Pear Bear
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #81
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
96
Ranked #791
Avg:
4.35 | pDev: 8.74%
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
334
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  68
Gots
  73
SCORE
96
World-Class
Pear BearPear Bear
Notes: American wild ale brewed with pears.
Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 334 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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krh from Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

World Class? Nonsense. I didn't drain pour it, but finished the bottle with a puckered face. First beer I've wondered if I got a bad batch in a long time, but more likely the yeast went wild on purpose.

Aug 29, 2021
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

World Class? Are you for real? Maybe years ago. IDK, what I do know is this is an one note, wood, sour. Thanks goodness, only paid $6 for 4, Oh, that's why it's give away pricing, because it fucking stinks. Yes, it's sour, and passable as beer 3 of this AM's session, as I don't drain pour anything, but if I did, this would be an candidate. I bought it, even $6 for 4, I'll drink it. It is strong, but very off putting, at best. Beware the sale, sometimes.

Aug 07, 2021
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Holderness from Massachusetts

2.99/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L -- Pours a moderately hazy tawny amber body with zero head to speak of, even with an aerated pour. It's not that it's not carbonated, there is just no head retention. Looks like a homebrew cider...
S -- A lot of lacto sour coming through alongside pear, with a hint of funk, green apple, and wheat
T -- Has a real citric acid sourness to it. Whatever yeast profile they're using is too clean/one-dimensional in its sourness, which gives it no personality. The pear is there, but it's mostly this generic, warheads-like tartness
F -- Medium- mouthfeel, medium+ carb. Lightly puckering
O -- Meh

60/100

Jun 13, 2021
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NCSapiens from Indiana

4.07/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear apricot golden yellow color. Disappointing lack of foam. The thin and tiny white head that is there quickly dissipates away completely. Pungent sour aroma is quite nice. The taste is quite sour, but not overly so. Sweet notes of apple and pear provide balance and complexity. Overall a solid sour beer.

Mar 22, 2021
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Clear, amber/golden-hued, slim white head.

In the nose: Sour, funky, fruity. Ripe. Rank. There's pears in there.

In the mouth: Pow! Sweetness meets the sour. Big puckeration. Medium bodied. Long, sour finish. Juicy. Tangy. Wild and crazy. Not a lot of pear flavor, per se, but damn, the sour is in power. Terrific tart. Funky stuff. Slightly hot. 8% is high for a sour, and I can dig it.

Oct 17, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good head production and decent retention. Body is a dark orange color, hazily translucent.

Wonderfully sour nose! There isn't much impression of pear; whatever is there is lost in the vinegar/apple/pear sour blend, along with hints of flowers, honey, and a bit of funk. Really intriguing!

I was prepared for a puckering sourness on the palate - and this beer did not disappoint. Vinegar, tannins, slight oak-like mustiness, a touch of caramel malt. Pear is actually noticeable on the back half; finish is again quite sour.

Not a fully puckering experience, but it's definitely not a beginner's sour. It's somewhere in between a pure and fruited sour; the pear is there, but it's not the focus.

Oct 03, 2020
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - fantastic amber copper color which also look thick with a slight head
Smell - very tart sour sweet wild scent. Hard to say pear but very interesting
Taste - candied tart Bartlett pear
Feel - lots of thick body and a medium carbonation and pretty dry
Overall - really fantastic beer

Sep 02, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of JohnnyHops.
Appearance - yellow gold color with nice carbonation and a fluffy white head
Smell - sour, pears.
Taste - tart, pear, green apples, yogurt, funk, oak, vanilla.
Mouthfeel - mustiness, sour, dry finish. Tart sour burn through the nose.
Overall - I agree with Johnny, This Is probably the best sour by Three Floyds. At least that I’ve had thus far. I feel like the top sours are generally the same fruits, pears changes it up a bit, and totally works. No joke, despite goofy names and labels this is the real deal.

Aug 13, 2020
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly tart wild ale, nice pear and apple flavors and another strong showing by the great 3 Floyds. 7/17/20 printed on bottle. Pours a hazy darker yellow color with some fluffy white head and small rings of slowly fading lingering lacing. Smells of tart pear and apple, malt, bread, fainter berries. Taste follows the nose, good balance, fairly tart and puckering, a little musty. Smooth mild slightly thin mouthfeel, great carbonation. Not too bad at all!

Aug 10, 2020
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Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been wanting to try this for awhile, so seeing it in 4 packs, I had to pick it up.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with minimal heat retention.
A: Big sour pear with some acidity. Quite intense.
T: A sour bite up front leads into the tart pear notes. Being a fan of pear this is most enjoyable.
F: Lingers well with a nice dry finish. Doesn't feel like 8% either.
O: This is another really good source from 3F. Can't go wrong with this one!

Aug 10, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/25/15; drank 10/10/15 @ Harvest Hop Haus.

Opaque light yellow appearance.

Minimal white head; minimal lace.

Tart pear notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pear & lemon flavors up front; a tart (but not punishing) finish

Jul 11, 2019
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On the tart end of many sours and I love it! The peach is unique for me. But it’s not the only flavor happening. It’s still a complex beer with good carbonation on my tongue that lasts. I will always get this when I see it. Don’t pass on it even though it can be expensive.

Mar 25, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Burnt orange clear pour with no head at all. Sour candied pear fills the nose, with some wood tannins, sour yeast, sweeter funk and acidic lemon. Taste is whimsical, with sour candied pear leading the slight wood, lemon, lime, a dash of salt, and big gummy bear flavors. Feel has decent malt profile for a sour, so very smooth, puckering sour and cumulative sweet acidity. Fun sour dessert beer

Feb 22, 2019
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amsett10 from Indiana

4.92/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sour notes immediately after opening the bottle and pouring. Huge pear notes upon first taste which remain as an after taste. A great sour by Three Floyd’s!

Jan 25, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy dark golden hue with a thick one finger head that fades to leave thin wisps.

S - Big aromas of pear gummy candies, pear nice, tart, almost saison like. Good light funk going on.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of sweeter malts. Nice juicy pears, really nice tartness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, not really flemmy. Quite pleasant.

O - Overall this was a solid wild with really pleasant fruit notes.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 22, 2018
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud
Light fizzy head, almost no retention, little lacing, hazy orange golden color

Nose sour funk, tart little flemmy funky, acidic, stone fruit, mild vanilla cookie malt, loads of pear and fruity gummy

Taste More funky sour, tart and quite acidic, big juicy pear, pear skin and flesh, tree fruit notes, tangy mild acidic, touch phenolic solventy on the finish, but dry

Mouth is med bod, fair acidity, decent fizzy carb

Overall pretty nice, other than the solventy phenolic, actually so solventy I can't drink it

Dec 22, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold-amber with a short white blanket that settles to a thin creamy collar and a persistently bubbly central surface.

Smell is cracker, pear, white raspberry, and blue cheese.

Taste is that good ole classic FFF sour, but I don't think it's overboard and damn have I had some powerfully sour beers. This straddles the line but not too closely, bringing flavors of tart pear and green apple with toasted cracker and a surprisingly distinct character of blue cheese which I would never expect from FFF's mostly cleaner, one-dimensional portfolio of sours. It's also brightly floral at times.

Feel is moderate with a crisp effervescence and a perfectly semi-dry finish. They absolutely nailed this 2018 redux, nothing wrong with it at all.

Dec 02, 2018
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.21/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot nectar color with a billowy two finger head; a few shards stick to the teku

Smell: Funky, leathery and acetic tartness; the fruit is hard to identify as being pear, specifically

Taste: Bread and fruit forward, with the pear and green apple making a sweet entrance for a moment, on the tip of the tongue; it doesn't take long for the acetic sourness to wallop the tastebuds, though there is a lactic hint, after the swallow; very puckery, in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation; a tongue tingler

Overall: I suspect this beer may have had more fruit when younger, judging by some of the older reviews; while I would prefer the fruit to be more intense, this is still a good sour, and I mean sour

Thanks, darktronica, for the opportunity

Apr 14, 2017
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ccg from Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: clear yellow, minimal head. 4.0

Smell: light vinegar, bit of earthiness, fruit. 4.0

Taste: also a hint of earthiness and some vinegar. I think I'm getting pear also, but it's so overpoweringly tart that it's difficult to tell. It's kind of like lemon juice. 3.5

Mouthfeel: light and refreshing on the tongue. 3.75

Overall: I respect what they're doing with this beer, and it has a great smell and interesting flavors, but the overwhelming tartness makes it difficult to drink. 3.75

Jun 24, 2016
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange hue with a thin foam head
S: Pear, Apple with a hint of funk
T: Sour Apple with pear an underlying hint of plum
MF: a little pucker and fruits clean flavors. No hint of alcohol.
O: this is a tremendous pear sour. Puckeringly sour and complex.

Jun 24, 2016
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SPLITGRIN from Kentucky

4.61/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer shows that Three Floyd's sour program has some incredible potential. This is by far the best sour beer that I have had from these guys. The flavors of this beer are nicely complex and include white melon and briny fruit tones. The mouth feel as long and wonderful and the finish is nicely dry. I would definitely seek this beer out again.

Apr 16, 2016
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SoxFan from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

maybe this isn't a fair rating, in that i'm not huge into sours... look and smell had me interested, and i've had 2 other FFF sours that i really enjoyed. this one was just too much. enamel removing tartness. i could pick up the pear and white grape flavors, but couldn't get through the 1/2 bottle pour of it. maybe my palette just isn't ready...

Mar 13, 2016
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stortore from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours golden yellow, a little cloudy, no head or lacing. Smell is sour, tart, some funk, yeast, pears, some lemon, a little white grape. Taste pretty much lines up with the nose-sour, tart, not as funky as the nose, pears, more lemon than the nose, white grapes, a little apple. Smooth, good body.

The pears are definitely noticeable, which is pretty different. Good amount of sourness and tartness, enjoyable to drink. Good beer, but overall, nothing outstanding.

Feb 18, 2016
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a yellow star color with visible carbonation and a bubbly white head.

Smell - The nose is a very acidic sour.

Taste - My first impression is the tartness of this sour. I detect notes of pear, green apples, and pixie sticks. The wheat notes lay a nice backbone. The tartness lingers before a clean finish.

Mouthfeel - I enjoyed the mustiness that clings to the wheat and sour notes.

Overall - This probably the best sour by Three Floyds.

Feb 08, 2016
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. Clear medium golden color with thick white head that fades slowly. Sour apple n pear aroma. Very tart taste, like a sour apple jolly rancher, hangs on the tongue way after the sip. Medium crisp mouthfeel. This was different, good in small doses.

Jan 18, 2016
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