Live A Rich Life - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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2.62/5 rDev -38.6%
"live a Rich life"
"in memory of Rich Sheppard 7/1/90-4/11/11."
BOTTLE: Courtesy of Duff27. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art; classy in a Hunter S. Thompson sort of way. Branded colourful pry-off pressure cap. Bottled 02/10/14.
Reviewed live as a "Belgian style double india pale ale" because the label clearly identifies it as such. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.
Served cold, after a brief period of rest following its removal from the fridge, into a mini nonic glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
Reviewed in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.
HEAD: Three fingers wide. Off-white colour. Plump and soft-looking, with a smooth even consistency and a supple complexion. It's nicely creamy and thick, but could be frothier.
7-8+ minute retention. Pretty impressive if this beer really is 9.50% as currently listed on the site.
BODY: Clear translucent mango colour of good vibrance. Not the usual boring copper colour of most (imperial) IPAs. I'm not seeing any yeast particulate or sediment, which might be a nice touch in a purported Belgian IPA.
Appears well-carbonated. Definitely above average for the style; I'm looking forward to trying it. But it's not unique or special.
The colour is fantastic.
AROMA: Candy/Belgian candi sugar. Caramalt. Caramel sweetness. Bubblegum. Caramelized gooey orange peel. Some toffee. Sweetbread.
In short, it's sweeter than anticipated, and the candi notes dominate.
Hopwise, it's a bit limited. Sticky nectary hop character, floral notes, some pineapple (a tropical fruit note I personally dislike in beer), mango, sherbet, and overripe tangerine.
Fruity ale esters.
There is some alcohol presence lingering beneath the sweetness.
I'm not finding any real yeasty notes. A shame in a Belgian ale, especially if De Struise's yeast was used.
As it comes to temperature, I pick up on some lightly dank hop notes and some faint resins.
It's a sticky wet aroma of mild strength, and suggests an overly sweet, overripe flavour profile. I fear severe imbalance (in which the hop bitterness is too concealed by the malty sweetness) and the presence of pineapple-y hop notes - which I usually despise.
TASTE: Plenty of sweetness throughout. Sweetbread, caramel, caramalt. The candi sugar/candy character is luckily more restrained than the aromatics suggesed, but it's still problematic.
Sadly, there's no noticeable Belgian yeast character. A real shame.
As I feared, the sweetness is too much, and hides what should be the star(s) of the show - the hoppy notes. Sticky pine resin, floral hop character, off-putting warm pineapple...they're all surpressed by the unbecoming malty sweetness. The treat of the beer for me are the mango and tangerine tropical fruit notes, but unfortunately they're corrupted by the booziness that runs through the beer.
Surely this was a nicer flavour profile when the beer was fresher. As-is, 7 months after bottling, it's a syrupy, sweet, somewhat boozy, imbalanced mess. The imbalance is ruinous. Messy as it is, it does have some cohesion of flavour, though this isn't a gestalt build; the pineapple could easily be removed, resulting in a better beer, and it doesn't feel like an impenetrable whole.
Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Subpar amplitude of flavour.
It's complicated, poorly layered, and generally chaotic. I wouldn't call it intricate, refined, or subtle.
TEXTURE: Boozy, slightly syrupy, way too thick, smooth, and wet. Overcarbonated. Too hefty and weighty on the palate. Unnecessarily full-bodied.
In short, it's just too much on the palate, especially considering the relative lack of deep and/or intricate flavours. This bold and heavy a presence on the palate just isn't justified by the flavours that are present; there's relatively little for the texture to support.
Overall, this texture distracts from the flavours, and fails to bring out the best in the taste. Subpar execution.
OVERALL: This mishmash of Three Floyds' double IPA expertise and De Struise's Belgian yeast feels like a collision of competing brewing styles, rather than a successful holistic effort. Call it Collaboration Syndrome, but this beer just isn't working for me. It doesn't even hide its ABV well. While I'll finish the bottle alone, it will take effort. A huge disappointment considering the two breweries involved. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. It won't impress the discerning drinker.
That said, I'd love to revisit this fresh - ideally on-draught. I worry these months of (unintended) age have been severely detrimental to the beer. Of course, Three Floyds offers no best before date on their label, so I take no blame for consuming it late.
The warm booziness is a big problem, and is made worse by the presence of off-putting warm pineapple.
Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle; I'm glad I got to try it!
08-17-2014 19:19:58 | More by kojevergas
3.08/5 rDev -27.9%
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.
03-14-2014 23:11:00 | More by Davepoolesque
3.18/5 rDev -25.5%
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.
07-08-2012 17:17:21 | More by bashiba
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