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Jinx Proof | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Jinx ProofJinx Proof

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

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

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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 1,158
Photo of Korbynlehr
4.39/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of drheron
3.96/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of c014572
3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of Matt_Rouge
5/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
3.26/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Dr-Baltar
4.44/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
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 WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of do_ob
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of Raisingfable
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

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Photo of thebeers
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of madelfonatree
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
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).

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Clarahope
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

the thing that really surprised me about this one was the mouthfeel. its another pils sure, a sacrificial offering from every brewery that needs to have a mass appeal beer, or at least one within basic style conventions. this is better than that though, creamy and dry at the same time, and well hoppy for what it is, not neatly american or german or czech, but rather a stylistic cuvee of all three, which might be yet to be done until this beer. i get grassy saaz type hop notes, but also german pils malt and a real basic and clean american lager yeast. its familiar but about as challenging as the style can be. highly carbonated and real refreshing, but something different. i always expect the world from three floyds, given the hype and the rarity, and while this falls short of i think the expectations i had, i still think its a heck of a pils, and one that should be treated as a one of a kind. well made and not deviating real far from what these guys do well.

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Photo of gatornation
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-pours a golden yellow color with a this white head very little lacing
S-noble hop smells with floral/citrus hops grain and bread
T-nice floral noble hops mix well with sweet bready malts
M-crisp lager with noble hop bite lingering bitterness
O-drinkable crisp lager

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a small one finger white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is somewhat bready and grainy with a nice hop hit mainly of a grassy and light pine smell. Along with these aromas comes some notes of a sweeter nature with a little bit of caramel and honey sweetness.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly grainy bread taste with a decent showing of a grassy hop right from the start. There is a lighter level of sweetness that is present upfront, being of some caramel and a bit of tangerine. The sweeter flavors fade a bit, but do maintain a presence to the end. All while the sweet fades, other hop flavors of a light pine and grapefruit citrus come to the tongue. In the end, the combination of flavors that is left on the tongue leaves a nice crisp and clean lager taste to linger in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. For the lager style and the blend of hop and sweet it is a pretty good feel overall; not allowing either to become overbearing, but all the while allowing each to be appreciated.

Overall – A rather easy drinking and tasty lager with a good blend of light sweetness, breadiness, and hop.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep honey color. a half finger of a white head that has decent retention and leaves a small lacing. a slightly hazy but not quite opaque.

Smell: grassy hop almost musty smell, slight bitterness overlying a sweet biscuity to baked bread. some lager yeast sweetness.

Taste: opens with a short sweet biscuit taste, quickly over taken by grassy, musty hops. Some noble hop character comes through along with more bread like malts and lager yeast sweetness. ending comes off almost a little nutty

Mouthfeel: light, dry, fairly crisp, but not quite the cleanest lager like feel.

Overall: a unique version of a hopped up dortmunder. not usually a fan of the grassy and musty hop character but this one works well with it.

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Photo of BoilerMo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Light lager appearance but it is tricky because the strong hops smell and taste make it almost American Pale like. It is a nice complex larger if you like the flavor of an IPA with the harsher bitters. This is my favorite fridge beer (when I can find it).

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