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Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 291
Hads: 2,579
Avg: 4.46
pDev: 24.22%
Wants: 1,120
Gots: 422 | FT: 14
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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: 291 | Hads: 2,579
Photo of rlee1390
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A-Cloudy deep yellow orange, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Rather tropical, very dank. Very dank. Extra dank. It isn't a super hoppy in the traditional sense but just loads of dank tropical notes.

T-Starts with tropical notes, nice and sweet. Ends with nice bitterness. The balance is where it needs to be. And absolutely amazing DIPA.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very smooth.

O-An absolutely amazing DIPA. It isn't the best out there but it easily ranks among the best.

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: A glorious gamboge/amber head with an isabelline/ivory head.

Aroma: Profound notes of mango, orange, and grapefruit.

Taste: Floral notes, burnt citrus, pine, and what I would best describe as 'spicy honey'.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and crisp with a smooth, malty finish.

Overall: One of the best IPAs I have had not only from 3F, but overall; this one is a winner.

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

Been anticipating this one for a long time. Appearance is exactly what I want in a dipa, beautiful hazy copper orange. Less nose than I expected, could pick up some grapefruit and pine but not overwhelming. At first was slightly disappointed. Seemed a bit unrefined and bitter. After sitting for five minutes and warming up the citrus starts to come out and evens out. Half way through bottle it was what I had hoped for. Overall a wonderful dipa and worthy of its rating. Definitely not an everyday beer or for faint of heart but one I hope to secure again in the future.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Medium orange colored with a thick white foam that sticks around the glass the entire time.

Smell: Wow. Huge, citrus fruit aroma (orange, tangerine, grapefruit). Subtle malt backbone that comes through more as it warms.

Taste: Much like the nose - strong citrus fruits of orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and maybe some pineapple. Tastes almost like fruity candy. Some biscuity malt.

Feel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Hides the high ABV well.

Overall: My favorite FFF brew. One of the best DIPAs out there. If you see this one, make sure you pick it up!

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Photo of JohnParadee
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle acquired in trade. Poured from bottle into chilled pint glass. Appearance is beautiful, cloudy, murky orange/amber haze. One-inch thick white, fluffy head which dissipated gradually to persistent white collar, with ample tiny bubbles and lots of very sticky lacing throughout. The nose is incredibly pungent, yielding a malty citrus/mango/banana/pineapple & piney scent. Sadly, the impression on the palate does not quite match the promising nose, as the malts and heat from the alcohol tend to overwhelm. Mouthfeel is nice, full and supple, with appropriate carbonation.

All said and done, a very good DIPA, but could benefit from a little more floral citrus and balance on the palate. Well done nonetheless.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a glowing orange color with just a touch of haze. A really nice one finger cream colored head shows good retention and gives some nice lace.

S: A rich blanket of tropical fruit and caramel malt. A touch of spicy pine, mango, peach and honey. Smells pretty nice.

T: Mango and peach upfront, with a resinous pine note creeping in around the middle. Finish brings a blanket of caramel malt and some lingering pine on the finish. From reading other reviews, it seems like this has faded a bit in the month and a half since it was bottled. Really glad to have tried it, but I'll have to try it again a bit fresher.

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into teku.

A: Bright hazy amber gold. White foamy head with nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and tangelo peel; guavas and mangos…tropical fruit EVERYWHERE; mild pine.

T: Pine bitterness, followed by tropical fruits; nice and bitter; perfect balance of fruitiness, bitterness, and maltiness. Great malt backbone.

M: Medium- to highly-carbed; so smooth and drinkable; each sip leaves the palate dry and bitter…and ready for another sip.

O: Top-notch DIPA.

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Photo of dar482
4.68/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a hazy golden orange.

The aroma is very hop juice. Very bright of grapefruit, citrus peel, pineapple, mango, some sweetness and a light bready malt.

The flavor follows with a predominant note of clean light grapefruit and citrus peel. There’s a very pristine sweetness behind this beer without having a big malt backbone or substantial. The finish is again of grapefruit and a hint of herbal quality that Citra gives.

This beer does not show itself as a 10.5% ABV through alcohol nor its malt body, which are the two usual giveaways. An clean drinking beer, which is on par for how Three Floyds constructs their hoppy beers.

Despite the bottle being 5 months old, this held up being incredible well. Possibly the best hoppy beer from Three Floyds.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 4-Mar-14
Tasted on 3-Apr-14

Purchased from Warehouse Liquors in South Loop, Chicago for $15.

Bomber poured into Bottle Logic "can" glass.

Generally agree with most of the tasting notes reviewed on this beer. The bottle claims that this beer is a "pale ale." It doesn't note the ABV on the bottle, but I was able to gauge the ABV level from the buzz I was getting.

Overall, can't say I like this better than Zombie Dust because I tasted it almost a month after bottled. Still, it's one of the best "pale ales" I've ever tried. Hope they brew this one again. As a SoCal native, I don't have buyer's remorse for what I spent on this beer. Says a lot for a mere "pale ale."

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

A-Pours a rather bright copper color. Body is hazy. Head is a coating of white foam. Laces sporadically.

S-A huge, damp fog of herbal and zesty hoppiness. Hop perfume. Herbal/hempy hops, grapefruit concentrate, lemon peel, pine and some underlying tropical fruits. A wee bit of sweet bread.

T-I was smitten with the power and overall flavor of Permanent Funeral. It's electrifyingly hoppy. The first sip, my taste buds were stunned momentarily. The second sip and I began to pick up of its rather unique, and undeniably maniacal hop profile. It was so tangy and zesty; I got a bunch of lemon and pounds of nearly tart grapefruit. Then there was some candied orange hoppiness, resiny weed and pine. The caramel and bread crust malt is nearly disintegrated byt he power of those hops.

M-Body is surprisingly light for a beer of this ABV. Incredibly bitter. Long winded aftertaste. The slightest hint of alcohol. Tingly carbonation.

O-What a beer this one turned out to be. I loved its pure power and it's intriguingly unique hoppiness. Will probably never try this again and that makes this review very bittersweet.

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Photo of Damian
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Drank on-tap
Served in a stemmed glass

Review #900

The hazy, glowing, golden-amber liquid was topped by a frothy, one-finger tall, eggshell colored crown. Drippy rings of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The nose was super hoppy and bright. Fragrant tropical fruit notes dominated. Loads of mango, guava and papaya. Good dose of citrus as well. Orange peel was quite noticeable.

The flavor profile was even more impressive than the nose. Again, the hoppy, tropical fruit-like notes were in full effect. Tons of pineapple and guava. Lots of candy coated orange peel. Quite dank as well. Ruby red grapefruit notes appeared on the lingering finish and lent the beer a touch of bitterness. All in all, amazingly well balanced. As the beer warmed, the tropical fruit notes subsided and candy coated orange and grapefruit flavors took over.

The beer was amazingly slick, creamy and smooth on the palate. A fine, zippy effervescence gave the liquid a pillowy soft plushness. Really impressive.

Permanent Funeral is an amazingly hoppy double IPA that contains boatloads of those sweet, tropical fruit notes that I love so much. Three Floyds makes a number of excellent hoppy beers and this is one of their best.

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

A: Pours a burnt orange color with a three finger white head that dissipates slowly. Very good lacing and active body.
S: Floral pine, and citrus orange.
T: Tropical explosion with grapefruit, orange, mango, and pineapple. I also get sugary malt, light alcohol in the end.
M: bitter and dry on the plate. Full body and good carbonation.
O: A great DIPA. On par with some of the best. Very well hidden ABV.

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Photo of schris
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fresh bottle (less than a month old) poured into a tulip glass. Track one from Pig Destroyer's album Book Burner playing. The color is a beautiful light orange brown and retained less than a finger of head for a few minutes. Robust lacing. Gorgeous. At refrigerator temperature, I just got a nose full of grapefruit and assorted citrus, but as the beer warmed and the smell developed, I got a distinct sense of pepper to balance out the sweeter citrus. The Diplomat, track five playing. This really does taste like a heavier Zombie Dust, but still feels refreshing in the mouth, which is surprising. It's not heavy at all, unlike track 10, Baltimore Strangler. It's a concise sip: pepper, citrus, crisp finish, all in rapid succession. All in all, an incredible beer. I wish I had picked up more than just one of these when I saw it in the shop.

By the way, in terms of pairing this with food - I drank the first half of the bomber while cooking and enjoying spaghetti and red sauce for dinner, and the second half with ice cream afterward. Honestly, I got the best flavor when I was just drinking the beer; pairing it feels like a conundrum. It doesn't have the same dry acidy bite that calls out for cheese that I sometimes get from other big pale ales, and it's not as sweet as I expected from some of the other reviews. (I am guessing that the people who find it extraordinarily sugary are not drinking it fresh.) I hope I find it again so I can get closer to matching it with the perfect partner. In short: get some of this if you can, and don't hold on to it - drink it!

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Photo of DomD1121
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep golden honey color with a nice frothy head at first.

Smell: This is quite possibly one of the best-smelling / most aromatic beers I've ever had. The smell is very fresh, hoppy, and fruity. Had my mouth watering as I poured it.

Taste: This is a fantastic tasting beer. Ranks right up there as one of the best DIPAs I've ever tasted.

Mouthfeel: There is a bit of a viscous feel to hit. Almost like theres a slight bit of honey in it.

Overall: This beer was crazy good. Easily making it into my top 3. Can't wait to gave more!

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful looking beer: a slightly burnt bright orange. A nice but not overpowering piney-citrus scent and a big oily mouthfeel. Upfront the taste is intense: pungently hoppy with a grapefruit orange flavor. But I found the finish just a bit bland. Nice no doubt but not as powerful as I expected.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.88/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A - Golden orange hue, perfect color for a DIPA

S - Citrus notes, hop forward

T - Grapefruit, dankness, hop resin. Just lovely

M - Masterfully carbonated, lingers in the mouth for the perfect amount of time

O - This may be the best DIPA I've ever had. I prefer it to Heady, and it's neck and neck with Pliny. I hope to find this one again sometime down the road...

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

A - Frothy white head several fingers high. Great head retention and lacing. Pours a golden orange.

S - Incredible hop aroma. Strong Tangerine citrus aroma. Slight cookie-like malt peeking through.

T - Just about the best thing I've ever tasted. It tastes like they made a double zombie dust and dumped a bunch of tangerines in. The high alcohol levels are brilliantly hidden by the sweet citrus and intense bitterness in the finish.

M - Fairly thick, slightly viscous mouthfeel, but still fairly drinkable for a high abv beer like this. Perfect for this style.

O - One of, if not my all-time favorite beers. I get this every chance I get. I cannot emphasize the importance of freshness with this one though. I've had it several times in a bomber a couple weeks after being bottled, and it was amazing; however, I had it on draft at a place that tapped it 6 months ago, and it was a completely different beer. The tangerine and citrus hop aroma and flavor were gone, and all that was left was malt and intense bitterness.

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Photo of paultierney1
4.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What a perfect DIPA! Had it on-tap in a tall pint glass in Perrysburg, Ohio at Swig. Thank you Three Floyd's and thank you Swig. At $9 a pint, I decided to switch to the much less expensive Ballast Point Sculpin after that. Might as well have had a Bud. Just couldn't taste the Sculpin after that amazing hop blast from 3F.

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Photo of Rizalini
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Received this beast from my buddy Scott in person. Poured from a bomber into my Stone goblet...

A - Pours a very hazy golden orange color, with a thin 1/2 finger of off-white head.

S - Has a unique, dank smell. Not really fruity, or earthy. Very unique, but not in a bad way.

T/M - The taste is heavy on the tropical fruits. Mango, papaya and a little pineapple round out this DIPAs hop profile. A pretty big malt bill is the base of this beer, but it's just right to stand up the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin, good carbonation.

O - A damn good DIPA! Great hop profile, and a very pleasant hop aftertaste left behind. For 10.5% abv, this has almost no trace of alcohol heat at all. I do however prefer my DIPAs to be a little heavier on the tongue, but that's the only negative I can come up with. Overall, this beer is a must for any lover of hops.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a hazed dark amber with a tight off white head. Nose is piney hops, resin, notes of orange peel, and an underlying grain. Taste is not overly hoppy, a bit of balance with the hops bringing pine and a hint of hop resin. The citrus comes in in back, strong orange and a touch of orange juice. Finish is very dry, gently carbonated with a soft body.

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Photo of joe1510
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber
Three Floyd's Brewpub

Bottled: 3/4/14

4 Days old. Whew, potent! I can smell this beer from a yard away. Permanent Funeral is the color of heavily tarnished copper and the haze enough that there's no chance of seeing anything through the body. A weathered white head caps the surface and is bolstered by a constant stream of carbonation. Sheet lacing and heavy drink lines cover the glass. This looks like an IIPA I would enjoy consuming.

Holy shit this beer smells amazing! Straight up, potent, tropical fruits fill the air anywhere near the glass. Mango and papaya by the shovel full, peach and apricot as well. Not only are these fruits juicy ripe but the candy sweet dried versions are in there as well. A little Floridian citrus brings up the rear. Candied grapefruit and orange peel. Sugar cookie sweet malt and a dash of caramel make up the malt base and with some warming a peppery alcohol compliment creeps in. This beer smells like the best fruit salad you could imagine.

Those tropicals I mentioned in the nose are in full force in the flavor. Fresh and dried tropical fruits hit right off the bat and follow through to mid palate where peach, nectarine, and apricots take over. The finish tastes so much like dried apricots that I feel like I've just eaten a handful. It's crazy how each individual flavor is so distinct yet segues so seamlessly to the next. A touch of peppery alcohol spices up the finish. The malt brings a drizzle of light caramel. Undercurrents of citrus are again in play. Damn...

A beer this big should never, ever be this easy to drink. The body feels moderate and while there's a touch of powdery sweetness the finish dries up nicely. Not a whisper of viscosity or stickiness. The bitterness eventually numbs the tongue but never destroys the palate. Dangerous...

As I sat reviewing this beer, each number I entered I thought to myself "this can't be that good", and with each successive drink it was actually that good. An IIPA dripping with juicy fruits, an aroma that makes you salivate uncontrollably, assertive bitterness, and drinkability that will get you in trouble. This is the best IIPAs I've had in ages and probably prefer to Dreadnaught. Oh, and Pig Destroyer is fucking HEAVY!

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Photo of Wolberjs
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Cloudy darker amber that starts with a 1/2 finger head and dissipates to a spotty thin foam fairly quickly.

S - Not a huge aroma for this beer. A muted citrus (grapefruit and Pineapple?) with some malty and dank sweetness.

T - This definitely gets some points for showing no signs of the 10.5%. Suppose that's the permanent funeral part, dangerously drinkable. Balanced tasted with a citrusy fruit start and a medium hoppy finish. Again score gets a boost considering how well the alcohol is "hidden".

M - Smooth but not remarkable mouthfeel. Has a nice oily finish considering the alcohol.

O - Again did not blow me away with complex flavor and taste but the alcohol is hidden and I could drink alot of this. It has the potential to be a permanent funeral.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.95/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a goblet.
Tawny gold in color, with a nice cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma- Heady bouquet of piney/citrus hops
Taste-Onrush of sweet, toasted malt, pineapple and candy sugar. Big hop profile not quite enough to keep things in balance, as this brew comes off a bit too sweet for my tastes. Cries out for a spicy food pairing to balance things out a bit.

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Photo of mlhyatt
3.89/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass

A-dark gold. Not very transparent. Head is decent at about 1 inch and slightly off white.

S- sugar, pine, citrus. In that order.

T- very similar to the smell. The sugary malt really takes over this beer. The hops are there but they are overwhelmed by malt. The fruit is also overwhelmed by the sugar.

O- this beer us delicious but the sugaryness to it keeps it from being outstanding to me. This bottle was dated almost 2 months ago so that could have something to do with it. Will revisit this beer again more fresh.

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Photo of peabody
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours out a hazy burnt orange to yellow with one finger of suds that leave lacing around the pint glass. The small bubbles stay with the pour throughout the sipping process.
Smell is dank wet pine and orange/mango overtones. This is so bright in aroma and is one of the best beers I have ever put a nose to.
Taste is mellow orange/grapefruit peel and sweet mango with a sweet candy sugar finish. This is a very clean but sticky beer that cleanses the palate but leaves that dark dank pine tar.
Mouthfeel is great here. I poured this a little cold but it holds up well and goes down so darn smoothe. Only a slight stickiness can be had here and it is very sweet. Makes you want to drink this brew quickly.
Overall I really like this PALE ALE from Three Floyds. Rivals Zombie Dust in hop flavor and drinkablilty. Well done!

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.