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 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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