Aotearoa - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 9
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A medium bodied, deep amber colored ale brewed with 100% aromatic malts and all New Zealand hop varieties.

73 IBU

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 10-25-2010)
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4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Aroma:Very hoppy, grapefruit and orange aromas.

Appearance:Reddish-amber in color. Very little head.

Taste:Grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach. These flavors peak in the foretaste, and slowly dissipate in the aftertaste without turning bad.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body with good carbonation. There's a little astringency in the back of my throat from the hops.

Drinkability:This beer is quite hoppy and delicious. The new zealand hops (most likely citra) has made this quite an amazing beer that really pops.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: two finger head on a amber and crimson clear body. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel.

T: more very hoppy flavor with floral, earthy and a bouquet of fruitness. light on the malts. A more interesting hop flavor seems to be provided by the Nelson hops which the bartender pointed out to me.

M: medium body and on the lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer. Very hoppy, light on the malts. Right amount of carbonation and very drinkable. Hope this is still around on my next trip.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had region riot just before this, so my palate was screaming for hops.

A: beautiful clear amber color. Enticing.

S: hops, but sweet and citra-fruity. If it looks and smells good, then surely...

T: Yup, its a good one. The hops that are present don't necessarily make it bitter, just cut off the sweet and leave a clean bite for the finish. Citrus, is prevalent, and if I tasted this blindfolded, id never guess its gorgeous amber hue.

M: really nothing bad here. Carbonation is there and just right, the after taste just adds to the excitment for another sip. Not as much grapefuit tones as other floyds offerings. Its quite restrained in this beer.

O: Most seasonals I try, I appreciate, and never go back. This I may have to give another glass or two. Its much easier to enjoy than say its name!

Photo of MasterSki
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a pint glass.

A - Big pillow foam that settles to a partial cap and and leaves behind splotchy lace sheets. Transparent caramel-toffee body.

S - Huge lemon zest, light cattiness, and a bit of dank. It's the trademark Nelson Sauvin aroma. Understated sugary malt backbone.

T - Taste is zesty lemon citrus and tart white grapes, and a hint of cattiness. Minimal malt character, and a bitter lemon finish that is present but not overwhelming.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, a touch of grit to the body. Very dry finish.

D - This was super drinkable. I'd gladly have downed a few pints of this one if I hadn't been driving. The hop character is somewhere between Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace - they say it's 100% New Zealand hops, but didn't specify which ones.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-oh-tear-uh

It's what the Maoris call(ed) New Zealand.

It's named that way because this is all full up of New Zealand hops. And those hops are remarkably pronounced in the aroma, along with a heavy dose of very aromatic malts. It's like a spice cabinet and a rose garden, with big nodes of green smells up front and red ones in the back.

Tastes, I assume, like New Zealand. The malt is sweet, floral, and lightly toasty. The hops take over in the front end and never let go. They are, to put it lightly, Unique. But good. It's a weird kind of bitter sourness that's like burnt, spolied yogurt, only delicious, it's a special kind of yogurt that's made to be eaten while burnt and spoiled. The end is weedy and more citrusy, like a lightly hopped pale.

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4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

listed at 74 IBUs
A: deep amber as listed, clear, nice off-white head and lacing.
S: caramel malt and spicy hops, not sure how else to describe the new zealand hops-fruity? citric?
T: light/med sweetness is well balanced by a smooth bitter finish. some nuttiness along with the caramel and fresh hop flavors.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: i had two in a row among many good options, so yeah.

Photo of Aguirre
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Aotearoa from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.