maeib (8750) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - FEB 1, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled at The London/Joet Gathering Chez Chris_O. A mid brown coloured beer with a good hoppy nose which has some orange notes. The taste is smackingly hoppy with pomegranite notes. Just really a good beer.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2005
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 19, 2005 Fantastic! This is my first offering from Three Floyds and I am very impressed. The pour is similar to the Victory Hop Devil but with an even cremier head. The aroma is sweet and Malty with a lot of hops. It is close to an IPA but not quite.
kane (111) - USA - JAN 27, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 12, 2005 An American/Indian pale ale? I find it hard to consider this an pale ale when the description of their Dreadnaught is it is a step above their APA. How can you go from an APA to an Imperial IPA. The color is medium amber and a decent off-white head. Strong pine/ citrus hop aroma and taste that comes off a little too medicinal for me, if not slippery. Rather limp body. A nice flavorful beer that I find a little lacking in the malts. Lacks the body of SNPA and the smooth creaminess of Burning River, but I am sure the high hop profile will make most overlook this.
cathcacr (643) - Oregon, USA - JAN 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2005 If I didn’t know, and just poured and sniffed and looked at it, it would come off as an IPA. (A plus, of course.) Very good sign. And it goes about as far as an APA can go. (Actually, not even as far as Great Lakes Burning River does.) Citrusy on the front, sweet on the finish, yadda yadda yadda. I think it’s an inescapable feature of APA’s: they present much like an IPA but they’re smoothed around the edges, finishing soft and, well, flat. A lackluster orgasm that just ends with a kind of thud, emptiness, unintrusiveness, non-lingeringness. Okay, maybe that’s a bit harsh; after all, an APA can only be so much and a critic’s got to be a Bastard. It’s good stuff. The sudsy sheen on top and lacing are real eye candy, like Stone IPA. Go on now, hop lover, join hands with the gargoyle, take that next step and go the rest of the way...
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark Amber in color with a nice head. Smells of grapefruit and spruce. Tasted the citrus and spruce with a grassy aftertaste Fairly bitter.
Arayaga2 (1914) - portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 21, 2005
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deceptively sweet smell, and initial taste finishes (too?) bitter and hoppy. My girlfriend tried it, made a face, and said it tasted like cockroach juice. I’m not sure how she knows, but I disagree.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another one of my Top Ten. Carl...just rating this one makes me want to get back to The Maple Tree for an all nighter...or maybe follow those up with some free Budweisers...
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks to Jimmack04 for this one. clear and deep amber color, big rocky tan head that lasts. pine, floral hop aroma. taste is surprisingly malty, powerful hop balance. mild carbonation. nice sweet departure but not too sticky or cloying. lots of crazy lacing. nice IPA, but APA??
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. 54°. NB Worthy glass. Poured red with orange tints and a 1/2" off white head. The head fades away after a minute or so leaving a ring around the glass and a few fat bubbles huddled together off to one side. Lots of lacing, the beer seems to coat the glass. Aroma is big floral hops and a bit o’ honey. There is some pineyness in the aroma as well. Nice aroma. The taste is all hops. It tastes like you are chewing on a pine tree. There are also some citrus rind flavors and some spicy ones as well. The flavor is almost completely hops driven, but the beer is not overly bitter. The finish is dry and flavorful. Mouthfeel is full. I might rate a finely balanced beer higher, but I sure do love a hoppy beer, and this is a great example.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The hops are so aromatic, this beer is hard to resist. Usual grapefruit, floral scents, but in a much greater magnitude than other, hoppier pales. Nice balance, hops hit quick and fade into a dry finish. The malt middle is a bit thin, but I’d be knitpicking. Another great FFF beer. Cheers!