Additional notes 08/09/23 (pictured)
Well, this beer has been though a few changes over time. Saw it today as a single (can of course) in a grocery store so grabbed it in a purely curious fit of pique.
As you can see below somebody at Three Floyds once thought this beer was an English Mild and it was labeled as such. Errr, no, it wasn’t back in 2006 when I tried it first, and it subsequently got re-branded as an APA (which I predicted), and is of course more accurate.
Appearance is sill that same copper body but there is a sticky head and lace now that was missing in the past.
Initially there is a hoppy blast but this fails to be backed up by any significant body. This makes the beer feel like a typical, (incorrectly categorized) “session IPA”, and it soon turns to taste like the hoppy water that it is. How this beer is still being brewed is a bit of a mystery to me.
Original notes 01/29/06
I’m very, very confused. All my experience of drinking English Milds has revolved around beers that look like Porters – dark, smooth, fairly thin but malty. This beer looks and drinks like a cross between an APA and a IPA. It’s OK, but I can’t imagine why this is classified as an English mild, it doesn’t match ANY of my expectations for the style at all.
*(Subsequently changed in the BA database to an APA – I was RIGHT!)
To summarize this beer, simply think of a weak IPA. Copper color, low carbonation, not much head and no lacing. Mild hops present, without much malt to balance it at all.
Finishes slightly metallic and dry.