Extra Pale Ale - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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Reviews by Illini5596:
3.85/5 rDev +3.8%
While not my favorite, it was a good and interesting beer. I'm a bit of a fan of trying midwestern beers, which led me to get a glass of this on tap. The flavor was really complex, and I suppose there are a lot of people for whom this will be a favorite. For me it was a little off balance, and not quite what I look for. A little to hoppy on the finish without enough build up, and a little to light on the initial mouthful. Not disappointing in the least, just not my thing. I'd recommend it to those who are huge fans of hoppy pale ales.
08-08-2005 18:37:11 | More by Illini5596
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4.4/5 rDev +18.6%
Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck with no freshness date to be found.
Appearance: Bright and clear golden with a caked on head that leaves a stickly lace all over.
Smell: Fruity and floral ... soft aromatics, sweet hop oil.
Taste: Light to medium in body, smooth up front with a crisp middle. Soft hop bitterness that gives a even crisp bite leaving a very flavourful hop character ... floral and citric, lots of hop oil. The malt profile is merely enough to hold its own against the hops. Hops fade in the finish and gives the malt a chance to show a little flavour.
Notes: Well balanced and a great use of hops to make for an extremely drinkable and hoppy ale.
04-15-2002 10:56:41 | More by Jason
3.03/5 rDev -18.3%
Presentation: 12oz amber bottle.
Appearance: Pours a bubbly and clear golden color. Actively fizzy head quickly reduces to a thin layer. Scant lacing of the glass.
Smell: Floral, with a twist of citrus thrown in for good measure. Nothing that stands out, though.
Taste: Downhill from the aroma. A lackluster combination of mild bitterness and a pinch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Thin and slightly watery mouthfeel. Disappointing.
Drinkability: Average...nothing that really stood out and kept me coming back for more. Not much of an aftertaste, nor any mouth-puckering crispy dryness.
I'd much rather have the Alpha King Pale Ale.
03-10-2003 15:22:35 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
4.22/5 rDev +13.7%
Golden ale with decent, sticky head. Floral aroma with a tiny hint of bitter chocolate. Mild malts, reminiscent of a Czech pilsner, lighter than your average pale ale. Floyd's trademark hops distinguish this beer - quite lemony with lots of floral zest. Bitter but bolsters the sweetness of the malts, much like Alpha King but a bit thinner, not so robust. A summery brew, with sharp tang from the hops but maintains a creamy mouthfeel like the best Eastern European pilsners. A step down from Alpha King in my book, but still very pleasing.
11-23-2002 15:09:28 | More by Thrasher
3.64/5 rDev -1.9%
Obviously from notes, very yellow, average head, not much in the aroma department, light floral hop contingency.
Taste, again, pretty light, but what was light maltwise was paired with a good degree of bitter citrus hop feel, especially for what I understood Midwest xpa's at the time. I wasn't too big on 3F at this point. Didn't see them as anything like an extreme brewery.
This was my first FFF beer, gf at the time was trying to get me to go to Iowa, showin' off some Midwest brews. Ended up in Milwaukee (gooo Marquette), so this didn't exactly scare me off. In fact, if you think about it, I moved closer to FFF than I would have been in Iowa.
Everything of theirs since I've liked even more.
10-08-2010 19:52:25 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
Fairly clear sub-amber gold color. 1/4 inch medium-bubbled head. Fruity smell, mostly of citrus. Lemony and hoppy flavor, malts are not dense. Light-bodied and crisp beginning to end. Too much lemon to my tongue, a little more sweetness would be good to balance. Alpha King is more impressively balanced while maintaining lots of grapefruity hops. Not a big fan of this one, tastes more like a lemony wheat brew.
06-10-2002 07:57:16 | More by ADR
4.03/5 rDev +8.6%
Appearance: Deep golden amber seems clouded nice and unfiltered with a nice sized white head with some resiliency to it, does leave some specks of lacing sporadically. Aroma: Tight knit citrus hop profile mild bready character around the edges but you might as well be sniffing on some freshly squeezed orange juice. Taste: A hoppy golden ale the malt profile is very timid with letting in sweetness but the hops don't rush bitterness upon the palatte. Once again 3F's have proved their beer is not normal, citrus hops explode on the palate making me think there must be some citrus fruit in here, but no those are hops my friend. Strange, interesting, and innovative for a golden ale. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied easy going carbonation, nice beer. Drinkability: A twelve oz. portion is enough to get a fee for this brew, I enjoyed it but not overwhelmed with awe like I usually am with a Three Floyd's brew. Defintely worth another try next time I cross pathes with this one.
07-31-2004 16:56:17 | More by WVbeergeek
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
Three Floyds does it again! This one pours a slightly hazy gold with a good head that sticks to the glass. Light malt and fresh flowery hops are in the nose. Nice light mouthfeel, with hops making the grade into the finish. This is a great pale ale, with emphasis on the hops. It's just too damm easy to drink a sixer of it on this hot night in NJ. Very quaffable...and recommended!
05-31-2002 17:13:52 | More by beerluvr
3.25/5 rDev -12.4%
Xtra pale ale...Pours a slightly cloudy, lightish pale ale color. Aroma of a light American pale ale variety. Mouthfeel was okay, with a lighter-ale balance between hops and malt (noticeable sweetness and some hop bitterness). Definitely not for hop-lovers, but a standard offering and good as a solid light ale atypical of more robust APA's.
02-09-2003 16:37:52 | More by Hobbz
3.43/5 rDev -7.5%
Pours gold with a decent tight, bubbly head, doesn't stick around too long.
Flowery hop aroma with some malt sweetness. Very balanced though, nothing is overpowering.
Medium body, with medium carbonation. Citrus hops up front with a light grain flavor as well. Some sweetness and bread flavors follow up. Finishes with a very light bitterness and some dryness.
Not a truly impressive pale ale. I'd buy this again, but I wouldn't rush out for it.
04-27-2004 22:24:10 | More by Southernbrew
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Clear, light golden color with a white head.
Nice aroma of floral and citrusy hops.
Taste is good, but not nearly as bold as the aroma had lead me to think. Citrus and floral hops with a decent malt backbone. The hops dominate, but both hops and malt could use to be stepped up a notch. The Alpha King is better IMO. This one is much tamer and more of a session beer.
Mouthfeel is a little thin.
Easy to quaff, but doesn't leave me wanting another.
Overall, a solid pale ale a little to tame for my liking.
03-25-2003 19:38:26 | More by PhantomVodoo
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured a nice dark golden color with a nice sticky head. The smell was all hops. I found the taste to be a little off. Lots of hops, no perceptable malt. I have to agree with Viking in that there is something in the taste that is somewhat throwing this beer off, and I can't figure out what it is. The mouthfeel is fairly smooth and creamy and it is a nice drinkable beer. A good session brew but I would definitely prefer the Alpha King.
04-18-2002 07:30:12 | More by Murph
3.3/5 rDev -11.1%
Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle, this brew had a clear golden hue and a thin white skim of a head. Modest levels of carbonation were noted but not enough to sustain a head or generate any lace. The smell was dominated by citrus aromas and some mild caramel and malt notes. A hint of butteriness was noted also. The taste was permeated by the grapefruit and other citrus flavors while an earthy malt undertone and that buttery flavor occasionally made their presence noted. The feel was medium-bodied, slick, and a bit thin.
Overall, this offering from Three Floyds was, IMO, barely above average. The unusual taste and appearance did little to inspire me to get this beer again.
11-06-2003 19:45:06 | More by Boilermaker88
3.08/5 rDev -17%
12 oz bottle. 3 headed toga wearing guru on the label. Medium shiny pale gold color. Surprisingly light colored, I expected a darker color I guess for some reason. But that doesn't affect it's rating, it is called "Extra Pale". Thin white rocky head. Laced the glass nicely. All flower hop aromas, very sharp citrus smells. The taste was dominated by the same sharp, acidic citrus snap. Almost no malt to balance. Bubbly and highly charged, light bodied. Tasted like a lemon/lime soda beer combination. Fairly thirst quenching but overall the bubbly, light and citrus sparkling water quality just proves to be too much. No body. Keep this one for the summer thirst quencher, and away from anything but the lightest foods. It was different than the other Three Floyds beers, but lacked that sticky hop bitterness and balance.
04-16-2003 04:21:39 | More by StevieW
3.4/5 rDev -8.4%
Lackluster head tops pale gold, slightly reddish, body. Aroma is nice, first a waft of nice crisp, clean citric hops followed by a low dose of malt. The flavor is not as good as the aroma. The malt is light and and the hops add less character to the flavor than the aroma would suggest. Does have a nice refreshing quality, though, with mild fruitiness (pear?).
09-10-2002 00:02:10 | More by aracauna
3/5 rDev -19.1%
All I can say is that this is an average beer. It's says X-TRA on the bottle, but it wasn't extra pale, or xtra hoppy. I am still trying to figure it out. This however was a nice pale ale and not better than most and not worse than most, just average. Anyway it poured a nice copper color and a small white head that left some lacing. Most of the aroma was malt, with an undertone of hops that faded fast. the taste was mostly malt with an initial hop bitterness that faeded. I like my pale ales to stay hoppy. I had high hopes for this guy and it fell short, kind on like the titans in the super bowl against the rams in that super bowl where they guy stretched and was still short of the goal line. Any way like I have said before, it is hard to judge a beer on an one time tasting. Hopefully I can try this again someday and be able to change my review.
08-02-2004 16:56:32 | More by rugger
3.15/5 rDev -15.1%
Head is very small, falling quickly to leave a swirl of bubbles on top of the beer. Hazy copper/gold color. Sweet floral hop aromas, slight sweetness. Taste has hop presence, but not very strong. Somewhat dry finish. An ok, but rather bland pale ale. Drinkable, but not that enjoyable.
09-07-2004 16:37:34 | More by TastyTaste
3.75/5 rDev +1.1%
The hazy amber body and retentive ivory head produce a most robust and sticky lace. The nose is light but impresses of floral hops and some malt in the background. The flavors are buttery and smooth giving a most delicate treatment for a pale ale. The hops are certainly there but quite subtle. Likewise there's malt richness but the balance is effectively struck so that the result is quite quaffable. There is a nice dry finish to this brew, but the feel is also a bit thin.
12-28-2003 01:45:34 | More by AtLagerHeads
2.9/5 rDev -21.8%
Seems quite old, but we tried it anyway. Pours a yellow color with very little head and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma is ... umm ... not so good. Spices and grains. Don't like the aroma. The flavor is slightly better, but not much. Has a bready feel and has a raisin character that is common with some Belgian beers. I don't think something is right with this beer. Maybe it's just too old.
04-04-2005 17:23:00 | More by clvand0
Extra Pale Ale from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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