brokensail (9852) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Strong Ale 2012. Slightly hazed golden orange pour with a white head. Super intense and citrusy nose. Tons of grapefruit, tangerine, and pineapple. A bit of rye, lots of pine, and some floral hops. Mild malt sweetness, too. The flavor is quite heavy on the grapefruit, tangerine, orange, and pineapple notes. Some bitter pine, a hint of caramel, some bread, and a decent amount of rye. Very nice.
peteinSD (1244) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap @ PP Carlsbad Strong Ale. Glowing golden/orange pour. Aroma is resinous, pungent pine and hop bitterness with rye and a dry malt backbone. Completely over the top, dominating dank hops. Taste is dense, pungent pine, clean rye, and danky hop bitterness. Clean mouthfeel. A-grade (and then some) hoppy beer.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Pours cloudy and orange with a small, creamy, white head. Good retention. The aroma is a spicy, fruity assemblage of big-time rye, peach, apricot and resin. Full-bodied with a whole-milk mouthfeel and stinging carbonation. The thick, heavily bitter flavor hints at a rock-solid malt backbone, but the lupulin is definitely the star of this show. The bitter-sweet finish is far more bitter than sweet. Another top notch brew created by the the guys at Three Floyds!
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was lucky enough to discover this behind a layer of Arctic Panzer-wovles at the beer store nearby. Last and only one on the the shelf....it was as though there was that cliche moment where the godly light shines down and the angels sing in choirs...but the beer....it was ok...i expect more from 3F (i know em well enough to call them 3F rather than three floyds ; - ) ). this was a good IPA a good IIPA even, but it seemed to lack the 3F influence. It was as though someone brewed a beer and knocked out the 3F brewers and slapped their sticker on here....not to say i wouldn’t drink this again because it was even better than sierra nevada’s relentless, but that i expected more....ah well...guess ill have to get drunk off this stuff...oh darn...
jackl (3781) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, thanks to Scopey! The pour’s light amber with a small head. The nose is grain, breash grass, orange peel and rough tropical undergrowth. Fruit salad sweetness. The taste is big tropical fruit salad - papaya and mango. Pineapple. Sticky sweet. Nice malt body cut by a sharp bitter finish. Fresh. Big body, awesome. Overall, a nice, hot & sweet DIPA.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle and served in tulip: Pours a deep golden hue but with a ton of floaties which was not expected, lasting frothy head and spotty lace. The aroma and lots of rye notes along with resiny, piney, and lightly citric hop esters. Pepper and clove with a touch of caramel and Melanoidin malts. Great nose on this beer. The taste is spruce, pepper, grapefruit, clove and rye bread over a layer of biscuit and aspirin... not sure what to make of it but strangely I like it. The mouth feel is more medicinal and chalky note and a tad boozy. The least favorite part of this brew. I like many things brought to the table but still feel something does not quite mesh together. Muddled and astringent as hell.
superspak (2127) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating but was purchased recently. Pours extremely hazy orange amber color with a very nice 2-3 finger dense off white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of huge mango, pineapple, grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, rye spiciness, pine, floral, herbal, and citrus rind. Fantastic aromas with great balance of hop complexity and rye malts. Taste of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, spicy rye, light pine, bread, floral, citrus rind, earthiness, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of earthy citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, bread, pine, floral, rye spiciness, citrus rind, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop flavors; with a very nice balance with the rye spiciness; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, sticky, and slightly crisp mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial Rye IPA! Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance with the rye; very smooth and easy to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma- pretzels, rye, hay, hops, smokiness
Appearance- lighter colored than I anticipated, nice lacing
Taste- crazy amount of rye upfront, nice smothering of hops, some malt to clean the palate up, more rye on the finish
Palate- very nice mouthfeel on this one, heavy but not cloyingly so
Overall- 3F strikes again with a crazy brew. This one really surprised me, all in good ways.
Scopey (5301) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from a trade with George. It pours clear orange with a medium white head. The nose is pine, orange, tangerine, mango, touch of marmalade and some creaminess. The taste is grapefruit, mango, resin, spice, pine, assertive bitterness, alcohol, earth and light metal with very long bitter-dry finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Flavoursome, good bitterness and well balanced. As usual these guys deliver.
bookman10 (575) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a cloudy peach-orange yellow with a nice, mid-sized, lasting head. Floral, hop aroma. Flavor is dominated by a strong, citrusy-hop top layer, with a nice rye bite underneath. Full, sweetish finish. There are times when I wish I lived in Munster, Indiana--this is one of them. Very nice beer.