We have been extremely productive this Memorial day weekend. In fact, I’ve already put down 100 bags of mulch in our planters. So, after a couple of days of solid work, I thought I’d chill out on the deck this evening, and have a beer. I’ve been trying to make my way through the IPAs in the beer fridge, and I think I got most of them. I pick this one up with the other Three Floyd’s beers I’ve had lately when I was up in Chicago a few months ago. This bottle has a date of 9/3/2014 on it. It says:
This pale ale, as its name sake, will inspire off. Brewed exclusively with hops grown in Michigan. Pay homage to the Man-O-Awe with this beer lest you meet him in person.
Location: Poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6% ABV, ~140 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark amber in color and somewhat hazy. It has a good amount of carbonation in it, giving it a huge fluffy cream colored head, with great retention and lacing. The aroma is a solid caramel maltiness with some floral hops in the background.
Taste & Feel: The body is full and the mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat creamy from the big head on it. The flavor up front is a medium sweetness caramel maltiness. The sweetness grows a bit in the middle with some lightly earthy hop bitterness coming in. The hop bitterness grows in the finish, with some earthy, grassy, and lightly floral hop flavors, but it’s kept at bay with a solid sweet, caramel malty backbone. The aftertaste is mostly the caramel maltiness, with some earthy hop bitterness, but there are some light juicyfruit flavors as well.
Food Pairing: This beer has a good amount of malty sweetness and would go perfectly with a thick, juicy burger. In fact, The caramel maltiness would be perfect to pair with some sautéed onions and mushrooms on the burger.
Overall Impression: Given the other Three Floyds beers I’ve had, I was expecting something with quite a bit more citrusy hoppiness, but this malty pale ale was a welcome change of pace. It would be a great, hearty fall beer, perfect for enjoying before a football game on a cold day. The maltiness had a great caramel flavor, and the hops helped bring out its character. Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer, and it definitely helped to change my mind about Three Floyd’s being a one trick – citrusy hoppy – brewery.