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%
 
 
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45
Gots:
225
For Trade:
4
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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Half-finger of creamy white foam with decent retention. A bit of splotchy lacework. Lightly hazed peach juice body.

S - Lightly toasted grains, biscuit, light floral and herbal hop character, a tad fruity. Smells like a lager alright. Somewhat understated.

T - Taste is again mostly biscuit and bread malts with minimal sweetness. Perhaps a touch of grassy hop that imparts a low level of bitterness in the finish.

M - Zesty carbonation - perhaps a bit too much for my tastes. Medium body is smooth and has sufficient heft. Finishes extremely clean.

D - A very traditional lager from Three Floyds - easy to drink, but not particularly exciting. I'm glad this is in 12oz bottles, as 22oz would get boring pretty quickly. Still, quite easy to drink and well-executed.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
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 WoodBrew
3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Our Three Floyds Brewpub Experience continues with this offering. It pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises wheat, light rice (I know, I know, how much lighter can rice get, right?), and some very light bits of lemon zest and coriander. The taste holds notes of wheat, flowers, and light greens. The hop character is decidedly subdued. The body is a sturdy light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp, dry finish. Overall, a solid Dort, though nothin' entirely special.

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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 Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of imperialking thanx dawg

A: poured a pale straw yellow with yellow highlights with a thin head and left a little bubbly lacing sticking to the glass.

S: seems like a variety of grains dominate the nose with a hint of citrus and wheat notes. There is a good malt presence and faint peach notes as well; pretty plain nose.

T: the various grains are there like the nose but are not as potent but mesh very well with the peach like notes which has a nice sweet malty backbone and slight citrus notes.

M: the brew is light to medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation that had a grainy, slight sweet, and crisp finish.

D: it was a very drinkable beer that was decent acroos the board and had more flavor than I thought it would have for a dortmunder.

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Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of pale malt, sweet malt, slight hops, and slight yeast. Fits the style of a Dortmunder / Export Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, sweet malt, hint of wheat, slight hops, slight biscuit, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend. One of the better Dortmunders I've ever had.

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Photo of liamt07
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery, into a stein.

Clear golden yellow, white head with moderate retention and a bit of lace. Nose has some grain, a bit of veggie, light sweet malts and mild hopping. Moderate sweeteness on the palate, grains and cereals as well. Light hopping still, perhaps with a hint of citrus. Light body, medium low carbonation. Gentle bitterness. A solid flavourful dortmunder, quite drinkable.

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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 Derek
3.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear yellow with a thin ring of head, no retention or lace.

S: Hints of grassy spicing & biscuit.

T: Steelie grass, biscuity, peppery spice and a good bitterness. Not over-the-top like I'd expect from this brewery.

M: Moderate body, modest carbonation, dry finish.

D: An easy drinker.

Thanks Jer & Karen!

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Photo of corby112
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber received in a recent trade with GbVDave. Thanks again man!

Pours a cloudy, very dark golden ripe banana yellow color with some golden yellowish orange hues when held to a light source and a 1.5 finger frothy head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring.

Slightly earthy/grassy hop aroma with a good bit of bready yeast, wheat and citrus character in the nose. Hints of peppery zest and lemon peel a well as some biscuit malt.

Surprisingly hop forward for a pilsner although it is Three Floyds so I guess I shouldn't be too shocked. This provides a nice dry earthy character that lasts throughout even though it is nicely balanced by a slightly malty backbone with lots of golden wheat, bready yeast, light crisp fruit, citrus peel and peppery spice. Very well balanced, light, crisp and refreshing. Perfect for the warmer months although there is two feet of snow on the ground right now. Nice dry grassy hop finish that gives it a crisp bite. Very good.

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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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
A- This beer pours a deep copper body with a thin wispy head and a gentle carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface. S- The big green herbal hops has some Noble qualities and a nice clean lagered crispness to them. There was a note of pale malt underneath as the beer opened up.
T- There was an odd cloying breadiness that was not really sweetness and not really phenolic but it was very present. This was followed by a sulfury hops flavor that was big and green herbal. The finish was all Noble hops that lingered for a bit. As the beer opened some lightly toasted malt sweetness came through underneath.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with no alcohol heat.
D- This was big hops that were nice but there was an odd cloying flavor that just got in the way. The lager crispness was nice but the big noble hops get to be to much for a full glass.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to heliosphann for this 650 mL bomber.

A: The lager is, at least on first pour, a fizzy yellow beer, quite clear sitting in my glass. A white, and I mean white, head of nearly a finger sits complacently before wasting away. It should be noted that my second pour was much more turbid, leaving the ale hazed over.

S: The nose is lager malty, bready with an excess of fruity sharpness. Both pale and caramel malts add to the breadiness.

T: The lager is nice and chewy, very dense. Breadiness is full, pale and caramel flavors driving it. A sweetness, from the concentrated malts, is fruit-driven with green apples and grapss matching the breads. Hops appear on the back side, light but bitter enough to peak through the sweet body. A nice lager that is very clean.

M: The mouthfeel is sweet and bready, plenty thick and filling. The booze isn't strong but you can taste it loitering around.

D: 3F has a thing for good lagers. I'd be happy with another bomber.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/7/11
*From notes

-- Thanks for supplying the goods, Eric --

A: Clean off-golden amber in color. A generous pour yields a 1.25 finger bone white head that actually sticks around a minute or two.

S: A bit of sweet, golden malt.

T: Buttery and crisp. Luckily, it doesn't feature a ton of filler or adjuncts here, rather there's a Kolsch-like earthiness to it. The finish is a touch sweet.

M: For a session lager, this thing feels like a beaut. Top notch carbonation, texture and weight.

O: I really, really dug this beer. This could make for some epic sessioning, it's easy drinking and damn tasty. If you're like me (a closet session lager fanatic), seek this one out, and with haste.

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Photo of barczar
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant dark copper brown with a foamy one inch cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Amber malt, grain, and floral hops form the initial aroma. There's a bit of toasted bread character, along with a hint of lemon and rose petals.

The fruity, slightly citrusy character begins the flavor profile, which turns extremely bready, nutty, and toasted mid palate. When mixed with floral hops, the citrus character becomes cherry-like. There's a hint of grapefruit that carries throughout, into the slightly dry finish.

Body is moderate to a touch full, with moderate carbonation and a grain astringency bite.

Good malt character, albeit somewhat overly toasted. Darker than expected. The fruity character was unexpected and offputting. I had this on tap a while back and remember it being much lighter in color...

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. Not much lacing, either. Aroma is mostly bready and caramel malt, and also light some floral hops and nuts. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there wasn't as much hoppiness as I expected for a Three Floyds brew. With that being said, it's still tasty. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick and easy enough to drink. Not sure if I'd pay $10.99 a 6-pack for this again, but it's a good brew and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head and great foam that last for all twelve ounces. Copper and pale pilsner yellow mixed to almost perfection. Love the bubbling.

Light toasted malt with pilsnery malt and lots of earthy and citrusy hops. Like a bitter American verion of a classic Dortmunder lager.

Hoppy citric goodness with toasty biscuits, bread crust. Fluffy and resiny palate. Hard to belive its a lager. But tastes and feels pretty good.

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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 HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bstyle for the 3F bottles.

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Light, hazy orange with a thin white head. Some lacing on the glass.

S - Light wheat.

T - Wheat, slightly floral, and honey.

D - Thin, but refreshing and nice carbonation.

O - Nice lager.

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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 Darkmagus82
3.67/5  rDev -2.4%
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 mynie
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am just a beer-adding machine today, I guess. From the website:

"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"

Pours soapy, dark gold. Filtered and glistening with a small white head.

Smells deep and bitter, like a good dortmunder--weeds, thick caramel malt, sweeter hops. Bontanical and planty, a little bit, kind like a keller mixed with a dortmunder...

Flavor is the same as the nose, but more intense. Starts ouf with fabulous pilsener complexities, roundly dry and bitter. Ends with a sweet balance from a finish which is like walking through a hayfield at dawn.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Rebekah. Thanks! Pours into my tulip a hazy light golden color. Half finger head, white and fluffy, but recedes quickly. Aroma of hay, sweet malt and honey, maybe some light fruits like apples and pears. Flavor is light straw, a little dirty lager flavor, them a nice burst of sweet fruit and honey-like malts. The flavor is very light and a sweetness remains on the palate. Light bodied, medium carbonation. Nothing super exciting but a solid pilsener overall that is pretty drinkable. This improves as it warms a little and some papaya and passion fruit comes out that is nice.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber orange, not much carbonation, one finger head.

S-Lots of malt, some caramel, tad bit of grass as well.

T-Extremely malty, not much else. Grass and caramel dominate.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation.

O-Easily the worst FFF brew I've had, still a yummy brew. But for the style I don't think anything can touch Great Lakes.

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Photo of Brenden
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jinx Proof has a pretty heavy look for the style, though not so thick or heavy as to go outside of it. It's a big, ruddy burnt bronze, essentially a thick orange-brown. The slightly tinted creamy head reaches a little more than a finger in height, has good retention, and drops thick, heavy patches that are quite large and cover a good area. I'm thinking this beer must have changed somewhere along the line, because this is nowhere close to "straw yellow."
Sweet and bready malts form a strong backbone along with some orange zest and sturdy notes of floral and lightly herbal hops bitterness. The flavor is much the same, though a bit more alcohol sneaks into a semi-dry finish.
The body is definitely medium, more as the appearance would suggest than one would expect from a Dortmunder. It's a bit creamy and quite smooth, with crispness off the bat that stays the entire way.

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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