Live A Rich Life - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 114
Gots: 122 | FT: 4
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AleWatcher on 06-03-2011

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.
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Ratings: 799 | Reviews: 136
Reviews by cvm4:
Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, cloudy amber. Lovely 2 finger light tan head.

S - Caramel malts, some spices, citrus hops and may'be a touch of pine.

T - Nice bite at first. Leads way to some sweet malts, a bit of honey and a lingering orange peel hop finish.

M - Medium all around. Has a wet finish.

O - I'm not sure it's geared toward Belgian IPA like the style implies but it's definitely a great beer. There's just a lot of balance in this beer between the hops and malt.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BrewUSA
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Life a Rich life is a Belgian Style IPA that in thought was one of the stoopidest names ever.... Until I read on the side of the bottle that it was dedicated to a young gentleman named Rich Sheppard. It pours with an aggressive foamy bright white head. It looks translucent amber/orange... Reminds me of orange/cherry 'Jell-O' The taste isn't nearly as 'yeasty' as I expected. In fact, I wouldn't know it was a Belgian style at all init weren't on the bottle. Taste was very pine heavy, starts off extremely piney and finishes with a heavy dose of citrus, mostly orange, tangerine and Pineapple. Feel is rich and creamy. Rather light and crisp. While it is def worth seeking out. I will say a drawback for me is, the 'Soap' taste that some IPA's have. Overall, great brew by one of my fav breweries~

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Poured a nice dark honey gold, slightly unfiltered cloudiness. Nonexistent head potential, retention or lacing.
S - 3.75 - Lower rating on the smell. Had the nice bright bouquet of oranges, mango, hops and grapefruit I expected, but also a TON of not so welcome malt. Honestly thought I had bought an old beer at first (date was smudged)
T - 4.75 - The belgian styling makes the taste absolutely stellar. Has the big, full on hop profile you'd expect with a decent amount of sweetness and a sharp, bitter biting end, but it finishes clean, crisp and instantly. The sweetness doesn't make it syrupy and the bitterness doesn't linger. It finishes sharp and clean, making it a powerful, yet thirst-quenching DIPA.
F - Light bodied, very thin to me, but this works great with its clean and thirst quenching qualities.
O - 4.75 - What a damned fine brew, one of the better DIPA's I've had in a long time. Highly recommended!

Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz poured into glass.

Appearance: Hazy, milky amber that is pretty opaque with a good amount of bubbles. Off white head leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops like most big IPAs. Pine notes. It smells tasty.

Taste: Milky and citrus. Interesting. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Smooth. Slight pine after taste.

Overall: Glad I grabbed the last bottle of this. Definitely worth it.

Photo of warnerry
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep copper color with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves nice rings of lacing. A steady stream of carbonation rises.

S - Big citrus hops aroma, with grapefruit and orange zest. Also a bit of pine, some caramel malt and only faint Belgian yeast. The caramel malt adds a definite sweetness to the aroma.

T - Lots of citrus. Not just hop bitter citrus, but some juicy citrus as well. Taste is quite floral and somewhat sweet. Bitterness is assertive, but not overpowering. Very nice.

M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter dry herbal finish.

O - Very nice. The Belgian aspect is pretty muted, but this is a nice DIPA.

Photo of rsquared59
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Belgian yeast and hops!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Marquette Nick (justanothergalen) for hooking this up at the Solar Eclipse party.

Pretty cool orange pour and 3/4" head, nice white small bubbles, really good retention. Aroma, not as massive hoppiness as I expected or hoped for, but its cool, still nice, still good, just not an American smack in the face like some FFF beers.

Still a decent amount of hops in the taste, mildly citrusy, tropical, but the malt and yeast really hit hard too. Dare I say, this is one of the most balanced, AND enjoyable beers under the ipa banner there is. Hides the alcohol well, carbonation is right on, bitterness is still pretty big, but like I said, still relatively balanced all things considered. Pretty complex, really has all the things people love about belgian yeast and American hops together. You know all those desciptors I'm talking about. Caramel, banana, clove, coriander, citrus, pine, grapefruit, etc. . .

A cool beer, but not really something I'm going to clamor for FFF to make again and again.

Photo of jeonseh
3.92/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - A reddish copper with a one finger slightly dirty white head. Slightly reflective and very clean looking

S - Tropical, sweet fruit in the nose. Pineapple and tangerine dominate the sweet nose. There is nice banana presence that lies underneath in the nose and gives hints of the Belgian yeast strand. overall, the nose is very sweet smelling as well.

T - At first, I get a slight pine hop presence that hangs on for a second before a sweeter pineapple and tangerine come through. There is just enough hop in here to prevent it from being cloying or too sweet. In the finish, there is a slight bitter kick that comes through with a hint of banana. Not as Belgiany on the flavor as I would expect

MF - Medium body with light carbonation. A bit syrupy as well which leaves a slight stickiness.

O - What happens if you take Dreadnaught and brew it with Belgian yeast? You get this beer. Solid DIPA. However, I was hoping for the Belgian aspects to shine through a bit more instead of playing such a small role.

Photo of joeseppy
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | 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.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bang on DIPA. Yeast flavour exceeds the malt backing, well balanced. Intensive IBU and hop flavour. Great drinkability for a DIPA. Better than average. Big retained head. Above average mouthfeel.Fruity, piney, a little caramel.Very clean.Bottle from Steven.

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a hazy orange with a head that dies quickly.
S - They nailed it on the aroma. Smells just like a hoppy IPA & yeasty Belgium.
T - Nice hoppy flavor, bitter with a dank, earthy finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very happy with this beer. Passed it by the first time I saw it on the shelf last year but I did not pass it by this time and I was rewarded with a very fine brew.

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, map room chicago

bartender : "you know, its very three-floydsy"

appearance: served in a nice unbranded tulip, slightly hazed orange body, creamy white cap - on par for what you would expect from a belgian ipa

smell: tropical fruit, bright citrus hops, pineapple, yeasty. as a hophead, its hard not to love anything hop-driven from 3F

taste: just lovely - very clean and fresh - dominated by tropical fruits and pineapple, citrus zest, pine, crisp belgian yeast, bubblegum, very mild spice. Good stuff.

mouthfeel: light and refreshing, good carbonation levels

overall: stellar

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been holding onto a bottle of Live a Rich Life for at least a year...waiting for the right moment to pop it...well Father's Day is as good as any. The beer poured a nice clear copper with 1/2 finger thick head that is leaving a nice lace. I left a heal in the bottle to keep the sediment from getting into my tulip glass. The scent includes Belgium malt and fresh hops that provide citrus, slight pine and some floral tones. The taste briefly bitter, then a nice sweet malt comes to the rescue to balance the beer...settling into a smooth slightly bitter, peppery dry finish. The mouthfeel is full in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is an excellent beer and falls in line with all the really awesome small batch beers that 3F brews.

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a light sticky off white head.

The smell was sweet and a bit belgiany with heavy yeast notes, just a touch of light citrus and pine from the hops.

The flavor was dominated by sweet caramel malts, a bit of belgian spices come through along with a touch of citrus hops, but overall its very sweet with just a mild bit of bitterness that never gets it close to balance.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and oily.

I didn't hate it, but struggled with the sweetness, to boozy and rich for a Belgian IPA, needs more hops.

Photo of Austin32
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark gold, almost brown, very strong Belgian influence, great crisp hops and flavor. Highly recommend if you get the opportunity.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glowing sunset and crystal clear body. Huge dense nine white head that leaves cascading lace.

In your face juicy hop profile. Orange, mango, grapefruit. The Belgian yeast is submissive to the hops.

Same tropical and citrus hops on the flavor. A light banana like ester ups the tropical feel.

Fresh, clean, juicy, sticky mouthfeel.

A great collaboration that clearly leans on the side of a hoppy American three Floyd's IPA.

Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap the other day at FFF while there with betsona. Also, got two high fives from yeahnatenelson while we were there. Good day overall!

A- Came to me a golden orange color with a light amber middle to the center of the beer. Half figner white head shows poor retention. Nice block lace and light streaks on the sides of the glass with each sip.

S- Big citrus upfront from the hops with pineapple to me shining through. Light yeasty undertone show a little belgian banana and clove combo. Bready caramel malts in the very end with a light almost plastic scent. Citrus hops once again in the ending with medium alcohol aroma.

T- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma now dominate the palate with a strong pineapple like flavor. Belgian yeast comes through next with light over ripe banana and hints of muted clove. This never takes over the primary flavor of the hops at any given taste. Hints of light bready malts toward the middle with the belgian yeast standing out as well. This quickly gets crushed by another wave of citrus hops. Ending of the beer calms down a little bit with over ripe banana and bubblegum combo in the ending. Hint of hops in the very ending. Clean crisp alcohol taste in the final part of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Pineapple, hints of caramel malt, and light banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is over ripe banana and pineapple with a light sweet alcohol layering over it. Very balanced for the beer and for who brewed it I thought. No off flavors at all while I was drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate while sipping this beer.

O- This beer to me was very good. After having a couple snifters of this I must say these two need to do many many more brews together. The flavors were settle and while the hops dominated everything they didn't go too out of their way in making this a palate crushing beer. The alcohol was present only toward the ending and did a good job at not over drying the palate. Will be looking forward to trying this in a bottle if they ever bottle it.

Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, poured into a tulip

A- pours a slightly hazy amber color with a two-finger frothy off-white head that had great retention, leaving some lacing behind

S- citrus and tropical fruity hops up front, complimented by a honey-like sweetness. Peppery and grassy with notes of dried herbs and fresh grass. Sweet doughy malt with a hint of caramel balances it out

T- lots of fruity hops with flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango and papaya. The Belgian yeast gives big peppery notes with lots of herbal notes. The malt is slightly doughy, with a honey-like sweetness that compliments the fruity hop character nicely. Slightly sweet finish with more fruity hops on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big and frothy mouthfeel, ending with a slightly warming, smooth finish

O- a fruit hop explosion that is complimented nicely by a the peppery yeast flavors. One of the better Beligan IPA's that I've tried, very good

Photo of Jaycase
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy orange with a thick white head. Very nice lacing

s: citrusy hops. grapefruit, orange, mango. hint of yeast

t: from the aroma to the taste - explosion of citrus hops. Belgian yeast flavor takes a back seat but the presence is there. mild spiciness

m: medium body, moderate carbonation

o: Picked this up at DLD '12. Such a good beer. Tropical fruit delight...could easily drink this with breakfast. If you have a chance, please pick this one up.

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset orange, rich and saturated, with some sharper clarity towards the lower part of the glass and meniscus. The creamy foam is somewhat mellow, but it leaves spindly arcs of delicate lace all around, looking minimal yet spectacular.

Resiny and dank hop aroma, earthy and gritty, raw orange peel and mango. Alcohol is slightly perceptible, but well integrated.

Lush feel, big citrusy orange and layered tropical fruit notes with an undercurrent of bitter earthiness of resiny pine and aspirin. Creamy feel, extra smooth. At 260 ibu, its surprisingly not intensely bitter. Very tasty and deceptively strong. Cheers to FFF and Struise on their successful collaboration!

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like stone fruit, apples, citrusy and pine hops, and bready malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice, candied oranges, citrus peel and a bit of clove noticeable. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, certainly worth picking up! $11.99 a bomber.

Photo of jokeefe89
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love it. Once again a new beer from these guys still suprises me. Just goes to show this is the best brewing company around. I walked in, asked about the beer, got an honest response, purchased it an it was even better than described. These guys are their own scene and their beer is the best. Period

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

My purposely vigorous pour gets me an inch and a half of wavy yellow bread head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as the head recedes oh so slowly. Body is a murky amber orange. Very appropriate for the style in terms of looks.

Nose is a fragrant mix of bready sweet malts supported buy fruity and citrus surrounded hops. Really nice and well presented from a smell standpoint. Very appetizing.

The first sip brings a pillowy soft body that really hugs the palate. Such a nice balance of hops and malts are a perfect marriage of drinkability. Starts with fruit bread sweetness that is light and crisp. This is made to be not to heavy by the balance of hops. These hops dry out the sweetness and add a very well needed bitterness that hangs on through the finish of this brew.

The flavors really ride a roller coaster on the taste buds and it is a fun ride.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a sweet cracker finish. This is a wonderful beer that I wish I had more easy access to. I still think this is a bit of a misunderstood style for most of the hop heads out there.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this bottle. Poured in to FFF stemmed tulip.

A - Hazy medium amber with a big glow throughout. Two fingers of off white head that receded to a half finger. Good lacing.

S - Big bitterness up front with pine, citrus and floral aromas. A pretty prominent malt sweetness provides balance and adds caramel and candy-like aromas. No big Belgian qualities aside from the candy. Nice nose overall.

T - Sharp bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a big malt sweetness and caramel and candy flavours. Some good grapefruit and pine flavours are present from the hops. A slight spiciness in the finish. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body, creamy. Lots of tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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