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

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Ratings: 667
Reviews: 111
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 92
Gots: 77 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% 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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite exceptional with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, slight tropical fruit, malt, and some Belgian yeast flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good tasting beer with a fantastic smell.

UCLABrewN84, May 14, 2012
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -6.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +17.4%

spycow, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds last weekend. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed light orange color with a good white head and a pretty good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose is an explosion of hops and Belgian yeast. Really fruity with a bit of spice. Lots of citrus and a nice earthy undertone. Pine there as well. Some malt in the background.

The flavor brings quite a bit of Belgian yeast, especially as it warms. Nice combination of floral, citrus, and piney hops. Everything there plays really well with the yeast. Medium body and good carbonation. Bitter in the finish. Quite bitter. This is one of the best, if not the best, Belgian IPAs I've ever had.

Thorpe429, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -12%

Texasfan549, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With their new found love affair with Belgian-style ales and their aggressive reputation with hops, the fusion has to leave the taste buds bewildered and smitten, right?

The tulip is delivered to the table, back lit from the window the beer gloats a light caramel hue with lightly hazed orange shades toward the center. Capped with a fluffed white foam, the beer seems as proud as the pretty girl in her prom dress. The expected stellar lace and retention are all delivered as the beer leaves the glass much faster than it should.

Very bright and juicy aromas of honey-dipped citrus and tropical fruits invade the olfactories with stealth-like precision of peppery spice, mint, and pine needles to complement. Mouthwatering and supremely appetizing, a notion of freshly mulled herbs, grasses, and grapefruit swirl to a complex and seductive scent.

Flavors give everything that well-hopped Three Floyds beers do, but with extra spiciness from yeast and estery fruit flavors to accent those of their vibrant hops- it's a carnival ride for the taste buds. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, plump tangerines, pineapple juice, lemon zest, and pureed mangoes, apricots, and papaya are just a preview of the fruit coctail and fruit punch sweet acidity that's sure to cure scurvy. The unique yeast give a fruity boost to the hop fruitiness while also complementing the balance with white pepper, coriander, and basil with only a small hint of detergent. The supple malt character seems thinner than caramel and nearly seems of honey as the floral hop and fruit character informs the light sweetness of malt presence.

The more-than-sufficient carbonation allows the sweetness to bounce off of the tongue and chaperones the fruit and spices into a light powdery evaporation of minty alcohol warmth, resin dryness, fruit acidity, and spicy pang to finish. A pleasant and lingering aftertaste of citrusty bitterness cuts through the thirst and evokes a return to the glass much sooner than it should.

A lot of the flavors and textures that I love so much about Dreadnaught manifests themselves here. But where Dreadnaught is focused on the dialogue of hops and malt, this more complex and characterful version is reinforced with the yeasty spice and estery fruits from Belgian influences to show artistry in recipe formulation and perfection in brewing execution.

BEERchitect, May 27, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -6.1%

kjkinsey, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev -6.1%

GRG1313, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

kylehay2004, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

largadeer, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of emerge077
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

emerge077, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of nickfl
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

nickfl, May 29, 2014
Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source. Served in a tulip.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that has great retention and eventually settles to a thick cap and large swathes of glass-coating lace. Hazed dark golden body.

S - A mix of peppery Belgian yeast, citrus, and pine. Citrus character is more lemony than the typical American grapefruit/orange. As it warms some light burnt sugar malt character emerges to tie things together. Reminds me a little of Ale Asylum Bedlam.

T - Big citrus and lots of residual bitterness. In the background there's yeast, and a light toasted malt character. There's also a faint hint of astringency that was unexpected, but it never gets too intrusive. I suppose that may be a result of the ungodly number of IBUs.

M - Medium body, soft creamy texture. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant, and the beer finishes exceptionally dry with lots of residual hop oils and resins.

D - I seem to have encountered two awesome Belgian (D)IPAs after a long dry spell. I think brewers (at least in the Midwest) are finally realizing the potential for Belgain yeast and malt backbones combined with American hops (and not just early in the boil). If this comes out in bottles I'll certainly buy one or two.

MasterSki, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of jlindros
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/10/14, drank 5/30/14, thanks to crapturds (reddit).

pours a nice creamy semi thick 1/2 finger head nice lacing, hazy dark reddish chestnut color.

Nose big sweet candy, little pineapple and tropical notes, into caramel toffee, citrus candied orange peel, spicy hops, chewy little early and fruity, dank and resinous, little pine too.

Taste starts sweet and creamy, little caramel and toffee, fairly sweet. Big citrus and candied orange peel, dank resinous and piney, earthy, little spicy, little fruity. Flashes of like pineapple and tropical notes but very faded. hint of warming estery booze. Finish attempts to dry but stays sticky and syrupy, more candy and little booze, spicy briny resinous hops lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, syrupy and a bit creamy, creamy nice carb, earning booze.

Overall seems like it was much better when fresh, but lost some character,

jlindros, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Three Floyds glass because I can. At the time of this review, this is #1 on the "Top Beers - Belgian IPA" list on beeradvocate.com.

Beer is orangish and hazy with a one finger white head, small bubbles, moderate retention, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly floral, a little hoppy, some yeast, estery.

Beer is not as hoppy as I hoped but it is fine, mild to moderately hoppy Belgian amber, a little grassy with a nice finish, great yeast character, easy drinking, I'd have it again.

drabmuh, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev -6.1%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -38.5%

"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.

No lacing.

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!

C-

kojevergas, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -6.1%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

drewone, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev -6.1%

yourefragile, Jan 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Gonzoillini, Mar 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12%

brandoman63, Mar 04, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Zaphog
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

Zaphog, May 04, 2012
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Live A Rich Life from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 667 ratings.