Aotearoa | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A medium bodied, deep amber colored ale brewed with 100% aromatic malts and all New Zealand hop varieties.

73 IBU

Added by AleWatcher on 10-25-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 63
Photo of kylehay2004
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap while up in that area for Thanksgiving, review is from notes.

A: two finger head on a amber and crimson clear body. Nice retention and lacing.

S: Nice hop aroma with lots of grapefruit, lemon and orange peel.

T: more very hoppy flavor with floral, earthy and a bouquet of fruitness. light on the malts. A more interesting hop flavor seems to be provided by the Nelson hops which the bartender pointed out to me.

M: medium body and on the lighter side of moderate carbonation.

Overall: Excellent beer. Very hoppy, light on the malts. Right amount of carbonation and very drinkable. Hope this is still around on my next trip.

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Photo of Treebs
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Three Floyds during the Zombie Dust excursion. Served in an imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a solid amber throughout with an aggressive two finger head forming on the pour. It sticks around for a little while and leaves splotchy sheets of lace throughout.

S: Caramel and bready malts are most present with some slight orange citrus and a little bit of floral hops at the backend.

T: The hops are earthy and grassy with a mild orange citrus burst. Mild floral notes lead to a caramel like malty sweetness.

M: Medium bodied with an ample carbonation for the style. Drinkability is high.

O: A nice sessionable drink. The flavors aren't too aggressive which allow for multiple pints. A very solid beer.

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Photo of tasteegood
4.02/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Quick review.... Zesty, dry with very little head. Since its do dark in here I can't tell much of the color but when I hold it up to the glimmer of light I see a cloudy orange color. Great grassy aroma. The taste definitely holds up even as I sample my friends bee r, dry but definitely not that hoppy. On draft ,a point for 6 washingtons at marys packaged good and community bar.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds over Christmas. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice amber-orange color with a bit of haze to it. Good white head and plenty of ringy lacing on the way down. The nose carries some great tropical notes and a hefty amount of orange. A bit of zest as well. Flavor is a bit too sweet with fruit and malt. Medium body with a semi-dry finish, as there is a bit of sweetness there. Tasty treat.

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Photo of Chaney
3.91/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at the Brewpub.

A: This poured pretty cloudy, with a slight bit of solid, whole non-cloudiness in the center. The head was spider web material.

S: I got a bit of mild orange, hops, and that is about it. Nothing special so far.

T: Nice citrus orange flavor overall, with a bit of malt push to give it some character.

M: This was fairly well carbonated... Much more so than the 219 I tried earlier. Good lacing and with orange citrus lingering.

O: Good stuff, but compared to their other hoppy offerings (Dreadnaught, Zombie Dust, Alpha King, etc.), this was a mere passing brew.

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Photo of TroopScoop
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had region riot just before this, so my palate was screaming for hops.

A: beautiful clear amber color. Enticing.

S: hops, but sweet and citra-fruity. If it looks and smells good, then surely...

T: Yup, its a good one. The hops that are present don't necessarily make it bitter, just cut off the sweet and leave a clean bite for the finish. Citrus, is prevalent, and if I tasted this blindfolded, id never guess its gorgeous amber hue.

M: really nothing bad here. Carbonation is there and just right, the after taste just adds to the excitment for another sip. Not as much grapefuit tones as other floyds offerings. Its quite restrained in this beer.

O: Most seasonals I try, I appreciate, and never go back. This I may have to give another glass or two. Its much easier to enjoy than say its name!

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Photo of fear025
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub.

Aroma:Very hoppy, grapefruit and orange aromas.

Appearance:Reddish-amber in color. Very little head.

Taste:Grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, peach. These flavors peak in the foretaste, and slowly dissipate in the aftertaste without turning bad.

Mouthfeel:Light to medium body with good carbonation. There's a little astringency in the back of my throat from the hops.

Drinkability:This beer is quite hoppy and delicious. The new zealand hops (most likely citra) has made this quite an amazing beer that really pops.

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Photo of nkersten
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served into a FFF pint glass. Orange with a slightly reddish white one finger head with decent retention and minimal lacing. Smell is big citrus hops - grapefruit, lemons, a good showcase of New Zealand hops. Taste is bitter hops with a slightly sweet malt presence, lots of lemon rind and grapefruit, tons of bright citrus, slightly earthy. Body is lighter then I would have expected, dry with a medium carbonation. Has a clean finish and a bitter aftertaste. A good IPA, interesting to try something made with lots of NZ hops, but far from my favorite FFF beer or American IPA.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


It's what the Maoris call(ed) New Zealand.

It's named that way because this is all full up of New Zealand hops. And those hops are remarkably pronounced in the aroma, along with a heavy dose of very aromatic malts. It's like a spice cabinet and a rose garden, with big nodes of green smells up front and red ones in the back.

Tastes, I assume, like New Zealand. The malt is sweet, floral, and lightly toasty. The hops take over in the front end and never let go. They are, to put it lightly, Unique. But good. It's a weird kind of bitter sourness that's like burnt, spolied yogurt, only delicious, it's a special kind of yogurt that's made to be eaten while burnt and spoiled. The end is weedy and more citrusy, like a lightly hopped pale.

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Photo of Aguirre
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a pint of this at Fountainhead.

Clean, amber beer....not a ton of head but the glass was wet, so that was to be expected. Tons of great lacing.

Smell was absolutely fantastic. Ripe fruit, like mangoes and pineapples, along with some earthy bread. It had a very unique hop aroma that was really a lot of fun.

Taste was good too, a little grainy...the hops and malts didn't seem to mesh as well as I was hoping based on the smell, but it was still very enjoyable.

I really enjoyed this one. Not quite perfected but a very solid beer and I could see it with a few tweaks a masterpiece. Try it if you can!

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Photo of AgentZero
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear amber beer with two fingers of foam on it. Sheets drag down the sides as you drink it, and leaves some decent residue behind.

S - Citrus and fruity hops, not as bitter as I was expecting from this. The hop profile is pretty diverse on this, floral and a little farm come through nicely. I think I pick out the Nelson Sauvin (which Alex and Nate say smells like New Zeeland).

T - Nice tropical fruity taste, citrus hops are more sweet than citrusy, and the floral balances this out nicely. Malts on this seem to be more for weight than flavor. This tastes pretty good.

M - Lighter side of medium-bodied, with a dose of carbonation that makes the beer easier to drink.

D - Good brew, easy enough to get down, wouldn't mind drinking this again at all.

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass.

Appearance: Aotearoa pours an amber cherry color, with a frothy off-white head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Some citrus, floral, and pine hops, caramel malt, roasted bready malt, and some generic spices.

Taste: The malt up front is caramel sweet and roasted bread. The taste transitions to an interesting combination of hop flavors - earthy, floral, and a big dose of grapefruit citrus. It finishes a little bitter with a touch of pine. The Nelson hops are a really interesting addition to this beer and create a unique taste.

Mouthfeel: The juicy feel makes my mouth water. A slight residue sticks in the mouth after each sip. This has a medium level of carbonation and a medium body.

Drinkablity: Very easy to drink. A solid offering from FFF.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler into an over sized tulip glass. Huge thanks to goodstrongbeer for sending this my way and making me play "guess the growler" with it. You da' man Jon!

Pours a beautiful looking brilliant clear amber, with 2 robust fingers of off-white foamy head. This retains with a ½ finger of smooth froth, which leaves back some rather heavy lacing that sticks to the sides of the glass in thick swathes. The aroma is fresh, floral, and spicy, with an added fruity mix of tropical character and some more bitter smelling grapefruit notes. A touch of earth and light herbal flavors mix in as well. Malts provide a smooth sweet backing in the nose, with toffee, bread, and even maybe a light smidge of vanilla giving this a sticky underlying robustness in the nose.

The taste has a firm hoppy profile going on with it, as a strong bite of spice, citrus rind, and bitter grapefruit spread out into the mouth. This has a pretty substantial malt base to match this, with a lot of caramel and toasted bread being present, as well as some extra sweetness that comes from the more citrusy aspect of the hops and adds to the overall stickiness of the profile. This finishes dry with a combo of lingering spice and pine. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm sharpness that rides along on top of some smooth underlying slickness that keeps this very easy feeling. Very nicely hid ABV here as well, being the type that you don't feel at all until after you've had a couple of glasses of it.

This was very good. Tons of fruit and sweetness (you can really pick those Nelson Sauvin hops out) but this was still excellently balanced with no shortage of hoppy bitterness here either. The overall drinkibility of this was what impressed me the most though, with that 6% being right on the money for the feel and easy drinking nature of an IPA. Wish I had another growler.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

listed at 74 IBUs
A: deep amber as listed, clear, nice off-white head and lacing.
S: caramel malt and spicy hops, not sure how else to describe the new zealand hops-fruity? citric?
T: light/med sweetness is well balanced by a smooth bitter finish. some nuttiness along with the caramel and fresh hop flavors.
M: frothy, medium bodied.
D: i had two in a row among many good options, so yeah.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 10/29/2010. Side note: when I ordered this beer, my bartender said, "nailed it!" Not since 5th grade have I been more proud of my pronunciation skills.

Appearance -- Pours a ruddy amber with two fingers of sudsy beige head. Beautiful hue, really.

Smell -- Nelson Sauvin all over the place! Muscat grape, citrus, and spring flowers, lawnmower through a clover field, toasted amber malt. Incredibly aromatic.

Taste -- Moscato, grapefruit pith, gentle tropical fruit, clover. Malt base is dry and toasty with a drop of dark honey sweetness that makes the muscatel character of the Nelson Sauvin hops really sing. Underlying pine resin bitterness that is deep, but does not distract from the brighter, more aromatic hop subcomponents. Finish is green grape and pine resin.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body with moderate prickly carb. Good, but nothing to write home about.

Drinkability -- A great hoppy amber ale showcasing the Nelson Sauvin hop strain. Way to give Apine a run for it's money!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Served in a pint glass.

A - Big pillow foam that settles to a partial cap and and leaves behind splotchy lace sheets. Transparent caramel-toffee body.

S - Huge lemon zest, light cattiness, and a bit of dank. It's the trademark Nelson Sauvin aroma. Understated sugary malt backbone.

T - Taste is zesty lemon citrus and tart white grapes, and a hint of cattiness. Minimal malt character, and a bitter lemon finish that is present but not overwhelming.

M - Moderate carbonation, medium-light body, a touch of grit to the body. Very dry finish.

D - This was super drinkable. I'd gladly have downed a few pints of this one if I hadn't been driving. The hop character is somewhere between Nelson Sauvin and Sorachi Ace - they say it's 100% New Zealand hops, but didn't specify which ones.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at brewpub, 3 pints over 3 different trips and each time come away enormously impressed with this one. The server described this as sort of a mild Alpha King, and find that very apropos, but the hops in this beer are unlike anything I've had. Incredible beer really, hope they bottle it.

Updated with pint at brewpub Nov 2011. The color is gone this year, more gold than amber and the hop presence just didn't blow me away as it did last year.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.01/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From FFF taplist:
A medium bodied, deep amber colored ale brewed with 100% aromatic malt and all New Zealand hops.
73 IBU, 6% ABV, $5 imperial pint

A very deep copper/amber colored body. Almost brown it's so dark. Limited head... What was there after the pull disappeared quickly. Limited spotty lace clings lazily in amoeba-like blobs.

Nose and taste both need a few minutes to let the beer warm up. Immediately after pouring, this beer is far too mild... But after a few minutes, it opens up nicely. A sweet malt with caramel, toffee, and bready notes begin the adventure with lemony and bright floral hop notes. The hops are reminiscent of soriachi ace, but more dank and floral. A little grassy too. A little note reminds me of lemongheads candy-- sugary, lemony, bright, etc.

A surprisingly dry finish is crisp and delicate-- reminds me of a slightly sweet breakfast cereal grain. The body is sturdy and, despite a minimal head, well-carbonated. This is a good beer to serve in an imperial pint- it needs the time to reach optimum imbibing temperature.

This is almost great session beer. A tad too strong, but nonetheless, this is flavorful and interesting. Very easy to drink. This is a solid FFF offering that, with slight tweaking, could become people ask to be brewed again.

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Aotearoa from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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