Enniskillen (2044) - Salinas, California, USA - DEC 17, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks Santa! Body is gorgeous like a nice female, color is a foggy amber, and glows in the light. Head is thick and lasting. I almost catch a whiff of chocolate, with the aroma, hop aroma seems to be on the backburner, and honey really jumps out at me the most. The aroma is pretty subtle in this brew. Taste isnít like anything I expected. Plenty of alcohol sweetness, and malts that almost counteract the hops. Taste is very sweet, fruity, a hint of caramel. If I would not have know this was a IIPA then I would have that it was an American Strong Ale, just because the hops are so drowned out by the alcohol. Very interesting brew.
Lubiere (10767) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 12, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep orange hazy ale with little head. Sweet vanilla fudge aroma with pungeant hops and alcohol warmt. Sweet malt and wonderful pinhey hops, pineau de charente qualities, and burned nuts. Complex hops in mouth. Rich bodied. Bottle sampled with TiggMtl, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere. From hopscotch...thanks my friend!
SilkTork (5359) - Southampton, United Kingdom, Kent, ENGLAND - NOV 26, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Feb, 2004: Bottle Conditioned. This is the last beer of a massive evening with Spiesy. We warmed up with some lesser beers before finishing with the two big beers of the night, this and Hop Rod Rye Ale. Sadly not impressed with either. Appearance of this is a slightly cloudy lightish amber with a very slight foam on top, slightly below average. The aroma is of an American Pale Ale - the sticky malt and the orange and grapefruit hinted hops rise in a pleasant, though not astounding manner. Nothing impressive so far. Mouthfeel is tingly and medium bodied - not quite as stickly as expected, though it has a tackiness that clings slightly to the mouth. Acceptable. The alcohol is well used to bring flavour and warmth. Flavour is orange flowers with a smearing of honey. There is a wow! intensity about this, and that seems the biggest asset. Impact. The flavours donít move much from front to finish, though it does linger pleasantly, shifting as it fades in the mouth - but here I am struggling to find good things about this, the 5th best beer in the world. Itís nice. Itís big. It has impact. It lingers nicely in the mouth. Itís really not that great. MRomero again sorted this one.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2007 Thanks to Wohlfs for the tasting. dark copper with average whitehead. Big citrus hop aroma, carribean fruit galore. Mango, pineapple, tangerine, orange, and grapefruit. Nice caramel malt background. Huge caramel malt up front, turns to blend of citrus hops, mandarin orange or tangerine. Flavor bounces between malt sweetness and citrus hop bitters. Very well balanced for such an over the top brew, tons of residuel sweetness though. Great oily smooth mouthfeel. Another beer where my review does no justice.
Pailhead (5395) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2005 Bottle: Second time Iíve had this but first time Iíve rated it. Better than I remeber. Strong citrus grapefruit aroma. Malty up front with a fantastic hop finish. Nice citrus presence with some orange. Finishes hoppy with a nice sweet balance. Very smooth. Excellent beer and a second thanks to Wolhfs for another tasting.
qdog (201) - Cleveland, Mississippi, USA - NOV 22, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, orange with red tones in color, minimal head, deep aroma of hops and citrus, taste is very strong hops but held very smooth with malts, also get a bit of grapefruit and can taste the alcohol. very nice beer
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2004
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
smells really good like most three floyds brews. taste is over the top hoppiness. citrus, piney, pineapple, some alcohol. an incredible IIPA
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
The pour leaves a cloudy, deep orange body, topped by a small white head with great lacing. Aroma of piney hops and citrus fruits. Taste is of grapefuits and oranges, intense, fresh hops, and a sweet maltiness that balances out the flavor. Mouth is big and thick and the finish is long, slow, and dry. I had waited for this one for a while and it lived up to every expectation that I could have had. Awesome.
tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Citrus-orange and resiny pine with some floral notes in the perfume-like hop nose. Hazy orange body with sparkling carbonation and thin white head that recedes to lasting cover and thick ring. Resinous hop flavour - pine, orange, grapefruit with candy-like underlying malt sweetness. Light effervescence notable on the sides of the tongue. Very enjoyable smooth mouthfeel. Somehow this is far more balanced than I was expecting although it is indeed a "massive American pale ale." Bottle enjoyed with Lubiere, MartinT, muzzlehatch and Rastacouere.
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 7, 2004
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2006 Bright orange with a off white head. Has a hoppy citrus aroma. Dominated with strong grapefruit complimented with sweet orange and lemon aromas. Front loaded with a punch to the face in hops. The taste is sweet orange that fades to lemon, and finally a strong floral hop finish. Good malt character hits after the initial hop punch and then fades to hops in the finish adds some balance to this brew. A very dry beer that leaves you needing another sip.
Re-rate: The bottle was a perfect 5 the aroma was huge grapefruit with orange and lemon notes. The flavor was sweet citrus hops. Everything about this last bottle was perfect.