TheAlum (6991) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler picked up by my girlfriend’s mother while I was out of town (Munster, IN). Pours a darker golden hue, well maybe still a bit fiery, a faint haze with a small whitish head atop that stays small and ringlike but laces pretty well considering. Aromas are a bit more restrained in the hop world, juicy orange and lemongrass, a touch of florals moves into bready and biscuity malts, pale malts and bread, with a faint touch of grapefruit. Light caramel, a touch of florals. Lighter, but the aroma is there. Initial is lighter bodied overall, juicy orange and bitter and rindlike lemongrass mix with bready and a touch sweeter biscuity malts, faint caramel. Decent bitterness but not all that powerful on the citrusy front. Honey, light spiciness, the hops are a bit dissappointing. I love orange, but with a light citrusy backing it lacks that FFF oomph, even for their lighter beers. Light spiciness, ok lemongrass, grass, and orange, but a bit sweet overall. Not bad. Not a hop I think is great to showcase. A bit bigger on the abv too..
nuplastikk (5794) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at FFF. Bronzed orange color. Foamy, off white head. Medium bodied, some light fruity tones, but somewhat like an imperial lager. Very subtle and malt centered. Sugary and sweet, but still balanced and creamy. Some mild tropical fruit tones. Pretty well done.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Three Floyds last Saturday. Served in a pint glass.
Interested to see what El Dorado is like. Pours a slightly-hazed copper color with a moderately-sized white head and some good lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward a bit of pale malt and some bread. Not all that much in the way of hop aroma. There is some very, very mild citrus and maybe a hint of floral character lingering in the background, though certainly not terribly prevalent. The taste falls along the same lines--there is some really generic malt up front followed by some bitterness and an alcohol bite. No real hop flavor to speak of.
Given the fact that Three Floyds generally makes phenomenal beers, I’m going to chalk this up to El Dorado being a dud. However, there is a bit of heavy booze that probably shouldn’t be there; not sure if this would normally be overcome by hop flavor and bitterness. Not a big fan of this one; should have had a glass of Zombie Dust instead.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 03-01-2011
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a golden orange hue with a thick, healthy white head. Aroma of citrus, tangerine, melon. Some honey malt, pils, and a light sweet bread. Flavor of mild fruit, mostly melon and apricot. Tangelo. Mild sweetness and low bitterness. Very fruity and easy to drink. Medium bodied, prickly carbonation. Finishes dry and fruity. Another excellent pale from three floyds, although I’m not crazy about the hop showcase here.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
growler sample - Pours golden with a white head. It smells of lemon and grassy hops. The flavor is mild to moderately bitter hops with sweet, light malts and citrus flavors. It’s mild and easy drinking though as others have noted one usually expects more flavor from 3 Floyd’s. Decent.
drewbeerme (3917) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
growler at the imbibe event. pours a golden with white head. nose isn’t all that hoppy, odd, grainy, sweet honey, some citrus and grass. very dull hop profile. Flavors are similar, just not a big hop character, sweet grains and grassy hop notes. a rare hoppy misfire from fff.
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks to Sean for this growler, drank from a snifter. This is very underwhelming, borderline not even worthy of a review. The ticker in me says proceed so I do... Pours a medium clear gold with not much of a head, ok lacing... A boring aroma that is to sweet for a pale ale, very generic corn and pilsner malt. Light floral notes try to help, but don’t do enough. Borderline BMC bad... The taste is borderline horrible, in between a pilsner and a lager, sweet but light bitter floral hops. No redeemable quality here, not worth drinking.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Maria’s. Pours a light gold, sticky white head. Very clear. Nose is soft and lightly sweet. Floral nose. This is definitely not the type of hope I’d use in an APA. There isn’t anything offensive about it, it just isn’t worth using, imo. On taste, soft bitterness with some more floral notes. doughy malts come through as well. Some residual sweetness. Not really a fan, but not a horrible beer by any means.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 19, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 Growler thanks to Sean. Picked up at the brewpub this week... Pours a medium golden hue, semi-transparent, with athin white head... Aroma of sweet honey and grains with a light peppery spice on the backend without all the much of the hops coming through... Flavors are much of the same. Swee throughout with a mild spice on the backend. Body a little too heavy, carbonation holds up. really missing a clean hoppy component which FFF brews are usually known for.
DrnkMcDermott (3007) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Taster at Bavarian Lodge. Bright yellow beer color, lighter than most pale ales. Smell is hoppy, but not too strong, as in, am I sure this is a 3F beer? Thin ring of foam. Taste has light malts to help showcase the hop, which tends toward a delicate flower and a bit of spice, but not the herbal note the menu suggested. A finish of plum and pomegranate.