Boutip (5950) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a dirty amber color ale with a quite large foamy head with good retention and very good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops and dry caramel malt with nice overtones of floral hops. Taste is also dominated by earthy hops with floral undertones and some dry caramel malt backbone which is well balanced in support of all the hops. Body is quite full with great carbonation. Very well done and not a full hops assault as this brewery seems to do very well but a more balanced approach which is very efficient.
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I thought I’d never find the FFF connect down here but I finally hit the cache tonite. I have very limited experience with FFF but this is a buck wild brew for sure. Nose is crazy fruits, although strangely it is very subdued--it’s very nice, but I wish it were stronger. Appearance is solid gold, good looking and seemingly quite a bit darker at the top of the glass than at the bottom. Mouth is unspectacular. If this review seems a bit too critical it’s because the last beer I had was the essentially perfect Alesmith IPA; and at any rate the flavor of this brew supercedes any and all of the intangibles. It is fucking delicious and so wild that I can’t even decide if it’s complicated or very basic. It’s maybe a bit more hoppy than necessary for a 5.5% brew, but it creates this bitter lemon-hop LONG aftertaste that is out of control. To say this brew is flawed is completely missing the point. Madness is what it is.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(22 oz. bottle via trade with pantanap, thanks Kan!) Pours hazy gold-amber with a tallish resiny-looking off-white head that recedes to a big, sloppy resiny cap. Aroma of big-time pine and citrus with sticky caramel and vanilla underneath. Smooth but lightly prickly palate. Big, sticky, sloppy sheets of lacing cling to the inside of the shaker and don’t let go. Flavor of big, bitter pine/citrus overlaying caramel-vanilla malt. Bitter, very bitter. Very hop-forward. Lingering bitter and light pine aftertaste. Hops are a bit abrasive, otherwise I’d give this a bit higher rating.
pineypower (3093) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to JDSkinns for this bottle. Pours out a slightly cloudy light orange color with a thin white head. Aroma is of pine and grapefruit hops and some fruitiness. Taste is complex and full bodied for only the 5.5% ABV. Flavors of grapefruit and other citric hop flavors mix with some tropical fruit notes and a slightly dry finish. Another well done brew from 3F.
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 22oz. - Poured clear light copper color and had sudsy off white head.
Aroma - Initial citrus, grapefruit scent, followed quickly with grassy hebal hops.
Flavor - I taste the simcoe hops right away, they have this earthy moss/bark taste. Also alot of citrus and grapefruit taste.
Palate - light/medium bodied, texture is somewhat sticky. Carbonation is average and finish is astingent and lasts awhile!!
Overall - Great tasting IPA, I like that pungent hops on the tongue and lingering aftertaste. FFF knows how to make an IPA!!!!
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
600th rating! Thanks for sharing, bro! Pours a bright golden color with a lot of particulate and a medium white head which leaves plenty of lacing. Aroma is resinous hops, apricot, some peach. Taste is much the same. Very smooth mouthfeel and a tolerable bitterness. I’d like to compare it to Alpha King to see the differences.
bhensonb (14170) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Archer Liquors. Pours orange/copper with a decent foamy white head. Heavy duty citrus hop aroma. Medium body with almost creamy carbonation. Flavor is mostly citrus hop over mildly roasted caramel. This is a really hoppy, tasty beer.
koopa (338) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Slightly hazed amberish orange body with a 1.5 finger off white head. Ok retention and above average lacing.
Smell: More sweet malt presence than I was expecting and a good "fresh / wet hop" aroma. Not overpoweringly hoppy, but then again I’m drinking this beer a good while after it was bottled and it is a fresh hop brew.
Taste: One of the best fresh hop brews I’ve had to date. They actually put on the bottle in print that they use the best US Malt that money can buy and I think it shows in the flavor profile. Malt is sweet but not overly dominant. Fresh hop character is pronounced but not overpowering either. Small degree of hop bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Slightly chewy and sticky. Medium body with just enough carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty easy to kick this one back IMHO
A new favorite for the fresh hop brews!
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-25-2008
daleharshman (1045) - Escondido, California, USA - JUL 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First FFF rating. Bomber in a trade with joetheyounger who I believed picked it up at Lone Hill Liquor in Glendora. Thanks Joe! Pours a clear amber with one finger of white head. Nice aroma of fresh and juicy hops (grass, flowers, citrus, some pine) with a lightly sweet malt presence as well. Flavor of fresh and earthy hops along with a good balancing malt -- nicely bitter and sweet at the same time. Light mouthfeel and with some lingering earthy bitterness. Very flavorful for such a low ABV brew. Possibly my favorite fresh hop IPA. (355, 335)
Mora2000 (6157) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this beer.
The beer pours a hazy yellow-brown color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus and pine with a tad bit of malt. There is no doubt this beer is an American IPA. The flavor is resiny, piney and orange citrus hops with some bready malt. I also get some earthy hops. The citrus characteristics taste like orange juice. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.