Posts Tagged ‘three floyds brewing company’

Reacquainting: Three Floyds Dreadnaught

Friday, February 19th, 2016
Three Floyds Brewing Dreadnaught.

Three Floyds Brewing Dreadnaught.

I reviewed Dreadnaught on the site over six ago. I had Dreadnaught as part of the 365 days of American craft beer back in 2011; almost five years ago.

It has easily been 4 years since I have been able to lay my hands on a bottle. In spite of my proximity to the brewery (about an hour), I don’t find my way to the brewery all that often, I can’t find Three Floyds on the local beer shelves, and I can’t stand standing in line for an hour on a weekend just to purchase beer to go from the brewery.

My attitude towards chasing beer is apathetic at best.

Matt, a new addition to Thursday night beer club, has an in with the local beer store. He was kind enough to get a bottle on hold for me. Upon bringing it over, squaring up on the cash, I promptly opened and shared with Matt.

This was a treat to the senses. Better than I remember, possibly due to the long time since I was able to land an example.

This isn’t a review but a testament to how this beer has stood up to the test of time. I have found that some beers that I rated highly at one point, don’t have the staying power to my senses. As time, new ingredients and brewing techniques evolve, so have my senses, especially with hopped up beers. The new, bold hops have conquered my ability to enjoy lightly hopped pale ale and india pale ales. I crave more.

Wish I could lay my hands on this more often but not too much; I want to keep it being a beer that I fondly regard. Enjoy!

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Baby Shower = Dark Lord!?!?

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

2007 and 2008 three floyds dark lord

How does Three Floyds Brewing Company Dark Lord and a baby shower come about? Easily when Chuck is the soon to be first time father. He has been planning the shower from the standpoint of beer for a long time (uncanny how differently men and women look at a baby shower).

Prodding from his wife made him brew four beers for the event. I am horrible with names of people let alone beers, so I will briefly describe each:

  • Fuggli – A Belgian style beer made with all Fuggles hops. Light.
  • Pink (I think as he is having a daughter) – A light beer that was infused with hibiscus, to give it a pink color, and aged on oak. My favorite out of the group.
  • A porter
  • A DIPA that had been infused with an apricot liquor

I knew Chuck had a plan to bring some older Dark Lord bottles to share with the worthy. Glad I am worthy. He opened up a bottle of 2007 and 2008 Dark Lord. His friend Michael and I were responsible for splitting a bomber equally between ten pours of each: the worthy were to get 2 ounces of joy from each bottle. Luckily the plastic cups had a line that I determined to be the 2 ounce marker; amazingly it was.

2007 had a charred flavor that over whelmed, distracting from the experience. I would say it is past its’ prime. 2008 was much smoother, not having really much character compared to the first. It was hard to go back and forth without cleansing the palate. I might also just be that bad of a taster. Both beers still had hints of alcohol while leaving the lip sticky. Not quite cloying but awfully close. I would like to try them both again in a more controlled environment. I imagine that 2009 has to be drinking well at this time.

I did bring chuck a bottle of Bourbon County Bramble Rye as my baby shower gift (Yes, my wife did get real baby shower gifts). Once the baby comes, I have a special treat to open on a Thursday night when Chuck can make it out. Enjoy!

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Zombie Dust Overload

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

Zombie Dust has quickly gained a following as most American craft beers from Three Floyds Brewing Company. I don’t remember the exact timing of the original release but it only became available in bottle format six months or so ago.

The original release in bottles made it to local stores but the subsequent releases, if they made it to beer stores, have been short lived, gobbled up like turkey on Thanksgiving Day. The last release or two has only been at the brewery (to my knowledge) only.

The one that occurred this week was no different. The release started on Thursday and ran into Friday. We called the brewery on Thursday evening and we were told they sold out for the day but more would be available on Friday. How could I get some on a day I was scheduled to work?

In comes the wife. She quickly offered to go to the brewery, drive the hour, wait in line, and bring back a case of the beverage. Hours later, she was on her way back with six cases. From the various stories that others had that she spoke to, it seems like people use many different excuses to not be at work so they could get “their” share of Zombie Dust.

I have no need for that much ZD. I sold a case to Rich, now I only have to find buyers for a few more. I figure two cases for me will be plenty. Anyone want some? Enjoy!

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Alpha Klaus

Saturday, December 10th, 2011
three floyds brewing company alpha klaus

Three Floyds Alpha Klaus

I recently picked up a fresh bottle of Alpha Klaus by Three Floyds Brewing Company as the 2011 season is upon us. I was surprised to find that this American craft beer didn’t make it into the 365 beers over the past year. Rich always buys several bottles so something else must have caught my fancy on a particular night.

Alpha Klaus is an American Porter that has a bit of surprise of hops like most Three Floyd beers. The first time I had Alpha Klaus it was the first time I had a porter that was so over hopped that I thought I was having a cascadian dark ale.

Chocolate and roast mingle with citrus hops in the taste while pine hops jump at your nose with the first pour. Quite the interesting brew that is greatly appreciated each season. The hops can mask the underlying porter at times, which I find as a minor distraction. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 8 (35%), Overall: 8.7

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Brian Boru (365 Day 324)

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Three Floyds Brian Boru

Even after a couple of months sitting in the fridge, Brian Boru by Three Floyds Brewing Company, hasn’t lost too much. The usual profile of a Three Floyds American craft beer is prominent as a nice bed of hop aromas and flavors compliment the beer.

Definitely a beer that I have no trouble befriending over and over again. Only a few more months and a new batch will be4 hitting the shelves. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.0

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Gumball Head (365 Day 252)

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

Three Floyds Gumball Head

Day four of the Three Floyds Brewing Company American craft beer binge continues. I think, sadly, the streak will end here. I also took a look at the beers that I have had and realize that I had Alpha King back on Day 103 while visiting the brewery back in March. Hopefully this doesn’t make me a bad person but shows how much I like the damn beer. I will also have to have add beer 366 onto the end to make up for the duplicate. More than likely I will do this again so I should just make it 370. 🙂

Gumball Head is an American Wheat Ale that has more hop aroma than your average IPA in some cases. Citrus hops greets the nose as wheat malt can be found lagging behind. The taste is crisp and refreshing with nary bitterness in the finish. A well rounded, balanced beer that is fantastic in the summer but holds up other times of the year too. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 8 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.8

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Alpha King (365 Day 251)

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

Three Floyds Alpha King

I guess you can say that I am currently on a Three Floyds Brewing Company binge. Three days in a row with possibly a fourth on the horizon. Three Floyds like to take hops, especially dry hopping, to eleven. I have no issues with that and, when the chance arises, never pass one up to partake in one of their fine brews.

Alpha King is a year round American Pale Ale offering that uses generous portions of citrus hops. There is a backbone that caramel and touch of toffee malt form to hold up the crispness of the citrus hops. In spite of the big aroma and taste, the bitterness on the hind end is minimal, leaving the taste buds wanting another. Enjoy!

Aroma: 8 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 9 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.8

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Pride & Joy (365 Day 250)

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Three Floyds Pride & Joy

Three Floyds Brewing Company seems to have perfected the ability to over hop (dry hop) just about any style and have it come out really good or better. The unfortunate part of their popularity for well known American craft beer is my inability to get most of their offerings on a regular basis leaving a mere one hour drive away. It is across state lines but come on, give a beer lover a break.

Pride & Joy is an American pale ale that I have appreciated on many of occasions but not many as of late. A drive out the Three Floyds brewery after a day at the beach will cure what ails you.

Pride & Joy has a pleasant orange citrus and floral aroma that is balanced by a touch of sweetness hidden behind. The taste follows leaving little to no bitterness on the tongue, allowing for refreshing and drinkable brew. A nice beer that should have your attention. Enjoy!

Aroma: 9 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 8 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 8.9

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Zombie Dust (365 Day 249)

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

Hype: to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods; promote or publicize showily (Dictionary.com). It happens all the time and in every facet of life. American craft beers receive their own fair share of hype. Some due and some just because. Big beers really seem to attract the most attention with many beers receiving said hype just because they are “big”. Shouldn’t the hype be a because of how good the beer is and not the difficulty to get the beer, the word “imperial”, etc?

Zombie Dust by Three Floyds Brewing Company an American Pale Ale which is brewed and dry hopped with citra hops exclusively. Citra hops, darn tasty. One of my favorite hops that I use a lot in my home brew. So to say this beer didn’t have my interest is an under statement.

Citra hops greets the nose well before you put the ole sniffer above the glass. The taste is citra hops all over again. The best part is the balance and care this beer is brewed with. Minimal bitterness, refreshing, crisp, and easy to drink. Hype well placed and earned. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.4

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Three Floyds Brewing Company Dreadnaught (365 Day 228)

Sunday, July 17th, 2011

Three Floyds Dreadnaught

Dreadnaught by Three Floyds Brewing Company is one of those American Imperial IPA that has lore that has grown to epic proportions behind it. Rightfully so has it one fine beer. As most Three Floyds beers Dreadnaught has a huge helping of hops and then five more.

I had Dreadnaught on tap while out to dinner with a friend after we had a serving of Double Jack by Firestone Walker Brewing Company. After having them side by side and in spite of actually rating Dreadnaught higher than Double Jack, Double Jack was the winner. Both Chuck and I agreed.

I will always appreciate another Dreadnaught and I am on the continual lookout for another. Enjoy!

Aroma: 10 (25%), Taste: 9 (25%), Look: 10 (15%), Drinkability: 9 (35%), Overall: 9.4

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