Amber Smashed Face
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Amber / Red Ale
Ranked #2
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,949
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 8.79%
Reviews:
47
Ratings:
309
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Amber Smashed FaceAmber Smashed Face
Notes: An aggressively hopped American Amber Ale sure to crush your skull and liquefy your brain.
Reviews: 47 | Ratings: 309 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of AdamsBaseball
1.1/5  rDev -73.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

This is NOT am amber. This is an IPA. Taste, feel and smell are all that out an IPA. Completely mis-named and really disappointing to anyone looking for a smooth malty beer.

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Photo of ovaltine
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive pour reveals a cloudy amber body under a light tan head. Big fruity hops and rich caramalt aromas give way to an exquisitely balanced hop-forward taste with a malty chaser.

I’m a Three Floyd’s fanboy, and this hoppy amber is another illustration why that is the case.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Nov 29, 2018
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3.73/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: slightly hazy orange-amber with a decent amount of carbonation visible through the beer. 1 3/4 finger off-white head that leaves a decent amount of sticky lace.

Smell: very classic hop aroma. lemon, pine, dank leafiness, bitter orange peel. smells just like rubbing hops in your hands and then smelling them but without the unpleasant harshness of doing that. enjoyable, but i'm not getting much more than hops here.

Taste: Lots of that hop presence is there. Expresses itself most prominently with that bitter orange flavor. The malt is definitely there so that this one doesn't act like an IPA. There is some lemon to go along with the bitter orange and a light caramel note from the malt to balance things out. Definitely on the hoppier side for an amber, but I'm not complaining.

Feel: lovely and thick. would perhaps have liked a bit more carbonation on this one, but thin this is absolutely not, so I can't knock it too much. This is damn chewy, and I love that.

Overall: It skews a little too bitter for the style in my opinion. I don't think I'd buy this again, but it was an enjoyable quaff. This is a great beer for getting some unadulterated hop flavor with a chewy mouthfeel and no frills or gimmicks. I would have liked the malt to have been dialed up a bit more as well as the carbonation for this to be one that I'd revisit.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a nice lighter shade of amber. Not too clear. 1 finger off white, frothy head. Head retention is quite good. The carbonation bubbles in the head are small. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose is quite hoppy. Nice citrus from the hops. Grapefruit seems to stick out with me. There's also a slight hint of sweetness.
Taste - Hops are up front, then it mellows out into a sweet flavor. The hops kick back in hard on the backside, and it is a nice sticky hop flavor.
Feel is quite full bodied. It also has a sticky hop feel, that goes all the way down and lingers.
Tasty, full bodied, hoppy, delicious. A great beer from 3F.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.65/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber red. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A dank and juicy hop forward aroma with a scent of grass, citrus, and caramel. Earthy hop scent of grass and cannabis. Citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and mango. Malt scent of caramel, grains, biscuit, and toast with some yeast. A very nice aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy hop forward taste with notes of grass, citrus, and caramel. Earthy hop notes of grass and pine resin. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine, and mango. Malt notes of caramel, biscuit, toast, and grains along with yeast. A really good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and oily with a drying finish.

Overall: A very good Red Ale. Big ripe hop presence with a good caramel malt backing.

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MattyG85 from Minnesota, Dec 31, 2017
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4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice bottle art, with bombers reasonably priced at the brewery.

Pours nice: dark amber, bordering on orange-red, wth a fluffy and soapy white head that retains wonderfully. Maybe this sounds dumb or whatever but, man, it's been a weird day and I really needed a nice-looking beer.

Smells of the characteristic FFF yeast profile against a grainy, peaty malt and strong citrus hops. A mid-aughts aroma turned dialed up real high, retaining its basic essence, evincing no flaws.

Tastes earthy up front, with the malt profile growing fruitier near the middle which is nicely buffeted by citrusy hops. The finish is a nice balance between alpha bitterness and malt/hop sweetness with the lightest hint of dry peat lingering on the very back end of sip.

While I initially capital-L Loved the flavor profile, as the bomber wore on the sweetness got to be a bit much. Not enough to prevent me from drinking the whole damn thing, but enough to knock it down a notch. Still a very good beer, though.

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mynie from Maryland, Dec 28, 2017
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4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/14/15; drank 11/4/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Semi-opaque dark orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big eggshell head; a curtain of lace.

Orange citrus, melon, mango & fresh ganja notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Melon & mango flavors up front; grapefruit & mild caramel notes on the finish. Tastes very similar to Zombie/Permanent et al., but damn if this isn't delicious.

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GuyFawkes from Illinois, Nov 10, 2016
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3.36/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Taste: massive complex hops, bitter, dry, grassy, some citrus.
Bold grassy, grapefruit nose.
Bright amber, semi clear with a delicate white laced head. full body and a bit toothy, with acidic hop finish.

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Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Amber in color, but this is not an amber beer. Pungent nose if pine and citrus. Super malty for the claimed style with tropical fruit flavors of pineapple, mango, guava. Medium heavy body and average carbonation.

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Photo of puffthestuff
4.12/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: look was not what I was expecting though, still appealing. Slightly darker than tan. Nice white foamy head.
S: Nice amount of grapefruit and citrus smells. Pine resin as well. Very hop forward
T: Taste is very similar to a IPA. Fruity and bitter hops not much malt for an amber. Enjoyable bitter taste with some malty sweetness.
F: The carbonation was a solid medium. The body was light to medium and left the palate relatively fast. Still refreshing.
O: I liked what three floyds did here but ultimately would have liked for them to take more a chance with the malt. Still a tasty brew.

For those in the Louisville area, I bought this 22oz from Kegs in Jeffersonville, Indiana. It's a store worth checking out.

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puffthestuff from Kentucky, Apr 23, 2016
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4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look - amber color and fairly cloudy.
smell - has a lot of orange smell
taste - taste a lot like a fresh squeezed but mixed slightly with a MadTree Happy Amber. Very Fruity with a slight amber
feel - medium body and smooth
overall - loved this beer!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Amber color. Aroma is rye with some hops. Flavor is rye forward with notes of hops. Feel is a bit crisp and overall this is a solid drink.

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Photo of dleigh
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really lovely golden color with a reddish tinge.

Nice fruit-forward hoppy smell with some piny-ness in there too.

Taste is bitter and hoppy with some spicy malt in there. Not a ton of malt for an amber. From most breweries other than FFF, this would play as an IPA.

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dleigh from California, Mar 13, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Lagunits mason jar.

Hazy orange/Amber color with a white head that leaves sticky lacing around the rim of the glass. Smells of caramel malt and fruity hops. Just a touch of pine. Taste follows the nose. A nice play between sweet malt and bittering hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and finishes on the drier side.

A nice representation of the style. Probably won't have again due to the price but enjoyed it nonetheless. Recommended.

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Photo of bound4er
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy light orange to amber appearance with a two finger white head. Smells equally malty and hoppy with bread, citrus and dank earth. Taste is big and bold with caramel malt, earthy pine and citrus. Finishes with good lingering bitterness. Feel is oily and creamy. This is a well made ale that drinks more like an IPA/DIPA than an amber ale.

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bound4er from Wisconsin, Mar 04, 2016
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3.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a solid amber color with 1 inch of white head.
S - The aroma is hoppy and big citrus.
T - The citrus aroma does not transfer to the flavor. Some grapefruit but mostly caramel malt and bitterness.
M - Medium carbonation and moth feel.
O - A very good beer but that great aroma does not follow thru in the taste.

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spacecake9 from Illinois, Mar 01, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains strong earthy hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong grassy hops bitterness. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very nice hoppy red ale to drink for a long time.

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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island, Feb 14, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12-29-15 and poured in my Three Floyd's 'not quite a pint' glass. A bargain at the brewery for $8.

Look- Pours a cloudy amber/gold color with a half finger of white foam that quickly settles to a thin ring.

Smell- Passion fruit, guava, grapefruit and some blood orange. There is a hint of fresh rubber in the back.

Taste- Passion fruit forward, followed by grapefruit and guava. A hint of something floral in the finish. Very tropical and dank in flavor.

Feel- Oily and resiny with a bitter dry finish.

Overall- It's labeled as an American Amber, but if blindfolded I'd have guessed a monster of a DIPA. Dank aroma, tropical and dank in flavor, it's by far the most hopped up Amber I have ever tasted. Leave it to Three Floyd's to brew a 'not normal' version of the style. This is one of their best.

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Prager62 from Colorado, Jan 15, 2016
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3.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz into a snifter

Pours more like an IPA - golden hue, not really amber at all. good inch of head and heavy lacing
Big grapfruit on the nose. Tons of hop aroma
More hops - grapefruit, and a hint of something tropical. a touch of malt, but not much - just enough to balance
Medium to lighter bodied

Overall a nice beer, but amber my left one... Big dings across the board - if they had just called it an IPA it would have been fine, but this is no amber - not even close.

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pagriley from Illinois, Jan 12, 2016
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4.07/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Pours a hazy, light gold and settles a cloud amber in the glass. Transluscent in appearance and topped with about 1 finger of bubbly white foam. This beer smells sticky. Super resinous on the nose with notes of citrus, caramel, grapefruit, mango, pine, and sweet malt. I'fe had IPAs that smell less like IPAs than this. I'm not a huge fan of red ales, but I'm a huge fan of 3F, so I'm not upset about this. However, for the sake of rating true to style, I have to adjust my numbers with that in mind. Lots of hops and pine initially on the taste with some caramel and toasty malt sweetness. As it warms on the palate, I get more fruit; loads of grapefruit and peaches. There's a traditional kind of caramel malt sweetness overload on the back end and throughout the finish. Bitterness on the aftertaste reminds you you're drinking a Three Floyds beer.

Overall, I really enjoyed this. Probably the best "amber" ale I've had because it's so nontraditional. Much more hop-forward and fruity than most of this style. If you're like me, and prefer hops over malt, you'll like this one.

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do_ob from Kentucky, Jan 12, 2016
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4.77/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Not really an amber ale, but more of a big IPA. Body was not overly heavy, but it's definitely got the aggressive hopping that I've always loved about 3F beers.

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mrt300 from Illinois, Jan 08, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was really excited to find this, but it ended up being one of the more disappointing 3F beers I've had. Pours a light amber color with a large head with fairly good retention and sticky lacing. Smell is caramel malts and hops, and the taste is the same but unfortunately suffers a bit from being too sweet. I love hops, but I've found few strongly hopped beers that work great, and this is no exception. This drinks like a red DIPA, and it's certainly not bad, but it's not worth $9.99/bomber.

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DeFaz from Ohio, Jan 08, 2016
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4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good red ale flavor, the earthy hops go well and it is better balanced than I thought. Still the hoppy red is an odd style that never seems to be great.

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rlee1390 from Indiana, Jan 02, 2016
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3.25/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm usually a big 3f fan, but I was a little disappointed in this 1. If the label said DIPA I would have not been shocked. Was hoping for a bit of variety in this Amber but got a hoppy ale similar to a couple other ipa offerings from them. Not terrible, just not traditional Amber. Very floral and resinous.

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Discos2 from Indiana, Jan 01, 2016
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4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bomber dated 10/14/2015 into snifter.

A: Golden amber with 2-3 finger soapy white head. Nice retention and leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Big earthy and floral hop punch combined with an equally substantial malt backbone. Pine and citrus with hints of caramel.

T: Biscuit malts, caramel, pine cones, dank earthy hops, grapefruit, and orange peel. Just a touch of rye spiciness.

M: Medium body and average carbonation. Somewhat creamy texture and fairly bitter finish.

O: Very interesting and enjoyable beer. Kind of reminds me of a more citrus forward version of Stone's Arogant Bastard.

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richj1970 from Alabama, Dec 28, 2015
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