steview (1037) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUL 14, 2007
aroma: sweet and rich; grapefruit, a hint of candy store sweets /
pour: a bit thick, translucent straw-orange /
head: when poured, the head that formed appeared to be in a shape similar to that of a grapefruit when sliced in half and viewed from the top; thick, white, tight, and it dissipates into a nice ring, quickly /
body: ruby-orange with orange highlight; tiny, spaced out bubbles rise to the top to form films of what would
be head had the beer been over-carbonated /
flavor: bitter grapefruit balanced by something sweet, simple; resiny; hops ahoy! yet a bit thick and malty, yet the maltiness does not quite reach me! /
palate: smooth, resiny /
overall: delicious ass-kicker;
reminds me of some DH 120! Odeed (1805) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JUL 13, 2007
murky orange with a small white head that leaves no lacing on the glass as it sits.aroma is a blend of citrus hops,caramel malts,and alcohol.flavor boats juicy fruit gum,pine needles,citurs hops,caramel malts,and a bitter alcoholic finish. holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
22 oz bomber from Binny’s on Dempster. First off they’ve had this label up as a poster, and its frickin sweet. You gotta love these labels. Pours clear ruby orange with a beige head. Carmelly toffee grapefruit orange and doughy in the nose. Clean clear flavors carmel, toffee, biscuit, grapefruit, peach, and strawberry. Nice bitterness but its a little unbalanced. I’d like a little more malt here with those slightly astringent hops. Still fresh and tasty. Congrats on 10 years! Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2007
Phantasic IIPA or strong ale as they suggest. Great grapefruity fruitness that gives this beer its high marks. Pours a nice clear goldish/copper color with slight ring of bubbliness as a head. Mild pine mixed in the the fruitness making this agreat hop bomb. And the bottle art is some of the best I’ve seen. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUL 10, 2007
Clear copper, small white head. Strong hoppy, resinous nose with grapefruit, a lot of pine, and a faint whiff of cheese. Intensely bitter flavor, lots of interesting hope notes--citrus, pine, cannibis. Relatively sweet, with light caramel dominating that side of the flavor. Hard to believe it’s ten years already--looking forward to many more.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 9, 2007
[22 oz bottle, fresh in July 2007]: pours a shining ruby hued gold. Thin, off white head…dissipating quickly. Tremendous hop aroma – the stuff Three Floyds dreams are made of – thick with citrus and grapefruit hops, with an airy quality that allows the aroma to completely envelop the head. Texture is a bit sharp – sort of like when an extremely sharp cheddar first touches your tongue – you come close to recoil, but then the flavour irrupts all over your tongue and you must go back for more…because it is both shocking and pleasurable. Huge hop flavour strong on the citrus, but the bitterness and earthy greens are also well stated, especially in the finish. Long bitter finish with hints of vanilla and tangerine. Strong alcohol presence comes as it warms, but the hops keep this at bay so I was able to get the most of my enjoyment of the hops….cheers, guys and good luck on the next 10. pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 9, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 17, 2007 tap from brewpub.....aroma: strong floral hop nose with more citrus hops to follow....appearance: caramel brown body with a thin white head.....taste: strong, assertive citrus hop upfront and then lends away itself to some sweet underlying caramel malt. finishes off with bitter pine sensation....this comes off as a more forward and astringent dreadnaught. sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2007
bottle from whole foods lincoln park. it’s weird. i see a new bottled three floyds and i don’t even look at the price or bottle. i just get it. the bottle, as noted in other reviews, has the nose of a dreadnaught. for some reason, i was expecting this to be a darker colored beer, perhaps owing to the traditional darker = more alcoholic misconception. glass smells the same. it smells in the glass almost exactly like dread except without the big mango/fruit aromas i get out of those bottles. pours a small bit more red than dread, can’t tell if it’s got some opacity. Pretty much a standard american dIPA with a bit more of a malt balance, which is welcome. the hops aren’t so biting. it’s pretty drinkable, and hides the 10.5 tremendously well. i’d recommend it to hopheads that really like double IPA’s. for me, it really isn’t worth the $10. the bottle art is pretty damned cool though. xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2007 Bomber from West Lakeview shared with friends on fourth of July amongst other beers i will rate today. Poured amber with large white head. Aroma that jumped out of the bottle of orange, citrus hops, piney and somewhat astringent. Pine hop taste with caramel. Full body but alc - astringent. Maybe aged it will develop, but overall I think it was an underdone hop bomb -------- After second tasting on tap, I enjoyed this beer a lot more, it was a lot more balanced had a nice malt sweetness. Cornfield (5569) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2007
Congratulations to the folk at Three Floyds on your 10th anniversary!!! MANY more!!!!
This hop bomb pours a bright copper/amber body with a decent enough yellowish head. Good lacing. The aroma is chock full of PNW hops and a strong bitter earthiness. Sorry, malts. You never reached my nose. They do come through slightly in the flavor, a light caramel sweetness. More malts were needed here. The bitterness gets more involved, grapefruit, pine, pineapple, soil, citrus zest. Nice. And that bitterness lasts a mighty long time. Nice, indeed.
CHEERS! CHEERS! CHEERS!
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