Blue Collar Brew – 3 Floyds Necron 99 Scortch-Style Ale

I have been snookered. I don’t know if 3Floyds is responsible for false advertising, misleading the public or just lies, lies and damned lies.

There I was, there I was, there I was in the Route 6 liquor store. I spotted a familiar design on the bottle caps of a double row of bombers. They were from 3 Floyds.The image on the lable was of some mythical fantasy warrior and the name of the beer threw me. I couldn’t tell what it said as I stood there. The print looked like a bit of bastardized Russian Cyrillic. Under the name, I read the “Scotch-Style Ale.” At the edge of the label it read: PEACE WANTS LOVE… WANTS FREE…WILL HELP. 3FLOYDS.COM. (WTF?)

Whaddya know. Floyds has delved into the darker Scottish style and I wondered how close to a Wee Heavy it was. I bought one bomber as I was running low on funds. It wasn’t until I got home, that I took a closer look at the bottle, this time with my glasses on. Wait a minnit…

The name of the beer was Necron 99 but the symbol for the first n did not match the ending n. They were different. The Scotch-Style Ale was actually “Scortch-Style Ale.” Those bastards! What the hell kind of beer did I buy?

A Google search revealed that the beer was an American IPA with hints of tropical fruit. I wouldn’t have to drink this beer out of a thistle glass after all.

The beer was named after Necron 99, a robot from the film Wizards a weird tale of elves and magic and war in the land of Scortch. It doesn’t surprise me that Floyds knew of this fantasy stuff and actually named a beer after it. Also, while looking at various ratings sites, I noticed that most if not all classify this beer as a Scotch-Style ale, misreading the label as I did.

But why the deception? Why the misleading information on the label? I’d bet that if you were to corner one of the Floyd brothers and ask him about the beer, the label and the mystical theme, he’d tell you to go screw yourself. That’s the way Floyds is. They don’t give a shit. They just make great beer.

Enough talk about ancient alphabets and killer robots. Let’s have some Scortch-Style ale.

The beer poured with a hazy orange color. Nice white foam filled the top of the glass. The liquid was too hazy to check on the carbonation. The aroma was of of some grassy or earthy hops.

The first sip was delicious. The mouthfeel was in the medium range and the beer had a bit of sweetness up front and some fruity hops towards the back. This was not another one of those tropical fruit hopped beers, but rather something a bit more pulled back and more American than New Zealand in the taste of the hops.

Floyds has always been a source of some uniquely hoppy beers as Zombie Dust and Arctic Panzer Wolf will attest. I’d say that the hop profile fits exactly in between the two mentioned beers.

The taste of this beer described:

Tropical fruit aroma, primarily passion fruit, pineapple, and mango. More subtle notes of berries, melon, citrus, and floral are also present with a full malt profile and a bitter finish.

My palate must have become eroded over the years, but I can safely say that the passion fruit is there, but subdued. All that other stuff is lost on me. No berries, no melon and no floral. The pineapple and mango are hidden or at least peeking out from behind the uvula. What we have here is a good solid IPA after work beer.

There must be a combination of American hops used on this beer, with most of them being late additions with some dry hopping. Floyds has Necron 99 available right now in their package store at ten bucks per sixpack, along with Zombie Dust. Please, no crowding at the door and have your money ready.

Necron 99 is another great beer with some tropical fruit flavors. It’s not one of those Juicy Fruit New Zealand hopped beers but rather something that sits comfortably on everyone’s palate. I’d opt for the sixpack of bottles over the bombers because of the price. This beer will become as rare as hens’ teeth and Zombie Dust soon. Get some if you see some.

The SixPackTech summary for Necron 99 Scortch-Style Ale:

Style: American IPA
Taste: Delicious. Not too sharp and not too sweet.
Smoothness: Easy drinker. Flavors are all on the tongue rather than the throat.
Bang for the buck: A bit pricey for the bomber.
Amount paid: $9.49 for a 22-ounce bottle.
Get it again? Quite possibly.
ABV: 7.3%
Brewer’s website
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: (Sniff) Citrus skin. (sip) It’s grapefruity but it’s not real super bitter. (sip) But it is kinda drying. (sip) All in all, it’s not too bad. (We must have caught her on a good day.)

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Ron Swanson

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