Brigadier (3725) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Great Taste of the Midwest
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2006
Served opposite Dreadnaught, this falls just short of being on the same level.
It’s still quite solid and enjoyable but in a different way. Sadly I have not
seen this one bottled; if it was I would love to do my on side by side comparison
of Three Floyd’s two IPAs. If they happen to have it next time I drive
through, I will definitely be getting a growler.
Aroma / Appearance - Lemons, lime, grass, wheat and a general fruitiness
dominate the nose. In addition, there is a hoppy spruce/pine vibe which only
becomes obvious when you don’t concentrate. The beautifully poured body was
bronze, semi-opaque and possessed a nice but brief clean white head.
Flavor / Palate - Strong hoppiness is the first thing to become
obvious. After that comes the ’taste’ of freshly mowed grass, watermelon
and lemon-lime. It comes close to the unique tropical taste of Dreadnaught
but can’t quite bridge the gap. Bitter and smooth at the same time, it went
down very smoothly. Very balanced throughout, this was a nice and solid
Tap @ GTMW 2006. Semi-translucent and copper in color with a sudsy, creamy grey head. Sweet grapefruit pulp abates the nose. Apricot and clementines aid the orangey, citric nose consummation along with mild orange broth on the back end. Wholesome and bitter clementines give hot piney drips of flavor. Grapefruit exasperates the sharper tenements of the grapefruit shocked shavings. Medium-bodied with tallow tropical traits, moving through the minorly sweet production. Middle cleave to the tongue reveals additional bittering elements. Piney topicalities follow through the finish with ruby red grapefruit and dried apricot pieces. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
On tap at the Great Taste of the Midwest... opposite Dreadnaught. Poured a clear, caramelly-golden with a short cap of white head. Juicy grapefruit and other light fruits pair with sweet caramel and pine in the very pleasant nose. The flavor carried a heavy, yet well-balanced bitter presence (pine, grapefruit, and grass) around the palate and through the finish... sweet caramel and toffee provided a sticky and adequate base. Dried, bitter finish. Very well done! MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
copper pour thick off white head great lace. Sweet citrus grapefruit passion fruit hop flower aroma w/ a malty balance. Palate is oily well coated and lightly creamy. Bitter grass hop dominates a tropical fruit & sweet base w/ a dry pine finish. Very good IPA. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 14, 2006
On tap at DL06: Pours a clear amber bronze with a nice, frothy, well-lacing off-white head. Aroma of fresh piney hops and some sweet and strange character almost reminiscent of bean sprouts. Body starts with a touch of sweetness, lots of bittering piney hops and a touch of grapefruit toward a drier, lightly earthy, but thinner finish. An interesting and very drinkable IPA.
gferd (99) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 21, 2006
Three Floyds found a winner in this IPA. A super-hoppy beer, the hops stand out like few other beers. A little bitter, but otherwise a B+ mynie (44) - Waterloo, Iowa, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Pours into an imperial pint glass deep red brown, the color of fine furniture in a furniture commercial. Almost no head.
Smells like big hops, the slight pungent twang of harsh natural chemcials, and light, sweet caramel.
Tastes like big, orange rhind hops. There’s a fruitiness in these hops that pops out like a picture in a magic eye puzzle--out of a speckeled haze there comes an eerily clear picture of a sailboat. All this is backed up with a strong, sweet finish of caramel malt that lends a great drinkability to the brew. IPAndy (120) - minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Had at the brewpub, $5 for a pint. If value was a criteria, I would have to rate it much lower. Lots of hop bitterness, but doesn’t taste like the typical Floyds dry-hopping present in Alpha King/Dreadnaught and even Gumballhead. Without that signature taste, it came off as more of a typical brewpub IPA to me, which is fine (hence the 3.4 rating), but not really worth 3-Floyds prices. screigh (756) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - MAY 24, 2006
On tap at the brewpub. I would call it Alpha King with a kick in the nuts. More hops a kind of abrassive quality to it over Alpha King. I know that comment sounds bad but I mean it in a possitive way. A very grassy, earthy feel to it. I loved it. I wish I could get it in bottles locally! black95tt (82) - Doylestown, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2006
Had on tap at the brewery the night before Dark Lord Day. Aroma was very citrusy, orange and tangerines, some grapefruit. Just wonderful. Taste was malty, caramelly and well balanced. Good malt backbone to fight the onslaught of summit hops. I’m really starting to dig the summit hops. This is a great pale ale. Another awesome beer from the dudes at 3F’s