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Hessian Smog - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB) |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

A traditional Hessian ESB Brewed with an eye to the “not normal.” Enjoy this Revolutionary War-inspired recipe.

80 IBU

(Beer added by: Tilley4 on 11-06-2011)
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint at Map Room. Happy 19th!

Murky and orange, as it settles it becomes more of a slightly darker papaya color. Thin white skim, random arcs of lace. Broken skim across the surface.

Pungent and citric, grapefruit peel, tangerine. Super resiny and bitter...seems more IPA or double that. Burly feel, odd toastiness and super resiny, enamel melting bitterness. Different facets reveal themselves over time. Sometimes green, laced with hoppy vegetation, then ending with lush, pulpy citrus. Comes across pretty brash and super hopped. Body is big, with medium carb levels. Definitely scratches the hop itch if you've got one. Nowhere near an ESB, and nobody cares. It cures the hessian depression!

emerge077, Nov 23, 2011
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4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at brewpub.

Golden/orange in color, very cloudy and solid white head, looks great in imperial pint glass.

Smell is citrusy and a grassy, some yeast notes as well, no real noteworthy malt in the aroma.

Taste is trademark FFF hops, nice texture to beer as well, not overly carbonated. Very easy drinking beer, great with brewpub food and look forward to them having again. Don't expect a standard ESB, the minute it's poured you know it's not, labelled as a hessian style, and since not familiar can't comment on trueness to style, but you shouldn't care, very nice beer.

DAllspaw, Nov 21, 2011
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eorwar, Feb 18, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF Anniversary party.

A- Pours a slight hazy gold color with a thin white cap that leaves a few lines of lacing

S- Bready malt, peppery spice, citrus zest, and grassy hops.

T- Sourdough, peppery spice, freshly grated grapefruit and orange zest as well as some grassy and herbal hops.

M- Medium carbonation and low to medium body. Finishes a bit dry.

O- Interesting beer with some slightly sweet sourdough bread and fresh citrus notes.

iadler, Nov 18, 2011
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FirstBrewsoon, Jan 11, 2012
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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden color with a bit of a white head that left a little bit of stick on it.

S - Lots of zest and spice. Some grassy and earthy hops presence and a bit of honey. A lot more potency than your typical ESB.

T - Taste is about the same, with some fruity characteristics and hops on top of a bready malt backbone. Pretty light tasting and sweet.

M - Lighter side of medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O - Good beer, a little bit pungent, has some pretty strong flavors. Good stuff, was glad to have tried it.

AgentZero, Nov 23, 2011
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4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is the hoppiest damn ESB I've ever had.

Big grassy and citrus hop notes with some spicy ones in there as well. Strong dry bitterness on the backend.

The beer itself is a murky orange with a small whitish head. Below average lacing, but nice retention.

The body is pretty full. Strong carbonation works well.

Overall-- the standard FFF hop recipe scores another victory. It is hopped up with all the notes I'd expect from an FFF pale ale or IPA. Call this whatever style you want, it drinks nice an easy. I'm a fan.

AleWatcher, Dec 28, 2011
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IrishColonial, Dec 14, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Floyds tulip pint glass at SmallBar Fullerton.

FFF showing some history chops with this name/style combo. The beer underneath pours a hazy amber-orange topped by a finger of tan-white foam. The nose comprises lots of orange zest, mandarin orange flesh, light coriander, and light wheat. It's an awful lot of orange-heavy citrus, but it works well enough without becoming unpleasant. Nice. The taste holds notes of orange zest, orange peel, lemon peel, coriander, light wheat, and cardamom. It's similar to the smell, but spicier. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly grainy, smooth-ish feel. Overall, a tasty, easily-drinkable brew. 'Nuff said.

TMoney2591, Jan 15, 2012
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brandoman63, Dec 10, 2011
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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: burnt orange, and not totally clear, but not opaque. An interesting sight

S: pleasant combo of hops and malts. The kind I expect from an ESB

T: wow, lots going on here. Starts out with some nice malts, and finishes very strong. Some bitters, some citrus flavors, and somehow, I swear there's a little smoky taste as she warms up to room temp.

M: very different aftertaste as the beer warms. A very marked increase in bitter and smoky lacing. Near the end, it had a lot of after accents I'm not too familiar, or frankly, very fond of.

O: really interesting brew. I normally go bananas for ESBs, and although this doesn't hit my hall of fame, it was good.

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Hessian Smog from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
89 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.