TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2005 Hazy peach. Off-white head of consistent medium-sized bubbles. Hallmark FFF’s aroma with heaps of Centennials and orange rind. Touches of pine, honey, marmalade, and crushed lightly toasted malt. Prickly carbonation. Slippery body. Short-lived piney hop notes are overridden by explosively soft citrus pulp and orange rind accents. Hoppy, yet has a resilient biscuit/English malt sweetness which anchors the body. Doughy malts briefly snip the citrusy acidity with a firm snap. Finishes much juicier and softly hoppy, than stingingly piney and malty, with a a lengthy bready malt aftertaste. Tons of perfume and citrusy hop belches from the extensive dry-hopping. Seems to be even less of an authentic English Mild than a few years back. Style-adherence aside, this is nice. Like an American Pale Ale crossed with an Ordinary.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 7, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured hazy orangey amber with thin but lasting tan head...smelled citrusy and hops and piney hoppiness...this being my first "Mild Ale" perhaps I am wrong in saying this, but seemed horribly out of balance for this style...little malt character...mostly hoppy bitterness, and not the hoppy bitterness from an IPA or APA, but finished cloying NOT crisp...bitter stuff...
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish/copper color with thin beige head. The aroma was hops, citrus, malt. Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. The flavor reminded me more of an IPA. Grapefruit notes. Not bad.
Brodie (540) - Blowing Rock, North Carolina, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pleasant American hop aroma, citrus fruit and fresh-cut grass, faint malt, and a butter aroma comes out as it warms. Clear amber color, decent white head. Hops dominate the flavor, just enough malt to balance, and a fair amount of diacetyl butter flavor. Balance is on the bitter side. Medium body and smooth, dry finish. An Americanized mild ale, really a lightweight APA. The fairly strong diacetyl butter character comes out as it warms and throws things out of whack. Unique, decent session ale.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mild brown yellow color and a good sized foam head. Aroma is malty, the very sweet. Floral notes as well as orange, coriander and ginger are present. Flavor is smooth and very mild, with a decent maltyness to travel the length of any presence of the brew.
FastEddie (230) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Although this is certainly not my favorite style, this ale smells and tastes of Three Floyds’ quality. Large head, nice hoppy aroma, and flavor. Much like the Alpha King but more mild. Would make a good starter for someone to develop their appetite for it.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
09.27.04 12oz bottle thanks to Marinaro500. Pale yellow pour, slight haze, giant white head. The usual FFF scale-like floaty things bobbing about. Aroma is not malty at all, just a burst of orange and grapefruit hoppiness. Sharp citric flavor, light body. Isn’t a mild ale supposed to be all malt and no hops? Well, nothing like what I expected, but what FFF beer is? One dimensional, but an interesting quaff.
atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A bit cloudy and an orangish amber color. Great sweet malt aroma and slight hop bouquet. The taste is somewhat bitter. and nicely so at that, but obviously lacking in bitterness like many milds do. There is some spice and more hop at the ending, a very nice beer, but doesn’t completely fit the style.
DrunkenLooser (22) - Frankfort, Illinois, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy gold colour with nice head. Fair amount of carbonation. Citrus taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Nice mouthfeel. Very refreshing. Great ale for a summer afternoon.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler from Munster: clear amber with a full, rocky, beige head…characteristic 3F piney hop aroma, but not as much caramel as some of the others. Slow-moving light bitterness that is only ‘mild’ when compared to AK or Dreadnaught…nice big hop profile, but I am not getting much else – for the Hop Lover; Indeed.