xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2007
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2008 ’07 Bottle from Holdenn, thanks! Darker amber color with medium off white head 3. Big hoppy pine and citrus aromas with nice caramel malt 8. Flavor is still strong grapefruit, orange citrus flavors with medium sweet caramel malt backbone, pretty straight forward 8. Nice medium to full creamy body 4. I may have opened this too late as the hop aroma and flavor were not overpowering (as in usual FFF style), but this may have been one of the more balanced FFF IPA’s 16.
’08 rerate bottle at fresh/wet hop blind tasting with drewbeerme, pantanap and holdenn. Clearer light red with slight creamy off-white head. Aroma is big pot smell with citrus, very potent biggest hop aroma. Flavor is citrus, pine, nice bitterness with spruce, resiny, very tasty, grapefruit and orange. Medium body that is very nice. Best so far. Slight mark up from last years batch.
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
C-bus 10. Thanks to puddintane I believe. Nice piny aroma with some grassy scents as well. Copper in color with a medium head. Nicely carbonated. Smooth flavor with plenty of caramel malts and the expected piney hop profile coming through.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Mike for this. Dark gold color. Aroma of spicy hops. Flavor has some harsh hops and grass, all the while showing a nice pleasant bitterness. Not my favorite harvest, but still very strong.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark orange pour with a quickly dissapating white, the hop flavor hits you immediately.
The hops are more citric than piney, but not palate scraping like some IPAs. It’s nicel done
illkarate (115) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2007
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow - couldn’t believe my eyes when I found five bottles (2007)... bought them all. Pours dark orange, nice head, lots of lacing on the glass. Hops would be the key word, very fresh, citrus (grapefruit or pomelo), pine, resin. Would be interesting to compare with Dreadnaught in a taste-off. Awesome beer, long live 3F.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours a clear amber orange body with a lasting offwhite head. Lots of sticky lace is left on the glass. Aroma is fresh and leafy hops. Grassy and pine notes are enhanced by citrusy orange. Light medium to medium body with an herbal feel and a pleasant velvety carbonation. Taste opens with citrusy orange hop notes, quickly jumping to bitter citrus rind and pine cone. Toasty caramel malt is an undertone and never intrudes. An excellent harvest ale. Drinkability limited only by price and availability.
hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: FEB 7, 2008 22 OZ. bottle, poured a clear copper color with beige head. Cirtus and hop scent... Fresh tasting hoppy beer, with a lasting flavor of good bitterness. Very unique taste. Amazing IPA. Once again Three Floyds nailed it!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 3, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle and served in a shaker. This beer poured a mostly clear amber with a lasting, one finger beige head. Some very nice, sticky lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet and spicy citrus and pine notes, and also some sweet, lightly roasted caramel. The flavor included a huge hop profile that was smooth and not overly bitter or astringent. Huge notes of grapefruit rind were followed up and balanced out by some caramel and toffee. The drink was medium-bodied with mild carbonation providing a soft mouthfeel. A very tasty IPA/harvest ale.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2007
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
who-we. I know theres a better way to spell that,but you get the picture. Nose of huge and delicous hop. Fantastic citrus with a nice but slight malt backbone. One of my favorite beers of the year for sure. Wish I had more. Might have to go get more.
Stine (1761) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Clear, bronzey orange color. Sweet aroma of caramel, white donut peach, brown sugar, and banana initially; wet grasses and a lovely dank meadow shade settle in underneath with plenty of mint leaf and rosy shimmer. Nice, except for a rude tone of urinal on the back end. Slick, bitter grapefruit and simple iced tea flavor; very reserved with quieted bitterness and candied lavender sweetness. Bits of green spiciness and plenty of wet foliage, earth, and bitter citrus peels fill it in, but the effect remains quite mild. Loose and medium-bodied in the mouth; finishes with some red grapefruit bitterness and a bit of lemonade and orange. Quenching, and fairly nice. Thanks for sharing, Ken!