ccex (1081) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. This is the only Three Floyds Iíve found in my neighborhood. and I was excited to find it here at a store without any other FFF brews. The previous 3 FFFs I tried were all exceptional, and the citrus/hop aroma of this led me to believe it would be just as great. It pours a slightly hazy orange color and gets clearer as it warms up. The taste isnít quite as hoppy as I expected; closer to grapefruit than the knockout hop flavor of Alpha King. This one has a higher ABV, and I can taste it. Iíll try this one again, even though it doesnít quite live up to the Three Floyds hype.
nuplastikk (5090) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at The Haze. Hazy, approaching opaque, orange-tan. Bitter orange, maybe a touch of spearmint. Quite cool and easy, especially for the ABV, of which there isnít much trace. Crisp, bitter, but not really so sticky. Astringent, lemon-lime, approaching herbal hoppiness. Pretty unqiue, on a different level than a typical IIPA. Awesome and interesting.
Frank (3469) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tried this on tap at the brewpub. It is really nothing special for this day and age and I kind of wonder why the Floyds boys donít just stick w/ Dreadnaught. Itís golden yellow w/ a thin head which leaves behind lots of lace regardless. Hoppy and strong but light on the palate w/ a good bit of alcohol burn. (Note: whiskey tasting has left me immune to alcohol burn so when I notice it in a beer, there is something a lit awry--wanted to throw that out.) I could go on about the details of this brew but basically, it comes off as something of a ham-fisted version of Hopslam. The palate remains light and drinkable but the hop flavor is just kind of overbold and bland. This beer uses hops like someone who doesnít know how to cook Italian uses garlic: indiscriminately. Undoubtedly, I have many similar beer rated much higher than this but this just does not impress me to any extent, large or small.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 26, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from beernbourbon. Cloudy yellow/orange with a small, creamy, pure white head. Big citrus aroma with some sweet pineapple and cotton candy. The flavor starts with lots of bitter hops, the malt comes in for balance towards the middle and then finishes long and bitter. Medium body with average carbonation and a dry, clean finish. Another wonderful 3F beer, lots of hop flavor and aroma and super drinkable. Thanks again Vince for this awesome beer.
kjc51478 (441) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz Bottle. Appearance is surprisingly light pouring a light orangish color with frothy, off-white head. Aroma is superb with citrus all around especially pineapple and grapefruit. Taste is strong on the citrus hops flavors like the grapefruit with a solid sweet malt backbone. The story of this beer is the balance. No one characteristic dominates with both the hop bitterness and malt sweetness contributing very evenly making the brew very drinkable. Palate is medium-bodied, soft and slick texture, with mild carbonation, and a slight bitter finish - quite subdued for an Imperial IPA. Iím constantly impressed by everything put out by FFF and this is no exception.
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 22, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Hazy golden color with a small beige Head. Strong aroma of citrus and grassy hops. Taste is very bitter and hoppy. Finish is dry and bitter. Very good.
Moooooser (32) - Indiana, USA - MAY 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An original take on an IIPA. The color is fairly light and clear, relatively speaking. The bottle says the taste contains marmalade, white wine, pine, and apricot. Honestly though, I thought the taste was dominated by citrus (primarily grapefruit), and hops. Not unusual for 3F. BTW, look at the artwork on the 22 oz bomber. Itís killer!
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - MAY 21, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
22 oz bottle into a tulip. This beer pours a light golden color with a nice thick white head. The aromas are very much citrus, with some floral. The taste is hop bomb! Love it. The pungent hop aroma continues in the taste, with citrus and piney resin coming through. This is another great DIPA from FFF. Happy to drink this anytime. The palate is medium body with average carbonation and a nice dry finish. Very nicely done overall.
pauls_parade (340) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden color - clears as it warms. Leaves a touch of lacing on the glass. Big citrus hop aroma. Medium carbonation and body, viscous, and a long-lasting finish. Huge hop citrus flavor, some bubblegum, candy-like malt, and finishing bitter but not overly harsh.Well-balanced and enjoyable. A beer for hop lovers.
suprchunk (2671) - Crestview, Florida, USA - MAY 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Add more crystal. Itís a straw color, weird for a IIPA. Ample white head that fades fairly quickly. Thin layer left over with a small amount of lacing. Big hop aroma, although not as much as the Dread had. A sweet aroma of burnt sugar, almost caramel scent. Floral notes with a slight grassy aroma. Very nicely done. Way more balanced than the last one. But that isnít hard to do.
Again, a big bitter bite up front. Almost acrid. After that is a sweet sensation mixed in with ample hop flavor. A bit of a citrusness. The mouth feel is a bit less dry than the Dread as well. But there is a bitter dryness on the back end. A bitterness envelopes the tongue and sticks around until the next swallow is down the gullet. Then it just repeats itself. Not very carbonated, but a big carbonic mouth feel. Not warming despite the ABV. Then again, Iím still reeling from the Dreadnaught. I wish I could write more about this beer as it is pretty good. And a worthy daily drinker. But there isnít much more to say than it is a bit of a smaller Dreadnaught. Of course, there are different hops in this one making it almost stand on itís own. Not sure if this is supposed to be a winter warmer, although it is less ABV than the year round Dreadnaught, but it doesnít seem like it. If it were cold out, I would pick Dread over this. Although there seems to be some spices mixed into this one as an afterthought. At least thatís what Iím getting in the taste. Not much mind you, but ample enough to perceive that they may be there. Although it could be the spiciness of the hops used.