3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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English India Pale Ale (IPA)
Ranked #3
Ranked #4,458
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
Reviews by msgraves:
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4.67/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange with a slight haze and mild white head.

Incredible fresh aroma with strong red grapefruit/citrus and some spicy and piney hop character around the edges with sweet, biscuity malt.

Lots of the fresh fruit in the taste, most noticeably red grapefruit and orange flavors. Well balanced toasty malt flavor as well. Spiciness of the hops adds good complexity to the flavor. Good amount of bitterness from the hops. Finishes hoppy and lingers around for a bit.

Medium bodied and carbonated, this beer is highly drinkable even with high IBUs and 9% ABV.

This is one of my favorites from FFF. I immediately went out and bought some more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of JGam115
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange Amber, fluffed white foam. Candied mango and pineapple is strong with this one. Boozy and malt-forward. Really solid

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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.

Glass- Shaker Pint

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Photo of cpz28
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Better Than English IPA

A- Deep gold to faint orange, nice 1 finger head

S- Pine and oak meld perfectly, there is some marmalade and vanilla notes in there, followed by some breadiness

T-Balanced bitterness hits you first, oak and hops continue to meld well, while simultaneously competing as this rolls down your tongue. It finishes slightly bitter and some bready malt comes out at the end. The oak certainly adds some vanilla notes, which play nice with the citrus/marmalade.

M- Spot on for an IPA, perfect carbonation, not thick, easy drinking.

O- Really good beer, a different avenue for FFF, it has a lot of aroma coming off of it but not that typicall, supernatural-danky citrus kick of an FFF IPA or IPA in disguise. I look forward to it every year, though it isn't my favorite in their IPA line up.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Semi clear amber, not much carbonation, two finger sticky head.

S-Malt, grass, oak, bread and toast.

T-Grass, bread, toast, good deal of oak, mild bitterness, and some lemon.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-English IPAs do not really do it for me, this was still a good one. The oak was a nice addition.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of jsh420
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours cloudy amber orange with a 2 finger head that covers the glass with lacing

smells of oak apples pears pale malts

taste - the oak the oak - and from that i get a little chocolate tobacco - fruity hops but also dark fruit - kind of a oak aged unearthy or GD 15 annv. done up Eng. IPA

mouthfeel is full bodied - good carbonation both smooth and creamy

drinkability is good but more of a sipper since this brew is 9% abv

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CrellMoset
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber from Archer Liquors - part of my first order from them, and this is the first one of the goodies I'm cracking. A longtime want from a favorite brewery of mine! Poured into a 22 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a clear, attractively-hued beer, a bright orange reddish sunset amber brew, a little darker than I imagine most English IPAs are, but no matter. The head doesn't have much staying power - the one finger of light tan or (perhaps more accurately described as) off-white head fades relatively quickly, but does leave behind a persistent sheen atop the surface, a thick, soapy collar, and a great deal of stringy, leggy lacing, the effects of which are magnified after each sip - a good sign of hop content. Carbonation is of an average size and average speed, though it's rather infrequent. All in all, a good start.

Aroma: Earthy, herbal hop overtones mingle on about equal ground with apricots, oranges, and peaches, along with a faint, singeing tickle. Is it the alpha acids, or the alcohol? I'm gonna go with the former, because (having tasted this one), the alcohol seems to be so well-integrated, so well-hidden, that it doesn't really factor in to the proceedings at all. It's really impressive, actually. The underlying malt base is authentically English, biscuity, graham cracker-esque in its spiciness.

Taste: Quite tasty. Obvious East Kent Goldings are prominent and large up front - very English, very appropriate, and in this case, very nice. A spicy, earthy, herbal presence is about half of the the dominant hop presence in this one - it's faintly minty, but also faintly reminiscent of juniper. The remaining half, however, is decidedly American, if not in the actual hop usage than certainly in the presentation - heavy citrus, orange zest, peaches, and white grapefruit - the combination of which with the more traditionally-English notes (at least, as I perceive them) provides a fantastic juxtaposition, well-rounded and mutually enhancing. The backing malt bill is moderately roasted, biscuity, and moderately attenuated, the effects of which are magnified by a mineral aspect inherent in the water and the moderate to high level of piney bitterness attributable to the hops. Though I can appreciate what seems like it might be oaky, earthy, wooden notes if I concentrate significantly,

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation in a moderately thick body makes for a nice enhancement of the moderate bitterness and the spicy, juniper berry-esque hop notes. It's thick, but not nearly as sticky as it might be, on account of the relative high-attenuation of the malt bill ... or maybe it only seems that way? It events out a little as things warm and the body thickens.

Drinkability: What a great brew. It's essentially an English DIPA, a (faux-)style I've never had occasion or the opportunity to try before. I'll be damned if it feels or seems like a Double/Imperial anything, however - the alcohol on this one, though formidable on paper, is nowhere to be seen or felt. As many have mentioned, yes, the bottle artwork is grotesque, but it's in no way indicative of the contents. What's within is a well-crafted, unique, drinkable, and enjoyable brew from a great brewery. Perhaps a little tough on the wallet at $9 or $10, but I could see this as an occasional special treat, or paired with some spicy, braised meat or Mexican food of some sort. Color me impressed.

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Photo of AJacob81
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the beer engine at Clark St Ale House in Chicago. A generous pour into a nonic pint.

A - Deep coppery umber, with a soft, pillowy head of 2 fingers. Extensive lacing coats the glass as beer is consumed.

S - A lush bouquet of mixed citrus fruit and flowers.

T - Being an English IPA, this charmer foregoes the hop-shock route and focuses on smooth caramel malt and a restrained, floral hop profile.

M - Super thick for an IPA, with low carbonation. Has almost a syrupy feel, without being sticky. Ah, Real Ale...

D - I took my time, but this very easy to drink. A perfect match for a cooler summer evening.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of hardy008
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber with a one finger off white head with good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is really nice. Oranges, peaches, caramel, and spices.

The taste is also very nice. Oranges, peaches, caramel, and spices combine to make a nice and sweet English IPA.

Medium bodied, smooth, medium carbonation, and the alcohol is very well hidden. Hard to believe this is a 9.00 % abv beer. This is a very drinkable beer. I wish it was available year round.

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Photo of mfl620ks
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Scrumtralecent
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A quite clear golden amber brew poured in the glass with a nice white head. A plethora of carbonation can be seen which makes for an interesting beer to look at.

S: Grapefruit hops dominate the smell. Seems to be the usual blend of Three Floyds hops, because their distinctive smell is present and will probably be in the taste as well. And that's not a bad thing. The nose seems to be quite strong, but very smooth and light.

T: A hop bite is the best way to describe this taste. Starts off with some bitter hops and the taste continues through with the aid of all the carbonation. The grapefruit hops are punctuated nicely throughout. Some light floral and almost vanilla taste found through the bitterness. Very bold taste combined with the smooth feel makes for a wonderful beer in warm weather.

F: As I said the beer feels very smooth and the carbonation livens the mouth. Not much alcohol feel to be found either. Great medium body beer.

D: This beer is very drinkable and gives a nice bold taste with plenty of carbonation to refresh and give continued revitalization to the hops. The beer could use some more background taste besides the bitter hops, but a wonderful beer overall. Three Floyds once again creates another great beer and I hope they brew this one more than once.

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Photo of levifunk
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pour is light brown with a off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

s - very light pine hops. nose is mostly malts and caramel sweetness. reminds me of a lighter barleywine.

t - earthly hops flavor balanced wonderfully by the sweeter malt body. light bitter finish to remind you its an ipa.

m - medium body, good carbonation. kind of a dry finish.

overall - I've only had a few english ipa's, but this might be the best i've had. i really like the style as I'm not a huge hop head. if you like english ipa's, give this one a try. 9% alcohol very well hidden.

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