nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Sampled at the brewpub on a recent trip thanks to my good friend Kan.The pour gave a golden murky color with a bit of white head. Very nice mouth feel. A bit of bready yeasty character intertwined with some good lemony, grapefruit flavors. The hops are well balanced for the style. Liked this beer and stoked to sample it. arkurzynski (2427) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 28, 2011 On tap at FFF. Amber in color. Nice pine and citrus hops as well as mild candied fruit and yeast. Clean flavor profile of light fruits, Belgian candy, caramel malts and an even, well-rounded earthy-pine hop bitterness. Light residual bitterness and some dryness. Fairly well attenuated. Nice. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Draft at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Pours a nice glowing orange gold hue, more orange and pretty murky with a cakey offwhite head atop, pretty large with a good stick around, good lacing overall. Aromas are a melange of citrus, moving some generous citrusy grapefruit and lemon hops up front, touches of fruity esters are light and subtle mixing with bread dough, touches of mellow yeast, a touch fruity and spicy. A touch of gumball. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied throwing some decent bitterness, citrusy hops of grapefruit, lemon, florals, and grass seem to move into that gumball Amarillo feel. Malt body is bread dough, flaked wheat, smooth and easy. Into the backend, more of the fruity esters come through, touches of banana and light pear, the hops are growing on the palate, seem to cover up the fruit giving this a nice solid hop forward feel. The Belgian influence lays lower, but does peek through in spurts making this an interesting and more complex drinking experience into the backend. A touch of candy like nerds comes out of nowhere, gumballs and a healthy hop presence. I enjoyed this, solid with a striking bitterness and mellow fruity ester influence that is out of the way. Healthy lacing, aromas fall a bit flat, but overall the taste and experience are quite nice. I’d peg this into Belgian IPA territory if the aromas match
ed suit. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2011
10oz pour @ Hopleaf. Poued a thick dense yellow almost orange. The nose has a heavy dose of bubble gum and spice. The flavor has a ton of that bubble gum with some sweetness and a straightforward bitterness. It strikes me as an oversimplified Belgian. Medium bodied with easy carbonation leading to a dry finish. Enjoyable... Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a cloudy, orange-golden colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma has a solid Belgian yeast and citrus hop mix. Some pineapple, orange, and tropical fruits with pines, florals, and a light bubble gum hint. Flavor is a bit more bitter. Fruity pines up front with some lemon grass, orange florals, and a light tropical fruit. Light bubble gum and a nice Belgian yeast balances with a light malt sweetness. Finishes dry with a moderate grassy bitterness and a nice fruity Belgian yeast that leaves a lengthy aftertaste. Medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid Belgian pale ale. Well hopped and nicely balanced with solid, fruity Belgian yeast. Enjoyable beer.
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Eben emael. On tap at 3f. Served in a snifter... Comes out with a mostly non-transparent orange caramel hue and topped with a fluffy vivid white head... Assertive aroma of centralized citrus and tropical fruit, somewhat sweeter through the middle, a lesser more tamed beastthan shark pants it seems. Belgian yeas still have a presence here.. Flavors are bittersweet for the most parts with a nice balance between sweet and hoppy. Citrusy fruity hop profile upfront then co- existing almost simultaneously with a thicker sweet sugar based malt.
More enjoyable with a slightly more than average pithy bitter finish.
Belgian yeast held in heck and not as prominent compared to some recent offerings that I’ve had locally in Chicago. Medium bodied, not too light with an adequate carbonation level.
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2011
On tap the 3Fs brewpub in Munster. This was a lighter and more reserved offering as far as 3fs goes (especially in terms of hop power), and thus quite drinkable, as I could easily sip on this all day. It pours with a light, wispy starch white head, and an opaque mandarin orange body. Hazy, woody citrus peach, and Belgian, yeasty dinner rolls pretty much sum up the aroma. A mild palate, but good bitter with non-overpowering hop. For the flavor, yeasty, mellow citrus, peaches, and multigrain cereal and dinner roll malts. Every aspect flows and blend well together. Overall, a very pleasant ale. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2011
On draft at the 3F Brewpub. An interesting pour -- near startling, actually as it’s a very hazy whitish gold, thick white head sitting on top. Aroma is balanced between the Belgian yeast esters and fairly strong hops. Flavor is fruity, subtle, estery, with a strong hop presence of medium bitterness. There are notes of citus, banana, and pepper. Medium bodied, fairly carbonated, and refreshing. Before I know it I’ve finished my glass. I like this. It’s not 3F’s best or most unique beer, but it’s very good for a session beer. That1Guy (2236) - Colorado, USA - JUN 19, 2011
Took a sip off of Honkeybra’s pint at the FFF Brewery. Wicked bizzah appearance. An opaque, light yellow-orange almost milky color. Surprisingly hoppy, with some banana ester making its way through, but it’s not off-putting. Nice mouthfeel and flavor. A cool-looking, and nice-tasting brew. Glad I tried it. Reynolds314 (3450) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Draft at brewpub poured cloudy golden into a tulip glass. Taste is grassy, citrus hops with a huge yeast profile. The flavors of the yeast are doughy, earthy and spicy but it muddles the hop flavor and doesnt work perfectly in my opinion. Tasty offering but not their best.