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Lord Rear Admiral - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

Lord Rear AdmiralLord Rear Admiral

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BA SCORE
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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Three Floyds version of an ESB, this deep amber ale has a complex malt sweetness and pronounced apricot hoppiness. Named after Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson.

55 IBU

(Beer added by: scruffwhor on 04-02-2007)
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Jeffo

Netherlands

2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from thomashardy in the great FFF hookup a while back. I know this trade didn't go down as quickly as you'd hoped mate. Thanks for your patience and thanks for the killer box.

My first try at an American attempt at a traditional English style. Interesting.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Foam starts creeping up the neck upon opening. Pour yields a one finger, thinner looking, white head that's quite noisy. Poorer retention, the head quickly fizzes down to a thin wisp. Color is a hazy, rust brown with zero carbonation evident. Splotches of wisp remain but leave no real lacing down the glass. Average at best for the style. The second pour was a little more vigorous and left some chunky lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Pleasant nose for sure, and just bold enough. Caramel malt with some toffee in there. Floral hop notes and a touch of honeydew melon. Lots of melon and berries in there.

TASTE: Some caramel and nutty flavors, but lots of floral hops, pine and plenty of hop bitterness at the finish. Less fruity and sweet than expected, and far more bitter. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is pure bitterness with pine and some floral notes. Not as balanced as most in the style, but still an enjoyable, hoppy brew.

PALATE: This is where the beer goes south. Thinner body and higher end carbonation. Airy on the palate, goes down somewhat abrasive and finishes very dry and astringent on the palate. Not the most pleasant feel, though I could imagine it being worse. Needs to be fuller and creamier, and carbonation needs to be controlled better. The second pour came out a little nicer, but still well below par for the course.

OVERALL: Decent beer with an enjoyable flavor profile, but the look was just too average and the palate was worth forgetting. The taste didn't really match the nose either. It was actually a half-decent dark IPA, but not really good representation of an English ESB. Glad to have tried it, but don't need it again. Thanks again thomashardy!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 14:31:19 | More by Jeffo
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Bendurgin

Maine

3/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this as an awesome extra in a trade recently with a very generous Midwest BA. Poured this into a pint glass. The beer is a cloudy amber color with a big frothy looking white head that shrinks down to soapy lacing. I'm not really loving the smell on this. Sweet malts are really front runners on this. I get a kind of apple sauce smell, but it seems really out of place. Behind all that is a slight smell of piney hops. I'd really love a bit more of a hoppy smell. Big malts on this with a decent bittering finish of floral piney hops. It's pretty nice drinking, but I overall am a little underwhelmed by this one right now. The mouthfeel is a bit heavier than I would imagine but the carbonation is nice. Overall this beer drinks fair enough, but I'm not in love with it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 02:56:46 | More by Bendurgin
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neighbor brougth home a growler of Sir Lord Admiral Nelson from Three Floyds...it was about a day and ahlf old. The appearance was nice, great head and a caramel clear color. The nose offered hop, alcohol, and some malt. The taste was very sweet to me...definitely bitter....and some hops. The bitterness really affected the mouthfeel score....for me at least. Wasn't a big fan of this beer. Not nearly as good as some of 3Fs other offerings.

Serving type: growler

07-23-2011 02:37:46 | More by WoodBrew
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andrewinski1

New Hampshire

3.15/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing!

Poured into a pint glass with a three finger almost perfectly white head. Large bubbles on this one. Nice amber color on the body with a slight bit of haze.

Smells of bready malt, with a slightly noticeable citrus aroma. Decent balance for the style.

Taste is all malt flavor; a kick of bitterness is in the finish to balance out but I feel it is a bit much for a good balance. Nothing too spectacular here.

Average mouthfeel and decent drinkability. This is an okay beer, I would probably only try it again if I could do so on tap though.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 03:17:19 | More by andrewinski1
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mcallister

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale clean copper colored with very little white head.

Citrusy fruity hops almost hop oil like. Some light malt notes but mainly nectarine, pink grapefruit, and sweet tarts.

Nicely balanced for a floyds beer. No real malt character just a breadiness. Same nectarine notes with some floral aspects as well. Nothing I'd seek out but definitely glad I tried.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:01:29 | More by mcallister
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear mid-range copper with hints of gold. Nice white head that laces well.
Hoppy as hell right out of the bottle. Lots of pine and grass with some citrus playing around as well. Some crushed mint leaves too.
Sweet up front, almost like a barleywine with a lingering bitter hop finish. Slight caramel and grassy/piney hops.
A little thin and bubbly in the mouth. This hurts the drinkability a bit.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 15:55:53 | More by kirok1999
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Jon's bottle. The aroma is he first to hit, amarillo orange like and then some odd acidity. Beautiful head on cloudy orange. A creamy taste. It is a nice orange tangerine IPA bitterness, unique although nothing I would seek out again. Lacey. Nice orange aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:42:26 | More by Sammy
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PorterLambic

Florida

3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a medium brown/dark amber color with a fluffy head. Slightly cloudy with great lacing.
Smell is hopp, flowery and citrus.
Taste is some malt presence, hops, alcohol, floral and citrus.
Medium-bodied with good effervescence. Slightly warming and smoother than expected, though I don't know why I thought that. A decent tasting brew though it needs more body to it.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2010 15:09:19 | More by PorterLambic
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ChiPool

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into Duvel tulip.

LAN pours a deep reddish brown, with an inch of eggshell head. The nose is rather tame for a 3F brew: subdued hops, with some bready malts coming through. The taste follows the nose here: the malts come through, with a hint of lingering bitterness.

Overall: decent, but not particularly memorable. Glad that I tried it, but not rushing out to pick itup agin. Tastes like an IPA past its prime.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2012 21:49:36 | More by ChiPool
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CooperEllis

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into 7oz tasting glass. Thanks to spicca66 for sending this my way.

Muddy carmel color, lighter at the bottom (narrow end of the glass) darker at the top end. A sticky, ivory white head.

There is a full malt aroma. A strong note of fig; perhaps a combination of spices that my nose reads as fig. Some bitterness, but mild.

The taste is malt, light sweetness, crisper than the spice notes would suggest. I greatly enjoyed the overall mildness of this brew. There was a lot of room for each of the flavors to be noted, and they blended together well without overpowering each other or my palate.

The mouthfeel is more in keeping with a hoppier style (indeed, this could have been chock-full-O hops, but it certainly wasn't evident in the tast of the bottle I had). I will say that there was a min of carbonation with this, and in keeping with the 'englishness' of it it certainly reminded me more of the english styles I enjoy.

It is solid. And if I had easy access to it I imagine I would keep bombers of it around because it is an easy drink. But it is not so over the top good that I will continually be trading for it to keep it on hand.

(46)

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 20:53:45 | More by CooperEllis
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a massive head; great retention and clumps of lace

Smell: Earthy and malty, with caramel, fruit and earthy hop elements

Taste: Malty and fruity, up front, with a depth of caramel and stone fruit flavors; bu mid-palate, the earthy hops take over and dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Although I like the ESB style, I found this way too hoppy and bitter compared to English versions like Fuller's; I wouldn't have expected any less from Three Floyds and while I like hops as much as the next guy, this beer didn't quite do it for me

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 22:56:46 | More by brentk56
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a dark amber with light hues around the edges with an eggshell head.

S - Light hops, bready malts and sweet esters.

T - It's like a mix of bitter/hops/toast/malts. There's some orange peel and a mild sweetness.

M - On the full side of light with medium carbonation.

O - I was hoping for more bitterness, but was only getting light hops. It's still an easy drinker with a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 21:35:17 | More by cvm4
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cfrances33

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Three Floyds, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Mostly clear, deep rusty orange. About a finger of rusty head forms, and recedes rather quickly. Not a lot of lace here.

Smell: Lots of grapefruit, and some other darker fruits come in. Plum? Some dark breadyness, and a touch of caramel malt step in through the end of the nose.

Taste: Follows the nose with a bitter citrus up front, and a certain chewiness. Lots of bready malt follows, and some caramel. Finishes bitter and malty.

Mouthfeel: Rather light, but at the same time not very drinkable. A bit confusing.

Overall: Solid, but I don't really think this is my style, even with a nice citrusy hop profile.

Serving type: on-tap

02-20-2013 01:56:13 | More by cfrances33
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jpmclaug

South Carolina

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dsc. Been wanting to try this one for awhile

Dark amber, orange body with a nice sized white head resting on top. Good amount of lacing. Caramel, toffee mingle with english hop aroma. Some sweetness in the nose as well.

A pretty balanced beer, certainly not a phrase I thought I would say about Three Floyds. Some floral hop notes, a good pale malt backbone. Some piney-ness as well. medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not caring much for some of the floral notes.

Overall a decent beer. Didn't blow me away but didn't dissapoint. Only thing I don't care much for is the floral hop notes in the flavor. A pretty solid beer though. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:03:08 | More by jpmclaug
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cosmicevan

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this, big thanks to stxSS07 for the excellent hookup. Haven't had too many esbs but this is a style that I have been getting into lately and I have heard good things about this one.

a - opened the bottle and filled my portsmouth tulip. Really attractive from the gate. Deep mahogany, almost a cherry chestnut. Nice foamy head and solid lacing. coolest label of all time as well.

s - great caramel malt with decent hop. Really nice. Kind of like a boch lite.

t - much more going on in the taste than the nose. Big kick of peppery spiciness with a bitter finish. The kick is a bit heavy.

m - nice prescence. Pretty full bodied. Nice carbonation, very beery.

o - overall a very solid offering for an ESB, can certainly hang with the best of them when it comes to ESBs.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 02:33:54 | More by cosmicevan
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jeonseh

Indiana

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF glass.

A - Beautiful English Bitter. It's dark, orange with light brown tint to it. Big, rocky, off-white head that left a ton of lacing on the glass.

S - Light orange peel and pine with a light bready malt to it

T- Orange peel and grapefruit on the front. There is a slight bready malt in the middle that gives it a very slight sweetness. On the back end is where the bitter comes in with a strong grapefruit and pine presence. The pine and grapefruit really linger on in the finish with a slight bigger hop presence than you'd find in your normal bitter.

MF - Light, slightly watery body with good carbonation that makes it have a slight smoothness to it when drinking. Leaves a thick hop resin that lingers on the tongue in the finish.

O - A solid bitter from FFF that is really easy to drink but brings a lot of flavor. Worth getting a bottle if you are near when they have it out, especially if you are a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 03:15:11 | More by jeonseh
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leftmindedrighty

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds Brewpub, served in a Nonic pint glass

Smell, really big and pine-y hops. Almost offensive to a point. Little biscuit and twang from the alcohol.

Taste, Damn. Big pine-y hops up front. A smidge of dough creeps though, along with some residual sweetness. But gosh darn, do those hops come out. The malt here just didn't stand a chance.

Overall, a big dose of hops, and way too much for the style. But gosh o' gosh was this beer tasty. An ESB for the American Hop Head if there ever was one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2008 00:35:00 | More by leftmindedrighty
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domtronzero

California

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yeah, thanks Dankbeers619. A seriously generous BA.

A - Slightly hazy orange copper with a big long lasting whitish head. Tons of lacing throughout.

S - Big caramel bread crusty malts. Lots of piny/earthy hops. Otherwise quite clean.

F/M - Sweet bready/toasty caramel-like malts. Nice medium piny hops with medium bitterness. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Clean dry finish.

D - Very good, clean and refreshing. Quite poundable. This is a great beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 08:20:04 | More by domtronzero
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beergod1

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I haven't had a lot of experience rating ESBs as a style, but this seemed like an American Pale Ale. Piney and citrus notes and flavor. I did pick up notes of sweet caramel malt. Great hop flavor. Nice caramel color and good frothy head with lacing.
I would not have guessed the 6.5% ABV. none detected at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 14:49:02 | More by beergod1
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jsanford

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a dark amber-brown with a fluffy white head that fades to a slight haze and soapy ring.
S - Crisp aromas of piney, resinous hops with a significant sweet caramel malt backbone.
T - More pine resin and grapefruit hops with a sweet, bready caramel malt profile. Pretty nicely balanced, but this is much more of an IPA then a ESB. Still, it's good, and I like it, so who cares?
M - Crisp and drinkable, with a smooth, medium body and good carbonation. I wish the ABV was a touch lower to increase the "sessionability", but oh well.
O - A really good IPA, a really "off" ESB, but damn good nonetheless!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:30:02 | More by jsanford
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mdm46410

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Three Floyds Brewpub. Served in an English pint glass. Pours a deep red/amber with a nice tan fluffy head. The head diminishes quickly. Leaves some nice lacing. Aroma is of lighly sweet fruity dry hops. Flavor is all sweet hops with sublte notes of caramel and fruit. Medium creamy body with a lightly bitter finish. This beer is excellent. Very smooth. A nice surprise!

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2007 21:08:36 | More by mdm46410
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into an imperial nonic.

A: Dark, cloudy, golden hue. Pours a giant, frothy, white head which crates slowly first, then just seems to collapse on itself. Pretty heavy carbonation. Eventually, looks like a root beer float. Some nice heavy, but sparse lacing. Head renews with each re-pour.

S: Plenty of pine, a little malt, and kind of a salty seawater thing goin'.

T: Piny and a little sweet. Tastes like it smells. You kind of feel like you're drinking out of a river or something. I don't mean that in a bad way by any stretch of the imagination. It's just got this river water or seawater thing going on.

M: Bitter and hoppy throughout. Has a little sweet tinge that hits you right in the middle. Something of a thick syrupy texture. Very dry finish.

D: Mmmm... If you like bitters, this will work for you.

Atmosphere very nice. Great color, and a giant head with some great lacing. Nose is not complex, but has an interesting river water or seawater character that's tough to place, but makes it quite unique. Bitter character but a nice slightly sweet balancing act. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:05:08 | More by bmwats
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Kayn169

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF, poured into an Imperial Pint Glass.
Date: 07/16/11

A- Body is a clear Amber, topped with a 1.5 finger off white head. Nice lacing.

S- Some nice earthy sweetness, some bready yeast, and some hops, but not nearly as citrusy as most of their beers, more bitter, and floral. Good sign, seeing as how it is supposed to be an ESB.

T- Very nice, grainy sweetness upfront. Some bitter hops, not really piney, but not really citrus either. I mostly get the sweet toffee malt, some breadiness, and a bittering dry finish

M- Medium with decent carbonation. A little sticky, but as to be expected with a malt forward beer. Over all though, lighter than expected. The last few other ESBs I had were a little on the heavier side.

O- I have been waiting to try this one, somehow missed last year, despite looking for it. Overall, another nice offering from FFF. Would I consider it 100% ESB...maybe not, but it definitely more English, than the Blackheart English IPA. Both are great beers, that I have no reservations about drinking again. I bought a few bombers of LAN to being home.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2011 13:39:12 | More by Kayn169
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MusicaleMike

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to my wonderful friends for bringing me home a bottle! Good beer karma is yours! Listening to the Naked and Famous. Poured this beer into my Weyerbacher pint glass.

The beer is a darker amber color topped by a cream colored head that stays around the whole time. Ends up shrinking to a sticky, sudsy foam that covers the beer. Great appearance, though there is some haze to this beer...

Smells of American hops galore. Not as intense as a Double IPA or anything, though it smells pretty hoppy and would easily be confused as an Imperial Red Ale to this point. Big notes of pine and honey. Little bit of lavender in the nose as well. I am really digging the aroma, but I am afraid this is more than is called for in this style. I know that 3 Floyds could give a shit what the style is all about (look at Gumballhead), but the enormous hop aroma is not well suited for a traditional English style. If this was an American IPA, I would offer up a 4 at the least for the aroma.

This is one bitter beer! High bitterness up front and in the aftertaste. Clearly all American hops, with earthy, spicy hops in the forefront. There is a moderately low amount of fruity esters with the little bit of malty sweetness that peeks through here. The bitter hops really take precedence in the flavor here, which is actually to style...hey "bitter" is in the name of the style! Only a light amount of fruitiness in the background here, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Soft mouthfeel, with a medium body. Carbonation is modest, and right on for what this style is all about. I would love to try this offering on cask. I have a feeling that would really elevate this beer to another level.

I think this is a good beer and a good ESB, even if it is a bit "Americanized." We are seeing exactly what the Brits had intended with this beer: something on the left side of malty and smooth, with excellent ale characteristics, like fruitiness from the esters and a bitterness that pushes back! Great American craft beer...would completely recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:38:44 | More by MusicaleMike
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marcobrau

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours with a light fluffy head. Just a bit of lace as the head falls. Near crystal clear light gold in color with plenty of fizz. Smells wonderful; lots of tropical fruits (mango, papaya, pineapple, etc.) Whoa...remarkably thin and exceptionally drier than I anticipated. Lots of tropical fruit flavors up front, some malt and then...I dunno...it just sort of evaporates! Extremely drinkable at first, until I get a nasty bit of "hot" alcohol (fusels?) in the aftertaste which fortunately dissipates rather quickly. This could be called Alpha King Light.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:38:37 | More by marcobrau
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Lord Rear Admiral from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
93 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.