StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap @ Three Floyds into my 16-oz. snifter. Time to go against the grain here...
Dull, mostly murky and taffy brown in color with a thin sheet of white for the head. Aroma is cleansing and alluring, promulgating lemon, shortbread, wafers, burlap and ginger root. Moving the snifter down an inch from nose to mouth, and we’ve confirmed suspicions that this is damn good. English hop profile in the way that it’s bitter, chafing and pulling me in its direction. Chafe me, sweeten me; chafe, sweeten… The sequence continues to churn as we go but there are still more complexities to address. Citric qualities provide more of a sweet, tight and tiny bite. Then there’s the malts. That’s another story - though somewhat inexplicable, I can feebly deduce a spawned sugary cornbread characteristic with a floral saffron accent. We’re also looking at a faint accentuation of chamomile and lavender. Bitter, resounding finish with a tiny, crisp copper kiss. A great runner in the Three Floyds offerings. King of the California Common class and hopefully one to make an annual appearance.
thedm (5160) - Fort Wayne, USA - DEC 23, 2005
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of medium to large sized mostly lasting white colored bubbles that left behind an unnoted lacing. The body contained average carbonation, was hazy and dark orange brown in color. Its aroma contained notes of musty malty hoppy notes. Its mouth feel is initially tingly with a lingering tingly palate and a flavor that lasts a long time in the aftertaste. Its flavor contained a long lasting malty hoppy note and was very tasty. It had a good hop presence and was just plain very good.
hotstuff (4408) - Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at 3F. Small tan fizzy head that mostly diminished, sparse lacing, hazy, and a light orange hue. Aroma was malty, hoppy and some apple. Flavor was sweet malt, some hoppiness, and somewhat dry. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Nice brew!
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 I sat there and wondered, could I actually find a steam beer I liked? Well, I think so. Now, I dislike Anchor Steam, and I realize that this beer is a replicale, but it must be because it’s so fresh that this beer rates as well as it does (for me). It smells like Anchor Steam, but better. It’s got that strange aroma that’s hard to describe that’s apparent in all CC’s. It looks pretty thin and is brown with a white head. The flavor is nice. Malts and fresh hops. Very oddly exciting. I’m liking this. This beer is WAY better than Anchor Steam. Fresh.
I am told that fresh Anchor Steam is also good. Now, I just wish that we got some fresh stuff out in the midwest! Perhaps the shelf life of this style is 1 week?
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good overall, as already said before this pretty much lacks the kick that you want out of a three floyds brew but it still is introducing me to a style that I may be able to enjoy as my palate develops. Brown in color with little to know head. The nose is malty with subtle hops in the background. THe taste is just about the same. Pretty good.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky copper color. May be lighter; perhaps the FFF lights are throwing it off.
Crisp, lager-like hop water. I say water, because of its "crispness", and because of its lack of carbonation. Not that that is bad. Its crisp and hoppy, with a touch of brown-sugary / candy sweetness.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the Brewery: slightly murky orange rust with a tan head. Lightly toasted grain and cereal aromatics combine nicely with the characteristic 3F’s hops. Well carbonated and smooth palate. Orange, citrusy flavours initially, that are wrapped up nicely by soft, gooey malts and sweet caramel. Extremely drinkable and more of a session beer than most from 3F’s. Enjoyable.
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
HAD IT AT BREWERY IN DEC 05 WAS NOT BAD KINDA BLAND BUT STILL HAD A GRASSY HOPPY FINISH ONLY HAD ONCE SO WOULD LIKE TO TRY AGAIN TO GET BETTER FEEL FOR IT
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap @ brewpub. Hazy tan-amber body, thin white head. Mandarin orange, lime and a simple cereal malt backing. The same orange presence leads to the flavor along with caramelized brown sugar and dry grass. An easy-drinking, hoppy beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2912) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft, at 3Floyds. In the Floyds’ plastic cup, it looks dark brown with yellowish highlights. Taste is grainy with rough unfinished notes. Hops seem to have been ripped from the vine and then thrown into the kettle screaming live live lobsters. Grains may have been crushed under a leather boot heel and then mashed in used bath water to creatre a pushy, bitchy beer. You’ll like it, too.