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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 38
Gots: 88 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 01-14-2012

In the seemingly endless cruelty, battle, and strife of the Hyborian age, a warrior has but two pleasures: Decimating one’s enemies in battle, and a horn of Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker to slake the thirst of victory.

100 IBU
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Ratings: 517 | Reviews: 61
Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hop combination reminiscent of HT.

Photo of Kapper
3.29/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a fan. Funky nose. Acidic taste.

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

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/17/2015 printed on the bottleneck. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle, so maybe you guys could work on that next. 9.00% abv according to BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours the typical cloudy burnt sienna orange color with about a finger of doughy off-white / khaki head. Appears typical of the style, but it looks nice for what it is.

S - Big bold bitter hopping is most apparent. Earthy, piney, resinous, herbal, floral, grapefruit. A bit of a musty sort of malt presence in there? 100 IBU, and the nose definitely makes no secret that this is going to be a hop bomb.

T - Again, the 100 IBU is the main feature of the beer - big bold assertive hop bitterness. Pine, resin, grapefruit, stone fruits, pineapple. Not much of a malt presence, but it is in there; lightly bready ending. Perhaps some kind of a hint of herbal spicing?

M -The feel is big and bitter, as I have said. Piney & resinous hops clinging to the palate. Full-bodied with good carbonation, but not quenching or easy-drinking.

Overall, a big bold sipper of a DIPA. Definitely geared for those who like their IPA's bitter bitter bitter. Not their best work, however, and probably not one I would go for again.

Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker -----4/5.

Photo of ajcuster89
3.56/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not as good as APW

Photo of do_ob
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bomber into a snifter. Pours a hazy copper color with an off-white 1 finger head of foam. Very aromatic - I could smell this one as I was pouring it. Very dank smell, along with citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. Medium weight, incredibly smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I get lots of spice and sweet fruit initially. Grapefruit, orange, and lemon follow. Perfect amount of bitterness. Good malt backbone with a little lingering bitterness.

This is my 11th 3F beer review, so I feel like I have a decent feel for what they're capable of and what their beers are about. But dudes & dudets, let me tell you something. This is quite possibly the best, most balanced, most delicious IIPA in existence. This is my 45th beer review and the only one so far to receive a 5. It all comes down to personal taste, but to me, this beer is as good as it gets. At 9%, it's just right; not too muted, not boozey. Perfect balance of malt and hops. Wonderful smell, awesome taste. Easy drinking. I honestly couldn't have asked for more in a IIPA.

Photo of erikhovenkamp
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Very underwhelming. It's far below average by Three Floyds standards.

Photo of HoggDaddy
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I might be crazy but I like this better than Zombie Dust! Not too hoppy, creamy, citrus , smooth. I love it. My favorite 3 Floyds!

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look- Pours a clear deep orange color with a bubbly tan head.

Smell- Roasty grass notes ramp up into big tropical fruit- mango, melon, passionfruit. Smells great!

Taste- Spicy grain notes and mellow caramel followed by big fruity hops. Red grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, finishes dry bitter and earthy with some residual tang on the palate.

Feel- Smooth and bubbly, coats the mouth with a thin layer of flavorful fizz.

Overall- A great Three Floyd's IPA. Totally exceeded my expectations, this can hang with any of their other big IPA's.

Cheers!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Medium white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of hops. Smells like nelson. Orange. Kinda herbal. Sweet pale malts.

Taste - Eh. Doesn't live up. Orange hops. Lots of pale malt. Sweet. Light rye flavor? Interesting, but not great. Herbal finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Well I expected something interesting, but I'm not sure why. Just turned out to be a good IPA.

Photo of guityler83
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: An dark orange marmalade colored beer with decent clarity. Off white foam with good sustain - mixed sized soapy looking bubbles that cling to the side of the glass making for cathedral window lacing. Kicking up the foam with a swirl is easy.

S: Big bright overripe mango, grapefruit, passion fruit and kiwi. Dank cat pee, evergreen pine and strawberry at medium levels just under the tropical hop aroma. Sweet bread and toast malt aroma with a mild alcohol sharpness.

T: Smooth dank bitterness gives way to a burst of tropical fruit similar to the aroma. Zesty citrus (lime) with over ripe mango, papaya and strawberry. The middle has a pleasant malty sweetness coming through like spicey rye bread. Balance is on the hops and there is a small alcohol flavor with dank piney hops in the finish. Burps are dank!

M: Reisiny hop oils cover the tongue leaving a sticky sensation all over the mouth. Carbonation is moderate with a medium-dry body. Low alcohol warming in the chest.

O: I love the dank pine on this guy. I'm really curious what they are using in this beer. In usual FFF fasion they kill the style. Big reisionus IPA with huge aroma and unique in a see of bland IPAs

Photo of RyBrew54
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice bright orange amber with a nice lasting head. Smells of light citrus hops with mellow pine aroma. Very tasty double IPA that feels more like a hop forward citrusy pale ale. Citrus notes are there from start to finish with very little bitterness left to the palate. This has to be one of my favorite DIPAs from 3 Floyds, an excellent varient of this style.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz brown 3F shaped bomber with a logo display of 2 Cimmerian warriors just finishing what appears to be an all out blood thirst of a battle. Some sort of prehistoric animals running along beside the blood hungry warriors(bezerkers) when every animal had either tusks or way too long teeth made of ivory. A typical fff label and art which we all find appealing of course. Poured into a Nonic style pint glass.

A - glowing orange color with a load of funk on top of the unfiltered haze. It would be clouded as is, but with all these particles floating about a newbie would probably think someone opened the bottle, mixed in a few splashes of a toddlers apple juice with floaties, then recapped it. No lie. This isn't the first time seeing this down right filth of a liquid from 3F, but who cares.. it's what I love. Nice big white head on the pour never really leaves all the while leaving decent stick.

S - citrusy notes but not anything you've grown to know. This is ripe citrus. The ripe of the ripe citrus. Like ripening a citrus fruit then ripening a ripe citrus fruit. Not rotten but overly ripe. Ripe mango, ripe pineapple, and some grapefruit. Some pretty dank dark earth whiffs as well followed by some overly sweet malt.

T - the dankest of hop notes up front with more ripened ripe fruit notes just smashing the mouth. Mango, pineapple, and an entire rain forest of citric fruits picked and ripened. Oh yea! Those dank, dark earthy hop notes flowing hand in hand with the sweet fruit may as well be ripened too. Sweet malt let's this dirty looking liquid flow quite smooth with alcohol and spice throwing more flavors all over the palate.

M - top shelf and full bodied. Thick texture and smooth feel is as expected from these guys. It's smooth and drinks like a fff double ipa should. Some spices and the coating of flavors would sink it's teeth into anyone including myself. Rich sweetness and an all out ripe fruit bomb.

O - cimmerian sabortooth bezerker is straight up FFF to the bone. I can't think of anyone else who would even attempt such a madhouse let alone pull it off. If anyone else even tried such an experiment we would all be on the ftalk aboutorums claiming how bogus and brainwashed that brewery was. Instead, fff creates, bottles, sells.. we buy, drink, talk about, buy everyone we can, and rave on and on about how genius it was. This is a creation by Three Floyds brewing company. No it isn't normal and no, no one else could pull it off, but they have, they will and we will love every ounce of it while they do. Good stuff

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A hazy orange color. Great on the nose, nice hop aroma. A really nice pale with a bit of a tangy / spicy taste. Had it on tap at the brewery and from a bomber. Tap was better but was really good both times.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.74/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a frothy off-white. It smells strongly of pineapple, oranges, and pine. It has undertones of caramel and nut aromas. The beer tastes of citrus fruits and pine with undertones of caramel and nuts. Its a bitter beer but the bitterness does not linger.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle dated Jan 6th 2015, into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

A murky classic amber orange body. Opaque but not too muddy, looking a little unfiltered with some pin head random carbonation, and has a secondary racking orb glow to it. Off white head, two fingers tall with a good amount of retention but tiny for a typical IPA. Tiny, a bit murky, but not too bad.

This hop aroma is just huge, I mean this beer litteraly STINKS, even while pouring. Huge amounts of mushy tropical fruit mush and nearly rotten. Big amounts of earthy danky notes as well, but just going all out insane. I can't even detect anything else that isn't hop related on this beer, malt, yeast esters, forget it… just ugh.. It's really neat but this is overkill but I would be lying if I wasn't enjoying this.

Palate though manages to at least tweak the hop angle into a more direct and wonderful flavor. Juiced with a sweet forward note of tropical and spice hop angle. Mango, and sweet and almost peppery fruit qualities just burst in the mid palate, but huge amounts of thudding dank and almost weed like qualities. A real actual tight carbonation really helps to cut through the flavors and let things sort of mellow out, and even give a nice hot pepper accent. Huge and crushing palate, but I can't turn away, the warmth brings out more sweetness that really balances things out nicely on a malt angle.

Really unique meld on an IPA for it's qualities, but this is no lightweight by any means, and at this point I think I need a few hours or something else to rest my palate. Truly an aggressive and impressive destroyer of an IIPA.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.56/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber $11.99. Dated 1/6/2015.

Pale, orange-ocre, slightly hazy, huge white head with one-finger remaining throughout. Copious amounts of thick lacing.

Fresh citrus: mango, pineapple, grapefruit, some pine and dank earth tones. Few wisps of caramel, malt.

The citrus is still present, but the bitter pine, spice and dank hops predominate. I don't really get the malt backbone until the rest of the bottle is emptied into the glass.

Medium-full body, nice bitterness.

I'm a big fan of over the top hops, bruising bitterness and this one delivers. There was a bunch of sediment at the bottom which did change the flavor, so pour carefully.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bright and hazy orange. Minimal head but carbonation is active.

The aroma is popping with grapefruit and floral aromas. Lilac. Bready.

Grapefruit and floral perfumey flavors with a light malt backbone of a fresh loaf if bread. Fusel spice in the long finish.

Heavy body, slightly dry, very bitter.

Another great DIPA from three floyds. Doing what they do best.

Photo of IvarTheBoneless
2.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

Nasty Onionated Brew. This Ale had a strong flavor of hopped up old onion juice, and a less prominent, but still too noticable scent of rotten onion b.o.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fruity, resinous and incredibly of perfume. Three Floyds brewers set their sights on an imperial IPA the all the juicy, racing vibrancy of hawaiian punch, but with the hop bitterness and alcoholic jolt to move the hop-head's needle.

Plump, ripe and tangy, the beer's billowing scent carries tropical, citrus and a host of herbaceous botanicals. Its hazy golden-orange hues might be mistaken with orange juicy. But once its creamy and almost silky taste slathers upon the tastebuds, early impressions of orange cream sickle and pungent cannabis easily come to mind.

A bold undercurrent of shortbread, thin caramel and honey-dipped biscuit frame the malty rebuttal, but the beer quickly shows its favoritism for hops with red grapefruit, blood orange, a lemony "funky-fresh" twang; but then rich mango, apricot, pineapple and passion fruit give a rich fructose-laden taste that echoes malt sweetness and transitions to verbena, green tea, cannabis and fresh-cut grass.

As the malt recedes and the hops continue its bitter development, the resinous ale seems sticky-dry with pine sap, shaved wood and sassafras. Smooth to finish, the medium-full ale is soft in its bitterness, gently rolling, and extensive with bitter fruit peels. Its scaled up American pale ale recipe to imperialized strength, using some of the most coveted hops on the planet- its the Three Floyds way.

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

On tap at Studio 35 Columbus. Good citrusy hop flavor, but get ready for a slap to the face; true palate wrecker. Not sure I could make my way through an entire bomber.

Photo of dmgeng
4.91/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I love 3-F's and now I'm starting to try all of their various offerings one by one. I got this one thinking I was going to trade it and now I'm glad I got to try it instead of shipping it off!

A - Beautiful vibrant orange color. Brightly opaque capturing all of the light in it's brilliantly dry hopped body with a fluffy coarse white head and moderate lacing.

S - Extremely strong hop fragrance with tons of dankness and grapefruit just bursting out of the glass. There is some orange, tropical fruit, pine, herbal, and maybe some light floral to bring together the awesomeness. Could smell it as I opened the bottle. Like a grownups candy it makes your mouth water. If you like the big West-Coast IPA vibe this one is supreme!

T - Beastly hop flavor with a full Yakima Valley hop character with an expansive host of flavors. Mostly the dank and grapefruit really make this beer sing. There is also a lot of pine, citrus fruit, and other hop flavors that I love just blending awesomely. There is some malt and the slightest amount of alcohol but it's all masked by the hop explosion on your taste buds. The bitterness is strong on every part of the tongue and only accentuates the tremendous amount of hop character in this beer.

M - Medium to high mouth-feel with medium carbonation. It is definitely balanced but the massive amount of everything from the sweet flavors to the bitter bite just makes it sit heavier than some other DIPAs.

Overall, a tremendous beer. Amazing aroma, flavor, feel, appearance, and anything else you would desire in a DIPA. Though I couldn't drink more than two of these bombers in one sitting. This is clearly a Columbus, Centennial, Simcoe, Amarillo punch that will please the DIPA lover in all of us. This brew is absolutely perfect for every hop head out there that loves citrusy, piney, dank hops. This beer is awesome and I would highly recommend it if you like West-Coast IPAs.

Glass- Imperial Nonic

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy golden/orange color with a huge frothy white head that persists forever. Green onion hop aromas dominate with pine and resin playing supporting roles. Very faint bready malt underneath but its hard to find under the onslaught of allium. The flavor is a bit more malty sweet with a solid bready caramel I couldn't find with my nose. Still huge green onion garlic like hop flavors with shades of resinous pine. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Nice enough beer, but damn that is a bit too oniony.

Photo of jjwisenheimer
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into my teku glass.
Dank as hell!

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours to a light white film of head, little to no lacing. Beer is copper orange in color, filtered and clear, no "floaters".
S - Orange juice, pineapple, apples, floral notes and grapefruitty hops.
T - Perfectly sweet, tastes like an amazingly lightly carbonated orange and grapefruit soda. Earthy hops with a bitter finish to round off the upfront initial sweetness.
O - A damned good IPA, one of the best I've had in a long, long time to be sure!
V - Not sure, purchased on tap at Kuma's Corner Chicago.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a hazy dry tangerine color with a thick meniscus of beige tan head, giving off a full dried green citrus hops aroma. More complexity grows in the nose,with some tangerine and dry spicy hops character. The finish has some woody green hops that are almost brassy in character. The dry spicy dark green hops taste is full of pithy flavor but soft on the pungency. The finish has a cat pee hops flavor that grows in the finish but never dominates. The hops have a slight metallic taste but it is not offensive as it opens. The mouthfeel has a spicy little fizz that leads to a creamy texture in the finish.

Big delicious hop flavor but lots of nice depth and unique character really makes this beer easy to drink for such a big beast. Not much bitterness to slow it down.

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.