Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 71
Hads: 609
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 129 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 71 | Hads: 609
Photo of ARoman
3.9/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a pungent, ripe guava and pineapple blend with some sour grapefruit, oranges, toffee, and a melon-like undertone. The beer is murky and amber brown in hue with a big, foamy, soapy, off-white head that has good retention and a light lace. The beer is highly bitter and sweet with maybe a bit more bitter; although the sweetness sharpens as warms. It's thick, syrupy, and sticky with lots of fluffy carbonation and a full body that's bittersweet and juicy - primarily flavored by grapefruit and assorted tropical fruit notes. There's also a waxiness, most noted at the finish that starts with a light, sweet zip then turns to herbs, burnt crust, and cooked toffee. The aftertaste is cloying and bitter with notes of burnt toast and roasted nuts. (794 characters)

Photo of 4thFloyd
4.83/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

From notes. Another great big IPA from 3 Floyds. Deep golden orange and slightly hazy with a nice off-white head. Big citrus and tropical fruits in the aroma with noticeable pineapple and a little grapefruit. Flavor follows with big citrus/tropical fruits and a nice malt base to add sweetness and balance. First taste was almost an overwhelming pineapple blast but then my tastebuds acclimated and the balance really stood out. (432 characters)

Photo of bobhits
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are few things better than a 3 floyds double iPA. This is no exception.

Deep orange body with hints of amber through out. Not much head to speak of, a bit lacking here.

I don't like pineapple as a rule. I love this and it's all pineapple with a malt bill behind it making it just to die for. You can't get better, I'm not even kidding. This is best of the best stuff here.

Juicy over the top intense flavors, so sweet yet so bitter. HUGE citrus notes, pine apple, orange, robust huge amounts of crystal malts. It's a bit too big honestly, yeah I said it. The alcohol and fruit are seriously overwhelming.

Huge beer, 9% seems way too low. Needs a bit of carbonation to help.

There aren't many beers with better flavors but the over the top flavor and poor carbonation, it doesn't work well. I'd buy again but this is a flawed beer. (859 characters)

Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a big double ipa. Loaded with piney, floral and citrus type hops on top of a sweet malt backbone. Moderately resiny in the finish. A solid dipa. (152 characters)

Photo of macher0
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has a dull copper color and frothy egg shell head that is reminiscent of Alpha King. Unlike alpha King this has a more dank, cat piss smell and taste. This has mostly pine/resin profiles of the hop spectrum.

This drinks very easy and has a great carbonation level. This is an excellent IPA or APA, whatever it is. Three Flyods does it again. I think this is not as citrusy as Panzer or Permanent Funeral which puts it in a very nice niche. (446 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a short off white head that died down, leaving bits of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of tropical fruits are present in the nose—mangos seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is dominated by flavors of tropical fruit hops, although only a light amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This IPA has lots of aromas and flavors of tropical fruit hops but is easy to drink because it doesn't have much in the way of bitterness or alcohol.

Serving type: bottle (728 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.07/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Orange-brown and hazy. Very slim head. Mild lacing.

S - Hard core dank, and the reference to cats seems particularly apt given the nose. A bit of pine, grapefruit essence, but this is a wild and randy nose for sure. A bit more than my preference.

T - Smack hard with grapefruit pith and flesh, with a sundry of citrus and stone fruit too. Juicy and pine. Middle hints at the cattiness in the nose. The close is bitter but surprisingly restrained given the wild free-for-all of the nose and open. What is not present is any of the serious ABV - this comes across as a high-hopped 7% based on taste.

M - Decent carbonation. Given the hop frenzy, not much drying, though some is present in the close.

O - Serious dank, an ode to the cat notes of hops, and how they can be used with skill to produce a shockingly tasty assault. The nose is a bit harsh, but the taste comes through milder. This is a serious beer, but it drinks clean and bright, and flashes great grapefruit notes to boot. Nice. (1,010 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
4.69/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Orange juice body. Not see through when cold. Thick off white head with aggressive pour. Lacing.

Smell - Dank Kiwi. Orange. Passion. Dragon. Grapefruit.

Taste - Dank and bitter up front. Fades to earthy citrus. Finishes off the tongue with orange and other citrus.

Feel - Not a carbonation bomb. Medium feel.

Overall - I was right, still my favorite Floyds. This was one of the first ones I tried and glad I got it again. Earthy dankness balanced well with citrus. (478 characters)

Photo of robear
3.26/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Big sweet hop mess. No delicacy or thought put into the hop balance in this IIPA. Big hops plus bigger sweetness, this might be better aged into a blonde barleywine after a few years in the cellar. (197 characters)

Photo of barczar
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Strong body odor aroma hits first. Lots of grass and onion, with underlying citrus, but damn that b.o. is potent. Notes of peach and grapefruit emerge.

Flavor reveals much more fruit character upfront, with fresh cut grass and a hint of onion leading to a moderately bitter finish. Abv is definitely felt.Sharp notes of grapefruit and lime are almost puckeringly tart. I love the fruit notes, but could do without the b.o.and onion. (433 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Second time I've had this very good beer. For most brewers, this would be their flagship. For 3 Floyds it's just another very good beer. Those of us who drink 3 Floyds regularly are so spoiled! (196 characters)

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.17/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a one-finger white foamy head. The head dissapates quickly leaving some light spotty lacing.

S - Aroma is big grapefruit, lemon peel, and floral hops.

T - The taste starts out sweet with apricots, tangerine, and grapefruit mixed with caramel malts. The piney hops dominate the back end producing a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy with a dry finish.

O - Another outstanding offering from 3 Floyd's. Nice mix of big piney hops and bright citrus. (556 characters)

Photo of h8r
4.89/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic DIPA! I prefer this to every other of its style. 3 Floyds kills it. My only complaint is that the mouth feel is a bit syrupy, but otherwise fantastic beer. (165 characters)

Photo of Tilly
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy amber pour. Not much head ( maybe too cold).
Huge pine, peach, citrus, hops fresh bread.
Tastes of bitter pine, hops, grapefruit, malts and caramel.
Strong full bofiy mouth feel with great bitterness.
This is a real good IPA offering, but unfortunately, 3F does such a sick job with most of their beers,
This isn't their best IPA but, I'd drink it all day long!!! (370 characters)

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very piney and hop resinous on the nose. Dank and beautiful with tons of wild hop characteristics coming through here. Hits the tongue with a true run of the gambit hop feel. Resin and pine play with floral hop tones as well. This is a hop bomb of a brew. (257 characters)

Photo of kitch
3.49/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Excited to see this on tap at Mikkeller Bangkok.

A: Served in a pint glass a hazy copper orange colour with an off white one finger bubbly head.
S: Strong aromas of citrus grapefruit, lemon peel and pine with some caramel in the background.
T: Much like the smell, the immediate taste is bitter hoppy grapefruit and caramel malts. There is some aftertaste of piney hops and spice.
M: Medium to full bodied, with good carbonation.
O: Maybe my expectations were too high to begin with, but this was only ok for me. I enjoyed the grapefruit and pine hoppyness but perhaps a bit too much caramel malt sweetness. (608 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of do_ob
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (1,037 characters)

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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! (554 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of guityler83
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (1,182 characters)

Photo of RyBrew54
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (2,567 characters)

Photo of Smokesnotes
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (206 characters)

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.74/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (289 characters)

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.