Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 177
Hads: 1,116
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 197 | FT: 4
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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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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 Swettenham_Shire
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap in Columbus (Champps Restaurant). It's obviously not as popular as Gumballhead/ZD/Alpha King, but I'm willing to take any offering from 3Floyds.

The initial taste follows the nose. Can't escape FFF hops here and the finish is more bitter than I expected.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to nonic pint. Bottled 12/28/2013.

A. Pours a mostly clear, straw gold color. Very slightly cloudy and with a half finger of plain white head. Lacing is tight and consistent.

S. Biscuit, lavender, grass, honey, light pine.

T. Mild pineapple sweetness/tropical notes, zesty herbs, cracker, grass and pine on the finish.

M. It starts with some light, tropical, sweet hop notes, then fades into a malty breadiness with some darker fruit flavors, then with a high dry finish with some pine bitterness. It's crisp, but not necessarily light...I'd say light-moderate bodied, with flavor sufficient to chew on a bit but not moving it completely out of the "refreshing" category.

O. This is a very very very good Dortmunder. A little too sweet and tropical for the style, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Provides a flavorful experience and satisfying dry finish while still being reasonably light on its feet. If you're someone who appreciates the lager side of the beer spectrum, this should be on your wish list. One of the better American Dortmunders out there.

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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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Photo of Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear golden with a half inch of sudsy white head. Dissipates fairly slowly.

Smells of fresh grassy malts and a hint of honey and citrus.

Grassy malt over mildly bitter dry hops with a hint of citrus.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A nice thirst-quenching lager with a great flavor profile. Very impressive and quite good.

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

Bottle from Rebekah. Thanks! Pours into my tulip a hazy light golden color. Half finger head, white and fluffy, but recedes quickly. Aroma of hay, sweet malt and honey, maybe some light fruits like apples and pears. Flavor is light straw, a little dirty lager flavor, them a nice burst of sweet fruit and honey-like malts. The flavor is very light and a sweetness remains on the palate. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Nothing super exciting but a solid pilsener overall that is pretty drinkable. This improves as it warms a little and some papaya and passion fruit comes out that is nice.

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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 Lemke10
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a semi-hazy golden yellow color with a slight white head. The aroma is filled with earth tones and grains that you expect from a pilsner. The taste is very strong with a very dry grain tone. This has a lot more dry hops than you would which is why I could this beer would turn some people away.

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Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Vintage Estates 11-24-13
Served in a Pint Glass

A - Clear gold with one finger of white head, no lacing.
S - Lager yeast, floral hops
T - Light hoppiness, crackery malt
M - Smooth and bright.
O - Its a good pale lager, kinda simple and to the point, but refreshing and lightly hopped for good effect.

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Photo of andrewjraab
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This pours a clear light bronze with 3 fingers of bubbly head that retains to a one inch crown and leaves nice lacing. Smell isn't overpowering - lemon grass, yeast, faint malts. Drink crisp and easy - this could be a refreshing session lager. Nice hop bite in the finish.

Overall, this is a solid lager that is smooth and easy drinkin'. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of USAF77
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Im not going to say Im dissapointed but I did expect more for the price. This was the only 3 Floyds available, I wanted Zombie, so I bought it. I love Lagers and I'd give this one good marks, just not for the money.

A decent pour with a dissapointing head. I wouldnt write home to Mom about the lacing either.

The smell is a definite winner. A smooth hoppiness with a bit of "something". Whatever it is its good. Its really good. My nose isnt that good but this brew has a smooth something with the grains that will come to me eventually.

Its a pretty clear, honey, gold in the pint glass. Most definitely worth a few swirls in the light. Lagers are so pretty to look at.

There is a sweet graininess to the taste that leaves your mouth with a crisp satisfied feel. Crisp and just a tad dry. Its more satisfying then refreshing as a Lager should . No problems there. I was planning an ale with my food today, but you know what? I think this is a good food brew.

This is a good lager. I'd feel better about it if it came in $2.00 cheaper for the 6, "it was in the area of $11.99", I dont remember exactly cause Im more worried about taste and dates. By the 2nd one I might rate it higher but im going to stick with first impressions. A solid Lager, but never again for that money.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow, 1/2 foamy head, some nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Caramel/toffee/buttery malts, lager malts for sure. Yeasty sugars, some fruits but mostly malts.

Taste - First sip starts out sweet with lager malts at center. Caramel and buttery malts are soon to follow. Has some floral fruits as a backbone, like apple and pear. Mildly bitter at the finish with a little sweet sugary note.

Mouthfeel - The malts really coat the tongue throughout the drink. Palate gets the reminding malts, along with a little hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a little sweet, hoppy dry.

Overall - Not a bad beer at all. A little different flavor for the style but still is a malt forward drink. Packs a punch for being under 6%, yet is still crisp and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

This pours light apricot, with a thin white head. Like many of the three floyds beers this looks like a IPA and it also has a very IPAish aroma as well. Orange comes across first in the aroma followed by a bready malt that pushes to more of a lager smell. Hints of pineapple and lemon are also there but only hints.

Much like the aroma the taste starts off all citrus. Orange and grapefruit are at the forefront, but again the bready malt comes thru and transforms this into more of lager. It finishes rather dry and bitter and the bitterness hangs on for awhile. This is a session beer if I've ever seen one. Small ABV, light mouthfeel, and very nice thirst quenching ability. This beer doesn't really fit the style it's suppose to fit into, but I think its a great beer by itself. Price could use a little work, being that it doesn't have the same heft that their other $10.99 6packs have. This was much better than I expected.

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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 MacQ32
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a super hazy, unfiltered light lemony straw color with a dence finger+ of white head, good retention and lacing.

S - Semi skunky yeast and sweet caramel malts. Some very grassy aromas as well.

T - Lots of sweet grassy hops, sweet sugary malts, lemon and mild but pleasant skunkyness. Aftertaste is yeasty and lemon.

M - Very light bodied and easy to drink. Which is the point of this one - well done.

O - Definitely strong for what it is, not my favorite style but enough flavor here to keep it interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL OZ bottle
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is yellow to golden in color. It is topped with about three inches of white head.

S - It is fresh. I get some lemon at first. Then I notice some lime and metal.

T - The taste has a metallic bitterness. It is on the finish, but leaves the biggest impression.

M - Moderate.

O - This beer started out good. Then that aftertaste got me. That is all I can think of when it comes to this beer now. It reminds me of a Euro lager.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at the brewery two days ago. No bottle dating.

Clear, pale gold elixir poured in SA glass. One finger, thick, white head, tiny bubbles, heavy lacing.

Lemon zest, caramel, biscuit malt.

Well balanced, malt forward and a nice hop backbone. Lingering sweet bitterness.

Light, crisp, smooth. Refreshing.

More of a classic representation of the style. Not much of a 3Floyds' twist on this one, but a quality brew just the same.

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Photo of BB1313
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours burnt golden with a slight haze; huge fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas are full of caramel malts. There are also hints of chocolate, surprisingly, but I like it. Lots of bread notes in the flavors and aromas. Flavors are loaded with caramel and butterscotch. Lots of malts and very grainy. Earthy flavors. Finishes dry for the most part along with a subtle spicy kick. Mouthfeel is wonderful. It's extremely creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Although this is ultimately a light beer, it sure doesn't feel like it. This is a smooth and refreshing beer. Well done.

This beer is awesome. It's a meat and potatoes kind of beer. This is doesn't exactly remind me of a pilsener or a Dortmunder/Export, but I don't hold that against this beauty. It's a very unique lager. Oddly enough, it kind of reminded me of an Irish Red Ale. Well crafted and extremely enjoyable.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, roasty, earthy, and lagery. In the taste, a roasty nuttiness, and still quite lager like. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer roasty lager like aftertaste. A touch nutty, and roasty, and hoppy, quite a nice lager.

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Photo of RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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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 KFBR392
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours with a light head which was slightly present while drinking. Bright yellow color with average to above average carbonation. Pretty regular look.

Smell: The front is a aroma of leafy hop aroma and pears. Some accents of peanuts and mild malt. The bright hops are refreshing, very much what a lager should be.

Taste: Sweet malt front. The light pilsner feeling hop presence is clean and very easy drinking. Definitely get some of the crispy hops that comes with so many of the Three Floyds brew. The finish is a mild nutty front with some surprising dryness from the hops.

Mouthfeel: Clean with above average dryness.

Overall: A really solid lager. Does not pop off the charts in any areas but is refreshing brew that is certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jinx proof lager - FFF
A: 4.5 pours amber with a thick frothy head that dissipates  moderately
S: 4.25 smells like sweet malts
T: 3.5 not a lot in the hops for this one but them again it is a lager. As far as lagers go this is very drinkable. I could drink this all day.
MF: 4.0 as fas as lager go this is a decent bodied beer and is carbonated nicely.
O: 4.25 this beer is pretty good and I would definitely drink again and would recommend to others. 

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.