Quaanto | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
There's nothing like Quaanto... except more Quaanto. A triple IPA.

100 IBU

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 115
Photo of c014572
3.22/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice dank copper color. Aroma of apricots. Flavor of.. wham... extreme bitterness that will not subside through the finish. I love FFF high ABV beers and heavy dry-hopping, but this is way too hop-forward for me.

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Photo of joe1510
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bottle
Three Floyd's Kiosk

Quaanto ain't too shabby looking. It's bright, glowing really, apricot orange that somehow manages to get even brighter where the glass widens... A dusty white, dish soap foam forms on the pour, irregular bubbled and crackling. The head slowly fades to a chunky halo with some whispy islands throughout. It looks ready to get thrown down the hatch.

Oh, man. That's a three Floyd's beer. A tremendous mix of tropical fruit and citrus make the hop profile of this beer incredibly complex along the lines of some of their best. A smattering of papaya and spicy guava kick it off but never hold still. Underripe pineapple and gobs of grapefruit in all its forms come next. All these aromas are fluid and ever moving, morphing. There's even an undercurrent of dank forest and old leather. A soft alcoholic note of turpentine actually becomes addictive. That guava grows over time. Mild caramel and biscuit maltiness make for a sturdy base., even some toffee flashes through.

The flavor profile of this beer has just about as much depth as the nose but the vibrancy falls a tad short of that high bar. You could take what I mentioned above, about the nose, and place it right here as the descriptor for the flavor. The only difference is that the flavor is coupled with gobs of dried apricots as well which helps make up for that tiny loss of vibrancy in the transition.

This is a monster of a beverage but it drinks like slightly less of a monster of a beverage. The body actually weighs in a touch over moderate but there's an active effervescence at work that brings about a good frothiness helping push away any residual sweetness that may have considered sticking around. This beer is brash and bitter and those massive IBUs also help scourge any sugars with bad intentions, as a matter of fact, this beer finishes dry as a bone. Danger, danger.

Quaanto is bordering on absurd. By that I mean the unbelievable quality, depth, and cleanliness of a 12.5% triple IPA. This just doesn't happen. It's hugely vibrant, bitter, and dry. It's hugely drinkable, dangerous, and delicious. When this beer is around I will buy it from this point forward.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.39/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of the Quaanto. It poured a clear copper with white head that did not leave a lace. The scent was nice as most ipas from 3F are. Nice orange peel spice. The taste was most unfortunate....way...way to sweet for me. Did not enjoy. The Mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it's worth a try but I did not like it.

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Photo of jwhancher
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn't realize this was a triple IPA until I read reviews on BA. With that being said, this beer is oddly likable. Big and boozy with a sugar like sweetness, but with enough hop character to give off tropical fruit aromas & flavors. Pineapple, orange, melon, strawberries, mango....very fruity. Similar to other 3F beers, it seems to have enough caramel malt presence to make it stick out from today's west coast IPA's. Nicely done and definitely glad to have tried. Thanks M&D for picking this up from the source!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft: Poured a light amber color ale with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of huge floral notes with some citrusy notes and piney notes. Taste is a huge mix of citrusy floral notes with some piney notes and some residual sugar notes with absolutely no bitterness. Body is full with nice creamy texture and good carbonation. Never tasted such IIPA with loads of floral aroma, no bitterness and just lovely perfume notes.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Slightly hazy amber color with a dense, thin lacing ring, massively thick on the sides of the glass with massive legs.

S - Candy sweet malt with faded tropical fruit.

T - Faded candy fruit and sweet toffee malt with some bright citrus rind bitterness on the back end. Some booziness but fairly well hidden for 12.5%.

M - Heavy, thick, viscous, sticky, velvety.

O - This bottle has a few months on it and drinking more like a Barleywine at this point.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours with no almost no head. It's color is a clear, burnt orange. Aroma is a rich, perfumey mixture of sweet candied orange hops. Smells super sweet. Alcoholic. Sugar candy hop elixir. The richest of rich in terms of texture and sweetness. On par with an Imperial Stout or Barleywine. Precociously sweet. Booze blast on the back end. Heating alcohol is actually pleasant because there is so much of it. This beer is likely 13,000 calories. Hops are sweet and citrusy. Too much. One bomber will dethrone my senses.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is insane. It smells just like any other FFF big IPA, with tons of hops and a fruity aroma, but the flavor ...... is unlike anything I've ever tasted. Somehow, it's simultaneously so bitter that you feel like your tongue is being burnt off and so sweet and fruity you swear you must be drinking the syrup left over in a fruit cocktail can. I don't know if I'd call it great, but this beer is worth seeking out for the uniqueness alone.

Update: I tried 120 Minute IPA for the first time last week, and it's the only thing I can compare to Quaanto. In fact, I think 120 Minute may have been what FFF was going for with this one. Quaanto is a little bit more extreme (both on the bitter and sweet ends), but it's the only remotely comparable beer I've had.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Gold amber with a ring of bubbly foam and some drooping lace.

Strong, pungent hop aromas of allium and mint. Juicy fruits come through too, not necessarily all tropical, but I found that more on the tongue than the nose. Acidic bright and explosive.

With the heavy bitter bite, you don't expect such an extreme, creamy mouthfeel which this beer provides.

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Photo of 1Nrwyscotch
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dark Lord Day in plastic cup.
A. It looks good almost orange and had a small head.
S. The smell was absent any Hops and very sweet.
T. This is where it lost me, very much like a sweet liquor or cough syrup, too sweet for me.
F. thick syrup like
O. Its just not my cup of tea, Ive had some other triple's that have been pretty tasty so would try this beer again in a different setting.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark copper and amber hues with a thin 2mm white foamy head; minimal lacing and soapy looking retention
S: Peaches, nectarines, mangoes and other sweet fruits on the nose with a subtle dankness
T: Dense abundance of peach ring candies with the remnant juices of canned pineapples; on the finish sweet bready malt is evident and greets you with the subtleties of a punch in the face
F: Viscous. This has the mouthfeel that would give some stouts a run for their money. You can literally chew this like gum.
O: This was a really fun triple to try and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm not sure if Quaanto is destined for fame and glory on the Top 250, but it is worth seeking out for the novelty alone. This was one of the thickest non-stout beers I've ever had and the ample sweetness and citrus flavors pushed it over the edge. Truly unlike any other beer I've ever had.

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Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours an opaque dark orange with an inch of thick foamy white head.
S - Fairly strong peach/mango aroma.
T - First thing that hits you is a big big big honey-like sweetness. Bready and malty without much bitterness.
M - Mouth feel is a little syrupy. Carbonation is medium.
O - This is easily the sweetest DIPA/IPA I've ever tasted. It takes a little getting used to. But half way thru my first glass I was liking it. I would not drink it everyday, but I am glad I got 2 bottles.

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark copper, white head, lots of carbonation. Smell is heavy malts, fair hoppy aroma, pine, resin. Taste is very heavy malt, way too much malt and not enough hops. Unbalanced.

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Photo of brewskis
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, almost turbid, golden orange color with a finger of a white head. Reminds me of an east coast juice IPA.

Aroma is very juicy. Get juicy pineapple (tons of it), mango, kiwi, and peach. Touch of dankness too. Definitely a sugary sweetness and a very light breadiness from the malt. Surprisingly not that boozy given the very high abv.

Taste explodes with juicy tropical fruits up front. Get pineapple, peach, and mango juice when combined with the sugary sweet malt. Mid-palate is more of the same with some dankness creeping in as well as some bready malt. The finish doesn't really dry out much at all like your typical hoppy beer. The sugary sweetness sticks around, which is necessary to balance out the booziness that comes through on the end. More of the tropical and peach juice is there on the finish too.

High medium body. Smooth carbonation, somewhat creamy, and slick. Very oily, pretty sticky, and boozy (hot) finish, which is not surprising for the abv.

I was hoping FFF would start making some different hoppy beers and they have heeded that call. For the huge abv at 12.5%, this is a very well-executed beer. An excellent triple IPA.

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Photo of Dlf7431
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled on the 10/15, drank on 10/31.

This is a massive beer, aroma, taste, mouthfeel, all top of the line. Intense fruit nose and flavor.

Could this be a the triple version of Permanent Funeral?

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Photo of Jradziew
4.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up from the brewery - bottle never went warm. Bottled on the 15th and drank on the 29th. I had my first about a week in, but the second week the beer was even better. Really quite close to perfect for a triple ipa.

Wow. Really juicy and tropical hop profile - not very typical of a 3 floyds pale ale. This was a glorious beer to drink. Just a touch of boozy heat, but it is covered up nicely by the tropical fruit bursting out of the initial sips. Really nice.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - The beer was a golden yellow color with a soft white head.

Smell - The beer smells of fresh picked oranges and other citrus fruits.

Taste - My taste buds exploded. I detected fresh peaches, pineapple, grapefruit and perhaps kiwi. There is mild resin. The malts lay a sweet backbone that is almost syrupy. The sweetness lingers, sticking to the tongue and sides of the mouth.

Mouthfeel - Thick, almost syrupy in texture.

Overall - Seek this beer. 3 Floyds, make more.

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Photo of mradamhimself
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Edit: Had in bottle at home and liked it way better all around...seemed less hot/boozy and the fruity aromas and flavors really popped on the second go 'round. I noted mango and apricot - pretty heavy mouthfeel, but that's nice for the punch it pack. I updated my original scores of 4 / 4 / 3.75 / 4 / 4 ... I don't know why it didn't do it for me as much on draft...I was starving at the time, so that could've played in.

Had on draught at Three Floyds brew pub 10/16/2015 in small tumbler glass. Definitely had the IBUs, but not as much of the aromatics as I expected. Also slightly 'hotter' or boozier than I am used to 3F IPAs being. Still, one of the few triple IPAs I've ever had, and very enjoyable.

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Photo of fredmugs
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Another great over the top hop bomb from Three Floyds. Huge citrus aroma and a taste matching the 100+ IBUs. The only knock for me, if there is one, is that it was a little too thick on the mouth feel.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I have ever tasted. Super smooth, quite sweet with some citrus and bitter after taste. The high alcohol content is masked/balanced well with the complexity of flavors. Get your hands on it while you can

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