Battle Of Charro | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
American medium amber ale brewed with Simpson malt and American New Zealand hops.

Added by MasterSki on 04-28-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 54
Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.69/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a: hazy dark amber to chestnut brown. ok off-white head and lace.
s: nutty, caramelly malts w some fruity hops underneath. kinda muted, esp for FFF.
t: medium sweet rich malts as above evenly balanced by a smooth bitterness. finish is mostly dry.
o: fine, but i hope they have no plans on bottling this.

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Photo of qcbeerguy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 3 Floyds

Amber color with white head clear

aroma pleasant grassy hops, with clean malt

biscuit malt with good hops presence, nicely malty

mouthfeel medium

a very drinkable beer. As it warms it becomes maltier.

this is lives up to the standard of 3 floyds

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Photo of MasterSki
4.09/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at 3 Floyds in a pint glass. Also had this in a plastic cup while drunkenly making my way through the Dark Lord pick-up line. Mostly rating on the latter experience, but supplemented from the former.

A - Big white foam settles to a solid cap and splotchy lace. Transparent amber body.

S - Aroma is heavy on New Zealand hops, with notes of gooseberry, grape, guava, and a hint of onion. I Malt character is a bit chocolatey; I thought this was a brown ale in the vein of Mentol before I got a chance to read the description. When I had this six weeks later at the pub, the hops were pretty much gone and more of the red fruit and caramel nature of the amber ale came through.

T - Taste has more balance, with a mixture of caramel, light chocolate, nuts, and biscuit supporting the tropical fruits and zesty hop flavors. Fairly restrained bitterness. Again, hops were gone on the second go-round, with more in the way of red fruits and licorice.

M - Crisp, dry, medium body, with moderate-to-high carbonation. Slight grain to the texture, and no obvious alcohol.

D - Really liked this fresh, but not so much six weeks later. I'd order it if they made a fresh batch, but I don't think lingering kegs are going to be very appealing at this stage. Still, would much rather see new batches of Snow Weasel, Blot of the Sun, or Mentol.

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Photo of DWeb17
4.66/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had Battle on tap at 3 Floyds after an Arctic Panzer and an Evil Power. It completely took me back into my seat. The beginning of the taste started as a full bodied brown / red ale, but as the mouthful sat for a second or two the hops started to come through. The finish was perfectly crisp. I asked for a description of the beer from the bartenders, but they both said that the first batch was literally tapped 30 minutes prior to me sitting down at the bar.

The best way I can describe this beer is if you take a wonderful brown or red ale (my example was bell's best brown), marry it with some tasty, well balanced hops and finish it off with a clean aftertaste, you'd be close to this brew. There was something about its easiness to drink and the flavors being so well balanced that made me fall in love with Battle.

I personally think this beer would do very well in a bottle and hope FFF produces it in some way.

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Battle Of Charro from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.9 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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