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Live A Rich Life - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 512
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 9.09%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
A collaboration/dedication ale brewed with our friend Urbain from the Belgian brewery De Struise, this intense Belgian-style double IPA was fermented with Urbain's special yeast and then an amazing amount of hops were added. This beer was brewed in loving memory of a former employee, Rich Sheppard, who passed away on 4.11.11. Art by Tommy Borst. Try this beer and enjoy the Rich life.

100+ IBU

Formerly served on draft as Shark Pants.

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 06-03-2011)
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blackcompg

Illinois

4.61/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of billowy golden off-white foam, bode is a slightly hazy orange amber, lots of carb in the body. I get nice foamy rings after each quaff, and retain nearly a finger of rocky carb throughout the session.

Smell - Smells fantastic! Bold fresh citrus peels, , candied orange rind, pineapple, and some nice tropical notes

Taste - Starts with an onslaught of juicy citrus flavors which almost immediately "sharpen" as the light sweetness gives way to ripe citrus peels and some pith, some bittering peach pits, and then finally a nice dash of white pepper and some faint belgian yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel due mostly to the bold full flavors here, carb is medium and smooth but has great sharp edges along the sides and back of the tongue. The finish is a bit bitter and dry, with some great peppery citrus pockets in the mouth corners.

Overall - I really haven't been a big fan of belgian ipa's until this beer - FFF pulled this off perfectly, really an excellent and flavorful ipa. The belgian yeast and bright peppery flavor is completely complimentary, definitely a must try imho.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 05:33:09 | More by blackcompg
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RaulMondesi

California

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good lil brew for the Raul man. There is a nice lil sparkle in the appearance like my baby mama when I first met her - now let's see if there is anything else redeeming (and hopefully more than the 9 days of the year said BM makes our relationship feel worthwhile).

Moving along...

Ok, taste is there and is ripe like a chicken that isn't Foster Farms. There's a lil grapefruit, a tad Belgium yeast, but also a lil too much acidity in the end.

Raul likes it, he digs it well.

Cheers, friends.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 05:20:31 | More by RaulMondesi
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koutkid41

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper, dark orange in color. Nice thick head with good head retention.

S: Juicy grapefruit, orange,pine, and fresh cut apple. Some cream, soapiness, and mild alcohol heat is detectable. Smells fresh and tropical.

T: Upfront you get bready then some grapefruit, orange, pine, and hints of lemon. Didn't really get anyone of that Belgian character, perfectly okay with me.

M: Medium-full bodied, crisp.

O: A pretty solid beer, not one that I will really crave however.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 01:56:24 | More by koutkid41
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on-tap at my weekly beer tasting (Party Town, Florence, KY). The pour is a dark amber-copper color with about a finger of fine white head. The nose is hoppy and sweet with notes of pineapple, orange, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium body and a nice, creamy feel. There is substantial sweetness under the hops. I get flavors of toast and marmalade up front, then the hops kick in and I'm inundated with pineapple and orange. Very nice! This is one of those beers that is a lot more bitter than it tastes. Very drinkable. The Belgian yeast is definitely detectable, leaving that distinctive puff-pastry flavor under the hops.

Overall, a stellar Belgian IPA that drinks like an American IIPA. In fact, I thought it was very reminiscent of Hopslam, with just a bit more hoppiness and a bit less sweetness. Very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 00:33:18 | More by deadonhisfeet
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. 10oz poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- clear orange body, one finger white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

Smell- dank citrus hops, orange, grapefruit. Not much scent of Belgian yeast even as it warms. Nothing that says Belgian yeast. But this is a nice hoppy American IPA to me.

Flavour- like the smell. Citrus hops, grapefruit. A nice caramel toffee presence. Not much Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, just about the right bit of carbonation. Bitter, fairly piney. Again no mention of Belgian yeast here.

Overall- nice IPA by FFF but I don't even get the Belgian contribution. Very good but not that much different than their other hoppy offerings.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 23:23:07 | More by Stevedore
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange body, finger head, nice lacing

S: tropical fruit, fresh Belgian yeast, light pine aroma

T: same as nose, mild peppery hint, sweet caramel malt
middle, subtle long pine finish

M: med body, solid oily/sticky mouth

O: Delightful collaboration. Nice to see 2 fine
breweries explore together.

DELICIOUS; TREAT YOURSELF!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 23:49:33 | More by BeerLover99
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larryi86

Delaware

4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle!
22 oz bottle, dated 2/17/14, poured into a tulip

A- Clear bright orange/copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Tropical fruits, pine, citrus, grapefruit, fruity Belgian yeast, smells great!

T- Bitter hoppy finish is the first thing that jumps out at me, getting some tropical hops, citrus, peppercorns, pine, slightly dank, some sweet caramel malts, finish is very bitter. Great balance of flavor.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- An awesome bitter IPA with a since Belgian style twist. Very enjoyable, really hope to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:45:32 | More by larryi86
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour a crystal clear gold with 3 inches of fluffy white head. The head settles down and retains about a cm and leaves significant lacing. The nose starts with heavy American hops. Pine, citrus, orange, and mango come through strong up front with fruity notes of Belgian yeast to follow. The belgo characteristic are largely overshadowed by the aromatic hop profile. The taste starts with a moderate to high bitterness with notes of grass, lemon, pine, and citrus with strong resinous notes throughout. The middle sweetens up a bit and exposes some of the Belgian notes, but bitterness again comes through and leaves a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a moderate body. Overall, the Belgian qualities of this IPA are pretty mild, which I actually like. I'm not a fan of Belgian yeast esters over taking the hop profile and it is certainly not the case here. This tastes right up the alley with the rest of Three Floyds IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 06:16:01 | More by homebrew311
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BradtheGreat7

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken day it arrived in Feb 2014(2014 release)

22 oz(1 pint, 6 oz) brown FFF shaped bomber with a nice label. White with the description of the 'new' name and the passing of an employee in which it was renamed after. Blue, yellow, and reds outlining the man himself enjoying a smoke in some aviator shades. I really dig this label. Good of them to show their appreciation of the passing of a friend. Poured into a stemmed Belgian style tulip glass.

A - murky yellow golden-orange color that carries a slight cloudiness to it. Glows in the light. Beautiful. Light sediment floating about in the haze. Big off white head on the pour takes its time settling to a creamy layer of lacing leaving awesome stick. Exactly how a Belgian ipa should look.

S - citrus and fruits up front. Sugared grapefruit, zesty lemon, mango, juicy peach, orange, and sweet fresh pineapple. A little pine of floral hop notes creep up toward the middle before a grainy bread malt, banana, bubblegum and Belgian spice balance this nose to perfection. Belgian style yeast makes up the foundation and really does extremely well with the juicy fruits throughout. Like it was meant for one another. This nose is absolutely complete and just plain awesome!

T - another act of greatness here. Juicy citrus and fruitiness. Candied grapefruits, orange, mango and pineapple candy. Hint of pine and earthy floral like hops for a split second. Belgian yeast again is funky and adds even more class to Rich life. Clove and spice. Bread and grain malts. A hit of banana and bubblegum before a finish of more orange and pineapple fruitiness. Not quite to the platform of the nose, but still out of this world delicious.

M - big medium body and a world class thickness carrying a texture one only finds in FFF brews. Enjoyable and coats the mouth with Belgian inspired American ipa class. Highly drinkable with a hint of alcohol as it warms. Über drinkable.

O - Live A Rich Life a.k.a. Shark Pants as it was formally named is a sheer piece of brewing class. When FFF are bottling rotating ales of this quality they are a brewery that's hard to beat. I enjoyed this maybe too much as I've craved it since. Lets hope this one keeps finding its way into bottling distribution, bc its one of the best brews you'll ever get your hands on. Long live Rich Life.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 04:03:45 | More by BradtheGreat7
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roger617

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into nonic.

A: Pours a mild copper color with near 2 fingers of frothy white head that has long retention and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S: I get the Belgian style aroma up front, lots of cloves, coriander, mixed spices/herbs. There's a slight hop background, with a malt compliment.
T: Very similar to aroma, I get the Belgian themed flavors on the front end. The hops have more of a presence I'm the flavor, bringing some citrus and pine into the mix.
M: Carbed well, leaves a slightly dry after taste.
O: A very interesting and unique offering from the Floyd family. I enjoyed this bomber, but it's not necessarily the beer I'd go for when craving a hoppy brew. Balance leans strongly towards the herbals and pine throughout, especially when it warms up a bit.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 00:54:10 | More by roger617
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kevanb

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 2/17/2014, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.

The beer pours a hazy, copper orange color with hues of amber and a nice, thick, foamy white head, about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves a decent amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is juicy, fresh fruit, tangy citrus, strong sweetness from the malt, but also an intense bitterness that brings out some pine and earthy tones, playing off the citrus peel. Alcohol is definitely potent here, but not astringent and off putting. The flavors match up and definitely improve upon the nose, the fruit flavors are great, tropical and juicy, lots of mango and passionfruit, tangy grapefruit with some orange peel in there as well, amply bitter with some strong piney earth flavors, sappy and resinous that go well with the juicy qualities that greet the tongue. Strong, sticky malt and sweet alcohol dominate the finish, but aren't too out of line, a nice counterbalance to the hops. The body is sticky, full and coats the mouth well, the carbonation is lower on the spectrum but still lively with a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: I've been enjoying bombers of this beer since the 2/17 release and it's showing no signs of slowing down, which is admirable considering how quickly many of the IPAs from Three Floyds begin to wilt. It's definitely a maltier beer than what fits the FFF stereotype, but it's still a great hoppy beer and one of the fruitier IPAs they've made. The belgian yeast adds a great level of intrigue to this and it's not one to be missed, easily one of the better Belgian IPAs on the market.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 03:16:59 | More by kevanb
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Davepoolesque

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a reddish amber color. Not much of a nose on this. Taste was straight up bitter. I couldn't detect any real hops, just pure bitterness. Very dry with almost no sweetness. The opposite of a juicy IPA. I really wanted to love this beer but it fell short for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2014 23:11:00 | More by Davepoolesque
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joe1510

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$15
Three Floyd's Brewpub

Bottled: 2/10/14

Live the Rich Life sports that beautiful, fairly clear, ruby hue. Autumnal orange highlights pop up when any light shows from behind. Tiny carbonation bubbles keep the dirty white head alive and substantial. Sticky lace clings to the glass and I can already tell it'll take some scrubbing to get it clean.

The hop profile seem to follow in the vein of Permanent Funeral with immense tropical fruits and citrus. A hefty dose of pineapple can be smelt from a couple feet away. Mango and papaya follow close behind before handfuls of dripping peach, nectarine, and apricot come along toward the middle. Grapefruit and orange, lightly sweetened, jammy, bring up the rear. A backbone of caramel maltiness round things out. I don't get (m)any esters from the Belgian yeast. With some warmth resinous pine mingles with peppery booze.

While the nose is still fairly bright I'm afraid the flavor has faded just a touch over the month since it's been bottled and oddly enough this still tastes better than 90% of IIPAs out there. The tropical notes mentioned in the nose are all present and meld seamlessly. Dried apricot and juicy peach are more assertive in the taste and push through the finish. I do get some esters on the finish, although I don't know if I could have picked them out if blindfolded, in the form of orchard fruits such as tripels showcase. The swallow shows a little boozy heat, a touch of lasting caramel, and resinous pine oils. The pine grows exponentially with warming, nearly taking over.

Three Floyd's somehow, some way, can make a a big beer drink like a 5%er. Live the Rich Life is no different. The body is moderate with a touch of stick on the backend. The stick makes no difference because it eventually dries up with a lingering bitterness. Drinkability = dangerous.

If I wasn't told this was brewed with Belgian yeast I probably would have never picked it out. This is, in my mind, a juicy, ripe, extremely drinkable IIPA. Three Floyd's brews some better versions of the style, in my opinion, but this is in no way a slouch. RIP Rich, you have an excellent beer brewed in your honor.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 05:08:37 | More by joe1510
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a deep copper color, which left a significant amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit is very apparent in the aroma. Overall, I would suggest the aroma is Earthy grapefruit.

Taste - My first impression is the beer is like a shot of straight grapefruit juice in its most sour form. There is a high level of carbonation with notes of grass, other citrus notes, and a resiny after. The citrus is so intense, I have difficulty detecting the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the citrus to assault the tastebuds with citrus in a manner of shock and awe.

Overall - This is a very solid effort by Three Floyds.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 15:57:15 | More by JohnnyHopps
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on Tap at Brixies and poured into a sifter.

A) Dark orange, clear, and has a two finger head that lasts leaving good amount of lace.

S) Wow sugary candy, citrus fruits, honey?, Belgian yeast.

T) Malty, skittles, bread, grapefruit, Belgian yeast aftertaste

M) Creamy very similar to Apocalypse Cow, low amount of carbonation.

O) One of the best FFF I had in a long time probably since In the Name of Suffering

Serving type: on-tap

03-07-2014 15:32:38 | More by NewGlarusFan
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joeseppy

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cooper sheen with a generous dense whitish merengue head. One can easily agitate a head anytime while spending time with this.

Aroma leads with a pink grapefruit cocktail and tangerine. Fruity with a standout hop.

Initial taste I get a peppery hop sensation that goes to the back of the palate. Semi-sweet fruit then noticeable upfront laying nicely on the tongue with a dense earthy hop cone and resinous pine. Nice grapefruit pith/hop bitterness that is dry. Alcohol noted in a sense comparable to that of a London dry gin-no lime. A most contemplatable quaff if ever I had one.

Spicy pepper hop lingers on the palate as the sweetness of the malt helps to adhere as such. Medium to full bodied that is somewhat creamy. Clean and dry finish. A definite sipper, not a ZD cuuurusher!!!

I was able to score only two of these bad boys and I want to make the best of it and take my time. Overall a fine Belgium IPA that quite possibly could lead the category as defined.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 03:23:15 | More by joeseppy
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lanciloti

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into FFF pint glass. (bottled 2/17/14)

Appearance: Coppery red with a thick off white head of tight bubbles.

Smell: Huge notes of grapefruit, passion-fruit, pine, and a light touch of spice. Almost better smelling than tasting.

Taste: Starts with grapefruit and tropical fruits, and as it moves into the middle of the mouth the hugely bitter hops set in. sweet citrus and a heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth textured right before the bitterness slaps you in the face. There is a nice level of carbonation involved and it works nicely for this brew.

Overall: Very good, more like a DIPA if you ask me. Really want to try shark pants now. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:53:20 | More by lanciloti
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screamking

Ohio

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass. Date on the bottle is smeared, I think its 2-17-14.

Pours dark apricot with a thick off cream head. Lots of roasted citrus aromas on the nose. Some grilled peach, grapefruit, and lemons. It's very bitter at the first taste, but it does follow the aroma quite a bit. Mouthfeel is full and a little over carbonated. Like most 3 floyds offerings this is overpriced but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 18:00:12 | More by screamking
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/17/2014 printed on the bottleneck. I managed to snag a bottle of this from the local beer store; expectations are fairly high based on this beer's high ratings and praise.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice coppery burnt orange colored body with three big fluffy fingers of khaki head. Some fine sediment twirling in the glass. Head retention is good and it leaves behind some thick scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of fresh and juicy grapefruit / blood orange / pine resin hop presence. Some cream, soapiness, and mild alcohol heat is detectable. Smells fresh and tropical.

T - Taste is much breadier than I expected based on the aroma, but it all works in good harmony. Big grapefruit / blood orange / lemon / pine bitterness. Good balance. Mild alcohol heat on the end. I'm not really getting any 'Belgian' flavors from this one, though. Very bready and earthy, most likely imparted from the yeast strain used.

M - Feel is extremely bitter, bready, and dry on the finish. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I'm not detecting much Belgian-style presence in this beer at all aside from the yeast, and I think it would be better of labeled as an American DIPA. Still, it is nice for what it is, a great tribute beer, and I'm glad to have tried it.

Three Floyds Live A Rich Life ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:35:22 | More by mfnmbvp
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a nice copper hue. Two finger big frothy white head has nice retention.

Smell is great lots of bright citrus hop aromas play nicely with some mild spice, lemongrass and earthy phenols from the Belgian yeast. Combination is highlighted by a light grainy very mildly sweet malt backbone. Everything works together to make this a really nice herbal bright citrus and spices aromas.

Taste follows the nose with a nice balance of orange citrus and herbal vegetal hops forward. bitterness is mild and not over assertive hoppy oils give this a nice crisp flavor that works well with some very light dry spicy phenols of clove and cinnamon. Malt is slightly husky and grainy with very mild sweetness

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp sticky feel from the loads if hop oils and resin. Milt is mildly sticky and sweet and carbonation is moderate to high. There is also a slightly dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:46:06 | More by Fcolle2
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

3.66/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to glass..actually bottle dated but I'll be damned if I can read.

Nice copper with a frothy cap that lingers and sticks.

Nose of caramel, sourdough, lemon and pineapple.

Hops are crisp with a quick clean bitterness and plenty of pineapple.Shows a very sourdough-y malt presence. The yeast is light and doesn't ran much interference, nor does it do much to cut the massive sweetness. Alcohol is large on the finish along with some fruity banana esters and clove. Ah, there's the Belgian yeast influence...

Overall, a pretty good DIPA that just doesn't quite hit the right notes for me. There's too much sweetness and a harsh alcohol bite that makes it a nice beer to try but a beer I wouldn't clamor for again.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:38:57 | More by BarrytheBear
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macher0

Kentucky

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh.

A. Medium copper with medium clarity. Slightly translucent. Beautiful egg shell 2 finger head that retreats very slow. Frothy fine bubble head. Great laces.

S. A light fragrance. Mostly resin and pine hops. The Belgium yeast is noticeable.

T. Bitter. Moderate malt backbone. As with the nose, lots of resin in the straight forward hop profile. A little fresh-hop peppery sting. No booze.

M. Not very smooth. Medium body.

O. Very nice. A hop forward ale for sure. The yeast doesn't impart much flavor but the malt certainly is noticeable. I recommend this but I prefer Zombie Dust and A Cow much more. The appearance is my favorite aspect.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 22:56:16 | More by macher0
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into Teku. Dated 2-18-14

A - Dark amber orange with big 3 finger white head and loads of lacing.

S - Big, bold hoppy west coast profile of bitter citrus and pine. Just a bit of sweet caramel malt pokes though. Smells very nice.

T - A bitter hop kick in the beginning. The hop profile in this beer is bold. There is a ton of bitter citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit. Not much going on with the Belgian yeast, but there is a small sweetness of caramel malts on the finish along with more bitter citrus.

M - Great carbonation and medium body with sticky mouthfeel.

O - Another delicious IIPA from Three Floyds. I don't even hesitate when a new one is available to buy, they are always worth it.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 18:23:09 | More by Ri0
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always buy the Three Floyds bombers whenever they roll in to the bottle shop, so I picked this up. But after a little research, I learned this is actually…SHARK PANTS? WHAT?! I’ve wanted to get a taste of this one for a long while, so it was a nice surprise. It’s nice to see FFF honoring their buddy Rich Sheppard on the label, too (even though the name Shark Pants was apparently inspired by him, too).

Fresh as ever: bottled 02/10/2014, less than three weeks before the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper with a short beige head, creamy but fleeting. Moving the glass around kicks up some smooth fizz, but there’s little in the way of retention otherwise; a thin strand of lace decorates the inside of the glass, though.

S: Like every FFF beer ever, the nose is all hops, but I’m not complaining: each whiff is a rush of grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and tropical fruit. That sweet FFF malt backbone spills out beneath the hops, filling out the nose with cracker, caramel, and candi syrup. Bit of spicy booze on the end, but nothing Belgian.

T: Holy hell, the nose does not do this justice – what we’ve got here is a layered palate that’s gripped with a glorious, uncommonly crisp hop taste. This could have easily been a thick, malty brew, but the grain bill is surprisingly light and, for a hoppy beer, complimentary (instead of that typical contrasting super-sweetness): toasty, buttery biscuit and baguette crust, plus a touch of sweet vanilla bean. The Belgian yeast and the hops expand from that base, but what they provide for the palate isn’t support: they’re the stars of this show. The bitterness is crisp, peppery, and above all, clean, showcasing a sophisticated blend of juniper, wildflower, green olive, orange zest, and even some rosemary. It’s unlike any other bitterness I’ve tasted so far: it’s not as much about the specific tastes as it is about the overall character of uplifting floral crispness. There’s a lot of “wow” factor in that. Finishes very, very mild, with a slight lemongrass taste.

M: I love the texture of this beer. It’s creamy with a light, velvety carbonation, giving it a fantastic weightlessness on the tongue. The hops on the palate’s back end provide a snap of unique, crackling dryness as it finishes – it leaves it crisp, not astringent like other DIPAs.

O: This is my favorite beer from Three Floyds – yeah, it even beats Zombie Dust. As usual, there’s a lot of hop character in the nose and palate, but it’s never tongue-smackingly bitter; here, the hops are offered up to the palate like a gourmet spice. With everything this beer has going for it, it’s safe to say that it’s pleasing beyond just “I like this taste or that taste, so this fits my palate.” As far as I’m concerned, Three Floyds has come just about as close to bottling happiness as any brewer can – what a way to remember Rich! Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 06:27:39 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Illinois

4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to stumble upon a 22 oz bomber at a local store.

A: Golden orange in color, minimal off-white head with little retention and lacing.
S: The citrusy aroma of oranges and lemons is very pronounced.
T: The taste follows the aroma, with notes of oranges, lemons, and a light spice. For a IIPA with +100 IBU's, it's much sweeter than bitter.
M: A light bodied mouth-feel that wets the tongue with juicy hops.
O: Another exceptional IIPA from Three Floyd's Brewing company. I would compare this more to Permanent Funeral, than I would Arctic Panzer Wolf or Dreadnaught. Well worth the $11.99 price tag for a bomber.

Serving type: bottle

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