Jinx Proof | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by mynie on 06-13-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
184
Ratings:
1,151
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
31.38%
 
 
Wants:
45
Gots:
226
For Trade:
4
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Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. This is a solid golden color, fizzy with very little head. Smells include light caramel and some grassiness. Taste is grainy with a sweet finish. Alcohol is fairly low but somewhat noticeable.

This is another very solid summer session beer. Not too exciting, but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in an excellent trade with Alen. Thank you! 22oz bottle into my Trumer Pils glass.

The pour is attractive, mildly hazy straw yellow with a dense off-white head with good retention and some lacing.

The nose is quite excellent. I've never been a fan of any of Three Floyds' lagers, but this one is pretty close to spot on. Delicate bready and cracker malts dominated by an excellent noble hop character, with a blend of earth, lemon and fresh-cut grass. A touch of diacetyl is also noted.

The palate opens with a firm bitterness with a beautiful grassy, earthy and herbal hop character, along with a little lemon. The mid-palate has crackery and biscuit-malts with a grainy, husky character. I'm also getting a little citrus hop character, making me think this was a leaning little bit towards an American interpretation when fresher. Drying and bitter on the finish, there is an excellent hop bite. Remarkably flavorful, this light-bodied beer has high carbonation and is exceptionally drinkable. If only I could get this by the six-pack at a reasonable price, I'd be sold.

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Photo of Clarahope
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not overwhelming hop flavor, I enjoyed the floral notes and subtle smell and taste of caramel or honey. Great beer, definitely one of my favorite 3 floyds brews.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by the other Matt recently. Thanks Matt! This beer is named for a tattoo parlor on M street in DC (Georgetown) that is across the street from a bar called Pizzeria Paradiso. The crew from Three Floyds gets their tattoos at this particular shop and so did my wife. She and the tattoo artist talked beer for the entire session. Cool place, if you like tattoos.

I also have to brace myself because this is a lager. I will end up with an insanely high rDev because unlike all of you I don't hate lagers.

Beer served in a becher of sorts. Beer is yellow with a very mild haze. Minimal head and mild lacing. Carbonation is moderate to low. Looks OK. I wanted more head and a little more carbonation.

The aroma is clean and mild. Very nice, mildly grainy and its a little sweet with some pilsner malt character.

Beer is medium to light in body, minimal carbonation in the mouth. Great mouthfeel with some estery notes and some minimal bitterness. The forward is mildly sweet but all is well connected, highly drinkable. A little bigger in the mouth would have improved it and a cleaner back palate presence. Overall a good lager and I would drink it again for sure.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from 6-pack purchased at the brewery two days ago. No bottle dating.

Clear, pale gold elixir poured in SA glass. One finger, thick, white head, tiny bubbles, heavy lacing.

Lemon zest, caramel, biscuit malt.

Well balanced, malt forward and a nice hop backbone. Lingering sweet bitterness.

Light, crisp, smooth. Refreshing.

More of a classic representation of the style. Not much of a 3Floyds' twist on this one, but a quality brew just the same.

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Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with drabmuh at my place recently. Review from notes.

Jinx Proof appears a hazy yellow color with a one inch head and some decent lacing on the glass.

This lager is more aromatic than I expected and instantly says utterly quaffable German bier served in a liter stein.

This is a fresh beer and tastes great. It's easy to drink, with a smooth feel and a crisp, clean finish. The body is thin, but not too. It's slightly sweet, but the sweetness is subtle enough that it doesn't degrade the drinkability or the overall enjoyment of the beer itself. Another good offering from Three Floyds.

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Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice chill hazy straw hue with a one and a half finger head that faded to leave some nice creamy side lacing and a fat halo.

S - Aromas of biscuits, lightly sweet malts, faint grassy hops, loads of lager notes.

T - Taste is more of the biscuits, nice fruity floral notes, grassy earthy hops, light citrus, good lager fruit notes too. Quite pleasant and drinkable, good flavours.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, nice carbonation.

O - Overall this was a treat, quite a well executed Dortmunder!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice semi chill hazed bright golden hue with a fine layer of white head, sampled first at a local BA gathering. Aromatics some mild citrus notes, but a really nice bready cereal grain note that was really inviting in the warm weather. Not crazy complex big or bitter just a nice Dortmunder style, fairly different compared to the standard I judge all other export style lagers to, Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold. But this was well made clean crisp with a great toasted breadiness, amongs the herbal citric hop additions, made to style and it shows why 3Fs is successful not just because of their big beers, but they actually know how to brew. Mouthfeel was lighter bodied ample carbonation for style flows nicely, I'm wishing I had access to a couple bombers of this or any 3Fs for that matter. Overall experience was a great way to start things out highly quaffable refreshing and goes to show not every great beer has to be on everybody's White Whale list.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a fairly slow pace leaving behind some good lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus hop and lemon peel with some pilsner malt. There is some pine, lager esters, and a bit of biscuit and grain.

T - Starts off with some pilsner and buttery malt with some grassy hop and mild bitterness. Through the middle some floral hop with some lager yeast comes through with some grain. The finish is a mix of pilsner malt, grain, biscuity malt, with some earthy and floral hop.

M - Medium bodied with moderate-plus carbonation. Feels smooth with a clean and lightly lager yeasty finish.

D - Very drinkable. Very nice example of a Dortmunder with some nice noble hops. Really smooth and very sessionable.

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Photo of celticfutblclub
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to aguirre for this one!

12oz bottle poured into a lawson's pint glass

A - golden body with a thin snow white head two fingers deep. recedes to a quarter finger head and stays very well. good lacing as well.

S - biscuits, honey, pepper, sweet malts, earth malts and a herbal/medicinal hop backdrop.

T - biscuits, sweet malts, caramel, pepper, herbal hops which pack a good bite. some medicinal tastes linger.

M - medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. some good astringency, much more than expected. good dry finish.

O - a very good lager. hop forward but done well.

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Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Cheers to Barfwin for giving this one to me in a trade!)
Poured from 12oz bottle into imperial pint.
No bottled-on date per FFF management...

Aroma: Fairly light aroma profile: herbal hops, cereal grain, honey, and apple.

Appearance: Golden orange body is a bit hazier than is ideal for the style. 1.5 finger white head. Nice effervesence visible through the side of the glass.

Flavor: Apricot, honey, and an enjoyable grainy sweetness. Some hoppy bitterness comes through on the back half to provide a nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium body + medium CO2. Noticeably less crispness than one would find in American lagers, which is consistent w/ the style.

Overall: a VERY drinkable lager with a nice FFF hoppy twist. I recommend this one for both lager and ale lovers alike. Wish it were more readily available. I'd order it pretty regularly!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a glass at Three Floyd's...They have this listed on the menu as a "Continental Pils" so I'm reviewing this as a pilsner...A dark straw pour, murky but mostly clear. Off white head with good lacing...The aroma has a strong malt backbone of a typical pilsner, some corn sweetness comes through but I doubt that was used. On the lighter side, but nice...The taste is a non-skunky pilsner, reminds me of a good European beer. Herbs, pilsner malt, light bitter finish.

This is one of my least favorite styles but for the style one of the best ones I've had, especially from an American brewery. If you like pilsners you have to get this. Score is too high for an average beer, but not for style.

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pour a straw yellow with a pils type head,large and wild carbonation,perfect pour for the tulip glass,thin lacing remains,citrus floral but not at all overpowering,just enough hop-bite to round it out,This is a easy drinker, moves right along to the bottom with little effort,grab another and start again,still reminds me of an interesting take on a pilsner style with FFF twist

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Photo of cfrances33
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle enjoyed on 8/13/12, served in a FFF pint glass.

Pour: Nearly clear yellow orange with two fingers white head. No lacing to speak of, and head diminishes to a film.

Smell: Floral and grassy hops and a really nice breadyness.

Taste: Bready sweetness from the bat, then floral/grassy bitterness. Lightest citrus. Maybe a hint of caramel.

Mouthfeel: Really refreshing, and goes down quick. Not very bitter, but has a bite in traditional FFF style.

Overall: An amazing session beer, and my top vote behind Gumballhead to be put into cans, if that ever were to happen.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up the bottle at FFF, no code dating, but batch is freshly released. Into the Samuel Adams perfect pint glass, while listening to Mumford & Sons (can't get this stuff out of my cd player!)

A - Rich straw-colored body, with less head than expected from a hard pour. Some lacing on the clean glass, with a bit less head retention than expected.

S - Pilsner malt sweetness is much more present than I expected from a FFF brew, with maybe just a hint of huskiness. Sulfur and metallic aromas help keep the aroma crisp, complimented by balanced (by American Standards... way to much hops for a BJCP program) amount of hops that express spice, resin, and bitter orange qualities.

T - Again, one gets a pretty assertive malt profile, but one more suited for a pilsener than a Dortmunder/Export. The hop profile is quite enjoyable, with much more of that herbal hop present one would expect from this style. The very dry, clean finish makes this brew fantastically quaffable.

M - This beer does have one of those great lager bodies, not watery, not overwhelming, but nice a "round". Carbonation was enough to clean the burger with salsa off my tongue and get it ready for the salad that followed, but it didn't feel like soda.

D - This is a fantastic lager, just a bit miss-categorized. It, like Flywheel from Metropolitan, is not quite a Dortmunder, not quite a Pils. It is, more importantly, a fantastically made lager: clean, refreshing, quaffable. It's price-point is probably it's worst characteristic. At $8 a bottle it's a bit much for a session beer, but if you can get it on draft, grab it, lager brewing at it's best.
Midwestern Lagers = The Best!

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Photo of screamking
4.11/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into wine glass.

This pours light apricot, with a thin white head. Like many of the three floyds beers this looks like a IPA and it also has a very IPAish aroma as well. Orange comes across first in the aroma followed by a bready malt that pushes to more of a lager smell. Hints of pineapple and lemon are also there but only hints.

Much like the aroma the taste starts off all citrus. Orange and grapefruit are at the forefront, but again the bready malt comes thru and transforms this into more of lager. It finishes rather dry and bitter and the bitterness hangs on for awhile. This is a session beer if I've ever seen one. Small ABV, light mouthfeel, and very nice thirst quenching ability. This beer doesn't really fit the style it's suppose to fit into, but I think its a great beer by itself. Price could use a little work, being that it doesn't have the same heft that their other $10.99 6packs have. This was much better than I expected.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very happy to be able to taste this thanks to stormking47, bomber poured into an ale glass.

A - a light golden w/ good clarity and minute bead, small amounts of lace cling and the retention is good

S - The nose has smooth floral notes with light herbal accent and mild sweet element from the malt and yeast

M - a pretty smooth and lightly bitter feel as you might expect for this style w/ simple texture and moderately high carbonation

T - The lemony floral flavor of noble hops is what I get from this with a gentle malt body and taste the mellow sweetness lets the flavor of the hops shine and the carbonation level makes is seem refreshing even more as the finish is clean

D - a quenching tasty dort, not a complex style to begin with but it is great in its simplicity and this is a very good representative of the style if a little hoppy -who cares it is flavorful

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Photo of aasher
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I received this bottle in a trade with mayorQuimby, thanks Scott! It poured a thin, dull orange with no head at all. It's pretty cloudy, like a good hefe. It doesn't really smell like too much other than it has a light honey accent to it. It smells alright though. It is what it is. The taste too is pretty on point. It's light and the only thing I can pick out, again, is honey. It tastes like a solid lager with honey plain and simple. It makes you wonder my more mainstream lagers aren't like this one. It drinks smoothly and is light. I could drink this all day. This beer is very drinkable and a very good representation of the style.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear light gold, 1 finger of white head, some lacing, minimal head retention

S: nose features an onslaught of pale malts, notes of straw, corn, wheat, and bread come through with a bit of nuttiness on the finish

T: clean crisp malty flavors, notes of cereal grains, pale malts are big, lots of bread, some caramel, a touch of corn, lager yeast is noticeable. This is a nice dortmunder, great balance and very refreshing.

MF: light body, high carbonation

O: this is a nicely constructed lager, the malts are well pronounced without going overboard.

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Photo of BUNZILLA
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance : cloudy golden color. A vigorous pour yeilds a fluffy white head with lots of retention and superb lacing.

Smell : pleasant biscuit and malt aroma and subtle hoppiness.

Taste : very crisp and refreshing and easy to drink. Mild hop bitterness on the finish. This is a quality beer.

Mouthfeel : light body with adequate carbonation

Overall : I really enjoyed this beer and will pick it up when I have the chance. Great example of the style worth seeking out.

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Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Love the label art. Aggressive pour yields a very thin layer of white head with poor retention - more please. Chill hazy straw yellow.
S: Clean grain with modest hopping. Not strong, but not bad.
T: Bready grain, noble hops, slight cooked vegetable is a neg. Nice balance, good hop presence, but a tad metallic.
M: Little carbonation is a negative. Nice strong bitterness level.
D: Pretty high. I'd order another and would probably buy again.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jinx Proof, bottled on or about September 2, 2011 and consumed on September 11, 2011

Served in New Belgium globe glass

A: Pours clear pale gold with three-finger, white head that falls away quickly. Some foamy sheets stick to glass. Medium-light effervescence. 

S: Grainy notes seem quite strong. Spicy noble hops are also present. They work together and strike me as being in the right proportion.

T: Malty sweetness touches palate before grainy malts and noble hops, which take on an additional flowery characteristic, take over. Additional flavors include light caramelly malt.  Medium-light bitterness contributes to crisp and clean finish. 

M: Lighter bodied and medium carbonation make for a lively mouthfeel. 

O: Jinx Proof showcases the most important qualities in a Dortmunder Export: balance, crispness and drinkability. 

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Photo of hosehead83
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a sturdy two-inch head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint pale malt
Taste-Pale/toasted malt, nice floral hop note, subtle citrus rind. Good flavor and character for a lager, drinks and tastes like a pale ale, with a nice dose of noble hops. A crowd-pleasing, backyard brew.

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Photo of nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA, unintentionally aged for awhile until one day when I found it in my "cellar" (which is a closet that's usually about 70 degrees, so not the best for storage) and freaked the hell out. Quickly popped this bad boy into my fridge, then busted it out to pair with a dinner of scallops and pasta.

Pours a hazy golden-straw color with a well-retained one finger white head and some good lacing.

Aroma is pale malt, grain, Noble hops, and maybe even some wheat. Did they use some wheat in this?

Flavor is somewhat sweet with bready pale malt, grain, wheat, and herbal and floral hops. Nothing that blows you away, but really enjoyable. Almost similar to something like Surly Hell if I had to make a comparison...although FFF calls it a continental-style pils, not a helles lager. Honestly, I put it more in the helles lager category.

Palate is smooth, fairly light, and crisp. The sweetness and a little bitterness lingers in your mouth on the finish.

Drinkability is insanely high. Taking down a bomber of this is like taking candy from a baby.

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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