Live A Rich Life - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 808
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.3%
Wants: 112
Gots: 121 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  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. (257 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (518 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (660 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

maybe my least favorite beer from these guys so far, and while i can appreciate it for what it is, i think its over rated on hype alone. its overly belgian, i mean way past bubblegum and high tone fruits, its over the top with that, probably fermented in the 80 degree range or warmer, and just because it has a lot of flavor, does not make it good. its honey colored beer, nice and clear and holding on to a very lacy white head, looks nice in the glass. it smells like leftover belgian yeast, and sweet oily west coast hops. the yeast is just too much, not that there is sediment or anything, but its flavor, its run wild away from the reasonable range, and feels almost sharp as a result. the beer isnt all that dry though, which i find a little confusing. the hop profile on this is excellent, i would guess some simcoe, sticky and rich for sure. it just doesnt need this yeast intensity, it would be a far better beer as an american double ipa, with some nondescript ale yeast, rather than this white winey, taffy, even corny strain that dominates the beer. finish is long, and the alcohol cuts sharply through the oily hoppy tail end, leaving a boozy belgian tang on the tongue. i appreciate making very very bold beers, but this one never really comes together for me. that said, the rest of our tasting group enjoyed it very much, and i am thankful to thebrewo for having shared this rarity with us. (1,407 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (2,348 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  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! (681 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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, (891 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -38.2%

"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- (4,966 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (1,215 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chicago tasting. Bottle shared by John.

Hazy, orange-ish body with a small off-white head. Aromas of malt, citrus, peppercorns, yeast. Lots of yeast in the flavor. Malty citrus. Alcohol warmth throughout. Medium - thick body. Nice. (234 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Dark orange with some copper hues. Dense offwhite head, excellent retention and lacing. Nose is bold but not abrasive by any stretch. Tropical fruits, mango, clementine, tangerine, honeydew melon and a sugary, cookie-like malt. Perhaps some honey Some mild herbal and piney notes also. Complex. Taste is just as hoppy, more of the same in terms of tropical and citrus profile with grassy and herbal notes highlighted in the finish. Strong malt presence as well. Only a suggestion of some Belgian character, perhaps imparting a bit of dryness. Full feel, medium high carbonation. A superior Belgian in real FFF character - awesome, I really don't know how this style gets much better. (730 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice muddled copper in color with light cloudiness. It arrived with a one finger off white head which dissipated within a minute or so. It smells like an imperial version of Alpha King. It smells of light and resinous piny hops with a solid malt backbone. It tastes of sweet and resinous hops and there is little to no Belgian characteristics. Where's the yeast? It drinks medium in body and drinks decently for the abv. Its not what I wanted but its solid. The artwork is legendary, which is why they should bottle it! (537 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head on a orange base. Crazy lacing, good head retention.

Aroma produces mostly citrus (a la Zombie Dust), very faint Belgian yeast characteristics.

More citrus with a bitterness that comes in at the end. "Fresh" would guess at 9%abv.

Highly drinkable althought this is one of my favorite style. For whatever reason this is much tastier than when I had it last summer on tap from FFF. Thanks egrace84 for the revisit! (427 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (1,013 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottle thanks to jeonseth

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a big light tan head. Good retention and foamy lacing.

S - Hoppy and sweet pine. Wow! Really great.

T - A very nice pine and bready malt hits you first, then lots of mango citrus goodness.

D - Smooth and nice. Good carbonation and a medium to light body.

O - Smells and tastes great. The label says Belgian, but I got more west coast ipa. Very nice. (461 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter at $8.00. The beer is an orange copper color, slightly hazed, with about 1 finger of froth on top, loads of lacing. A bright citrus aroma, seems massively loaded with hops, behind which it's tough to detect Belgian yeast products.

The Belgian character is more noticeable in the flavor, at least in the aftertaste. A nice lasting fruity taste that matches the hoppy onslaught in a satisfying way. Bitterness seems more pronounced the further I go through the glass.

Very nice, a fantastic Belgian IPA, but I still prefer the house versions of American IPAs. (604 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Three Floyd's with Sean and Mike... Dark copper orange with an awesome bright white head, great lacing... Aroma of fruit, oranges, a little belgian yeast, ok... The taste is a little to solvent hoppy on the front but its fruity and hides the 9% really well (259 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.82/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy copper hue with a nice one finger head that fades to leave a light thin blanket.

S - Aromas of dank hops, started off nice and tropical then became mostly malts, doh!

T - Taste is mostly malts, caramel, light creamy flavour, older hops, bitter pine resin, light orange. Light fruity, very bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is is nice, alcohol is hidden well.

O - Overall this was a solid dipa, just on the older side, was probably once awesome. (528 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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 (589 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber, big cap of soapy white froth, good sticky lacing. Scent brings big amounts of citrus and tropical fruits with a heavy dose of pine, firm spicyness, sweet sugary malt backbone. Taste brings strong fruity hops, backed by spicy and lightly bready yeast component, malts sweet but not overly aggressive. Smooth, almost creamy body. Really nice beer with strong flavor and good balance between the components. (424 characters)

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (274 characters)

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Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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