Beer 237/365 – Three Floyd’s Lord Admiral Nelson

three floyds lord admiral nelson

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: From the Three Floyd’s Brewery

What makes this beer different: One of the highest rated ESB’s, I’m just not a huge fan of the style.

Will I be drinking this again: Probably not, its good for the style, but again I don’t like the style all that much.

Grade: B+

7/3/2010: ESB’s are by no means my favorite style, but I had to get a hold of this bottle because, well it has my last name on it. My buddy nick always calls me “Admiral,” so I had to get this. Apparently Lord Admiral Nelson was a real person. Gotta love Wikipedia.

The smell is mostly earthy hops, but not too intense. The taste is somewhat ashy? With a good bit of sharp bitter hops. Its a short quick punch of hops, not a long drawn out one like you would get with an IPA. Not a lot of malt going on, this is mostly about hops here. To be honest I have not had a ton of beer from this category, but this is what I always envisioned an ESB tasting like. That being said, its not quite my style, but seems to fit “the style” well, which is why it gets a B+.

Picture of the day: These are some pretty nifty chairs.

Beer 229/365 – Three Floyd’s Apocalype Cow

Three Floyds apocalypse cow

Style: Imperial IPA

ABV: 10.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade

What makes this beer different: Its an Imperial IPA that uses Lactose Milk Sugar (hence the cow on the label)

Will I be drinking this again: Won’t go out of my way for it, but it is unique like all the other Three Floyd’s brew’s.

Grade: B

6/25/2010: Not only does Three Floyd’s always some good beer, but they always have some really cool labeling on their beer. This is kind of what the picture looked like in my head when I heard what this beer was called (apocalypse cow). Are Three Floyd’s trying to say its a sign of the apocalypse that they are using an ingredient in an IPA that is traditionally used in a Stout? Thats the message I am getting.

This beer is probably the freshest off the line IPA I have had to date. It is released in early June, and I am drinking it only a few weeks after it came off the line. My nostrils are getting mauled by hop aroma. There are a lot of aggressive flavors going on here. Lots and lots of hops, a pretty even mix between citrus and pine flavors. A lot of malt, but man these hops are viscous. So bitter I can literally feel it in my chest. There is no way I would have known there was lactose in this unless you told me. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavy side. I know most people love their IPA/DIPAs fresh, but the hops in this were just to pungent for me. I think if I were to drink this in August, I might have liked it a bit more.

Picture of the day: True example of fair play.

Published in: on June 25, 2010 at 3:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 215/365 – Three Floyd’s Blackbeard English IPA

Style: English IPA

ABV: 9.0%

Purchased at: My roommate picked this up from the brewpub, he also got me a whole case of gumballhead.

What makes this beer different: Tons of earthy hops

Will I be drinking this again: Mmmmm maybe

Grade: B+

6/11/2010: The English IPA style originated when brewers from the 18th century made a beer strong and well hopped enough to survive the long voyage to their troops in India (Hops are a natural preservative). Story has it that the beer would watered down for the troops, and left at full strength for the commanding officers. Three Floyd’s tried to replicate this style as true as possible, by using all English Ingredients, and a strong ABV of 9.0%.

I don’t know my hop varieties all that well, but I know for sure there is some goldings in here just from smelling it. Goldings has a very unique scent. The taste is very earthy/herbal on the hop end, not in the bitter way at all either. A lot of Pale malt to help balance the rugged earthiness. The beer is aged on toasted oak chips, but I don’t pick it up in the taste at all. Very nice full mouthfeel, and no sign of the 9.0% alcohol. Very good beer, just not three floyd’s best.

Picture of the day: Conan wants to know whats up with all the chocolate pelicans?

Published in: on June 11, 2010 at 10:51 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 201/365 – Three Floyds Pride and Joy

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade.

What makes this beer different: Smells like an IPA not an APA

Will I be drinking this again: Ummm maybe but I won’t go out of my way for it.

Grade: B

5/28/2010: Hmm this picture came out a lot fuzzier than I wanted it to. I think its time to get a good lens cleaning on the old f1.8/50mm. Anyways onto the brew. Three Floyds has yet to let me down with any of their beers, all of them have been A- or better. But something about this one didn’t do it for me.

Pride and Joy smells WAY too hoppy for an APA. I don’t grade a beer based on how well it fits the style, but to me this beer is an IPA, not an APA. The taste is real hoppy, and the mouthfeel a bit thin to me. I realize this is made to be a “session” type beer, but I still need a little more malt to go on here. Its not even the hops that bother me, but if you are going to throw all these hops at me, I expect there to be a bit more thickness to lay the hops down on. Overall not terrible, but not going out of my way to drink it again.

Picture of the day: Haha isn’t this the truth. Life Before Google.

Published in: on May 28, 2010 at 11:22 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 182/365 – Three Floyd’s Dark Lord

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

ABV: 13.0%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade

What makes this beer different: One of the first “big beers” I have had that lived up to the hype

Will I be drinking this again: Yes, I stocked up on a few bottles.

Grade: A+

5/9/2010: Halfway here! When I had the light-bulb go off in my head that inspired me to start this blog I never thought it would have the impact that it has on my life. Not just beer wise, but because of the generous people I have met along the way. I have had many different random hobbies and interests in life, but none has had such a unselfish group of people associated with it as craft beer enthusiasts. Not to get all sappy but thanks again for reading. I never could have imagined reaching almost 28,000 page views for the entire 365 days, let alone hitting that halfway in.

I wanted to celebrate the halfway point with a doozy of a beer, so I figured I would go for the most hyped up beer I have ever been able to get my hands on; Three Floyd’s Dark Lord. The g/f and I planned on going to Dark Lord Day until we ended up meeting Phill at Vintage Estate, getting a deal for his two websites, then getting free VIP tickets to the event. Can pass up tickets for free beer. Okay enough BSing, time for the beer.

The smell of this was just awesome. Dark fruit is actually the first smell I am picking up, which is not what I expected. I also get some dark smoked chocolate as well. Enough smelling its time for tasting. Wow. Dark chocolate and smoked dark roast coffee hits you first, and some dark fruits finishes it off. I’ll be honest in saying I can’t pick out the exact dark fruits, probably figs? Maybe some plum/raisin? I am taking off my wanna be beer snob hat to say who cares what dark fruits are in this, it tastes awesome. If there are any hops in this mix here, I am not getting them. The mouthfeel is very creamy for the ABV, but the alcohol bites you just enough to know its there, which really helps balance out the pounds and pounds of malt used to make this. Overall this might be my new favorite Imperial Stout, but I would have to drink one side by side with a Speedway Stout to be sure. I am sure there are better out there, but to be honest this is my first of the “big stouts” I have tried.

Anyone have a stout they like better? I am trying to trade for the Kate the Great or Hunahpu, but that stuff is tough to find!

Picture of the day: I try to keep up with politics and current events as much as can, and I have to say this is very true

Published in: on May 9, 2010 at 9:22 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 179/365 – Three Floyds Robert The Bruce Scottish Ale

Style: Scottish Ale

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: Sent to me in a trade

What makes this beer different: Pretty typical Scottish Ale

Will I be drinking this again: Hopefully, if Ohio can finally get licensed for FFF.

Grade: B+

5/6/2010: So far I have had a decent amount of Three Floyds beer. All have been acquired through trades considering their beer doesn’t make it any farther east than Indiana. Every beer I have tried from them have all had their own little twist on their respective style. This is the first one that was a pretty straight Scottish Ale to me.

Robert the Bruce is a pretty straight forward Scottish Ale in my opinion. The smell is a lot of caramel malt, a little bit of chocolate too maybe? The taste is all about the caramel, and yes a bit of chocolate that I got in the smell. A tiny bit of bitter hops going on. Mouthfeel is a bit on the heavier side, like with other Scottish ales (This effect is intentional as these styles are boiled longer than normal). Alcohol has a little bit of a punch at 6.5%, would have guessed it closer to 8.5%. Overall a good beer, just no wow factor to it.

Picture of the day: I suffer from this for sure. Sleep Cycles.

Published in: on May 6, 2010 at 9:07 am  Comments (2)  
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Beer 142/365 – Three Floyds Gumballhead

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 4.8%

Purchased at: Won via superbowl block poll on Beeradvocate

What makes this beer different: Might be the most sessionable beer ever.

Will I be drinking this again: I hope I will be soon since they are supposed to be licensed to tell in Ohio soon.

Grade: A+

3/30/2010: Wow, if anyone ever tells you updating a blog daily is easy, they were lying to you. Sorry for the delay in updates but I am still going strong, just busy with the holidays and whatnot. Onto the beer. Is this not one of the coolest looking labels ever? Not sure what the cracked out cat is supposed to symbolize, but if anyone knows please fill me in.

I have been wanting to try this beer for a very long time now, and finally had it sent to me when I won the block poll on Beer Advocate. PERFECT three way balance of wheat, hops, and malt in the aroma and taste. Not one of the three aforementioned flavors dominated, like a three headed yin-yang. The hop flavor is mostly lemony citrus, and some grapfruit. The wheat gives this beer a near perfect mouthfeel for a lighter style beer. Wheat and hops are a perfect mix in this one, and I am going to try my damnedest to find a case of this for opening day of fishing in a couple weeks. Gumballhead has no doubt found a place on my top ten list

Picture of the day: Haha this happens to me all the time at work .

Published in: on March 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm  Comments (6)  
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Beer 131/365 – Three Floyds Alpha King

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 6.0%

Purchased at: Received in a trade

What makes this beer different: A lot of punch for a pale ale

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A

3/19/2010: Still haven’t had a beer from three floyds that I didn’t like. Therefore I was pretty pumped when I got this bottle in that super bowl poll that I recently won. I actually had two sent to me! Oh and don’t mind the pint glass… it had a label on the back so thats why the top looks dark.

Alpha King smells pretty hoppy, mostly citrus. The flavor is really really good, citrus hops are the dominant flavor, with some caramel malt right behind it. A good bit hoppier than your average pale ale. Orange/tangerine flavor it what to me makes Alpha King different for the style. Mouthfeel is actually a bit lighter than my brain is telling me it should be. I really need to make a trip out to this brewery ASAP. I wish I could go for Dark Lord day buttttt The Big Tap In is that day!

Picture of the day: Anyone need a ride?

Published in: on March 19, 2010 at 8:13 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 69/365 – Three Floyds Dreadnaught IPA

Style: Imperial IPA

Purchased at: Armanetti’s Wine and Beer – Chicago IL

What makes this beer different: It’s the first time I drank a beer that caused clouds to part and sunshine to glow right into my glass.

Will I be drinking this again: Yes. Damnit I wish they would distribute Three Floyds to PA

Grade: A+

1/16/2010: Two A+ in a row… what is this world coming to. It takes a lot for me to say “wow” when I drink a beer, but this made me do it. The colors in the room seemed more vibrant after I took my first sip of this beer. I feel like the Lion King scene where Simba was on the rock and “Circle of Life” started playing in my head, except Dreadnaught was sitting where Simba was. Now I see why so many people on my blog have been telling me I need to be open to IPA’s. This beer blew my mind.

The smell reminds me of something fruity/peachy, and you can smell the hops for sure. I’m not going to act like I know everything I am tasting here since I am pretty new to IPA’s, but all I know is this beer is amazing. My misconception was that all IPA’s were just straight hop to the mouth, but dreadnaught has a lot of caramel malt flavor to balance the hops. Again I’ll be honest in saying I am not sure what all I am tasting, but I get some fruit, maybe grapefruit, and just enough malt to balance. This beer is without a doubt like nothing I have ever tasted before, and now I am pissed I didn’t buy more.


Published in: on January 16, 2010 at 9:55 am  Comments (1)  
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Beer 60/365 – Three Floyds Black Sun Stout

Style: Irish Dry Stout

Purchased at: Armanetti’s Wine and Beer – Chicago IL

What makes this beer different: PERFECT marriage of chocolate and hops

Will I be drinking this again: If I get lucky enough to find another one

Grade: A+

1/07/2010: I was going to make a reference to Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden, but this beer is way to good to get off topic with.

First off as a web/graphic designer I really appreciate the original artwork three floyd’s uses on their labels. This one is very cool also with a maniacal looking sun. You might not be able to read it but it says “IT’S NOT NORMAL” on the label, that statement could not be more accurate. I am a big fan off beers that break the mold, and have very different flavor profiles that is usually associated with the style.

This is my first experience with any type of Three Floyd’s beer and I just have to say this beer blew my mind. Admittedly I love stouts so my opinion might be a tiny bit skewed, but I think any of you that have had it can agree that its amazing. I shared this one with the girlfriend, and it was odd because the first pint glass poured out dark dark brown almost black, while the second one poured out more brown and chocolate looking. It also had come really funky chunks of yeast floating around that eventually dissipated. The smell of both were citrus/pine hops, with the some bakers chocolate. The taste of this is unreal considering how light of a beer it is (slightly heavier than Guinness, a typical Irish Dry Stout). It is a perfect mix of citrus/pine hops, and malty roasted bittersweet chocolate. It was odd though because my pint was slightly edged out with hop taste, while the second pint my girlfriend was drinking (from the bottom half of the bottle) was more on the chocolate side, but both were excellent. I gave this an A+ because it amazes me that they could pack this much flavor in a beer with this light of a mouth-feel.

Published in: on January 7, 2010 at 4:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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