Cerveza Mysterioso | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by thagr81us on 03-14-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by EORS:
Photo of EORS
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First beer I tried at the 3 Floyds event at the UofC's Pub. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: From the name, would have expected something pale. Welcome surprise #1 of the evening (see my review of Hell's Black Intelligencer for #2). Nice dark brownish-amber with a small tan head. Faint lacing left on the glass after the head goes down. Low carbonation.

Smell: Dominated by grapefruit, with a little bit of resiny pine. Reminds me of the hop notes from Zombie Dust.

Taste: Again, loads of fresh citrus (grapefruit) and some lovely alpha-acid from the hop resin. Biscuity malt mellows out the taste somewhat and ads a bit of body. Overall, not bitter, but full of hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp, lack of carbonation and bitterness makes it really easy to drink.

Overall: Too boozy to be a session beer, but incredibly refreshing. Begs to be drunk with something cooked over fire.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of funkydelic
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big South Cacalaca shout out to Calton (thagr81us) for letting me try this!

Out of a white wine glass:

A: Deep amber/mahogany. Clear. The head is negligible.

S: A whiff of citrus. Mint. Bubblegum right there in the center. A touch spicy/phenolic. There is this wood character- not oak, but maybe like mahogany- hard to pin down, but fascinating. Black pepper again.

T: Spice/wood/walnut/bubblegum all up front. The beer drops off; there's a hole in the middle. The hop bitterness is assertive. The finish picks up with the spice and nutty/wood character coming together. The malt makes a brief appearance in the form a hint of caramel and bread crust. The bitterness lingers long into the aftertaste, and here the nuttiness really starts to emerge. This is a deceptively complex beer, because there is a balance here.

M: Medium to light bodied. Feels a touch watery. Again there is a hole in the palate where the beer almost disappears for a time.

O: This is a truly fascinating beer. It is all at once drinkable and complex. I find it very hard to pin down the individual flavor components, and I find myself wanting to keep drinking it to 'see what happens next.' It goes down very easily, though there is a significant amount of bitterness here. Also, there must be some sort of Belgian yeast used. If I had to classify it, it might be a bit like a Belgian/American Pale/Amber (it reminds me a bit of Westbrooks Batch 1).

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Photo of FievelGoesWest
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to aasher for sending me a growler of this!!! Shared with mikesgroove, funkydelic, and beeruser. Served from growler into a Stone nonic. Poured a deep red-brown with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus hop, and citrus. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, orange zest, and citrus hops. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this brew was quite excellent. This one went down really smooth and with out any bad aftertaste. The flavor and aroma profile on this were quite excellent. I could have drank a lot more of this if I would have been at home and not planned to share it with some of the Greenville-crew. Thanks again Al for this one! Really glad I got the chance to try it...

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

served on tap at Beer Sellar during taste of Indiana.

On-tap at Sheffields. Was surprised to see this over a month after it was tapped at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

Nice solid offwhite head and good lacing. Deep amber, reddish brown color. Looks inviting. Smell is fairly typical Pale Ale, but also signature FFF. Nice grapefruit smell as always but more bready malt in smell than most.

Taste is very solid, nothing too overwhelming from hop or malt, maltiness more subdued than expected from color.

Very solid drinker, would order again. Not my favorite FFF one-off, but nonetheless better than most from other breweries.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

huge shout out to calton for bringing this one to the party. a mystery 3 floyds growler, what more could you want right. poured into a pint glass and enjoyed with dinner.

the pour was a really nice dark amber, very clear with a nice head of off white on the top. really nicely done here as the overall presentation was really quite nice.

the nose was a mixed bag of nice pungent hops and well balanced caramel sweetness that seem to play off each other quite perfectly if i have to admit. a tough beer to classify as it seems to walk that line of a hopped up red ale akin to like mongo. a nice smooth finish with a good bit of drying sealed the deal fo me as it was just too sessionable.

overall an outstanding beer that i am very happy i had the chance to try. gotta love when things fall in your lap;

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Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The funny thing is, I had no idea this was a red/amber ale when I had it at the brewpub. The menu gave zero details and said something along the lines of "a beer mired in the mystery of refreshment". It was really dark and due to the lighting, I thought it was golden. I'm actually kind of glad I had no idea what it was beforehand because I don't normally appreciate "ambers" but I loved this beer and can finally review it since others have confirmed the color haha.

It arrived a crystal clear amber with excellent lacing that clung to the sides of the glass at every level that it was reduced to. The aromas were of sweet, almost minty pine with earthy notes. It wreaked of simcoe hops. It was very intriguing. Having no idea what this beer was, due to the name and ambiguous listing on the menu, I was blown away by what I was actually holding in my hands. The flavors too, of minty and earthy, crisp piny hops. The drinkability of this beer is through the roof! To me, this is the amber version of Bell's Q Falls Lager. It completely surprised me. It was the perfect mix of aroma, flavor, and drinkability. I pray it's still available when I go back to FFF next week.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at brewpub.
From the menu:
A beer mired in the secrets if refreshment.
40 IBU 5.6% ABV.

Served in an imperial pint. $5

The lacing on this is spectacular. Giant rings of sticky goodness form an impenetrable wall of lace. The retention is quite strong too. The body is clear red. Very dark and pretty.

Smell holds a lot of malt-- with a little earthiness. Some standard FFF hopping provides grapefruit and hints of pine. The malts are sweet and toasty- caramel and toasted bread.

The taste has some sweetness up front that increases asthe beer warms up. The bitterness and grapefruit/citrus hops are perfect to cut through the sweetness and create a great finish. The bitterness lingers in a fantastic fashion.

The body is medium and solid. Oily quality coats my teeth and really fits with the profile.
This beer is quite good. I could see having another of these. It combines all that I love about a good pale ale with some extra malt in the bill to create a tasty and drinkable brew.

Hats off to you Floyd boys, once again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Let the Three Floyds fun begin! This bit pours a clear dark copper-amber topped by a finger of dusty cream foam. The nose comprises leek, toffee, dark greens, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. The taste holds notes of leek, caramel, light pine, cantaloupe, ruby red grapefruit, mandarin orange, and light toffee. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a very solid amber. Not sure about the mystery involved, but I do know it's tasty.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at either Local Option or Fountainhead; more likely the latter, given my notation of the dimness of lighting obscuring the appearance of the brew.

A - The brew pours a darker amber-brown hue, and is capped with a moderate head, depositing some decent lace. I cannot see very much in this place, so I cannot get too descriptive re: appearance.

S - The nose is somewhat piney and a bit catty, coupled with an appreciable caramel-biscuit maltiness. As I get deeper in the glass, cattiness seems to be juxtaposed in favor of white grapefruit zestiness.

T - The flavor is pretty nice, though not in my 'wheel-house'. The malt has some notes of both caramel and sugar cookie to it, which is a nice touch. I am less bullish on the hops, as they are nothing new flavor-wise, just some basic overly bitter citrus-pine; the hop bouquet's profile certainly could have been more interesting. This is still a pretty good beer, but last I checked FFF was known for fantastic brews.

M - IPA-ish. Good.

O - This is a good beer, don't get me wrong. It is just not that good compared to the heights of FFF's better brews (Gumballhead, for one...), or even what else is on-tap tonight.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a FFF tap takeover at the University of Chicago Pub, 12 May 2011.

This pours a cloudy mango with a one finger white head leaving traces of laces behind as it subsides. On the nose this is one of the spiciest beers I've ever aroma'ed, perhaps with some citrus, perhaps guava. The one thing that's sticking out to me is the spice, to the point where I'm wondering if there were chili peppers in this beer at some point. In the mouth, the nose repeats, even hotter on the spices, which must be some hop varietal almost to excess. There is a little bit of caramel malt showing up, but the medium-light body mostly carries a spicy hop presence back on the tongue as any sweetness dies away.

Overall, this is a fine beer, perhaps a bit too spicy to drink with regularity, as it's a bit disjointed from the rest of the drink, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Hellvis
3/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of mmmhopslam
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of fear025
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Three Floyd's brewpub on 3/13/11.

Aroma:Kind of weak aroma, a little malt, a little hops. It smells like a single hop was used in this beer, perhaps northern brewer or kent goldings.

Appearance:Light brown in color, very little head.

Taste:Lots of hop flavor on the foretaste, and just a hint of peach or apricot. The aftertaste is nutty and malty. The aftertaste is reminiscent of marris otter. There is a dry finish, as well.

Mouthfeel:Light body, with just a little hop astringency.

Overall:This one is kind of mysterious, with a smooth mouthfeel like a lager, and flavors like an ale. This is a complex, interesting beer.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Sheffields. Was surprised to see this over a month after it was tapped at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A - Served with a dime of white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind splotchy lace. Transparent orange-amber body.

S - Citrus zest and pine, with a sugar, caramel, and lightly toasted malt backdrop. There's a faint hint of Summit-esque green onions or chives among the other hop flavors. It's a fairly standard hoppy pale/amber ale.

T - A nice mix of grapefruit and sugary/bready malts. Somewhat malt-forward, but still eminently drinkable. Medium residual hop bitterness.

M - Surprisingly hefty medium body for the listed ABV. Zesty medium-high carbonation, sticky resinous finish with lots of residual hop oils.

D - It is certainly as promised - a refreshing ale. At 5% you could have plenty of these. I had no problem downing my pint. I don't like it quite as much as Alpha King or Zombie Dust, but it's loads better than the disappointed Cortez.

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Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Cerveza Mysterioso from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 18 ratings
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