Review of Three Floyds Gorch Fock

23 Oct
Hello everyone.  Thanks for checking back in on another review.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Three Floyds Gorch Fock produced by the Three Floyds Brewing Company located in Munster, Indiana.

This is one Three Floyds brew that I’ve never tried, so when I saw it on the shelf I had to pick it up because I’m such a huge fan of everything else they produce.

Let’s see if we can find out a bit about this beer from the website,

A light golden colored Franconian style Helles Lager.  With a slightly sweet malt body, a noble hop profile and a crisp finish this beer is as traditional as we’ll ever get.  

Let’s get it poured.

The Gorch Fock has an ABV of 5.0% and it comes in a 22 oz. bottle.

It poured a clear, orangish/yellow color with a white, soapy, fizzy head.  It was quite small and the retention time left a little to be desired.  The lacing was somewhat subpar as well.  Unusual for a Three Floyds beer I thought.

The nose brought forth a clean, crisp, bready nose.  Hints of crackers with some lightly fruity undertones.  Orange maybe?  A significant grassy and grainy hop profile.  It wasn’t overly complicated or “deep” with the aroma, however it was balanced fairly well.

The taste was, again, very grassy and grainy.  Precise bready malts.  A decent hop profile from some earthy characteristics.  A little bit of sweetness from the light fruit savor was found to offset some of the dry biscuit and bread base.  Very solid for the style I must say.  It tasted very nice.

The mouthfeel was medium to medium/light.  Clean, crisp, fairly dry, snappy, thirst quenching and refreshing.  The carbonation was good, but only a so-so amount of flavor was left behind after the sip.  

Well, I thought this beer was definitely solid and sturdy.  Especially considering the style.  It’s not an overly complicated or robust beer, however it’s a very easy drink and when I had this back in the Summer it really sat well with the heat.  I think this beer would really be great at a Summer BBQ or a friendly get-together.  I’m not usually a huge fan of Helles Lagers, but I doubt that I would ever turn this down if it were offered.  I’d suggest you guys give it a test run next Summer when it hits the bottle shops again.  If you’ve had the Three Floyds Gorch Fock before let me know what you thought of it.  Did you like it?  Feel free to leave a comment if you want.

Thanks for reading everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Score:  3.8 out of 5
Grade:  B+   

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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Country: USA, Three Floyds


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