NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Marias pours a deep amber with a sticky head. Nose is Three Floyds hopping blend of goodness. Citrus and pine. Some Munich notes in the nose. On taste, virtually no caramalt character. Hops are firm and assertive. I think this beer may be the floyds take on a hoppy Vienna based on the profile. Fantastic beer, though.
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAR 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Awesome, neat, refreshing beer. Bright, crisp clean grassy, herbal, citrus dusted. Hint of doughy mild ale character. Great session beer. Chugged the whole thing before I knew it. Great beer.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAY 12, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the Three Floyd’s brewpub on 3/13/11.
Aroma:Kind of weak aroma, a little malt, a little hops. It smells like a single hop was used in this beer, perhaps northern brewer or kent goldings.
Appearance:Light brown in color, very little head.
Taste:Lots of hop flavor on the foretaste, and just a hint of peach or apricot. The aftertaste is nutty and malty. The aftertaste is reminiscent of marris otter. There is a dry finish, as well.
Palate:Light body, with just a little hop astringency.
Overall:This one is kind of mysterious, with a smooth mouthfeel like a lager, and flavors like an ale. This is a complex, interesting beer.
railcat1 (702) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a good refreshing yet hoppy summer beer with hints of pine,citrus,hops and very light.CHEERS!
TheAlum (6825) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Interesting. Pours a well hazed dark copper pour, some fire at the bottom, a bit dulled above, with a big tannish khaki head atop that laces ok, stays decent sized. Aromas are typical FFF hopping, a touch metallic and floral with lemon, grapefruit, and a nice citrus bite. Biscuits and toast beneath, but the hops, bitter and dry dominate the nose. Not big and juicy, but dry and bitter. Initial is a big bite of citrus bitterness up front, a big dose of peach and tangerine, bitter grapefruit, grass, a bit sharp really for a smaller beer. Lingering biscuits and toffee move in on the backend, toast, but a sharpness remains with a weird almost lactose milk sugar thing going on with healthy hop bite. Maybe I’m over thinking the mystery portion of this beer. I’d sum this beer up as hoppy, fruity peach and grapefruit, lemon, grass and florals provide a healthy bite with some toasty bread, touches of sweeter toffee, and a weird thing going on in the finish.. Maybe lactose? Hmmmmmm. I placed this as an Amber Ale due to ABV, IBUs, appearance, and feel as a beer. A nice beer. Good to see FFF doing more experiments with more drinkable, lower ABV beers. Cheers.
jlanning215 (363) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had it on tap at the brewpub. Flat malts....dark and simple. Dark pour nice head. The brew is strange cause your wondering what it is. It’s extremely drinkable with not much character in the malts. Nice mouth feel. And finishes bitter....a strange bitterness. It’s that typical grape fruity thing but different. I enjoyed it.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Trion....pours a clear amber with a small white head. The main thing that hits on the nose is the intense pine and grass characteristics...some touches of sweet bread are apparent but not at the forefront. Biting pine and herbal notes on the palate along with just enough of a malt backbone to help even it out a bit.
holdenn (2108) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Rockinghorse, my solid neighborhood bar. Amber brown color with a thin head. Malty catty aroma. Lots if grapefruit and citrus flavor. Sweet citrussy and tasty. The malts aren’t great ofer time. But good overall a good amount of hops. 7/3/8/4/15
Hair6a11 (1461) - Illinois, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap; amber category seems fitting here. Grassy hops on the nose. Initially bitter on the tongue, which does linger... the grassy, piney hops up front and coupled with grapefruit rinds and tangerines, with a very muted malt profile through the center of this brew. There is a slight breadliness present, as well as caramel here. This brew actually feels a bit salty on the finish. Im trying to find a magical ingredient here. Rye? Probably not
HonkeyBra (4018) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAR 13, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber pour with off white head. Aroma of toffee, caramel, some hops, grass, grapefruit. Flavor has biscuity malts, some mild sweetness. Strong bitterness. Not your typical hop bitterness. Almost like lemon grass. No idea what the secret of this beer is. Medium bodied, eminently drinkable, delicious and refreshing.