Live A Rich Life - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 799
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 9.18%
Wants: 114
Gots: 122 | 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 joeseppy
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cooper sheen with a generous dense whitish merengue head. One can easily agitate a head anytime while spending time with this.

Aroma leads with a pink grapefruit cocktail and tangerine. Fruity with a standout hop.

Initial taste I get a peppery hop sensation that goes to the back of the palate. Semi-sweet fruit then noticeable upfront laying nicely on the tongue with a dense earthy hop cone and resinous pine. Nice grapefruit pith/hop bitterness that is dry. Alcohol noted in a sense comparable to that of a London dry gin-no lime. A most contemplatable quaff if ever I had one.

Spicy pepper hop lingers on the palate as the sweetness of the malt helps to adhere as such. Medium to full bodied that is somewhat creamy. Clean and dry finish. A definite sipper, not a ZD cuuurusher!!!

I was able to score only two of these bad boys and I want to make the best of it and take my time. Overall a fine Belgium IPA.

Photo of lanciloti
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into FFF pint glass. (bottled 2/17/14)

Appearance: Coppery red with a thick off white head of tight bubbles.

Smell: Huge notes of grapefruit, passion-fruit, pine, and a light touch of spice. Almost better smelling than tasting.

Taste: Starts with grapefruit and tropical fruits, and as it moves into the middle of the mouth the hugely bitter hops set in. sweet citrus and a heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth textured right before the bitterness slaps you in the face. There is a nice level of carbonation involved and it works nicely for this brew.

Overall: Very good, more like a DIPA if you ask me. Really want to try shark pants now. Cheers!!

Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass. Date on the bottle is smeared, I think its 2-17-14.

Pours dark apricot with a thick off cream head. Lots of roasted citrus aromas on the nose. Some grilled peach, grapefruit, and lemons. It's very bitter at the first taste, but it does follow the aroma quite a bit. Mouthfeel is full and a little over carbonated. Like most 3 floyds offerings this is overpriced but worth a try.

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/17/2014 printed on the bottleneck. I managed to snag a bottle of this from the local beer store; expectations are fairly high based on this beer's high ratings and praise.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice coppery burnt orange colored body with three big fluffy fingers of khaki head. Some fine sediment twirling in the glass. Head retention is good and it leaves behind some thick scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of fresh and juicy grapefruit / blood orange / pine resin hop presence. Some cream, soapiness, and mild alcohol heat is detectable. Smells fresh and tropical.

T - Taste is much breadier than I expected based on the aroma, but it all works in good harmony. Big grapefruit / blood orange / lemon / pine bitterness. Good balance. Mild alcohol heat on the end. I'm not really getting any 'Belgian' flavors from this one, though. Very bready and earthy, most likely imparted from the yeast strain used.

M - Feel is extremely bitter, bready, and dry on the finish. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I'm not detecting much Belgian-style presence in this beer at all aside from the yeast, and I think it would be better of labeled as an American DIPA. Still, it is nice for what it is, a great tribute beer, and I'm glad to have tried it.

Three Floyds Live A Rich Life ---4/5.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a nice copper hue. Two finger big frothy white head has nice retention.

Smell is great lots of bright citrus hop aromas play nicely with some mild spice, lemongrass and earthy phenols from the Belgian yeast. Combination is highlighted by a light grainy very mildly sweet malt backbone. Everything works together to make this a really nice herbal bright citrus and spices aromas.

Taste follows the nose with a nice balance of orange citrus and herbal vegetal hops forward. bitterness is mild and not over assertive hoppy oils give this a nice crisp flavor that works well with some very light dry spicy phenols of clove and cinnamon. Malt is slightly husky and grainy with very mild sweetness

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp sticky feel from the loads if hop oils and resin. Milt is mildly sticky and sweet and carbonation is moderate to high. There is also a slightly dry finish.

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to glass..actually bottle dated but I'll be damned if I can read.

Nice copper with a frothy cap that lingers and sticks.

Nose of caramel, sourdough, lemon and pineapple.

Hops are crisp with a quick clean bitterness and plenty of pineapple.Shows a very sourdough-y malt presence. The yeast is light and doesn't ran much interference, nor does it do much to cut the massive sweetness. Alcohol is large on the finish along with some fruity banana esters and clove. Ah, there's the Belgian yeast influence...

Overall, a pretty good DIPA that just doesn't quite hit the right notes for me. There's too much sweetness and a harsh alcohol bite that makes it a nice beer to try but a beer I wouldn't clamor for again.

Photo of macher0
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh.

A. Medium copper with medium clarity. Slightly translucent. Beautiful egg shell 2 finger head that retreats very slow. Frothy fine bubble head. Great laces.

S. A light fragrance. Mostly resin and pine hops. The Belgium yeast is noticeable.

T. Bitter. Moderate malt backbone. As with the nose, lots of resin in the straight forward hop profile. A little fresh-hop peppery sting. No booze.

M. Not very smooth. Medium body.

O. Very nice. A hop forward ale for sure. The yeast doesn't impart much flavor but the malt certainly is noticeable. I recommend this but I prefer Zombie Dust and A Cow much more. The appearance is my favorite aspect.

Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into Teku. Dated 2-18-14

A - Dark amber orange with big 3 finger white head and loads of lacing.

S - Big, bold hoppy west coast profile of bitter citrus and pine. Just a bit of sweet caramel malt pokes though. Smells very nice.

T - A bitter hop kick in the beginning. The hop profile in this beer is bold. There is a ton of bitter citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit. Not much going on with the Belgian yeast, but there is a small sweetness of caramel malts on the finish along with more bitter citrus.

M - Great carbonation and medium body with sticky mouthfeel.

O - Another delicious IIPA from Three Floyds. I don't even hesitate when a new one is available to buy, they are always worth it.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always buy the Three Floyds bombers whenever they roll in to the bottle shop, so I picked this up. But after a little research, I learned this is actually…SHARK PANTS? WHAT?! I’ve wanted to get a taste of this one for a long while, so it was a nice surprise. It’s nice to see FFF honoring their buddy Rich Sheppard on the label, too (even though the name Shark Pants was apparently inspired by him, too).

Fresh as ever: bottled 02/10/2014, less than three weeks before the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper with a short beige head, creamy but fleeting. Moving the glass around kicks up some smooth fizz, but there’s little in the way of retention otherwise; a thin strand of lace decorates the inside of the glass, though.

S: Like every FFF beer ever, the nose is all hops, but I’m not complaining: each whiff is a rush of grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and tropical fruit. That sweet FFF malt backbone spills out beneath the hops, filling out the nose with cracker, caramel, and candi syrup. Bit of spicy booze on the end, but nothing Belgian.

T: Holy hell, the nose does not do this justice – what we’ve got here is a layered palate that’s gripped with a glorious, uncommonly crisp hop taste. This could have easily been a thick, malty brew, but the grain bill is surprisingly light and, for a hoppy beer, complimentary (instead of that typical contrasting super-sweetness): toasty, buttery biscuit and baguette crust, plus a touch of sweet vanilla bean. The Belgian yeast and the hops expand from that base, but what they provide for the palate isn’t support: they’re the stars of this show. The bitterness is crisp, peppery, and above all, clean, showcasing a sophisticated blend of juniper, wildflower, green olive, orange zest, and even some rosemary. It’s unlike any other bitterness I’ve tasted so far: it’s not as much about the specific tastes as it is about the overall character of uplifting floral crispness. There’s a lot of “wow” factor in that. Finishes very, very mild, with a slight lemongrass taste.

M: I love the texture of this beer. It’s creamy with a light, velvety carbonation, giving it a fantastic weightlessness on the tongue. The hops on the palate’s back end provide a snap of unique, crackling dryness as it finishes – it leaves it crisp, not astringent like other DIPAs.

O: This is my favorite beer from Three Floyds – yeah, it even beats Zombie Dust. As usual, there’s a lot of hop character in the nose and palate, but it’s never tongue-smackingly bitter; here, the hops are offered up to the palate like a gourmet spice. With everything this beer has going for it, it’s safe to say that it’s pleasing beyond just “I like this taste or that taste, so this fits my palate.” As far as I’m concerned, Three Floyds has come just about as close to bottling happiness as any brewer can – what a way to remember Rich! Cheers.

Photo of controlfate
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to stumble upon a 22 oz bomber at a local store.

A: Golden orange in color, minimal off-white head with little retention and lacing.
S: The citrusy aroma of oranges and lemons is very pronounced.
T: The taste follows the aroma, with notes of oranges, lemons, and a light spice. For a IIPA with +100 IBU's, it's much sweeter than bitter.
M: A light bodied mouth-feel that wets the tongue with juicy hops.
O: Another exceptional IIPA from Three Floyd's Brewing company. I would compare this more to Permanent Funeral, than I would Arctic Panzer Wolf or Dreadnaught. Well worth the $11.99 price tag for a bomber.

Photo of rlee1390
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Semi cloudy orange-ruby. One finger head that leaves nice lacing, not much carbonation.

S-Starts with malt, caramel grass and dirt along with some citrus hops as well.

T-Rather similar to the nose. With dirt and pine in the start with a nice citrus finish along with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice hop resins with some carbonation

O-A good beer, it didn't blow me away like some of FFF's other IPA but it was still good.

Photo of TwelveOunces
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Dated 2-10-14

A- Amber orange with an off white head

S- Bright bold citrus, cat piss and pine! A massively bold hop profile. Sweet and ripe smelling.

T- A balanced bitter sweetness at first with a large feel. A nice hop bitterness. The hop profile in this beer is crazy. There is a ton of sweet tropical fruits, orange, papaya, grapefruit, mango and lemon. A slight herbal,sticky, onion like note. The Belgian yeast adds a slight pepper and spice to the beer but not a ton of tradition Belgian flavor.

M- The Belgian yeast adds a lot of feel to the beer and works very well with the existing sweet/ bitter nature of the base beer. Hides the ABV well and truly a delight.

O- I don't get much of the Belgium coming through in this beer but is fantastic never the less.

Photo of DVoors
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber (bottled 02/10/14)

Poured into IPA glass

A: poured deep copper or amber color with thick 2-3 finger head. Great lacing and head retention. Very clear

S: tangy, resinous, tangerine and strong floral citrus in the nose. Sweet malty aroma peeking through.

M: Rich, thick and viscous mouth feel. almost chewy (in a good DIPA way). Perfect carbonation.

T: starts with forward pungent grapefruit hop burst (tastes like it was wet-hopped). Then the bicuity Belgian or English malt comes through to balance it out...but then the hop bitterness comes in, and it is just the right amount to create a perfect balance to tame the spicy peppery yeast character in the finish.

O: Another fantastic beer from 3 Floyd's. Bravo

Photo of chanokokoro
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds Brewing Company branded teku glass

Pours a deep golden amber capped by a two finger off white fluffy head. Excellent retention, bunches of sticky lacing. Huge notes of grapefruit, citrus, pine sap, flora, and fruity Belgian yeast. Opens with mandarin orange, grapefruit, pine sap, floral accents transitioning into light caramel and toffee notes. Light mustiness and fruity yeastiness midpalate. Finishes dry with bitter citrus rind, "juicy fruit" notes, and abundant clean alcohol. Heavier side of medium bodied; smooth and silky mouthfeel. Moderately carbonated. An absolutely wonderful brew and one of my faves from FFF. Highly recommended.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish amber body that is transparent and clean. Big light straw almost golden head in a FFF Teku. Big tropical fruit aroma on the nose. Very inviting. Really slick, oily, resiny mouthfeel. Fairly thin and very west coast style body. The taste is quite aggressively bitter with some citrus rind and sweet pine. There is some fruitiness to the flavor put this isn't a citrus juice bomb, so go elsewhere if you're looking for that. Very unique and interesting. Hard to place the hop bill, but it plays well together. Only a hint of malt sweetness. I'm not getting the Belgian notes but I'm fine with that. Really aggressively bitter but just enough fruitiness to make it enjoyable. Really fun drink. The only other thing I'd note is that as it warms the finish is quite boozy.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of blackie
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a draft of this one at the Map Room when it was called Shark Pants, with my main man on Pitchfork weekend...

a: served in a nice tulip glass, shark pants is a hazy orange in color, capped with a creamy white layer of carbonation, dense and lasting

s: a combination of glorious tropical hops and a lovely spice profile from the belgian yeast that brings sweet esters and hints of clove and bubblegum, cleanly sweet pale malt structure, lots of pungent fruit - pineapple, fresh citrus, tangerine, mango...really taken in by this one

m: carbonation moderate-high, lively and smooth, body on the lighter side of medium

t: awesome stuff here - loads of vivid tropical fruits via a generous hop bill...pineapple, tangerine and orange zest, mango, and a lovely delicate spice profile from the yeast, hop and yeast mix in and out with waves of flavor atop a pale malt backbone, finishing nicely bitter and clean

o: no surprises here - exceptional

Photo of C20Percent
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden-amber with a .5 finger of bubbly off-white colored head on top. Lots of bubble action going on in the body. Love the color and the clean body is very impressive.

S: So beautifully hoppy -- citrusy and sharp. I'm even more so impressed with the strong hoppy smell because this beer has about six months on it. So, very nice. Not as strong as Zombie Dust. I can't smell yeasty breadiness that usually comes with these types of beers, but that's okay. There is some caramel malts notes.

T: Okay -- I can taste the age more than I can smell it, but it's still good. However, where I smelled citrus I'm tasting a more earthy, biscuit flavor. The hops are definitely making way for more malts in the taste of the brew. Just okay for me, but -- again -- this beer isn't super fresh. Some warmness from the alcohol.

M: Medium to heavy body. Nice carbonation. Some good chewiness that brings out the malt. Not a bad oily feel. Just nothing great here.

O: Appearance and Smell stands out above all. Taste is a bit of a let down -- but that does carry the caveat that this beer has about six months on it. A fresh beer might taste differently. I'm actually a little surprised there isn't more of a belgian ale taste. That's kind of what I was looking for, but this looks and tastes like a straight DIPA. Overall, a good beer, but not one of the best of its kind.

Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to aasher for sending this one out. Probably should've opened it by now but I'd forgotten about it. As always, thanks Al for the great beers!

This one pours a clear light copper with a finger or two of tight off-white foam. Nice head retention and lacing. Bold, juicy hops make their presence quickly known. Grapefruit, lemons, and tangerine. Lightly toasted bready malt detected as the beer gets a chance to breathe though the citrusy hops are pervasive and continue to stick around. As you might expect from the nose, flavor skews heavily towards fruity hops with mandarin coming into the fold along with an herbal component. Since the beer is classified as a Belgian IPA, I would expect more belgian yeasty esters but I'm not detecting them at a level that I've found in other examples of the style. Finishes medium-dry with a lingering grapefruit juice. Medium-light bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Three Floyds consistently does a great job with their lineup and I'm especially a fan of beers in which they feature hop forward flavors. No exception here, well done.

Photo of david131
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy and luminescent orange liquid with a thin off-white head.

S- Caramel, pine, citrus, alcohol, and a definite Belgian kick. A bit odd.

T- Pine, citrus, caramel and some breadiness with a definite Belgian aspect.

M- The carbonation is nice and spicy with contrasts nicely with the creamy body.

O- A tasty take on the style. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Tasty.

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

a crisp, clean looking amber pour with a perfect 2 fingers of bright white head, great retention and ridiculous amounts of lacing. smells hoppy, sweet, and spicy. grassy and pine smells come out of the hops, a slightly floral scent as well. smells of honey, and a bit of spicyness coming from either the yeast or the hops as well. bitter up front with a nice soapy pine taste, sweetness of honey, slightly bready.. this beer is delicious, and has a bit of every one of my favorite aspects.

medium body with a nice amount of carbonation which helps the spicyness stand out in the finish. slightly creamy on lips and has a nice alcohol warmth to it as well.

this is a SOLID ipa. not getting much of the belgian flavors, but maybe it's because it's so hopped up and still fairly fresh that the hops take over the majority of it. don't get me wrong, it's not a hop bomb.. they're very well balanced and blend in perfectly with the rest of the beers' features. pick this one up for sure if you see it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.71/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, cloudy amber. Lovely 2 finger light tan head.

S - Caramel malts, some spices, citrus hops and may'be a touch of pine.

T - Nice bite at first. Leads way to some sweet malts, a bit of honey and a lingering orange peel hop finish.

M - Medium all around. Has a wet finish.

O - I'm not sure it's geared toward Belgian IPA like the style implies but it's definitely a great beer. There's just a lot of balance in this beer between the hops and malt.

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark honey with a 2" light tan head. Thick waves and clouds of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, citrus, orange, and some pine.

T- Semi-sweet honey malt, citrus and big pine bitterness. Not picking up on the "Belgian" part of this beer.

M- Medium body and carbonation. slightly dry with big bitter aftertaste.

O- Nice dipa but don't see how this is classified as Belgian style dipa? Good but not $15 a bottle good.

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 799 ratings.