bryandhargrave (165) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2007
if im gonna drink a beer like this.... ill just get the dreadnaught. ill go stronger and better. this was a freaking great beer but not totally independent in taste. dont get me wrong, an amazing beer in its own right. id just rather have the IIPA joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Three Floyds Pub
This beer was served at the bar in a bowtie glass and appeared the color of apricots with a slight haze. A one finger creamy white head formed on the pour and as it slowly fell left substantial lacing.
Good looking beer for sure.
The aroma was a great balance of caramel and bready maltiness along with juicy (although muted for balances sake) stone fruits including peach and apricot. I mgiht be crazy because I dont remember the menu stating this beer had any association with oak but there’s no doubt in my mind oak was present.
This was a great tasting IPA, although leaning toward the English version itr wasn’t really English either. A great combo of flavors with an incredible balance. The oak was in the flavor as well and added another layer of complexity to an alredy complex brew.
You couldn’t wish for a better mouthfeel. Medium body with an unmatched creaminess. This beer is liquid velvet in the mouth. I find a lot of oak aged beers to have this same velvety mouthfeel so there goes my conspiracy theory again.
Highly drinkable. This beer disappeared far too fast. I was half scared to order another after the first one went down in record time. Of course I ordered another anyway.
This is a great beer from Three Floyds that I would love to see bottled. Great flavors and complexities make this a world class brew. I’m almost positive this was a cask offering but I can’t remember seeing it on the taplist as cask.
11/11/07 rowefam3 (70) - kendallville, Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2007
Definately English style. Realy warmed up to it about half way thru. Went really well with the chili fries at the brewpub. pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - NOV 4, 2007
On tap at brew pub. As some people state, this is the 8% ABV version listed as a IIPA. Rich caramelly amber with a thin white densish head. Big strong herbal apricot, slightly hoppy smell, though most of the American style hops seems to be the apricoty sorts. Floral english hops. A bit of tropical fruit and gummy bears. A bit of caramel in that malt. Thick creamy solid with low carbonation. A bit viscous even. Toasty caramel malt with big hops. Creamy, off for an IPA, but wonderful really. Big fruity hops. Apricote, mango, guava. Long bitter finish. Dry toasty herbal finish. JLAudio (282) - Crestwood, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2007
On tap at FFF brewpub. This was actually listed as their english style Double IPA. It was 8% alcohol with 80 IBU’s I believe. It was an american spin on an english style, with nice hoppy notes and resins, full of flavorful citrus and grapefruit, but also offered the traditional english IPA mouthfeel and flavor profile. It was extremely malty, and rounded, as expected. The unique thing is that they incorporated the not so bitter english hops, with a blend of american hops, which worked out well.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - OCT 11, 2007
On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, and served in a bowtie. This brew poured a dark copper color with a good sized, foamy, beige head that had decent retention. Some nice, sticky, thick lacing was left around the glass. The aroma of the beer was made up of sweet citrus notes, toffee, and also some spicy pine. The flavor was sticky and sweet with notes of orange, caramel, toffee, and finished up with a short lived piney bitterness. The mouthfeel was slightly resiny and medium to full-bodied with decent carbonation. Yet another excellent, highly hopped pale ale from the Floyds!!! I would love to see this bottled. kp (10881) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Date: 04/29/2005McBeer (12) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2006
cloudy orange, thin frothy off white head, big body, rich sweet hop aroma, light sweet hop flavor, nice bitter finish, nice big ipa
Words: round two
big toungue scraping bitterness
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
The score was calculated based upon the notes and an old scoring system.
Drinking notes from GTM 05: Wow lots of different hop notes. Beer is much better once it warms up. Hop notes blend a lot nicer. BigJoe7231 (25) - Schererville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2006
Very, very bitter with hints of floral goodness. The bitterness seems to over power everything though. This stuff isn’t too bad, but I wouldn’t go breaking down any doors for it. cdog69 (28) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2006
draft at the brewery.
big hop aroma with some scent of pine. Reddish orange in color with a frothy white head. Nice flavor of spice and sweetness. Good body with sweet flavor that dries out at the end. I enjoyed this beer.