Ibrew2or3 (7169) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 7, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Big thanks to hellbilly for sharing. It pours gold with white head. The pulsing aroma is big and yummy with chewy sticky malt infused pineapple, grapefruit and orange juice. Smell just terrific. The taste doesn’t reach the boldness attained in the nose. It is nice with grapefruit and pineapple notes sweetened by malts and then running into spicy hoppiness midway and into the finish. Nice citrus to spicy hopped brew where the hops are bridge by a modest level of sweet malts.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 31, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle at home, on New Years Eve 2011/12. Massive thanks to phalesu, who rushed this one to me, so it was fresh! Pours cloudy orange, thin white head; lacing is spotty to good. Surprisingly small head, for a bottle that nearly gushed when opened, expected a thicker head. Regardless... Nose is spicy pine, with mandarin orange, tropical fruit, and nice grapefruit coming through underneath. Maybe not as over-the-top with the hops as I was expecting, considering the reputation of both the brewery, and the beer, but then this is my first hoppy 3Floyds brew, so I’m in new territory here. Flavours are DOMINATINGLY mandarin orange. This tastes just like eating a freaking mandarin orange. It’s truly bizarre. The remainder of the palate, beyond the mandarin notes, is spicy, piney, and balanced, with nice bitterness that in no way keeps this beer from being sessionable. Very, very nice.
blomster (260) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - DEC 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle, thanks go a generous Secret Santa. Hazy golden pour, with some hop or yeast residue floating around. Decent head. Very nice citrusy, piney aroma, also some pineapple and melon.
Smooth, creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation.
Taste is orange and citrusy hops, melon, shortbread. Smooth, bitterness on the low side, a bit abrupt finish. A great pale ale.
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a yellowish gold color with a small white head. Nose is of citrus and grass for the most part. Taste is pretty much all hops, though nothing overpowering, still rather light and refreshing.
BayAreaBeers (85) - Fremont, California, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bottle. Pours a nice Orangeish golden color. The aroma is big citrus, grapefruit. Just fantastic! The taste is a perfect bitterness up front with big citrus flavors. The back end has a perfectly balanced maltyness to smooth it all out. Just a perfect example of a Pale Ale. If it was a blind taste test, I would have thought it was IPA. F’ing great beer.
drpimento (2298) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good beer but heavy in the grapefruit department. Poured with a huge foamy, frothy, off white head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is a slightly hazy amber. Aroma is hop, malt, fresh cut grass, wet grain. caramel. Flavor’s the same along with carbonic tang that accents the hop. Finish is like flavor, has lots of length, and is satisfying. Good stuff.
MadIndian (2465) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazed / golden pour with aromas of citrus, grassy hop. A nice crisp hoppy and citrus taste. A well -balanced brew.
vtafro (3914) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 20, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ cdc b5. Thanks! Golden pour with some light tan head. Citrus and grassy aroma tones. Flavor is full hop, not overally heavy, citrus, grass, earthy fresh tones.
SudsMcDuff (6108) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle .. . Pours a deep yellow gold .. medium foam .. great lacing .. . lots of flowers, citrus, and fresh pine .. . clean mouth .. . a great assertive pale .. . . If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason..
blklab2007 (2031) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to secret santa poured a light amber in color with a thin covering of off white head. aroma has citrus, pines, caramel malt, and some resins. mouth feel coats well and there is good carbonation to push this across. flavor has medium bitterness, citrus, some caramel malt, and a finish that is good and drying. an ipa. in my eyes and certainly showcases the hops well but does not get juicy like I had hoped.