Aotearoa - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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3.8/5 rDev -6.4%
Served into a FFF pint glass. Orange with a slightly reddish white one finger head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Smell is big citrus hops - grapefruit, lemons, a good showcase of New Zealand hops. Taste is bitter hops with a slightly sweet malt presence, lots of lemon rind and grapefruit, tons of bright citrus, slightly earthy. Body is lighter then I would have expected, dry with a medium carbonation. Has a clean finish and a bitter aftertaste. A good IPA, interesting to try something made with lots of NZ hops, but far from my favorite FFF beer or American IPA.
12-04-2010 06:12:22 | More by nkersten
4.18/5 rDev +3%
64 oz growler into an over sized tulip glass. Huge thanks to goodstrongbeer for sending this my way and making me play "guess the growler" with it. You da' man Jon!
Pours a beautiful looking brilliant clear amber, with 2 robust fingers of off-white foamy head. This retains with a ½ finger of smooth froth, which leaves back some rather heavy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in thick swathes. The aroma is fresh, floral, and spicy, with an added fruity mix of tropical character and some more bitter smelling grapefruit notes. A touch of earth and light herbal flavors mix in as well. Malts provide a smooth sweet backing in the nose, with toffee, bread, and even maybe a light smidge of vanilla giving this a sticky underlying robustness in the nose.
The taste has a firm hoppy profile going on with it, as a strong bite of spice, citrus rind, and bitter grapefruit spread out into the mouth. This has a pretty substantial malt base to match this, with a lot of caramel and toasted bread being present, as well as some extra sweetness that comes from the more citrusy aspect of the hops and adds to the overall stickiness of the profile. This finishes dry with a combo of lingering spice and pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm sharpness that rides along on top of some smooth underlying slickness that keeps this very easy feeling. Very nicely hid ABV here as well, being the type that you don't feel at all until after you've had a couple of glasses of it.
This was very good. Tons of fruit and sweetness (you can really pick those Nelson Sauvin hops out) but this was still excellently balanced with no shortage of hoppy bitterness here either. The overall drinkibility of this was what impressed me the most though, with that 6% being right on the money for the feel and easy drinking nature of an IPA. Wish I had another growler.
11-15-2010 17:28:46 | More by Kegatron
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
Had a pint of this at Fountainhead.
Clean, amber beer....not a ton of head but the glass was wet, so that was to be expected. Tons of great lacing.
Smell was absolutely fantastic. Ripe fruit, like mangoes and pineapples, along with some earthy bread. It had a very unique hop aroma that was really a lot of fun.
Taste was good too, a little grainy...the hops and malts didn't seem to mesh as well as I was hoping based on the smell, but it was still very enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this one. Not quite perfected but a very solid beer and I could see it with a few tweaks a masterpiece. Try it if you can!
11-20-2010 20:55:00 | More by Aguirre
4.5/5 rDev +10.8%
on tap at brewpub, 3 pints over 3 different trips and each time come away enormously impressed with this one. The server described this as sort of a mild Alpha King, and find that very apropos, but the hops in this beer are unlike anything I've had. Incredible beer really, hope they bottle it.
Updated with pint at brewpub Nov 2011. The color is gone this year, more gold than amber and the hop presence just didn't blow me away as it did last year.
10-26-2010 01:47:54 | More by DAllspaw
4.15/5 rDev +2.2%
On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.
Pours a nice amber-orange color with a bit of haze to it. Good white head and plenty of ringy lacing on the way down. The nose carries some great tropical notes and a hefty amount of orange. A bit of zest as well. Flavor is a bit too sweet with fruit and malt. Medium body with a semi-dry finish, as there is a bit of sweetness there. Tasty treat.
01-02-2012 15:32:21 | More by Thorpe429
4.05/5 rDev -0.2%
A - Clear amber beer with two fingers of foam on it. Sheets drag down the sides as you drink it, and leaves some decent residue behind.
S - Citrus and fruity hops, not as bitter as I was expecting from this. The hop profile is pretty diverse on this, floral and a little farm come through nicely. I think I pick out the Nelson Sauvin (which Alex and Nate say smells like New Zeeland).
T - Nice tropical fruity taste, citrus hops are more sweet than citrusy, and the floral balances this out nicely. Malts on this seem to be more for weight than flavor. This tastes pretty good.
M - Lighter side of medium-bodied, with a dose of carbonation that makes the beer easier to drink.
D - Good brew, easy enough to get down, wouldn't mind drinking this again at all.
11-18-2010 15:58:45 | More by AgentZero
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
From FFF taplist:
A medium bodied, deep amber colored ale brewed with 100% aromatic malt and all New Zealand hops.
73 IBU, 6% ABV, $5 imperial pint
A very deep copper/amber colored body. Almost brown it's so dark. Limited head... What was there after the pull disappeared quickly. Limited spotty lace clings lazily in amoeba-like blobs.
Nose and taste both need a few minutes to let the beer warm up. Immediately after pouring, this beer is far too mild... But after a few minutes, it opens up nicely. A sweet malt with caramel, toffee, and bready notes begin the adventure with lemony and bright floral hop notes. The hops are reminiscent of soriachi ace, but more dank and floral. A little grassy too. A little note reminds me of lemongheads candy-- sugary, lemony, bright, etc.
A surprisingly dry finish is crisp and delicate-- reminds me of a slightly sweet breakfast cereal grain. The body is sturdy and, despite a minimal head, well-carbonated. This is a good beer to serve in an imperial pint- it needs the time to reach optimum imbibing temperature.
This is almost great session beer. A tad too strong, but nonetheless, this is flavorful and interesting. Very easy to drink. This is a solid FFF offering that, with slight tweaking, could become people ask to be brewed again.
10-25-2010 19:36:50 | More by AleWatcher
4.03/5 rDev -0.7%
Quick review.... Zesty, dry with very little head. Since its do dark in here I can't tell much of the color but when I hold it up to the glimmer of light I see a cloudy orange color. Great grassy aroma. The taste definitely holds up even as I sample my friends bee r, dry but definitely not that hoppy. On draft ,a point for 6 washingtons at marys packaged good and community bar.
01-22-2012 07:02:34 | More by tasteegood
Aotearoa from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.