Jinx Proof
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Lager - European / Dortmunder Export
Ranked #27
Ranked #43,569
3.65 | pDev: 12.33%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Jinx ProofJinx Proof
Notes: This refreshing continental-style pils has a light body combined with a pronounced noble hop aroma and a crisp dry finish. This is the perfect beer for easy, flavorful drinking. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington, D.C.

35 IBU
Reviews: 194 | Ratings: 1,183 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/4/14; drank 9/27/14 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange hue.

White head; nice lace.

Sweet corn & mild smoke nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Sweet corn & hints of smoke in the flavor; a mild hop bite on the finish. Mild caramel settles on the lips as thus warms.

Sessionable but with a nice flavor; an argument for the style.

Apr 25, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled 2/28/18 poured into a 3F tulip pint glass at fridge temp no ABV listed on bottle. The beer pours bright straw yellow with a golden tint. The head is off white and persistent. The head maintains a film coating and covers the glass in lacing. The aroma is bready with a flowery noble hop presence. The taste is noble hop flavor (think kitchen herbs although I can't define one clearly) layered on crackery malts. There is a clear, clean bitterness through all phases on the palate. Mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. I'm hesitant to say this would be representative of the style, but if you enjoy hoppier Pilsners, you would likely enjoy this one too.

Mar 18, 2018
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.32/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a slight finger of white head that settles into a thin creamy patch.

Smell: A crisp and bready malt forward aroma with a scent of biscuit and spicy hops. Upfront malt scent of biscuit, grains, cracker, caramel, and straw with some yeast. Floral and earthy hints of noble hops with some spice and grass. A very solid Pilsner aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a crisp and bready malt forward taste with notes of biscuit and noble hops. Crisp upfront malt notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, straw, and caramel along with lager yeast. Floral and earthy noble hop presence with notes of grass and spice. A very nice crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good take on a German style light lager. Good balance of crisp biscuit malt and noble hop notes.

Jan 15, 2017
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hoptheology from South Dakota

2.65/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Nice blonde color with a 20% haze. Rocky head of 3 fingers, with plenty of lace wisps behind.

Lots of sharp piney hop aroma with some hay and grain. Slight antiseptic.

Flavor is pretty hoppy with some slight grain bitterness. Lots of good grain flavor, slight orange pith. However, the hoppiness makes it a little uncomfortable. A smooth lager this is not.

Bready feel, with some crispness and a light dryness on the finish.

Overall, a rather terrible flavor profile, especially for a basic lager. Just too hoppy, not smooth, not good. Drain pour.

Jan 11, 2017
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MurphDog14 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer is cloudy and golden. The head dissipates very quickly. The beer smells a little like an orange but only lightly and is hoppy. The flavor and taste are opposite. I get a malty flavor with little hops and still and orange taste. The feel of the beer is good and lingers for a while which is great! Overall, this beer is pretty good.

Jan 07, 2017
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.39/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Light in color, heavy aroma of hops. Head is bright white, ad easily dissipates. The taste is crisp and clean with just a hint of the hops I expected. Back of the palate after taste is a nice surprise.

Nov 24, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle. Served into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Pours a lighter golden yellow body, clear with a two finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. Smells of bread, lots of floral and grassy hop aromatics, a slight bit of citrus, fresh biscuit. It's about standard for the Dortmunder style, maybe a bit more hoppier than I'd expect. Flavour follows, light earthy aroma followed by fresh biscuit, grainy cereal, light caramel, grass and floral notes are ever-present in the background. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, not watery, good carbonation, drinkable and refreshing, mild-moderate floral bitterness on the backend. It's been a while since I've had this one (since it was taken out of the year-round rotation) but this is still a fairly hopped up Dortmunder as you'd expect.

Oct 05, 2016
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drheron from Ohio

3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle dated 9/20/16 -fresh

Appearance – The beer pours a straw/golden color with 1 finger head. The head disappears immediately after pouring. Some soapy lack on the sides of the pilsner glass.

Smell – The aroma is somewhat funky at first then it grows on you. Bready and nice hop hits you, but not as hoppy as expected. Sweeter notes in the background, some grassy tones and possibly pine.

Taste – The taste begins the grassy hop taste. Not over powering but pleasant. Some sweetness upfront with small amounts of citric. Crisp and clean lager.

Mouthfeel – Solid lager with normal creaminess. Good feel. Nice flavorful balance.

Overall – Solid lager with good balance. Can see drinking this all year long. Tasty, good blend and an easy drinking beer. Hop enough without being overbearing. If ready available I would have a case in the frig. +4 every day!!!

Served in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

Sep 30, 2016
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MarkQ617 from Massachusetts

3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured into a pint glass. Color is a slightly translucent straw yellow with some slight sticky white head. Flavor and aroma were both pretty weak, even for the genre...some slight bready aftertaste but not much. Mouthfeel was fuller than most, which was nice. Not my favorite.

Jun 09, 2016
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c014572 from Illinois

3.04/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

If you take it for style, over-hopped but not bad. If you take it as a stand-alone beer, skunky and over-hopped. Not my favorite from 3 floyds. But I do like this lager style in general.

Jun 04, 2016
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Matt_Rouge from Indiana

5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm going to be a bit of an outlier in my love for this beer, but so be it! I have had this in bottles, and I had it on draft at the 3F brewpub last night (May 28, 2016).

I really think 3F has cleverly squared the circle with this lager: it's classic yet highly distinct in style. In color it's a rich gold. It's got some nice, herbal hops on the nose. On the palate, it has classic lager smoothness and body with just the right amount of hops so as not to veer off into extremity. Yet the hop profile has that ineffable 3D quality that really sets 3F apart. Even just by breathing in the nose, you can tell this is a 3F beer.

3F is rightfully known for its hoppy ales; it's one of the best IMHO. Yet they also do lagers cleverly as well, which is no mean feat: Hopped in Half, Crescendo of Doom, and Fantasmo are all interesting, fun, enjoyable beers. But my favorite 3F lager is indeed Jinx Proof, which is the only lager they have in six packs. This one is definitely worth a try.

May 29, 2016
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NoYouDidnt from Indiana

3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks incredibly clear in the glass. Golden with 2 finger soapy head. Smells a bit skunky. Green apples, almost farmhouse smell. The taste is more of a peppery, taste up front. Bitter hop bite, not quite too much, but kind of too much. Light Apple again. Refreshing. Nice carbonation inviting more drinks.Overall for a light refreshing lager it falls a little short of some other pilsners/ light lagers. Heck I'd maybe get a high life instead. This def has more flavor, but not all flavors go perfectly together.

Feb 24, 2016
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PhillyStyle from Georgia

3.26/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Bottled on 12/15/15:

I was really excited to try this beer, as this is not a common style, but one that I really like. The beer was described by the others, very nice color and clarity, good feel but for me...for the style, this beer was way too over hopped. I guess, I expect to much...please tone back the hops.

Jan 01, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bready malty yet crisp and almost watery, this has a mild, barely there hop presence that doesn't help in bringing much flavor, leaving me wonder why I just paid a premium for an FFF pint.

Dec 20, 2015
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Dr-Baltar from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A slightly hazy golden / hay color. White foamy head. I had so much lacing after the 15 minutes I took to finish, that I couldn't see through the glass, so I don't know where people are getting the "No lacing" bottles.

S: Has a big floral smell with a hint of mineralness to it.

F: Covers the mouth a bit, but not too heavy.

T: I'm not a lager person, and I like it... so thats nice.


I don't like most lagers because of the mineral taste and overall blandness that most lagers have. This is far from that. Floral smell with a nice, very small, bite and great overall taste.

Oct 09, 2015
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rangerred from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The appearance had me worried at first as there was quit a bit of sediment in the bottle and the beer lacked much head.

Fortunately it got way better. Wonderful aroma that lacked the metallic note so typical in this style. Great noble hop character and dark bread with a quick bitter finish. I was expecting something mediocre but this beer is damn impressive.

Jul 28, 2015
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WesMantooth from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/20. Pours a slightly cloudy golden yellow with a 3 finger, soapy white head which disapears pretty quick.

Smells of lager yeast, fresh grains, fairly sweet.

Initial crisp bite with a floral hint that reminds you of a pilsner, but it fades fast into sweet biscuit/crackers. Malts are pale and light. Tons of fresh grain flavors and some bready yeast follows. Sweet and very smooth aftertaste.

Body is light. Very easy drinking. Slightly sparkly, but average carbonation overall.

An excellent lager that is very clean tasting and light bodied, yet full of flavor.

Jul 19, 2015
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do_ob from Kentucky

3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle (appropriately) into a 3F pint glass. Pours a crystal-clear light gold with about 1.5 fingers of dense, sticky white foam. Crisp floral notes and sweet malt on the nose, with just a hint of hops. Light weight, and has a crisp, yet surprisingly smooth mouthfeel. Lots of sweet malt up front with notes flowers/grass and dry spice. A slight hop bitterness is present on the back end. Finishes smooth and dry. Aftertaste is grassy and sweet.

Overall, pretty good. This isn't your typical, over the top 3F beer. It is, however, refreshingly simplistic and incredibly drinkable. I'd buy this stuff by the case just to drink on a hot summer weekend if I had it readily available.

Jun 17, 2015
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a faintly dark yellow with a white head. Retention isn't so great, just a film of foam left behind but no lacing at all.
Smell is nice blend of malt, herbal hops, crackers and pepper. Good balance.
Taste is malt, hops, saltine & a hint of pepper. Balance is great.
Slightly less than medium bodied (but more so than most lagers) and less fizzy, really just standard carbonation. Drying finish. For a lager, it's pretty damn good.

Jun 11, 2015
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Raisingfable from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

near crystal clear
golden/straw hue
a dusting of head resides
excellent lacing

hints of orange peel
slight earthy undertones

slight hop bitterness
bitter, bready aftertaste

gentle carbonation
dry finish

The pretty appearance and clean, dry drinkability are what give this beer an outstanding polish that many micro lagers lack. The dryness keeps the palate going back for more, however the aftertaste never leaves you desperately wanting the front of the palate back, so even when the glass is empty, the aftertaste leaves you feeling satisfied that you have drank something worth having another.

May 08, 2015
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.97/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful clear golden straw color with a thick white head and sparse bubbles rising slowly to the surface. Leaves thick rings of lacing on the glass.

A malt-forward aroma, with no hops to speak of, but a little white pepper in the background.

Clean-tasting, again with the sweet malt flavor most pronounced, while still fairly crisp, and a little spiciness on the back end.

Great beer for a spring day.

Apr 19, 2015
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brewskifan55 from Mississippi

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a teku glass. Thanks, Darren.

A: A clear golden with a white half finger head that sits a while. Thick lacing.

S: Corny grains dominate with a bit of citrus.

T: Now this is nice. Sweeter than most lagers, which I didn't mind. Smooth and grainy. Light biscuity malts.

M: Light to medium with just the right amount of carbonation.

O: I didn't know what to expect, but 3F never lets me down. A great back porch or lawn cutting summer lager. Sessionable.

Apr 13, 2015
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madelfonatree from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Bright lager yellow. White smooth head. Lacing disappears in seconds.

Smell - Malty. Bready. Sweet.

Taste - Sweeter than most in beginning. Malty finish.

Feel - Feels like fizz water. Not creamy but not overly carbonated.

Overall - A solid lager. I drank a Blatz yesterday and I wouldn't be able to tell the difference (I like Blatz though).

Apr 13, 2015
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 03/12/2015 printed on the bottleneck. Props to Three Floyds for finally bottle dating. It's been a long time since I've last had this beer, so I figured it was time for a revisit. Acquired a single bottle at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a bright crisp golden orange body, slightly cloudy, with one finger of bone white head. Leaves good scattered lacing behind.

S - A simple, but pleasant aroma: floral / herbal from the Noble hops, but mostly bready & malty, with a touch of sweetness. Smells very clean.

T - The taste follows the nose - a simple, but well-executed beer: floral / herbal hop presence, and a good dose of sweetened, bready / grainy pilsner malts.

M - The feel is smooth, crisp, & clean. Very fluid and easy-drinking; light-bodied. Refreshing, even.

Overall, a simple, but classic take on the style from Three Floyds. Definitely doesn't push any boundaries, but sometimes that's okay. I remember being unimpressed with it the last time I drank it, but I would drink this one again. Well-executed, to be sure.

Three Floyds Jinx Proof Lager -----4/5.

Apr 11, 2015
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep brass golden to bronze orange body, quite clear, with nice amounts of carbonation, not too fine but also good and plentiful. Head is a nice simple bright white, not too tall easily making a simple soapy two fingers with a good leaving puck.

Aroma is a bit flawed. Mild hints of diacetyl and butter with a hint of lime. Muted dough and not really much else going out. It's actually an ok aroma but doesn't come off what I am looking for in a lager by any means.

Palate actually improves considerably. OIly hop and muted sense of crispness with a good big lime action on the mid palate. Hints of sweet dough, and much of the slick buttery character seems to be downplayed but still slightly present. There's a hint of it, but tolerable. The aftertaste has nice controlled almost explosive hints of mint and lime hop oil which is really nice. Classic crispness comes, but it's also wafer and a little papery malt thin like a rice cracker.

Overall and interesting take on a lager, but can't say I'd be repeating this in the future.

Feb 01, 2015
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