Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Jinx ProofJinx Proof

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

177 Reviews
THE BROS
-
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,097
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 9.21%
Wants: 43
Gots: 186 | 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
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 177 | Hads: 1,097
Photo of Knapp85
2.08/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was really stoked to try this and when I did I was really bummed. I couldn't believe how generic this turned out to be. I tried telling myself that there must be something that will pop up in the after taste but there wasn't. I never expected this from 3 Floyds. This beer was yellow, clear, and not very flavorful. (317 characters)

Photo of Jammies
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a golden yellow with carbonation flowing up to the top of the glass. There are about two inches of foam with relentless retention

S- sweet without much depth

T- very unique taste. Slightly hoppy but almost dark

M- a bit malty

O - I'm disappointed, didn't enjoy this one. (284 characters)

Photo of Ryan011235
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass at Bodega on 10/21/11

Cloudy tangerine and straw hue. Poured a thin wispy head. Some lace that doesn't hold.

Thin aroma - toasted grain and faint buttered biscuit. grassy hops and watery orange peel. More full of flavor. Modest hop kick turns to grains aplenty and grass. Toast with a hint of butter. Some lingering bitterness with a prickly feel on the finish. Lemongrass. Medium-light body for the style. Appropriately lively carbonation.

Easy enough to drink. Enjoyable but not amazing. Too bitter a finish. (539 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into dimpled mug. Pours a yellow-golden colored body mostly clear, but with a slight haze. Finger-width, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing throughout the session. Aroma is a lightly sweetened grainy, pils malt with a light herbal hop backing. Flavor is a richer grainy malt with a medium sweetness. A touch of bread and honey as well as a light fruit come in during the middle before this finishes with a light to moderate level of herbal, grassy bitterness and a pinch of spice. Dry and crisp with a somewhat flat lingering aftertaste which was disappointing to me especially coming from 3F. Medium body, smooth, and a soft carbonation. Overall, this tasted like a regular macro pils. Its straightforward brew that provides a crisp and hop bitterness. Definitely an unusual release from FFF, but it proves to me that they're not just all about the juicy hop and malty bombs. Good point there. (962 characters)

Photo of zrab11
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Has a golden straw color with small head that dissapates quickly

S-Has a slight citrus smell

T- Tastes like a watered down budweiser

M-Light Bodied

D- This is the 1st 3 floyds beer i have not liked. I would of rather been drinking a Crisp Budweiser then this. Just tasted like a watered down amercan lager. Not much flavor or much of anything going on. (358 characters)

Photo of Gooball201
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my style of beer. Thus not highly rated. unless you know and likethis style I would spend my money on any other 3 Floyd offering as all others are spectacular! I am a hophead so Zombie/Arctic/Dreadnaught even Gumball or better options for me! Even the A Cow is not bad! (273 characters)

Photo of krembl
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold with a finger and a half of head which quickly dissipates into a thin ring which persists throughout. Smell is of light, sweet malts with a little bit of spicy breadiness and a touch of pear, almost like a wheat beer. There is a large hop bitterness not evident in the nose, pushing the malt profile to the back of the palate. With no hop on the nose, I find the bitterness more detrimental than anything to my enjoyment of the beer. This is a bit more aggressively hoppy than I like my lagers, which seems to be par for the course from FFF. (561 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.16/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - It pours a honey-golden hue, richly colored, and capped with a pillowy English-looking head. Some lace, good for a Lager style.

S - WWHHT? What would Hank Hill tick? Smells like the kind of brew that works well around propane, and propane accessories.

T - The brew has just very basic characteristics. Slightly honey-biscuity qualities to the malt, some vague continental hop, not dynamic enough to pique my interest though. It is surprisingly cedar-y, and that is the only out-of-the-box element (save for the outstanding label art). Comparing it side-by-side with the excellent NG Two Women Lager, it is just pretty good (at best).

M - Good carbonation, weight, feel.

D - I never thought I'd quote Ding's vitriolic Anglophilia-driven blurbs, but here it goes... "Think!.. Just because you can, it doesn't mean you should." (832 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head fades and leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with perhaps a hint of citrus.

Taste: Crisp with bitter finish that is enjoyable in the hot weather. Other than that the flavor isn't particularly full or anything. There is some malt, but not a ton going on here.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. A normal amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't feel like there was anything special about this beer. I enjoyed the bitter finish, but otherwise a bit boring to be hones. FFF gets a pass due to the fact that I've loved almost everything else I have tried from them. (748 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a generic glass in me hotel room in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from an ice bath. Side poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of thin consistency, fair thickness, no cream, and okay retention, Body colour is a dull nontranslucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light pale and caramel malts. Light floral hops. Simple and underwhelming.

T: Clean caramel malts, pale malts, and floral hops. Not a whole lot of depth of flavour here. Decent balance. I do like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Decently executed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness. Fair carbonation. Suits the flavour profile fairly well. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, if underwhelming. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a nice little lager. Well done and easy to drink. I do like it. Tasty for a lager. Doesn't quite live up to Three Floyds' rep, though.

C+ (1,145 characters)

Photo of Lukafer
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

 From notes:

Comes to me a cloudy golden with little white head that leaves clingy lacing.  Smells slightly grainy, with malts.  Tastes a touch grainy with some light citrus, and a slightly bitter hop finish.  Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is extremely high. Not one of my favorite styles, not a very challenging beer but a good solid drinker, could defitinely see drinking a lot of it in the summer time. (414 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Can Three Floyds make a decent Lager?

Pours out a nice, lighter amber color with 3 fingers of a fluffy white head.

The aroma is mainly some bready and caramel malt notes with some nice, subtle floral hop notes as well.

The first notes are very crisp and refreshing; there are some floral hop notes and a little bit of spicy notes from the Noble hops. A decent amount of bready and caramel malt notes that provide most of the flavor for the beer.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is very crisp and clean.

This would make for a great summer beer, but it's not the most complex or best beer in the world. There is some bitterness, but it's very clean and refreshing beer to drink. A very good representation for this style. (730 characters)

Photo of WankelEngine
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a darker shade of straw. There is a just off-white head that fades fairly quickly, but good retention for a lager.

S: The smell is mild and crisp. Some grainy malt and light lemon zest.

T: Mild really describes the flavor. Pale malt provides a light pils taste. Mild hop bitterness hits the tongue. A background of cereal.

M: Light and watery. Almost approaching a Budweiser consistency, but flavored much better and with a slight bit more alcohol presence.

O: A lager, through and through, but with a bit more flavor than your standard fare. (600 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy with orange hue. Tasty for a lager with a bit of biscuit taste. Hoppy for a lager with that slightly skunky finish. Can taste the alcohol as well, however it all comes together fairly well. My least favorite of three Floyd's which is a phenomenal brewery. (269 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A lager by FFF, eh? Let's see how this pans out. Poured into a pokal glass from a 12oz bottle. I enjoy the artwork as well!

Pours a rather dull, straw yet near clear yellow color complete with a ton of bubbles that quickly show signs of dying down. The head is definitely small from the start (about a half finger worth), and while its pretty creamy and slightly frothy from the start, it loses gas rather quickly as soon as the carbonation eventually dies down by the time I finished drinking this. Pretty humble for a FFF offering, but also not the most enthusiastic craft pilsner I've seen.

The aroma is surprisingly malt forward, after a week of drinking stuff like Pivo and Sunshine Pils, the difference is very noticeable. What's more notably is that this is a FFF beer, of all breweries! Biscuity dank malty sugars meld with a musty skunkiness with slight pears and apples and honey, only in the most subtle way possible. Not much of a hop profile, although definitely a soapy citrus peel that keeps things interesting. Relatively tame, and also pretty traditional when rated to style.

The initial flavor is relatively normalized, with crisp cereal grains, a kiss of sugared sweetness, as well as a brief, citrus hop flavor. Then, as things go down, it is all replaced by one of the skunkiest characters I've ever found in a pilsner, almost to the point of resembling the funky phenols that come off from eating unpasteurized cheese. After a few sips I got used to it, but it definitely wasn't my favorite experience. The malts reveal themselves to be a bit more syrupy (seriously, does EVERY FFF beer not named "Zombie Dust" have to feel syrupy at some point??), as well a bit more chewy, to my surprise. The lemon rind citrus notes do get a bit more prevalent, but it comes in a light form. Not too thick in consistency, and carbonation hangs on as much as it can, but it is relatively soft, even for the style at hand. Didn't mind the fact that it wasn't a hop bomb or anything, but definitely more light then I like them!

On the other hand, aren't Dortmunder export lagers meant to be pretty light like this one is? A premiere "lawnmower" beer in many ways, this would also do the trick on a warm day out. Aside from the initial over-skunked flavor, as well as a bit of syrupiness, this isn't horrible. Only slightly above average for the Floyds. I finished it with no problem, but there are plenty of American made pilsners that I would much sooner return to. (2,475 characters)

Photo of Ruger
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear copper color with a two and half finger off white colored head minor retention.

S - Caramel malts molasses and hops.

T - I'm getting pretty much the same as what the smell was, not really much to it, you get a bit of the caramel malts but its mostly hops with a dry finish.

M - Light bodied, refreshing with moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty average coming from Three Floyds, I was kinda disappointed but its still a good beer. (448 characters)

Photo of jkrich
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: cloudy, golden hue with foamy white head that dissipated quickly. According to a forum on this site, Three Floyds is now using freshness dates on bottles.

Faint noble hop aromas with a faint hint of lemon.

This lager has a rather unique flavor with an almost rounded ale like quality to it. The initial flavor has a yeasty and lemony flavor with a pleasant hop bitterness in the aftertaste. This lager actually tastes better as it warms. The crisp and refreshing taste is enhanced by some strong carbonation; in fact, the carbonation level was quite like that found in a wheat beer. This beer is flavorful but all over the place with its flavor profile.

Appropriately light bodied with a surprisingly solid mouthfeel. The carbonation was a touch too noticeable.

I have wanted to try this and was surprised to find a lone six pack at one the liquor barns in Louisville, KY. The sweet and balanced flavor is typical of a "Dortmunder" style but it takes a back seat to Great Lakes' Dortmunder. (1,034 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a straw yellow with a 2 finger white head that shrinks to cover the top. Minimal lacing. Aroma is bready, slightly grassy, and earthy. Taste is more bread, earth, and a grassy bitterness with mild citrus in the back. Caramel and toffee are somewhat present. Thin mouthfeel with a lingering flavor. Good pils. (353 characters)

Photo of syrupjoe
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into Wellington glass. Pours a slightly hazy hay color with a tinge of orange/red... reminds me of an apricot. Two finger off-white head with

Nose: Honey, corn, cantaloupe, vegetal hoppiness.

Taste: Hop bitterness right up front. Slightly vegetal, a nip of aspirin bitterness in there. Light pils malt/adjunct tasting body with nothing that stands out too much. Bitterness continues through the finish, which is pretty dry.

Overall this is a decent beer, but I don't love it. There's nothing spectacular about it and the flavors aren't that well-rounded. The cleanness and crispness that could be present in the body are muddled by vegetal tasting hops that provide more than bitterness. Would drink again, but won't seek out. (742 characters)

Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow with a thin ring of head, no retention or lace.

S: Hints of grassy spicing & biscuit.

T: Steelie grass, biscuity, peppery spice and a good bitterness. Not over-the-top like I'd expect from this brewery.

M: Moderate body, modest carbonation, dry finish.

D: An easy drinker.

Thanks Jer & Karen! (313 characters)

Photo of pschul4
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into handydandy weizen glass.

A- pours a very hazy golden hue with thin bubbly head that sticks around for a little bit and retains decently

S- Not a whole lot going on in the smell department. Pears are the first thing that come to mind but it's a very faint scent

T- reminds me of oranges and grapefruit with classic hop and malt characteristics. Very straight forward, nothing crazy but by no means a let down

M- This is very carbinated, almost reminds me of a soda. Nice dry finish though so no complaints here

O- Eh, decent beer. Probably not going to get it again but still glad I got to try it (624 characters)

Photo of ajcuster89
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep brass golden to bronze orange body, quite clear, with nice amounts of carbonation, not too fine but also good and plentiful. Head is a nice simple bright white, not too tall easily making a simple soapy two fingers with a good leaving puck.

Aroma is a bit flawed. Mild hints of diacetyl and butter with a hint of lime. Muted dough and not really much else going out. It's actually an ok aroma but doesn't come off what I am looking for in a lager by any means.

Palate actually improves considerably. OIly hop and muted sense of crispness with a good big lime action on the mid palate. Hints of sweet dough, and much of the slick buttery character seems to be downplayed but still slightly present. There's a hint of it, but tolerable. The aftertaste has nice controlled almost explosive hints of mint and lime hop oil which is really nice. Classic crispness comes, but it's also wafer and a little papery malt thin like a rice cracker.

Overall and interesting take on a lager, but can't say I'd be repeating this in the future. (1,103 characters)

Photo of Auracom
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Served on-tap in Munster on January 15th, 2011 in a large mug.

A - Slightly murky golden coloring, thin head < 1 finger, white/offwhite lacing.

S - Malt-heavy, a little bit of orange, general sweetness in there.

T - Again, malty, slight bitterness, very much reminiscent of pilsers I've had in the past. Lightness is a good descriptor.

M - some smoothness, ok carbonation, slick hop/alcohol coating on the backend of the tongue.

D - This was a tough one for me, mainly because I really don't care for the style but admittedly it is pretty well done compared to what else I've had. For FFF repertoire it seems a bit odd. Regardless, it's not half-bad. (675 characters)

Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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 (453 characters)

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.