Creepy Raider | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Just because one is creeping and raiding, it does not mean you can’t do it with style, flavor, and panache. This New Zealand inspired strong ale covers all of these bases.

55 IBU

Added by kevanb on 11-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 8
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

A - Deep, almost copper-like, orange with a one finger head that settles down to a layer of foam. Clean looking and slighty reflective.

S - Soft, New Zeland hops dominate in the nose with a slight orange sweetness and pineapple. Reminds me of Alpine Nelson a bit

T - Slight orange and bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Has a good fruit presence with mango and pineapple in the middle. The fruit lingers on the finish as well.

MF - Medium body with light carbonation. Despite this very smooth and creamy.

O - Solid beer from FFF that reminds me of their version of Nelson. Very soft flavors throughout and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.46/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had it for first time at local FFF tasting fest. Most of the offerings I've had before, of the few I had not yet tried I was most impressed by the Creepy Raider. Another great pale ale done by FFF, gee that's a shocker.

Color was a fairly standard golden amber, the smell is when it got good. Aroma provided more of a heavier hop scent than I would have guessed for this kind of beer, and it was great. Upon second and thirds I was all about the smell first then drink next.

Taste was interesting, more flavorful than say the 219, not a citrus or fruity flavor of hops, but more of an amber hint. Still very unique even with Alpha King and other counterparts in this genre.

Overall, utterly impressed. Can't wait to retry. Came in excited to drink Zombie Dusts and Dreadnaught et al on a Sunday afternoon, left thinking most about the Creepy Raider. Well done guys.

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at FFF.
Served in a nonic pint.

Copper body with 2 fingers of shiny off-white (slightly tanned) head. Decent retention, rings of thin lacing left behind.

Smells nice. Not mind blowing, but nice. A little sugar cookie, toasted bread, and perhaps a touch of caramel malt lead the way with a light sweetness. It dries out plenty by the sip is swallowed-- dry bitterness lingers with a touch of alcohol heat.
The hops Seem more aromatic than flavorful-- Nelson perhaps? Perhaps not. I can't remotely claim to be a NZ hop expert, but I always seem to find beers that mention Nelson hops to be more aromatic than flavorful... So whatever. Lemony and citrus notes dominate, but there also seems to be a floral grassiness.

Feels a bit thin and overcarbonated. Really bubbles off my tongue.

Overall-- not exactly a swing and a miss, but by no means is this a home run. It's more of a foul ball-- contact was made, and a little effort could straighten it out and make this worthwhile.
As for me-- I'll stick with any of the other pale ales on tap here. I won't be revisiting this one.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Three Floyds in a Nonic Pint:

A - Light creamy Head with moderate lacing. A deep amber color, looks like it wants to be consumed.

S - Hops are not overpowering but pretty well balanced. I picked up grapefruit, some earthy tones and a slight sweetness of caramel

T - The Taste is different than I expected from the smell. the hops dominated with a resinous bitter and lots of citrus fruit. A slight malty aftertaste.

M - Full and foamy in the mouth with a dry finish. Minimal eveidence of the alcohol content just an enjoyable bittternes from the hops.

O - A very good beer for the style. Could see drinking a lot of these. Also a pleasant departure from 3F usual brews. Not that I don;t like their other beers, this is just a nice departure from the Norm.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of cfrances33
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Three Floyds, served in a nonic pint.

Pour: Mostly clear deep orange, with two fingers of white foamy head. Recedes to a film, and leaves moderate lacing.

Smell: Really nice pineapple and grapefruit. NZ hops come through hard here. Nice honey caramel sweetness to build on the body.

Taste: Follows the nose with stick pineapples and tangerines, with a substantial, but not overpowering caramel sweetness. Finishes with fruity bitterness.

Mouthfeel Juicy and sticky, but very drinkable, and quite refreshing.

Overall: A nice APA from Three Floyds, that falls just a notch below ZD

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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3/5  rDev -23.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of kevanb
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tapped at FFF on Nov. 2, 2012, served in a nonic pint glass. The servers and bar staff didn't know much about this beer other than it was a pale ale made largely with New Zealand hops.

The beer pours a darker copper color, medium amber, hues of orange and darker gold, a slightly offwhite head rests atop the beer with decent retention and moderate lacing. The aroma is wonderful, lots of juicy pineapple, mango and passionfruit, bright citrus and floral notes, lemongrass, grapefruits, a touch of orange and lavender. The malts are present, mostly soft cereal grain, a touch of rye and darker grain at the end. The body is super smooth and soft, carbonation is perfect, dry bite at the end.

Verdict: Awesome APA. We tried this next to Zombie Dust and the contrast really highlighted the New Zealand hops, likely heavy on the Nelson Sauvin. This beer is a massive success and really emphasizes Three Floyd's knack for making fantastic hoppy beers, I could see this easily becoming the next cult classic like Zombie Dust. Cheers to FFF for this.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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Creepy Raider from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.91 out of 5 with 29 ratings