Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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5/5 rDev +20.2%
On tap at Horseshoe Casino's Vintage 51 bar served in a pint glass. Wow, what an incredible ESB!
The aroma hops are huge in this beer. Smells very floral and fruity. Intense. Surprisingly, the hop character doesn't come through on the palate nearly as much (which it should not for this style - this isn't an IPA after all). I've never experienced a beer that is so very hoppy on the nose that does not also come through overly powerful on the tongue. Well done!
Tastes creamy, fruity, moderately bitter and completely refreshing. Quite enjoyable and very drinkable. It is powerful, yet could be sessionable in any season.
Taking into consideration the style, I can give this beer nothing less than a perfect rating. I truly believe that it cannot be improved upon any further as a draft ale. Except to say that I think it would be even more incredible as a cask ale. It is the perfect ESB.
Admiral Lord Nelson just raised the bar for this category.
Attention Three Floyds! Are you listening? You MUST make as a hand pulled cask ale version of this.
12-06-2009 04:41:53 | More by PrinceDarren
4.83/5 rDev +16.1%
Say what you may about the FFF, they know how to brew a gorgeous beer. This is basically a perfect APA pour. Odd that it's an ESB--quite clearly, it says so on the menu so it's not just a website thing. Little pale and orange for the style, but still quite pretty.
Smells like a simliarly herbal/floral hop profile to Gumballhead but only much more intense and varied. Jesus. Lilacs, marigolds, generic potpourri, apricots, oranges, grapefruits, spearmin and cannabis.
ESB my ass. This is like the world's fruitiest APA that doesn't actually contain fruit. It's like what Magic Hat's #9 tries to be. Giant ass bread and fruit nodes start things off, moving into a wickedly variegated hop profile--herbal, floral, and fruity--and then ending on the slightest bitter node that cuts into the sweetness just a wee little bit so that you want to take another sip.
03-11-2010 22:45:29 | More by mynie
British Columbia (Canada)
4.78/5 rDev +14.9%
Thanks Yeahnatenelson for this!
Appearance. Pours a nice rich amber with a little haze and a finger+ of lightly coloured head.
Smell. Nice juicy, citrusy hops, toasty malts and caramel.
Taste. Again, juicy citrus hops, nice light malts. Really bright and fresh tasting with no shortage of ripe citrus juice and just a little bitterness. Loving this beer.
Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium+ smooth carbonation. Really, really nice to drink.
Overall. Not being the biggest esb fan ("No no, Not ESB, I said IPA! I only drink hoppy beer."), I wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. Awesome beer.
04-08-2012 02:33:47 | More by Rutager
Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.