TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy apricot in color. Thick, big-bubbled cap of foam persists as it clings with each sip. Orange peel, cantaloupe, stewed peaches, pinesap, and a touch of mango line the nose. Fluffy yet considerably chalky carbonation. Unfiltered. Initial burst of mango is echoed by a crunchy and well-defined toffee-glazed nutty malt sweetness. Bright drops of peach candy fuse seamlessly with vibrant grapefruit acidity to delay the inevitable resinous onslaught which stops just short of overtiring the palate. Spicy bite of hops snugly nestles into the palate to deepen the more lustrous and well-rounded medley of soft citrus and tropical fruitiness. Hops are extremely oily yet far from brash despite the high concentration of tongue-numbing resins. Alcohol is never a factor and things are well-attenuated. Negligible oxidation has rendered the hops slightly dull as they have begun to take on a cheese curd and plasticlike quality. Still, the hops possess enough refinement and succulence, and the sweet malt enough cleanness as well as definition to retain a ridiculously high quaffability. Finishes softly acidic and peach laden, yet with a deceptively powerful bitterness of grass and orange peels. Extensive dry-hopping yields a plethora of flavorsome citric hip burps. Maybe a bit yeasty and the bitterness somewhat brash and overly resinous, but mostly clean, focused and bright, the way a hop-centric beer oughta be. Three Floyd’s is impressing me lately.
frankenkitty (1982) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Low carbonation streams upwards through a seemingly dense, copper body. An off-white head falls to islands whilst leaving intricate spackles of lace. (Although I deduct one appearance point for the sailor-troll on the label.) Tart, sharp, hop aroma finds grapefruit, pine, lavender, dishwater and vagrants. Mostly pungent. Flavor finds sour grasses and fresh green peppers to start while black pepper and grapefruit finishes. Hints of honey and dirty dishrag. Sweet & sour cloy, heartburn follows. Typically excessive yet poorly executed. Ham-handed hoppery seems like ignorantly slopping hot sauce over a well-prepared meal. If you’re in the mood for hops, this particular brewer creates a much <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Beer/three-floyds-dre offering.
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shigadeyo (3359) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2/03/2008: Three Floyds BrooDoo has a "boat load" (my wif’es terminoloty) of hops in the aroma. It is very citrusy and juicy and even has some hints of apricot and peach. The smell alone is one of the reasons I love Harvest Ales! The color is orangy or maybe even a bright, shiny copper with a very slight haze and a mild to moderate level of carbonation. The creamy and frothy biege head slowly collapses to leave a nice, bubbly crown and good lacing. The flavor is loaded with the excellent fresh, wet hoppiness as well as a nicely balanced toffee and toasted caramel maltiness. The hops flavors include lots of grapefruit and tangerine with some subtle grassy/leafy and pine notes. The level of bittereness is just perfect. This beer has a medium body, smooth palate, and is wonderful to drink. This is an excellent Harvest Ale that I would love to have again!
1 Pint 6 Fl Oz bottle from tish. Thanks Tish. I really appreciate itRating #111 for this beer...
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - FEB 3, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle from mdm46410. Very nice aroma. Pine resin, cut flowers, wet morning grass, bitter orange and grapefruit zest, a touch of caramel and creamy nuts as well. Pours mostly clear copper with a thick, creamy white head that lasts forever. Excellent sticky lacing as well. Toasty biscuits offer a nice foundation to loads of fresh pine and floral hops on the palate. Plenty of bitter citrus zest and woodsy pine notes as well. Nice texture. Fairly creamy with a lasting zesty finish. Thanks Mike!
BigBang (299) - Indiana, USA - FEB 2, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good harvest ale. Nice bitterness and overall flavor. Still prefer the Founders Harvest Ale over this one but it is worth trying. It’s a little lighter on the palate than the Founders but flavor is very simliar. Another solid 3F effort.
jsquire (3799) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to thedm and Hotstuff for sharing this bottle. I could have spent most of the night just smelling this beer. It poured a clear amber color with a frothy yellowish beige head that left sticky lace on the glass. Very fresh hop resin nose with a pinching pine aroma that was almost pungent enough to be B.O. Flavors of pine, grapefruit rind, orange zest, and tangerine all over a bready foundation. Long, pinching hop resin bitterness in finish. Really nice hoppy beer. I was shocked when I saw this was only 5.5% ABV. It drinks much fuller.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured amber with an off white fluffy head. Aroma of hops, citrus, and pine. Solid IPA flavors that finished wet. Left me wanting more.
BleacherBum (177) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I just don’t get it this time. I love FFF beers, but I really can’t get in to this beer. I am unfamiliar with Pacific Gem hops, but have recently discovered that I don’t like the bitterness that Simcoe can offer. It can just be too astringent and perhaps the Gem hops are contributing here. Aroma is an earthy, piney hop. Aromatic and pungent; intriguing but not inviting. First sip: Big green, earthy hops, but where’s the malt? Balance is missing here. Even a nice dry finish would be welcome, but after copious amounts of high alpha hop bitterness and no appearance from the grain bill, I can’t get over it. Just overly bitter for bitterness sake, IMO. I really hate to compare (cuz it just aint fair...hyuck, hyuck!!!), but I had a Hopslam earlier and while the bitterness was on the same level and the body was a little lighter, the citrus and caramel really made it more drinkable than this FFF, despite the fact that it was practically twice as strong. I really just feel that this beer is overrated.
csbosox (1229) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - JAN 28, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle. A strong fruity/citrusy aroma with notes of tangerines, pineapple, and other tropical fruit as well as some nice pineyness that is far from over the top. The fresh hops are not quite as vegetal as some fresh hops can be. There is also a nice honeyish malt base. The aroma is really, really good. Copper colored with a short lived off white head. Excellent clarity. Some signs of bottle conditioning in latter pours. Initial taste is very floral with lesser notes of citrus and, lesser still, pine followed by a nice sharp bitterness and an explosive hops flavor that comes across as earthy and floral, with light citrus and a decent amount of caramel and malt. There is some definite sweetness that helps offset the hops and makes this into a very drinkable beer. Mouthfeel is really nice as well. What amazes me is the incredible hops flavor this had with these two hops, I am not very familiar with Pacific Gem, but it must have some nice aromatic qualities because Simcoe, although a great hop, seems to be somewhat one-dimensional in my opinion. This is a very well done beer and so easy to drink, wish I had more of this! Well done 3F! Now amongst my favorite IPA’s even though it could be argued that this is as similar to a West Coast Pale Ale as an IPA.
thedm (5207) - Fort Wayne, USA - JAN 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a medium sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly lasting and left behind a hazy with floating yeast chunks softly carbonated golden brown colored body and a fair lacing. The aroma was hoppy malty and bready. The mildly vinous crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The mild flavor contained notes of malt crisp strong hops and was vinous with a malty backing. A decent one that I would consider buying again.