Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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
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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to be able to taste this thanks to stormking47, bomber poured into an ale glass.

A - a light golden w/ good clarity and minute bead, small amounts of lace cling and the retention is good

S - The nose has smooth floral notes with light herbal accent and mild sweet element from the malt and yeast

M - a pretty smooth and lightly bitter feel as you might expect for this style w/ simple texture and moderately high carbonation

T - The lemony floral flavor of noble hops is what I get from this with a gentle malt body and taste the mellow sweetness lets the flavor of the hops shine and the carbonation level makes is seem refreshing even more as the finish is clean

D - a quenching tasty dort, not a complex style to begin with but it is great in its simplicity and this is a very good representative of the style if a little hoppy -who cares it is flavorful (879 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received this bottle in a trade with mayorQuimby, thanks Scott! It poured a thin, dull orange with no head at all. It's pretty cloudy, like a good hefe. It doesn't really smell like too much other than it has a light honey accent to it. It smells alright though. It is what it is. The taste too is pretty on point. It's light and the only thing I can pick out, again, is honey. It tastes like a solid lager with honey plain and simple. It makes you wonder my more mainstream lagers aren't like this one. It drinks smoothly and is light. I could drink this all day. This beer is very drinkable and a very good representation of the style. (639 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear light gold, 1 finger of white head, some lacing, minimal head retention

S: nose features an onslaught of pale malts, notes of straw, corn, wheat, and bread come through with a bit of nuttiness on the finish

T: clean crisp malty flavors, notes of cereal grains, pale malts are big, lots of bread, some caramel, a touch of corn, lager yeast is noticeable. This is a nice dortmunder, great balance and very refreshing.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: this is a nicely constructed lager, the malts are well pronounced without going overboard. (564 characters)

Photo of BUNZILLA
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : cloudy golden color. A vigorous pour yeilds a fluffy white head with lots of retention and superb lacing.

Smell : pleasant biscuit and malt aroma and subtle hoppiness.

Taste : very crisp and refreshing and easy to drink. Mild hop bitterness on the finish. This is a quality beer.

Mouthfeel : light body with adequate carbonation

Overall : I really enjoyed this beer and will pick it up when I have the chance. Great example of the style worth seeking out. (511 characters)

Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Love the label art. Aggressive pour yields a very thin layer of white head with poor retention - more please. Chill hazy straw yellow.
S: Clean grain with modest hopping. Not strong, but not bad.
T: Bready grain, noble hops, slight cooked vegetable is a neg. Nice balance, good hop presence, but a tad metallic.
M: Little carbonation is a negative. Nice strong bitterness level.
D: Pretty high. I'd order another and would probably buy again. (470 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jinx Proof, bottled on or about September 2, 2011 and consumed on September 11, 2011

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear pale gold with three-finger, white head that falls away quickly. Some foamy sheets stick to glass. Medium-light effervescence. 

S: Grainy notes seem quite strong. Spicy noble hops are also present. They work together and strike me as being in the right proportion.

T: Malty sweetness touches palate before grainy malts and noble hops, which take on an additional flowery characteristic, take over. Additional flavors include light caramelly malt.  Medium-light bitterness contributes to crisp and clean finish. 

M: Lighter bodied and medium carbonation make for a lively mouthfeel. 

O: Jinx Proof showcases the most important qualities in a Dortmunder Export: balance, crispness and drinkability.  (842 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.06/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a sturdy two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint pale malt
Taste-Pale/toasted malt, nice floral hop note, subtle citrus rind. Good flavor and character for a lager, drinks and tastes like a pale ale, with a nice dose of noble hops. A crowd-pleasing, backyard brew. (358 characters)

Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,081 characters)

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewpub on a boring Saturday night and picked this one up.

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: I'd argue that this is probably the lightest beer, in terms of color, that Three Floyds has ever produced. Pours out a crystal clear deep golden straw with light peachy highlights, head is light and frothy two inches thick after the initial pour which settles into a quarter inch cap for the remainder of the review.

S: Noble hop aroma? From Three Floyds? Am I dreaming? As unbelievable as it sounds the distinct herbal/floral softness greets the nose and mixes with a touch of honey sweetness and a crispy, light bready crustiness. Plays to the hallmarks of the style quite well.

T/MF: Feel is a palate pleasing crispness, light and tight on the tongue which makes for quite an easy sipper. Tastes like a love letter to the style, all the hallmarks are here much like in the aroma. Opens with a touch of honey sweetness balanced with touches of pepper and grassyness (if such a thing can be said to exist) and finishes with an almost crackery kind of dryness that compels you to go back again for another sip.

D: This one disappeared on me a little too quickly, it's remarkable how consistently this beer reminded me of Great Lakes version of the same. This beer is, dare is say such a thing, normal. And it's not a bad thing either, as it turns out to be a well constructed beer, just not one of the most popular styles is all. (1,442 characters)

Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got a sixer of this as a Christmas present from my brother-in-law and his wife.

Presently, this is the #8 rankied Dortmunder here on BA.

Served in a FFF shaped glass.

A: Poured a fairly murky, apricot color, with a massive 1.5 finger solid white head that retained itself throughout the session.

S: I got lots of freshly baked biscuit upfront, followed by a tinge of orange husk. This was moderate in intensity.

T: This beer emulated the taste of baked dough better than most that I've tried... Pretty astounding actually. Impeccably clean, refreshing, and with a slight fruit edge to the finish.

M: Bubbly and not a bit watered down or cheap-tasting. The lacing was moderate and the slightly bitter kick on the finish was excellent.

O: FFF is not just hop bombs and Dark Lord, and to my mind, with brews like this one, they.ve proven that they are also masters of nuance. Really nice fellas.... (904 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic-pint shaped glass

Different label that "advertised," must be something new. Either way I dig it.

A - Beer pours with a small, less than one finger size head; white in color, slightly bubbly in appearance, doesn't hold very well; head diminishes quickly into the golden cloudy body; some moderate carbonation stems from the bottom of the glass; some lacing formed also, but didn't stick well - streaky

S - Crisp sweet lager nose; one-dimensional traditional lager airiness; corn and grains; lager-esq; slightly fruity; clean; pear; bread

T - Good clean and crisp lager drink; grains like corn and barley come up rather quickly and disappear pretty quickly; malt is slightly nutty, but has the traditional cold-fermented malt taste; sweet, like a immature white grape; bread

M - Thick and filling beer; very effervescent and smooth; creamy; finishes with a crisp heavy woody taste; leaves a slight tangy feel on the edge of the tongue

D - One of the better lagers I've had; easy to drink and enjoy; could replace the cheap crap beers I've had while watching the game; I like 3 Floyd's lager-venture, long-time waiting (1,158 characters)

Photo of khiasmus
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long day of disc golf, walking in the door. What? Ho! What's this? A many-eyed snake upon the doorstep? Orange, cloudy, with no head, just the many eyes. Jinxproof, you say? Wherefore?
A warm biscuit assaults the nostrils with feathery grace. Clean, wistful, a light, airy aroma, field-like, but not particularly grassy. The thing slides along the floor towards me. Get out of my house! Noble, almost hay-like in the nose, more like browned grass than green. On to the flavour... there's the light graininess, a faint bitter and the hay, and a bready malt note that turns to rather a bitter finish. Longs at you for another sip. Come again? Hanging upon the window-sill? I'll chase that rascal out yet!
And light, airy, just the faintest lingering pucker, as it were, and dry. (How's that he said? A flip dark chill winter bastard though dry?) And a medium-high prickling feeling, as it were on the tongue... but my, could one drink this all night.
I'll chase that rascal out, you mark my words! I shan't have any of those many-headed type blokes rifling about my corridors!

Have at you! (1,093 characters)

Photo of Chris585
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Average smell for a dortmunder/pilsener/lager...european yeast, decent smell. The look in this is above average, nice golden color with nice head and decent lacing. The first couple I have had of this were a little off...by the time I got through the six pack in day three I has to review..it had changed, for the better! The taste on this was much better than the smell for sure...one hg ny favorite dorts for sure..at first I regretted my purchase, but after a few I was hooked. I live nearly three hours from the brewery but would drive back up for this for sure..nice job changing up the pace Three Floyds...one of my favorite lagers. (638 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to erric (both Reddit and BA) for this exiting FFF lager.

Huge 3 finger fluffy head forces me to stop pouring just before its done, fades semi slowly with sticky soapy lacing reinforced with many bubbles rising from the bottom, and aside from the many bubbles its brilliantly clear golden pilsner tan color.

Nose if typical pilsner, light soft earthy grainy straw like malts, tons of lager aromas with crisp malt and light fruits, it also had a light yeasty aroma, and light grassy hops.

Taste starts again with grainy earthy pilsner like malts, light straw and wheat, and a bit yeasty. Then again hops, grassy earthy hops with a light bitterness and hint of orange peel citrus. Juicy malts overall lead to the lager flavors, light fruits and pretty crisp. Finishes a bit more bitter and quite dry, more grassy hops, grainy malts, and soft lager fruits.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, more of a spring beer, nice pilsner like qualities, malts, nice hops and bitterness, light crisp and very drinkable. The best lager from FFF so far. (1,077 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow color with a slight haze and a constant stream of bubbles flowing up from the bottom. The finger tall head made of fine off white bubbles sustained with good retention and coated the side of the glass with lacing when swirled or a large sip was taken from the english pint glass.

S: Clean bready pilsner aroma with a bright noble spicy hop character. Slighty rustic and grainy - mild to medium aroma level overall.

T: Nice firm, but pleasantly smooth bitterness with the same noble character from beginning to end. Very bright and fresh, clean with a nice grainy (slightly worty) finish. The bready malt character evolves to a slightly biscuity character and there is a low level of sulfer coming from the ferment. Just a touch of sweetness, but balanced for the most part between the malty sweet and the hop bitterness.

M: A nice dry finish with a moderate level of carbonation. The grainyness seems to come through even in the mouthfeel with a slightly astringent finish combined with the bitterness.

O: A refreshing pils with a clean hop character that I love about this style. The price tag is a bit much for JP, but if you can find it on draft somewhere you maybe better off as this has a relativity short shelf life being such a delicate beer. Nice beer overall (1,287 characters)

Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (880 characters)

Photo of cetherid
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.

A.

your average looking american lager. Light straw color with about 1 fingers worth of very white head.

S.

nothing real strong but some slight bready grains with some earthy notes to it. Reminds me a bit like weihenstephaner festbier. For this particular style of beer I'd say it's pretty decent.

T.

Similar to nose. Bready malts, slight bitterness in there. A very clean, crisp tasting beer. Maybe a slight hint of honey in here? Again, very similar IMO to the Weihenstephaner.

M.

Great for the style. A very light bodied beer. Good carbonation for the style. A nice crisp clean beer with a nice refreshing finish. Would be great on a hot day.

D.

pretty good, but doubt I'd grab another bomber of this. Too many other good FFF beers I'd grab and I'm more of an ale man myself. Doubt this will be around longer anyways. A sweet looking bottle though! (889 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at the brewpub. Great artwork on the label, btw.

a - pours a bright golden color, fairly hazy, one-inch ivory head with great retention and lacing, tons of tiny bubbles continuously rising to the top

s - bready malt and lemon citrus are the predominant aromas, light spiciness and earthy hops

t - lemon zest and earthy hops up front with a burst of bready malt and light spice in the midpalate, more earthiness and grainy flavors linger on the finish, quite clean tasting and refreshing, not much alcohol to speak of

m - medium-to-light bodied with higher carbonation, fairly dry on the finish, no alcohol warming

d - very drinkable stuff, easy on the palate and very refreshing, not overly complex, but interesting enough to keep me from getting bored

Very good lager from FFF, though I actually prefer the Gorch Fock I tried on tap at the brewpub. These guys really do a ton of styles well. Well worth seeking a bottle of this out. (956 characters)

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep honey color. a half finger of a white head that has decent retention and leaves a small lacing. a slightly hazy but not quite opaque.

Smell: grassy hop almost musty smell, slight bitterness overlying a sweet biscuity to baked bread. some lager yeast sweetness.

Taste: opens with a short sweet biscuit taste, quickly over taken by grassy, musty hops. Some noble hop character comes through along with more bread like malts and lager yeast sweetness. ending comes off almost a little nutty

Mouthfeel: light, dry, fairly crisp, but not quite the cleanest lager like feel.

Overall: a unique version of a hopped up dortmunder. not usually a fan of the grassy and musty hop character but this one works well with it. (732 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to heliosphann for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The lager is, at least on first pour, a fizzy yellow beer, quite clear sitting in my glass. A white, and I mean white, head of nearly a finger sits complacently before wasting away. It should be noted that my second pour was much more turbid, leaving the ale hazed over.

S: The nose is lager malty, bready with an excess of fruity sharpness. Both pale and caramel malts add to the breadiness.

T: The lager is nice and chewy, very dense. Breadiness is full, pale and caramel flavors driving it. A sweetness, from the concentrated malts, is fruit-driven with green apples and grapss matching the breads. Hops appear on the back side, light but bitter enough to peak through the sweet body. A nice lager that is very clean.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and bready, plenty thick and filling. The booze isn't strong but you can taste it loitering around.

D: 3F has a thing for good lagers. I'd be happy with another bomber. (969 characters)

Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Needed a drink while cooking for Thanksgiving. Beer pours a hazy golden light orange color with a finger of pure white soapy head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a little light lacing. Lots of fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom. Pretty typical looking lager, though I would expect a clear color instead of the haze.

Nose is noble hops, floral and slightly grassy with a lightly toasted grain and biscuit malt backbone. Some fruity esters come up as it warms a little, bubble gum flavor.

Taste follows the nose lightly bitter noble hops, mostly floral with a light herbal and earthiness. Then it's mainly grain and biscuit malts, lightly sweet through to a clean and lightly dry finish. Some lingering floral hops, lightly on the tongue and a bit of the fruity ester flavor on the back of the tongue.

Light body, crisply carbonated and easy to drink. Perfect refreshment while in a hot kitchen. (944 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (307 characters)

Photo of EPseja
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature from a 22oz bomber, freshly purchased from the brewery.

A - Vibrant gold with a nice, off-white head that lasts a minute or two before diminishing to a fairly cohesive mat. Lacing is sparse.

S - Crisp and hoppy, with an herbal-floral character. Some slight metallics. Unassuming and mellow.

D - Bready sweetness on the way in - think Irish Soda Bread. Only a brief spattering of bitterness that transitions seamlessly to a nice crisp and dry swallow.

M - Very nice. Crisp and refreshing - works very well for the summertime. Light tingle and a frothy wash.

D - Excellent for the style, shining in both flavor and refreshment areas. A very good FFF offering that *doesn't* rely on on the overuse of Amarillo. (768 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color; two inches of foam cap the liquid and leave streaks of lace as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Bready and grainy, with a faint grassy note

Taste: Very clean, with a faint taste of bread and grain; the grassy hops are muted and the beer finishes as it started, crisp and clean

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A beer to show the macro lager drinkers what they should be drinking (445 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (1,075 characters)

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