Permanent Funeral - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 241
Hads: 2,368
rAvg: 4.5
pDev: 8.44%
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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
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". (1,216 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice very slightly hazy orange hue with a big, creamy two finger white head that fades to leave lots of sticky lacing and a rich, creamy blanket. Glorious.

S - Lots of sticky, resinous citrus, super, super faint tropical, and a light tea leaf quality. Light sweet malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More of the very sticky hops, not bitter at all, nor juicy. Like citrus rind oils spurted onto ones tongue. There is more of that tea leaf finish mingled with sweeter sticky malts.

M - Mouthfeel, while a bit heavier due to how sticky it is, still hides that ABV very nicely. Bright carbonation too!

O - Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. I do like how this is not all that bitter, but instead is super sticky. Would have liked to see more tropical notes than tea, but still well done. (862 characters)

Photo of Fux
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on a "Piggy brewing night". Needed a Pig destroyer to start the whole thing!
Notes from memory...
A: Bright orange with a thick white head which lasts long on top of the glass.
S: Hoppy smell with a resinous scent, citruses and tropical fruits.
T: Taste isn't overly sweet or malty as expected given the ABV and IBU, also this is a more than solid DIPA. Fresh hops (a bit herbal and resinous) and very fruity (tropical fruits, citruses). Leaves a dry bitterness on the finish.
M: Smooth and thirst quenching, not heavy at all. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finishes dry.
O: A very good DIPA. Glad to have tried this one, I would happily drink more! (661 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright orange color with thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose -pineapple, mango, guava with hints of citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit. Sweet carmel notes as well. Taste is amazing - bright citrus with some resinous pine that melds into a nice carmel bready malt backbone that finishes slightly bitter and juicy. Even though this beer clocks in at 10.5% abv, there is no overt alcohol warming.
Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an outstanding offering from FFF, well crafted, well balanced. I hope this becomes a regular release from them! (615 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to Sean for sending me this bottle.

The beer is orange with a small off white head. The aroma is classic FFF. Hop forward with a robust, supportive malt body. Dank citrus and biscuits. A full bodied beverage, teeming with flavor. Alcohol presence is there but unobtrusive. Well-balanced and delicious. Really, a wonderful beer. (345 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.93/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a glowing orange copper hue with a big khaki tan beige head forming thick with a rocky textured head, fine speckled lacing layers on the sides of my chalice. Aroma is straight up citrus peels, pineapple flesh, and other tropical fruit notes flowing from the glass. So worth the drive to Newark, OH to try the last of their stock of this fine American brewed IPA. I don't know the next time I will see this beer but I will definitely savor this pour of 22 ounces of liquid bread coated hop candy. The flavor is sugar coated raw herbaceous hops, big citric layers, orange marmalade, tropical fruits...mango, star fruit, and hints of passion fruit. Over ripened fruit juice with bready malts bring all the caramelized sugars to the forefront and the big oily hop oils let those sweet candy qualities fade to the background. Mouthfeel is big oily resinous IPA, carbonated well carries each sip effortless down the gullet, to equate to perfect realm of dangerous drinkability. I can't talk enough about how much I enjoy this beer, all of the true hopheads listening go find this, drive 6-8 hrs if you have to, hell make a pilgrimage to the brewery. I might even start listening to metal if Pig Destroyer had a hand in the collaborative creation of this liquid beauty. (1,270 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on-tap @ the brewery

Consumed a few half-pints (standard serving size) of this really wonderful DIPA - it's big bodied, for sure. Huge assault of grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruit. Boozy undertones throughout. Moderate bitterness and just an exceptional hop profile throughout. Shame they were out of bombers, but still glad to be able to consume this in > GABF quantities. (384 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 22 oz Bottle

Appearance - Light straw colored, pineapple juice yellow. Nice 1 inch foamy, creamy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Big citric hops, orange, pineapple, grapes, some yeasts, even a little malt in the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, insane amount of pineapple/orange and grapefruit with a nice sweet yeast backbone. Hops are sweet not so overly bitter. Malts add some caramel goodness, along with a little balance so this aint a 100% total hop bomb.

Mouthfeel - Hops dominate the tongue, along with some sweetness from the added sugars. Palate gets more hops along with some caramel malts. The aftertaste is sweet, and loads of pineapple and orange.

Overall - Drove 4.5 hours total to get this and glad i got it. Huge flavorful beer done up right. Hop heavy beer with the right amount of yeasts and malts to make it a wonderful beer. Alcohol is masked really well, making it easy to drink the bomber. World class for sure. (961 characters)

Photo of Crawfordesquire
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aroma is not overwelming, which to me means this is not dry hopped with Citra like many other DIPAS. Just hints of citrus, some pine.
Poured into a snifter, appearance is dark orange, somewhat cloudy, 2/3 inch foam which retains well.
Mouthfeel is soft, creamy, carbonation is medium.
TASTE IS PURE Orange/citrus. I can hardly detect any alcohol. This could be a substitute for a 10year old's Ecto-cooler juicebox. Again not really that bitter lemon/grapefruit, this is pure tangerine type citrus hops.
I could drink like 6 of these bombers.
Outstanding. (555 characters)

Photo of sahd-1
4.99/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A-amber color just slightly less than clear. Initial 1" head from a vigerous pour and continual lacing that clings perfectly down for the remainder of the bottle.
S-pine and tropical fruits. My favorite aspect of this beer.
T-tropical fruits, pine and resinous
M-as chewy as it gets in an IPA
O-this is my favorite beer to date. It's like that first album by your favorite band. It's perfect because it's gritty and there are so many rough edges (imperfections).
FFF, congrats to the medal at 2013 GABFEST.
Also, please do not declare a permanent funeral on Permanent Funeral (575 characters)

Photo of SanFranJake
4.57/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fantastic beer thanks to totalbangover.
Bomber poured into Stone RIS snifter.
Dark orange hue that spells deliciousness.
Aroma: citrus+hops=amazing. The nose on this is fantastic!
Lacing sticks around as long as the nose dose.
Unfortunately what doesn't stick around is the beer itself.
I didn't slam this bomber in the least bit but after each sip I was wanting the next, so I took it.
See it
Buy it
Enjoy it (418 characters)

Photo of jbaker67
4.3/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured clear dark golden color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy complex citrus and earth hop aroma. Medium to full body with slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittersweet flavor with a heavy bittersweet finish of Moderate to long duration. (317 characters)

Photo of REDSOXIPAGUY
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the perfect beer. From the second I poured it you can smell the grapefruit. I split a bottle with my wife (who hates IPAs). She was blown away by it. The best I've ever had hands down. There's no way this is 10.5 abv. There's not a single hint of alcohol in it. Just liquid gold. (287 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
4.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

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

O - probably prefer this over APW, debating whether this is a 5 or not. I think it just may be... (771 characters)

Photo of Bigmojo14
4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I had this at the brewery in a tulip glass. Holy crap is this stuff good. Total ultra smooth hoptastic bomb. This is the only beer I have had lately that I would compare (seriously) to Pliny the Elder. I would not be suprised if this got onto the top 250 in a hurry. I had 2 of these at the brewery and made sure I had a dozen in my trunk before I left. Dark redish brown appearance, floral hopiness and sweet smell, wonderful flavors abound with a perfect balance of sweet and hop with a long lasting piney flavor that sticks around for a while. I though it held up well in the bottles I have had as well. Tasty stuff folks, get one if you can. (645 characters)

Photo of roger617
4.47/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: 4.25 Pours a bright golden color with 2 fingers of white head that reduces slowly and leaves a little lacing.
S: 4.75 Aroma of a strong citrus and malt blend. Very complex, extremely well balanced. Lots of pine throughout as well.
T: 4.5 Very similar to smell, complex and balanced. Surprisingly sweet for the brewery and style combo.
M: 4.25 Smooth and silky. Carbed well. Not much a dry after taste as expected.
O: 4.25 Yet another great brew by FFF. I'm not surprised, haha. This may be the best balanced DIPA by the Floyds. Other comparables have been mainly a hop bomb of some sort, this may be the most enjoyable throughout. (675 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is light, dry, slightly effervescent. Overall, this is a pretty damn good beer. (512 characters)

Photo of d5001986
4.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

Overall this right up there with the best of them. It's only supposed to be a one time release, but hopefully they decide to bring it back someday. (647 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
4.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

Could be one of my favorite DIPAs - (811 characters)

Photo of 312HopBomb
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

This smells awesome with strong pine resin and tropical fruit.

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

The mouthfeel is medium and slick.

Fresh on tap it is one of the top DIPA's I've tried. Amazing that 3 Floyds can ratchet it up another notch but they did. Contrary to many posts this is not retired. It is currently on tap at the brewery and for sale in bombers. (684 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
4.08/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle (2013)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, mcbeerbrew!

Clear apricot in color with very little visible carbonation. This leaves irregular, webbed lines of lace down the glass.

Big notes of citrus, floral elements, and melon combine in the aroma. There's also some alcohol present.

Hugely bitter, with lots of citrus (pineapple), melon, and a bit of cracker. Some alcohol present. Though I love the style, and there's nothing wrong here, I can't drink a lot of this.

Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation.

Above average and quite tasty. (549 characters)

Photo of wpqx
4.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Was thrilled to find a bottle of this at Square Bar in Chicago. Beautiful color, amazing bottle art, but man the taste left much to be desired. An overwhelming bitter aftertaste that did not live up to the hype. For those worried they will never get to try this now retired beer, you're really not missing out. (310 characters)

Photo of stvanderwoude
4.96/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A sensory overload of sweet tropical hops against a sturdy malt structure. This goes up against Pliny, Heady and the other titans and maybe it wins. A band collaboration now discontinued and allegedly never to return. Bring it back as Double Zombie Dust. (254 characters)

Photo of peensteen
4.39/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Liam a little while back, reviewed from notes

Hazy ornage with one finger of white head, sticky eith a bit of lace. Smell is full of hops, citrusy, orange, grapefruit and mango are dominant but fairly fruity in the nose overall, a touch of sugary malt as well. Taste is fruity lots of citrus and tropical fruit, mid palate malty-sweetness that leaves notes of grapefruit/citrus candy mixed with all those hops, quite bitter and finishes a bit dry with lots of tropical fruits. Light to medium carbonation, medium full bodied and fairly sticky with a bit of an oily feel. Awesome stuff here, second favorite of the whales brought by Liam on this evening. (664 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
3.79/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tap at Paradiso. Pours a clear bright as hell neon orange. Weaker white foam. Weak swathes of lace. Nose is a bit skunky, some prominent cat pee, very dense dried pineapple and dried papaya. Stickier, tropical. Taste is melon heavy, lots of thick mango and cantaloupe. Palate is dense, lightly nutty and spicy. Mild tannic bitterness. Not very buoyant or quenching. But still yummy with a big focus on aroma hops typical to FFF. Noticeable spicy alcohol after 3 or 4 sips. 8/3/7/4/15=3.7 (487 characters)

Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
99 out of 100 based on 241 ratings.