3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #943
Ranked #4,780
4.15 | pDev: 6.75%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: The new combination of American hops in this enigmatic IPA is an instant classic. The very fruity and may we say "juicy" hop character is unrelentingly delicious.

62 IBU
Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 88 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mschrei from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Golden/orange color, healthy head and lacing. Hop forward nose, citrusy notes, mildly dank. Juicy and slightly bitter at the same time. Very West Coast IPA style. Medium bodied, mildly boozy.

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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Giant, and supper fluffy forming off white colored head. Reaches a super tall fistful in height, but with at least not too much out of control character. Quite a clear body, almost West coast like appearances, with lots of soapy and pill like lacing as the beer slowly settles down. Super aggressive, but not too out of kilter and a great looking appearance.

Multi hop claimed bonanza doesn't dissapoint. Lots of things going on here, mostly juiced up weedy notes. Touches very earthy with a mild dank, and just a hint of tropical. Comes out very woody sensing, and very dry it seems. There's even a faint burnt pine sensation, and then gum drop candy like smell to go along with it. Quite varied and complex.

Palate comes in with much fan fare. Juiced up backbone with a faint dank orange flavor but with less citrus notes. Gum drop and earthy sweet tones in the mid palate, with an exceptional mouthfeel that's rich, thick, but not a mess. Aftertaste brings more hop surprises, suddenly the citrus rind explodes with oil and zest, lemon, orange, grapefruit rind finish, nearly drying on the lips and puckering.

This is a real nice bonanza of hop character, and a great change of pace from all the sugar bombing NEIPAs of late.

Jul 25, 2021
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57md from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden straw color with a huge head that is more than two fingers high. The primary notes in the nose are citrus fruits. But, there is also a grassy, earthy essence in the background. The flavor is an interesting blend of citrus fruit and light-bodied grainy malt. The finish is nicely but softly piney.

Jul 24, 2021
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KRug from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/14/21

It's always a pleasure to come back to a new Three Floyds brew after a while. They tend to really nail the balance on their imperial stuff, something that gets lost in translation for many brewers out there. This one is having a bit of a moment, hitting the BA trending list and has been up there for the past few weeks. Let's see if it's worth the hype

Pours a cloudy yellow gold with 3 fingers of soapy white head that slowly fades to a cap and leaves decent lacing

This one seems to take on a more aggressive hoppiness than the rest of their lineup, but it's nice for what it is. I'm picking up on aromas of red grapefruit, orange rind, fresh cut grass, pine sap, caramel malt, and light mango

This one honestly keeps slipping further away from me. The aroma was not balanced per se, but nuanced. The taste is a little too much for my taste in these imperial IPAs. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting pine needles, pithy grapefruit, bready malt, peppery hops, orange rind, and light toast. The swallow brings notes of peppery hops, juniper berry, pithy grapefruit, and piney hops

A medium body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a sharp and biting beer. Finishes mostly dry which helps the less than stellar taste

This one honestly didn't do too much for me. There's a place for these super hoppy beers, but not what I was looking for here. Still, I'll continue to seek out new beers from them

Jul 19, 2021
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can into a teku glass.

Pours a lightly cloudy golden straw color with 2 fingers of frothy off-white head. Very good head retention. Leaves a crown of lacing along the glass.

Very citrusy aroma, with notes of fresh orange, grapefruit and tangerine. There's a bit of peach and blueberry with a very subtle cereal grain note on the back. Floral throughout.

The flavor flips the script a bit, bringing strong notes of peach, pineapple and mango, followed by a hefty amount of citrus. The sweet cereal grain malt is very much present with an earthy, piney finish. Wonderfully balanced.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit slick, but crisp and surprisingly drinkable. Has a cotton dry finish.

Overall I think this is a great DIPA. It's exceptionally well-balanced between the acidic, citrusy flavors and the sweet, tropical flavors; adding plenty of earthy hop bitterness to keep everything in check. The grainy, sweet malt hangs around in the back, but you sure as shit know it's there. Very well done.

Jul 19, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 16 fl. oz. can sampled July 18, 2021.

The appearance is orange-amber underneath a long-lingering off-white head that laces as it fades.

The aroma has an array of hops that encompass pine, tropical fruit, mango, orange, grapefruit, and winding down with a white bread base.

A bit better than medium body.

Bitterness in the taste. That is what I went away with. Not as much liked a modern IPA as a hoppy traditional one.

Jul 18, 2021
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cjeep from Pennsylvania

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

solid entry from a great brewery. wouldn't put it with their best but definitely worth a try.
L: drinking from the can - sharp looking can...
S: sweet citrus. very inviting
T: works reasonably for me although not the strongest suit. starts off with a bit of a bubblegum flavor that doesn't do it for me. moves into some bitterness that i like better.
F: rich, nice.
O: pretty darn good but with some weaknesses.

Jul 18, 2021
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teromous from Virginia

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottom of the can in wide-spaced dot letters and numbers: "PKGD ON 06/15/21 Q0359"

Appearance: The body of the beer is a medium-light gold color with a moderate haze and a lot of small suspended solids. It has a thick, fluffy and rocky, long-lasting white head with very good lacing.

Aroma: It smells a bit like mixture of orange and tangerine with hints of peach and grapefruit. There is a bit of a wildflower aroma.

Taste: Up front there is a gummy peach ring flavor. Towards the middle it picks up a little bit of grain and a touch of alcohol with a bit more of that peach character coming through. Towards the back of the mouth there is a light bit of grapefruit character.

Mouthfeel: It is a lighter bodied beer that is easy to drink. Bitterness is medium to medium-low depending on the sip, but it feels very light in bitterness. A stickiness builds around the lips while drinking the beer.

Overall: The beer has some decent flavors and aromas that feel very gentle and soft paired with the low bitterness and the light texture of the beer. The writing on the can states that this is a "DOUBLE IPA" and that it "BRINGS TO LIFE FRUITY AND JUICY HOP CHARACTERISTICS." It definitely has a fruity and juicy hop character which is nice, but the bitterness feels very low and it doesn't ever feel like a Double IPA. Knowing what this beer is now, I could drink it again to substitute for a juicy IPA rather than a Double IPA. I would only recommend it if you're looking for something light and juicy that isn't a New England IPA or if you're looking to see what a 3 Floyds Double IPA is like. I would recommend picking it up as a single first if you can.

Jul 17, 2021
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Stooven from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is exceptional. With all the old bomber classics FFF has revived lately (Apocalypse, Panzer, Dreadnaught) I can honestly say this ranks among them. And I'm not just typing that because I am tired of hazies and DDH beers.

Jul 14, 2021
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.73/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sixteen ounce four pack copped from Bottle King in Morris Plains. Pours a bright golden hue with maximum frothing. Extremely assertive aroma replete with strong notes of fresh pears and ripe citrus. Flavor is full and pronounced - bursting with tones redolent of apricot and fresh green grapes. Outstanding stuff. Recommended.

Jul 13, 2021
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Beers-es from Virginia

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a slightly hazy deep gold. Big frothy white head, decent lacing. Smell and taste are dominated by a Mosaic-type berry, along with some earthy dank notes. Good beer.

Jul 10, 2021
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BB1313 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 6/17/21. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours golden with a subtle haze; big fluffy eggshell white head that falls slowly leaving great thick retention and sticky frothy lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of tropical and floral notes. Lots of pineapple along with some watermelon. Some malts. The flavors follow the nose. More pineapple and watermelon. Some grapefruit in the mix. More floral notes. Some fresh grass. Really nice hop flavors. Decent bitterness. Subtle sweetness. Malts do their thing. Finishes juicy. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. It's extremely fluffy, slightly creamy, smooth and easy to drink.

This is a pretty nice brew. They're calling this one a Double IPA, but it can obviously pass for a regular IPA. Either way, this one has really nice hop aromas and flavors. Well done. I really like it.

Jul 03, 2021
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gatornation from Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed light golden color with good head and lacing ,look great. Smell is fruity juicy and tropical a bit of greasy scents. Taste is fruity with oranges ,grapefruit melon and passion fruit. Mouth feel is sweet juicy with a fair amount of pine bitterness , some caramel malts to balance . The bitterness was very good in this ale.

Jul 02, 2021
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned on 06-14-21.

A - Medium orange gold color with dense soapy lacing. The overall appearance starts out slightly hazy but migrates to clear as the beer starts to warm.

S - Balanced aroma with sweet malt and light citrus / tropical fruit on the nose, there's a bit of a residual cereal grain aroma as well.

T - This one is well balanced straight through. Sweet malt base with a tropical fruit presence that starts out subtle and eventually builds momentum to a sweet, resiny tropical fruit that lingers long after the sip. Buried far below is an ever so slight cereal grain residue.

M - Thick and silky soft with some stickiness on the lips.

O - This beer is evolving as I work through the can. The resin slowly starts to build and approaches cloying (but doesn't quite get there - thankfully - but very close). The lingering aftertaste is better than the sip.

Jul 02, 2021
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kwakwhore from North Carolina

4.44/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Loght golden, barely hazy pour with floaties.
Strong citrus on the nose and on the tongue. Strong hop presence in the flavors. Juicy grapefruit and quite bitter for a beer that calls itself hazy. This beer is s hard yes in my book.

Mar 11, 2020
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Tilley4 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super juicy and hazy.... what I really like about it is that it has an aggressive finish unlike many others of the style.

It's almost like an old school West Coast IPA that has been hazed up.

Lots of pineapple and mango... super flavorful and that bitterness just reminds you that you're drinking a great IPA..

Highly recommended!

Dec 06, 2019
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm trying this beer at Bodegas in La Crosse, Wisconsin. It poured a slightly hazy orangish with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had citrus fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with citrus peel presence and a bitter citrus finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Sep 21, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with a two finger creamy white head. Huge amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma tangeirne, grapefruit and piney hops.

T - The taste is tangerine, orange peel, lemon, grapefruit, bready malts and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Soft mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Another tasty offering from FFF.

Jun 20, 2019
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - slight haze tannish yellow color good skimming and a white head
Smell - tropical fruit cocktail
Taste - like the scent but pretty bitter in a good way
Feel - medium body juicy lighter crisp carb
Overall - tasty

May 08, 2019
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Flickib41 from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml bottle, which is unique, into a tulip glass. Poured a hazy yellow with about an inch of foam. Get mango and pineapple on the nose and the taste follows it. Really nice beer from a great brewery.

Apr 18, 2019
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zebra6331 from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! This is juicy but still has the signature 3Floyds taste. I like that it still taste like beer, even with getting knocked down with pineapple and mango. Just excellent.

Feb 25, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tasted in a snifter from draft at Consume on January 2, 2019. The new combination of American hops in this enigmatic IPA is an instant classic. The very fruity and may we say "juicy" hop character is unrelentingly delicious.

Feb 05, 2019
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joe1510 from Illinois

3.96/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz Stubby
$20 4-Pack
Three Floyd's Kiosk

CheerTeam is one of those juicy looking beers but not one of those liquid cardboard looking beers. It's hazy, glowing apricot orange. It glows like sunrise when backlit. The clean white foam rises easily on the pour, to two fingers in height. That head sticks around for a while and even after fading, and drinking, leaves chunky globs of lacing stuck to the glass. For being one of those hazy concoctions, it looks pretty tasty.

The nose is slammed with citrus and tropical notes. Apricot, both fresh and dried, kick things off in a big way. A veritable fruit salad complete with pineapple, tangerines, and guava. Even a splash of mango pops up on the backend. Deep pulls bring about candied orange and grapefruit peel and some pithiness, bright and vibrant. It's a little Lucky Charms chalky, in a complimentary way. It's appetizing, but with little to zero malt base.

Again, the apricot is giant and bold, a bold giant. I love that apricot note and Floyd's seems to grab it in a lot of their beverages. The fruit salad comes next; ripe pineapple, underripe mango, guava, and tangerine all play their role. The citrus is on the backend again with candied orange and grapefruit peel and a sprinkle of lime zest. This is a densely packed beer but each individual flavor manages to find it's own nook 'n' cranny, with apricot ruling the roost.

This guy has a weight a tick over moderate on front with a round fullness. As it works its way over the tongue it lightens up and brings a touch of airiness. The carbonation eventually brings some prickliness while a soft sweetness lingers on the finish and is met with a light bitterness that manages to balance out the swallow. I'd still only drink one of these at a time but it's much easier to put away than most of those hazy things labeled beer.

Floyd's did a nice job with this beverine. Maximum hop exposure with that great apricot component. It's massively citric and tropical while containing some bitterness and a level of drinkability. I'd buy this on occasion.

Jan 28, 2019
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy=check. IPA check. Pours goldena s luscious. Head is white with lots of lacing. Closer to IPA than NE Style IPA in my opinion. Good to great beer.

Jan 06, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Like most facets of success, a bandwagon soon gathers around. And as the Three Floyds Brewing Company sees their momentum swing to the juicier side, they assemble their own cheer team with slightly NEIPA-ish ale that won't concede defeat.

Pouring like a thin orange juice, the appearance of screwdriver cocktails draw in the eye ahead of a radiant fruit filled perfume of citronella, light tropical fruit and a mild herbal medley. Gentle on the palate, a cereal laced taste of light caramel, whole wheat and honey suggest something of mildpastry dough.

Focused simply on citrus leading hops, a juicy and vine ripened character of oranges spring to life with a boost from succulent and tangy red grapefruit never far behind. Supporting suggestions of honeydew, mango, apricot and lemon add a pep of complexity before a discernible more bitter taste of grapefruit, pepper and pine comes in late on the palate.

Medium bodied, creamy and resinous with bitterness, the beer finishes much more West Coast-like with a mild herbal complement of fresh pine, green tea and sassafras underneath the bold grapefruit peel, medium long linger.

Jan 05, 2019
CheerTeam from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 88 ratings