Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 566
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 10.31%
Wants: 41
Gots: 114 | 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: 566 | Reviews: 73
Photo of DeanMoriarty
4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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.

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

On-tap at Rocking Horse.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a thin ring of white head. Light gold highlights.

Aroma of bitter citrus--grapefruit peel and what I think is blood oranges. Little pine and grass. Slight floral component that is hard to place.

Taste follows the smell with citrus peel and blood orange creating a bitter upfront flavor. Light bready malt middle. Bitter finish of grassy and floral hops. Some citrus present.

Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Very minor alcohol heat at the finish as it warms.

Pretty good IPA with a unique, but hard to place, flavor. The citrus component is definitely orange leaning and reminds me of Short's Anniversary Blood Orange Wheatwine. Moderate bitterness. Probably not something I'd order more than one of.


Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -22.1%

Clear orange in color, but the beer itself is littered with sediment. Forms a medium sized light tan colored head. Mild lacing. Not overly attractive. Aroma is pleasant. Strong citrus quality. Orange and grapefruit zest. Mild sweetness. Taste isn't as pleasant. Citrus, citrus zest, and citrus pith. Maybe some tropical fruit. Aggressively bitter, but not in an overly pleasant way as the bitterness is reminiscent of burnt plastic.
Simply put, this isn't one of FFF's best Imperial IPAs: No balance, off-flavors, and just plain ugly to look at.

Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
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 ChugginOil
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap @ The House Pub

Pours a hazy, orange tinted yellow with a fingers worth of white head. Sick retention. Tons of lace.

The nose is full of grassy and earthy hops, creating a light garlic taste. Light fruity presence. Some mangos. Boozy it is not.

The taste follows the nose closely but this time, with massive bitterness. Very earthy, some garlic, tropical fruits, and more bitterness. Did I mention this was pretty damn bitter?

The mouthfeel is juicy and smooth. The consistancy of fruit juice it seems. Great carbonation.

Overall, what can I say? 3 Floyds tears it up, once again.

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

A: Orange coloring with a small amount of head.

S: The best way to describe it, is to say it smells like damp pot.

T: Great citrus hops, with a very sweet finish. All the mango, orange notes are there, the finish is unexpected.

M: I found this beer to have a sticky mouth feel, in a very pleasant way.

O: I thought this was a great beer, very much unlike any other DIPA I have had before. Very impressive.

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

yet more proof that 3 floyds is unmatched (in my mind) in making APA/IPAs and DIPAs...
A: deep gold to orange and clear. decent white head and lacing.
S: these NZ hops really are noticeably different. hard to put my finger on, but they have a lot of fresh stone fruit qualities (apricots? peaches? grapes? or some kind of unfamiliar tropical fruit?) my palate is not sophisticated enough to discern the particular qualities. these NZ hops have a resiny/herbal quality to them as well that is just a bit different. some sweet bready malts underneath.
T: medium sweet doughy malts barely support the big, fruity, juicy, and smoothly bitter hops. for all the listed IBUs this goes down way too easy and is not harshly bitter at all.
M: medium to full body. carbonation struggles through just a bit.
O: would like to revisit this...better and more interesting DIPA than APW?

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 ;).

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 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 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 Treebs
4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Three Floyds during our Zombie Dust excursion. Served in a penta glass.

A: Pours a perfect amber body with solid golden edges. A half finger, pillowy white head forms on the pour and has some nice retention. As it recedes a thick collar and thin film it leaves nice cascades of lace down the glass.

S: I first get some dank and resinous hops and then it slowly molds to a tropical fruit and light pine needle. There is some sweet bread malts in for good measure.

T: The taste is even danker than the nose. Nice combination of pine and dank weed. Mild tropical fruits burst up in the middle and the finish is a semi-bitter pine needle and lemon grass. There is a malty caramel backbone throughout.

M: Medium bodied with a slight sticky mouthfeel. Solid carbonation and it goes down very smooth.

O: There are a ton of different hop variations and they each play a wonderful part. While this wasn't a bitter bomb, it certainly attacked the palate. Well done.

Photo of tsauce2
4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P: On-tap at 3Floyds into a Penta glass.

A: SRM is deep golden yellow. Translucent. Head is off white, 1/2 in, dissipates to the outsides of the top of the beer. Medium carbonation. Heavy lacing.

S: Definitely whafts of hop(simcoe?) right off the nose. Both pine and citrus hop notes with a touch of sweetness and some alcohol.

T: Hops hit initially, with a moderate bitterness covering the palate. Malts come in and are accompanied by an extremely unique taste. I don't know if it was from the malt, or some wild spice, but there is a very earthy quality to the secondary palate, akin to a root vegetable or a deep curry. Very hard to identify. I had not had anything to eat the entire day before having this beer, and only a few ounces of cola to drink a few hours before I had this beer, so my palate wasn't skewed by any outside influences. There is also a bit of sweetness to this beer. Aftertaste was mild hop bitterness, malt, and a lightly sweet finish.

M: Medium/full body. Big hop presence and body from malt and other ingredients creates a dual nature to the feel. At first, you get the big hop presence of an IPA or DIPA, but then the other ingredients come through and fip the feel on it's head. Solid malt presence adds body. Semi-wet finish.

O: Wild. I really liked this beer, but I wish I could have talked with someone who knew what was in the beer. This was like getting two beers in one, and after the initial hop blast, I was picking up on some wild flavors that I couldn't quite identify. Very good beer. I will order this whenever I see it on tap.

Photo of MasterSki
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Sean9689
4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF and served in a Penta glass.

A - Pours a hazy deep golden color, white head, thick ring, sticky lacing, thin filmy cap on top.

S - Very juicy tropical fruits, some dank resin, very hoppy and bitter but still somehow remains very balanced by the sweetness. Slight touch of alcohol there as well, but not too much

T - Taste is very balanced as well. Mango, pineapple, and cantaloupe all feed into a nice level bitterness. Not as piney as the nose, a little more resinous and slightly sweeter. The alcohol is pretty smooth and the sweetness helps hide it. Finish is oily hoppy bitterness...and lots of it.

M - Medium, good carbonation, scary-easy to drink, oily finish.

O - Nicely balanced, monster-hoppy, and pretty darn easy to drink for 100IBU and 9%. It's no surprise that FFF knows how to brew an impressive hoppy beer, and this is a nice example. Go FFF!

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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