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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 38
Gots: 99 | FT: 4
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: 535 | Reviews: 63
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Photo of Sparty1224
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Serving: 22 oz. bomber dated 7/25/14, poured into a Founder's pint glass.

A: Pour a very cloudy and hazy orange color. Faint 1/4 finger white head.

S: Pineapple, mango, tangerine, clementine.

T: Same as it smells, with pineapple and tangerine flavors dominating. Actually rather sweet for a DIPA. Has an almost "juicy" and "fruity" quality and flavor to it.

M: Nice and full. Alcohol hidden very well. Faint bitterness on the finish, not overwhelming at all.

O: So I was surprised to see this listed as a DIPA on BA. Bottle says "cimmerian pale ale". As I started to drink it, it tasted more like a big IPA. But DIPA certainly fits it nonetheless. This is a good beer. For 3F DIPAs, my standard is Permanent Funeral, and this is nowhere near that level. This one's a bit too juicy-sweet for me. Tropical fruit flavors are very dominating. Still a great effort from 3F though.

Recommendation: Any fan of 3F or very citrusy DIPAs should grab this if able.

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 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.

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 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 larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours a cloudy dark golden and amber with a very lively 3 finger head.

Smells of grapefruit, pineapple, and just marvelously tropical.

Taste is very unique. Very fruity very tropical but perfect balanced with a nice bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel is beyond smooth for a 9%er.

Overall I thought this brew was fantastic and would most certainly pick up again.

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in an 8-10 oz. mini nonic. Draft at Northdown, all hail Santa Muerte...

Saturated transparent gold orange, webby lace. Lasting retention and no visible carbonation in the dim lighting of the bar.

Dank papaya, cheesy mary jane, woody eucalyptus. Hops reminiscent of reefer and flinstones vitamins. Resinous alpha acid barbs rip through the palate, while notes of tropical pineapple/papaya headiness and leafy herbaceous greenery linger. Medium bodied and burly, low carb, abv is pretty well disguised. A huge Johnny Cash middle finger to the west coast.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/13/2014. Served in a DFH snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (orange, mango, tropical fruit) hops, along with some pine hops and bready malt. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also a good amount of bitterness and some floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick with a moderate amount of carbonation. I thought this was a good brew, wouldn't mind trying this one again in the future!

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 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 rlee1390
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy orange, two finger head with nice lacing.

S-Good deal of hops, mainly citrus as grass.

T-Very hoppy, starts with some grass and pine and becomes citrus in the finish with nice bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, good deal of hop resins.

O-An amazing DIPA, FFF should bottle this one.

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. It arrived a slightly hazy tame gold in color with a one finger creamy head. The nose is comprised of a lot of pineapple and grapefruit rich hops with a slight citrus sweetness. The flavors are of pine, citrus, and vidalia onions. Uh oh. It's instantly not my thing. That said, it drinks light in body and smoothly and the alcohol isn't present. The onions in the after taste just take away from how drinkable this one is and could be. Decent beer, just not my favorite.

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Look - hazy amber orange copper look. Good head that stays light on top till first drink. Great lacing.
Smell - piney smell with lots and lots of tropical fruit. I'm picking up maybe some mango, pineapple... who knows what's all in there... smells like a tropical fruit salad!
Taste - pretty hoppy but not over the top. Has an incredibly fruity taste and a little pine. Pretty damn bitter with a little bit of spice. Fantastic!
Feel - medium body w medium carbonation.
Overall - love the beer and would love to get it again! FFF makes some of the best double/imperial IPA's. I just wish they didn't cost so much.

Photo of DVoors
4/5  rDev -4.1%

Poured from 22 oz bomber. Amber orange color with 2 fingers of off-white foam. More sediment and yeast in suspension than I've ever seen in any 3 Floyd's beer.

Orange, tangerine, and slight alcohol in the nose.

Tastes a bit fruity with a touch of malt sweetness peaking through in the middle but finishing incredibly hoppy and bitter. Hop flavor is still very rough around the edges.could probably benefit from an additional week of cold conditioning.

Mouth feel is appropriate for double IPA. Not overly thick or viscous, but hides the alcohol well. No burn.

Overall, enjoyable sipper, but a little overly bitter, throwing it slightly out of balance. Enjoyable, but nowhere near permanent funeral, Arctic panzer wolf, or some of 3 Floyd's other IIPA offerings.

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

On-tap at 3F, poured into a penta glass.

A- Pours a golden amber color with a thin layer of creamy white head that settles down to a film.

S- Earthy, slightly citric hops, some pine. Some light malted sweetness.

T- Damn. I'm not sure how to describe this. Hops are big and aggressive, with citrus flavors and lots of oily pine resin. Some grainy sweet malt in the background. Then there's a weird earthy, plant-like flavor. It's somewhere between river grass and a big chunk of weed. I've never tasted anything quite like this but I'm sure that when we start seeing pot beer that this is a bit what it'll taste like. Someone at my table said "blood and soil," I'm not sure if that's how I would describe it but it captures the idea.

M- Full-bodied, carbonation is moderate to low, smooth chewy body with a dry finish.

O- An evil beer, super-aggressive, I think the weird weed flavor actually works really well, like other reviewers have said I really wish I knew what was in this (3F is putting weed in the beer I swear). It's an intriguing, tasty DIPA though.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Pours a hazy orange-tinged gold capped by a one and half finger fluffy off-white head. Excellent retention with plenty of splotchy lacing. Huge mixed citrus notes on the nose. Opens with mandarin orange and lime, barely ripe banana and accents of mixed berries. Finishes bone dry with bitter lime rind. Slick but dry mouthfeel. A really unique and enjoyable brew.

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 brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This IPA is as aggressive as the label suggests. Tropical fruit in your face. The flavor is in huge on citrus, mango, pineapple and other tropical fruits. There are also waves of pine, floral and aggressive and almost overpowering grapefruit pith bitterness. I was very happy to split this amongst a few people as it is certainly not a session beer.

Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pine, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a distinct bitterness. Tastes of strong earthy malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, pine, hint of floral hops, yeast, and alcohol. Overall, intense body, weaker appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

Photo of TheBrewo
4.01/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was served on tap at Three Floyds Brewery & Pub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived, hot off the tap, in a mini nonic. It showed a brooding amber honey coloring, with no real head to speak of other than a wispy film of off white foaminess. This remained for a good portion of the tasting, but left minimal laced decoration. A mild haze was present throughout, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma blossoms and boasts notes of starkly raw honey, savory pale and caramel malts, white sugar, peppery ethanol, fruit punch cloy, paint thinner, brightly tropical and nectary hoppiness, cherry and apple cider fermented fruitiness, candy corn, candied apples, and cotton candy esters. The taste, in a far departure from the nose, comes across as intensely boozy and salty. The first thing you get is this harsh vodka booziness that is slowly chipped away by bittered grassy, herbal, and resinous hoppiness, dandelion leafiness and floral petal stickiness, dried hibiscus, sesame seediness, dill, black and Cheyenne pepper grit, celery salt, iceberg lettuce vegetals, chlorine, Elmer’s glue, hot plastic phenols, wood lacquer, and brandy woodiness. The body was fully full, and the carbonation was medium to high. There was little in the way of cream or froth, but slurp and smack remain decent nonetheless. Each sip affords a syrupy yet dry coating that allows the heavy bitterness to work a layer of skin off the roof of your mouth. The abv is appropriate, and but drinkability is hindered to only “okay”.

Overall, this was the second of our “big beer” reviews at Three Floyds. Coming after the sensational “Blot Out The Sun”, and from a huge pedigree of hoppy 3F glory, we had high hopes for this one. In the end, though, its aroma was probably our favorite aspect of it. This was juicy and nectary, and lent nice balance alongside the beer’s malt profile. These hops showed remarkable sweetness. The flavoring, however, saw far too much residual sugar sweetness, and an overkill of boozy wash. The balance was unfortunately lost. This is, no doubt, a gargantuan DIPA, and although it is not their best use of hops and malts to date, it is still worth a taste if you’re in the mood for a sugar and booze bomb.

Photo of Khazadum
4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Decent lacing, not as sticky as other big dipas. Clear, super clear orange body. Low carbonation visible.

Supposedly orange armpit. I think this is the sweetest, closeest thing to orange juice since pressed oranges. A bit of onion.. minor garlic, but tremendous orange rind and citrus juice.

Flavors, orange juice, minor bitterness, onion sauted with garlic, the hops are so well balanced, so lightly bittered but so noticeable. I'm in love.

Smooth, creamy, lingering, but it never over does it!! I'm thinking this is the DIPA equivalent of zombie dust. Crisp finish!

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 kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brewed 12/09/14.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label. Served cold into a Guinness goblet at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the brewery and this beer's current ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head. White colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, fullness. Retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent gold-copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Tropical hop notes dominate atop a pale malt foundation. Mango, faint tangerine, vague citrus, floral hop notes, and mild resinous character. The hop bitterness seems insufficiently tamed by the pale malt sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Heavy tropical hop notes, including mango and (unfortunately) pineapple - a hop note I always despise in beer. The foundation is pale malts. Too sweet and too fruity for my tastes. I want more of a resinous and oily character. It's not too well balanced.

No alcohol or off-notes come through. Depth and duration of flavour are average. Flavour intensity is quite high for a pale ale, bordering on an IPA. It's complex for a pale ale, but without balance that doesn't count for much. There's some limited subtlety here.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and slightly pulpy.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

OVERALL: Downable but forgettable. A surprisingly pedestrian and unfortunately tropical fruit-dominant pale ale flavour profile. Not very good work from 3 Floyds, but I'll chalk it up to personal tastes; I just can't stand pineapple in beer. Meh.

Low C-

Photo of Nachojon
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lucky enough to walk into Clark St. Ale House and find this one on tap.

A- Lighter shade for a DIPA. Nice white frothy head and haze. Some lacing on the tulip.

S- DANK. The more a beer smells like home (Humboldt) the more I like it. Some tart ass fresh lemon and pine there as well.

T- Dank. Dry. Pine and some crazy citrus, grapefruit. Really just face blasting. It's my favorite DIPA from Three Floyds for sure, like Zombie Dust's big brother. No malt here buddy.

M- Crispy dry and perfectly carbonated. Tongue burn.

O- This is one of the better beers I have had from Three Floyds, and that is saying a lot. I would love to see this one more often.

Photo of Auracom
4.19/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty jazzed by FFF's tap list over the past month or so. This was part of my visit to Munster on February 3rd, 2012. Served in a penta glass.

A - Very typical DIPA, dark orange coloring with a finger (or less) of an eggshell head.

S - Flora, pine cones, and lots of fruit juice, including apples and oranges.

T - Quite unlike any hoppy brew I've ever had from this brewery. Hop bitterness is controlled and seems deliberately relaxed. Likewise for malt grains. What really shines here is the fruit quality. Pears, pulpy orange juice, slight grapefruit. Light sugar on backend, and more floral notes.

M - Medium carbonation, light-medium body, somewhat dry, bitter finish.

D - Props for creativity. As memorable as most any brew in this style. Not quaffable but I would not turn it down if I came across it again.

Bonus points for the name as well ;).

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.