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Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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279 Reviews
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Reviews: 279
Hads: 2,533
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 8.07%
Wants: 1,087
Gots: 419 | FT: 14
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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Reviews: 279 | Hads: 2,533
Photo of MacQ32
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - looks perfect to me. Deep, clouded copper color color with a finger of dense light tan head. Retention is fantastic, lacing is entirely covering the glass. 5

S - Smells fantastic. Bitter dry hop aromas with tons of grapefruit and rinds, sweet malts and resinous spice notes.

T - wow. Possibly my favorite FFF IPA/DIPA (this or APW). Initially lots of sweet and citrus deliciousness. Grapefruit, pineapple, orange. Transitions into a kind of spiced resinous rind. Finish is resinous and dry bitter hops. Very dry and bitter. Aftertaste is citrus and bitter hops. Absolutely fantastic.

M - medium bodied, good carbonation, ideal mouth feel. Definitely a joy to drink.

O - probably prefer this over APW, debating whether this is a 5 or not. I think it just may be...

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Photo of Bigmojo14
4.92/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at the brewery in a tulip glass. Holy crap is this stuff good. Total ultra smooth hoptastic bomb. This is the only beer I have had lately that I would compare (seriously) to Pliny the Elder. I would not be suprised if this got onto the top 250 in a hurry. I had 2 of these at the brewery and made sure I had a dozen in my trunk before I left. Dark redish brown appearance, floral hopiness and sweet smell, wonderful flavors abound with a perfect balance of sweet and hop with a long lasting piney flavor that sticks around for a while. I though it held up well in the bottles I have had as well. Tasty stuff folks, get one if you can.

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Photo of roger617
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: 4.25 Pours a bright golden color with 2 fingers of white head that reduces slowly and leaves a little lacing.
S: 4.75 Aroma of a strong citrus and malt blend. Very complex, extremely well balanced. Lots of pine throughout as well.
T: 4.5 Very similar to smell, complex and balanced. Surprisingly sweet for the brewery and style combo.
M: 4.25 Smooth and silky. Carbed well. Not much a dry after taste as expected.
O: 4.25 Yet another great brew by FFF. I'm not surprised, haha. This may be the best balanced DIPA by the Floyds. Other comparables have been mainly a hop bomb of some sort, this may be the most enjoyable throughout.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle bought at the brewery about a week ago. 30920E0010042 appears to be the bottle code.

Pours clear, coarsely carbonated, with a small white head. Smell is delicious. Honeysuckle and pine and grapefruit, abundantly.

Taste is a surprisingly fair balance -- enormous sweetness to match the enormous hoppy bitterness. For the strength, it has a very surprising smoothness and is quite (dangerously) easy to drink.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, slightly effervescent. Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer.

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Photo of d5001986
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber (love the label) poured into Spiegelau Tulip.

Appears pale orange with lots of creamy white head, gorgeous. The smell is very strong of citrus, tropical fruit, and alcohol. This has to be the most intense smell I've ever detected in a beer, the juicy goodness just fills the room.

The taste is mind blowing! More sweet tropical fruits and citrus, so good! The alcohol presence is there, but hardly noticeable. It feels so creamy and smooth. As it warms everything just intensifies.

Overall this right up there with the best of them. It's only supposed to be a one time release, but hopefully they decide to bring it back someday.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.69/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had on draft at the brewery last week, and picked up a couple bombers on the way out. The draft version was quite good, but this bottle is extraordinary.

Pours much like many other DIPAs... About 2F of off-white head over a hazy golden body. Lots of sticky lacing.

Aromas are powerful, but in a totally inviting way. Fresh as anything, it bursts with sweet tropical fruits... Lots of pineapple and mango.

Mouthfeel is amazingly smooth for the ABV...dare I say "creamy"? Yes, that is confirmed, but does finish with some dryness. Flavor is sharper, and just packed with pine, dried apricot, mango sweetness, and some nice balance of malty sweetness, without being the least bit thick or cloying as many in this style fall into. Finishes with a sharp, drying bitterness.

Could be one of my favorite DIPAs -

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color. The bottle was opened then recapped so the head is not there but the serving at the brewery had a nice white cap with good lacing.

This smells awesome with strong pine resin and tropical fruit.

The taste is more intense than the nose with intense bitterness combined with the tropical fruits. Not as malty as Dreadnaught. Alcohol is well hidden. This really tastes like a double Zombie Dust.

The mouthfeel is medium and slick.

Fresh on tap it is one of the top DIPA's I've tried. Amazing that 3 Floyds can ratchet it up another notch but they did. Contrary to many posts this is not retired. It is currently on tap at the brewery and for sale in bombers.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of wpqx
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Was thrilled to find a bottle of this at Square Bar in Chicago. Beautiful color, amazing bottle art, but man the taste left much to be desired. An overwhelming bitter aftertaste that did not live up to the hype. For those worried they will never get to try this now retired beer, you're really not missing out.

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

A sensory overload of sweet tropical hops against a sturdy malt structure. This goes up against Pliny, Heady and the other titans and maybe it wins. A band collaboration now discontinued and allegedly never to return. Bring it back as Double Zombie Dust.

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Photo of peensteen
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Liam a little while back, reviewed from notes

Hazy ornage with one finger of white head, sticky eith a bit of lace. Smell is full of hops, citrusy, orange, grapefruit and mango are dominant but fairly fruity in the nose overall, a touch of sugary malt as well. Taste is fruity lots of citrus and tropical fruit, mid palate malty-sweetness that leaves notes of grapefruit/citrus candy mixed with all those hops, quite bitter and finishes a bit dry with lots of tropical fruits. Light to medium carbonation, medium full bodied and fairly sticky with a bit of an oily feel. Awesome stuff here, second favorite of the whales brought by Liam on this evening.

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Photo of tarheels86
3.79/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Paradiso. Pours a clear bright as hell neon orange. Weaker white foam. Weak swathes of lace. Nose is a bit skunky, some prominent cat pee, very dense dried pineapple and dried papaya. Stickier, tropical. Taste is melon heavy, lots of thick mango and cantaloupe. Palate is dense, lightly nutty and spicy. Mild tannic bitterness. Not very buoyant or quenching. But still yummy with a big focus on aroma hops typical to FFF. Noticeable spicy alcohol after 3 or 4 sips. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7

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Photo of ONUMello
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a FFF pint glass
A: Slightly hazy light orange with a 1.5 finger head that slowly settles
S: Full of fresh citrus rind, pine, caramel and malt
T: Matches the smell- pine up front, grapefruit/orange rind, caramel & malt, long finish
M: Slightly viscous, medium-bodied, crisp
O: Delicious, I can't call it 'perfect' but FFF does IPAs so well & this is another fine bottle

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Photo of cvm4
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a very cloudy orange with hints of golden color and a one finger eggshell colored head.

S - Citrus & sweet, like candied grapefruit. Not getting the pine or earth as others have mentioned.

T - Overall, it seems a bit of biscuity and caramel malts. Starts off grapefruit hops with pine and mixes back and forth. A good bit of hops as well, though no palette wrecker hop bomb.

M - Medium body/carbonation, sticky and wet.

O - Currently it's rated a 100 and I'm not seeing that out of this beer. May'be it was the bomb fresh?? I'd much prefer other hoppy 3F beers over this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.15/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a clean golden/copper pour with a perfect 2 fingers of fluffy white head releasing a great amount of sticky thick lacing. tons of visible carbonation. the smell is straight up citrusy and sweet. tons of grapefruit aroma, west coast piney hops, caramel, honey.. WOW this is amazing.

my oh my.. the taste is all grapefruit up front, pine, more grapefruit, floral, more grapefruit, sweet malt, bready malt, more grapefruit, caramel, honey, and finishes with.. WAIT FOR IT... grapefruit. this is a fucking hell of a hop bomb, but not overly bitter by any means, more citrusy and sweet.

the abv is very well masked by the sweet malt and hopy profile. a medium body ipa with a creamy mouthfeel and a nice amount of carbonation keeping your thirst quenched, but with a sweet finish which screams FEED ME MORE!

this is a fantastic dipa by FFF.. on par with apocalypse cow, which is my favorite by them. awesome artwork and an awesome band to collab with. pick this up before it's gone.

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

Really hope they make this again some day. Maybe my favorite mega IPA ever. Went to the brewery on 6/14/2013 and they didn't have any more of this one and I was crushed. Ended up finding a bar that was selling them by the bomber and drank two of them.

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Photo of stakem
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-hazy orange amber color with a nice off-white head and good retentive lacing

S-grapefruit, orange, bready malt, pine, floral

T-nice bready malt backbone, grapefruit, orange,nice floral, pine, solid bitter hop finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp, alcohol well-integrated

O-great DIPA, with really nice balance, almost like a hopped up Zombie Dust

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger off white head that retains nicely.

Smells like a lot of citrus and floral hops. Nice potent orange and grapfeuit notes before it finishs with floral hops and a slight malt bite. A fair amount of piney hops come out as it warms.

Starts off with lots of bitterness followed closly by a big rich malt body and finishes with a hoppy presence similar to that to the floral hop aroma.

There is a nice thick rich feel to this beer. Carbonation is good and the thick feel compliments the rich body nicely.

Overall this is a great pale ale. Aromas are great and a lot of delicious malt pulls through the body of this beer which is balanced great with the large bitter and floral hop notes.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer's basically double Zombie Dust. So, if you like ZD, you'll probably like this. It's got all the tropical flavors you're accustomed to in a citra hopped beer, plus some kind of sweet corn thing going on (sometimes).

PF was the best IIPA available when first released, and still is when you get a good batch - of the last three less-than-a-week-old bombers I've purchased, the first two were sub par, overly bitter and piney, but the last one was incredible.

Overall, this beer has since been surpassed by Pipeworks (and sometimes Spiteful) in the region, and by other breweries elsewhere, This is due to lack of consistency more than anything else.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of dusky golden orange into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two and a half finger head of cakey whitish bubbles, showing great retention as they bubble away slowly like a stew. A thick sheet of lacing is left as it goes. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose is just as bright and juicy as you would expect from any of the other dynamite pales they churn out, with crushed citric and grapefruity hop freshness, and floral, nectary, and lightly earthy hops to add sweetness and to balance. Mixing are notes of toasty pale malts, burning phenolic chemicals, raw booziness, potato starchiness, under ripe strawberries, tangerine and pineapple juiciness, sticky honeys, chalky yeast, coppery and light soured candy tartness. With warmth comes a brush of coppery metallics. Our first impression is that this beer is juicy as hell, as you would expect from the nose, but it remains in keeping with the “pale ale” style, with exemplary forwardness of the malts and freshness up the wazoo. As we sip, the taste opens with crisp pale malty goodness, massively juicy grapefruity and herbal hop bite, phenolic plastics and fusel booze, honey sweetness, white sugar, grassy earthiness, and salty pretzel doughiness. The peak comes with light piney resin, orange flesh, pineapple, and mango fruitiness, with earthy and herbal hop bitterness, black pepper grind, gravel, root and dirt, crisp pale malts, milky creaminess, slick metallics, and light sea salts. The finishing wash comes with revival of that boozy punch, massive dried mango sugars, coppery yeast, black pepper, juicy pineapple and tangerine, musky and earthy essence, and mineral. The aftertaste breathes of greenstick resins, barky earthiness, citric rind, corn husk, pale malt and straw dryness, green grape fruitiness, roasted apple sweetness, mustiness, and those airy citric and herbal hops. The body is medium but a bit syrupy, and the carbonation is medium but frothy. Each sip gives soft smack, lip, cream, foam, slurp, and finishing pop. The mouth is coated with silkiness, dripping wet into the softest pucker and light chalky astringency. The abv is surprising, but well hidden, and the beer drinks insanely well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its taste. Had you given this to me blindly and told me it was Zombie Dust I would have believed you. Point being, it lives up to that level of expectation. Since we’ve had the pleasure of sampling Zombie Dust there are certain obvious differences, but to no real detriment. This guy is much more fusel, boozy, phenolic, and generally strong, but then again it’s about twice the abv. This remains decently well hidden throughout, but is nicely contributory when it comes up every now and again. The tropical fruitiness in the end was astounding, giving sugary sweetness, syrupy thickness, and glorious balance. The nose is not as juicy as it could be, but that is merely keeping it just “awesome”, rather than "perfect". With too much warmth the booze does take things a touch off base in the flavoring. This is a phenomenal addition to the masterful pale ale lineup, and something I certainly wish I bought more than one bottle of on my visit to the brewpub. Simply awesome.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours golden straw color, nearly perfectly clear. appealing white head recedes to leave some lacing. Looks like everything you could want from the style.

Smells of mango, pine, candied tropical fruits.

Big mango flavors, slight grass, ever so slightly catty with a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is just great. For 10 percent, it is quite drinkable. I don't like my IPAs/IIPAs too syrupy.

Great beer here. Perhaps not the out of body experience I was expecting (not quite 5s across the board), but quite, quite good. Love the way FFF handles the citra hop. They may use it better than anyone.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did Raul do it? Yes he did! Call the ER, Raul might be having a stroke! Permanent Funeral? More like ultimate ecstasy! Well, too much ecstasy might lead Raul to a Permanent Funeral, but for more of this bad boi... woo doggy!

Yummy yummy hops and lil silky textures of malt. Like eating a tropical rain forest with a side of caviar: ultimate luxury for Raul.

Yeah buddy!

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 279 ratings.