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

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Ratings: 630
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 82
Gots: 72 | FT: 7
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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% 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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Sean9689

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brewpub. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a mirky dark golden color, white head, sticky lacing, thin cap and collar.

S - Bitter hops, a fruity sweetness, grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple. The nose gushes fruit juice and isn't overly hoppy. Urbain's yeast strain def adds another dimension to this Belgian DIPA. No real sign of the almost 9% alcohol here at all.

T - Nice dose of bitter hops, tangerines, pineapple, slight yeast note/funk/banana. Huge straight forward bitterness on the finish that stays with you until your next sip.

M - Light to medium, frothy smooth carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - I really love what they did with this one. The hops, fruit notes, and Urbain's yeast really makes something to enjoy. Very easy to drink and def a treat being able to try this. Best of all, proceeds from this beer goes to a former FFF employee who recently passed away. Cheers to FFF and Urbain!

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2011 16:58:16 | More by Sean9689
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Florida9

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy deep golden honey color. Forms a large white head that has some pretty good retention. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: Aromatic and hoppy with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Orange, mango, pineapple and a bit of spice. This one has a regular old fruit salad going on with it.

T: The taste is very nice. Much better than I expected. Again there are lots of citrus hops along with a bunch of fruit. Orange dominates, but it is accented by notes of tropical fruit and mango. There is a touch of Belgian yeasty spice, but it is more of a compliment to the fruit and hops than a main character. Finishes with a touch of pine and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is approaching the heavy side of things, but this one is not at all over-carbonated. Mild bitterness. A bit of alcoholic heat on the finish.

O: Picked this one up on a whim at DLD and now I'm wishing I picked up a few more. This is an excellent beer and really was much better than I was expecting it to be. Paired it with some charcuterie from Smoking Goose and it couldn't have complemented it any better. Fruity, juicy, and hoppy, make this one a very easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:07:52 | More by Florida9
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cosmicevan

New York

4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 00:26:05 | More by cosmicevan
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warnerry

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
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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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-10-2014 17:12:19 | More by Whiskeydeez
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jenray

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

06-15-2012 11:33:36 | More by jenray
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gtermi

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-13-2014 03:22:35 | More by gtermi
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 06:16:01 | More by homebrew311
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

02-20-2014 14:31:38 | More by MSandahl23
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ncaudle

Virginia

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-18-2012 00:33:18 | More by ncaudle
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ADTaber

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Holy Grale in Louisville, poured into a snifter

a: pours a hazy amber with 2 finger white head with good retention and leaves some spotty lacing

S: dominated by  orange citrus, some pine, a hint of malt and Belgian yeast

T: orange and lemon  citrus hops, a small amount of malty sweetness and some nice fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, maybe a hint of bubblegum

MF: medium body, moderate carbonation, hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate for a while

O: Quite hop forward but contrasted nicely by some malty sweetness and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, which adds a real nice touch. The alcohol is very well hidden. This beer has appeared twice in Louisville and I've been very lucky to have multiple pours of it both times. I would say it's a must try if you have the chance.

 

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 20:51:04 | More by ADTaber
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

05-11-2012 07:53:59 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

08-06-2012 03:23:39 | More by mdillon86
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threedaggers

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -6.3%

02-22-2014 03:11:39 | More by threedaggers
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duff247

Texas

4/5  rDev -6.3%

10-05-2012 04:25:42 | More by duff247
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

04-06-2014 18:53:21 | More by st9647v3
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Arbitrator

California

4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 05:36:58 | More by Arbitrator
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thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

01-11-2013 00:13:50 | More by thewimperoo
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.3%

04-19-2014 11:02:02 | More by jbaker67
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JamLand

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-16-2014 11:05:24 | More by JamLand
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

03-31-2014 01:24:48 | More by nrbw23
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

05-18-2012 13:04:33 | More by egrace84
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Sparky44

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.3%

03-23-2013 19:30:39 | More by Sparky44
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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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rlee1390

Indiana

4.11/5  rDev -3.7%
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
Live A Rich Life from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
95 out of 100 based on 630 ratings.