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Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,120
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.56%
Wants: 43
Gots: 198 | 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: 1,120
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 Clarahope
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not overwhelming hop flavor, I enjoyed the floral notes and subtle smell and taste of caramel or honey. Great beer, definitely one of my favorite 3 floyds brews.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the thing that really surprised me about this one was the mouthfeel. its another pils sure, a sacrificial offering from every brewery that needs to have a mass appeal beer, or at least one within basic style conventions. this is better than that though, creamy and dry at the same time, and well hoppy for what it is, not neatly american or german or czech, but rather a stylistic cuvee of all three, which might be yet to be done until this beer. i get grassy saaz type hop notes, but also german pils malt and a real basic and clean american lager yeast. its familiar but about as challenging as the style can be. highly carbonated and real refreshing, but something different. i always expect the world from three floyds, given the hype and the rarity, and while this falls short of i think the expectations i had, i still think its a heck of a pils, and one that should be treated as a one of a kind. well made and not deviating real far from what these guys do well.

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Photo of gatornation
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a golden yellow color with a this white head very little lacing
S-noble hop smells with floral/citrus hops grain and bread
T-nice floral noble hops mix well with sweet bready malts
M-crisp lager with noble hop bite lingering bitterness
O-drinkable crisp lager

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a small one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is somewhat bready and grainy with a nice hop hit mainly of a grassy and light pine smell. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a sweeter nature with a little bit of caramel and honey sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy bread taste with a decent showing of a grassy hop right from the start. There is a lighter level of sweetness that is present upfront, being of some caramel and a bit of tangerine. The sweeter flavors fade a bit, but do maintain a presence to the end. All while the sweet fades, other hop flavors of a light pine and grapefruit citrus come to the tongue. In the end, the combination of flavors that is left on the tongue leaves a nice crisp and clean lager taste to linger in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the lager style and the blend of hop and sweet it is a pretty good feel overall; not allowing either to become overbearing, but all the while allowing each to be appreciated.

Overall – A rather easy drinking and tasty lager with a good blend of light sweetness, breadiness, and hop.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Light lager appearance but it is tricky because the strong hops smell and taste make it almost American Pale like. It is a nice complex larger if you like the flavor of an IPA with the harsher bitters. This is my favorite fridge beer (when I can find it).

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Dortmunder / Export Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight hops, slight biscuit, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. One of the better Dortmunders I've ever had.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Matt for the bottle!

First off, I'll just say that I am not a big fan of lagers at all. I like a good schwarzbier once in a while, but that's about it. This bottle was kept cold, but was just over 3 months old. I decided to go for it anyway, keeping my expectations low.

Hazy orange-amber pour into a FFF teku, topped with a small white head that held at a medium collar and laced the glass nicely. The aroma was a bit off-putting at first, sort of stale, lager yeast, floral notes, toasted grains. I warmed up to it eventually. Taste...was actually surprisingly pretty good! Toasted grains, floral hops that were still pretty crisp and fresh, some leafy tea flavor as well. That's about all I can say about it. Pretty simple, pretty good. Crisp, dry mouthfeel, medium body.

After the thoroughly disappointing Dissenter, this was a pleasant surprise. I really was just planning to take a sip and dump this, clearing up some room in the fridge, but darn it, I drank the whole thing and enjoyed it. I gotta say, this is honestly one of the best lagers I've had.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a hazy gold with a one-finger white head. Clean with no lacing.

S - Bready aroma, grassy, and light sweet malts.

T - Taste follows the aroma. Biscuits, sweet malts, grassy hops, and light citrus. The flavors are very clean.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very crip mouthfeel.

O - Very refreshing beer. A simple enjoyable lager.

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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 DeFaz
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack from the brewery. Pours a straw/yellow color, and lots of bubbles can be seen rushing to the surface. The head is short (especially for a 3 Floyds beer). The nose consists of bread, grain, and a touch of fruit, and there's a bit of skunk in there too. The taste begins rather sweet with pronounced grain but finishes heavy on the bread/biscuit flavors. This beer is quite crisp and easy to drink. As I haven't had more than a couple Dortmunder beers, I can't say whether this is really remarkable, but it is refreshing. While I tried it solely because it's a 3 Floyds beer, it's not one that I would seek out again, probably just because I'm not that interested in the style.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice chill hazy straw hue with a one and a half finger head that faded to leave some nice creamy side lacing and a fat halo.

S - Aromas of biscuits, lightly sweet malts, faint grassy hops, loads of lager notes.

T - Taste is more of the biscuits, nice fruity floral notes, grassy earthy hops, light citrus, good lager fruit notes too. Quite pleasant and drinkable, good flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, nice carbonation.

O - Overall this was a treat, quite a well executed Dortmunder!

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Photo of guityler83
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.77/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- pale golden color - slight haze. Small bubbles. Billowy white head with minimal fade, it really lasts. Good lacing for a lager.

S- Mostly clean lager aromas of light malts and some floral hops. A bit sweet, a bit grassy.

T- Floral and spice hops followed by a healthy dose of sweet malt.

M- The durable creamy head provides ample body. Some hop bite. The carbonation is in the head.

O- I liked it. Steady.

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