Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 72
Hads: 612
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 10.77%
Wants: 45
Gots: 130 | 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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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)

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%
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. (1,638 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (650 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of IvarTheBoneless
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%
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. (154 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (1,373 characters)

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (168 characters)

Photo of dmgeng
4.91/5  rDev +17.5%
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 (1,944 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (565 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
5/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (513 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.32/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of brianmandell
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a FFF Beholder pint glass. Enjoyed on 9.10.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a clear, orange copper color, light amber with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a finger and a half of white, soapy head sits that has nice retention and lace. The aroma is super bitter, resinous pine, grapefruit peel, orange zest, earthy hop oil with some richer caramel malts. The flavors mirror the nose and promptly destroy the palate, tons of piney, resinous, sappy hops, grapefruit and orange peel, intensely bitter with little brightness though the sweetness of the malts, lightly chewy, helps counterbalance this slightly. The mouthfeel is nice, very thick, coating and almost juicy, crisp carbonation and a clean dry finish.

Verdict: A deliciously bitter DIPA from FFF. Quite the palate destroyer, though it masks the 9% ABV very well. An aggressive beer for sure, but definitely enjoyable. (937 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.96/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Trumpet tulip. Bottled 12/9/14

A: Poured out an extremely turkey, apricot color with a lot of yeast pellets floating around and a substantial off-white head.

S: Whoa, pineapple bomb. Imagine pineapple chunks marinating in fruit cocktail syrup and this is what you get. Something VERY funky in there as well.... perhaps a bit of stomach acid?

T: OMG: A lot going on here. Very unique, but not quite as funky as I though it was going to be based on the smell. Again, fruity for sure, but you have to REALLY love pineapple to enjoy this beer. This is not a Cascade/Centennial forward beer in any way, shape, or form.

M: Thick and candy-like, without falling into a sort of "Mallow-Creme"-esque territory. Candy-coated alcohol for sure.

O: The most unique FFF brew I've had in a while. (806 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -39.5%
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- (1,880 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This has some great stuff going on: huge hops, solid malt backbone, fruity, nice sweet and spicy character but also drinks boozier than the Abv suggests, making it a bit tough to drink too much of this. Alcohol sweetness. (221 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.28/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A friend picked up a bomber at the brewpub. This one pours a cloudy orangish color. There was a thin off white head that left no lacing. Pine, orange and pineapple notes to the nose. Maybe a bit peppery. The taste is very good. Somewhat bitter, with a fuller body. Pineapple notes, orange, lots of malts, with no sweetness. Very Nice! (334 characters)

Photo of outdoor7or24
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

100ibu, double ipa, poured into snifter. Bottle had a lot of sediment in it compared to other 3f brews I've had.
A: pours a brilliant white 2 finger white foam head that slowly fades, stringy lacing, carbonation, cloudy orange copper body
S: tropical fruits, sweet pineapple, pine oil, white pepper, citrus, honey suckle
M: medium viscous with slight oily resin that sticks to the tongue
T: orange peel, citrus fruits, pineapple, vegetable, biscuit, heavy malt, grapefruit rind, pine resin, strong hops as expected, the hop resin sticks to the tongue.
O: great double ipa, hop heavy that packs a punch, great aroma and good flavor. The aroma is the best part to me. (668 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
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. (2,276 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +1.4%
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! (635 characters)

Photo of WreckedPalate
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Had a ton of this at DarkLordDay this year, honestly of my favorites. Tons of hop flavor and ways of fruit forward flavor with a solid malt backbone to present its amazing drink ability. Only had it on tap, would love to score a bottle. Eager to try again. (256 characters)

Photo of DVoors
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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. (765 characters)

Photo of roger617
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Spiegelau glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a strong orange hue, has over a finger of white foamy head that reduces fairly slow per style and leaves just a little bit of head.
S: I mainly get orange and tangerine in the aroma. There's a bit of onion lingering on the back end that lingers forever.
T: I get a lot of tangerine and onion from front to back. Not a whole lot else going on with the flavor. It's good, but 1 dimensional.
M: Carbed well, leaves a super dry after taste.
O: This is a solid DIPA, even though it's very different from what I've become accustomed to from the Floyd family. Of the bomber IPAs, this is near the bottom in terms of likeability from FFF. (703 characters)

Photo of badmotorgrunge
4/5  rDev -4.3%

bottled 07/26/2014 poured in my trusty Founders snifter.
A: Dark dirty neon orange color, holy shit this is gonna be good! 1/4 inch head.
S: Very sweet , tropical fruit, smell is amazing!
T: Oh my God, when it first hits your tongue, citrus tropical, I'm thinking Jai Alai but better! but the finish, nothing! no hoppiness, no bitterness, no sweetness, no malt backbone, nothing on the back on the tongue!
M: very nice, smooth, creamy, very well made beer.
O: Don't get me wrong, this is a very well crafted brew, but 3f's is my favorite brewery and I hold them to very high standards. But I cant help but think they didn't finish the job! It coulda been a classic! (668 characters)

Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Pours a super gnarly unfiltered hue with golden edges when held up to the light. Aroma is sweet bready malt, fruity esters and tropical hops. Flavor is dried apricot, resinous pine - overall sweet and malty but super juicy hops dominate the flavor with lingering bitterness on the palate that just sits there for days........Medium bodied with a crisp dry finish. (363 characters)

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 72 ratings.