Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 266
Hads: 2,465
Avg: 4.47
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 1,077
Gots: 395 | FT: 18
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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 BeerFMAndy
3.63/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Ferrari805
4.88/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

good lord this is a good beer!

A- beautiful deep golden orange cloudy with two finger white head, super tight bubbles that stick around...oh yea not to mention that pig destroyer is one of my favorite bands!

S- dang! huge grapefruit, pineapple, mango, citrus-piney goodness that has the right amount of malt on the nose to know its gonna be good.. not getting much booze at all

T- Yep, this is anamazing beer..a nice grapefruit and hop bitterness,then a tad sweetness from the malt to balance it out and finishes with a nice citrus aftertaste with a slightly dry finish leaving you to want more.. just the right amount of balance on this beer everything I look for in a IPAs from the smell to the finish. For the ABV this is amazing

M- medium, the right amound of carb, and a slightly dry finish

O- I need more! I caught myself drinking this way too fast because it was so delicious, so smooth and balanced.. good lord this is a good beer!

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Photo of DersOne
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tap pour into a tulip.

A-Rich golden color, slightly cloudy with a finger of cream colored head that really has staying power, lots of lacing.

S-Galaxy hops? Strong, strong citra hop profile with grapefruit, orange, green pepper. Very similar to Zombie Dust and elements of the other pale ales in FFF's line-up.

T-Hop forward (no surprises there) with Galaxy hops standing out the most, the booze heat sneaks in with more citrus flavor underneath that, with grapefruit tang and hop bitterness on the finish with a very long, resiny aftertaste. Like a sampler platter of all the good elements of FFF's different pales.

M-Very resiny, a bit dry on finish, mild booze heat left my lips tingling a bit.

O-Fantastic example of what FFF is doing with pale ales.

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4.91/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this for the second time on draft at the Three Floyds tap takeover at Tap on Main. I had rated this beer before but was unable to give it a proper review due to the setting. This time I was able to stop and take some notes, so here we go.

Pours to a hazy amber gold in tone. Head only achieves about an inch of off white head. So often top pours try not to give you much head. A little more here would have been nice, otherwise perfect. Nose is flourishing citrus and floral hops explosion. Super fragrant and it really gets the mouth watering. Taste is just so big and luscious with the gambit of citrus going on here. You get citrus rind, juicy freshness, and even the orange based meaty pulp plays in the flavor. The flavor profile of this beer is just so vibrant and full. Really on of the most flavorful and drinkable DIPA's I have ever enjoyed, and I've had a few. Complex and not abrasive at all.

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Photo of jjdc
4.75/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Luminous orange color. Fragrant pine and mango on the nose. This is sticky, gooey, luscious hop business from start to finish. It's humid and tropical up in here -- just like you want a DIPA. The hops bite nice, but the malt rounds things off perfectly. This is extremely well balanced. A delightful beer, but falls just short of the hype for me. It may be the freshness factor: My bottle was 1.5 months old. I would definitely reevaluate with a slightly fresher offering.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the BavarIan Lodge - Lisle, IL
L - served in a snifter; brilliant amber body, creamy ivory head
S - awesome aroma! Sweet, ripe apricots, caramel, pine
T - apricots again here, very sweet, but very bitter also. Pungent grapefruit, caramel, pine, a bit tropical, booze is well contained for 10+% and is hardly noticeable.
F - full bodied, ample carbonation, bitter, dry finish conquers the palate
O - one of the best DIPAs I've had. Too bad it was a one-off. I love its uniqueness, especially with the apricot notes.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clean, dark orange color with a robust, persistent off-white head that laces like crazy.

S - Citrus combines with other mineral and vegetal hop notes. Some fine pine elements. Quite punchy.

T - About as bright a first hit as I've had. I immediately was reminded of biting into the bright red pulp of a red grapefruit. Lemon and orange come to the game. Some of the minerality of the nose comes out near the end. A strong bitter bite builds, but that is to be expected.

M - Given the hop assault this lays out, this is surprisingly smooth going down, but with significant drying at the end.

O - No one would mistake this as anything other than a serious beer. Surprising, given its over 10% ABV, is the lack of heavy booziness. This could get you in trouble for sure. One of the finest DIPAs I've had.

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Photo of Brenden
4.49/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of Jho3325
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a big beer, but what I really like about it is the strong malt backbone that can hold up to the gush of citrusy hops. This beer pours a hazy orange with a serious head that sticks to the glass leaving behind a gluelike crust as you drink. Big citrus aromas with a citrusy taste held in check by a caramel malt keeping this big beer from wrecking your palate. This brew only got better on the second pour from the bomber. Plenty of hoppy flavor without too much bitterness. FFF hit the nail on the head with this one.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of barczar
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear copper with a lingering, dense cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Sweet tropical fruit, resin, and dank cannabis form the initial aroma. Mango, grapefruit, and pineapple are dominated by skunky notes.

Flavor reveals a base of tart fruit, which is supported by a strong body of toasted caramel malt, becoming resiny and just a touch bitter in the finish. Grapefruit pith, lemon, green papaya, and mango emerge. Great quantities of fruity and resiny hops. Lightly burnt caramel surfaces again in the aftertaste. As the drink wears on, tropical notes seem more citrusy, weigh orange dominating.

Body is silky smooth and fairly full, with moderate carbonation and notes alcohol warmth.

Delicious beer, with great hop presence on all fronts. Hop bittering and malt sweetness are fairly balanced. Fruit notes dominate, overall. Would love to have side by side with Dreadnaught.

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Photo of eixiel
5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance:Perfect dense golden color with a steady nice head of about an inch.
Smell: Passion fruit and pine with hints of citrus .
Taste: Perfect balanced not bitter, refreshing citrus and piney flavor.
Mouthfeel: Not sweet or bitter,almost perfect carbonation, great pine like after taste.
Overall: Huge beer, definitely in my Top 5 all time. Unique aroma of passion fruit and pine with hints of citrus. A must try !

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.07/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.15/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This has a super clean and clear facade as it supports a billowing, bright white cloud of foam.

The nose and tongue come across nearly the same only the nose is more brilliant. Caramel malt start yields a citrus fruit near the middle with some strong lemon and grapefruit. It ends with a spicy floral hop.

This is very crisp and easy to drink and there's no evidence of a very high ABV.

This is very good, very tasty and probably pretty dangerous.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear golden color with a huge white, frothy head. Nice lacing

S: Huge pine resinous notes upfront with some peach, mango, pineapple, and a tad of garlic like onion.

T: Really nice pine upfront with alcohol. Some mango, orange and light hint of onion.

M: Medium bodied with soft but nice carbonation.

O: Really love this beer, but after having it in the bottle I love is so much more on draft. Still really good though.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Fusebuddy. Arrived on my door step very cold. Sat in the fridge a couple days to thaw any potential slush. Poured into a Prohibition Pig tulip glass. Bottle date 12/13/12, drank on 1/5/14.

Pours a very nice orange color. Minimal head that fizzled out quick. Leaves a nice bubbly ring around the glass. This smells awesome. Tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, some other tropical fruits. It's so juicy. Tastes follows the nose really well. A lot of ipas smell awesome then fall short on the taste, this is not one of those ipas. Truly delicious. Grapefruit is abundant but there are so many other tropical flavors, too. Papaya, mango, hint of pineapple sweetness. So much flavor it's almost overwhelming. Slight alcohol burn and bitterness. The bitterness lingers on the top of my mouth. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, not overly carbonated but enough to feel it on the tongue. So easy to drink. I really liked his. Even with almost a month on it and it being shipped in artic temperatures it was amazing. If you like juicy ipas, definitely find one of these.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.58/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/13/13.

A: Pours a murky tangerine orange body. Big, fluffy, dense, beige colored head. Leaves a thin frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops just jump out of the glass. Tons of grapefruit citrus. Orange peel. Tangerine.

T: Tastes of grapefruit rind bitterness upfront. Loads of citrus hops. Tangerine sweetness. A bit of caramel malts but not overbearing.

M: Prickly. Sticky. A bit oily. Boozy warmth. Full body.

O: Def lives up to the hype. It's a hop heads wet dream. Fresh hops jump out from the pour all the way to the first taste. A bit maltier than I anticipated, but it works perfectly. Well done FFF.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date is illegible, but I think it’s from the 12/13/13 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium gold with a hefty cap of off-white head, average clarity, average retention and a few lines of lacing.

S: Apricot, citrus (tangerine, lemon), caramel, orange and mango, a little biscuity pale malt. Lots of appealing, big flavors all at once. Delicious.

T: Tangerine, apricot, a little caramel and pale malt, with a mild backbone of bitterness which is swamped by sugar. The (moderate) sweetness is at the same level as some TIPAs, which is to say that it’s a bit much for the style.

M: Medium-full bodied, round on the tongue, with light carbonation. Alcohol is miraculously (for a 10.5% ABV) hidden.

O: A very nice, though overly sweet, DIPA. Drinkability is limited by the underattenuation, unfortunately, but this was still a treat. They really nailed the aroma—so much flavor.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.83/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold, crisp, clean and copper to a 17oz Heady Topper stemless glass with a full finger, short lasting white head, leaving a full sheet of lace to the rim.

Huge aroma of mango, grapefruit and tropical hops.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy. Bitter, but not a wrecker.

Grapefruit and mango forward. Big hops balanced against a sweet butterscotch-y malt.

Scary drinkable.

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Photo of ali1987
4.42/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- very clear golden body with great lacing. Minimal head.

S- tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, onion and earthy hues.

T- very orangey & citrusy with some pale malts in the background. Somewhat of a soapy taste every now and then. Definitely taste some onion, as well.

M- moderate carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a fruit cup from elementary school with a super oily mouthfeel.

O- Definitely a must try. Very different, but good. Three Floyd's totally pulled it off. Great IPA.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.72/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into Teku. Bottled on date 12/13/2013.

A - Fairly clear golden orange with a huge 3 finger head. I may have been a bit too aggressive on the pour. Head retention is amazing and there are large blobs of lacing all over the glass.

S - Smell is big on fresh scents of tropical sweet juicy hops. Some nice sweet honey and bread malt to balance it out. Must drink!

T - Hops, tropical, hops, citrus, hops everywhere! Rich tangerine, grapefruit, pine, mango, pineapple. The flavor is so intense! Sweet and bready malts show up with some mild alcohol warmth on the finish.

M - Big medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Very sticky and intense hoppiness!

O - Helluva IIPA! I am so thankful to finally try this. It just showed up in Madison today. It may be the freshest 3Floyds beer that I have had and it was incredible.

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Photo of Tickman
4.64/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, deep amber with white head of very fine bubbles, persistent creamy and frothy. Aroma of citrus and piney hops evident even from a distance. Robust spicy tones from hops and malts. Beautifully sweet on the palate, balanced by just enough bitterness...again, piney, slight citrus, over-ripe papaya. Complex malt profile, some aromatic malt, and I swear a hint of rye. Finishes strong, tingling with a pleasant lingering residue that is not entirely bitter, nor sweet, nor alcoholic. Better when 50-55F than cold, IMO.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/13/2013 printed on the side of the bottle. Bravo to Three Floyds for finally bottle dating their beers. Exponentially stoked to finally have this beer, as I have wanted it for a while.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Oh yeah, this thing pours three big fluffy soapy creamy fingers of off-white head on top of a beautiful bright burnt sienna orange colored body with some very fine sediment floating in the glass. Excellent head retention, and fat rings of lacing. Looks fabulous.

S - Smell is of big fruity & floral tropical hops - mango, papaya, grapefruit, pine, tangerine, lemon. Very citrusy. Slightly soapy. Smells fresh, juicy, and mouthwatering.

T - Big fruity tropical hop bitterness - tangerine, grapefruit, pine, lemon, papaya. This thing is seriously delicious. Some dry bready malt character is there, but this thing is mostly a hop showcase. Mild soapiness & mild alcohol warmth on the finish.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy, with lots of fresh sticky tropical hops lingering on the palate. Pretty bitter, but not overly so, especially not for being 100 IBU.

Overall, definitely one of the freshest, juiciest, and most delicious DIPA's I've had in recent memory. This thing rivals some of the bigger and better DIPA offerings from Pipeworks. This is a beer that deserves some serious attention. Big 10.50% abv is extremely well-masked, and rewarding. Possibly my favorite Three Floyds beer yet.

Three Floyds Permanent Funeral ---4.5/5

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 12/13/2013. Picked up at the brew pub after the 4 Elf release on saturday night.

poured into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head. Decent head retention and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Resinous pine, citrus, and a touch of dank chalky hops.

Taste: moderate bitterness. I am actually surprised that this beer is 100 IBU's. It does seem that bitter. Oily and resinous piney hops and pine cones. Juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Lemon zest. Chalky and dank hops. Light malt bill this beer is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Hard to believe this is almost 11% there is no hint of alcohol. ABV is very well hidden and the beer drinks like an IPA not a DIPA. Light and creamy feel to this beer.

Overall: 3 Floyds shows a little bit more finesse with this beer than I expected. I am not a huge fan of chalky and dank hops in hoppy beers (I prefer citrusy and tropical fruit notes from my hoppy beer), but this was still pretty good considering. I thought this beer was going to be another over hyped hoppy beer by 3 Floyds. It does remind me alot of Fremont Brewing's DIPA "The Brother".

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.