NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2010
Draft at Three Floyds. Hard to say if this was the highlight this time or if Hell’s Black was. Either way, I love a new hoppy beer from Three Floyds. Just seems right. Pours an attractive reddish bronze with a sticky white head. Nose is incredibly. Great juicy apricot and peach notes, some nice tangelo and a hint of biscuity backbone. West coast in every way. On taste, the bitterness is not astringent at all, but is definitely full on. More juicy fruit notes. Finishes hoppy. Just a fanstastic pale ale. Awesome. HoppyAlesToYou (167) - Saint John, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2012 Had the opportunity to share an imperial pint of this and Alpha King with my wife, setting up a side by side tasting. It is an orange-copper ale with a fluffy white head that recedes, but remains atop for the duration. Grapefruit, mango, apricot, and tangerine aromas fill my nostrils. The first sip fulfills the promise of the aroma, with a slight bitterness backed by light malt base. This tastes like what I imagine a combination of Gumballhead and Dreadnaught may, minus much malt or wheat flavor. The only let down is the mouth feel, as it is a bit thin; however, that makes it dangerously drinkable. While the malt backbone is not that of Alpha King, the hop profile makes it just as tasty. I expect to see this at number 2 on the APA list. FFF’s answer to those that think Alpha King is unfairly categorized as an APA.
It could be my palate, but Zombie Dust seems to have developed a harsher bitterness since I first had it as Cenotaph. Still smells wonderful, but I’d honestly rather have an Alpha King. TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2010
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Munster, IN). Apparently, I missed Shawn. Pours a glowing deep golden orange tinged hue, dark with light haze, a sunset mysyique and a big offwhite cakey head that laces well and stays moderate sized. Aromas smack from quite a distance away: lively Citra hops provide a boquet of fuzzy peach, grapefruit, tangerines, and lemons, touches of floral, biscuity and pale bready malts interwine with a a big peachy presence, apricots and grapefruit. Tempting. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, big tart peach, citrusy grapefruit and lemons, touches of tangerine, floral bitterness, some grass, lingering fruity melange coupled with pale malts, bread, biscuits, and grainy malts. This brew really is all about displaying this hop varietal though. Lively citrus and peach, lingering bitterness, florals, a tasty brew. Quite drinkable, delicious hop presence, lingering fruity melange, bitterness and dry. A winner for an APA, the aroma is potent, the taste and balance on the palate, enveloping the mouth with flavorful Citra hops. Yum. SrSilliGose (3330) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2011 Always exciting to try a new hoppy little pale ale from FFF. imperial pint at the brewpub. pours a clear orange amber with a small offwhite head. aroma of big juicy orangepeel, grapefruit, and fresh cut flowers. super drinkable. couldn’t help but basically chug this- so tasty and easy drinkin’. really nice, clean fresh juicy, floral, hop profile. clean, well made awesome beer beer. would drink again and again. another very enjoyable beer from FFF Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2011 On tap at FFF. Pour is light clear golden with modest white head. Decent retention and light lacing on this one. Aroma is sublime; citrus dominates and I suppose that shouldn’t be unexpected. Medium bodied with nice sweetness as well. Im honestly blown away by this one. Light but sweet malts fuse with a wonderful citrus and floral hop profile. Bitterness is lingering but limited, and it is just so incredibly palatable. Had it when it was Cenotaph - the new bottles are fantastic.