by Three Floyds Brewing LLC
American Double / Imperial IPA
11.00 % ABV This complex double India pale ale has an intense citrus and floral hop aroma balanced by a velvety malt body which has been augmented with lactose milk sugar. With this different take on an IPA we have brewed an ale that is both pleasing to drink and, once again, “not normal.” Cheers!
Very hazen golden peach, nearly opaque in body. Large whitish foam laps to the top quickly fading to a thick skim and lots of thin lacing spread across the galss in lengthy torn sheeting.
Aroma is fuzzy and dulled of all sorts of citrusy tropical things, peach, mango, orange, but a white grapefruit seems to make the most of its pop in the smell. Slightly sugary with a wonder bready backing, but that's not much as the hops really grab the nose and grab it well.
Well Mooo me over, this is quite tasty and heavy with hops, and malt body too. A near apocalypse of hops sweeps in and destroys the shores of the palate but a huge malt body steadys the flow to a managable girth and bitterness and balanced flavor. Tasting yummy with dulled peachyness is fuzzed in with smaller waves of citrusy notes to some blood orange and a spritz of lemon nearer the end to pepper it up. The malt is there but not so much is any flavors really. Other then a very noticeable balanced in portion of sugary breadyness that makes a bold hold and toned backing; soothing out those hops, but allowing a nice firm grip of the tropical hops to do their thing. Nicey nice.
Body is quite big, and more so impressive is the balance in tone and flavors that doesn't get to whacked out on hops or malt or any noticeable warmth. 11%? Where is it? There's an insane amount of hops to it, no doubt, but they are well in control within its massive malt body. The texture is unique as well, fuzzy, zippy, tangy, and eventually the warming settles in.
The warmth gets in late and makes you slow down and enjoy it even more as you get thru the bomber. Mooof-da, Wow! Holy cow, what a super solid Dbl IPA! No surprise really from 3F. Yum!
Price: $10.99 Served In: Pint Glass
Color is actually a bit lighter than expected, more a straw golden than a deep amber from many other DIPAs. Smell certainly gives you the ample citrus hops, plus the oddness of the sweetness combined with that. First taste is a strange combo of a West Coast Double IPA and a sugar cube on the finish. Yet that sweetness balances well with the hops bitterness. Feel is solid if somewhat thin for the style.
Overall, this one is a very good "not normal" beer from FFFs. The sweetness contrasts nicely with the citrus hops and the bitterness.
Served In: Pint Glass
22 oz bottle I received as an extra thanks to TPatuto. This beer really excited me when I heard of its release. Just sounded like an interesting twist on the style and something I could get behind. Served up in a pint glass.
A: Pours a very vibrant, bright and golden orange in color. Held to the light, this beer displays a very nice haze in the body. The light only brightens the orange a touch with a bit more yellow coming out. The head is a good finger if some nice and foamy, slightly off white head. This head has a very nice stick to it and coats incredibly well. Just a very nice sheet on the glass. Pretty light on the carbonaton activity, maybe a little less than medium in that department. Overall, more than I expected for sure.
S: Smell is a bit weak to me, falling more into your standard DIPA in my opinion. You have a good amount of citrus hops aroma, with a good bit of grapefruit and a touch of lemon. Malts are light, mostly pale malts with just a touch of caramel. The lactose doesn't really come out as much as I expected, just a light sugary sweetness on the back end. Overall, the nose is standard fare.
T: I would have to say that this is what I was expecting and is very much in my alley. The citric hops are amazingly complimented by all this lactic sugary goodness. I was not expecting the grapefruit to work so well with a lactose sugar goodness, but it does. I remains bitter up front, but is cut easily by the sweetness. Malts are light and pale just like in the nose, but the slight caramel works well with the lactose and there is just a touch of a bitter chocolate flavor as well. There is also a touch of some grassy and earthy hops going down in here. It works far too well.
M: Medium in feel and has a nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is light and helps that creaminess for sure. The wierd part comes in with all that bitterness. It works well together but kind of confuses the palate at times. It is interesting to say the least. Not as dry as your typical DIPA but this works well. Aftertaste is that nice intermingling of grapefruit and lactose sugar.
D: Well it sure as hell didn't disappoint. The aroma was a bit to be desired since nothing really wows in that department. Besides that, the flavors and look are awesome, has a good feel and all works in the end. The beer drinks very well and I am probably going to have killed this beer in record time. Its just how that bitterness in the flavor and feel are easily cooled and creamy. It works in personal epic fashion. Can't wait to get another bottle or two of this. This may not be the DIPA for everyone because it doesn't have that crazy bitterness. Still, have an open mind because it works.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 07-19-2009 03:13:30
Served In: Pint Glass
Thanks to NickJess for this brew:
A- GREAT looking brew. Crystal clear copper color with a nice mashed tater head. White foam that has some yellow traces in it and settles into a very nice lacing all the way at the top of the glass.
S- Very citrusy, and some buttery notes to it. Very mellow, but well rounded smell. Extremely inviting.
T- Wow, very solid brew. Nice citrus hops up front, followed by a perfect malt middle and crisp clean finish. This is NICE
O- Really a great brew. Has the perfect balance of hops/malt and bite/drinkablility to it. Awesome.
Served In: Pint Glass
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