Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,313
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 1,034
Gots: 333 | FT: 19
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 UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a head on a very clear golden copper body but has excellent lacing. Aroma of wet socks, onion, vinegar, caramel and sour citrus. Flavor of tart citrus, vinegar, candy sugar, pale malts, wood and earthy hops. Medium but oily body and moderate carbonation. I have to say I am disappointed. I don't know everything about beers but how is this so highly reviewed? Is it bad, no. Is it amazing? No. Glad I had it, but I will only remember this as being disappointing.

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

...and they do it again. They tinker with Dreadnaught-like base recipes and employ new stuff here, omit stuff there, dry the beer, focus its bitterness, and wallah- another world class IPA!

And like their other outstanding hoppy ales, the beer glows with a medium amber, strong gold, honey-like orange hue. Its modest haze makes the beer look like a night light that has just been plugged in. Firmly capped with a light ivory blanket of foam, the retention outlasts the session and laces with broken rings with every sip.

Its focused aromas are all about citrus- grapefruit pulp and pith, freshly zested oranges, and a hint of lemon. Lightly musty in its citrusy scent, mild fragrant herbs, grass, and fresh bark back the citrus but with very little influence from tropical or other fruit. Soft malt support seems to give the fruit aromas a fresher and plumper aromas in an alomost honey or thin caramel kind of way.

The taste is extremely consistent with the aromas. Just as the thin caramel malt saturates the front of the mouth, the hops pull from the sweetness with ripe and juicy grapefruits and oranges before quickly morphing into lemons, grass, and resinous pine to finish. Deeply bitter to close, the beer snaps shut- leaving the palate refreshed and teased, begging for another quick drink.

Medium-full to start, the beer quickly sheds its sweetness and racy carbonation and favors dry malt textures in support of hop dryness, grassy bite, and a crisp citrusy finish. The bitterness grips the throat and bullies it a bit before it fades.

It's an effortless Imperial IPA that favors citrusy hops over all other. Simple in its plan but extraordinary in its results!

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

yup, its real, a double pale ale as they call it, and maybe the best beer i have had from the acclaimed three floyds. this stuff is magic, rich in grain base without ever being sweet. almost has the base of an esb, a huge one, but its in that range. the point here though is the hops, and its really hoppy. in the smell i am thinking simcoe, its so bitter smelling, green and leafy and crystalline, like the sticky dankest bud, where the fingers get all stuck like super glue. the nose is the hop equivalent of trimming blue dream plants, no joke. the flavor is less of that, more refined aggression if you will. the hops are woody here, more centennial like fundamentally, but so overdosed as to not be recognizable as their normal selves. the malt does in fact provide a cool balance to all the hops, which was unsuspected. it almost seems light for a second in the middle there, where the hops are more fruity than anything and the grain is at its fullest, but the bitterness returns to thrash the palate in the finish, its really intensely flavored stuff, but well put together. i have gone back and forth on whether or not the hype around this brewery is fairly founded, and this may have tipped me into thinking it is. really unique and enormous beer.

Photo of Knapp85
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a very nice looking clear orange color with a white head on top. The retention was thin but it leaves a really nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off a really nice sweet fruity aroma, plenty of grapefruit on the nose here. The taste of the beer is give off a really nice balance of sweetness with a dominant bitterness in there as well. The fruit flavors of grapefruit and oranges really give this a vibrant citrusy flavor. The mouthfeel is great, really nicely carbonated and has a thinker oily feel to it. Overall this beer is awesome, hoping it can possibly become a regular rotation for FFF some day. Definitely try this beer before its gone.

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystalline clear saturated orange. Bright and colorful, cheery even. Spindly delicate lace, pretty good lasting coverage.

Pungent hop aroma, sweet tropicals and sandalwood, dank and resiny, dripping with hop oils. Pretty nice and complex.

Sweet tropical fruit, mango and dried pineapple, edge of the glass is sticky like a fruit cocktail cup. Also pretty dank and bitter, a hop blast incarnate. Medium bodied, resiny, slightly syrupy. Big and uncompromising, but very tasty and drinkable.

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 fruits...mango, 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 kojevergas
3.28/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Acquired in a trade with Duff27. Thanks! 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery and its current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger beige colour head of nice thickness and cream, and damn good (~8 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear understated pale copper; fairly vibrant. Translucent and refreshing-looking. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I like the clarity. Very impressed by the head. Lacing is uneven but thick. It could be frothier. I'm really looking forward to drinking this.

Sm: Pleasant floral hop character. Thick fresh pale malts. Resinous as hell. Hop oils come through - though not in a Lagunitas hop extract kind of way - more in a natural thickly layered manner. Nectary. Grassy. A twinge of lemon/lemongrass. No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. Clean and inviting. Hops are dominant. I'm excited to try this. A rather mild aroma for such a heavy Imperial IPA. Luckily, no hop bitterness is detectable. I hope the flavour profile is as balanced as the aroma.

T: A bit heavier on the malts than I was anticipating; I get heavily layered thick pale malts and grassy somewhat heavy grains. They give it definite presence but sap drinkability. Heavy powerful floral hops. Overzealous hop oils. Any light nectary or citrusy character gets buried by the other hop notes - which overwhelm. Some alcohol is detectable, but overall it's very well hidden. No yeast character comes through. Vaguely fruity, but I don't get any luscious juicy hop esters. Resinous as hell - a dominant characteristic. It's a bit overbearing, which really takes a toll on the balance. Luckily, little hop bitterness comes through. But I'm not sure that end justifies the means; the heavy malt backbone really thickens it to such extent that it's difficult to drink. It's a monstrous brew, but I wouldn't dare call it complex or subtle. The hop character is muted by the taxing malt component. Do I like it? Sure. But I expected far far better. It's just not that flavorful, all things considered.

Mf: Way too thick and heavy on the palate for the style, ruining any chance of it being refreshing or particularly pleasant. A biteen overcarbonated. Overbearing on the palate. Too full-bodied without enough diverse and deep flavours to justify it. Smooth and wet - to style. It suits the flavour profile decently, but it's far from ideal.

Dr: I will say that it's pretty drinkable considering the high ABV. But you wouldn't want more than one; in fact even just this bottle will take some time to finish. The thick filling body makes it a lot to take on, and there just isn't enough flavour to really keep me interested. I expected this to blow my mind, but I think it suffers from a common issue with (I)IPAs: it's not a contest to see who can brew a higher ABV, higher IBU, and/or higher hop content beer. Brewing is a matter of care and balance, and while I see some of that here, it seems more interested in indulging trends than in generating something lasting.

Even if your goal is a high ABV hoppy Imperial IPA, this just isn't that drinkable. I'd argue that something like Dogfish Head 120 Minute is twice as drinkable at twice the ABV - and I'm not even that big a fan of Dogfish Head.

I honestly wouldn't get this again unless it was on-draught. A good but not great offering from Three Floyds.

Low B-
3.33

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02/04/14: Another bottle from Duff27. Bottled 12/2013. Truncated notes:

A: 1 - 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice cream and thickness. Nice even fluffy consistency. Complexion could be smoother. Not much lacing. Retains for 5 minutes.

Body colour is a pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Warm alcohol-laden fruit: tangerine, mango, tropical fruit. Pale malts. Hoppy bitterness seems well checked by malty sweetness.

A moderately strong aroma. Not stellar for a pale ale or IPA.

T/Mf: Hop bitterness does come through - esp. on the climax, which ruins the balance. There're plenty of hop notes here, but the tropical fruit dominates, which isn't ideal for my personal tastes. I want more resinous and oily hop character. Maltwise, there's too much emphasis on the caramalt and not enough on the pale malts. It's somehow both too sweet and too bitter.

Heavy, thick, filling, full-bodied, overbearing. Shallow depth of flavour. Not gestalt.

Dr: I'll finish with some effort. Not a fantastic beer, and not up to par with 3 Floyds' reputation. I doubt I'd get it again, even if I chanced across it on the shelf. I think it's personal taste in large part; I'm just not a big fan of this kind of tropical fruit profile.

C+
3.19

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

Bottle picked up at the brewpub. Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Transparent golden body topped by generous white foam that settles to a thick collar, wisps, and splotches of lace.

S - Loads of juicy orange flesh, peripheral tropical fruits, some grapefruit zest and pine as well. A faint hint of alcohol reveals that this is a double IPA, but there's very little malt presence and this doesn't seem all that much bigger than the Zombie Dust we had beforehand.

T - The taste actually seems like an Imperial Zombie Dust, with it's hefty dose of creamsicle flavors - orange flesh, pale malts, and moderate piney bitterness in the finish. No alcohol presence here, but the increased bitterness and malt does reveal that this is a double IPA.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, super dry texture, with some lip-tingling bitterness in the finish. Mild warming, but nothing offensive for 10.5%.

D - A really nice beer, although it's not as mind-blowing as I was expecting given some of the other reviews. I could definitely drink this in large quantities, but it doesn't have that intense crackle to it that the best beers do.

Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber into a FFF teku. The brew appearsa hazed copper color with a yellowish stained froth. 3 fingers atop fade leaving a spotty lace pattern on the glass. More than a finger remains throughout the duration.

The aroma includes pine and a toasty to burnt malt character. A bit of fruit, grass and alcohol. Sone orange rind is also present before the onset of something more dank and herbal feeling.

The taste is mutualky dank and piney. A bit of biscuit to burnt grain character overtop solvent alcohol and minor fruity tinges. It is quite resinous and pine-like with plenty of herbal clingy bitterness.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It is a big boozy brew but isnt too over the top. I would drink this again and I am very thankful to the Richmond BA crew who sent this my way.

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

A huge thank you to Sean for sending me this bottle.

The beer is orange with a small off white head. The aroma is classic FFF. Hop forward with a robust, supportive malt body. Dank citrus and biscuits. A full bodied beverage, teeming with flavor. Alcohol presence is there but unobtrusive. Well-balanced and delicious. Really, a wonderful beer.

Photo of smakawhat
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured on tap into a 4 oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

A golden bronze amber body, with some nice lemon hues towards the sides of the glass. This looks a tad hazy though, and is presented with a simple thin 2mm off white collar.

Oh boy is this bouquet explosive. Hops and juicy quality just leap off the beer. Sweet tropical melon, juicy fruit, ju jubes and mellow candy with some faint crispness. There is no heat coming off of this either.

Palate is very complex, and extremely hop varied. The palate has that wonderful juicy body and good malt sweetness, but then comes a big blast at first of pine hop resin in the mid palate. The swallow lingers with green melon, and there is an incredible bursting HUGE menthol mint character that permeates the palate. It's almost like shaving cream I kid you not, then the sweetness balances out with multiple sips. Tropical punch juices and more mint candy.

A seriously stupid good DIPA that is aggressive yet tolerable, and a heck of a lot of fun. Really dug this brew a lot, I don't know if I'll ever get to have this again though, that's my only disappointment.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Light copper with a bit of a head. Lacing and wisps are nice.

Smell - Piney with some citrus. Caramel malt comes through. Substantial hop character.

Taste - More distinct hop flavor. Nice pine and grapefruit. Caramep malt backs it up. Balanced?

Mouthfeel - Heavy and a little sweet. Good clean and drinkable DIPA though.

Overall - Good if nothing distictive. Always a good beer from Three Floyds.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a hazy burnt orangish-yellow with good carbonation leaving behind a nice billowing white cap and some spotty lacing

S: The nose is pine, citrus, some caramel and a little bit of dank Earthy greenness.

T: Sordove dank upfront. Some herbal goodness meets pine and fruits(tropical mainly) The malt bill seems to be a blend of caramel and biscuit. There is a pronounced sticky, lingering aftertaste on this beer, sordove syrupy even that I did not enjoy. This was about the only thing I disliked about the beer.

M: Medium-full body with good carbonation. Sticky and sordove cloying.

O: A very good beer but not amongst my favorites from Three Floyds. Anyone who gives this beer a 5 needs to educate and expand their palate

Photo of Axnjxn
4.07/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/13/13 bottling date. into a snifter

pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice head. nose is this beers high point...extremely citrusy and just plain awesome. the taste though is too sweet for me..lots of citrus and sweet malts. very hoppy. big beer. almost full bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a tad disappointing..definitely not a 100 but still solid.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Weebay for this bottle! Poured in to FFF teku glass.

A - Translucent golden yellow colour with one finger of cream coloured head.

S - Tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose. Peach, mango, tangerine, pineapple. Some pine and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Bitter up front with pineapple, mango, tangerine and peach flavours. A fairly big sweet caramel malt backbone that is just slightly too much for my liking, which is the only thing keeping this from being a flawless DIPA.

M - Medium body. Stick and full of resinous hop oils. Light carbonation.

Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short white head on an orange body. Small collar.

Zippy citrus hop aroma. Pineapple.

Very small maltiness compared to the hop smack. Leaves a prolonged bitter finish. Booziness is noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Mouthwatering citrus. Lasting bitterness is off the hizzy. Recommended for DIPA fans. Thanks for grabbing this kawilliams81!

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 Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from draft at Firkin on January 23, 2015.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.14.13
Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a one inch light tan head that just sits and slowly bubbles down.

S - Grapefruit, oranges, and some melon.

T - Orange, a touch of cheese, bitter hop with some alcohol and more melon.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Smells very nice, but I don't get the taste. Cheesy, melon and a hop bite that brings in down for me. Was it Hype, Age, Traveling across the country? Who knows.

Photo of cjgator3
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at Hunahpu's Day 2015 at Cigar City Brewery.

Photo of dirtylou
4.8/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on-tap @ the brewery

Consumed a few half-pints (standard serving size) of this really wonderful DIPA - it's big bodied, for sure. Huge assault of grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruit. Boozy undertones throughout. Moderate bitterness and just an exceptional hop profile throughout. Shame they were out of bombers, but still glad to be able to consume this in > GABF quantities.

Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice very slightly hazy orange hue with a big, creamy two finger white head that fades to leave lots of sticky lacing and a rich, creamy blanket. Glorious.

S - Lots of sticky, resinous citrus, super, super faint tropical, and a light tea leaf quality. Light sweet malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More of the very sticky hops, not bitter at all, nor juicy. Like citrus rind oils spurted onto ones tongue. There is more of that tea leaf finish mingled with sweeter sticky malts.

M - Mouthfeel, while a bit heavier due to how sticky it is, still hides that ABV very nicely. Bright carbonation too!

O - Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. I do like how this is not all that bitter, but instead is super sticky. Would have liked to see more tropical notes than tea, but still well done.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
10.5% ABV, 100 IBUs, 12/13/13 on bottle.

A - A generous dollop of dense foam rests on the hazed golden beer with little recession, helping maintain the beer's big hop aroma, while thin lace splatters on the glass when the beer is swirled.

S - Sharp, sticky hops brutally attack the nose with relentless resinous quality, stabbing with sugar-coated mango, pepper, and grapefruit rind and mild notes of earthy pine sap. Stiff malt provides an abundance of caramel sweetness, trailed by alcohol for a warming - a full-smelling body.

T - Permanent Funeral is hoppy, ridiculously f-ing hoppy, past the double IPA point of hoppy. The first sip though, strangely brings fourth the beer's massively sweet malt base; sweet to the point of being cloying. The second sip unleashes a wave of super bitter, tooth enamel-stripping pine sap-like hop resin with a secondary focus on tropical fruit notes that clashes on the tongue.

M - There's no beating around the bush with Permanent Funeral; this double IPA is one of the most bitter beer's I've experienced. It's like sucking on a hop cone. The hefty malt base tries to even the playing field but it's the lingering sticky sweetness that fights the onslaught of bitter hop resin for attention all throughout that really strikes a nerve with me. The alcohol warmth finishes out with a stomach-warming heat.

O - I'll be honest, Permanent Funeral isn't for me. Don't get me wrong, I love double IPAs, but this beer just goes a bit over-the-top. It's extreme hop profile and almost cloyingly sweet malt base clash on my tongue, finishing with neither component the victor, just a mash-up of one extreme vs. the other without compromise or collaboration.

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.

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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