Live A Rich Life - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 135
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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Ratings: 798 | Reviews: 135
Photo of William-Wade
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best smelling beer I've ever had. Very great floral taste. If it was a little less grapefruit flavored it would be one of my favorite beers!

Photo of BIll_Currie
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from trip to Chicago. Excellent

Photo of h8r
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Big Belgian IPA hybrid. Perhaps the most delicious DIPA I've ever had.

Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber into a tulip, bottled 2/25/2015.

Pours a hazy, opaque, deep orange- nice color. Medium head with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of dank, fruity hops- stronger after the pour, more orange at first, a general citrus later. Just about equaled by the malt and yeast, almost like there's a different driver every whiff. Tastes of juicy, citrusy, bitter hops- (orange and pineapple?) up front. Bitterness tamed a bit, especially on the back end, by the malt and Belgian yeast. It doesn't seem all that malty to me, but I guess its gotta be, based on the IBU's. A touch sweet, with a bit of caramel. Good body and feel, pretty dry, well carbonated.

I'm not a big fan of Belgian IPA's (or Belgian stouts), they seem contrived . This is really good. Bitter, yes, but I felt it still held a Belgian identity. However, I wouldn't argue with anyone whose perspective is that it's a DIPA with an extra word in front of it. I found it well balanced and constructed. And, it's even decently priced for Three Floyds. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Reddish, tan body, Light tan, creamy, heavy head dissipates quickly. Lacing doesn't stick. It isn't opaque, but you can't see objects on the other side of it.

Smell - Bread. Pineapple. Alcohol.

Taste - Bubblegum in beginning then fruit. Bitter end.

Feel - Little carbonation. Doesn't feel too heavy.

Overall - This is a nice alternative to classic Floyds ales. It is worth trying. Only beer I've had like it is Le Freak.

Photo of Austin32
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark gold, almost brown, very strong Belgian influence, great crisp hops and flavor. Highly recommend if you get the opportunity.

Photo of Chiefy770
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz Brown Bottle
Bottled on February 25th, 2015
Reviewed on April 3rd, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy copper body with a great amber glow. A short off-white head formed, a little less than 1/2 an inch tall. Decent head retention. Modest amount of sticky lacing.

Nose
Sweet fruits stood out the most... apple, pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Belgian yeast set the tone. Very mild hit of pine from the hops.

Mouth
Crisp and sweet hops hit the tongue first. Apple, pineapple, and orange peel really stood out. Tangy notes of grapefruit elevated the hop-meter. Nice backbone of Belgian yeast. The hops took a spicy and earthy tone over time, resulting in very subtle notes of pine and clove. If you are looking for malts then keep looking. Finished out warm and dry. Moderate/High carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall
Excellent beer. Hop-forward, yet it maintained the characteristics of classic Belgian brews. R E C O M M E N D E D !

Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like stone fruit, apples, citrusy and pine hops, and bready malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice, candied oranges, citrus peel and a bit of clove noticeable. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, certainly worth picking up! $11.99 a bomber.

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

A - Copper-orange, mostly opaque, with some translucency but no transparency. White head, short, with persistent cap and mild lacing.

S - Pine, dankness, stone fruit a la peach, lemons, tangerine and orange zest. Spun sugar. A hop and yeast ester dream.

T - Strong sour hit, of citrus and grapefruit zest, combining with a smashing bitter close that teeters on the edge of aspirin. Still, there is a nice malt underlay delivering just enough sweetness to keep this hop mass from exploding in palate destruction.

M - Moderate carbonation and strong drying element. Crunchy hops, but not too much build, which is a trick given the heavy-handedness of the hop bill.

O - Not too surprising that this is a massively hopped attack. There is not really balance here. It is more like a dance on the edge that manages to step back from the abyss. A delicious, heavy, full DIPA.

Photo of ChrisMon02
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A nice, flavorful beer but not sure I would pay $13.00 for another bomber. Glad I tried it though.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Review.

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnt orange/dark gold. Head is off-white with a loose bubble structure. Moderate retention leaves a small soapy cap with some lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Fruity. Some apple and bubblegum. A touch of Belgian yeast. Some vague almost light-clove spice coupled with a mild peppery note. Malt base is relatively light with a hint of caramelized malt sweetness. A biscuity undertone. Grapefruit flesh with a touch of juice and pith. Slight creeping woody element. Some hop spiciness with a very mild touch of alcohol in the back.

Taste: Grapefruit and fruity esters. Belgian yeast influence. Mildly spicy hop. Some peppery spice as well. Slightly pithy. Very mild bitterness hits to citrus oil. Old orange and pith. Malt backbone is slightly bready offering up some slight sweetness and a compliment to a mild hop profile. Slightly earthy with a flavor that reminds of of hop pellets. Leafy hops. Warming ups the esters and the lingering bitterness. Warming makes me think there's no Belgian yeast and just a super earthy and herbal hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Pretty standard stuff. Mild astringency.

Overall: I'd drink it again but that's as much as I can say.

Photo of rsquared59
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome Belgian yeast and hops!

Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2-25-15

A - Thin and sporadic white lacing - Amber body with hints of red/pink

S - Hops dominate - citrus and pine balanced - slight sour/funk notes & sweet malt in the background.

T/M - Sweet malt and Belgian flavors are more noticeable when tasting. Hops and honey on the finish.

O - Good tasting and quite drinkable Belgian IIPA. I would drink it again. Prost!

Photo of Tucquan
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this on 2015-03-14 in Lititz, PA from a bomber.

Belgian perfume yeast but not over the top. Candy orange. Good balancing bitterness.

Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a hazy orange with a head that dies quickly.
S - They nailed it on the aroma. Smells just like a hoppy IPA & yeasty Belgium.
T - Nice hoppy flavor, bitter with a dank, earthy finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very happy with this beer. Passed it by the first time I saw it on the shelf last year but I did not pass it by this time and I was rewarded with a very fine brew.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

maybe my least favorite beer from these guys so far, and while i can appreciate it for what it is, i think its over rated on hype alone. its overly belgian, i mean way past bubblegum and high tone fruits, its over the top with that, probably fermented in the 80 degree range or warmer, and just because it has a lot of flavor, does not make it good. its honey colored beer, nice and clear and holding on to a very lacy white head, looks nice in the glass. it smells like leftover belgian yeast, and sweet oily west coast hops. the yeast is just too much, not that there is sediment or anything, but its flavor, its run wild away from the reasonable range, and feels almost sharp as a result. the beer isnt all that dry though, which i find a little confusing. the hop profile on this is excellent, i would guess some simcoe, sticky and rich for sure. it just doesnt need this yeast intensity, it would be a far better beer as an american double ipa, with some nondescript ale yeast, rather than this white winey, taffy, even corny strain that dominates the beer. finish is long, and the alcohol cuts sharply through the oily hoppy tail end, leaving a boozy belgian tang on the tongue. i appreciate making very very bold beers, but this one never really comes together for me. that said, the rest of our tasting group enjoyed it very much, and i am thankful to thebrewo for having shared this rarity with us.

Photo of big789J
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A darker amber, small amount of head, slightly cloudy , small amount of carbonation visible

S: Yeast forward. Familiar belgian yeast, fruity, leaving a slight funk as the fruitiness dissipates

T: A beautiful dance of of belgian yeast and fairly intense bright hops. THe hops linger beyond the belgian yeast flavors.

M: Fair amount of carbonation. Not very thick, but a nice thickness

Overall: One of the better Beligan IPAs I've had. I have seen a lot of variation in this beer, but this one is a fresh and fantastic.

Photo of Cory_Brown
4.09/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Bosoxbennie
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I think this is a really nice brew

Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A - 4.5 - Poured a nice dark honey gold, slightly unfiltered cloudiness. Nonexistent head potential, retention or lacing.
S - 3.75 - Lower rating on the smell. Had the nice bright bouquet of oranges, mango, hops and grapefruit I expected, but also a TON of not so welcome malt. Honestly thought I had bought an old beer at first (date was smudged)
T - 4.75 - The belgian styling makes the taste absolutely stellar. Has the big, full on hop profile you'd expect with a decent amount of sweetness and a sharp, bitter biting end, but it finishes clean, crisp and instantly. The sweetness doesn't make it syrupy and the bitterness doesn't linger. It finishes sharp and clean, making it a powerful, yet thirst-quenching DIPA.
F - Light bodied, very thin to me, but this works great with its clean and thirst quenching qualities.
O - 4.75 - What a damned fine brew, one of the better DIPA's I've had in a long time. Highly recommended!

Photo of BrewUSA
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Life a Rich life is a Belgian Style IPA that in thought was one of the stoopidest names ever.... Until I read on the side of the bottle that it was dedicated to a young gentleman named Rich Sheppard. It pours with an aggressive foamy bright white head. It looks translucent amber/orange... Reminds me of orange/cherry 'Jell-O' The taste isn't nearly as 'yeasty' as I expected. In fact, I wouldn't know it was a Belgian style at all init weren't on the bottle. Taste was very pine heavy, starts off extremely piney and finishes with a heavy dose of citrus, mostly orange, tangerine and Pineapple. Feel is rich and creamy. Rather light and crisp. While it is def worth seeking out. I will say a drawback for me is, the 'Soap' taste that some IPA's have. Overall, great brew by one of my fav breweries~

Photo of kkleu357
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%

From notes on 3/25/14

Glass on tap at the brewery. Cloudy pour with ample head. Sweet aroma with some citrus notes. First thing I noticed about the taste was how much it reminded me of pineapple. tasted almost like those canned ringed pineapples you can buy in the store. After getting used to this flavor, I was able to taste some bitterness and malt character. Interesting drink.

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