ElGaucho (2391) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
My fifth Three Floyds brew was the first one I wasn't fully enamored with. I figured that a "Mild Ale" would appeal more to the average beer palate, but I'm not even sure of that. Smells aged and there is a deceptive high alcohol nose. Bourbon cask notes are also evident. Hazy with small particles; amber in color. Small, off-white head that is mostly dissipating. Good lace. Flavor is mild despite the decent aroma and appearance. This is a bland brew. Label promises a "session ale", but to me it doesn't have enough flavor for that. Decent finish but disappointing for a Three Floyds offering.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head. Honey, citrus and malt aroma. Well balanced malt and hops with citrus and honey flavors and a slight floral finish.
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color is a dusty honey brown with hazy particles floating around within, a one finger high head of off-white fluff builds quickly and sits long before finally fading to a thick skim always present. Minimal thin strings and spots of lace. Aroma is quite nice for a mild, cuz its mild but with a pleasant amount of strength, both a nice fresh dried and leafy hop balances well with a deep sweet bready maltyness. Nose includes nice light fruityness, kinda dull and maybe musty/old citrus with a heavy frothy barley sweetness. Reminds me of a Vienna or sweeter Red, but whatever, its a fantastic nose for a mild. Taste is mild as well but has a nice strength in its presence that seems to carry over from the aroma. Great maltyness, breadish, thick, hardy, almost chewy to a point, lightly sour of bagel dough with some nice touches of dullish fruity sweetness and notes of nuttyness and butter. Hops enter in very lightly at the finish with nice notes of dried leafyness and a perfect little blend of bittering thats a bit grassy very late in the finish. Never overbearing in any way, seems to always peak at just the right moment as to keep the mildness in both the palate and flavors but keeps its brawny demeanor. Wonderful. Feel is heavenly smooth, kinda fluffy in texture with a close to medium body and a grand easy carbonation that just floats down the gullet. I haven't had many true Mild Ales, and I'm thinking this may be over the top as far as the English versions are concerned, but with that aside this stuff blew my socks off for a Mild. Glad I picked it up, and what could possibly be the very last remnants of any Three Floyd's here in MN. (Til it gets picked up again?)
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light orangey amber w/ very little to no head retention of the just off white head. Light caramel malt and oxidative sherry aroma, possibly way past it's prime; also has a light fruitiness and a very faint toastiness. Bitter for a mild, or what's supposed to be a mild. I'm guessing an American version of a mild? Fruity and slightly sour, again with the sherry notes from oxidation in the flavor. Balanced to bitter, but only slightyly w/a bitter aftertaste. Light bodied w/ a carbonic acid bite, probably causing the sourness as well, and has a dry but not astringent m/f. I've had this one before but hadn't rated it until now. I remember it being much better, and having a stronger hop flavor. I'm rating this higher than I should due to that fact, and I'll re rate with a more fresh bottle again in the future. I've had English milds, and are my favorite style of session beer. IMHO, the Two Brothers Brown Fox Session Ale is a much better, more traditional version of the style from an American brewery than this one is.
SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Golded with a frothy/creamy head. Good amounts of lacing on the glass. Hoppy and lots of citrus sweet almost tangy with the hops in the nose. Sweet citrusy and very hoppy in the taste. Medium to full bodied, easily drinkable and as you drink it definately feels lighter and less hoppy than other FFF stuff.
mribm (460) - Ocala, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. Bottle. A nice malty, slightly hoppy beer with a medium sized head. As the description states, this would make "a pleasantly gentle session ale". For a mild beer, this was a good one.
hotstuff (4861) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 21, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at 3F. This beer was just way too hoppy for my personal taste. It poured a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly dissipated. The nose was hoppy and the flavor was very bitter and very hoppy that left an aftertaste for quite a while. The mouthfeel was tingly and hoppy and it was medium bodied. There was no lacing with this beer.
thedm (5617) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 17, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at the brewery. This brew poured a large foamy head of white colored finely sized long lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent dark orange yellow colored uncarbonated body and an excellent lacing. The aroma was hoppy and the mouthfeel was ingly and bitter at the start yet mellowed in the finish. It had a hoppy flavor to boot. It was more like a pale ale than an American mild.
egajdzis (6071) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2004 Poured an amber color with a small off white head and some lacing. Nice, mild citrus hop aroma, mixed with some maltiness as well. Caramel maltiness is balanced well by the hops that sneak up on you. If I could find this in cases, I would buy it up! Rerate I found a case and bought it up! This stuff rocks! Crisp and clean, citrus hop taste. Subtle, yet extremely satisfying, I could drink this all day long!
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2003 This brew pours a thin dirty white head along with an opaque orangish brown body. As expected, it is lightly carbonated and the flavor and aroma are absent of hops. This is a very easy drinking beer with a slightly tart taste on the tongue. You can see having a few of these with your friends down at a pub.