Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 2,314
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 1,035
Gots: 335 | 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 Beerandboards
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - slightly cloudy, golden, big tall loose foamy head.

S - lots of floral hops, light citrus peel, some tropical notes as well

T - the floral and aromatic follow over to the taste. Big punch of tropical notes. Very little bitterness. Too much ABV though, there is definitely some heat and alcohol sweetness. I think this would be a stone cold 5 if it were about 8% instead of 10.5%, but relatively small complaint.

M - medium, smooth finish, some alcohol heat.

O - really liked this one. Like zombie dust with more punch.

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

Pours a light pale golden color. Very clear, with a small foamy head.

Smells of big tropical fruits, peach, pineapple, orange citrus, mango. Slight hint of wheat-like malts. The smell is really big, clean, and inviting. Kind of reminded me of ZD.

Taste is the same fruit bouquet, with a slight touch of malt sweetness providing balance. I was surprised at the bitterness of this brew. I was expecting a tongue bruiser, but it's pretty smooth and easy drinking.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied, medium-low carb.

Very good DIPA, very drinkable. One of my favorites by FFF, behind ZD.

Photo of DovaliHops
4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

First off, I love how Three Floyds tries to confuse people by putting "pale ale" on the label. I am not being sarcastic, I think it's funny and unique. Secondly, the artwork on the label is awesome. I am a huge fan of the genre of metal that Pig Destroyer play...though I am not a Pig destroyer fan. I tend to like Job for a Cowboy, Chelsea Grin, The Chariot, BTBAM, etc., but never got into Pig Destroyer. Now, let's get to the beer. Pours a nice clear golden orange color with a small-medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is VERY inviting. Lovely citrus fruit and piney aromas. Sweet honey with a ton of hops and just a bit of tropical mostly. Just a hint of malt in the nose. Taste is fantastic. Not overly sweet...just the right amount of sweetness for a DIPA of this ABV. The hops are the most noticeable in this beer. I had a six pack of ZD a long time ago, so can't really compare. Some sticky, malty, honey-ish flavors...but thankfully just a tiny bit. Lovely blend of citrus and tropical flavors...stellar combination of hoppiness. Finish is smooth and kinda dry. Drinkability is very high, as alcohol is well hidden...not hot at all. Mouthfeel is slightly sticky, but perfectly carbonated. Overall, this is a fantastic beer that I wish I could get more of. I would love to see how this one would do if it had been at The Bistro's DIPA Festival during SF Beer Week.

Photo of thegoon55
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- nice golden body, nice white big head

S- lots of pine, orange tropical fruit, lemon peel, citrus hops. unreal.

T- following the nose, nice pine citrus initial taste followed by some nice tropical fruits, primarily oranges and a nice bitter finish. very complex

M- medium body very smooth. medium carbonation

O- very very world class ipa. love it.

Photo of VitoFerrante
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is not a DIPA. This is the big brother to ZD. Unreal taste. Classic 3 Floyds taste. Classic citra mouth. A beer to remember. Unreal. But not a DIPA. This is an amped up pale ale. I would not call this a DIPA. The hop character is way fired up. Clean taste like a ZD.

Photo of brewtus
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours beautifully hazy bright orange with a two finger head.smells piney, very tropical fruit, some peach maybe. Taste is also very bright tropical fruits, sweet hops, bright citrus, some biscuit, some licorice, and just the perfect hop bitterness, not too much though and a hint of malt backbone (I guess a hint of malt makes it a pale ale for FFF). I agree I don't see how this isn't an IPA but its amazing. Extremely drinkable, nice velvety mouthfeel, very bright fruit and west coast style hop profile. I wish I could get this again.

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

22oz bottle from the Three Floyds store (Munster, IN). 10.00. No bottle date but I should hope they aren't selling out of date product at the brewery. Served in a Three Floyds teku.

Pours clear bright slightly orange hued gold with almost teo full fingers of pale head. A good bit of lace webbing.

Smell is dominated by those trademark Three Floyds hops! Mango, peach, orange and some nice inviting malt sweetness.

The tropical hops kick off with a big bitter dose of orange, citrus rind, peach, mango, sweet bread, fresh cut grass, pine and honey/caramel. Almost zero noticeable alcohol. The booze is hidden in the tropical forrest of hop goodness.

Nice oily slick medium full body with light zesty carbonation. Sweet orange and slightly bitter grass finish.

If I'd known how much I would enjoy this I'd have purchased more than one for sure. This is an outstanding DIPA with plenty of tropical citrus hop character, a nice sweet malt body and nicely balanced body. Very well done and worth checking out while it's still around.

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.56/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Big thanks to yeahnatenelson for this one. Totally did not expect it. Fantastic label art.

A: Pours a beautiful sunset orange with a a slightly off-white creamy head. As it warms, it becomes quite transparent

S: Bright citurs. Lemon peel, sweet tropical fruit, pineapple. A sort of east meets west DIPA.

T: Lemon, sweet tropical fruit, grape fruit. Definitely a swetter DIPA with a fair amount of bitterness to balance it out. The 10.5% ABV? NO WHERE to be found. Perhaps a SLIGHT warming, but goes down almost too easily.

M: A little more than medium. Carbonation is spot on.

O: A great DIPA. This thing drinks like a 8% beer. Tons of flavour, great aroma. It really reminds me of a HF DIPA meeting a hardcore west coast DIPA. I cannot pin point anything overtly wrong with this beer. Perhaps the ONLY thing is that it isn't showing me anything SUPER different from some other great DIPAs I've had. With that said, it is done almost perfectly. A great amalgamation of DIPA styles.

Photo of Auracom
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

10 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on March 29th, 2013

A - Burnt orange, sunset coloring. Soapy sticky eggshell head with a pink hue. light lacing and plentiful alcohol legs.

S - Big citrusy orange marmalade, fruity bath salts, light honeysuckle, banana, pineapple, golden delicious apple, alcohol phenols, mint leaves.

T - Pine zest, orange peel, peach, pear, slightly deeper fruit quality like a bing cherry, grapefruit picks up at mid palate and pushes through the finish. Touch of honey at the back as well.

M - Medium body, perfect carbonation, dry finish. Zero heat even with this high abv.

F - Initial impressions were great, but the aroma actually worsened as it gave way to the higher alcohol. Deserves a 5 for the label alone, and while its not utterly spectacular this is recommendation that requires no hesitation.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz, March/April '13
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy bright orange color. Half finger of bright white head. Good carbonation. Leaving sticky lacing.

S: Dripping tropical fruit punch of hops: papaya, mango, tangerine, etc. pineapple. Overripe peach. Little touch of sweet assertive malts behind it too.

T: Big burst of hop bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Definitely those fruity tropical notes. Papaya and mango are really coming through. Love that the malt bill is thinner than other FFF DIPA. Finish is dry but with lingering fruit cocktail like sweetness.

M: Larger side if medium. Thinner than other FFF DIPA which is nice.

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 Qwest_35
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My first PF, thank you mpayne5! Pours a gorgeous golden orange with one finger of creamy tan head. Holy Shit! What a great smelling DIPA!!! Grapefruit, peach, mango, pineapple and pine needles and faint hints of melon, I could sniff this stuff all day long, and be happy. Taste is very rich and satisfying, a tropical hop explosion, everything I was hoping for and more. A little boozy, but not overpowering. Overall this is another world class DIPA from Three Floyds, I put this one between APW and Dreadnaught. If you can find this one, get it! Three Floyds is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries in the world, and they continue to blow me away with their hop-forward line-up of great brews. Cheers!

Photo of xdtfx
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz Bomber poured into FFF Teku.

Hazy orange amber color with a white creamy head that dissipates fairly quickly, moderate lacing.

Aroma of citrus hops, orange, grapefruit, a bit of pine, hardly any malts.

Taste follows the nose with loads of citrus tropical fruits, pine, resin, a little bit of sweet caramel pale malts. Overall taste is very hop forward.

Full mouth feel, fair amount of carbonation, a little sticky and oily but not too much, nice bitter bite at the end.

Overall, I think I may like this one more than Dreadnaught. Though the bottle says it is a Pale, it definitely drinks like a DIPA. Maybe Zombie Dust’s big brother? I really enjoyed the loads of citrus aroma and flavors. Being a fan of aggressive music, you can't go wrong with a brew named after a Pig Destroyer song. I am hoping that FFF will consider adding this brew to their regular line up.

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 yamar68
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to scalzo for this one!

Pours a lighter shade of glad compared to other FFF double IPAs I've had, minimal activity but a healthy finger and a half of bone white head retain rather well only to leave behind thick sets of lace.

Sweet, light fruits like melon and soft citrus are the first thing I notice.

Tasty in a different sorta way. Those classic tropical flavors are present... then some heat from the booze bill is pinned up against some prickly pine. Bittersweet in most every way. The alcohol isn't as well integrated for FFF standards but it doesn't seem to detract from the rest of the beer. Malts aren't entirely lost on this one which is something I can appreciate.

Very glad to have had the chance to try this one out. Superbly superb!

Photo of jcreegan
4.73/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my FFF teku glass.

I have a small vocabulary so all I will say is this beer is great.
Looks great with good head. Left strong lacing behind.
Smells of sweet pine and hops
Tastes great- I wish I had 3 more bottles of this.
Feels great. I want more.

Try it when you can.

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 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 mjc3151
3.99/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased 22oz. bomber from Three Floyds Brewpub in Munster, Indiana.

This is a very good limited release beer. For 100 IBUs I was expecting much bitterness, but the bitterness was somewhat mild and the beer was very delectable. However, Southern Tier's 2XIPA is as good, if not better, and the 2XIPA is much cheaper at only about $1.50 per glass compared to $5 a glass for the Permanent Funeral, so I will stick to ST's 2XIPA for my IPA needs.

Photo of csparace
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up this weekend with my friend Wyatt. I always have a great time at the brewpub and their food is always delicious. This beer doesn't blow my mind but I am still thoroughly enjoying it. This beer is right on par with the rest of their products and I'd gladly buy again.

Appearance (4.25) – Great two and a half finger head. Huge amounts of carbonation coming up. Crystal golden color. Head fades at a medium pace. Lacing is not outstanding.

Smell (4.75) – Has that characteristic Three Floyds smell but scaled up. Very big citrus notes. Incredibly sweet and fresh smelling as well. Citrus presence is so big. Grapefruit is obvious. This is truly mouthwatering.

Taste (4.50) – Starts with a really bold kick to the senses. Hops are right up front with a huge flavor presence without a bite of bitterness. There is a bit of an alcohol bite, but it is far from offensive. Considering the overall content, it is hidden well. The flavor delivered up front with the hops consists of fruit notes. I get mostly grapefruit and pine which lasts through the finish. Hops linger nicely.

Mouthfeel (4.50) – The bold hop explosion from the beginning leads to a very satisfying hop experience overall if that's what you're looking for (which I am). Lips are slightly sticky and the beer is a little bit thicker than I would have expected (though not thick overall by far). Slow drinker that shouldn't be paired with much.

Overall (4.50) Really solid beer. It delivers a ton and really just has it all. It boasts a huge bounty of flavor from the hops and if you're looking for crunch, it doesn't leave you asking for more. This is a beer which overshadows anything that comes before or after it. It will be the only thing I drink tonight and I will not be saddened!

Photo of sbxx
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into FFF Teku

Appearance - Pale, hazy golden yellow. 1 finger of light foam. Very little lacing.

Smell - Pine, grapefruit, tangerine, peach. Slight vegetative note.

Taste - Astringent pine with a solid malt body. Not getting the fruit notes that I got in the smell. Kinda tastes like a piney version of Zombie Dust (without the Citra) on steroids. Bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, medium carbonation, sticky semi-dry finish.

Overall - A nice limited release, but I'll be sticking with other FFF brews. They call it a double pale ale, not a double IPA. I can see why. It's hard to believe it's 10.5% ABV though. It's blended extremely well. Even as it warmed up, the taste did not fall off. That's huge for this style. Extra points just for that.

Photo of wyatt13
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Picked this up earlier today from the brewpub. Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into my 7venth Sun tulip glass.

A - Pours a toasty golden yellow, with two fingers of yellow-ish white head. Abundant carbonation billows it up, but it deflates relatively quickly. Sticky lacing clings to the side of the glass throughout.

S - Immense citrus & tropical fruit character. Boatloads of sweet pineapple, grapefruit & mango. Juicy & dripping like they are all at their perfect stage of ripeness. A Hawaiian fruit basket in a glass. Mouth-watering! Little evidence of malt or alcohol, which I find surprising at 10.5%.

T - Hops on hops on hops! The taste mirrors the smell, but with even more intensity. Mango-pineapple juice is my best description, or like the sweet syrup that fruit cocktail comes in. Grapefruit & orange zest. Unbelievably ripe & juicy. A mild alcohol burn, but it drinks like its more in the 8% range.

M - A fuller than usual mouthfeel for the style, with a light sticky sensation that remains after each sip. Great carbonation level as well.

O - It's no surprise that Three Floyd's knows how to brew great hoppy beers, but this is just absolutely ridiculous -- astonishingly good. Makes Zombie Dust seem like water, this is so intense. Be sure to grab this one while its still around!

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

Three Floyds Permanent Funeral

First of all, thanks to Dr. K for picking this one up. Poured this from a 22 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) This is a nice looking golden amber brew, with good clarity. There was about a finger of white frothy head on the pour, which quickly settled to a wispy dusting. Nice lacing on this one.

S) A good amount of tropical fruit on the aroma, mainly pineapple. I get a little bit of sweet melon too. There is a bit of pine as well, and a whiff of booze as this warms up.

T) The nose is a good indicator. The tropical fruit becomes even more prevalent in the taste. This finishes with a fair amount of bitterness, that can best be described as white grapefruit with no sugar sprinkled on it. There's definitely some pine as well. Just a hint of that 10.5% ABV. It's well-balanced....

M) Pretty full bodied. It's fairly thick and it coats the mouth. Moderate carbonation. A good aftertaste with a tingly finish.

O) This Mo-Fo gets the job done after a tough work week. If Three Floyds put this in their regular rotation, I doubt there would be anyone complaining.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

had the extreme pleasure of getting to taste this 2 nights ago...gotta thank sleuthdog for hooking me up with a bottle and mikeymikee for opening his and sending me home with another taste of this after falling in love with it on wednesday. enjoyed from a FFF teku.

a - brew pours a transparent yellow orange with some visible carbonation and a finger of grey white ipa head that leaves a coating of lacing on the side of the glass.

s - my oh my. smells like happiness in a glass. great tropical fruit with just the right amount of dank sticky bittery hops. mouth is officially watering.

t - bouquet of citrus tropical fruit with the perfect amount of sticky dank bitter hops dialed in. really an unbelievable beer.

m - medium to light bodied. refreshing...just phenomenal.

o - with so many of these ipas with the insanely great nose, the taste leaves you disappointed since the nose set the bar so high, but this beer...the taste lives up to the nose. truly a master piece for the style. hope that this becomes year round and available locally (hey, i can dream can't i?).

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.

Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
100 out of 100 based on 2,314 ratings.