Jinx Proof | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Jinx ProofJinx Proof

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

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

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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Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
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 rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 drabmuh
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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 yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a bright amber with on finger of creamy white head.

Smell -- Floral hops, bready malts, some general graininesss.

Taste -- Bready malts and floral hops up front, some white grape juice, with pronounced hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- light in body, mild carbonation.

Drinkability -- Quite refreshing. Not my favorite style, but this is a great beer for the summer season.

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Photo of RTrain12
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber I picked up at the brew pub a few months ago.

A: Very cool art work on this bottle. Pours a cloudy golden yellow in color. With a 1/4" off white head that faded away quickly. Some carbonation is present.

S: This beer smells fresh to me. Followed by pale malts, grainy, and some floral hops.

T: Bready with pale malt. Slight hop presents but just right. Very little bitterness at the end.

M: Very low carbonation, almost flat tasteing. Thin bodied with a crisp finish. Good after taste.

D: I think this is a good lager! I found it to be very refreshing.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 tpd975
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very pale yellow hue. Head is rather light with no lace noted.

S: Light biscuit malt, wet hay, and light herbal hops in the aroma.

T: Light malty sweetness. Hints of corn, honey, toast, and herbal hops.

M: On the lighter side. Fairly smooth and crisp.

D: Pretty good. Not one of my favorite styles, but this one is pretty tasty.

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Photo of jjhbrfdds
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
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 DefenCorps
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
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 corby112
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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 nickd717
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
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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Photo of dfillius
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Derek
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
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 deathdealer666
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

During my recent move to bumfuck NY, I stopped by the 3 Floyds brewery and the boys loaded my truck full of provisions to last the cold winter NY nights. This wonderful little beer among them.

This is like the Paris Hilton of beer. Blonde, rich, and you can't help but want some more. Such a little carbonated whore.

A bright golden blonde with a brilliant white head that is disappears quickly.

Nobles hops and grapenuts.

Dry and crisp. I've gone throught about a case of this and still can't get enough.

My wife likes this. That says something about this beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a mug. Purchased this one at thh brewery back in August.

Pours an unfiltered looking hazy gold, with 2 1/2 fingers of foamy brite-white head. Retains with a thin, yet frothy look, leaving some good looking swathes of patchy lacing back. The aroma sits in the nose with a bit of a heavier feel, featuring notes of buttered toast and eggy smelling biscuits. Floral and spicy Noble hops are present, playing second fiddle for the most part to the malts, yet still making it's presence known.

The earthy hops are much more assertive in the taste, with a peppery sharpness and aggressive dryness to it. Bready sweetness and a touch of fruity citrus come out towards the back of the swallow with a toasty flush, but this is profile is all about that bitter drying feel that absolutely sucks any moisture out of the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied (this feels like it could be on the higher end of the ABV style range), with a sharp crispness to it which matches that biting hop profile. This thins out a bit towards the backend of each sip, allowing for maximum flow and drinkibility. Great even feel here in the mouth.

Crisp, tasty, and thirst quenching, this was a well made take on the style and I had no problem killing this bomber. Hey, sometimes it's nice to just enjoy a "normal" beer from these guys once in a while.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Stopped by the brewpub on a boring Saturday night and picked this one up.

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A: I'd argue that this is probably the lightest beer, in terms of color, that Three Floyds has ever produced. Pours out a crystal clear deep golden straw with light peachy highlights, head is light and frothy two inches thick after the initial pour which settles into a quarter inch cap for the remainder of the review.

S: Noble hop aroma? From Three Floyds? Am I dreaming? As unbelievable as it sounds the distinct herbal/floral softness greets the nose and mixes with a touch of honey sweetness and a crispy, light bready crustiness. Plays to the hallmarks of the style quite well.

T/MF: Feel is a palate pleasing crispness, light and tight on the tongue which makes for quite an easy sipper. Tastes like a love letter to the style, all the hallmarks are here much like in the aroma. Opens with a touch of honey sweetness balanced with touches of pepper and grassyness (if such a thing can be said to exist) and finishes with an almost crackery kind of dryness that compels you to go back again for another sip.

D: This one disappeared on me a little too quickly, it's remarkable how consistently this beer reminded me of Great Lakes version of the same. This beer is, dare is say such a thing, normal. And it's not a bad thing either, as it turns out to be a well constructed beer, just not one of the most popular styles is all.

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Photo of mjl21
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Josh for picking up this brewery only release. 22 ounce bottle poured into a SA perfect pint glass. No abv or bottling info is given. Cool artwork on the front that reminds me of the cover of Turbonegro's Apocalypse Dudes.

A-Pours a semi-hazy straw yellow. It has a fairly scant offwhite head. Some visible bubbles can be seen breaking the top. Not the best looking pils; I found it to be a tad too hazy and the head too small.

S-Lots of noble hops when cracked and they stand oput throughout the session. There is also some biscuity malt that is noticeable. As it warms it takes on a citurus/lemon aroma.

T-The noble hops that were so evident in the nose are quite present. It has a tad bit of a musty flavor at first that goes away. The lemon in the nose is detected in the back of my mouth. There is a slight level of bitterness in between sips. As it warms the malt brings out more sweetness in the beer. This is one that is best served at a cooler temperature.

M-Medium bodied with crisp carbonation. I found it to be dry upfront, sweet in the middle, and finishing with a nice crisp bite. The sweetness lingers in between sips.

D-I found it to be a tad too sweet, but it was still an easy drinker. Dare I say it is a lawnmower beer from 3F?

Glad I got to try this one. I found it to be an easy sipping beer that is a nice change from their bigger beers. This would be a good keg beer for a gathering of friends.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

clear gold with a nice, thick, persistent white head and lacing. biscuity, doughy malts and grassy hops in the aroma. cracker-like lightly sweet malts are well balanced by the smooth hop bitterness. light bodied with a frothy mouthfeel and crisp finish. a good example of the style and quite drinkable as a sessionable lager.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got from ummagum after his brewery tour in early July. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but was just released in June so fresh. It was a hazy golden yellow color. Good carb streams and a little bit of quick sliding lace. It had an average sized off-white head that dissipated into a thin collar and some wisps in center.

The aroma was crisp with mainly noble hops and a little bit of caramel malt. Good aroma especially for lager which usually doesn't do much for me. The taste followed the aroma. Nice and crisp with good hop feel and spice. This style will never hit the top of the ratings for me but this one is the best I've had in it. Very refreshing and goes down easy while still giving a good touch of flavor.

Overall, a surprisingly good beer for me since I generally don't really find much flavor in this style. 3F's did it right and nailed the aroma and flavor. Highly recommend.

Rotation: not available here. Not sure if one-off brew or not. If it was here, it would be worth a bomber or two (no six pack option) in the summer.


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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to FlssmrBrewAlum. Pours a clear golden orange with a small white head. Aroma of wheat, grass, and a touch of cardboard. Flavor is better--sweet fruits initially with a wheaty, lager malt finish. Very pleasant and super drinkable on a warm summer's night.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle I bought at the brewery.

A- Pours a slight hazy golden amber color. Nice 2 finger fluffy white head dies down after a couple of minutes. No real lacing to speak of. Little bits here and there just slide down the glass and into the beer. Average looking beer...kind of sorry to say.

S- The nose of this beer is grainy and earthy at best. Light earthy (grassy) hops which cover up the toasted grain and balance it out. Very tame nose for a FFF beer. Not bad smelling but expected a little more of a twist with this brewery.

T- Very faint tasting beer. And I don't mean it in a bad way. I was more suprised with the hops since they seemed to come through more in taste than smell just not over the top. The malt in this also jumps out at you a little more than the hops leaving a slight sweetness to this beer. In my opinion this makes the beer to me seem a little more heavy than what it actually is.

M- Light mouthfeel. The carbonation level in this beer seemed about right for the style. Left more of a earthy taste in the mouth after a sip. I found this to be fairly nice and made me go back for more.

D- I expected more from this beer but I think their goal was to make something that would be more mass friendly. I have had a lot worse beers than this and to be honest I could drink this over and over if I had some. It's a nice beer to drink when you don't want to wreck your taste buds and want a easy drinker.

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Photo of khiasmus
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A long day of disc golf, walking in the door. What? Ho! What's this? A many-eyed snake upon the doorstep? Orange, cloudy, with no head, just the many eyes. Jinxproof, you say? Wherefore?
A warm biscuit assaults the nostrils with feathery grace. Clean, wistful, a light, airy aroma, field-like, but not particularly grassy. The thing slides along the floor towards me. Get out of my house! Noble, almost hay-like in the nose, more like browned grass than green. On to the flavour... there's the light graininess, a faint bitter and the hay, and a bready malt note that turns to rather a bitter finish. Longs at you for another sip. Come again? Hanging upon the window-sill? I'll chase that rascal out yet!
And light, airy, just the faintest lingering pucker, as it were, and dry. (How's that he said? A flip dark chill winter bastard though dry?) And a medium-high prickling feeling, as it were on the tongue... but my, could one drink this all night.
I'll chase that rascal out, you mark my words! I shan't have any of those many-headed type blokes rifling about my corridors!

Have at you!

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Photo of EPseja
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature from a 22oz bomber, freshly purchased from the brewery.

A - Vibrant gold with a nice, off-white head that lasts a minute or two before diminishing to a fairly cohesive mat. Lacing is sparse.

S - Crisp and hoppy, with an herbal-floral character. Some slight metallics. Unassuming and mellow.

D - Bready sweetness on the way in - think Irish Soda Bread. Only a brief spattering of bitterness that transitions seamlessly to a nice crisp and dry swallow.

M - Very nice. Crisp and refreshing - works very well for the summertime. Light tingle and a frothy wash.

D - Excellent for the style, shining in both flavor and refreshment areas. A very good FFF offering that *doesn't* rely on on the overuse of Amarillo.

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Photo of gford217
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber courtesy of dug, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a light, clear golden amber with a small bubbly white head that recedes to a small collar pretty quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is fairly tame with some toasted grains, corn syrup and some light grassy hops.

The taste is slightly sweeter than the aroma with a sweet bsicuity malt and grain backbone. There is a light spicy hop presence with a bit of grassy notes as well. The finish is more sweet and less dry than I was expecting, certainly for a pils/dortmunder

The mouthfeel is heavier than I would like for this particular style and not nearly as refreshing and lively.

This is a decent beer from FFF, but their twists on this one took away from the drinkability and didn't add much in the way of complexity or depth. That said, a mediocre beer from FFF is better than most things out there.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured yellow that was slightly tinted hazy dark. light white head with good retention. little lacing.

not much off the nose, mostly sweet caramel and slight earthy hops.

flavor was much lighter than i expected. the noble hops were quite faint with the malts being dominant although by dominant i mean they were sort of faint as well, just not as much as the hops.

light carbonation and quite refreshing actually. this tasted better with a little chill on it still.

overall i enjoyed this and would have given the drinkability a 5.0 if this was not a $12 beer. $6 would be a far better deal, $12 is way too expensive. taste wise, i loved this and it was the perfect 4th of july lets light of fireworks beer. sure, it may not be 100% brewed to be a dortmunder or pilsner but thats what we do in america, tweak everything. happy 4th!

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 1,180 ratings