Man-O-Awe | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This pale ale, as its namesake, will inspire awe. Brewed exclusively with hops grown in Michigan. Pay homage to the Man-O-Awe with this beer lest you meet him in person.

Added by MasterSki on 01-22-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aw man, why is this retired?

Man-O-Awe was one of the first hoppy beers I really liked, caramel toffee sweetness to round out the hoppiness really made me happy at the time.

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Photo of dandiprat2015
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

People looking for big FFF hops who like to smacked in the face with their beers are gonna come down on this and reading the reviews I thought it'd suck. But it's complex, malty with some sweet notes, completely balanced and quite frankly wonderful. Broaden your palates. I'm gonna back to the party store and buying the rest of these.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Review t aken March 2, 2014.

22 oz bottle with sweet artwork. A beastly, tusked man monster in battle armour. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A - Hazy, murky orange body with a good head leaving very nice stick.

S - mild fruitiness up front with some pineapple and melon. A breaded malt balances soft pine notes. The smell is simple but brilliant.

T - okay, so I was a bit let down by the flavor. Not as hop forward as I thought it would be based on its nose. I found some lemon and melon laying underneath an almost too unique malt base. The softest of pine notes and faint fruitiness round it out.

M - lighter side of a medium body with good texture like always from 3F. It drinks smooth, but is a little malt heavy imo. Still drinkable.

O - Man O awe is a weird release from the pale ale kings. It just doesn't sum up to the zombie dusts, alpha kings, space station middle fingers, and even yum yums. Sure, it's a decent beer, but worthy of a fff bottle? I'm not so sure. Not with the quality they've been putting out. I admire the use of all Michigan grown hops if fff were Michigan based, but the fact is they just didn't do their job here, so ditch them and use what you've been using. I respect you guys way too much and have tasted your liquid class in a bottle. Give me more of that stuff.. Worth the try though.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature. Fresh.
Look = 4.5 Pours a cloudy light brown with a hint of orange. One finger of off white head with medium carbonation and lace. Pretty beer.
Smell = 3.0 Light aroma. Mostly earthy and hint of citrus. Balanced with sweet bready malts.
Taste = 3.5 Light citrus up front, balanced nicely. A little sweet. Light bitterness on the finish that hangs around in the after taste.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium carbonation.
Drinkability = 4.5 Very easy to drink pale ale.
Overall = 3.7 Complex enough to stay interesting but far from overbearing. Balanced.

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Photo of do_ob
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't read the bottling date on the bottle. Sampled and reviewed on February 24, 2015.

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a Sam Adams "Perfet Pint" glass. Pours a nice amber color with a 2 finger white head of foam. Smell is weak, but nice. I get hops, pine, citrus, orange, pineapple, and grapefruit. Taste is..unexpectedly lacking. Slight hop presence with hints of pine, citrus, and orange. Light bodied. Aftertaste isn't great, but lingering citrus and pine are both present.

In FFF's defense, this beer is probabaly outdated. I only found out it was retired after buying it and bringing it home. But I figured I'd take a chance and try it out. It looked very nice and smelled good. The taste was a bit flat, which makes me think it's past it's prime. Hard telling with the date on the bottle partially worn off. I'd like to see them start putting the date on the label instead of the bottle.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
4.29/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L (4.25) – Good reddish brown color. More opaque than clear.

S (4) – There’s a good smell here. A little malt, a little hop.

T (4.5) – I really like the taste of this. APA is so broad, but there’s a nice balance of malt and hop. And I like them both, so I want to taste both.

F (4.25) – I feel there’s the appropriate carb level and overall mouthfeel for this. It drinks well, which is good.

O (4.25) – I bought this while travelling, actually two bottles. One I drank then, and one I drank now. I liked it about the same both times. I mentioned earlier that APA is a broad category, but this is what I like to see in my APA’s. Lower IBU than your IPA’s, but enough to keep you interested.

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Photo of Rope
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Appearance - An opaque brown red, thin head.

Smell - Tart grapefruit

Taste - Starts tart, middle prune juice, malt finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, well carbonated.

Overall - A good entry that doesn't cater to the fruity hop side of pale ales.

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Photo of patpbr
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pour is amber with a slight head.
S - Its mostly malt with a bit of orange
T - Its sweet noticeable carmel, with much of the smell coming through on the taste.
M - Medium body with a crisp finish.
O - Well done, and easy to drink and I like it has local hops.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a brilliant copper color in my imperial pint glass, big thicket of cream colored head forms very nicely. Aroma is definitely malt forward hints of caramel and bready grains, with dank earthy citric Michigan hops...really clean smelling APA. Flavor has a sweet malt character, again caramel and full on grain assault with fruit forward ale character balancing dank hops, earthy, citrus peel well made complex APA not in line with some of their other heavy hitting IPAs or pale ales this is definitely less hoppy but still full flavored across the board. Mouthfeel is medium bodied slightly sticky sugars with a resinous oily hop texture going on even flowing carbonation very smooth not abrasive if anything just a bit too sweet for my pale ales. Overall, pretty solid well brewed I'm not in awe of it but I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-10-08 in Clarksville, IN from a bomber bottle

A - Clear orange with a big 3-finger white head and moderate lace

S - Orange flesh, pale malt and mild hop floral.

T - Lightly roasted sweet malt, orange flesh, tea, light spice, moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Substantial for an APA

O - The flavor grew on me. It's cool it uses local hops. Still, I'd rather have an Alpha King or a Zombie Dust.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in a Three Floyds Teku glass

L - It is a deep amber color. I would call it reddish. It is topped with three inches of beige head that leaves some decent lacing.

S - I get a nice dose a citrus and tropical fruit. Tangerine comes to mind.

T - The taste has a mild orange and citrus flavor with a slight pine finish.

M - Moderate

O - This is a pretty solid pale ale. I think it gets dinged because it is from Three Floyds and everyone expects to shit hop cones with each of the pale ales. I enjoyed drinking it. It is nothing spectacular, but solid nonetheless.

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Photo of rudzud
2.74/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a very nice crystal clear copper orange hue with a fat off white two finger head that faded to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of sweet malts galore, caramel, biscuits, grain. Smells, well, like a very old hopped beer.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Lots of sweeter caramel malts, biscuits and grains, incredibly light hop presence due to presumably the age of this beer. Light bitterness on the finish, however, make no mistake about it this a malt bomb.

M - Mouthfeel is lighter and crisp and is typical of the style.

O - Overall this was an incredible disappointment, presumably due to the age. I would rather get no extras in a trade than get old, past their prime hoppy beers. Incredibly frustrating.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of ONUMello
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle dated 9/3/14 poured into a FFF Teku glass
A: Orange with a hint of brown and a one-finger head
S: Caramel malt and grassy hops though a touch muted
T: Matches the nose - a touch simple and not nearly as bold as most FFF beers
M: Medium-bodied, a touch sweet
O: I love the local aspect, it's just not quite on par with most of Three Floyds' beers

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Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%

Bomber into a tumbler.

A: Pours an orangey copper with a fine off-white head.

S: Mild sticky citrus, caramel, biscuity, pretty malty. Not what I usually expect from FFF.

T: Taste is pretty malty, with lots of grain and molasses flavors, but a nice fresh citrus character as well. A little bit of leafy bitterness toward the end.

M: Light-bodied with mild carbonation.

O: Certainly better than most midwestern copper-toned pale ales, but the style itself is not meant for greatness.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

From notes on 3/21/14

Bought a bomber at the brewery and drinking it at my hotel. Burnt orange cloudy body. Poured with very little head. Sweet smell. Sweet hoppy taste. Much settler than most pale ales. Ok beer.

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Photo of Ian_B
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange-amber with a thin, but creamy head with great retention.

Lightly fruity and refreshingly crisp grassy/piney esters play gently over a medium-light caramel malt aroma. Notes of lemongrass, clementine, and a tiny bit of resin compliment in a pleasing, floral scent.

Taste is citrusy with notes of bitter grapefruit and pine playing over a malt that is toasty, crisp, and sweet all at once. Sweeter fruity and floral hop notes join in for the finish.

Nice mouthfeel, crisp, refreshing, and surprisingly well-bodied for how light it feels.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/17/2014. Pours slightly hazy bright orange color with a 2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/floral hops and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, light toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pale ale. Good complexity and balance of citrus/grassy hops and moderate malt sweetness; with very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours slightly hazy and with a dark amber color that is capped with a thick finger of dense off-white foam. Webby lacing left on the glass.

S - Lightly sweet, heavily featuring caramel malt, maltose, lightly earthy hop presence, a touch of grassy hops.

T - Similar to the aroma, heavy caramel malt presence, fairly sweet malt base, lightly buttery, toffee-ish. Hop bitterness is on the low side of intensity, just giving enough bitterness to keep the sweet malts from taking over completely. Hops are a bit dull in flavor, earthy and grassy but again at a fairly low intensity.

M - Medium body, but the malty sweetness makes it feel heavier. Carbonation is mid-level and tingly...nice but nothing special.

O - Seems to me to be like Dreadnaught's little brother. Same flavor character that I get from Dreadnaught but at a much lower intensity/higher quaffability factor. Certainly not the superstar pale ale that Zombie Dust is...overall, an adequate if not memorable brew from Three Floyds. Glad to try it, but probably won't make a return visit to this one.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ray for the share!

Hazy golden-orange pour, with a wispy white head that left shards of lacing on the glass when swirled. Juicy citrus hops in the aroma, balanced by a standard bready pale malt sweetness. The taste reflected the nose, with a good balance of bready malts, toasted caramel, and a decent interplay of citrus/pine/herbal hop notes. Light-medium body, crisp and easily enjoyable. Nothing really stand-out in the wide world of APAs, and not even the best APA from this brewery, but still a solid brew overall, and a privilege to sample.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased at the brewery. Dated 6/17/14.

Appearance - Dark orange, almost brown in color, with some haze to it. A big yellowish/white head retains well as a mostly full cap, good lacing as well.

Smell - On the tame side, but delivers some interesting hop varietals of lemon, pine sap, kind of woodsy earthy candy like flavors. Decent-sized dose of caramel malt and buttery malts as well.

Taste - Again some cool and kinda funky hop flavors showcased here. Good mix of earthy, pineapple, bubblegum, peach, piny, spicy. Some sweet and bready malts backing but not as present as in the scent. Some tea-like notes in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, kind of biggish feel with high-end carbonation, good amount of foam and zest going on. Bitterness is fairly high, but it's far from OMG levels.

Overall - Er not a IPA-esque pale ale like Zombie Dust or Alpha King, this feels more like a standard American pale with a nicely unique hop fix, which is nice. Not sure how'd often I'd want a 22oz of this but I enjoyed it quite a bit.

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Photo of WKyle
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: the appearance is the best part of this beer, poured into a glass there is thick, heavy head that might remind one of shaving cream. The beer is brilliant copper and is really beautiful when held to the light. The smell is straight up hops, bread and yeast. This tastes like day old toast with hop infused grape jam, and a side of cardboard. It is really sweet compared to a lot of APA's, it almost tastes like a belgian at the end. The finish makes me think i have metal in my mouth. The mouthfeel is kinda bad, there is not as much carbonation as I would like and it feels thing on my tongue.
Overall I really do like this beer, but i think they could make a lot of improvements to it. For whatever reason I nearly finished my bomber in 10 minutes, possibly to get the after taste out of my mouth, possibly because I have never tasted anything like it. I really wish there were more hops

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

bomber from the brewery into pint glass

A- Copper, orange. Thin off-white head. Nice lacing
S- Malty and a bit of hops
T- Totally creamy maltyness. Sweet malts. Not tasting hops
M- Not noteable carbination. Nice and smooth. Easy drinking.

O- Nice malty smoothness.

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Photo of GJ40
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

A - Golden and crystal clear with a small but sturdy head.

S - Citrusy and floral with hints of toasted malt and yeast. Interesting but not especially compelling.

T - Diverse hoppy flavors with citrus and tropical fruits. A mild bitterness and a hint of sweetness. Very smooth, balanced and tasty but not as inspiring as other PAs.

M - Silky smooth with a moderately low carbonation.

O - Smooth, refreshing and tasty but a bit shy of the high bar that FFF sets.

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Photo of Louisville-Beer-Reviews
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear, amber color with a fine head. Sticky lacing.

Aroma: Citrus, fruit candy, jam, and sour cherries are all present here. Very fruity nose.

Taste & Mouthfeel: The fruity sweetness of the nose is immediately apparent on the tongue, as there is a strong concord grape flavor mixed with a bready, cereal grain malt character. It tastes like grape jam on toasted bread. Finishes with sweet honey, and bready, grainy malts. Smooth texture, with just the right amount of carbonation.

Final Word: I was very surprised to find that this was an American Pale Ale, as the flavors are very sweet, malty, and balanced! Usually this style has a much stronger hop profile than I found in this beer, but I’m certainly not complaining! This beer was very drinkable, unique, smooth, and balanced, and I’d recommend nabbing some if given the chance. Prioritize it over other beers, as its unique character makes it worth experiencing and really sets it apart from other brews, especially in the APA category. Try this one if you are in the mood for something on the fruity/sweet side but don’t feel like going near a sour lambic or tart, bitter IPA/APA. It will deliver something to satisfy the sweet tooth, while still offering up lots of grounding, bready malts and just enough hop to clean it all up!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Random bottle found at idea on the age of this and hadn't heard of it before.

Orange, fluff, retention is nice.

Smell and taste is that hard to pin point but close as I can describe grape gum: a tad sugary, modestly malted, and low on bitterness.

Not overly complex, not overly worth the Floyd's bomber tag, but a fun try and an easy drinking pale.

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