aroma. There is a light caramel malts base that gives this beer a semi-sweet aroma at parts. Bitter hops take out the ending of the nose with a lingering alcohol present as well.

T- Grapefruit forawrd in the inital taste of the beer. Hints of mango and orange back this up in the front with a hint of bitterness to it. Caramel malts show up in the middle but is still masked for the most part due to the citrus hops. Ending has a clean bitter bite that shows a little more to this beer than a citrus hop bomb. Alcohol is very present in the ending but doesn't kill off the beer in the end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. A little chewy at times. Citrus hops run a muck on the palate leaving resin all over the teeth, lips, and palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, citrus hops, light bittering hops, and a hint of caramel. Flavors were hop dominate which I expected for the style. No off flavors were present in the beer at all. High alcohol drying left on the palate with each sip.

O- I thought this beer was a heavy hitting IPA that was good but lacking something that would make it great. I have come to expect a lot from the Flossmoor IPA's and this one was no exception. The ABV was noticable in the ending and for this it was a couple pints and then done with this beer.

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Photo of birchholz
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After a couple growler pours of this as "Inner Sanctum", it's been renamed as "Rail Hopper" and slated to be a year-round release.

Darker orange brown tone, murky and topped off with dense creamy foam. There's a crown ring of lacing and enduring head retention.

Orange peel and grapefruit jump from the bottle, spicy, resiny hop aroma that is pleasant but more subdued in the glass somehow. Hints of earthy mango and leafy hops.

Very citrusy flavor too, orange and grapefruit, bitter peel and pith. Long hoppy aftertaste, very juicy at first becoming dry in the finish. Malt flashes in the middle, but is less dominant than past incarnations of this series. Full bodied yet easy to drink. One of the more successful Flossmoor IPA's in recent memory.

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Photo of jsh420
4.57/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours cloudy dark amber orange with a huge chunky 2 finger head that had great retention and coated the glass with lacing

smell is perfect stong pine and citrus/tropical fruit hops - very west coast

taste - like the nose is incredible this beer reminds me of a 3f dreadnaught/sculpin/GF west coast ipa - what makes this beer different is that it has all the hop punch without being overly bitter there is a fair amount of sweet malt

mouhtfeel is medium/full body with good carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability - one of the best ipa's i have had in some time and will revisit this beer very soon

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The pour was great. Rich and very cloudy with a murky dark amber color, almost light brown as it clears up a touch. Some light sediment in the bottom of the glass as well. Rich head of off white comes up over the top to a height of around two inches before settling back down, but not without dropping tons of lace. Nice aroma, lots of pine here, with hints of bready notes underneath and a nice prickly spiceness. The flavor was very smooth, mellow pine hops, not too harsh or terribly pungent, very nicely balanced indeed. Medium bodied with a very nicely done carbonation level which never for one moment was dull. A bit up there for a single IPA at near 7 percent but it drank very very well.

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Photo of xdtfx
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oline73
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a slightly red hue. There is a finger of off white head with very good retention and nice lacing.

Smell: This one is on the sweet side with some citrus hops and malt. There are some fairly strong fruity notes going on here.

Taste: This is a very well balanced IPA. A good amount of citrus peel hop bitterness. I'm getting a pretty strong pineapple flavor. There is a good amount of sweet malt to balance things out.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with fluffy, smooth carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is quite different from a lot of IPAs. Very fruity. It took me a while to get it, but I really enjoyed the pineapple notes. I would definitely have another.

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Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of cadizkyguy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased this bottle and two of Pullman Brown at the Flossmoor Station Brewpub on Sept. 6 as part of my five-breweries-in-three-states over Labor Day weekend. Thus far I've enjoyed my haul. This one has been chilled on ice or in my man room fridge since purchasing so it should still be brewery fresh.

Poured into a Duvel tulip, this is one majestic looking beer. A cloudy magohany with a frothy head that comes from nowhere upon pouring but stays long after. Leaves an incredible lacing on the glass with each sip.

Not sure what hops are used here, but it smells and tastes like an IPA and had I done a blind smell and taste test, I'd swear it was one of Flossmoor Staton's IPAs, they just have a distinctive smell and taste to them. It has a nice bite as IPAs should, but it isn't overbearing.

I'm pairing this with a fresh cut salad, with strips of steak cooked on the George Foreman grill and it's a marvelous combination. I know Flossmoor Station has gone through some transition lately with a changing of brewmasters and brewing philosophies. But this one hits the mark and is a must-buy if you're in the Flossmoor area. I'm definitely stocking up on my next road trip.

As you can tell from my scores, I'm loving this beer. IPAs need to be fresh and that's why I went directly to the source for this one. It's every bit as good as my favorite IPAs. It's a well crafted IPA and glad Flossmoor Station decided to make this their house brew for year-round enjoyment. I'm definitely pairing this with Flossmoor Station's beer-b-que ribs on my next visit for a sit-down meal.

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Photo of lurpy1
2.4/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Perhaps I got a bad bottle here or maybe I hung onto this too long (3 mo). But something was not right here. I could see what the brewery was going for, bright hops, good balance. Overall, the beer just tasted dank. I've seen dank used as a compliment here, and I don't get it. Danky is musty, moldy, faded, earthy. This beer was dank. It was like eating a mouth full of sod. I was marginally able to finish this. Really hope the bottle was off.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.69/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Completely opaque orange brown color (more toward the brown end). Two fingers of super creamy off-white head with average retention and a good bit of lacing.

5.0 S: Wonderful aroma! Super citrusy with tons of pineapple, orange and blood orange, mango, and grapefruit. A touch, but just a touch, of sugariness. Light breadiness works well with the outstanding hop aroma.

4.5 T: Really nice here as well. I had feared that a yeastiness (based on the opaqueness) would seep too far into the taste. Rather, the hops remain in almost full control with a light yeasty breadiness complementing the flavor profile. Hops are again citrusy and perhaps a bit piney as well. Though the hop flavor isn't nearly as strong as the hop smell, it is still quite powerful. Orange is the strongest flavor, followed by pineapple and grapefruit, with mango and pine behind that. Moderate bitterness.

4.5 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Yeastiness can be thanks for the contribution to a lovely, creamy mouthfeel.

5.0 D: This beer has struck an almost perfect balance between bitterness, hop flavor, and yeastiness. Well done!

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Photo of ronn
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of Boblemo
4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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