MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 9, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear bright amber with a creamy off white head that leaves lots of lacing in my glass. Citrus fruity aromas, pineapple, grapefruit and caramel flavors. Unlike any Irish Ale I have ever had. Medium bodied with a somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes bitter, this is very tasty.
heemer77 (5129) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2005 On tap at Clark Street Ale House in Chicago. The head was slightly yellowish with a beautiful amber coloring. The aroma is sweet caramel and you know the hops profile of Three Floyds. Strong oranges with a touch of pine. The taste is sweet toasted caramel. The body is light with wood and a touch of pine. Very nicely done. Tried this agian in the bottle after it aged a few months. Slightly more mellow. Still, very nicely done.
shadey (1931) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very pretty red amber color with not much head. Lots of hops in the aroma, but not sharp. More of a mellow hop character. Well balanced with malt. Really nice flavor. Not an Amber ale though. Three floyds has a problem with style.
Oakes (12854) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brigh amber-red colour. Massive, one-dimensional amarillo aroma has my yawning. Sweet, warming body with hints of caramel and some well-extracted malts. Balanced by soft, woody hops. Slightly acidic finish. Despite the overblown dry-hopping, it’s actually a pretty tasty beer.
TChrome (1425) - Bedford, Texas, USA - APR 6, 2005
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish orange color with a big totally retained off white head. Aroma is BIG Amarillo hop presence, very christmas tree like aroma. Flavor is caramel malt with a bit of hops, but not near as much hop flavor as the aroma would suggest. A bit of spiciness as well. Obviously about as good as ambers get, and eminently sessionable.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 29, 2007 I am continually surprised by the subtlety of this beer. A complex malty beer with a gorgeous red color. Beer is hoppy at the nose but not so in the flavor. Actually a significant malt presence is felt with a toasty flavor reminiscent of the old Chicago Brewing Red Ale. Definately drinkable, not overbearing and worthy of this rerate.
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful glowing fiery amber with a big off-white head. Great aroma of pineapple, citrus and piney hops and caramel. Flavor has notes of caramel, grapefruit, pine and then gives way to pineapple and tropical fruits. Pleasantly sweet. Given the hoppiness, the taste is surprisingly not that bitter at all. Very well-balanced. Has a lingering fruity finish. Medium body with a silky texture and moderate carbonation. Great head retention, some lacing left on the glass. I really enjoyed this one.
radiomgb (2427) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright amber in colour. Standard Three Floyd aroma - lots of hops - pine and citrus. The flavour was a bit milder then that aroma let on but still lots of citrus (grapefruit and pine) with only some light caramel malt near the back. Bitter mouthfeel, medium body, medium-high carbonation. Finishes with a lingering slightly dry bitterness.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - APR 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deeper amber color, tan head. Full aroma, very citrusy and piney hops, some malty sweetness. Flavor leans on the hops a bit too much, pretty bitter, not enough malt to back it up. Medium to full body, a touch dry. Pretty nice beer though.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of citrus and pine, copper, small toffee head. Flavour is a milder hoppiness then the nose, malt is nicely done here. Well balanced, medium bodied. A great session ale, I think.