Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,319
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 03-25-2013

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
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Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes mid May 2014. Bottle was given to me from my friend Matt who attended Dark Lord Day 2014 where he got it from. So it was very fresh.

1 pint, 6 oz brown bomber bottle in typical FFF style and shape. A ridiculously metal looking label with the head of a slain werewolf(swords still lodged into its skull). Then again, maybe this is how this beast looks when it kicks down a persons door to do its nightly business. Either way, its a pretty intense looking wolf. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A -Pour was of a golden orange with a ton of funk floating about. I'm talking big particles and that only means a grand stand of flavor and aromas. Big off white head settles fluffy and never goes away leaving phenomenal stick to the walls of my nonic glass.

S - big fruit forward aroma to start. Sweet tangerine and pineapple with hints of soft mango really grab the nose. Biscuity malt balance the aroma nicely giving off a sweet honey character toward the back end. A touch of alcohol spice is noticeable as this warms.

T - much the same as the nose. Big time tangerine, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, and a big splash of mango with apricot working in the backbone. The biscuity bread like malt does well balancing some pretty big sweetness going on. It's just a massive candied fruit bomb with the hops doing most of the work. Not bitter hops but luscious sweet fruity hops with a solid biscuit malt backbone. Some alcohol Booziness does creep up as it warms but only adds to its brilliance.

M - full bodied and thick as you'll find. This is straight up FFF at its best and adds yet another gem to its already stacked ipa/double ipa lineup. Coats the mouth almost shockingly well and leaves you thirsting that next sip of sweet goodies. Just a treat to drink.

O - Permanent Funeral is a grand offering from Three Floyds. It's definitely one worthy of grabbing a place in their year round or seasonal bottlings. Just when you think these guys can't add anymore brilliance in terms of a big ipa they slap everyone In the mouth and create an all out jewel of a brew like this. It's def my 2nd favorite brew from them behind only the infamous dreadnaught, but both offer different qualities and that's great to see. No doubt Permanent Funeral will go down as an all time great for years to come.

Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks so much to ErikO60102 for hooking me up with this big want of mine! Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says 01/14/2015.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Juicy, tropical fruit aroma brings to mind passionfruit, guava and pineapple.

T- Fruity in the onset with a bitterness that is certainly present yet perfectly restrained. Alcohol is incredibly well-concealed and there's just enough malt backbone to provide complementary sweetness leading to an overall balance that's damn near perfect. After multiple sips, the bitterness starts to slowly creep in but still stays at bay for the most part. Great hop burps.

M- Tangy and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body. There's also a bit of creaminess upon further inspection.

O- How is this 10.5%? I can't wrap my head around how deliciously smooth this is while also being so high gravity. Astonishing. Just when I thought I've encountered all the wonderful and complex layers of flavor a DIPA has to offer, something like this comes along to show me that there are still a lot of innovations left to be seen in the style.

Photo of glass_house
2.78/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

I'm resigned to the fact that certain flavor profiles must not be compatible with my palate. This was a bottle less than 30 days old, and was reminiscent of stale, cold french onion soup. Looked nice, didn't smell terrible, but the taste of garlic and onion was overwhelming. Bad bottle? I don't know. Maybe I'll find out someday. As much I adore Gumballhead and Zombie Dust, this was an epic 3F's failure for me. I'll chalk it up as an "it wasn't meant to be" experience and move on.

Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1799th Review on BA
Bottle to 3F Teku
22 oz

Thanks to KevanB for this one.

App- Out of the bottle, this is a blend of dark orange with a little golden yellow towards the base. A bigger 1-1/2 in head that was a wee bit frothy forms and then leaves more of a soap bubble film along the side of the glass. A bit of a ring forms and stays for quite a while.

Smell- Its a battle on the nose. I think this one is starting to slide a little but its got a good sweet fruited nose with a little bit of rind and skin tropical must. A bit more mango and guava and balanced by a candy coated sweetness. The malts are fighting to come through and battle with the hops to take over.

Taste- Its a bit more caramel than I wouldve thought. I like the balance on this one between sticky candy hops and a sweet malt backbone with a bit of grassy herbal flavor and more of a tropical fruit note. Its not overtly one way or another, just a good big beer. A sipper for sure. Im halfway done and its creeping on me. For some reason as it warms I am getting a small raisin flavor.

Mouth- A very big and solid medium body on this one. Even bordering on a bit thick. The carbonation level is a bit frothy and riddled with caramel. The residual feel is more of a candy like caramel. Dissipates quickly and leaves more sweetness and hop oil around.

Drink- Well Kevan has struck again and landed a long time want for me. Its always good to have some friends in the midwest. I enjoyed this beer and was pretty damn good. A bigger DIPA for sure.

Photo of Zekenyce
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think the label design is actually better than the beer. This is a perfect example of a beer that is overrated because it comes from a trusted brewery. Love 3 Floyds, but there's no way that this brew deserves a Top spot.

Photo of palma
2.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Why this beer gets 100 on BeerAdvocate is beyond me. this beer tastes stale and oxidized, cloying with the malt, and I drank a fresh bottle! (only 3 weeks old). 3Floyds is just not good with IPAs. Stouts yes, but their IPAs suck. they need to learn how to brew a new age IPA like New England.

Photo of tectactoe
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jonnyhiggs for this one; based on the recent rave reviews, I couldn't wait to try it. It pours a half-murky amber color with gold in some places and copper in others - very wide gradient of color. The bubbly, foamy white head has nice retention and leaves a good bit of wet lacing in its wake, nearly all the way down the glass.

A true hop explosion on the nose; Permanent Funeral shows up big with huge notes of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple, and other various, tropical elements. I'm catching a slight hint of mint leaves in the background, as well. The hops give off a vibrant pine aroma, glazed with plenty of hop oils, wet and resinous to the core. Such a bright and uplifting aroma through and through. Someone said this reminded them of an "Imperial Zombie Dust". I can definitely see where they're coming from, although I think it lacks the same citric punch to a certain degree.

The first sip deals out a crazy-huge tongue thrashing of hops and fruits; loads of citrus, tangerines, grapefruits, pineapple - there;s almost more of a citrus overload on the palate than the aroma which is usually not the case. The hop abrasion is still largely intact, though, with plenty of leafy counterpoints; herbal, lightly ashy, with heaps of pine resin. The aftertaste is like a good dose of citrus soaked in a bath of wet, hop oils. Malt? Eh, a little. Light bready flavors that really only appear in the aftertaste, but not much else. The 10.5% ABV is nearly undetectable - always a plus. Medium bodied, slick on the palate, almost sticky, medium-heavy carbonation.

I can't believe this really says "pale ale" on the label. No matter, whether you wanna call it a pale ale or an IPA or a double IPA, the fact remains that it's a damn good beer regardless. Similar to a more potent, less citric, and slightly more abrasive Zombie Dust. Three Floyds definitely knows their way around a hop, and this is nothing but proof.

Photo of SanFranJake
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer thanks to totalbangover.
Bomber poured into Stone RIS snifter.
Dark orange hue that spells deliciousness.
Aroma: citrus+hops=amazing. The nose on this is fantastic!
Lacing sticks around as long as the nose dose.
Unfortunately what doesn't stick around is the beer itself.
I didn't slam this bomber in the least bit but after each sip I was wanting the next, so I took it.
See it
Buy it
Enjoy it

Photo of Goodytime
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This is an awesome beer

Photo of standardcherry
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A: Pours a very clear golden color with a big white, frothy head. Looks amazing.
S: Opens with a blast of fruits/pine resin. Peach, mango and pineapple. Earthy hops and pine resin follow. A big floral hop character. A bit of malty sweetness. A tiny bit of onion.
T: BURST of pine and spice. Too much in my opinion. Orange zest, peaches, mango and malty sweetness follow and make it much more tolerable. The malty sweetness got bigger and bigger as the beer got warmer. The hops make it very juicy as it's going down, and it finishes a bit dry with a big dose of hops and grassy bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
O: Great DIPA, glad I got to try it but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Photo of DavidHM
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

PF & KBS are the two best beers I have drank.

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served – Bottle poured into an IPA glass 4 days after bottling.

A – Mildly hazy, golden straw color, big fluffy white head, great retention, light carbonation.

S – Citrus forward. Pretty spectacular. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and other citrusy goodness.

T – A lot of citrus. Grapefruit is the main one, a little orange, a tiny hint of pine, and just a small hint of malt backbone to round it out.

M – Pretty perfect. Light bubbles tickle the tongue. Just the right amount of bitterness. Not sure how it can be better for a big DIPA. No alcohol detected.

O – The best FFF beer I’ve had thus far. Hell, it might be the best beer I’ve had period.

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mcbeerbrew!

Clear apricot in color with very little visible carbonation. This leaves irregular, webbed lines of lace down the glass.

Big notes of citrus, floral elements, and melon combine in the aroma. There's also some alcohol present.

Hugely bitter, with lots of citrus (pineapple), melon, and a bit of cracker. Some alcohol present. Though I love the style, and there's nothing wrong here, I can't drink a lot of this.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Above average and quite tasty.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another beer that looks eerily similar and tastes eerily similar to Dreadnaught. Pours a yellow color with ample clarity, soft white 3/5" head. Very good aroma, definitely hits the pine scents well, plenty aromatic, they really waft high up out the bottle and pint glass.

Taste, very dry, lots of piney hops, hides the alcohol and bitterness immensely well. Has a mildly herbal presence that can often occur in the high hop low dry malt types of beers like these, isn't a detraction at all. Grapefruit creeps unto the pine hop note territory in the mouthfeel, remains so light and dry, and then some minor tropical fruit notes. A great example of a light beer that hides alcohol oh so well.

Actually, compared with the meh Dreadnaught they served at the FW fest, this is actually better. When both are fresh, they are probably tough to distinguish in a blind test.

$10 a bottle is a little steep for any ipa. If you're a fan of Zombie Dust, Dreadnaught, Arctic Panzer, Alpha King, Aeotara, Apocalypse Cow etc. . . you're very likely to dig on this, even if you've had beers very similar to it from FFF already. It is a great summer beer with a punch.

Photo of JerryG
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

As you might guess from the specs this is a very big body IPA. It is definitely typical of 3 Floyd's having the same hop and yeast characteristics, just more in this case.

color - darker gold/ orange

Smell - great hops across the spectrum - Citrus, pine, dank, floral

Taste - Big body, but balanced by the great hops. some maltiness and also grapefruit and citrus that almost make for a crisp finish, but not quite.

mouthfeel - creamy and a little sticky

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a glowing orange copper hue with a big khaki tan beige head forming thick with a rocky textured head, fine speckled lacing layers on the sides of my chalice. Aroma is straight up citrus peels, pineapple flesh, and other tropical fruit notes flowing from the glass. So worth the drive to Newark, OH to try the last of their stock of this fine American brewed IPA. I don't know the next time I will see this beer but I will definitely savor this pour of 22 ounces of liquid bread coated hop candy. The flavor is sugar coated raw herbaceous hops, big citric layers, orange marmalade, tropical, star fruit, and hints of passion fruit. Over ripened fruit juice with bready malts bring all the caramelized sugars to the forefront and the big oily hop oils let those sweet candy qualities fade to the background. Mouthfeel is big oily resinous IPA, carbonated well carries each sip effortless down the gullet, to equate to perfect realm of dangerous drinkability. I can't talk enough about how much I enjoy this beer, all of the true hopheads listening go find this, drive 6-8 hrs if you have to, hell make a pilgrimage to the brewery. I might even start listening to metal if Pig Destroyer had a hand in the collaborative creation of this liquid beauty.

Photo of Tilly
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a golden amber. Clear. Beige Lacey for me to finger head. Aroma! A mess of hops. Citrus fruits! Complex taste. Lemon. Oranges. Tropical over ripe fruits. High alcohol. Delicious beer.

Photo of jeonseh
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into a GI tulip

A - Hazy copper orange with golden hues. Pours with a one finger milky white head that settled down to about a quarter inch

S - Tropical fruit nose filled with sweetness of mango, pineapple, passion fruit and strawberry. On the back end, there is biscuity malt and slight hint of alcohol.

T - Bitter grapefruit up front to give it a kick of hoppy bitterness. However, the profile after the Inital kick is sweet tropical fruit with passion fruit, strawberry, and juicy pineapple coming. I even get a slight hint of cotton candy. There is a slight grassy and hoppy aspect that comes through in the finish to balance against the sweetness.

M - Medium body with low carbonation. Light stickiness within it as you drink it. Light hop resin sits on the tongue in the finish as well. There is a bit of warmth that comes through from the alcohol as well.

O - A very tropical and sweet beer from FFF balanced with the usual FFF hop bitterness. Definitely a unique beer in the FFF profile though with so much juicy and tropical hops. Great collaboration that is definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of Brenden
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#1 1/24/14

Permanent Funeral is a thick light orange color. It has a lot of brightness along with its thick opacity. The yellowish head is fluffy and rocky, and big as most FFF DIPAs are. Lacing is thick and heavy, and distributed in seeming proportion to the beer's big overall character.
This beer has a familiarity to it, as there's a common nature and character connecting all of this brewery's (huge) DIPAs. They seem to tweak a recipe and pump out amazing beers with just little differences here and there. This one's as much a beast as any of the others. It produces massive citrus notes and a huge bitterness, but countered by malts and balanced such that hops rule unquestionably but aren't too harsh to be distinctly delicious. Grapefruit and orange have flesh and peel elements together to make it juicy, raw and fresh, while pine resin bites a bit and notes of grass, herb, earth and young green wood make it immensely well-rounded and complex.
The feel is dry without giving off an aspirin or chalk-like scrape on the tongue, staying consistently dry but keeping the tongue from fatigue with the juiciness. The body is big but not too heavy, enough to support everything happening without weighing down. The bite is strong from beginning to end, and smoothness is not neglected.

Photo of timc100
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2 weeks young

A: Crystal clear golden amber, with a fantastic 'big' looking yellow-tinged head - big bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass, looks like the big beer it is.

S: Amazing. Incredibly crisp and fresh. Juicy sweet tropical fruits - slight sticky pineapple and mango astringency and orange peel. Big pink grapefruit and sugared grapefruit rind, and incredibly fresh pine, as well as orange juice. I'm going to guess there is a ton of citra and some simcoe in this one - like a sweeter ZD.

T: Huge, intense, perfection! First hit by crisp fresh pine and grapefruit bitterness. In the middle of the mouth it explodes with hop-oily-tropical-fruits - big astringent, musty overripe pineapple and mango, orange peel and grapefruit juice. Finishes forever - waves of sticky resinous pine and grapefruit and coat the mouth. Incredible - super flavors forever

P: Cleansing. Finishes forever. Big sticky fresh mouthfeel - feels like a 10.5 beer.

O: Floored.

Photo of weonfire
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden. Full finer of frothy white/cream head. Small carbonation rising, somewhat translucent.

S - Super fruit, tropical, citrus, gummy, sweet

T - Sweet carmel, lemon, grapefruit. finish: super bitter (9/10), almost spicy, do taste the booze

M - Real thick, fully body, froth is outstanding, viscosity is high

O - Outstanding. Mouth is full and rich. Nose bursts with flavor. Do wish there was more sweetness and less bitter, i think that would balance out more of the booze.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%

Part of a beer share. This brew followed La Cumbre's Full Nelson DIPA.

A- Cloudy orange body, frothy, creamy head, healthy carbonation. 4.3

S- Fruity, citrusy, vanilla, resin. 4.1

T- Fresh orange juice, some bitter grapefruit. Malty, granola- like finish. 4.2

M- Bitter throughout with a thick creamy mouthfeel and a tad of booze. The bitterness bites. 4

Bitter OJ basically. But tasty. 4.2

Photo of dr_rash
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

5/17/14: on tap at Rocking Horse in Chicago

A: golden, orange color.

S: bright, inviting smell. the only downside is that the booze occasionally comes through.

T: slightly sweet with tropical fruit flavors. not much bitterness except for the finish.

M: syrupy, but not too thick.

O: among the very best I've had.

Photo of zachpaschal
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Outstanding brew! Absolutely one of my favorite Double IPA's. Excellent!

Photo of SomethingClever
4.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into can glass

A: pure amber with perfect clarity a little head

S: very herbal and piney with slight citrus

T: very sweet a little citrusy but more floral and herbal

M: slightly creamy medium body

O: This beer is pretty good it's surprisingly sweet but it's not world class I'd drink it again on tap but at their 22 oz prices meh

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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