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Live A Rich Life - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 819
Avg: 4.22
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 120
Gots: 124 | FT: 3
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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 beesy
4.04/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap - served in a tulip glass

A - pours a beautiful orange. Slighly hazy with a nice, puffy one and a half finger off white head. Foam provides for some nice lacing, especially at the beginning of the pour.

S - very nice. lots of citrus hops with just a touch of belgian esters to know you're into a beliguian beer. A slight note of alcohol. A nice bitterness lingers - 100 ibu? not sure, but it's a nice beer. The beligan flavors show themselves a little more as it warms.

T - tomey likey. Nice citrus hops with a nice bit of grassy flavors. Enough belgian band-aid ensure you know your driking a bipa without being overwhelming.

M - medium bodied.

D - someone low for me. Somewhat high abv with the beligian flavors and hops makes it a little more of a sipper than a chugger.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Much better than Stone Cali-Belgique and on par with Raging Bitch.

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Photo of Simmy7000
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tribes Alehouse 8/10/2011. Poured into an 8 oz snifter.

I've been lucky enough to run into this beer three different times and this was quite possibly the last keg of this still hanging around (tapped out at FFF over 2 months ago) so I had a few glasses and decided to review.

A- Pours a semi-hazy amber/orange color with a solid finger and a half of white head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves great lacing down the glass.

S- Fantastic notes of tropical fruit combined with citrus notes. Some Belgian characteristics also make their way through. Reminds me somewhat of Dreadnaught with a twist.

T- Lots of tropical fruit and juicy citrus notes up front balanced out by a solid caramel backbone. Near the end the yeast kicks in, helping to balance things further, keeping the hop notes in check with some slight clove and spice. Great overall balance and taste.

M- Solid medium body with ample carbonation. Fits the style perfect and makes it easy to drink.

O- Glad I have had the opportunity to try this quite a few times, definitely a treat.This beer is driven by the classic FFF hop profile balanced out with a solid caramel backbone and the hints of Belgian yeast which make it unique from the other DIPAs FFF makes. Above all else is the great cause this beer supports. Nothing like giving back to help out your favorite brewery.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Holy Grale in Louisville, poured into a snifter

a: pours a hazy amber with 2 finger white head with good retention and leaves some spotty lacing

S: dominated by  orange citrus, some pine, a hint of malt and Belgian yeast

T: orange and lemon  citrus hops, a small amount of malty sweetness and some nice fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, maybe a hint of bubblegum

MF: medium body, moderate carbonation, hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate for a while

O: Quite hop forward but contrasted nicely by some malty sweetness and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, which adds a real nice touch. The alcohol is very well hidden. This beer has appeared twice in Louisville and I've been very lucky to have multiple pours of it both times. I would say it's a must try if you have the chance.


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Photo of StoneTSR
4.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prairie Moon in Evanston - July 12. The following day I stopped in for lunch and apparently killed the keg. Sorry everyone. Looks like the only three places that ever got this were the tap room at FFF, the Hopleaf and Prairie Moon. I guess I'm lucky.

APPEARANCE: Medium copper in color. Not a ton of lacing, but a nice, thick and fluffy white head rested on top. A very pretty and bright looking beer.

SMELL: Lots of citrus in the nose especially lemon. This one was certainly a sniffer as I kept sticking my nose back in the glass throughout the experience.

TASTE: Malty, sweet, a touch smoky and a whole lot of citrus. Again, the lemon flavor was strong, but some subtle pine and grapefruit was also noticeable.

MOUTHFEEL: The Shark Pants seems sticky at first, but it is relatively dry and not mouthcoating at all. A very well carbonated beer as well.

OVERALL: My notes just say "really good". And after having the good fortune to try this a second time, I have to agree with my initial assessment. It is a really good beer. I hope there's some left out there for a few more of you BAs to try.

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Photo of
4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago.

Appearance - Really nice, long-lasting, white head over a hazy, golden-orange brew.

Smell - Gives off huge aromas of fruity citrus, pine, and floral - an explosion of hops. Nice bit of fruity Belgian yeast as well.

Taste - Fruity and yeasty, with lots of sweet hops flavour; bitter enough for excellent balance without being overwhelming.

This is a excellent Belgian IPA.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -10.4%
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

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Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Three Floyds in Munster, IN for $8. Tapped into a 12+ oz Tulip Glass and was not able to see the Tap Handle. This beer was dedicated to a former employee @ FFF and proceeds went to his family. Drinking beer+Charity, Awesome!

Aroma- Citrus hops and spices are very dominant here. A bit of dry-hopping was present and a ton of alcohol.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stay for a second or two... Has a hazy, dark orange color body and leaves minimal lacing behind on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with huge earthy/citrus hops and then has a medium grapefruit taste with a superfruit background. Lots of citrus/fruit flavors going on here. Sort of different for an IPA but this is alright.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, and doesn't leave much on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very nice, complexed beer but for a Belgian IPA, not too impressive. I'm starting to like how much complexity and different flavors/ingredients they bring to each and every drink. This one was much harder to drink but still thought it was a good brew! VERY limited batch so get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

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Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Three Floyds Brewery into a tulip glass

Pours a bronzed, burnt umber color – the sort of dark orange that is fairly typical of the double IPA style. Two fingers of sterling white head, all tight and small-bubbled, sit high and lace well. It’s a good looking double IPA.

I hope you like mangoes, tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit. If you’re ordering this beer, I assume you do. This beer brings the tropicality in spades. To be honest, this doesn’t smell or taste too dissimilar from Three Floyds Dreadnaught in terms of hop profile. The difference is that Shark Pants has a yeast strain from our friends at De Struise Brouwers, making this, in theory, a Belgian Double IPA. But really, the yeast strain doesn’t really shine. There’s some clovey flavor, but it is masked somewhat by the piney side of the beer’s hop character. Is this a tremendous Belgian Double IPA? Nope. It is a good American Double IPA? Yup.

Shark Pants is, like Dreadnaught, on the medium-bodied side of the double IPA mouthfeel continuum. Soft carbonation helps to amplify the tropical fruit flavors. Overall, this is good stuff. It’s AS good as Dreadnaught in the abstract, but I am forced to dock it half-points in a few areas for not reaching its Belgian-yeast potential.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.38/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at brewpub.

Pours a very hazy light orange, with solid 1.5 inch head and great lacing. Perfect beer for a tulip glass.

Fruit in the smell, but also a bit of biscuity malt. A bit of hops as you would expect from FFF, but certainly not overwhelming.

Taste is where the yeast comes through, hard to put my finger on it but not quite familiar. A bit of hops in the finish and a nice aftertaste, not too bitter or crushing by any measure.

Very solid beer, would love to have again.

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Photo of Duffman929
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at fff. $8 for a snifter.

Appearance is golden and had a nice frothy top. Very good look.

Smell is of citrus and has that Belgian flair.

The amount of hops this has is masked well and the taste is very light for the ibu. There is an aftertaste that has a great finish.

The light citrus feel is very refreshing and is something that I really enjoyed.

Overall, a too drinkable beer that I would love to have a few bottles of. Alas, only available on tap.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
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!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful orange, clear beer what yellows on the edges. Some nice stick on the sides.

S - A lot of tropical fruit sweetness with a caramel malt backbone. Some nice hops on the end.

T - Lots of tropical fruit from the hops and a decent light caramel backbone. The yeast comes through on the end but it is not too stong. This really seems more like an American IPA than a Belgian one, which works fine for me.

M - Medium bodied with some active carbonation.

O - I really enjoyed this beer, particularly for the style. Would easily drink this again.

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Photo of brew3crew
4.67/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at fff on father's day
a- hazy golden orange with a head that sticks around for a while
S-great fruity smell. I literally cannot get enough of it
T- this sets the standard for Belgian Ipas. So flavorful and complex. I want to take all of it home with me.
M-nice sweetness upfront with a bitterness that sits on the tounge.
O-great beer. They set the bar here

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Imbibed at the FFF Brewpub 06/05/2011.

Appearance -- Pours a peach skin orange with a finger of frothy white head. Good color, I like it.

Smell -- Lots of juicy citrus hops and tropical fruits in classic FFF style, caramel malt, leafy vegetal hops, and a modicum of bubblegum and earthy Belgian yeast aroma.

Taste -- Juicy tropical fruitiness in abundance, along with bubblegum and clove, caramel malt, and a hint of (fermentation-derived?) spiciness. Finish is leafy hop bitterness, tropical fruit skin, and yeast.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body with milder carb. Feels fine, albeit a bit thin.

Overall -- Tasty, but not a massive departure from the other DIPA's in the FFF ouvre. Absolutely worth trying, though.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Wadsey
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Shark Pants

Served in tulip at Three Floyds on June 13, 2011. 

A: Pours mostly clear pale amber with no obvious effervescence. White head collapses quickly, but leaves sticky sheets of lacing on sides of tulip. 

S: Juicy, fresh, pungent hops. Overripe peaches, nectarines, sweet tarts. A little spiciness. Malts? Forget about it! Palate, prepare for utter destruction. 

T: Some sweet, steely caramel malts on front end of palate. Unsurprisingly, fruity/hoppy notes strike quickly and hard, reminding me of a triple IPA (think Double Crooked Tree), something I've described previously as hop detergent or hop liqueur. Not as bitter as I expected, but make no mistake, this bad boy is hop-forward.  Some spiciness and earthy notes, too. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Super creamy. Bubbles fill mouth. 

O: I'm stunned this is only 8.5 abv. It is a leviathan of a beer. Little beers that drink like bigger beers always rate well for me, but this is almost too much. Still, really well done, although drinkability is definitely below average. 

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Floyds, 11 Jun 2011. Served in a ~10 oz. Snifter.

Small creamy off white head. Slightly hazy golden brown in color. Yeasty orangey aroma, perfumey. Starts yeasty sweet with a lot of citrus and orange. Some pineapple notes. Medium body, alcohol is slightly warming. Yeasty, orangey finish and aftertaste.

Alcohol seems a bit hidden in this.

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Photo of JaphyRyder
4.68/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep orange/gold color with a sticky, half finger-head. Very beautiful!

S - Citrusy, sweet IPA aroma. Nothing overpowering. Subtlety seems to be 3F's thing when it comes to smell.

T - A sweet, citrusy front, with a slightly bitter, hoppy back. Went down smooth with it's fruitiness, tingled with its hoppiness, and confused with it's hidden yeast, in that order.

M - Great carbonation for an IPA, a bit foamy at first, a bit oily after it went down. The monsters of Munster did it again!

O - Perfection. An explosion of tastes without being overwhelming.

I've tried this once on tap out of a snifter and then found it again at a local's only brew fest. Please believe that I wore out my welcome at their tasting tent!

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the Three Floyds brewpub, poured into a tulip.

A - Dark cloudy orange in color with a white head. Head sticks to the side as it dissipates.

S - Has the might as well be trademarked 3 Floyds hop profile. Sweetness comes along for the ride as well and gives a nice ipa smell. Little light in the nose though, nothing that will overpower.

T - Taste however is really amazing. Hops hit you front and center with a dry aftertaste coming through, but keeping some citrus of the hops. Makes a very drinkable ipa. As it warms, little funk comes out from that yeast. For an 8.7% ipa this has an amazing taste that makes it very drinkable. Many great flavors both sweet, citrus, bitter, and funky in this.

M - Little bitter at first and then smooths out to a nice little taste film along the cheeks. Nice coating ipa.

O - Delicious beer. Well balanced and packed with flavor. Could drink plenty of this beer for sure.

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Photo of Treebs
4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper with orange hues around the edges. Wonderful white head that leaves a moderate pace leaving a great webbing on the way down.

S: Incredible hops it you in the face and then they are drawn out by the yeast. Sweet fruits play with your nose in this as well.

T: Amazing citrus hops that blend in with the yeast to give a it a smooth creamy middle, then the bitter hop smash I was looking bites you in the end and lingers.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this collaboration. The yeast added a wonderful creaminess that really smoothed this out. Will def. buy bottles whenever they start doing that.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brewpub. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a mirky dark golden color, white head, sticky lacing, thin cap and collar.

S - Bitter hops, a fruity sweetness, grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple. The nose gushes fruit juice and isn't overly hoppy. Urbain's yeast strain def adds another dimension to this Belgian DIPA. No real sign of the almost 9% alcohol here at all.

T - Nice dose of bitter hops, tangerines, pineapple, slight yeast note/funk/banana. Huge straight forward bitterness on the finish that stays with you until your next sip.

M - Light to medium, frothy smooth carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - I really love what they did with this one. The hops, fruit notes, and Urbain's yeast really makes something to enjoy. Very easy to drink and def a treat being able to try this. Best of all, proceeds from this beer goes to a former FFF employee who recently passed away. Cheers to FFF and Urbain!

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Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.