Caligulan Imperial Cream Ale | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Caligulan Imperial Cream AleCaligulan Imperial Cream Ale

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Cream Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by orbitalr0x on 12-18-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 3
Photo of EPseja
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was carefully transported from Indiana to New Jersey by my brother as a Christmas surprise. Served from a growler at just below cellar temperature in a pint glass.

A - Pours quite viscously, like a watered down honey, and exhibits a translucency that is reminiscent of chill haze. The color is that of sweet golden honey with a touch of apricot. The small inital head dissapates quickly to a gossamer mat.

S - Very light caramel with hints of apricot and easily distinguishable flourishes of FFF's famous Amarillo hops. Sweet and floral, but on the whole understated.

T - Very sweet and flowery beginning, turning slightly malty in the middle where nuances of American Bourbon be plainly tasted. The finish evokes a fruity, cordial-like alcohol warmth with fringe notes of apricot, honey and pineapple. The aftertaste is nicely hoppy with a lingering sweetness.

M - Starts with a very light, tickling carbonation that gently puffs up to a super-creamy treat. Slick, viscous, and fantastic.

D - A very interesting entry for cream ales, however the overt sweetness is a detriment to its drinkability. A bit more dryness and crispness would definitely help level out this beer's flavor profile.

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Photo of mynie
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Gorge-us! Perfect golden orange brown with a lovely head.

Smells like a heavy load of citrus 3 Floyds hops. Very strong. Nothing of a cream ale, but the hops are wonderful.

The Big hops, like grapefruit and catnip and wonderful weeds. This moves into HEAVY cream. Not a hint of cream, like your usual cream ale. This is like a real cream soda (as in, cream mixed with soda, not the A&W crap). This ends on a wonderful node of lager malt, weeds, and more hops.

Fantastic! Unique and complex as can be.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Arrives at my table a nice light orange/copper color with a small bubbly head in a nonic pint glass. Aroma has a light fruity nuttiness along with an underlying dense creamy maltiness with a touch of grain. Some hops are lurking underneath but this one is really all about the malts.

First sip is a sweet, fruity, nutty maltiness with a big creamy aspect to it. Big, sweet pale malts all over the place. A touch of hoppy bitterness on the way down. This is a big, chewy creamy brew. A departure from the hoppy Three Floyd's offerings that I'm used to.

Mouthfeel is a tad syrupy, thick and viscous. Goes down fairly smooth but definetly makes its presence known. A tasty malt forward brew and a nicely drinkable imperial cream ale overall. It didn't blow me away but it's well worth a try. It's always nice to see something new on the Floyd's tap list!

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Caligulan Imperial Cream Ale from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.05 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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