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War Mullet - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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85 Reviews
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Reviews: 85
Hads: 951
Avg: 4.05
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 53
Gots: 173 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: sleuthdog on 09-19-2013

This double IPA will make you want to grow a mullet (if you don’t already have one) and go to war (if your’re not already).
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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 951
Photo of kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Brief impressions from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased 2 weeks ago at 3 Floyds. Served cold into a tulip/snifter hybrid glass. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

APPEARANCE: Head is 1-2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average characteristics. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Body colour is copper-gold of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Pale malts. Heavy sweetness. Caramalt. Hop profile is underwhelming - floral notes, pine. Off-putting lavender.

Suggests a simple, shallow, overhopped beer with an obnoxious hop profile.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Pale malts. Lavender. Caramalt. Hop profile is lackluster - floral hops, vague citrus, some pine, a hint of resins, peach...it's not as complex as it sounds. Poorly balanced and badly built. I'm not liking this much at all. Poor depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes. Mediocre execution.

OVERALL: Downable for what it is, but it's blatantly overhopped and has a really lackluster overall flavour profile. I wouldn't recommend this to others or buy it again. A major disappointment given 3 Floyds' high reputation.

Low D+ (2.31)

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
3.19/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Another cheesy 3F DIPA poured into a 3F Teku glass,

A)Dark amber honey color that's clear, two finger head with a lot of lacing. Almost no nucleation.

S) Very west coast, piney resin, then basic 3F citrus, grapefruit no 3F House Ale yeast which is nice. I wonder if Sirachi Ace was used.

T) Bitter up front, then resin, citrus fruits, malt bill is lacking to produce, reminds me very much of FSWLKR Double Jack.

M) Low carbonation

O) An ok DIPA reminds me too much of Double Jack but not as juicy or enjoyable.
3F doesn't impress with this one.

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Photo of Cyanmonkey
3.21/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Muddled and grassy. Really bitter with no real distinguishable flavors. Nice mouthfeel and nose is nice, but I couldn't get over how unpronounced the hop bill was.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%

Pour is clear deep amber with a tight white head. Nose is a lot of melon rind, honeydew, and hop oils with a light sweet malt backbone. Taste is similar, hop oils, slick feel, honeydew and melon, a bit dusty, malts are sweeter, flavor is sweeter overall, syrupy body, softer carbonation.

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Photo of beerchic
3.42/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking this with three weeks on it, so take that into consideration. I like it, a little pineapple, bitter dankness. I have had this twice now, and Arctic Panzer Wolf twice. I think the Arctic beats this one on richness and balance, but I'm not going to war over it.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

(I think I reviewed this beer 2 weeks ago and forgot to upload this. Oh well, I guess it didn't make much of an impression on me). Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is a hazy apricot color and sports a nice tight white head which has good retention. The nose is not as punchy as I anticipated, but still has some fresh citrus-like notes of lemon, peaches, and sweet oranges.

Medium body with a wonderful creamy feel and a lot of flavor, but unfortunately the flavor does not agree with me. An ample malt bill really sweetens things up and, mixed with the resin and hemp-like hops, gives a strong marmalade-like character to the beer. I don't think the sweetness goes all that well with the hop character and an unpleasant medicinal note tends to linger on the finish. The flavor improves a bit for me as the beer comes closer to room temperature.

Definitely not my favorite IIPA from this brewer and not one I'd seek out or buy again. I'd rather have more Dreadnaught. Perhaps some other BAs will really like this one, but I'm just not crazy about it. At least the artwork on the bottle is super-cool!

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazed and cloudy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute with light lace.
S: Orange rind, zesty, spicy, and floral. Burnt caramel malts and toast. Lingering bitterness is strong.
T: Orange zest and floral hops up front. Soapy and oily, like most of Three Floyds hoppy beers for me. Caramelized and burnt sugars along with some toast. Then a strong lingering bitterness. Kind of a mess, and all over the place.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Sticky, lightly resinous, and oily. Plenty of bitterness, and alcohol to go around. Not really hard to drink, just not something I want to come back to often.

Not bad, but I have had much more rounded and enjoyable DIPA's. Nice to try once, but that is about it for me.

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Photo of Flight317
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

This one was ok but I feel like Three Floyds gets a lot of regional love. This one, to me, isn't that special. I think I could choose a handful of local stuff for much cheaper and be content. Wouldn't pay the price tag again for this beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, onion, garlic, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with vegetal and herbal hop 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 pretty good beer that has a very vegetal hop presence all around.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a bomber from the brewery for $10

Pours an orange hue, tiny bubbles rush towards the top, and a large head quickly recedes leaving fairly sticky lacing.

In the nose is caramel malt, alcohol, grapefruit and/or orange ride, and more alcohol. Doesn't smell great.

The taste, unfortunately, does not live up to the expectations for a 3 Floyds IPA. Like the smell, the alcohol is overwhelming (despite being a relatively (for a 3 Floyds DIPA) low ABV of around 8%). The grapefruit flavor has an unpleasant herbal quality. It's good, but not great.

Mouthfeel: Burn from the alcohol, fairly heavy, it wouldn't hurt for it to be a bit more crisp. It's a sipper.

Overall: While better than your average DIPA, it's overall a weak offering from 3 Floyds. I'd much prefer their Sabertooth or Dreadnaught DIPAs. Some will love it as it is unique, but the herbal and strong grapefruit flavor make this one quite imperfect for me.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into nonic. Hazy golden-orange with floaties and a stiff finger plus of white head that lasts nearly the entire drink. Some streaky lacing. Aroma is citrus hop, grapefruit, bready malt, maybe a hint of caramel. Taste is medium bitterness with citrus and floral notes, spicy rye (some say onion; I don’t get that), and light sweetness from that bready/caramel character. Medium bodied, slick, resinous texture, moderate to soft carbonation, bitter drying finish.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/copper with a 1/2 foamy head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Sweet citric fruits like mango, peach, orange and cherries. Some added sugars along with bubblegum, some faint malts, and in the finish a aroma that appears to be a mix of rye and onion.

Taste - Much lighter and smoother then the other FFF dipas. Sweet floral fruits, lots of pineapple, peaches, grapes, tangerine, with some honey and minor malts mixed in. Some bitterness comes out at the finsh, along with some sugars.

Mouthfeel - The tongue really gets a lot of fruits and some sugars. Palate gets more fruits, along with some honey and malts. The aftertaste is minor bitter, with some fruits and honey.

Overall - Decent, not in the same class as FFF's other dipas for sure. This one is mild, sweet and rather easy to drink, and lacks the powerful hop punch and bitterness of there others. Glad I got to try but this one is a little to lacking with hop bitterness and overall bite. Still good, worth atleast one drink.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eataly - Chicago, IL
L - hazed tangerine colored ale, thinner off-white head
S - fresh orange rind, caramel
T - orange and tangerine zest, apricot, peppery, piny, caramel malt, slightly herbal, a little odd but not off-putting, definitely unique
F - medium, finishing very dry with lingering orange rind, pepper and pine
O - different but a bit of a let down from Three Floyds. It's not bad, and is still rather good, but it's a beer I would not get again.
On a side note, I'm not big on food pairings, but pair this with Eataly's Panino al Brasato di Maiale. They are a perfect match.

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Photo of BB1313
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours bright golden with a slight haze; there's a little amount of sediment/floaties; huge chunky eggshell white head that leaves great sticky lacing and retention. The aromas are full of citrus and fresh pine needles. Grapefruit rind, lemon zest, orange peel, fresh grass, and a subtle kiss of malts follow. Flavors are very earthy. More fresh grass follow in the flavors as well. Tons of lemon and lime. Tons of grapefruit. More pine. Solid hints of orange and tangerines. The malts are there, but seem to take a backseat. Solid bitterness, but it's not extremely bitter. There's a touch of sweetness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full-bodied; active carbonation. Finishes dry. There's no heat or warming sensation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Very crisp and refreshing.

This is a nice DIPA, but it doesn't standout compared to Three Floyds' other IPAs, in my opinion. It's enjoyable and well crafted. I can't really complain, it's good stuff, but I'm just not blown away.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.74/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source. Half pint (?) Pour in a mini chalice. Brew looks like any other iipa orange, nice head and lacing. The nose is a bit soapy. Fresh citric hips also tickle my nostril. Wow comes to life on the taste. Fairly boozy and a blast of citrus and tropical fruit. medium to full bodied and boozy. Not the best iipa i have had from fff, but nice to see they are still experimenting and being new beer. Some rutabega or something earthy in the background.

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Photo of Dad_of_Rad
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear cooper, very attractive looking

S: Pick up mostly the vegetal aromas with some of the sweet, piney orange. This is the aspect of the beer that I'm not a fan of.

T: Flavor pops as it warms. Orange, pine with good malt balance.

M: Medium body, heat comes on in the chest. Sneaky booze....

O: Like the flavor of the beer a lot and the mouthfeel makes it an "easy" drinker. I normally like this style cold, but this beer is MUCH better a bit warmer. The smell is odd, doesn't completely go with flavors.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Off-white head which maintains a while for such high alcohol. Dark golden and very hazy, almost opaque. Typical nice and strong 3F aroma, with citrus, pine, and some sweetness. Taste has a little more dank resiny pine than citrus and some grapefruit as well. Sweetness doesn't come through much in the flavor. Not as smooth or as well blended as most 3F doubles. Bitterness lingers a little on the backend.

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Photo of DrewskiWhit
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A cloudy. Looks pretty carbonated. No lacing, little legs some head retention

S this was the highlight of this beer for me

T pine & grapefruit. Reminded me a bit of dust at first but with less powerful flavors

M very enjoyable

O pretty good. Not my favorite IPA but I enjoyed it

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Photo of mynie
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

God help me, I've reached a point where 8.x% DIPAs no longer excite me, even if they contain enough alpha acid to strip away herpes rashes. We are all junkies. Or worse. We're like a bunch of zit-faces at one of those sci-fi conventions (the kind where you can meet real-life Yodas). We consume and consume and consume, consume so much we can't separate our identities from our consumption, become so monstrously and emotionally involved in the scene that constitutes our selves that we will never be happy, every little thing our overlords do is met with contempt and complaint. But we keep consuming. We have to. We don't know how to exist if we're not consuming.

So then there's this. It's good. But so are the twenty five thousand other beers that are just like it that have come out in the last two years. The bottle art is pretty shitty, so there's not even that. But the once-outrageous price of ten bucks a bomber is now kinda reasonable, so there's that.

Bright orange. Smells like sugary, thick malt (almost like extract syrup, minus any offputting medicinal nodes), caramel, orange, and grapefruit. Tastes exactly like the aforementioned smells, only the thickness becomes a wee bit offputting as it hits the back of your throat.

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Photo of whiterabbit
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Gold with a light bronze tint. Nice color. lots of sediment. Thick nice foamy head, nice retention.

S - lots here. Citrus, and a really nice earthy scent. Could come up with quite a lot, as a ton of depth. There is a fresh mint musty kind of smell that dominates at the end.

T - kind of an earthy flavor, get some apricot, maybe peach..not sweet. But bitter is a nice balance that really compliments. The earthy, fresh mint finish is really strong.

M - get some slightly harsh, rye? type bite. Piney. Despite large head, carbonation is just right. Full flavor, Slight boozy burn that fits nice, but a little much on an earthy bitterness that I am having a hard time really describing. Different.

O - This is very good, rye type American IPA. Different, bit unique, but not as good as other Three Floyds I have tried. I could very easily see some people just absolutely loving this, and others not being their style at all. Bit piney and bitter, not as much tropical as I would like, but due to it's complexity, I would definitely have to recommend.

I liked this as it warmed, it did lose some fruit and gain a light piney bitterness, a solid offering.
I am not as big of a fan of the label, remember mullets, and have little use despite being conservative for war, but think if you get the chance, like it, love it, or hate it, you really should try it.

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Photo of ZachDow7
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not my favorite from FFF, nice tropical notes...bit bitey aftertaste that wasn't as well balanced as most FFF IPA's are...very nice beer none the less

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Photo of kkleu357
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap. Hazy pale body. Huge pungent aroma. Almost like onion. Big hoppy flowery taste. This beer is just about the pungent hop taste. Not much of a malt presence at all. Reminds me of a single summit hop beer I made last year.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

High school in the late '80's were the best! Everything was bigger, flashier, more carefree and lavish. What better beer to celebrate those years than an IPA that does the same (sans cocaine).

But as War Mullet uncaps, it might as well crawl out of the bottle itself. A tight hiss and a turbulent pour eventually settles with a brazen amber-orange hue. Only moderately hazy early but snow globe-like with the second pour as the flakes of yeast float about. Could be a beer that you eat with a spoon. Its head structure is withstanding with ivory froth and its lace is like spiderwebs all about the glass.

Hop dominant to the nose, the common citrus acidity greets the nose but does so with a winy, grassy, and herbal undertow. Its "juiced" up a bit by the understated caramel and honey notes that act as hop support more than a leading role. Its strong hop character is easily mistaken for sourness or tartness as its mere scent evokes a teeth churning behavior.

Tart orange juices, grapefruit juice and the tangy taste of fruit punch and sherbet all play out on the early palate. Its earthy grass taste slices through the fruity acidity with a gin-like, chardonnay-like, and sassafras tea-like taste. All that taste fluidly morphs into a dry bitterness with slim caramel and biscuit malt support that slowly drifts from the tongue and leaves the finish totally reliant upon a grassy-tart and resinous pine closure.

Medium bodied, the beer's beauty lies in its drinkability. Not utterly complex to taste, its own power creates its intrigue. But even as the taste wrestles with its enormity in taste, the texture is inviting and irresistible; causing a quick rate of consumption that's simply not recommended. Gliding over the middle palate, its creamy and semi-sweet upstart concludes with dominant dryness- assisted by alcohol and hops. Despite its alcohol content, its alcohol taste and feel is surprisingly restrained.

Sure, taking this beer down was a look ahead to what's great about the tomorrow of IPA as Three Floyds is on the cusp of hoppy trends. But its label makes me think of the 17-year old would-be BEERchitect. And I miss that world, as my mullet was the pride of Belfry High! Perhaps me and the Mexicans can single handedly bring it back.

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Photo of twoody
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Almost a deep gold cloudy looking brew. Smells like citrus. Doesn't taste at all citrusy though. Interesting round bitterness that dances on the tongue. Relatively smooth finish. 8.5% but doesn't feel overly boozey.

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Photo of NappyB
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%

Good but not quite up to what I've come to expect from 3 Floyds. Nice carbonation and amber color. Hoppiness is quite strong and a bit too bitter for me, but still good with a nice lengthy finish. Overall a good beer but not one I'd go out of my way for with so many others out there.

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War Mullet from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
90 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.