|Brewery||3 Floyds Brewing Co.|
Best Quote During Tasting
Do you eat more around Christmas or Thanksgiving?
I eat more always.
|So, it smells a lot like a Black IPA (or are we strictly going with Cascadian Dark Ale now?). It's roasted, malty and there's a lot of hops behind it (they're citrus and slightly floral). There is also an interesting piece that's almost chocolate and almost brown sugar mixed together.|
|The beer is a deep brown, nearly black with a soft brown head made up of small bubbles. The head is never tall but it never fully recedes and forms a solid ring at its edges.|
|It tastes a lot like a Black IPA, too. The hops are showing as much effort as the roasted/chocolate malts in this beer and it's actually balanced enough to where I can't find the real winner. The back of your tongue gets the bitterness of both hops and malts and the front of your tongue gets the sweetness. There's also a slight spice to the beer from the hops which adds a fun twist.|
|The carbonation is a medium+ and the body is medium. The beer feels nice and lively on your tongue.|
|I'm not gonna lie. Based on the word "Christmas" in the name of the beer I assumed there would be some baking spices in the beer. There were not. This made me happy because I'm not a huge fan of Christmas spices. The beer's hoppiness also surprised me. The hops were quite big but they were always kept in check with sweetness and roasted malts. I really, really like this beer and if given the chance to go back in time, would've picked up a few of them instead of just this one.|