Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft sample. Poured hazy yellow color with an average fizzy white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate citrus and bubblegum aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture with soft carbonation. Medium sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Very interesting beer.
Drake (8546) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 13, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served on draft at Argus in Madison, WI at the GTMW pre-party. Pours a hazy yellow-gold color with a large white head. Good head retention and lacing. Aroma of leafy, bitter hops, stone fruits and a spicy finish. The taste is citrus, stone fruits, nutty notes and a bitter hop finish. Medium bodied. Refreshing. Damn good.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a nice glowing orange gold hue, more orange and pretty murky with a cakey offwhite head atop, pretty large with a good stick around, good lacing overall. Aromas are a melange of citrus, moving some generous citrusy grapefruit and lemon hops up front, touches of fruity esters are light and subtle mixing with bread dough, touches of mellow yeast, a touch fruity and spicy. A touch of gumball. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied throwing some decent bitterness, citrusy hops of grapefruit, lemon, florals, and grass seem to move into that gumball Amarillo feel. Malt body is bread dough, flaked wheat, smooth and easy. Into the backend, more of the fruity esters come through, touches of banana and light pear, the hops are growing on the palate, seem to cover up the fruit giving this a nice solid hop forward feel. The Belgian influence lays lower, but does peek through in spurts making this an interesting and more complex drinking experience into the backend. A touch of candy like nerds comes out of nowhere, gumballs and a healthy hop presence. I enjoyed this, solid with a striking bitterness and mellow fruity ester influence that is out of the way. Healthy lacing, aromas fall a bit flat, but overall the taste and experience are quite nice. Iíd peg this into Belgian IPA territory if the aromas match
Strykzone (4931) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUN 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Served in a tulip glass at the brewpub. How cool to be the first to rate a Three Floyds beer! And a handsome beer it is. Orange with some effervescence and a nice thick foam on top. Cool lacing. It is cloudy. A nice pine nose with yeast and caramel underneath. That yeast, pine, and caramel are also tasted along with some nice citrus that shows up midglass. A nice dry bitterness compliments the sweeter malt. Oranges are tasted and they kind of appear out of nowhere. Tartness comes very late. Bitterness grows as the beer warms and hops are more assertive, too. One word: Delicious!
nimbleprop (4869) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz tulip at the brewpub. Pours a lightly hazy, dark gold with a thin, creamy white head. Sweet, malty nose, a little estery, some pepper, green apple, light citrus, a little candy. Flavor is sweet, candy, honey, malts, apples, some lemon, some cracker, grass, dandelions. Medium bodied, dry finish.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft the brewpub. pours cloudy orange with off white fluffy head. big tropical fruit and citrusy hop aroma while a spicy belgian yeast peirces through. the flavor is more bitter than I was expecting for a belgian pale but thatís okay cuz the hop flavor was really working well with this yeast (even after itís been on for over a month), nice tropical fruit and grapefruit and a well fermentated yeast strain works in unison w/ the big hop character. med body and lively carbonation. I could drink a lot of this. great beer from a style that few pull of that well.
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at 3F... A milky dark honey, gold, off white head, good lace... Belgian yeast with lots of grassy hops, good combo... The taste is off from the nose, buttery, soapy, with a chemical grass hop finish, crisp and drinkable, just not in love
LilBeerDoctor (3453) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 31, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Hop Leaf in Chicago. Pours a cloudy orange red with a thick white head. Aroma of lots of citrus hops and hop oils. Flavor of lots of citrus hops, some bready/wheaty malt with just a hint of yeast. A very hoppy Belgian ale and quite tasty too.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Three Floyds. Pours a hazy gold, some amber at the center. Sticky white head that persists. Nose is more Belgiany than Shark Pants. Notes of citrus and peach, but then lots of estery banana and phenolic pepper and clove. Really clashes. The yeast in suspension also lends some astringency as well. This isnít a horrible beer, just not particularly great. Again reflects the deficiency that Three Floyds has with Belgian styles, in my opinion. Meh.
HonkeyBra (3371) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at the 3F Brewpub. An interesting pour -- near startling, actually as itís a very hazy whitish gold, thick white head sitting on top. Aroma is balanced between the Belgian yeast esters and fairly strong hops. Flavor is fruity, subtle, estery, with a strong hop presence of medium bitterness. There are notes of citus, banana, and pepper. Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, and refreshing. Before I know it Iíve finished my glass. I like this. Itís not 3Fís best or most unique beer, but itís very good for a session beer.