This week I've got a beer from a wonderful Brewpub just across the state border in Illinois. I've been to Flossmoor Station on several occasions and it is a nice brewpub with good food and great beer. Several beer geeks went up last year and wrote up a review of a trip that will hit both Three Floyd's and Flossmoor Station. There has been a shakeup at Flossmoor the last few months and head brewer Matt is leaving Flossmoor for Oakshire Brewing in Oregon. Matt is known for his delicious IPA's and this beer is a play on that name. I wish him well, and I've enjoyed just about every beer that I've had from Flossmoor Station.
Beer: Ore-Gone IPA
Brewer: Flossmoor Station
Beer Style: IPA
Price: around 10 bucks
Availability: Limited/Brewed Once, but according to the beer boards still available at the brewpub
Appearance: This beer pours a cloudy golden color with a fingers worth of bone white head that left great lacing for the entire beer.
Smell: I could smell this beer as I poured it and I am greeted with a nose full of hops that ranged from grapefruit, orange peel, and sticky pine. The bready malt is very apparent as well and supports the hops beautifully.
Taste: A continuation of the smell with the citrus and pine flavors very bold upon first sip, but the malt comes in about halfway complimenting the hops and giving the beer a nice complexity that I think many IPA's are missing, and is much more than just hops in your face, but rather a well balanced and well crafted IPA.
Mouthfeel: My only complaint here is that the beer could have benefited from a bit more carbonation I think, but it was medium bodied and rather sticky in the mouth.
Drinkability: If you are an IPA fan this beer if for you, and I would love to be able to drink this with regularity.
Overall: This is another great beer from Flossmoor Station. This beer had some of the attributes of a West coast IPA, but was still very balanced with plenty of bitterness. I wish Matt the very best in his new endeavors in Oregon, and look forward to more great beer coming out of Flossmoor.
Other IPA's worth your time: Bell's Two-Hearted Ale, Stone IPA, Three Floyd's Alpha King, Founder's Centennial IPA, Victory's Hop Devil, and DogFish Head 60 Minute IPA are all available here in Indiana.