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Three Floyds Brewing Co.
Munster, IN

Style: American Strong Ale

Eddie’s Rating:
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I have to admit I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I popped this bomber, the offering from Three Floyds in honor of their 10th anniversary. I had a strange suspicion that copious amounts of hops would be involved—these people, God bless their twisted souls, jack up the hops in wheat beers, for Christ’s sake—but I’ve learned that just when you’ve got the folks in Munster figured out, that’s exactly when they decide to shock your ass sideways.

The pour yields a short, fizzy head atop a light caramel body. I grab a sniff and it’s one part Cascade-ish hops, the other part spiciness. A bit different than what I expected. My ass hasn’t been shocked sideways, though … yet. I lift and sip. Behind a decidedly medium body is an extraordinarily complex combination of hops, alcohol, and spiciness. The hops impart both bitter and fruit notes, but are not overwhelming enough to cover up an oily spiciness that is strong enough to leave a tingling in the back of my throat. Mix all that in with a healthy dose of detectable alcohol—not sure what the ABV is here, but I’m guessing it’s big—and you can label my ass as officially sideways.

Complex without a doubt, but shy of spectacular. Eddie’s recommendation: snap up a bottle of this stuff and bury it in the cellar for a year. Once that alcohol mellows out and the hops calm down, you’ll have one fantabulous beer. Otherwise, if you just have to drink it now, make sure you do some tongue stretches and taste bud jumping jacks beforehand. Don’t want to risk spraining your mouth. What else you going to drink with?

Reviewed by Eddie Glick on August 24, 2007.
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