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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - JUL 2, 2004
Strong Ale, Barley Wine, IIPA the line blur. This is most akin to SN Bigfoot and Ole’ Vrusty is a great sort of way. I like my big beers young, raw and in your face. This has it and then some. The aroma is sweet and raison-like. Beiustiful crimson hue lead to a thing lacey white head that maintains throughout the beer. Resinous and sweet, with a dried fruit backbone. Residual sweetness is perfectly balanced by the onslaught of hop flavor, aroma and bitterness. C hop spredominate. Right up my alley and if you dig big hoppy barley wimes, you get into this one.

   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2004
Perfect addition of woody character to just slightly tame the amazing hoppy character. Added a new dimension of caramel, vanilla and a touch of smoke. Soft nose for such a high amount of IBUs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1843) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 14, 2004
FOBAB 2004. Very hoppy spicy nose. Pours murky orange with a great head and some lacng. Great hop character with caramel and some vanilla notes. Very nice beer.

   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 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2006
this was one strong beer caramal taste lots of hops and thick otherwise very good wish they would bring it back

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3595) - 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.

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