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: 191 | Ratings: 1,167
Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean orange-ish to yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, roasty, earthy, and lagery. In the taste, a roasty nuttiness, and still quite lager like. A hop bite and a lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dryer roasty lager like aftertaste. A touch nutty, and roasty, and hoppy, quite a nice lager.

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Photo of EPseja
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color; two inches of foam cap the liquid and leave streaks of lace as the liquid is consumed

Smell: Bready and grainy, with a faint grassy note

Taste: Very clean, with a faint taste of bread and grain; the grassy hops are muted and the beer finishes as it started, crisp and clean

Mouthfeel: Light body with crisp carbonation

Overall: A beer to show the macro lager drinkers what they should be drinking

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Photo of siege06nd
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle to nonic pint. Bottled 12/28/2013.

A. Pours a mostly clear, straw gold color. Very slightly cloudy and with a half finger of plain white head. Lacing is tight and consistent.

S. Biscuit, lavender, grass, honey, light pine.

T. Mild pineapple sweetness/tropical notes, zesty herbs, cracker, grass and pine on the finish.

M. It starts with some light, tropical, sweet hop notes, then fades into a malty breadiness with some darker fruit flavors, then with a high dry finish with some pine bitterness. It's crisp, but not necessarily light...I'd say light-moderate bodied, with flavor sufficient to chew on a bit but not moving it completely out of the "refreshing" category.

O. This is a very very very good Dortmunder. A little too sweet and tropical for the style, but very enjoyable nonetheless. Provides a flavorful experience and satisfying dry finish while still being reasonably light on its feet. If you're someone who appreciates the lager side of the beer spectrum, this should be on your wish list. One of the better American Dortmunders out there.

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

Great looking tall dense head on a clear light golden body.
The aroma is really biscuit like, although i did eat biscuits and honey for dinner, but that was over an hour ago, so i am fairly certain that it is the beer i am picking up. It smells like a old world noble hopped beer, with an aroma that always personally makes me think of a gravel road though a field in the dry summer, i am on these a lot, and noble hops trigger that connection in my head. Call me odd.
In true Three Floyds fashion, this beer is heavily hopped. Clean and earthy, noble hops abound, and a touch of citrus adds some brightness. Biscuit and grains, a pinch of spice.

I really am getting into this beer, i know it's a week fresh, picked it up delivery day, and it's really tasty. It really hits that noble hop spot when it is itching, and i will be buying packs of this often.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
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 wvsabbath
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Straw yellow, 1/2 foamy head, some nice sticky lacing.

Smell - Caramel/toffee/buttery malts, lager malts for sure. Yeasty sugars, some fruits but mostly malts.

Taste - First sip starts out sweet with lager malts at center. Caramel and buttery malts are soon to follow. Has some floral fruits as a backbone, like apple and pear. Mildly bitter at the finish with a little sweet sugary note.

Mouthfeel - The malts really coat the tongue throughout the drink. Palate gets the reminding malts, along with a little hop bitterness. The aftertaste is a little sweet, hoppy dry.

Overall - Not a bad beer at all. A little different flavor for the style but still is a malt forward drink. Packs a punch for being under 6%, yet is still crisp and easy to enjoy.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 deathdealer666
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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 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 RickS95
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Admittedly, I don't care for lagers. However, this doesn't look much like one. It pours an orangey amber color, similar to a lot of pale ales, and is much darker than what I'm used to seeing. The head is white, creamy and thick, has good retention, and caps a pleasant looking drink.

There's nothing that sticks out in the nose, but that's not a bad thing. You have to dig deep because it's a lager, but you'll pick up some pilsner style malt, crackery yeast, and the faint smell of Noble hops. Everything is subtle and muted, but it's there.

Wow, plenty of taste. Lots of crisp malt and the gentle spice of the Noble hop. There's really an explosion of taste, again, not what I'm used to. Kind of a bready taste, with some toffee and some spice in the finish for balance.

Really a treat for the palate. Creamy and spicy, a bit savory, crisp, there's good complexity here. Medium bodied despite the low ABV. Plenty to keep the palate guessing. Acidic crisp, buttery bitter finish.

If all lagers tasted like this, I'd drink them more often. This is good. It's easy to drink, has little ABV so you can drink them all day long while you're at the baseball game. Smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 deadonhisfeet
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a New Belgium snifter. Pale gold color. Slightly hazy. Nice effervescence. One finger of creamy head. Nice retention. The nose has nice, sweet, clean, cracker-like malt notes. A bit of hoppy spiciness too.

Light to medium body. Good firm feel. Nice clean malt flavors up front. At mid-palate, flowery hops come in and provide a nice peppery finish. Very smooth, drinkable, and refreshing.

Pilsners are not my favorite style and I do not seek them out, but I found this one to be quite enjoyable. Neither the malt nor the hops are ever lost in this beer. Both are evident and noticeable. A well-crafted pilsner that should appeal to fans of the style.

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Photo of Lolli1315
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Gold in color and slightly hazy, more than I would prefer. Thin white head that becomes patchy with time. No lacing can be seen.

S- Toasted sweet malt with an underlining grainy character. Clean and crisp lager character. Bread and biscuit lie beneath throughout.

T- Very much follows the taste. A sweet toasted malt in the front. The clean crisp lager character with a grainy cracker taste towards the middle. A floral hop taste emerges in the middle and progresses to the finish. Little to no bitterness in the finish with a lingering malt sweetness.

M- Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Sweet finish.

O- Although not quite at the session beer range, a great lager you can have a couple of and not feel too bad. Not quite as good at Dortmunder Gold, but in the same ballpark.

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Photo of soze47
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a mug of this at the FFF Brewpub on 12/17/11. Review from notes.

Looks and acts like a lager in the mug. Lots of fluffy head over a straw golden body. Smells have a pilsner tone for sure: biscuity and buttery malt along with grassy and hay smells from the hops. Spiciness is involved too.

It is very crisp and clean when tasting. The flavors are kept light by an active body. Finishes somewhat dry with an accumulating bitterness from the low-acid hops.

A great lager option that I'd turn to in the Summer if it were available to me year-round.

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Photo of thebeers
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 mjl21
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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 drheron
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
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 DeFaz
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack from the brewery. Pours a straw/yellow color, and lots of bubbles can be seen rushing to the surface. The head is short (especially for a 3 Floyds beer). The nose consists of bread, grain, and a touch of fruit, and there's a bit of skunk in there too. The taste begins rather sweet with pronounced grain but finishes heavy on the bread/biscuit flavors. This beer is quite crisp and easy to drink. As I haven't had more than a couple Dortmunder beers, I can't say whether this is really remarkable, but it is refreshing. While I tried it solely because it's a 3 Floyds beer, it's not one that I would seek out again, probably just because I'm not that interested in the style.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised to see this on tap in Columbus (Champps Restaurant). It's obviously not as popular as Gumballhead/ZD/Alpha King, but I'm willing to take any offering from 3Floyds.

The initial taste follows the nose. Can't escape FFF hops here and the finish is more bitter than I expected.

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Photo of brewdude1982
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jinx proof lager - FFF
A: 4.5 pours amber with a thick frothy head that dissipates  moderately
S: 4.25 smells like sweet malts
T: 3.5 not a lot in the hops for this one but them again it is a lager. As far as lagers go this is very drinkable. I could drink this all day.
MF: 4.0 as fas as lager go this is a decent bodied beer and is carbonated nicely.
O: 4.25 this beer is pretty good and I would definitely drink again and would recommend to others. 

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 do_ob
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Cylinsier
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a clear golden with a half inch of sudsy white head. Dissipates fairly slowly.

Smells of fresh grassy malts and a hint of honey and citrus.

Grassy malt over mildly bitter dry hops with a hint of citrus.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

A nice thirst-quenching lager with a great flavor profile. Very impressive and quite good.

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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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