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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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457 Ratings
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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.58%
Wants: 35
Gots: 68 | 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: 457 | Reviews: 54 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a slightly hazy amber color and a sturdy head that leaves sheets of lace behind

Smell: Piney and hempy, with an undertone of pith

Taste: Hemp, pith and pine, up front, with the sugary malts arriving at mid-palate; a wallop of bitterness, after the swallow, that assaults the tastebuds

Mouthfeel: Full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Quite a powerful beer; I wasn't that crazy about the hemp flavor though it was an interesting twist from the typical DIPA

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Knapp85
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hopleaf. Served in an imperial half pint glass.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind glass-coating lace. Hazy golden body.

S - Massive dank marijuana, pine resin, and a touch of herbs, but with moderate citrus and tropical undertones. The hops verge on the cheesy side - guessing there was some CZT in here? Hint of brown sugar functions as the malt backbone here.

T - Taste reveals a bit more citrus and tropical fruit presence hidden under the dank and resinous flavors. Moderately bitter, but never verges into barbarous territory. Burnt sugar malt backbone intensifies as the beer warms up.

M - Medium-full body, juicy texture, and a super dry moisture-obliterating finish. Minimal alcohol presence, and pleasant medium-low carbonation. A definite palate-bruiser.

D - One thing I appreciate about Three Floyds is that they don't make beers that taste like all their other beers. This is a very different animal from Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. The combination of flavors was right up my alley, and was reminiscent of Poor Man's DIPA but with a bit more malt character. That being said, I can see this growing fatiguing in large quantities and not being for everyone's palate.

Photo of drewone
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -39.2%
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-

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4.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
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 rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
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 KAF
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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 PEIhop
3.56/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Tone
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
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 TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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!

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.