Man-O-Awe - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 12%
Wants: 9
Gots: 80 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This pale ale, as its namesake, will inspire awe. Brewed exclusively with hops grown in Michigan. Pay homage to the Man-O-Awe with this beer lest you meet him in person.
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Pours a brilliant copper color in my imperial pint glass, big thicket of cream colored head forms very nicely. Aroma is definitely malt forward hints of caramel and bready grains, with dank earthy citric Michigan hops...really clean smelling APA. Flavor has a sweet malt character, again caramel and full on grain assault with fruit forward ale character balancing dank hops, earthy, citrus peel well made complex APA not in line with some of their other heavy hitting IPAs or pale ales this is definitely less hoppy but still full flavored across the board. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly sticky sugars with a resinous oily hop texture going on even flowing carbonation very smooth not abrasive if anything just a bit too sweet for my pale ales. Overall, pretty solid well brewed I'm not in awe of it but I enjoyed it.

Photo of joeseppy
2.5/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy dark side honeyed pour. One and a half inch white head with staggered lacing.

I smell nothing but wet glass.

Unpleasant metallic bitter hop leaf and that doesn't even last long. Malt is there in simple form.

Carbonation is playful and lighter bodied.

Whaaa Whaaa?!? Got this "fresh?" off the shelf last week. As I'm reviewing this I can't help but to think FFF is better than this. Sorry boys but this is a stinker, juz saying. Bad bottle-maybe. Man-o-yawn.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber from the brewery into pint glass

A- Copper, orange. Thin off-white head. Nice lacing
S- Malty and a bit of hops
T- Totally creamy maltyness. Sweet malts. Not tasting hops
M- Not noteable carbination. Nice and smooth. Easy drinking.

O- Nice malty smoothness.

Photo of KYGunner
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright coppery color that shimmered to an almost orange hue. The head was a profile of neatly stacked bubbles but the center coalesced to a thick cloud that supported the cap.

The aroma is simple but balanced with a hop profile of lemon, grapefruit, oranges, pine and spruce. Light glimmers of malt were tucked away with a tea leaf and caramel nose.

The flavors were even more balanced as it set up with a grapefruit, lemon and spruce taste but then settled into a tea leaf and barley malt backbone.

The feel is smooth, almost velvety with a superb ease and crispness.

Mood always enhances the experience, and I had just run in the heat, but this came across as extra tasty and refreshing.

Photo of beersdmf17
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter glass.

The aroma from the bottle is first piney that fades into light citrus notes. In the glass, the smell is the pine, citrus, and bready. Aroma overall is very light.

Appearance is a nice light copper, amber hue that pours with a finger of head that lasts for a little. Great lacing.

The mouthfeel is very light and smooth, with a decent amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and not overwhelming for the palette.

Taste mimics that of the aroma, with piney and herbal notes from the hops, faint tropical fruits, and a nice malt base that makes for a good all around pale ale flavor.

Overall, a good solid pale ale that is a great representation of the style. Very traditional and straightforward for a Three Floyds brew.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 ounce bottle, bottled on date of 03/07/14. Served in a Great Lakes goblet, the beer pours a clear orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like tropical fruit, candied oranges, pine hops, and some bready malt. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some floral/herbal hops. Also, the taste gets fruitier the longer I drink it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and coating with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, definitely worth a try. $9.99 a bomber.

Photo of Westyn
2.87/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

In the world of 3 Floyd's pale ales this one fails to measure up. Something was just off with this on the back end that turned me off from it.

Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Three Floyds Teku glass

L - It is a deep amber color. I would call it reddish. It is topped with three inches of beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - I get a nice dose a citrus and tropical fruit. Tangerine comes to mind.

T - The taste has a mild orange and citrus flavor with a slight pine finish.

M - Moderate

O - This is a pretty solid pale ale. I think it gets dinged because it is from Three Floyds and everyone expects to shit hop cones with each of the pale ales. I enjoyed drinking it. It is nothing spectacular, but solid nonetheless.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/07/2014. The new pale ale from Three Floyds, expectations are moderate. Awesome bottle art.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a bright fiery sunset orange with three plus fingers of head. Some fine sediment is visible. Nice scattered lacing. Looks nice.

S - Smell is of bready honeyed malt, caramel malt, and some light herbal piney hoppiness. Mild soapiness. More light & subdued than expected.

T - Taste follows the nose - pine, grapefruit, melon, lemon. Spritzy, grapey, lightly bready. Simple in it's approach, but it hits it's mark.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and frothy. Mildly high / coarse carbonation.

Overall, an alright offering from Three Floyds, but it definitely isn't pushing any boundaries. Smooth & drinkable for the abv. Worth trying once, but I wouldn't want it again.

Three Floyds Man-O-Awe ---3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy orange, one finger head that lingers and leaves nice lacing.

S-Malt, some pine, a tad citrus very slight tropical notes.

T-Malty, some caramel, bubblegum. Too much malt. The hops are there but only ad mild earthy notes and very slight citrus. Not much bitterness. Balance is off.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-I was expecting better from FFF, the beer isn't bad, but there is nothing special whatsoever. As it warms it improves slightly.

Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) – Good reddish brown color. More opaque than clear.

S (4) – There’s a good smell here. A little malt, a little hop.

T (4.5) – I really like the taste of this. APA is so broad, but there’s a nice balance of malt and hop. And I like them both, so I want to taste both.

F (4.25) – I feel there’s the appropriate carb level and overall mouthfeel for this. It drinks well, which is good.

O (4.25) – I bought this while travelling, actually two bottles. One I drank then, and one I drank now. I liked it about the same both times. I mentioned earlier that APA is a broad category, but this is what I like to see in my APA’s. Lower IBU than your IPA’s, but enough to keep you interested.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a Triple Digit tulip. The pour is very clear, copper-colored, and has a tight 2 fingers of fine white head. Very good retention and some nice clumpy lacing. The nose has hints of pine, lemon, grapefruit, and Jolly Rancher candies.

Interesting flavor that I wasn't expecting. I expected something along the lines of Alpha King or SNPA, but not this. There's a strong cascade hop kind of flavor in there (I don't like cascade hops). It's bitter and sweet and the two hues create a medicinal character I don't ordinarily find in FFF beers. The beer has a nice firm texture, but the flavors just don't work for me. The hop flavors toe the line between woody and berry flavors with some flowery notes mixed in. It's almost like orange marmalade on a half a grapefruit. It may appeal to some, but somehow you lose me when you combine these flavors.

Overall, not a bad beer, but it doesn't work on my palate. I'm always willing to try new beers from this brewer, but I won't be reaching for this one again.

Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%

Bomber into a tumbler.

A: Pours an orangey copper with a fine off-white head.

S: Mild sticky citrus, caramel, biscuity, pretty malty. Not what I usually expect from FFF.

T: Taste is pretty malty, with lots of grain and molasses flavors, but a nice fresh citrus character as well. A little bit of leafy bitterness toward the end.

M: Light-bodied with mild carbonation.

O: Certainly better than most midwestern copper-toned pale ales, but the style itself is not meant for greatness.

Photo of dandiprat2015
4.6/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

People looking for big FFF hops who like to smacked in the face with their beers are gonna come down on this and reading the reviews I thought it'd suck. But it's complex, malty with some sweet notes, completely balanced and quite frankly wonderful. Broaden your palates. I'm gonna back to the party store and buying the rest of these.

Photo of drdiesel9483
3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look - orange and hazy
Smell - light smell. Slight honey malt smell. Very slight hop smell.
Taste - sweat piney malty taste. As it warms up I taste some lemon.
Feel - slightly carbonated
Overall - I thought there might be something wrong with this when it was much cheaper then all the bombers I ever bought from them. I was right, beer just wasn't all that good.

Photo of Rope
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance - An opaque brown red, thin head.

Smell - Tart grapefruit

Taste - Starts tart, middle prune juice, malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Overall - A good entry that doesn't cater to the fruity hop side of pale ales.

Photo of DVoors
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bomber. Fresh (bottled less than 2 weeks ago)

a - Poured golden amber into Spiegelau IPA glass. Thick, tan head (3 fingers).

s - much lighter in the nose than any other FFF APA that I've ever tried. Can barely detect a slight hop aroma, almost ricey.

t - nice, earthy, herbal hop flavor. Significantly different than any other pales ale that I've tried. I get hints of tea and herbal, slightly grassy hops. More forward with the malt than any other FFF pale ales. Finishes with just a slight bitterness. Pretty tame for FFF.

m - Very refressing. Incredibly drinkable. Nice light carbonation, fairly thin. Pretty sessionable.

o - Nothing earth-shattering here, but overall, another great APA from the best brewery in the world.

Photo of blankenhoney
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 650ml bomber into a Three Floyds teku -- #properglasswarebrah

A: Hazy golden orange. Nice bubble action as I tilt the glass back and forth. Not translucent. Inviting.

S: Candied orange; light must or maybe straw; mild pine; sticky, bitter hops. ZestyPepperySpice as it warmed up.

T: On the front end is a light, dry bitterness mixed with mild sweet candied fruit. In keeping with the nose but without the sticky bitterness I was expecting. Mild hop action. A very pleasant light musty fruity taste that disappears pretty quickly and was harder to find on later sips. Aftertaste is like beer left out overnight.

M: Slightly thinner than expected. Coats the tongue and mouth for a second but dissipates almost immediately.

O: I really dig the smell and that initial musty fruit taste, but I couldn't pick up that taste in later sips. Got a little repetitive and uninteresting.

Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ray for the share!

Hazy golden-orange pour, with a wispy white head that left shards of lacing on the glass when swirled. Juicy citrus hops in the aroma, balanced by a standard bready pale malt sweetness. The taste reflected the nose, with a good balance of bready malts, toasted caramel, and a decent interplay of citrus/pine/herbal hop notes. Light-medium body, crisp and easily enjoyable. Nothing really stand-out in the wide world of APAs, and not even the best APA from this brewery, but still a solid brew overall, and a privilege to sample.

Photo of Jay_Ulreich
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- looks good. Kinda thin head though.
S- Smells great! very hop forward, piney and earthy.
T- wtf happened? Its almost sour. I hope it gets better as it warms. When I burp it tastes good, but when I drink it its not so great. I dont think Ive ever said this before, but I dont like these hops.
M- thin, but not watery. Fits the style, although its somewhat lacking.
Overall? I dont understand why almost every beer this brewery makes gets scores of 4 and up, unless we are talking about Dreadnaught. I guess its okay, but theres something I really dont like about these hops.... I dig its malt backbone, and it smells wonderful, but Im not a fan of the taste. Its weird.But man do my burps taste good, whats up with that?!

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours slightly hazy and with a dark amber color that is capped with a thick finger of dense off-white foam. Webby lacing left on the glass.

S - Lightly sweet, heavily featuring caramel malt, maltose, lightly earthy hop presence, a touch of grassy hops.

T - Similar to the aroma, heavy caramel malt presence, fairly sweet malt base, lightly buttery, toffee-ish. Hop bitterness is on the low side of intensity, just giving enough bitterness to keep the sweet malts from taking over completely. Hops are a bit dull in flavor, earthy and grassy but again at a fairly low intensity.

M - Medium body, but the malty sweetness makes it feel heavier. Carbonation is mid-level and tingly...nice but nothing special.

O - Seems to me to be like Dreadnaught's little brother. Same flavor character that I get from Dreadnaught but at a much lower intensity/higher quaffability factor. Certainly not the superstar pale ale that Zombie Dust is...overall, an adequate if not memorable brew from Three Floyds. Glad to try it, but probably won't make a return visit to this one.

Photo of DeFaz
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an incredibly balanced pale ale that was served on tap with an amber color and a nice frothy head that left fairly sticky lacing. The smell is certainly hop forward, especially with the pine aroma, but the taste is far more balanced, with citrus and pine balanced by a nice caramel malt that will leave those looking for an intensely hoppy beer disappointed. The mouthfeel may be the best part, as it's smooth and even somewhat creamy with just enough carbonation, although the carbonation will be too faint for some. Again, it won't meet the expectations of those anticipating a very hoppy beer, but this was still very enjoyable although quite filling. The taste wasn't exceptional by any means, but the thick mouthfeel stole the show. Not their best pale ale (that of course is reserved for Zombie Dust) but still worth trying.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 3.18.14
Bottled 03/07/14

A - Pours a hazy dark orange with a fluffy light tan head with great retention.

S - Lemon, orange zest, pine.

T - Pretty subtle all around, mild maltiness, grass, pine, citrus.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice solid pale, with a hoppy presence.

Photo of KFBR392
3.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark orange brown color. Finger of sticky head on the pour. Average active carbonation in glass. Sticky random lacing left behind at each level.

Smell: Smooth easy tropical fruit front with a solid caramel malt backbone. Light straw and prairie grass. Overall very subtle though.

Taste: Some pineapple and other various light fruits. Resinous pine begins to linger on the body and long into the aftertaste. Rounded malt backbone makes this a pale ale all the way.

Mouthfeel: Sticky malt provides a solid body for the linger pine. Easy drinking.

Overall: Solid pale ale but in the end is just a pretty simple brew. It's not quite on the level of FFF's other pales though.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, what's so wrong with sensibility? It turns out nothing at all and Three Floyds proves it by building a classic American Pale Ale that's simply done well. No games. No gimmicks and no frills- the ale gets back to America's microbrewery roots the the taste that started it all...

Man-O-Awe pours a bright light copper, peach-ish amber with highlights of goldenrod. Its mainly bright clarity shows off its steady carbonated streams that build a thick blanket of foam. Cream in its color, its fluffy texture carries an arid appearance as it slowly simmers throughout the session, lacing the glass with highly defined rings with every drink.

Its even-keel aromas never favor hops nor malt as its malt sweetness comes alive with the scent of sun-kissed barley, caramel and dry bread crust. Its counter action comes from fruit-filled hops- pink grapefruit, freshly zested oranges and then a tangy tropical medley comes to play with mango, apricot and papaya. Balanced down to its core, the first sip beckons.

As the caramel and toasted grain greets the early palate, a notion of graham crackers rise. Following closely behind, the hop flavor ensues with its balancing citrus, tropical and melon taste. As the sweetness and breadiness fades, the hops turn playfully resinous; capturing a bitterness of freshly muddled pine needles, cut grass and a zesty pepper or rye taste to close the session with a malty-dry taste and echoes of citrus.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's elevated carbonation gives a big lift to its residual sweetness, offering a lightened texture on the palate. The sweetness soon dissolves as the carbonation ushers in a quick and refreshed finish, even as malted barley and citrus lingers sightly behind.

Man-O-Awe's balance is impeccable. Its malt taste is both bready and dry at once and its hop character is vivid but without overstating its command. There's a lot of restraint and skill to pulling off such a traditional and classy taste.

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Man-O-Awe from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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