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Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Jinx ProofJinx Proof

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very good

178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,126
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.56%
Wants: 44
Gots: 209 | 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: 1,126
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Thorpe429 for giving me a bottle of this; thanks Mike! Been a want of mine for a while, since I've gone to Junx Proof in DC a few times and love FFF. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into by Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for a few minutes and leaves an inch of head throughout drinking. Leaves light lacing on the glass as well.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, biscuit malts, light herbal hops,a nd earthy notes. Lots of wheat and grains…decent.

t - Tastes of grains, bready malts, biscuit malts, floral hops, herbal hops, earthy malts, wheat, and light citrus hops. A tiny step up from the nose, and I like the citrus.

m - Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation. A little thinner in the body than I would have liked, but cirsp and still very easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent lager, though nothinng mind blowing. Very crisp and easy to drink. The nose doesn't have a ton going on other than some grain and biscuit, but the taste is a little better with the fruit/citrus hops. Worth checking out once, but wouldn't break your back seeking it out.

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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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4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
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....

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Photo of Heatwave33
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle to my Custom Duffy Pint.

Color: Murky orange-yellow with an off white head.

Smell: Citrus (orange and peach), hops, malts and yeast.

Taste: Citrus (grapefruit, orange and peach), malts, hops and yeast.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, medium coarse and dry.

Overall: The aroma didn't transfer over to the taste very well. The taste didn't seemed as balanced as the aroma. Still a decent brew it just disappointed me when I took my first drink. Going to drink it FRESH next time. Cheers!

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Photo of nataku00
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gold in color and slightly hazy, more than I would prefer. Thin white head that becomes patchy with time. No lacing can be seen.

S- Toasted sweet malt with an underlining grainy character. Clean and crisp lager character. Bread and biscuit lie beneath throughout.

T- Very much follows the taste. A sweet toasted malt in the front. The clean crisp lager character with a grainy cracker taste towards the middle. A floral hop taste emerges in the middle and progresses to the finish. Little to no bitterness in the finish with a lingering malt sweetness.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Sweet finish.

O- Although not quite at the session beer range, a great lager you can have a couple of and not feel too bad. Not quite as good at Dortmunder Gold, but in the same ballpark.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of lstokes
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the UChicago pub. Hazy straw with a small white head but lots of lacing--could use more carbonation. Smells bready but with a distinct sweet and mineral sharpness, and the taste is one of the strongest lagers I've ever had. Very malty, with nut and wheat tastes, but with lovely sharp citric hops and a crisp grassy finish. I wish there was more carbonation--it's sweet with a medium body, very nice drinker. Would get again in a lager mood.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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

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Photo of abrand
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pilsener glass.

This pours a golden color with good carbonation and bubbly, white head that doesn't last. Smells of biscuit and grains. Has the musky smell traditional to lagers. Not overpowering smell but enjoyable. Taste of breads, grains, and some fruit. Good tasting. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well carbonated. Overall a very good lager. Easy drinking.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Acquired via trade
Thanks dannyfrost!

Clear golden yellow and orange with a thin vanilla ice cream colored head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

The aroma is a simple combination of freshly baked bread, dry biscuits, grass, and a bit of floral hops.

Limited hop flavor though moderately bitter along with simple though pleasant grain and bread character. There's also an underlying grass and floral flavor rounding things out nicely.

Medium mouthfeel, disappearing--crisp and refreshing.

A good, incredibly drinkable, Dortmunder lager. This would be great outdoors at a ballgame on a hot day.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Cheers to Barfwin for giving this one to me in a trade!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint.
No bottled-on date per FFF management...

Aroma: Fairly light aroma profile: herbal hops, cereal grain, honey, and apple.

Appearance: Golden orange body is a bit hazier than is ideal for the style. 1.5 finger white head. Nice effervesence visible through the side of the glass.

Flavor: Apricot, honey, and an enjoyable grainy sweetness. Some hoppy bitterness comes through on the back half to provide a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body + medium CO2. Noticeably less crispness than one would find in American lagers, which is consistent w/ the style.

Overall: a VERY drinkable lager with a nice FFF hoppy twist. I recommend this one for both lager and ale lovers alike. Wish it were more readily available. I'd order it pretty regularly!

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Photo of innersanctum
4.82/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 2015 Update to prior review:
This is more an inquiry to other members than a review, but does anyone else suspect there's been a reformulation of Jinx Proof? The latest pack of this product has a taste with considerably more bread in the mouthfeel, its an easier drinking lager, and the lingering hop signature finish is no longer pronounced.

Thoughts anyone???

This may be the most impressive product released from 3F, and its all due to the subtletees of this brew rather than their traditional take no prisoners approach. The Floyds have plenty experience with lagers despite limmitted bottle and bar releases so they've had lots of time to practice for Jinx Proof.

A - cloudy pale yellow with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to form a thick frothy head on the pour, and disipating to a whisper and retention.

S - a pronounced bouquet of grapefruit and alcohol which is balanced with the mouthfeel

T - this is a Dortmunder lagger but more, bigger taste, pleanty of carbonatin comes through, this is a very traditional beer but... more. Very pronounced malt, bready, bitter hoppy tones, simply delicious.

M - mouthfeel is most impressive as the flavor lingers for a long while leaving a pleasent coating on the palette.

Overall this reminds you of the time when you were a kid and tasted dads beer. Its so very traditional but... more. This may be one of the most impressive releases quite simply due to their back to the roots approach with Jinx Proof.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Half-finger of creamy white foam with decent retention. A bit of splotchy lacework. Lightly hazed peach juice body.

S - Lightly toasted grains, biscuit, light floral and herbal hop character, a tad fruity. Smells like a lager alright. Somewhat understated.

T - Taste is again mostly biscuit and bread malts with minimal sweetness. Perhaps a touch of grassy hop that imparts a low level of bitterness in the finish.

M - Zesty carbonation - perhaps a bit too much for my tastes. Medium body is smooth and has sufficient heft. Finishes extremely clean.

D - A very traditional lager from Three Floyds - easy to drink, but not particularly exciting. I'm glad this is in 12oz bottles, as 22oz would get boring pretty quickly. Still, quite easy to drink and well-executed.

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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 AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent golden colored beer with a healthy white, foam head that left some lacing on the sides.

S - Fairly grainy, with some nobel hops.

T - Malty sweetness, little bit bready, some good noble hops bitterness. Fairly clean and easy drinking.

M - Crisp, lighter bodied, good carbonation.

O - Enjoyed this beer a good deal and could session it regularly.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a see through golden color with a thick white head.

S - Typical lager smell. Grains and biscuty. light hops. nothing to brag about.

T - A malty taste mostly grainy with a little bit of hops at the end. nothing complex going on here.

M - Light bodied and heavy carbonation.

O - Just a normal session beer. Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this some time ago in the bomber size serving, but reviewing fresh with the new release fof 12 oz. bottles.

Into a footed tulip it pours a pale pastel yellow orange. Pretty damn hazy, obviously unfiltered... mit hefe. Copious long lasting foam, sticky lace that coats the glass.

Clean, nondescript, grassy aroma. A little maltiness, not much.

Pleasantly bitter and understated, crisp and clean with a bit of bready sweetness upfront that fades quickly under a wave of noble hop bitterness. Nice crispness to the light bodied lager, something you could easily have several of. Lingering grassiness and vague biscuit flavors. Again, a super clean and drinkable session lager, traditional to the hilt... it's not an IPA, just in case you were wondering.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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. 

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Photo of nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice white head. Head has good retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty grainy and bready. With a touch of floral hops. Maybe Noble hops I'm not sure.

T- I went into this one with pretty much no expectations and this one was pretty solid. Taste is very bready, caramel malts, and hops in the rear. Not nearly as hop forward as other Three Floyds beers. A nice taste of apples and grapes in here as well. A very solid brew for sure.

M- Lighter side of medium and good amount of carbonation.

O- Very easy to drink and I wish I had some more of this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice semi chill hazed bright golden hue with a fine layer of white head, sampled first at a local BA gathering. Aromatics some mild citrus notes, but a really nice bready cereal grain note that was really inviting in the warm weather. Not crazy complex big or bitter just a nice Dortmunder style, fairly different compared to the standard I judge all other export style lagers to, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. But this was well made clean crisp with a great toasted breadiness, amongs the herbal citric hop additions, made to style and it shows why 3Fs is successful not just because of their big beers, but they actually know how to brew. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied ample carbonation for style flows nicely, I'm wishing I had access to a couple bombers of this or any 3Fs for that matter. Overall experience was a great way to start things out highly quaffable refreshing and goes to show not every great beer has to be on everybody's White Whale list.

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Photo of oline73
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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