TheBeerGod (5452) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper body with a small tannish white head. Nose is malty and has a nice bit of hoppiness to it. The flavor reveals more of the hoppiness with a grapefruit and pine mix. Finishes with some malt sweetness. Another good Three Floyds beer!
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Lighter orange color than the Alpha King with a thin off-white head. The aroma was, well, mild. Some very sweet maltiness and faint citrusy/piney hops. The flavor was just as mild with a definite sweet malty core...almost sugary. Medium thick feel...very soft. Nice.
EKGoldings (603) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 11, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, cool, not cold. Pours amber with a nice head that largely disappears within a minute. Aroma is citrus hop, honey and malt. Refreshing taste is malt, grapefruit, with a decent hop bite. Very slight metallic in aftertaste. A nice clean pale ale with no onslaught of malt or hop but with a nice balance and mild flavors. I guess thats why they called it a mild ale? Tis a tasty brew that is a refreshing change from the hop-wars veterans.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - AUG 9, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Kind of an amber orange color,small fat fading white head very slight lacing.Malty,citrusy aroma with a very well done hops presence.The taste is mildly bitter with a mild malt and medium hop taste mild citrus as well.As it warms up a bit i can detect an almost pine needle like aroma starting to show up.The after taste was mellow hops and a decent bitterness,with the feel being a bit watery but still fairly smooth.Very nice brew.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - AUG 7, 2003
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured at the brewery. A great session beer, in terms of a break from the 3F's tastebud onslaught. A lite amber that is fragrant and floral. From teh first to the last sip, this beer is crisp and refreshing. Slightly toasty with a light and refreshing palate. This beer is yet another brew that fits nicely into the 3F's portfolio.
Frank (3219) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 6, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2003 Very refreshing. Slightly redish with a white head that leaves decent lacing. I'm not too familiar with milds but I'd probably describe this as an American style pale ale, as far as taste goes. Good balance of sweet malt and citrus flavor from the hops. A bit thin on the palate, almost to the point of being watery. Vigorous carbonation punctuates this point.
legion242 (2312) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red hued and slightlt hazy; medium head; Nose was bready and malty.Good sweet malt flavors, Slightly thin. Hopintg that it will thicken up. Hops are in attendence- but sitting in the back row.
TChrome (1432) - Bedford, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a nice beer, though I don't think it conforms to the style it puports to be. Nice malty aroma with pronounced floral hoppiness. Beer pours nice fluffy off-white head and is cooper colored. Flavor is good with malty sweetness on the front end followed by a nice bitter hop finish. I love the malt three floyds uses, it is awesome. Very good ale, just not style true.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 17, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
I was sort of confused as to why 3 Floyds would make a style that calls for very little hops. They seem to revel in the plant. Pours a nice rich brown, with a pleasing khaki head. Aroma is way too hoppy. You can smell the hops, for starters. Malts smell right, but are overwhelmed by the floral hoppiness. Flavor is also off. Way, way too much hops. Mild roastiness and some bittersweet bready flavors. It irritates me that these guys just overhop everything, like it's a source of pride. Carbonation is way too high, hops are mellow for 3 Floyds, but still way too high for this style. They should have called it an american brown ale, because that's what it is.
DrnkMcDermott (2868) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 13, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2004 Draft, at the brewery. Yes, definitely the "starter" beer to introduce a virgin to the 3F family. Hoppiness is not as pronounced as with other 3F beers, but still very much present. Simple malty taste keeps this beer well within the "Mild" style, but still manages to pack the 3F twist.
2004 re-rate: I’m pouring a bottle just fresh from the brewery, and my, what a difference. Big green citrusy hop is everywhere on this! I had the same experience with a fresh Gumballhead. Don’t know how long it stays like this in the bottle (the new labels have no date notches), but there’s a great way to demonstrate the difference freshness makes.
<center><font color=red>I got tired of the bar scene, so I cut out the middleman by going straight to the brewery.</font></center>