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Live A Rich Life - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 810
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 3.3%
Wants: 113
Gots: 120 | FT: 3
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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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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 810
Photo of C20Percent
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,379 characters)

Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of david131
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (998 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 cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (467 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -24.5%
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. (547 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 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 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 tewaris
3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer shared by dougofthefuture, thanks!

Cloudy amber with a nice white head. Aroma is hops first but there is a certain perfum-y-ness which is perhaps the Belgian contribution. Tastes better than it smells... very very citrus; lots of rind. Good balance of flavor and bitterness. Medium body but still crisp, especially considering the ABV. Glad to have had it. (370 characters)

Photo of cnbrown313
4.58/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber at the Three Floyd's brewpub in Munster, IN for $15.

A - This beer pours golden / amber with about 1 inch of nice, tasty head that lingers.

S - There is a slight citrusy hop smell, but not as crazy as I expected for such a high IBU Three Floyds beer.

T - This was what blew me away. You get that clean, strong, citrus hop flavor at the beginning - but nothing is overpowering. I thought this beer was perfectly balanced. It was a joy to drink. I kept wanting to take another sip until it was all gone!

M - The mouthfeel was perfect, not too light and not too heavy.

O - This was probably one of my favorite Belgian IPA's I've had. (658 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 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 cosmicevan
4.07/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle tossed my way by stxSS07 who also hooked me up with the fancy new FFF glassware. cheers matt, very much appreciated.

a - brew poured a murky orange with a 2 finger cream colored head that hung out for photos. as the head dissipated chunky milkshake like lacing clung to the glass. some carbonation could be seen along the side of the glass.

s - classic ipa. wonderful citric and grapefruity hops. some belgian sugar in there, but more classic ipa to me than belgian ipa. my mouth begins to water.

t - the belgian of this ipa comes out more in the flavor than the nose, but in general an assault of bitterness on my palate after my initial detection of belgian candied sweetness. kind of a one trick pony, just a bitter blast. as my palate adjusted to the assault of bitterness, i noticed a nice malt backbone with some good caramel balancing notes.

m - in a word...bitter. medium to full bodied with lively carbonation.

o - overall, i had heard that this was the same beer as shark pants but only brewed at FFF? not sure if that's true, but my impressions certainly are the similar. this is a bitter bomb. the shark pants i had from de struise was way more barleywine like so i wonder if it wasn't as fresh as this? either way this is a hophead's dream. this is a nice beer and worth seeking out while still fresh. didn't blow my mind, but a solid ipa...not so much belgian. (1,386 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 thydarkprevails
4.57/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a copper amber orange with a thick 2 inch off white head that slowly recedes and leaves great lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lemon, fresh cut grass, earth, bread, and caramel. Super complex, maybe one of the most complex DIPA's as far as aroma goes. Taste is similar. Lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy and alcohol is well hidden. This is like dreadnaught with Belgian yeast. Awesome beer. (536 characters)

Photo of SpottedZombie
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of trying this on tap and from the bottle, both mediums being outstanding. This review is for the bottle.

A: pours a coppery red with a thick off white collar of tight bubbles.

S: huge notes of grapefruit rinds, passionfruit, pine, and a light touch of spice. one of the best smelling iipas I've come across, world class aroma thanks to Nick and his heavy handed hop additions. almost better smelling than tasting... Almost.

T: starts with a wash of grapefruit and tropical fruits, and as it moves into the middle of the mouth the hugely bitter hop bomb sets in. sweet citrus notes and a heavy malt backbone offset the incredible amounts of alpha acids that peel the enamel off your teeth.

Overall, this is one of the best beers FFF has produced, they seem to be outdoing their year rounds on purpose. This has all the bitterness you'd want from an iipa, like Dreadnaught on steroids and with tropical fruit abound. (937 characters)

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

Formally Shark Pants. The dude at the brewpub said they had to change it because someone who designed the tattoo after which Shark Pants was named threatened to sue, because apparently he is an awful human being.

Pours orange with a white head. Smells... like a very American Belgian IPA. Which is to say, thick malt, spicy yeast, and green, syrupy hops practically dripping with alpha acid. Wonderful.

Tastes very much as it smells. Starts out of with lightly bitter fruit nodes--orange peel and white pepper--which veer impressively into pine, grapefruit, and orange before calming down into a peppery finish of burny alcohol. (630 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled bottle into a glass, from lurchingbeast. Thanks, Frank!

I had the (dis)pleasure of trying this as a bottle of Struise's Shark Pants, courtesy of alfrantzell. I'm sure it was old, and it was Struise, but it tasted pretty awful. So I was apprehensive about this one.

A: Pours a clear, reddish copper body with a finger of well-retaining off-white head. Hop oils create a sticky swath of lace that coats the glass as the beer diminishes in my glass. A moderate collar and a broken film cap the brew. Quite nice.

S: Lemon peel, mango, with a wet pine needle backing and pale malt sweetness. I don't pick up much of what could be Belgian yeast -- if there are esters, they're overpowered by the pungent hops. If there are phenols, they blend in with the slightly earthy hop undercurrent. Looks like Three Floyds' touch is dominant here.

T: As you'd expect from FFF, the beer explodes with hops. It's citrusy, but with a unique mango-lemon twist instead of the traditional grapefruit-orange I find in the style. I like it. The back end reveals moderate earthy and pine bitterness that is tempered with pale malt sweetness. Exhalations are pure pine with a small peppery burst, but that latter part could be the power of suggestion. There is a small sweetness in the aftertaste.

M: This is medium-bodied; the carbonation is appropriate and gives the beer a creamy feel. It finishes dry, with a small amount of lingering oils.

O: This is solid. I don't know how I'd tell this is a Belgian IPA; if you gave it to me blind, I'd swear it was an American interpretation. Maybe it's the dryness. Either way, it's damn good. (1,629 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep copper color with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves nice rings of lacing. A steady stream of carbonation rises.

S - Big citrus hops aroma, with grapefruit and orange zest. Also a bit of pine, some caramel malt and only faint Belgian yeast. The caramel malt adds a definite sweetness to the aroma.

T - Lots of citrus. Not just hop bitter citrus, but some juicy citrus as well. Taste is quite floral and somewhat sweet. Bitterness is assertive, but not overpowering. Very nice.

M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter dry herbal finish.

O - Very nice. The Belgian aspect is pretty muted, but this is a nice DIPA. (686 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 jokeefe89
5/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love it. Once again a new beer from these guys still suprises me. Just goes to show this is the best brewing company around. I walked in, asked about the beer, got an honest response, purchased it an it was even better than described. These guys are their own scene and their beer is the best. Period (311 characters)

Photo of 2Dreadnaught
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber wit orange hue (color of orange blossom honey)
S: Tropica fruit, big citrus, and hint of pine.
T: Mango sweetness with a very pleasant dry finish.
M: Medium body with a zippy dry finish.
O: Another excellent beer by 3 Floyd's. Even those who don't like said one would love this beer. Very good balance between sweetness, hippiness, and alcohol content. I enjoyed this one one tap @ 3 Floyd's and will definetly pick up a couple of bombers to go on the way out ( evevn @ $15/22oz it's worth it). (503 characters)

Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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