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Creepy Raider - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kevanb on 11-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Just because one is creeping and raiding, it does not mean you can’t do it with style, flavor, and panache. This New Zealand inspired strong ale covers all of these bases.

55 IBU
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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 8
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4.01/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at The Long Room. Served in a pint glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Transparent golden body. Pretty much what you'd expect from a pale ale.

S - Quite balanced for 3 Floyds, with a mixture of tropical and citrus hops, a bit of grass and earthiness, and a sugary malt backbone. The aroma was initially quite understated, and even after I let it warm up it was still a bit lacking in potency.

T - The taste has a bit more kick to it, with a mix of melon, grass, grapefruit rind, and lingering piney bitterness. The malt is a bit more bready and less sweet than the aroma suggests.

M - Zesty carbonation, medium body that has more than sufficient heft for 6.2%. Chewy texture with a dry finish that leaves behind a mild amount of oily hop resins. No alcohol warmth that I could detect.

D - A solid beer, for sure, but pales (no pun intended) in comparison to other pale ales by 3 Floyds. I'd much rather have 219 or Zombie Dust, and I'd prefer Aotearoa for my New Zealand hop fix. Still, rather easy to drink a pint and I'd be happy to have more than one.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at FFF.
Served in a nonic pint.

Copper body with 2 fingers of shiny off-white (slightly tanned) head. Decent retention, rings of thin lacing left behind.

Smells nice. Not mind blowing, but nice. A little sugar cookie, toasted bread, and perhaps a touch of caramel malt lead the way with a light sweetness. It dries out plenty by the sip is swallowed-- dry bitterness lingers with a touch of alcohol heat.
The hops Seem more aromatic than flavorful-- Nelson perhaps? Perhaps not. I can't remotely claim to be a NZ hop expert, but I always seem to find beers that mention Nelson hops to be more aromatic than flavorful... So whatever. Lemony and citrus notes dominate, but there also seems to be a floral grassiness.

Feels a bit thin and overcarbonated. Really bubbles off my tongue.

Overall-- not exactly a swing and a miss, but by no means is this a home run. It's more of a foul ball-- contact was made, and a little effort could straighten it out and make this worthwhile.
As for me-- I'll stick with any of the other pale ales on tap here. I won't be revisiting this one.

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4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Blues Bar. Served in a point glass.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a whited head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly leaving behind a few splotches of lace.

S: Citrus zest, limes, lemons and grapefruit, with notes of a sweet biscuity malts. Nice and light in the nose, nothing overbearing in terms of the hops profile.

T: A little more malt than the nose suggested. Heavier bready malts with a nice sweetness to it. Bursts of grapefruit, orange flesh and lime peel. A little grass as well.

M: Light bodied with a medium-high carbonation level. Highly drinkable with a great balance to it.

O: I really enjoyed this pale ale, probably my second favorite one to date from FFF. This had a drinkability that rivaled ZD, but it didn't quite have the flavor profile, or the nose that ZD has. I would definitely have this again.

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of cfrances33
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Pour: Mostly clear deep orange, with two fingers of white foamy head. Recedes to a film, and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: Really nice pineapple and grapefruit. NZ hops come through hard here. Nice honey caramel sweetness to build on the body.

Taste: Follows the nose with stick pineapples and tangerines, with a substantial, but not overpowering caramel sweetness. Finishes with fruity bitterness.

Mouthfeel Juicy and sticky, but very drinkable, and quite refreshing.

Overall: A nice APA from Three Floyds, that falls just a notch below ZD

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Three Floyds in a Nonic Pint:

A - Light creamy Head with moderate lacing. A deep amber color, looks like it wants to be consumed.

S - Hops are not overpowering but pretty well balanced. I picked up grapefruit, some earthy tones and a slight sweetness of caramel

T - The Taste is different than I expected from the smell. the hops dominated with a resinous bitter and lots of citrus fruit. A slight malty aftertaste.

M - Full and foamy in the mouth with a dry finish. Minimal eveidence of the alcohol content just an enjoyable bittternes from the hops.

O - A very good beer for the style. Could see drinking a lot of these. Also a pleasant departure from 3F usual brews. Not that I don;t like their other beers, this is just a nice departure from the Norm.

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Photo of kevanb
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tapped at FFF on Nov. 2, 2012, served in a nonic pint glass. The servers and bar staff didn't know much about this beer other than it was a pale ale made largely with New Zealand hops.

The beer pours a darker copper color, medium amber, hues of orange and darker gold, a slightly offwhite head rests atop the beer with decent retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lots of juicy pineapple, mango and passionfruit, bright citrus and floral notes, lemongrass, grapefruits, a touch of orange and lavender. The malts are present, mostly soft cereal grain, a touch of rye and darker grain at the end. The body is super smooth and soft, carbonation is perfect, dry bite at the end.

Verdict: Awesome APA. We tried this next to Zombie Dust and the contrast really highlighted the New Zealand hops, likely heavy on the Nelson Sauvin. This beer is a massive success and really emphasizes Three Floyd's knack for making fantastic hoppy beers, I could see this easily becoming the next cult classic like Zombie Dust. Cheers to FFF for this.

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

A - Deep, almost copper-like, orange with a one finger head that settles down to a layer of foam. Clean looking and slighty reflective.

S - Soft, New Zeland hops dominate in the nose with a slight orange sweetness and pineapple. Reminds me of Alpine Nelson a bit

T - Slight orange and bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Has a good fruit presence with mango and pineapple in the middle. The fruit lingers on the finish as well.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation. Despite this very smooth and creamy.

O - Solid beer from FFF that reminds me of their version of Nelson. Very soft flavors throughout and easy to drink.

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Creepy Raider from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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