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Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,062
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 44
Gots: 165 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mynie on 06-13-2009

This refreshing continental-style pils has a light body combined with a pronounced noble hop aroma and a crisp dry finish. This is the perfect beer for easy, flavorful drinking. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington, D.C.

35 IBU
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Ratings: 1,062 | Reviews: 183
Reviews by ajcuster89:
Photo of ajcuster89
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As FFF is my favorite brewery, I feel obliged to review their lager, Jinx Proof. It pours a light gold color with about a finger of white head. Pronounced hops for a lager, but this is a FFF signature. Good mouthfeel but a bitter finish. An easy drinker for a hot day, not the best, not the worst.

More User Reviews:
Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this as an extra in a trade

The beer is very transparent with a straw yellow colored with a thick white head the laces well. The coronation is visible it looks like a beer you'd see in documentary.

The nose is subtle german hops slightly spicy and backed with light malts.

The taste matches the nose although the malt is up front sweet the becomes a very subtle hop spicy slightly earthy. The mouth is smooth and sticky at the end.

A solid beer

Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden hued with a tightly knit half inch off white head. Brussels lacing. Aroma of light bready grains and Dortmunder yeast is present. The flavor is packed with sourdough bready grains and gentle lager yeast. The mouth is fairly dry,quaffable,and crisp.

Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks dannyfrost!

Clear golden yellow and orange with a thin vanilla ice cream colored head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

The aroma is a simple combination of freshly baked bread, dry biscuits, grass, and a bit of floral hops.

Limited hop flavor though moderately bitter along with simple though pleasant grain and bread character. There's also an underlying grass and floral flavor rounding things out nicely.

Medium mouthfeel, disappearing--crisp and refreshing.

A good, incredibly drinkable, Dortmunder lager. This would be great outdoors at a ballgame on a hot day.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice semi chill hazed bright golden hue with a fine layer of white head, sampled first at a local BA gathering. Aromatics some mild citrus notes, but a really nice bready cereal grain note that was really inviting in the warm weather. Not crazy complex big or bitter just a nice Dortmunder style, fairly different compared to the standard I judge all other export style lagers to, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. But this was well made clean crisp with a great toasted breadiness, amongs the herbal citric hop additions, made to style and it shows why 3Fs is successful not just because of their big beers, but they actually know how to brew. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied ample carbonation for style flows nicely, I'm wishing I had access to a couple bombers of this or any 3Fs for that matter. Overall experience was a great way to start things out highly quaffable refreshing and goes to show not every great beer has to be on everybody's White Whale list.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a deep copper body with a thin wispy head and a gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface. S- The big green herbal hops has some Noble qualities and a nice clean lagered crispness to them. There was a note of pale malt underneath as the beer opened up.
T- There was an odd cloying breadiness that was not really sweetness and not really phenolic but it was very present. This was followed by a sulfury hops flavor that was big and green herbal. The finish was all Noble hops that lingered for a bit. As the beer opened some lightly toasted malt sweetness came through underneath.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This was big hops that were nice but there was an odd cloying flavor that just got in the way. The lager crispness was nice but the big noble hops get to be to much for a full glass.

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jinx Proof has a pretty heavy look for the style, though not so thick or heavy as to go outside of it. It's a big, ruddy burnt bronze, essentially a thick orange-brown. The slightly tinted creamy head reaches a little more than a finger in height, has good retention, and drops thick, heavy patches that are quite large and cover a good area. I'm thinking this beer must have changed somewhere along the line, because this is nowhere close to "straw yellow."
Sweet and bready malts form a strong backbone along with some orange zest and sturdy notes of floral and lightly herbal hops bitterness. The flavor is much the same, though a bit more alcohol sneaks into a semi-dry finish.
The body is definitely medium, more as the appearance would suggest than one would expect from a Dortmunder. It's a bit creamy and quite smooth, with crispness off the bat that stays the entire way.

Photo of weonfire
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light copper, pencil thin white head that dissipates quickly

S - Barley, biscuity, grain, touch of sweetness

T - initially: much like the nose. finish: moderate bitter (4/10) noble hop, acid tingles tongue

M - medium body, little bit of froth, viscosity is high

O - flavor isn't huge, did like the touch of sweetness, nose was mellow - i have to admit I'm still working on my lager game.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a thin, white head

S - orange peel, faint lager-y aroma

T - citrus, faint malt, lager-y

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a nice lager from Three Floyds. The citrusy character and hints of orange peel really made this a treat. Lagers tend to be oversimplified, but the citrus here set this one apart from other dortmunders that I have had. This is really an enjoyable, lighter offering that is definitely worth a try.

Photo of Raisingfable
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance
near crystal clear
golden/straw hue
a dusting of head resides
excellent lacing

smell
bubblegum
hints of orange peel
slight earthy undertones

taste
clean
slight hop bitterness
cereal
earthy
bitter, bready aftertaste

mouthfeel
gentle carbonation
thin
dry finish

overall
The pretty appearance and clean, dry drinkability are what give this beer an outstanding polish that many micro lagers lack. The dryness keeps the palate going back for more, however the aftertaste never leaves you desperately wanting the front of the palate back, so even when the glass is empty, the aftertaste leaves you feeling satisfied that you have drank something worth having another.

Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice mellow yellow complexion, with substantial head of foamy white bubbles. Very fine tree-line lace.

Nose is creamy malts with ample hop presence, though, too. Nice.

Taste is very much akin to a traditional lager, with a dialed-up citrus hops tone. Very flavorful, while remaining true to the lager style. Well tasty and worthy of repeat purchase.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Excellent foam. Grapefruit copper in color. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Very thick for a lager.

Smell: Sweet/sour lemon.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Lots of lemon with a hint of brown sugar in the finish. Quite flat compared to rest of beer, but there's a slight sizzle that I like.

Overall Drinkability: An interesting lager that has a few ale qualities.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Our Three Floyds Brewpub Experience continues with this offering. It pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, light rice (I know, I know, how much lighter can rice get, right?), and some very light bits of lemon zest and coriander. The taste holds notes of wheat, flowers, and light greens. The hop character is decidedly subdued. The body is a sturdy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid Dort, though nothin' entirely special.

Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I don't care for lagers. However, this doesn't look much like one. It pours an orangey amber color, similar to a lot of pale ales, and is much darker than what I'm used to seeing. The head is white, creamy and thick, has good retention, and caps a pleasant looking drink.

There's nothing that sticks out in the nose, but that's not a bad thing. You have to dig deep because it's a lager, but you'll pick up some pilsner style malt, crackery yeast, and the faint smell of Noble hops. Everything is subtle and muted, but it's there.

Wow, plenty of taste. Lots of crisp malt and the gentle spice of the Noble hop. There's really an explosion of taste, again, not what I'm used to. Kind of a bready taste, with some toffee and some spice in the finish for balance.

Really a treat for the palate. Creamy and spicy, a bit savory, crisp, there's good complexity here. Medium bodied despite the low ABV. Plenty to keep the palate guessing. Acidic crisp, buttery bitter finish.

If all lagers tasted like this, I'd drink them more often. This is good. It's easy to drink, has little ABV so you can drink them all day long while you're at the baseball game. Smooth, easy drinker.

Photo of Heatwave33
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to my Custom Duffy Pint.

Color: Murky orange-yellow with an off white head.

Smell: Citrus (orange and peach), hops, malts and yeast.

Taste: Citrus (grapefruit, orange and peach), malts, hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium coarse and dry.

Overall: The aroma didn't transfer over to the taste very well. The taste didn't seemed as balanced as the aroma. Still a decent brew it just disappointed me when I took my first drink. Going to drink it FRESH next time. Cheers!

Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured yellow that was slightly tinted hazy dark. light white head with good retention. little lacing.

not much off the nose, mostly sweet caramel and slight earthy hops.

flavor was much lighter than i expected. the noble hops were quite faint with the malts being dominant although by dominant i mean they were sort of faint as well, just not as much as the hops.

light carbonation and quite refreshing actually. this tasted better with a little chill on it still.

overall i enjoyed this and would have given the drinkability a 5.0 if this was not a $12 beer. $6 would be a far better deal, $12 is way too expensive. taste wise, i loved this and it was the perfect 4th of july lets light of fireworks beer. sure, it may not be 100% brewed to be a dortmunder or pilsner but thats what we do in america, tweak everything. happy 4th!

Photo of Joshuafzylatra
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

solid beer..i grab when ever i can..

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA, unintentionally aged for awhile until one day when I found it in my "cellar" (which is a closet that's usually about 70 degrees, so not the best for storage) and freaked the hell out. Quickly popped this bad boy into my fridge, then busted it out to pair with a dinner of scallops and pasta.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a well-retained one finger white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is pale malt, grain, Noble hops, and maybe even some wheat. Did they use some wheat in this?

Flavor is somewhat sweet with bready pale malt, grain, wheat, and herbal and floral hops. Nothing that blows you away, but really enjoyable. Almost similar to something like Surly Hell if I had to make a comparison...although FFF calls it a continental-style pils, not a helles lager. Honestly, I put it more in the helles lager category.

Palate is smooth, fairly light, and crisp. The sweetness and a little bitterness lingers in your mouth on the finish.

Drinkability is insanely high. Taking down a bomber of this is like taking candy from a baby.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my girlfriend for bringing this to me in Boston!

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsener- pours a clear golden straw color with one finger of creamy white head, decent retention, no lacing.

Smells like sweet barley mostly and some noble hop notes.

Tastes great- lots of pale malted barley flavor up front, accentuated by noble hop bitterness. A little banana. Goes back and forth between malt and hops to finish semi-dry. Long nice finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good- medium light bodied with moderate to full carbonation. It's a little chewy but in general is refreshing. I love everything I've had by three floyds and jinx proof is no exception.

Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Cheers to Barfwin for giving this one to me in a trade!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint.
No bottled-on date per FFF management...

Aroma: Fairly light aroma profile: herbal hops, cereal grain, honey, and apple.

Appearance: Golden orange body is a bit hazier than is ideal for the style. 1.5 finger white head. Nice effervesence visible through the side of the glass.

Flavor: Apricot, honey, and an enjoyable grainy sweetness. Some hoppy bitterness comes through on the back half to provide a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body + medium CO2. Noticeably less crispness than one would find in American lagers, which is consistent w/ the style.

Overall: a VERY drinkable lager with a nice FFF hoppy twist. I recommend this one for both lager and ale lovers alike. Wish it were more readily available. I'd order it pretty regularly!

Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a mug. Purchased this one at thh brewery back in August.

Pours an unfiltered looking hazy gold, with 2 1/2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Retains with a thin, yet frothy look, leaving some good looking swathes of patchy lacing back. The aroma sits in the nose with a bit of a heavier feel, featuring notes of buttered toast and eggy smelling biscuits. Floral and spicy Noble hops are present, playing second fiddle for the most part to the malts, yet still making it's presence known.

The earthy hops are much more assertive in the taste, with a peppery sharpness and aggressive dryness to it. Bready sweetness and a touch of fruity citrus come out towards the back of the swallow with a toasty flush, but this is profile is all about that bitter drying feel that absolutely sucks any moisture out of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (this feels like it could be on the higher end of the ABV style range), with a sharp crispness to it which matches that biting hop profile. This thins out a bit towards the backend of each sip, allowing for maximum flow and drinkibility. Great even feel here in the mouth.

Crisp, tasty, and thirst quenching, this was a well made take on the style and I had no problem killing this bomber. Hey, sometimes it's nice to just enjoy a "normal" beer from these guys once in a while.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up the bottle at FFF, no code dating, but batch is freshly released. Into the Samuel Adams perfect pint glass, while listening to Mumford & Sons (can't get this stuff out of my cd player!)

A - Rich straw-colored body, with less head than expected from a hard pour. Some lacing on the clean glass, with a bit less head retention than expected.

S - Pilsner malt sweetness is much more present than I expected from a FFF brew, with maybe just a hint of huskiness. Sulfur and metallic aromas help keep the aroma crisp, complimented by balanced (by American Standards... way to much hops for a BJCP program) amount of hops that express spice, resin, and bitter orange qualities.

T - Again, one gets a pretty assertive malt profile, but one more suited for a pilsener than a Dortmunder/Export. The hop profile is quite enjoyable, with much more of that herbal hop present one would expect from this style. The very dry, clean finish makes this brew fantastically quaffable.

M - This beer does have one of those great lager bodies, not watery, not overwhelming, but nice a "round". Carbonation was enough to clean the burger with salsa off my tongue and get it ready for the salad that followed, but it didn't feel like soda.

D - This is a fantastic lager, just a bit miss-categorized. It, like Flywheel from Metropolitan, is not quite a Dortmunder, not quite a Pils. It is, more importantly, a fantastically made lager: clean, refreshing, quaffable. It's price-point is probably it's worst characteristic. At $8 a bottle it's a bit much for a session beer, but if you can get it on draft, grab it, lager brewing at it's best.
Midwestern Lagers = The Best!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear deep straw color with a bone white contrasting head. I can't get over how clear this beer is. It's amazing.

The smell is loads of fresh cut grass and bready malt.

This lager is hopped to the gills and clearly noble hops. Moderately bitter, grassy, and a light perfume. Very bready.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and clean.

As far as lagers go, it's a fine beer. A nice hoppy take on the style that would be a great summer beer.

Photo of ohiobeer29
1.88/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Haven't had a lager in a long time and now I remember why this one is pretty bad below average lager

Photo of thagr81us
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to beeruser for sharing this one! Served from bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Poured golden yellow with a white half finger head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, floral, floral hop, and fruit. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, fruit, and earth. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. This one carried a big floral character to it throughout both the aroma and flavor. The touch of fruit on this one was a very nice addition to the floral characteristic. Worth trying if you get the opportunity for sure.

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 1,062 ratings.