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

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 96
Gots: 79 | FT: 4
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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of trying this on tap and from the bottle, both mediums being outstanding. This review is for the bottle.

A: pours a coppery red with a thick off white collar of tight bubbles.

S: huge notes of grapefruit rinds, passionfruit, pine, and a light touch of spice. one of the best smelling iipas I've come across, world class aroma thanks to Nick and his heavy handed hop additions. almost better smelling than tasting... Almost.

T: starts with a wash of grapefruit and tropical fruits, and as it moves into the middle of the mouth the hugely bitter hop bomb sets in. sweet citrus notes and a heavy malt backbone offset the incredible amounts of alpha acids that peel the enamel off your teeth.

Overall, this is one of the best beers FFF has produced, they seem to be outdoing their year rounds on purpose. This has all the bitterness you'd want from an iipa, like Dreadnaught on steroids and with tropical fruit abound.

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber (bottled 02/10/14)

Poured into IPA glass

A: poured deep copper or amber color with thick 2-3 finger head. Great lacing and head retention. Very clear

S: tangy, resinous, tangerine and strong floral citrus in the nose. Sweet malty aroma peeking through.

M: Rich, thick and viscous mouth feel. almost chewy (in a good DIPA way). Perfect carbonation.

T: starts with forward pungent grapefruit hop burst (tastes like it was wet-hopped). Then the bicuity Belgian or English malt comes through to balance it out...but then the hop bitterness comes in, and it is just the right amount to create a perfect balance to tame the spicy peppery yeast character in the finish.

O: Another fantastic beer from 3 Floyd's. Bravo

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gamboge/light mahogany body with a crisp ivory head.

Aroma: Orange and apples with a profound yeasty nose.

Taste: Apples, mango, grapefruit, and a deep Belgian yeast profile.

Mouthfeel: Fair carbonation with a smooth finish - I expect more from a Double IPA.

Overall: As a fan of IPAs, I was eager to try 'Live a Rich Life' - even more so when I heard it was a Belgian-style Double IPA; heaven. Try this whenever possible.

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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.

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Live A Rich Life from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.