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Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MasterSki on 03-25-2013

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Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 2,664
Photo of JeffTheJuice
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy shit! I cannot how believe how much of a grapefruit bomb this beer is and how light bodied it is for 10.5% ABV! I am sure their must be a good deal of corn sugar in here to make it this light but the way it is used is exceptional.

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Photo of portia99
4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle (bottled 3/6/14) poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a quite hazy, pale orangey golden color, almost fruit juicy in appearance with a thick cap of off-white, dense foam and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

S - Thick and heavy hop aroma, plenty fruity with tropical notes of pineapple, citrusy grapefruit and resiny pine. Firm malt backbone too...sweet maltose, caramel, a bit worty in aroma. A fair amount of yeasty esters too...contributes to the overall fruitiness of the beer.

T - I get a big piney hop blast on the first sip that plays off of the sweet, sugary, maltose'y malt profile. The malt gives this an impression of almost a hop syrup. Not especially bitter, rather focusing on the hop flavors - again tropical in nature with a mix of pine and some slightly background citrus. Mildly buttery, caramelly, noticeable alcohol, estery, lightly yeasty.

M - Has the feel of being a very big beer...which it is. Thick and syrupy in body with a lowish/medium carbonation that brings some life and shows a tendency towards foamy in feel. Has a sweet candy on bitter and fruity hop flavor that is mildly dessert-like. Alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting - you do know that this has a bit of a kick to it though.

O - Its been a while since I've had a bottle of Dreadnaught, but this seems reminiscent of that fine beer in my recollections. Malt profile is pure Three Floyds - their bigger IPA/DIPA offerings seem pretty similar in this regard. I think the yeast used in common among many of these beers too. I find Three Floyds and Stone have very distinctive and identifiable fermentation profiles that I feel confident I can pickup blind pretty easily. Very glad I got to give this one a try.

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Photo of Halfbrother83
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a Jester King goblet.

A: Deep apricot in color with two fingers of creamy off-white head.

S: Juicy citrus, apricot, grapefruit, stone fruit, some malt

T: Citrusy hops, creamy malts, faint alcohol in the finish

M: Medium body and low carbonation, almost creamy from the malts, which are perfectly balanced with the hops.

O: Probably my favorite Three Floyds beer available in bomber-format. A really solid, gushing, citrus-forward IPA, easily up there with the likes of PsuedoSue, etc.

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Photo of Svyturys30
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to purchase a case of bombers from DLD this year. I bought it after a small taste of a guy that was in line at the beer kiosk! Holy moly, this beer is awesome. I really like ZD, but PF is just flat out AMAZING!

A- Has a reddish orange tinge to it. Looks almost like a Killian's Irish Red.

S- Has a smell of fermenting fruits with a hoppy/boozy finish.

T- The taste was surprisingly smooth. I was expecting a bit of harshness, but one I was gravely mistaken. Had hints of fruit (honeydew), and almost a legume taste to it (as weird as that sounds, it was utterly delicious).

M- It is a bit thicker than a stereotypical beer, but feels great on the palate

O- I would rate this beer as one of my favorites. Venturing out into the world beyond blue moon and fat tire is sure exciting. I'm thankful that I live within an hour drive of FFF. This craft beer stuff is pretty tasty but can get expensive pretty quickly.

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Photo of Dawgboned37
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the 3Floyds taproom. Poured a light orange, hazy, with a decent sized white head. Hop-forward aroma, which gave way to a very well blended DIPA. The malt comes through with a sweeter, caramel flavor to balance the slight bitterness from the hops. Overall, well balanced and delicious. Glad I could try it fresh from the source!

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared bottle poured into snifter

A-Pours amber with a low white head. Decent lacing.

S-Aromas of orange, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and straw.

T-Taste is orange, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and resin.

M-Mouthfeel is medium bodied and medium carbonated with some silky notes.

O-I need more of this! One of the best, don't taste the 10.5%

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Photo of rand
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Acquired in a trade with oldschool9, thanks bud!

A nectar-like IPA which I'm stoked to try, poured into a nonic pint glass.

A: Orange-apricot in color, cloudy, with a healthy dose of suspended yeast. Looks like sea monkeys live in there. A small, sudsy head completely recedes leaving almost no lacing.

S: The nose is obviously hop-forward, resiny and citrusy. Lots of rindy grapefruit and orange. Malt-backbone is ample and caramelly. Booze is there but not overpowering, barely warming my nose.

T/M: Citrus and bitter rind at the front, along with a touch of pine. Caramelly malts quickly even things out, leaving an orange-y undertone. Not as oily and resinous as you'd expect for a 10.5% ale, with adequate carbonation keeping the mouthfeel lively and refreshing. Flavors are incredibly harmonized, with a surprisingly quick and clean finish. Yum.

What an incredible beer. I've been disappointed (slightly) with some of the coveted, non-West Coast-style IPA's, but I'd put this up against just about any of my favorite IPA's. Refreshing, layered, balanced, drinkable (dangerously)...no hype in this one, this is the real deal.

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Photo of ganked86
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is by the perfect beer for me. The smell and the taste is just amazing. I love the thick body for the beer. You can't even tell the high 10.5 abv. This beer is not always available at the brewpub and I really wish it was. Well actually not cause I would go broke cause I would always keep my fride full.

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Photo of kingston2
4.84/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Dank, dank dank hops in every aspect of this great beer. Cloudy hoppy golden appearance. Hop smells waft out of the glass with pine, citrus and some bready aspects from the malts. Flavor profile follow suit with a huge punch of wonderfully balanced hops and malts. Just a great beer from FFF. Thrilled to have picked up a case.

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Photo of PSU_Mike
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Served – Bottle poured into an IPA glass 4 days after bottling.

A – Mildly hazy, golden straw color, big fluffy white head, great retention, light carbonation.

S – Citrus forward. Pretty spectacular. Lots of orange, grapefruit, and other citrusy goodness.

T – A lot of citrus. Grapefruit is the main one, a little orange, a tiny hint of pine, and just a small hint of malt backbone to round it out.

M – Pretty perfect. Light bubbles tickle the tongue. Just the right amount of bitterness. Not sure how it can be better for a big DIPA. No alcohol detected.

O – The best FFF beer I’ve had thus far. Hell, it might be the best beer I’ve had period.

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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
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Tried it again and rated it up a bit but it's still a beer that starts off fantastic but somehow finishes in a less impressive way. Love the look and the texture, though.

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.