Live A Rich Life - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.14/5 rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Three Floyd's Brewpub
Live the Rich Life sports that beautiful, fairly clear, ruby hue. Autumnal orange highlights pop up when any light shows from behind. Tiny carbonation bubbles keep the dirty white head alive and substantial. Sticky lace clings to the glass and I can already tell it'll take some scrubbing to get it clean.
The hop profile seem to follow in the vein of Permanent Funeral with immense tropical fruits and citrus. A hefty dose of pineapple can be smelt from a couple feet away. Mango and papaya follow close behind before handfuls of dripping peach, nectarine, and apricot come along toward the middle. Grapefruit and orange, lightly sweetened, jammy, bring up the rear. A backbone of caramel maltiness round things out. I don't get (m)any esters from the Belgian yeast. With some warmth resinous pine mingles with peppery booze.
While the nose is still fairly bright I'm afraid the flavor has faded just a touch over the month since it's been bottled and oddly enough this still tastes better than 90% of IIPAs out there. The tropical notes mentioned in the nose are all present and meld seamlessly. Dried apricot and juicy peach are more assertive in the taste and push through the finish. I do get some esters on the finish, although I don't know if I could have picked them out if blindfolded, in the form of orchard fruits such as tripels showcase. The swallow shows a little boozy heat, a touch of lasting caramel, and resinous pine oils. The pine grows exponentially with warming, nearly taking over.
Three Floyd's somehow, some way, can make a a big beer drink like a 5%er. Live the Rich Life is no different. The body is moderate with a touch of stick on the backend. The stick makes no difference because it eventually dries up with a lingering bitterness. Drinkability = dangerous.
If I wasn't told this was brewed with Belgian yeast I probably would have never picked it out. This is, in my mind, a juicy, ripe, extremely drinkable IIPA. Three Floyd's brews some better versions of the style, in my opinion, but this is in no way a slouch. RIP Rich, you have an excellent beer brewed in your honor.
Serving type: bottle
03-10-2014 05:08:37 | More by joe1510
4.2/5 rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - The beer was a deep copper color, which left a significant amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell - Grapefruit is very apparent in the aroma. Overall, I would suggest the aroma is Earthy grapefruit.
Taste - My first impression is the beer is like a shot of straight grapefruit juice in its most sour form. There is a high level of carbonation with notes of grass, other citrus notes, and a resiny after. The citrus is so intense, I have difficulty detecting the Belgian yeast.
Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the citrus to assault the tastebuds with citrus in a manner of shock and awe.
Overall - This is a very solid effort by Three Floyds.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 15:57:15 | More by JohnnyHopps
Live A Rich Life from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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