fiulijn (16003) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 3, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2012
2012-05-14, draught at Mikkeller Bar, Copenhagen, 9% ABV, 8-5-8-4-17=42
Hazy light amber color, with giant creamy head. Very nice hop aroma, deep, fruity, lemony, but also a bit cheesy and feety; then followed by oranges and pine needles. The mouthfeel is round and soft, undercarbonated, but the body is not as thick as other IIPAs (fortunately), therefore itís more drinkable; strong caramel and toffee flavor, with strong hopping; powerful bitterness, yet quite balanced, evident resins, but not lacerating.
I miss some more freshness and fruitiness in the final, but itís a very well constructed beer.
At 50kr (8.65$) for 20cl, a couple of middle med are buying a Ferrari with this money.
2004-05-14, bottle, 9.5% ABV, 9-4-8-4-16=41
Copper color. Very nice hop aroma, with fruits (oranges, curaÁao). Oily and malty, good but less interesting than other examples; strong final, aromatic, less long than others. Thanks Jeppe (BierkŲnig) for sharing this bottle.
pivo (2622) - GERMANY - MAY 2, 2004
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very handsome beer - tall spongy head that sticks to the sides of the glass and great shimmering copper color. Wow - what a nose! Fresh hops that still have a strong aroma through the glass. This is just an amazing nose. A little fruity malt character (grapefruit) is soon forgotten once the hops kick in. Bright hop resolution with a lingering bitterness that singes the sides of the mouth. I got hops out my nose on an unexpected repeat, too! Maybe too one dimensional? I donít care - I really love this kind of brew. Cheers!
YogiBeera (2534) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ah -nice treat pivo :-) Nice orange brown colored brew with a big rocky head, leaving small laces on the glass. Perfect hops and orange nose - sweet and pleasant. Soft carbonation. Hops and orange a go go but not pockering. Thick body. Intense grape taste which flirts in your mouth. Long lasting aftertaste. Must be unbevelieveable on tap!
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Iíve been a fan of Three Floyds since my taste buds first became acquainted with the flavor of Alpha King. Now, I am happy to have concluded a 22oz. server of another of their fine, over-the-top, wham-bam-thank-YOU, maím brews, the delicious, the delirious, the damnedfine Dreadnaught IPA.
On first cracking the crown, a heavy waft of fruit invades the atmosphere, though the bottle and glass are both held at armís length.
Appearance: a bright, beautiful ruby red, with a good, fluffy, creamy head.
Aroma: bows to no one. Sharp pine resin, grapefruit, spruce?, tar, citrus fruit, and thatís it, but thatís quite an it, and ITíS in full effect, yíall.
An invasion of flavor, an armada embarking itís onslaught upon every sensory receptor open and ready to receive. Tasty fruitiness recurrs with every sip, rewarding the drinker anew, long-lasting finish, almost sticking in the throat and taking up residence permanently on the palate. Malt is nearly an even match for hops, almost, barely, but at least they provide quite sufficient ballast and body that makes this quite a drinkable brew.
Fruit factor turns a trifle sweet after a time, but hop bitterness is always at hand to combat it.
This would count among the list of beers to spoil myself to death with, if I were so inclined, and were capable of...Iíll have another, and another, and a..whoops! too much! But, to quote Louis Jordan, "Iíll die happy!"
beerbuzzmontreal (3488) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2007 On tap at the brewery. The pour reveals an attractive clear golden color with a medium white head. Superb aroma of fruity hops accompanied by some sturdy malt. The flavor is amazing, the hops are strong, assertive and feel fruity (mangos, peaches, citrus), but this beer isnít just about hops, thereís a sturdy malt backbone that gives balance to this gem, I like the balance in this beer and I also like that the alcohol is not present, the whole ride finishes with a strong and lasting bitterness. The body has a light to medium thickness with a creamy texture and moderate carbonation. It was well worth the whole trip from Montreal to sample this amazing beer on tap, I would do it again any time.
DocLock (8341) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 23, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
An extra special thanks to atpayne (Adam) for this one. Adam was good enough to trade me three different FFF styles for some quality PA and NY beers, and FFF has eclipsed Stone as my current favorite brewer.
I drank this one out of a Corsendonk tulip glass. It pours a turbid pumpkin pie colored (I verified, from the label, that this is bottle conditioned), with a reverse "Guinness cascade" going on...super heady, carbonation moving from bottom to top. Great lace. It's funny...I just described seeing the Taj Mahal in the lace of a previous beer, and this one has a drawing of the Taj Mahal on the label!
Aroma of HUGE pineapple, grapefruit, hops, pears, applesauce, and honeydew melon.
Tastes extremely hoppy, with hints of all the above mentioned fruits, citrus, and chardonnay.
Finishes very hoppy, fruity, citrusy, crisp, smooth, with extremely well hidden alcohol (I estimated 6-7...this doesn't taste like 9.5).
Amazingly complex...each swallow brings slightly new aromas and flavors.
As it warmed, I noticed even more complex aromas and flavors.
I gave the Stoudt's IPA a 5.0, and this one is just as deserving, for slightly different reasons. This one is hoppier, but somewhat less complex than the Stoudt's IPA, in my opinion. This one surpasses the Dogfish 90 minute IPA. I see no deductions in this one, and I want to thank atpayne again for this exceptional beer. Three Floyds beers will bend you over the table, shove complexity and hops up your ass, and make you cry mercy. Fucking OUTSTANDING!!!
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - APR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice citrus flavor and perfect hop content. Awesome at the brewery. This brew really packs a wallop also! Best offering from Three Floys yet.
Cashazza (217) - Morganville, Maryland, USA - APR 20, 2004
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Mmmmmm...this and Stone are the best imo! Hops and malts are well balanced for an IPA; floral/citrusy aroma and flavor and very warming going down!
heemer77 (5156) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2008 A newer rating, spring of í08. This beer is a shadow of itís previous incarnations. The primary massive tropical fruit hosp are gone as well as any malt balance. Jus tanother IIPA stuck in the crowd. New rating. This has definitely changed in character. A slightly thinner mouthfeel, a drier taste and finish. Obviously more hops than before or less malts. The sweetness that differentiated it before are gone. This is more like a standard IIPA. I hate to do it, while still excellent, this beer is not what it once was. Original rating follows. This is a sublime mixture of both bitterness and sweetness. Pours a very deep orange with lots of lacing and a medium head that fades to a sprinkling on the top. Intense aromas of pine and marmalade. There are also sweet notes of peach and honey. The flavor is at least as complex. You get an initial pine and orange peel bitterness that get countered by honey and caramel sweetness later. The bitterness stays pronounced enough to keep me wondering what is coming with each drink. Absolutely an incredible joy to partake. Wished FFF would get this out my way.
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 18, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 Clear dark gold/orange body with a white film. Possibly the best hop aroma I've smelled. They are there, all over the place, the big juicy grapefruity hops, but they're more than that, they're a perfume, they're the pine cardboard you put on the mirror in your car, they're the orange you ate this morning, they're the lemon juice you've put over your salmon yesterday, they're your freshly cut grass on a sunny june day. Hops, all over the place and then some, and a bit of alcohol and some heavy malt. Quite complex adventure. The first sip then adds some, grass, grapefruity, but more than that. There's a mineral saltiness in there, alcohol peaks and thick malt layers, honeyish chewy malt. Texture is smooth, creamy, very thick. Definitely my favorite I2PA and it may even convince me to seek a few others out, but I'm still far from sold to the green side, the hophead clan. Worth another tribute to Raindog for providing me with this modern classic.