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Jinx Proof - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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178 Reviews
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Reviews: 178
Hads: 1,126
Avg: 3.77
pDev: 31.56%
Wants: 44
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: 1,126
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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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a thin, white head

S - orange peel, faint lager-y aroma

T - citrus, faint malt, lager-y

M - smooth, well carbonated, medium bodied

This is a nice lager from Three Floyds. The citrusy character and hints of orange peel really made this a treat. Lagers tend to be oversimplified, but the citrus here set this one apart from other dortmunders that I have had. This is really an enjoyable, lighter offering that is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Goukbeergals
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Transparent golden reddish in color with a decent lingering head. Really subdued nose. A little sweet smelling but nothing about the glover is betrayed. Light crisp mouthfeel highly carbonated. There is a Clapton of flavor In this beer. Has that classic smooth pilsner taste but finishes with an assertive hop presence. Honestly it tastes like a slightly better noble pils by Sam Adams. Overall refreshing, tasty drinkable session beer perfect for a warm weather tailgate.

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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 neenerzig
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into my pokal glass, this beer pours a cloudy, hazy medium to dark golden color with a bit of a copper hue and lots of little bubbles rising up to the beer's surface. Has a nice white head that is about 2/3 inch thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/4 inch. Pretty decent lacing too. Aromas of caramel malt, a bit of citrus zest and spice and not much else. Tastewise there are sweet caramel malt notes along with some citrus hop bitterness, but the sweetness certainly seems stronger than the hop notes, and there is a bit of some type of peppery spice flavor present as well. A faint but noticeable hint of cinnamon or clove perhaps? Seems strange for this style of beer, the flavor profile isn't quite what I am used to or was expecting from this style of beer. Don't know if that's intentional on the part of 3 Floyds here or not. I like the flavor profile as it is quite tasty, just not sure if it is correct for this style of beer. Has a crisp, smooth, frothy, medium to full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Easy to drink in the way good beer should be. An interesting beer here to be sure.


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Photo of weonfire
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - light copper, pencil thin white head that dissipates quickly

S - Barley, biscuity, grain, touch of sweetness

T - initially: much like the nose. finish: moderate bitter (4/10) noble hop, acid tingles tongue

M - medium body, little bit of froth, viscosity is high

O - flavor isn't huge, did like the touch of sweetness, nose was mellow - i have to admit I'm still working on my lager game.

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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 bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is mostly bready and caramel malt, and also light some floral hops and nuts. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there wasn't as much hoppiness as I expected for a Three Floyds brew. With that being said, it's still tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and easy enough to drink. Not sure if I'd pay $10.99 a 6-pack for this again, but it's a good brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice amber coloring despite the expectation. Very carbonated, very bubbly, Im sure this adds to the crisp, refreshing feel.

The scent is of caramel malts with sweet malt. Nice but lending to metallic, the aroma is malty and toasty.

Very crisp, very refreshing, the taste is light and easy. Some caramel, malt, and cereal grains its easy but simply too light.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant dark copper brown with a foamy one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Amber malt, grain, and floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a bit of toasted bread character, along with a hint of lemon and rose petals.

The fruity, slightly citrusy character begins the flavor profile, which turns extremely bready, nutty, and toasted mid palate. When mixed with floral hops, the citrus character becomes cherry-like. There's a hint of grapefruit that carries throughout, into the slightly dry finish.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and a grain astringency bite.

Good malt character, albeit somewhat overly toasted. Darker than expected. The fruity character was unexpected and offputting. I had this on tap a while back and remember it being much lighter in color...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

355ml brown glass bottle with standard branded pressure cap served into a generic glass in me hotel room in Chicago. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the brewery.

Served straight from an ice bath. Side poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head of thin consistency, fair thickness, no cream, and okay retention, Body colour is a dull nontranslucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Light pale and caramel malts. Light floral hops. Simple and underwhelming.

T: Clean caramel malts, pale malts, and floral hops. Not a whole lot of depth of flavour here. Decent balance. I do like it in a general sense. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Decently executed.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent thickness. Fair carbonation. Suits the flavour profile fairly well. Decent presence on the palate.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, if underwhelming. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a nice little lager. Well done and easy to drink. I do like it. Tasty for a lager. Doesn't quite live up to Three Floyds' rep, though.


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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 MickeyBeer
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale gold with about a finger of white head that quickly dissipates. Left some beautiful lacing on the glass.

S- Smell has a mild citrus aroma.

T- Has a little bit of a citrus hop bite and is one of the tastier Pilsners I have ever tried.

M- Mouthfeel is light and and has medium-heavy carbonation. This would make a great session lager for the summer months.

O- This is not my favorite style of beer but I could definitely drink this all day long. I have never had a beer by Three Floyd's that I didn't like and this one was no exception.

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

Poured from a growler into a New Belgium snifter. Pale gold color. Slightly hazy. Nice effervescence. One finger of creamy head. Nice retention. The nose has nice, sweet, clean, cracker-like malt notes. A bit of hoppy spiciness too.

Light to medium body. Good firm feel. Nice clean malt flavors up front. At mid-palate, flowery hops come in and provide a nice peppery finish. Very smooth, drinkable, and refreshing.

Pilsners are not my favorite style and I do not seek them out, but I found this one to be quite enjoyable. Neither the malt nor the hops are ever lost in this beer. Both are evident and noticeable. A well-crafted pilsner that should appeal to fans of the style.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Lots of malt, some caramel, tad bit of grass as well.

T-Extremely malty, not much else. Grass and caramel dominate.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Easily the worst FFF brew I've had, still a yummy brew. But for the style I don't think anything can touch Great Lakes.

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Photo of GJ40
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled in my FFF tulip pint from a 12oz bottle purchased at the brewery.

A - Yellow to light golden with a small white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity and a consistent flow of tiny bubbles.

S - Spicy hops with a hint of lemon.

T - A spicy hop crispness with a good malt foundation and a hint of sweetness. There's also a lingering earthy bitterness that sticks out but doesn't quite work with everything else.

M - Smooth and easy on the mouth with a moderately low, reserved carbonation.

O - Flavorful and easy to drink but the harmony was a bit off for me.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass
A: Golden straw color with a 1/2 finger head and lots of small bubbles
S: Fresh grains/malt, a touch sweet and just a hint of hops
T: Again, extremely fresh malt/grain with a touch of biscuit/yeast. Also a touch sweet. The finish is long with a slight hop bite finally coming through.
M: This is impressive. Light-bodied but crisp with a nice carbonation.
O: IMO almost everything 3F brews they do extremely well, and for a lager/Dortmunder this is one of the better examples out there. Light/refreshing yet fairly complex.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear deep straw color with a bone white contrasting head. I can't get over how clear this beer is. It's amazing.

The smell is loads of fresh cut grass and bready malt.

This lager is hopped to the gills and clearly noble hops. Moderately bitter, grassy, and a light perfume. Very bready.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and clean.

As far as lagers go, it's a fine beer. A nice hoppy take on the style that would be a great summer beer.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed on 8/13/12, served in a FFF pint glass.

Pour: Nearly clear yellow orange with two fingers white head. No lacing to speak of, and head diminishes to a film.

Smell: Floral and grassy hops and a really nice breadyness.

Taste: Bready sweetness from the bat, then floral/grassy bitterness. Lightest citrus. Maybe a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Really refreshing, and goes down quick. Not very bitter, but has a bite in traditional FFF style.

Overall: An amazing session beer, and my top vote behind Gumballhead to be put into cans, if that ever were to happen.

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