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Three Floyds Alpha Naught (2004)

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


EddieG's rating

4.7
   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.


4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
railcat1 (685) - Hammond, Indiana, 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

3.3
   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.

4
   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.

4
   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.

4.2
   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.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jaymobrown (1647) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cornfield (5437) - 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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3.7
   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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1902) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Terminus (3220) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, 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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