SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 5, 2005
Draft @ brewery. Pours a light amber, dark gold color with a foamy off white head. Nose is faint, but contains some straw and light sweet malt. Taste is mostly straw and light doughiness, some light bitterness finishes it off. iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2005
Draught at the Brewery: slightly murky orange rust with a tan head. Lightly toasted grain and cereal aromatics combine nicely with the characteristic 3F’s hops. Well carbonated and smooth palate. Orange, citrusy flavours initially, that are wrapped up nicely by soft, gooey malts and sweet caramel. Extremely drinkable and more of a session beer than most from 3F’s. Enjoyable. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - OCT 8, 2005
On tap at brewery: Clean golden hue with a small head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of grassy and aromatic hops, bready and pale malt, lemongrass and apple. The taste starts with a crisp twangy and citric character and supported by pale and lightly sweet malt. The finish is moderately bitter, dry and light. The feel is refreshing and crisp. A good session brew. Terminus (3689) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Dark brownish color with a hint of dark red. Thin head that went away quickly. Aroma is light and easy on the nose. The beer feels thin in the mouth and goes down easy. Malts and the typical 3 floyds hops are in the taste. Sweet and not really bitter at all. Pretty good, but I won’t make it a favorite. JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2005
Murky copper color. May be lighter; perhaps the FFF lights are throwing it off.
Crisp, lager-like hop water. I say water, because of its "crispness", and because of its lack of carbonation. Not that that is bad. Its crisp and hoppy, with a touch of brown-sugary / candy sweetness.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Tap @ Three Floyds into my 16-oz. snifter. Time to go against the grain here...YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Dull, mostly murky and taffy brown in color with a thin sheet of white for the head. Aroma is cleansing and alluring, promulgating lemon, shortbread, wafers, burlap and ginger root. Moving the snifter down an inch from nose to mouth, and we’ve confirmed suspicions that this is damn good. English hop profile in the way that it’s bitter, chafing and pulling me in its direction. Chafe me, sweeten me; chafe, sweeten… The sequence continues to churn as we go but there are still more complexities to address. Citric qualities provide more of a sweet, tight and tiny bite. Then there’s the malts. That’s another story - though somewhat inexplicable, I can feebly deduce a spawned sugary cornbread characteristic with a floral saffron accent. We’re also looking at a faint accentuation of chamomile and lavender. Bitter, resounding finish with a tiny, crisp copper kiss. A great runner in the Three Floyds offerings. King of the California Common class and hopefully one to make an annual appearance.
Draft at Three Floyds. This poured like an unfiltered apple cider: murky and brownish. Foamy beige head. Malty, floral notes to the nose. Less hoppiness than you’d expect from 3F. The mouthfeel was medium to full with what seemed like some of the ingredients still apparent in tiny solid particles. A little fizziness in the mouth. Pleasant taste. Slightly sweet malt and a cut of mild hops. Pretty good for the style. DrnkMcDermott (3108) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2005
Draft, at 3Floyds. In the Floyds’ plastic cup, it looks dark brown with yellowish highlights. Taste is grainy with rough unfinished notes. Hops seem to have been ripped from the vine and then thrown into the kettle screaming live live lobsters. Grains may have been crushed under a leather boot heel and then mashed in used bath water to creatre a pushy, bitchy beer. You’ll like it, too. SubstanceT (1092) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 2, 2005
Pretty good overall, as already said before this pretty much lacks the kick that you want out of a three floyds brew but it still is introducing me to a style that I may be able to enjoy as my palate develops. Brown in color with little to know head. The nose is malty with subtle hops in the background. THe taste is just about the same. Pretty good. 1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 1, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2005 I sat there and wondered, could I actually find a steam beer I liked? Well, I think so. Now, I dislike Anchor Steam, and I realize that this beer is a replicale, but it must be because it’s so fresh that this beer rates as well as it does (for me). It smells like Anchor Steam, but better. It’s got that strange aroma that’s hard to describe that’s apparent in all CC’s. It looks pretty thin and is brown with a white head. The flavor is nice. Malts and fresh hops. Very oddly exciting. I’m liking this. This beer is WAY better than Anchor Steam. Fresh.
I am told that fresh Anchor Steam is also good. Now, I just wish that we got some fresh stuff out in the midwest! Perhaps the shelf life of this style is 1 week?