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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 9 18 4 8 2009
64oz Growler
$14.99
Flossmoor Station

I picked this growler up yesterday at the brewpub. IPA for Change glows ruby red in the growler but takes on more of a tarnished copper look when in the glass. There's a slight haziness to the body and clumps of carbonation rise slowly to the surface. The slightly off-white head grew easily on the pour to just under two fingers and eventually faded to a solid cap with peaked lacing that will be hard to wash off the glass.

This IPA has a mild but sweet caramel malt undertone with plenty of grapefruit and orange oil hoppiness. Both the grapefruit and orange are of the bitter variety and the more I smell the more I pull out that interesting applesauce quality that was in the Ahtanamous IPA. Is there Ahtanum in here? Hmmm.... A spicy booziness rises through the air and adds a unique complexity. The malt isn't totally caramel driven but shows a very pale, clean, moderate graininess.

The nose describes the flavor of this beer perfectly. This beer is pretty well balanced right off the bat but it begins to dry out mid-palate and the bitter citrus intensifies. The swallow is all that signature grapefruit pith, orange peel and that spicy booze, although the booze is more spicy than boozy. Maybe it's in my head, maybe not, but I get some of that semi sweet applesauce character I described in the nose. The caramel and rich but controlled graininess lay down a sweet base for the hop profile that try and keep up but fall short.

I really dig the body on this beer. The weight is moderate all the way but the carbonation is lively enough to give it a great velvety feel across the tongue. After the swallow I quickly dry out and the bitterness leaps forward. Nice bitter finish.

IPA for Change is an easy one to put away. The abv is within the fairly easy to handle range while the bitterness doesn't stomp on my tongue enough to keep me from enjoying more. The dryness on the finish makes me need another drink immediately.

This is yet another great IPA from the guys at Flossmoor. Would you expect anything less? These Brewer's Whim releases are quickly becoming my favorite IPAs in the country and while IPA for Change isn't my favorite of the bunch it's still at the top when compared to everyone else. Yeah, they're that good!

Reviewed: 12/4/08

Price: $14.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 0
Dark Green Wax
Thanks go to joe1510 for this awesomeness!

A vigorous pour reveals this Brewers Whim Series IPA to be of a golden/brassy color, slightly hazy. Despite the pour, only one finger of ivory colored heads takes shape - but what does appear shows excellent retention. Good amount of upward migrating carbonation, which feeds the constantly thin - but clumpy/frothy cap and collar around the ID of the glass - a few strands of lacing desperately cling to the sides.
*sigh*

Aroma is excellent. Robust citrus - grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine - even lemon! Nice subtle slap of conifer aroma - just enough to be noticed. Hints at spice - perhaps just a touch of nutmeg/cinnamon? What I am really loving is the caramel backbone, however. Its right there with the citrus and pine, not challenging for attention, just doing it's thing and standing tall. Very well balanced here.

All of the above in the taste. For the citrus - more grapefruit than anything else - and I like it. Almost like peeling a grapefruit, throwing the meat away, and chewing the white pith off the rind with your front teeth - THAT kinda grapefruit. The caramel malts are there also, but play a slightly more secondary role here... still nicely balanced, but the combination of the hops used take a more dominate role here in this area. A somewhat earthy/tea like bitter taste as this washes towards the back of the tongue. The finish is quite abrupt, and very, very dry.

Medium in body, tongue scrubbing, crisp and dry mouthfeel. Carbonation, as always, is excellent. No real boozyness to speak of here.

Flossmoor has done it again. I haven't had all of the Brewers Whim Series but the ones I have had have been SENSATIONAL. SUPERB. EXCELLENT.
A pure pleasure to drink, everything one could want in an IPA... IMO, Flossmoor has the GREATEST line-up of IPAs in the nation. Every one of them is different, but the consistency is just remarkable... KEEP 'EM COMING!
Joe, you too ;)
Thanks again man!
A Must Try!

Served In: Pint Glass

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