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Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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very good

178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,127
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.56%
Wants: 43
Gots: 210 | FT: 4
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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Reviews: 178 | Hads: 1,127
Photo of Lukafer
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Ruger
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of thydarkprevails
3.38/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
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!

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Photo of pschul4
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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

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Photo of ajcuster89
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color with a very short head and good lacing,

Scent of malts, grain, sugar, honey and hops. Not too impressive, but good nonetheless

Taste of grain, weak malts, honey, faint hops, and a hint of orange peel. It's inoffensive, and that is pretty much all I can say about it.

Mouthfeel is light and clean with strong carbonation.

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Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dug, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a small bubbly white head that recedes to a small collar pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is fairly tame with some toasted grains, corn syrup and some light grassy hops.

The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma with a sweet bsicuity malt and grain backbone. There is a light spicy hop presence with a bit of grassy notes as well. The finish is more sweet and less dry than I was expecting, certainly for a pils/dortmunder

The mouthfeel is heavier than I would like for this particular style and not nearly as refreshing and lively.

This is a decent beer from FFF, but their twists on this one took away from the drinkability and didn't add much in the way of complexity or depth. That said, a mediocre beer from FFF is better than most things out there.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle out of a sixer picked up at Three Floyds around Christmas. Served in a Three Floyds Pint glass, courtesy of Amyliz4.

Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a big white head and a good bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings some faint floral and herbal hops plus plenty of grainy malt. Flavor is grainy with a moderate bitterness through the finish. Light, crisp body. Solid, but not great.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice, golden yellow with orang highlights. It pours with a little head of tight, eggshell white bubbles that, unfortunately, fizzle away quickly… I’m not sure if it’s my glass or the beer. The beer’s body is clean but a little hazy, it muddles sights on the other side of the glass. On the nose, this beer expresses its Noble hops as soon as the cap pops, with big herbal spiciness. As I put my nose in it, the beer smells clean, crisp, and a little like apple skins, which is scent I get a lot in pilsners. The malts are nice and crackery, giving light sweetness to the scent while the hops give bursts of lemongrass and spice to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. This is definitely one of the bitterest pilsners I have tried, but the malty sweetness stands right up beside of this and the acidity is lightly tart, which makes this a very nice beer to sip. Right as the beer passes down the throat, the sweetness gets a touch too much, but other than that the beer has some great balance. The beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a nice, clean crisp mouthfeel, like most pilsners. There is a little more malt weight on the tongue than you usually find in the style. In taste, the beer begins surprisingly fruity as light lemongrass and sweet cracker, but the bitters thread beautifully into this with grassy and herbal characters, and the malt dries out a bit on the mid-palate, providing a dry-cracker flavor before dipping slightly towards sweet apple juice with a touch of wheat malt. The finish is light as sweet apple juice, mellow grassy hops, and light cracker malts. The aftertaste is clean and slight. Overall, this is a nice pilsner, and one I prefer to many others in the style. It is a little too sweet in places, but the extra malt gives some nice character to the beer. This is a nice twist on a classic style, and a good intro to Three Floyds for me. If you can get it regularly, I would advise this beer for a session, but I wouldn’t go whale-hunting for this one.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a faintly dark yellow with a white head. Retention isn't so great, just a film of foam left behind but no lacing at all.
Smell is nice blend of malt, herbal hops, crackers and pepper. Good balance.
Taste is malt, hops, saltine & a hint of pepper. Balance is great.
Slightly less than medium bodied (but more so than most lagers) and less fizzy, really just standard carbonation. Drying finish. For a lager, it's pretty damn good.

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Photo of malcontent
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dortmunder? 3F's claims it's a pils and the aroma has me thinking Czech was the aim. Here we go:

Couldn't be less impressed with the appearance. Zero head and fizzy bubbles feed upward. The body is too orange to resemble either the Bohemian or Bavarian takes on the style.

Aroma betrays the floral Saaz hops but there's something else along for the ride; smells like the Floyds' Amarillo fetish found its way into this one...

...Yup. Grapefruit is a weird addition to the classic noble hops. Not a disaster, per se, but not what I hope for in my favorite style of lager. Malt body is sufficient but doesn't do enough to highlight the profile of the hops.

Decent, spritzy mouthfeel but just not light enough for my taste. An easy-to-drink beer, but there are better options for this style. Easily the least impressive beer to come out of Munster.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - cloudy orange in color, 1/2" head which quickly turned into just a foamy outside rim

S - very citrusy, smells of wheat(?).. definitely not the lager smell i'm used to, let's hope the taste is as good!

T - very refreshing, citrusy, slight malts, slight bitterness.. not much there taste wise aside from the citrus, which makes this good for me since i'm not a huge fan of lagers

M - very crisp, sweet, tangy, refreshing. goes down very easy.

O - a very easy to drink beer, perfect for anytime. not much taste to it that makes this a "lager" but i think i like it better this way.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bstyle for the 3F bottles.

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Light, hazy orange with a thin white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Light wheat.

T - Wheat, slightly floral, and honey.

D - Thin, but refreshing and nice carbonation.

O - Nice lager.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear, clean with minimal head.

S - Straight ahead malt brew with hints of grass and honey.

T - Let this one warm up a bit. Definitely crisp and clean to start, but one dimensional and weighted toward the bitter, with a few grassy notes. I would have rated it a 3.0 at that point. I was not terribly impressed. When my glass warmed up a bit, the flavor of honey opened up and added a much needed extra dimension that really improved the beer.

M - This is a very clean version of this type, with moderate but not overwhelming carbonation.

O - This is a reasonably good version of a very common style in the mainstream market. I am not a huge fan of the style, which factors, I suppose. But I wish this had more depth. Drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.