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Three Floyds / Surly Urine Trouble - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Three Floyds / Surly Urine TroubleThree Floyds / Surly Urine Trouble

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BA SCORE
88
very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 13.04%
Wants: 35
Gots: 23 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This collaboration beer between Surly and Three Floyds can best be described as an Imperial Brett IPA fermented with the unique strain of yeast Brettanomyces Lambicus. This yeast creates earthy barnyard notes along with pineapple-cherry pie aromas and flavors. Of course with the "IPA" style it's hopped heavily. Simcoe and Chinook are the culprits for the "Cat peed on the Christmas tree" aroma.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 04-19-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

MNBeerGeek, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of marshmeli
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

marshmeli, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Treebs
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml orange waxed bottle served in a FFF Teku. Bottle 6/25/13.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a thick, white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a heavy cap that leaves chunky lace down the glass.

S: Lots of fruity Brett notes with a nice underlying pine. some lemon grass, a little bretty funk and a nice balance of sweet cracker malts. Cherry pit sweetness.

T: Fruity Bretty with a light funky barnyard presence. A little piney bitterness with just a hint of cat pee. It follows more of noble hop route as opposed to the actual pee notes people are mentioning. Lemon flesh notes with out the accompanying tartness. Sweet cracker malts.

M: Medium light bodied with a nice medium carbonation level. Finish is slightly bitter and fruity.

O: The Brett presence is pretty nice as it's both fruity and funky. Hops are nice as they had a little earthy balance. Enjoyed this one.

Treebs, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

spycow, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of brewskis
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of tons of pineapple, definitely get that cherry pie aroma, lots of funkiness, mustiness, some other fruit flavors that I can’t decipher (tropical fruits, maybe berries?). Taste starts with some slight sour/funk, as well as pineapple. Very prickly mouthfeel to begin with. Then really smooths out and becomes creamier. The sour/funk continues and starts to incorporate more pineapple, as well as some berry flavors. Getting a tiny bit sweeter as the flavor profile progresses. Besides providing a creamy mouthfeel and the slightest sweetness, the malt is nowhere to be found. All brett and hops, which isn’t a a bad thing. Finishes with a pretty balanced dose of brett and hop flavors. Funkiness, mustiness, pineapple, some other tropical fruits, and berries all show through on the finish along with that creamy mouthfeel. High medium body and no alcohol detected on the smell or taste. Although I feel the hops are a little muted on this, this is still a really interesting beer. Pretty successful in my opinion just for the fact that it’s different and still very satisfying. By far the best brett-incorporated beer Three Floyds has put out so far.

brewskis, Jul 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

jaasen64, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

ThePorterSorter, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of langchops
4.59/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle poured into FFF Teku

A - Pours a medium golden body with a slight amber hue. Three finger off white head

S - This smells great. The Pineapple pops out at first, then the tropical fruit adds with a slight funk to finish. The piney hop character pairs well with the tropical fruit. No urine here

T - Follows the nose with the pineapple and fruit notes popping out. The slight funk is involved, but playing a back seat. Really great flavors going on.

M - Moderate carbonation but coats well.

O - I was blown away by this beer. The combination of the flavors works so well. I'm not sure if there is a difference due to bottle conditioning, but this in no way resembled a cat peeing on a pine tree. Happy to have another one to enjoy and would drink this all the time.

langchops, Jul 08, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

outoffocus, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

MCMASTERSANCHEZ, Jul 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Jordy777, Jul 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

wesside89, Jul 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

powz87, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Fetching, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of JoeAC
2.25/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

As soon as I saw that it was a Surly/FFF collaboration, I rushed to the brewpub and bought my two bottles. I couldn't have been more excited, but unfortunately, this one is a huge disappointment. They might as well have called it “Return of the Tiberian Inquisitor” (I didn’t care for that one, either). On the bright side: Fans of T.I. will likely love this one; I definitely recommend it for BAs who liked Tiberian Inquisitor, but it seems FFF can’t seem to get the sours right.

I thought the name and the jokes about cat-urine-soaked-Christmas-trees in its description were kind of a tongue-in-cheek, wink-wink joke, but they're not. This beer smells and tastes like my cat’s litterbox (and I don't mean that as hyperbole; the aroma and flavor are very much like cat urine), and at $15 a bottle, it was an expensive joke FFF played on me (and like I said, I bought two; luckily I had a friend to share the first bottle with). I don’t think I’ll be rushing the forty-five minutes to the brewpub for any more limited release sours. It’s drinkable—as an experiment or challenge or another way of expanding your palate and testing its limits—but barely.

JoeAC, Jul 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

JesseHoward, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of bulldog91
4.66/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Phenomenal.
More Brett than IPA but an overall joy.
Appearance is a rich yellow-gold, a tad cloudy and moderate head.
Smell is diverse - rich with fruit but also teeming with musty yeast.
Taste is extraordinary. It's all at once sweet, hoppy, flavorful. A bit of fruit but not dominating.
Overall, incredibly well done brew from two legends. I hesitated because the last couple 3F one-offs were heavy on acetone and priced at $15, as is this one. But I'm now happy I've made multiple trips for bottles, as I suspected these two brewers wouldn't disappoint.
Suspicions confirmed.

bulldog91, Jul 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

thedarkestlord, Jul 04, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Beerdudenumberone, Jul 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.3%

Ak555667, Jul 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

stogirelli, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

thaghost, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of jokeefe89
1.98/5  rDev -49.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One of the most disappointing beers I've had from 3f. Definitely an appropriate name. However Cat Piss would've been more appropriate. I wouldn't say it's horrible but it definitely is not worth the $15 per bottle. There are waaay better seasonal s out there now

jokeefe89, Jul 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

ChugginOil, Jul 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

CesarLopes, Jun 27, 2013
Three Floyds / Surly Urine Trouble from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
88 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.