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Three Floyds Alpha Naught (2004)

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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.95/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
American strong Ale 100+IBUS "hop tonic"
Note: Oak aged Dreadnaught available only at the 2004 FoBAB.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2005 FOBAB 2004: (It was spelled Alphanaut in the program.) Tasted much like the great Dreadnaught, but the oak aging seemed to blunt the bitterness, but not the flavor, of the hops somewhat. Plenty of piney hopping, a bit of grapefruit and a small reminder that there’s some malt in there. This drank real smoothly... so I sampled it a couple of times.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3570) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2004
This one looks like a brown ale and a strong ale had a ticked off love child. Typical appealing Floyds aroma and a thin to no head. About 200 IBUs I hear and it does seem like it. Hard bite that is enjoyable for hops lovers. Strong alcohol taste as well. Great if you like the strong stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElGaucho (2393) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2004
2004 GTM. Wonderful flavor. Handheld voice recorder issues preventing a more thorough analysis. Definite will seek out to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2005
Barrel Aged Festival 04 at Goose Island: Dreadnaught aged in oak barrels. The wood cask mellowed out the ol’ bitter ’Naught, but did not tame it. I loved this stuff and hope to run into it at this years fest.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1908) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - SEP 19, 2004
Festival tap: Holy cow, the roof of my mouth has been torn off! 180IBU??? What the hell is Glacier hops??? Rough going in, rough going down. Some amazingly strong hops here, but somehow some caramelly malt flavors are trying to get through. Very Piney and woody, sappy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1840) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2004
FOBAB 2004: Spicey nose. Some vegetable flavors as well. Mostly dominated by the ever present hops. Slight alcohol burn at the end. Really sticks to the palate. Crazy hop flavors. What you’d expect from FFF.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - JUL 4, 2005
festival of barrel aged beers 2004. hoppy, dry and bitter. sounds great. tastes great. aroma is hoppy, the color is cloudy amber. the barrel seems to have added a mellow smokeyness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Growler from brewery (~1 month old): taupe, cake-like head that grows violently and has super retention…bronzed redwood, slightly cloudy. Caramelized hop cone aroma with some sweet strawberry flesh and green bitterness…strong hop flavour with only subtle hints of the large amount of alcohol. Surprisingly drinkable, almost dangerous. Very piney and sugary…bitter vanilla-oak finish, very solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2004
Hazy bright red with a thin white ring of bubbles. Piney, lightly sweet citrus, warm alcohol, light oak, a little bit of sweet caramel and a hint of vanilla. The body is pretty full with a nice mouthfeel. The flavor continues to show the strength of the insane hop character. Initially, things are pretty mellow on the hop front, allowing the sweet caramel and light grainy malt equal opportunity to play along. Bits of smooth, mellow wood also contribute at this point. Eventually, as one might expect from these hop-happy brewers, the emmensity of the hops take over. The finish is long, piney and very, very bitter. The alcohol contributes a warmth to let one know of its presence. While probably not my favorite Floyds offering, it was damn tasty either way. Well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2004
hoppy as can be, had this at the aged festival in chicago and enjoyed it even with the enormous head that came along with it. was hoptacular and little else, but definitly amazing on all edges. piney, citrusy, woody, with some caramel, vanilla mixed in with it all.

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