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Live A Rich Life - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 502
Reviews: 100
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 9.07%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: AleWatcher on 06-03-2011)
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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No bottle date, like all FFFs stuff. Purchased at DLD '12. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a typical DIPA clear orange color. Tons of carbonation. Tiny bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass. Two big fingers of fluffy bright white head. Already leaving nice lacing. Billowing marshmallow head.

S: Very hoppy brew, but a different hop profile than others FFFs brews. Don't get much of the Belgian straind. This has nice fruity hop aromas. Mango, grapefruit and papaya.

T: It's a hoppy beer, but there isn't a ton of bitterness. It's actually really pleasant. Easy drinking DIPA. Mild bitterness on the tip if the tongue. Then you get nice smooth fruity hops in the middle of the mouth. It's strangely creamy actually. You get some of that mango and overripe peach in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 14:09:41 | More by inlimbo77
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 03:28:32 | More by rlee1390
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap the other day at FFF while there with betsona. Also, got two high fives from yeahnatenelson while we were there. Good day overall!

A- Came to me a golden orange color with a light amber middle to the center of the beer. Half figner white head shows poor retention. Nice block lace and light streaks on the sides of the glass with each sip.

S- Big citrus upfront from the hops with pineapple to me shining through. Light yeasty undertone show a little belgian banana and clove combo. Bready caramel malts in the very end with a light almost plastic scent. Citrus hops once again in the ending with medium alcohol aroma.

T- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma now dominate the palate with a strong pineapple like flavor. Belgian yeast comes through next with light over ripe banana and hints of muted clove. This never takes over the primary flavor of the hops at any given taste. Hints of light bready malts toward the middle with the belgian yeast standing out as well. This quickly gets crushed by another wave of citrus hops. Ending of the beer calms down a little bit with over ripe banana and bubblegum combo in the ending. Hint of hops in the very ending. Clean crisp alcohol taste in the final part of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Pineapple, hints of caramel malt, and light banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is over ripe banana and pineapple with a light sweet alcohol layering over it. Very balanced for the beer and for who brewed it I thought. No off flavors at all while I was drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate while sipping this beer.

O- This beer to me was very good. After having a couple snifters of this I must say these two need to do many many more brews together. The flavors were settle and while the hops dominated everything they didn't go too out of their way in making this a palate crushing beer. The alcohol was present only toward the ending and did a good job at not over drying the palate. Will be looking forward to trying this in a bottle if they ever bottle it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2011 01:25:46 | More by alleykatking
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

4.13/5  rDev -4%
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”!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 16:01:14 | More by CuriousMonk
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aasher

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a nice muddled copper in color with light cloudiness. It arrived with a one finger off white head which dissipated within a minute or so. It smells like an imperial version of Alpha King. It smells of light and resinous piny hops with a solid malt backbone. It tastes of sweet and resinous hops and there is little to no Belgian characteristics. Where's the yeast? It drinks medium in body and drinks decently for the abv. Its not what I wanted but its solid. The artwork is legendary, which is why they should bottle it!

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2011 17:31:07 | More by aasher
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david131

California

3.98/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 19:48:13 | More by david131
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2014 23:49:33 | More by BeerLover99
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joe1510

Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 05:08:37 | More by joe1510
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htomsirveaux

Texas

4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Floyds, 11 Jun 2011. Served in a ~10 oz. Snifter.

Small creamy off white head. Slightly hazy golden brown in color. Yeasty orangey aroma, perfumey. Starts yeasty sweet with a lot of citrus and orange. Some pineapple notes. Medium body, alcohol is slightly warming. Yeasty, orangey finish and aftertaste.

Alcohol seems a bit hidden in this.

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2011 02:18:46 | More by htomsirveaux
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 01:18:24 | More by facundoCNB
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ FFF
From the menu;
A collaboration / dedication ale brewed with our friend Urbain from De Struisse, 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 of a former employee, Rich Shepard, who recently passed away, a portion of the proceeds from this beer will go to his family.
Try this beer and enjoy the Rich life.
100+ IBU. 8.7% ABV. $8 snifter.

I must say that for being over 100 IBU, this beer is not nearly as bitter as I expected. It is surprisingly well-balanced and tasty-- even so far as to say the beer is very hoppy... But it isn't as bitter as I had expected.
I don't know if it's the yeast that does it or what, but this thing is exceptionally drinkable. It has to be one of my favorite Belgian IPAs! I love how dry it is! Anyway...
Pours a burnt gold, bordering on being orange, but not quite entirely unlike orange (figure that one out!). White head of two fingers rests proudly upon the glowing body and stakes its claim to the crown for quite a while-- impressive is a good word for it. The lacing is minimal, but some strands of wispy suds cling.

Smells of standard FFF hop protocol-- Amarillo? Cascade? Perhaps citra? Yep, yep, and probably yep. The yeast seems to add a little bubblegum note that reminds me of gumballhead in an odd way. It works, pretty nicely.

The taste has a light dry malt up front: it certainly wasn't intended to be the main attraction here-- the hops come in with all the usual suspects, including; citrusy grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and deliciousness. The yeast helps the finish to be dry, and there is only a light bitterness (compared to other offerings here!). I have to assume that is partly due to the yeast.
The flavor profile works incredibly well. Me likey.

The body is medium, with a good sturdy feel to it, thanks in part to the carbonation level, which seems a little lower than normal up front, but higher than normal towards the finish. It is a perfect compliment to the style-bending beer itself.

Overall-- this is quite delicious. I'm having another.
Get down here and try it-- it is currently "no growlers" and might not be bottled...

Serving type: on-tap

06-03-2011 01:30:13 | More by AleWatcher
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Duff27

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head on a orange base. Crazy lacing, good head retention.

Aroma produces mostly citrus (a la Zombie Dust), very faint Belgian yeast characteristics.

More citrus with a bitterness that comes in at the end. "Fresh" would guess at 9%abv.

Highly drinkable althought this is one of my favorite style. For whatever reason this is much tastier than when I had it last summer on tap from FFF. Thanks egrace84 for the revisit!

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 02:03:41 | More by Duff27
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Treebs

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper with orange hues around the edges. Wonderful white head that leaves a moderate pace leaving a great webbing on the way down.

S: Incredible hops it you in the face and then they are drawn out by the yeast. Sweet fruits play with your nose in this as well.

T: Amazing citrus hops that blend in with the yeast to give a it a smooth creamy middle, then the bitter hop smash I was looking bites you in the end and lingers.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this collaboration. The yeast added a wonderful creaminess that really smoothed this out. Will def. buy bottles whenever they start doing that.

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2011 13:34:46 | More by Treebs
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 19:15:10 | More by kawilliams81
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DCon

Missouri

3.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Three Floyds in Munster, IN for $8. Tapped into a 12+ oz Tulip Glass and was not able to see the Tap Handle. This beer was dedicated to a former employee @ FFF and proceeds went to his family. Drinking beer+Charity, Awesome!

Aroma- Citrus hops and spices are very dominant here. A bit of dry-hopping was present and a ton of alcohol.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stay for a second or two... Has a hazy, dark orange color body and leaves minimal lacing behind on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with huge earthy/citrus hops and then has a medium grapefruit taste with a superfruit background. Lots of citrus/fruit flavors going on here. Sort of different for an IPA but this is alright.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, and doesn't leave much on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very nice, complexed beer but for a Belgian IPA, not too impressive. I'm starting to like how much complexity and different flavors/ingredients they bring to each and every drink. This one was much harder to drink but still thought it was a good brew! VERY limited batch so get your hands on it if you can.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 18:51:55 | More by DCon
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 03:35:22 | More by mfnmbvp
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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I picked up at DLD 2012, no bottled on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear reddish/orange color, topped with a finger of creamy tan head that recedes to a ring around the edges, leaves good lacing.

S- Oh man, wonderful hop aroma, huge vibrant citrus, mango, grapefruit, orange, big yeasty background, subtle spiciness and sweet malts.

T- Follows the nose with huge tropical fruits, pine and resin, floral as well, seriously the hops on this beer are excellent, has a smooth Belgian yeast flavor towards the end and some spice. Light malts, some slight alcohol warmth.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth, very creamy feel, dry finish.

O- This is an incredible beer, really blends the glory of American hops with Belgian yeast in a great way, can we get this in six packs?

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2012 07:25:51 | More by WillCarrera
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Reaper16

Alabama

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 22:20:27 | More by Reaper16
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warnerry

Michigan

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 23:07:54 | More by warnerry
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 01:31:20 | More by yeahnatenelson
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brew3crew

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at fff on father's day
a- hazy golden orange with a head that sticks around for a while
S-great fruity smell. I literally cannot get enough of it
T- this sets the standard for Belgian Ipas. So flavorful and complex. I want to take all of it home with me.
M-nice sweetness upfront with a bitterness that sits on the tounge.
O-great beer. They set the bar here

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2011 18:09:16 | More by brew3crew
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deadonhisfeet

Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on-tap at my weekly beer tasting (Party Town, Florence, KY). The pour is a dark amber-copper color with about a finger of fine white head. The nose is hoppy and sweet with notes of pineapple, orange, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium body and a nice, creamy feel. There is substantial sweetness under the hops. I get flavors of toast and marmalade up front, then the hops kick in and I'm inundated with pineapple and orange. Very nice! This is one of those beers that is a lot more bitter than it tastes. Very drinkable. The Belgian yeast is definitely detectable, leaving that distinctive puff-pastry flavor under the hops.

Overall, a stellar Belgian IPA that drinks like an American IIPA. In fact, I thought it was very reminiscent of Hopslam, with just a bit more hoppiness and a bit less sweetness. Very glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2014 00:33:18 | More by deadonhisfeet
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MrMcGibblets

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 19:59:50 | More by MrMcGibblets
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.79/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle!
22 oz bottle, dated 2/17/14, poured into a tulip

A- Clear bright orange/copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Tropical fruits, pine, citrus, grapefruit, fruity Belgian yeast, smells great!

T- Bitter hoppy finish is the first thing that jumps out at me, getting some tropical hops, citrus, peppercorns, pine, slightly dank, some sweet caramel malts, finish is very bitter. Great balance of flavor.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- An awesome bitter IPA with a since Belgian style twist. Very enjoyable, really hope to get this again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 20:45:32 | More by larryi86
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