douglas88 (5151) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 13, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber thanks to Toby at his kickass tasting. Pours a cloudy orange with a medium white head. The aroma is pretty balanced with loads of sweet malts and a powerful suggestion of hoppy goodness. A strong hoppy flavor dominates, this beer is not exactly fresh but the hops really stand out with citrus and pine bursts. A strong malt component of sweet caramel and biscuit. Awesome. Very tasty.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a double IPA in my opinion. It was similar tasting to Dreadnaught in my opinion. The color was a clear orange with a decent head given the ABV. The smell was tropical fruits and sugary sweetness. The taste was more tropical fruits and some alcohol prickliness. This was a good beer but unfortunately not worth $10 per bottle. Three Floyds really knows how to push beers for a lot of money since there are many west coast beers that kick their asses for less money.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-24-2007 15:52:43
Cletus (6250) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 5, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours amber with a thin ring of white bubbles. Smells of spice, some sweet malt, caramel, toffee, cognac. Tastes of perfumy hops, spicy, some dry malt, floral some spicy elements on the finish. I wish I had more of this one.
DJMonarch (9160) - Northwich, Cheshire, ENGLAND - JUL 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the Bottle at Tom’s Ultimate Glasgow Tasting, Blackfriars 01/12/2007
Very hoppy and spicy aromas. Amber golden coloured and hoppy with a crisp and bitter slightly dry warming finish.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber poured a snifter.
This one pours a hazy and bright reddish orange, underneath a decent sized white head that leaves some decent lacing and keeps a collar for a while. The haze clears up after a few minutes as it warms.
The aroma is surprisingly hoppy and I certainly wasn’t expecting a bottle of this age to retain the massive citrus hops, with grapefruit and oranges really coming through. There is also lots of caramel malts and some pine as well. It’s smells kinda like a cross between a malty triple IPA or a really hoppy barleywine.
The taste is much like the aroma and has an initial citrus hop kick that has definitely held up well. There is a sizable caramel malt backbone that lends a strong sweetness to the taste, but the hops come back with a vengeance leaving a bitter sticky finish that favors pine more than citrus. There is more than slightly noticeable alcohol burn.
The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and very sticky and tingly on the palate. Carbonation is there but fairly soft.
This is a tough beer to categorize and I’m fairly amazed at how well the hops have held up, as they still seem to be the dominant factor in the smell and taste. Very tasty, though the drinkability is limited a bit by the abrasive bitter combined with the strong alcohol presence.
daknole (8006) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Matt, thanks! Pours a nice orangish color with no real head to speak of. Initial aroma is of citrus hops but that quickly gives way to a good dose of malt and brown sugar notes. Flavor is hoppy and fruity with a good malt backbone. The elements combine harmoniously in this one. Finish is nice and bitter and lingers well.
savnac (2364) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle. Bitter hop aroma, mostly pine and citrus, there is also an aroma of the roasted malt base. Deep amber with a medium off white head. The hop bitterness comes through first then blending with the sweet malt base, touches of alcohol as well. There is a nice long bitter finish. I enjoyed this beer a lot, the artwork on the label was impressive too.
TheAlum (4986) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from Wilmer Liquors (New Lenox, IL). Still available there too. I had this on tap back when it was around (Summer 2007), but decided it was time to grab this and give it an official rate. Pours a deep murky rusty hue, some red and orangey amber that turns darker, pushing a decent white head that dies to a film and clings to the sides of the glass a bit. Aromas are fairly strong, pushing piney hops, citrus and grapefruit, a pugent alcohol feel, and some underlying malt sweetness. Initial tends to mirror this, fairly strong in the alcohol department, the hops haven’t died from what I remember, but then again the alcohol might add to the pine and hotness of this brew, that pushes some sweet malt, fruit, citrus, and pine largely. A bit thick, but full of flavors from caramel malts and piney and citrusy hops. FFF did this big, and it is quite evident, as the strength and hops prevail, but the brew is still sweet. Bitterness and booze remain on the palate and aftertaste. Interesting, strong. Different from most ASAs.. and I largely dislike ASAs.. so this isn’t bad.
cmillward (497) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber, courtesy of dchmela. Pour copper with an off-white head. Citrus hops over a firm malt backbone, a touch earthy spice/ Rich caramel malts, citris with a nice smooth bitterness, a touch of rye? a little spicy. Med-low carbonation, a little heavy, however doesn’t comes across very boozy.
valpoaj (594) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very deep red/orange color with a robust white head that dissipated quickly. Aroma is heavy and lingering...lots of citrusy hops, a bit of pine, and a load of alcohol. Flavor is heavily hopped...resinous pine flavors dominated with some light citrus hops in the background and a decent dose of malt to keep everything somewhat in check (this is FFF afterall). Fairly heavy level of booze in here as well. Palate was chewy and I found it a bit cumbersome to drink at times, but not to the level of being offensive. Good offering, if not overpriced (where have I said that before)