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

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Ratings: 692
Reviews: 112
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 94
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
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Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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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Photo of blackie
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had a draft of this one at the Map Room when it was called Shark Pants, with my main man on Pitchfork weekend...

a: served in a nice tulip glass, shark pants is a hazy orange in color, capped with a creamy white layer of carbonation, dense and lasting

s: a combination of glorious tropical hops and a lovely spice profile from the belgian yeast that brings sweet esters and hints of clove and bubblegum, cleanly sweet pale malt structure, lots of pungent fruit - pineapple, fresh citrus, tangerine, mango...really taken in by this one

m: carbonation moderate-high, lively and smooth, body on the lighter side of medium

t: awesome stuff here - loads of vivid tropical fruits via a generous hop bill...pineapple, tangerine and orange zest, mango, and a lovely delicate spice profile from the yeast, hop and yeast mix in and out with waves of flavor atop a pale malt backbone, finishing nicely bitter and clean

o: no surprises here - exceptional

Photo of st9647v3
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of mynie
4.58/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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3/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of Holland
4/5  rDev -6.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of warnerry
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.

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Florida9
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Photo of jbaker67
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Sean9689
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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!

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3.75/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.08/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a reddish amber color. Not much of a nose on this. Taste was straight up bitter. I couldn't detect any real hops, just pure bitterness. Very dry with almost no sweetness. The opposite of a juicy IPA. I really wanted to love this beer but it fell short for me.

Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

 

Photo of homebrew311
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

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