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Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The wolf inside this pale ale is trying to walk upright. This bright and aromatic beer was brewed with our friends in the band Pig Destroyer.

100 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 03-25-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
308
Ratings:
2,692
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
23.99%
 
 
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Reviews: 308 | Ratings: 2,692
Photo of ccg
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FFF Permanent Funeral

Look: Bright yellow-orange with two fingers of fluffy foam leaving behind tons of lacing as it settles. Cloudy body. Great-looking IPA. 4.25

Smell: Smooth hops with an usual sweetness. Also a bit of sweaty funk. I realize that sounds a little gross, but it's not stale or old-smelling. 4.0

Taste: Bright, citrusy orange flavor with a bit of spice on it. Smooth and sweet with some bitterness on the finish. Unfortunately, it has faded a bit, but it's still quite tasty. 4.0

Mouthfeel: Nice full/round feel, and it finishes clear and crisp. 4.0

Overall: I normally wouldn't review an IPA that isn't super-fresh, but this is still so good that I wanted to write the review anyway. This is a fantastic IPA. If I still lived in Chicago, I would *not* take this beer for granted. 4.25

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Photo of Austin32
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color, hazy, piny combined with fruit and bitterness, bold, in your face flavor but they all work well and it is a pretty amazing beer. No sense that its an almost 11% abv.

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Photo of XBeerBellyT
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark orange. Slight haze
S: Piney notes up front. Citrus back end.
T: Piney and hoppy bitterness up front. Citrus fruit notes on the finish.
F: Medium body.
Great IIPA from 3 Floyds. Definitely tasted like a FFF IPA.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is 3Floyds (an therefore Indiana's) best IPA. Wish they made it more often and sold 6pks so you could get more than 22 oz at a time. Truly great stuff.

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Photo of don1481
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber dated late May 2016 poured into tulip.

Appearance: Pours a deep slightly cloudy amber with an off white head that lingers. Bubbles churn within the liquid.

Smell: Hoppy, juicy, bright.

Taste: A smooth, bright hop forward taste with a beautiful balance of maltiness on the back end that makes this disappear all too quickly. No alcohol taste noticed at all. Outstanding.

Mouthfeel: bitterness from the hops lingers slightly. Not as overpowering as almost any IIPA out there. Very nice.

Overall: I'm buying more the moment I see it on shelves again. Outstanding in all regards.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a hazy amber with a one finger creamy white.

S - Aroma of orange, grapefruit & caramel malts.

T - The taste follows the aroma. Sweet caramel malts, orange, mango, grapefruit and finishing with earthy hops.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very soft creamy mouthfeel.

O - This is a kick ass DIPA. This is definetly worthy of all the hype and praise.

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Photo of HopHunter19
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - nice golden Amber clear color with a white head that sticks and leaves sparse lacing
S - big caramel malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, overly ripe fruit
T - nice big caramel malts, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange, Mandarin orange, overly ripe fruit
M - medium mouthfeel, alcohol covered, aftertaste is caramel malts and citrus hops
O - I feel like I noticed this one past its prime and I'm bummed about that. Bottled 4/1/2016, drank 5/30/2016. I love hardcore metal like pig destroyer and should have tried this one when it was fresher. Oh well, live and learn.

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Photo of ShawnoftheD3ad
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never been crazy enough to stand in line for Dark lord so I have no dog in that fight but this IS the best beer FFF makes. Makes the hype fest known as zombie dust look like crap. Plus this has Citra in it like hype dust. This beer just does it BETTER!

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shiny copper penny colored with a solid inch of creamy off white to beige head on top. Moderate lacing. The aroma is of fiercely bitter citrus hops and light malt. The taste is packed with bitter citrus hops and light malt that barely keeps the aggressive hops in check. There's a massively deep hop burn on the tongue. The mouth is otherwise dry.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.57/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 4/1/16. Clear dark gold / medium amber pour. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Rich world class nose of tropicals (mango, pineapple) and citrus (tangerine, orange) with a touch of spice over a cracker biscuit that also has bready elements.

Heavy medium body that is superbly smooth and escapes into the realm of oily and creamy from time to time. World class carbonation / body balance with a nice prickly effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The finish allows world class flavor complexity to pop.

The flavor profile is world class. This is a hop flavor focused beer that rides over a solid, and sweet, malt base. Bitterness is relatively low and teases the palate with orange/tangerine rind. It begins with a slightly sweet tropical and citrus flavored blend that becomes more rind influenced until the middle. Here, sweetness assumes center stage and the hop flavors separate. Tropicals arrive first - mango, pineapple and possibly peach as an undercurrent (as it warms, this is definitely peach). Sweetness fades as the finish approaches and orange is center stage with light tangerine notes coupled with zest. The 10.5% alcohol remains completely covered, which indicates a brewing masterpiece - no astringency whatsoever. The finish is subtly dry and all the previous flavors arrive for the curtain call and take their well deserved bows over a sweet base.

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Photo of TheBigJohnson
4.76/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

I'll start off by saying this is one of the best imperial IPAs I've ever had the pleasure of putting on my palette. Bottled on 01-Apr-2016 and poured into a snifter glass on 11-Apr-2016. Immediately hit with aromas of pineapple and orange zest. Incredible feel along with fruity hop character and almost no bite -- especially for the high ABV. This is all accomplished unlike any other IPA I've tasted. I'll be making the trip back to Indiana for this, no doubt.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Zombie Dust has a slight edge, albeit VERY slight edge over this wonderful beer. I think the hoppyness is less profound, but yet hits the back of the palette after what seems like an extended amount of time.

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Photo of mgwagman
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like all the 3 Floyds a great name and cool label. Poured from a 22 oz bomber purchased at brewery. I was a little disappointed by this one. Pours a hazy orange. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste was a little off, citrus, lemon, lime. Not a bad beer, but not one of the best I have had from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of mschrei
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 2/15/16, poured into a Hopslam snifter. Super cloudy yellow orange, can't even see the carb. Good foam and lacing though. Super dank nose, hops and malt totally in the forefront. Slight zesty citrus note on the scent as well. The taste is a battle between malt and hop. Zesty and citrusy with a surprisingly slight amount of bitterness. Full mouth feel, pretty well-balanced. I'd say it's slightly below Dreadnaught, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Looking forward to trying the two other Double IPAS from them I have on hold at the store.

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Photo of jcflorian
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle dated 2/15/16.

Appearance (awesome bottle artwork BTW)- But crystal clear orange, minimal head, excellent lacing.
Smell- Def get malt before hops on this one. at 10.5 abv, not really surprised though
Taste- Tropical fruit upfront, malt on back end, can def taste the alcohol.
Feel- Creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry.
Overall- a rock solid Imperial IPA worthy of its ranking.

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Photo of vic21234
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 02/15/16.

A- Pours a mostly clear bright orange with a small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Strong tropical and citrus notes are abundant on the nose.

T- The same strong tropical notes carry into the taste, to include mango and orange above all. A slight sweetness of the malts is noted at the back end of the taste.

M- Medium bodied, bitter, dry finish, very drinkable for the higher ABV.,

Very nice beer, Three Floyds does the hoppy stuff well.

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Photo of TheKlevin
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had, I tend to drink it really fast because it tastes awesome! Does not taste like 100 IBU's and 10.5% which is seriously dangerous.

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Photo of W_Des
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sick artwork on the bottle. Pours an orange-yellow from the bottle. The nose is sweet and piney. The body has a medium sweet maltiness with a faint bitterness.

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Photo of Arstowe
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion this is 3floyds' best beer. It is so delicious and has strong fruity flavors (pineapple stands out the most to me). The aroma is also absolutely amazing, nothing compares to this. It is very well balanced and barely seems like it's 100 ibus. Love love love this beer!!!

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Photo of Myotus
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with thre fingers work of rocky and spacious, off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of white foam after 2 and a half minutes. A moderate amount of very thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is very thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mango, papaya, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and tangerine are perfectly balanced by strong sweet bread and caramel aromas. There is a hint of alcohol and bitter hop aromas, also, but they do not make the aroma any less displeasing.
TASTE: Strong flavors of mango, peach, tangerine, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, and tangerine combine with mild sweet bread and caramel flavors to compose the initial taste. Subtle bitter hop flavors immediately follow as caramel flavors grow stronger. Hints of alcohol enter lastly as all previous persist, except for bitter hop, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Ends with a strong dryness.
NOTE: An incredible IPA. What really surprised me is how the beer changed as it warms. Instead of the usual increase in bitterness that you would expect from IPAs, the citrus flavors grow stronger. I'm not sure how FFF pulled that one off, but heck yeah! I've never been big on bitterness and this beer isn't one of those. If you are looking for a bitter brew to satisfy your twisted taste buds, look elsewhere!

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Photo of Sabtos
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gold with moderate head and lacing.

Graham, light caramel, and fruity.

Very drinkable.

A supportive sweetness perfectly balances out the bitterness. This is absolutely delicious.

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Photo of GoGators15
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer and I've had almost all of 3 floyds here in Indiana. Citra hops, malty and nice bitterness all together! If you are a zombie dust or alpha king fan like I am this is a must have!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A lot of yellow in this 10% beer, ok ok. Good clarity, just under an inch of head. Good amount of pine flavored hops in this one. I really dig the aroma execution.

Immediately notice upon drinking that the abv is well hidden. Amazingly well. A little grapefruit. I like how they call this a pale ale. Amazing how effortlessly such a strong beer drinks, alcohol doesn't creep into the mouthfeel even downbottle as it slightly warms. Tough price wise, but it seems to be a better version of Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised of the less than stellar reviews on this one - while it is less complex than you might hope and hasn't perfected the hop-fantasticness of heady topper, I place this in the category just below. I like grapefruit in an IPA and this one is full of it. Fruity and bitter in a great way, I would not trade for this again but would buy the crap out of it locally, or recommend at least trying it once.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 12/4/15

A: Hazy, murky, golden tangerine in color with some honey highlights - pours with a medium, creamy, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: An aroma as aggressive as the bottle art - bright, brash, potent citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, and zest - floral citrus, touches of marmalade - herbal with touches of grass - light hints of tropical fruits, but the emphasis is really the citrus explosion - vaguely musty fruit - solid malt base, grainy and decidedly bready, like whole grain bread - lightly sweet, light alcohol aroma but doesn't really smell like 10%

T: Lightly boozy citrus juice, but way better than a screwdriver - ripe, juicy, fleshy citrus - orange and grapefruit zest, rind, and oil - some resinous pine, touch of mint - floral, and herbal, with some earthy notes, but mostly fruity - straight-up hops - high level of bitterness - malts provide a solid backbone, with some bread and biscuits - lightly sweet with some honey - typically I hate the combination of high bitterness with sweetness, but the sheer aggressiveness of the hops somehow ties things together

M: Full body, very smooth, a bit chewy, oily, with some bite, finishes with some booze

O: Yup, this puts the fun in funeral

This beer comes extremely close to being overly bitter, overly sweet, and overly boozy. But it somehow does not cross that very, very thin line. This is monstrous without being a mess. This is worth seeking out, especially if you're a fan of 3 Floyds' signature aggression, although I think I enjoyed Dreadnaught more.

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