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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
Brewed by:
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 AgentZero
4.03/5  rDev -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. (558 characters)

Photo of beesy
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (891 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pour a crystal clear gold with 3 inches of fluffy white head. The head settles down and retains about a cm and leaves significant lacing. The nose starts with heavy American hops. Pine, citrus, orange, and mango come through strong up front with fruity notes of Belgian yeast to follow. The belgo characteristic are largely overshadowed by the aromatic hop profile. The taste starts with a moderate to high bitterness with notes of grass, lemon, pine, and citrus with strong resinous notes throughout. The middle sweetens up a bit and exposes some of the Belgian notes, but bitterness again comes through and leaves a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is highly carbonated with a moderate body. Overall, the Belgian qualities of this IPA are pretty mild, which I actually like. I'm not a fan of Belgian yeast esters over taking the hop profile and it is certainly not the case here. This tastes right up the alley with the rest of Three Floyds IPAs. (939 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 Cory_Brown
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/25/15. 9 days old
Not a fan of Belgian IPAs, but it's made by three floyds and only 9 days past bottling.
Not sure what I'm tasting, but there's tons of hops! A little spicy and yeasty. Like I said, I'm not a fan of the style, but this is making me think that might change. (283 characters)

Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good lil brew for the Raul man. There is a nice lil sparkle in the appearance like my baby mama when I first met her - now let's see if there is anything else redeeming (and hopefully more than the 9 days of the year said BM makes our relationship feel worthwhile).

Moving along...

Ok, taste is there and is ripe like a chicken that isn't Foster Farms. There's a lil grapefruit, a tad Belgium yeast, but also a lil too much acidity in the end.

Raul likes it, he digs it well.

Cheers, friends. (496 characters)

Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a 22 oz. bottle.

Color is a hazy burnt orange with an off-white medium creamy head. Less lacing that I expected. Aroma is fruity: peach, melon, banana and pineapple with some citrus hops mixed in. Flavor is grapefruit rind on the palate that quickly gives way to pineapple, melon and banana. Finish is bitter and lingering. Body is medium with a semi-sticky mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer that I would be happy to drink again. (466 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 2/17/2014, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.

The beer pours a hazy, copper orange color with hues of amber and a nice, thick, foamy white head, about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves a decent amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is juicy, fresh fruit, tangy citrus, strong sweetness from the malt, but also an intense bitterness that brings out some pine and earthy tones, playing off the citrus peel. Alcohol is definitely potent here, but not astringent and off putting. The flavors match up and definitely improve upon the nose, the fruit flavors are great, tropical and juicy, lots of mango and passionfruit, tangy grapefruit with some orange peel in there as well, amply bitter with some strong piney earth flavors, sappy and resinous that go well with the juicy qualities that greet the tongue. Strong, sticky malt and sweet alcohol dominate the finish, but aren't too out of line, a nice counterbalance to the hops. The body is sticky, full and coats the mouth well, the carbonation is lower on the spectrum but still lively with a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: I've been enjoying bombers of this beer since the 2/17 release and it's showing no signs of slowing down, which is admirable considering how quickly many of the IPAs from Three Floyds begin to wilt. It's definitely a maltier beer than what fits the FFF stereotype, but it's still a great hoppy beer and one of the fruitier IPAs they've made. The belgian yeast adds a great level of intrigue to this and it's not one to be missed, easily one of the better Belgian IPAs on the market. (1,605 characters)

Photo of BeerLover99
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: dark orange body, finger head, nice lacing

S: tropical fruit, fresh Belgian yeast, light pine aroma

T: same as nose, mild peppery hint, sweet caramel malt
middle, subtle long pine finish

M: med body, solid oily/sticky mouth

O: Delightful collaboration. Nice to see 2 fine
breweries explore together.

DELICIOUS; TREAT YOURSELF! (336 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,284 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep gold/bronze w/orange highlights. Nice off white head and lacing. Served in snifter @ fff.
S: citrus and tropical fruit and spicy belgian yeast. More going on but I don't wanna start making shit up.
T: medium sweet slightly toffeeish/caramelly malts are washed out by a prominent spicy, sharp bitterness. Long complex finish w/lingering drying hops.
M: medium bodied, well carbed.
O: a nice take on the style...try it. (425 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 CuriousMonk
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimple glass mug. Pours bright orange with a good white head. Beautiful lacing that lasts throughout. Wonderful citrus and floral aroma. Mild hops, beligan yeast, some pink bubblegum, and sweet fruit. Medium bodied, great carbonation. Stickymouth feel. Overall a really nice “tamed down version of Dreadnaught”! (339 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of stxSS07
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip.

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden-orange with about a finger's worth of eggshell head that hangs around for a bit before fading to a 1/4" cap. Leaves awesome sheets of lacing.

S-Nice burst of citrus hops that mingles with a pretty big Belgo-yeast component. Notes of mango, grapefruit, and peach stick out to me. Just a touch of piney/earthy hops. There's a sweetness to it as well...almost caramel-like, but the bready/spicy yeast helps keep it in check. Awesome.

T- Bitter piney/earthy hops show up first...much more prevalent than the nose suggested. Followed by a mix of caramel sweetness and spicy/bready Belgian yeast. Citrus/tropical hops show up as well, but are a bit overpowered by the piney notes. Pretty tasty.

M- Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Maybe a bit low, but it doesn't detract from the experience.

O- I haven't had many, but this is my favorite Belgian IPA. Great FFF hop character that is only enhanced by the tasty Belgian yeast. I'll definitely pick this up again. (1,024 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Tipsy Cow in Madison, WI. 10oz poured into a tulip glass today, 3/25/2014.

App- clear orange body, one finger white head with good retention. Nice lacing.

Smell- dank citrus hops, orange, grapefruit. Not much scent of Belgian yeast even as it warms. Nothing that says Belgian yeast. But this is a nice hoppy American IPA to me.

Flavour- like the smell. Citrus hops, grapefruit. A nice caramel toffee presence. Not much Belgian yeast presence.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, just about the right bit of carbonation. Bitter, fairly piney. Again no mention of Belgian yeast here.

Overall- nice IPA by FFF but I don't even get the Belgian contribution. Very good but not that much different than their other hoppy offerings. (734 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$15
Three Floyd's Brewpub

Bottled: 2/10/14

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. (2,168 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015-04-23
22oz bottle served in a tulip. Not sure I can read the date on the bottle, but I think it's 02/23/2015. It traveled to my house in my in-laws' suitcase.

Pours a pretty brassy amber, clear, with a medium head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is nice -- some musky Belgian yeast aroma, straw and tropical fruit. Very interesting. The hop profile smells delicious, the yeast is clearly Belgian, and the malt is in there somewhere...

Taste is more powerfully Belgian than tropical hoppy. Banana, slight spicy hint. Slight dirty dishwater. Still has the hops, but it's a splash around the corners, pineapple juice hints as the beer hits your tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little flat. Could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, nice beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. (784 characters)

Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz poured into glass.

Appearance: Hazy, milky amber that is pretty opaque with a good amount of bubbles. Off white head leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops like most big IPAs. Pine notes. It smells tasty.

Taste: Milky and citrus. Interesting. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Smooth. Slight pine after taste.

Overall: Glad I grabbed the last bottle of this. Definitely worth it. (404 characters)

Photo of lanciloti
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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!! (687 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (670 characters)

Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
94 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.