3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #3
Ranked #4,662
4.05 | pDev: 9.88%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Notes: A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU
Reviews: 386 | Ratings: 1,369 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of BSChief
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just simply a wonderful beer. Definitely not a session brew -- this one is for sipping and enjoying more slowly. For all the hops it boasts, it also possesses outstanding balance.

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Photo of VABA
4.04/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice copper color with a generous head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malty hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malty flavor
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A good take on the English style IPA

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Photo of Franziskaner
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored with a half inch of creamy and dense tan head. The aroma is of a hint of smoke and earthy hops. The flavor presents bold earthy hops, smoke, and finishes with a touch of vegetation and coppery and slightly dark malt. The mouth is dry, lightly resinous and sticky.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Burnt amber with a white foam that dies to a thin blanket leaving bumpy lace.

Smell is corn, grapefruit, lime and fruity apple, with taste bringing graham, grapefruit, spicy pine and green tea via a frothy, crisp body and dry finish.

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Photo of BierRunner
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't had an English IPA in a while. Nice malty flavor with a nicely balanced bitterness but no pine or spruce. Very refreshing with a nice effervescence and a long finish.

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: slight sweet malt, alcohol notes with a spiced hop forward flavor. Nose has complicated hops and some boozy aroma. Deep amber/gold, somewhat opaque, tall foam head with delicate lace. Medium body

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Ale with nice amber color. Malty and citrus aroma and taste. Very smooth mouth feel and a nice clean finish. Poured into tasting glasses and had a nice head and lacing. Looking forward to the next bottle.

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

Bottled 5/2/14; drank 5/24/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Clear, bright orange hue.

Cream-colored head; thick lace.

Mild blood orange & green peppercorn nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dry wood, light caramel & faint citrus flavor; sharply bitter finish. Too bitter for me; drinkable but easily forgettable.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, with bottled-on date rubbed off, into faceted mug. In 3 Floyds' hands, all English ingredients and toasted oak aging produce an "Imperial" English IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Bottled On 05/03/16. My pour left about a half inch in the bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a big head that fades fairly slowly. Moderate amount of fine carbonation. Smell is grassy, slightly funky, moderate amount of spice, some biscuity maltiness. Some hints of citrus.

Taste is heavy on the bitter, a tiny amount of banana flavor that kind of comes across as yeasty funk, heavy on the bitter, something vaguely chocolatey, and heavy on the bitter.

Mouthfeel is dry but full. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottled 5/3/2016. Served in a Three Floyds teku glass.

Pours a dark caramel-orange body, slight amber hue, two finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. A nice looking beer, a bit darker than expected. Smells of rich toffee, floral notes, marmalade, a big bite of citrus. Essentially what I was expecting from a Three Floyds' take on the English IPA style. It does have a heavy American influence with the citrus and grapefruit. Flavour is similar, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone, lots of orange marmalade, lemon and citrus. Lingering citrus and marmalade bitterness. A very nice beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, nice substantial feel, mild-moderate bitterness that lingers for a while. Good stuff. Overall, it took a while until I found the first bottle that wasn't already a month old, but I'm glad to have finally had this one. A nice, Floyds-centric American take on the English style IPA.

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Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, only slowly settling and leaving large steaks of chunky lacing behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with grassy resins and subtle pine along with sweet caramel malt and delicate oak. The oak adds another layer of complexity without overwhelming the the hop and malt notes. Some dry char and earthy wood which compliments the floral/earthy hop notes and sticky reins. Sweeter malt backbone with toffee, biscuit, caramel and dark fruit. Really nice combo of hops, malt and oak in the nose.

Flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma but a bit more complex. Much stronger hop profile than the nose suggests with dank, earthy hop bitterness and resinous oils countered by a sweet malt backbone and dry toasted oak. Again, the oak really stands out without overpowering the other notes. This adds another layer of complexity while complimenting the dry bitterness of the hop profile. Pine, grassy resins, and spruce tip followed by caramel, toffee, toast and dark fruit. Oak comes on strong toward the end of the palate contributing to the dry finish. The high ABV is very well masked making this flavorful and complex beer deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another 3F IPA, this time with an English Twist.

Pours a transparent orange color, decent head, smells like citrus fruits, pine, even some herbs, sweet malt, flavors taste much the same. Good balance of sweet malt & hops. Perfect carbonation.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/3...brewery bomber. Pours rusty cloudy orange copper. Thick white foam sits on top and laces. Pine tinged nose. Floral/citrus too. Taste is a fantastic malty hop blend. Peppery close. Chewy mouthfeel. Bitter burn at the close.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to August for procuring this -enjoyed from a tulip the bomber shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is medium amber with thick haze and substantial head with good retention and fine bead with lace that sticks with wispy pattern. The smell has slight caramel odor with light fruity yeast and mild herbal hop aroma with subtle alcohol in the initial smell with a light woody aspect. The feel has a great balance with moderately full carbonation and semi-spicy hop with bitter middle and light sweetness with dry quality in the finish with mild alcohol in the background.

The taste is very good with a nice balance of malt with herbal hops with a peppery quality and wood in the taste with light caramel element and slight oaky quality with gentle hint of stone fruit and tangy yeast flavor with dry toasted malt character that blends well with the wood treatment and yeast with a slight alcohol flavor in the dry hoppy finish with a good amount of wood as it warms. Overall this is a good Engllish style with wood aging I was not sure what to expect but very good with respect shown for the original style with a good woody/hoppy combination and moderately low alcohol in the flavor I was pleasantly surprised but this is a good Hop forward beer from 3 floyds as usual.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown-orange, solidly cloudy with even some sediment on the bottom. Voluminous soapy head and dots of lace. Kickass bottle art.

S & T: The malt is predominant on the nose. Toffee, followed by orange peel. Quite alluring. Orange, mango, and pine are first detected on the palate but quickly overcome by caramel malt, wood without any of the boozey characteristic of a whiskey barrel, mild nutty toffee flavor. Orange peel returns on the finish. Bitter but also perfectly balanced by sweetness. Really incredible.

M: Full bodied, smooth smooth smooth. Faintest carbonation doesn't disturb the heavy body.

O: I was not expecting an unheralded shelf beer to be this good. I admittedly do not know what an historic English IPA should taste like, but from what I imagine, and what I'm told on the bottle, this is exactly it, and what's more, it's also modernly delicious. Plenty of hop flavor, a moderate and appropriate showing of hop range, and the malt and wood gives it fantastic complexity, depth, and balance. This is a balaced way to get a hop fix without drinking some off-kiler gimmicky hop-centric brew. Would not mind a re-visitation!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold to amber under a clingy 2” foam collar that leaves delicate lace.
S: It smells like an English IPA with spicy sticky malts and grassy, earthy hops.
T: The malty sweetness, spice and light breadiness congregate in the body with more hop grass and earthiness in the foam providing a taste journey as the foam assimilates into the body.
F: Medium body and medium low carbonation that is very soft.
O: This is a great beer that improves as it warms. Let the bottle sit out for half an hour or so before opening.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nose was lacking for a 3 floyds brew, but ithan that, i think this one is representative of the style. classic orange color when poured into the glass, leaving a small, whitish head and minimal lacing. nose is earthy, and almost pumpkin-like, with more of the caramel, biscuit maltiness prevailing. the bottle i received is 2 months past its "enjoy by" date, so this may be a factor. on the palate the beer brings some light lemon hops alongside herbalness and more of the full bodied malt. solid, chewy mouthfeel. hints of milk chocolate on the end for some reason - maybe the light barrel aging. different than the standard ipa offerings from these deranged, maniacally metal brewing fanatics, but not a bad bottle to pick up.

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Photo of Tilly
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Real nice hazy amber/ golden pour with a luscious white head.
Aromas of some of the better IPA's. Florals, hops, citrus and some fresh bread.
Taste of hops, citrus, florals and nice clean bread.
Mouth feel is crisp, clean with a slight amount of bitterness.
Not one of 3 Floyd's best, bit a nice English style IPA. WELL DONE!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avery nice amber color with a subtle hop presence and malty aroma. Taste is well balanced with a smooth malty backbone, Overall a really well done IPA. Really enjoyed this

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of biscuit and caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the malts are a little stronger than the hops, the latter of which contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Slight bits of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never really been a big fan of English IPAs so this is literally one of the last offerings from 3-F's that I haven't tried until now.

A - Deep orange color. Clear with huge white head and strong lacing.

S - Strong hop fragrance with a significant citrus hop aroma. There is some of the herbal and dank notes but still more citrus than an other English IPA I've had before. Not as hoppy as any of the other 3-F's beers but still a very hop forward beer. There is some fruity characters from the yeast and a malt presents.

T - Very similar to the smell but with more of the citrus hop character. The sweet malt is first on the tongue and then in the middle there is the full hop flavor with citrus, herbal, and some dank notes. I'm not picking up any floral hops which is very good to me. The fruity esters are in the background too from the yeast. The hop bitterness is there and adds to the hoppiness of the beer but is pretty mild in comparison to some of their beers. Overall hop forward but don't expect to be stunned by this one.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation tries to make it a little lighter and is an easy drinker.

Overall, the best of the style that I've had but it isn't my favorite style nor do I think that this beer is the most stylistic. It seems like a jerked over version on an American IPA that is sweeter, fruitier, and mild bitterness. I liked it but for $12 a bomber I would pass this one up. Try Alpha King first and then if you can't find something else to peek your interest try this one.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
Pours a dark gold color with big white head. Fairly thick cap never goes away.
Flavor is bready, malty, definitely not an American IPA. Complexity really comes out as beer warms. Touch of grapefruit on the finish
Creamy mouth feel, which not how I usually describe an IPA.
Good stuff. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of stewart124
4.34/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottled 05.04.15.

Pours orange-yellow into a snifter. Beautiful lacing.

Big malt presence in the nose. Alcohol notes in the nose along with spicy noble hops.

Chewy mouthfeel and big English hop characters that drive bitterness and push the malts. Compared to American styles this comes off more balanced. Noble hops add earthy, floral, spicy bitterness and aroma without overpowering the beer. Some black currants and light pine come through. The malt bill really drives this with vanilla and a rich bready note to go with the fruity yeast.

Just a lovely beer. Very easy to drink and well worth picking up. I'm not sure 2 Floyds can do anything wrong.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spicy/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering

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