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Jinx Proof | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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188
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1,158
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
31.03%
 
 
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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 1,158
Photo of innersanctum
4.82/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 2015 Update to prior review:
This is more an inquiry to other members than a review, but does anyone else suspect there's been a reformulation of Jinx Proof? The latest pack of this product has a taste with considerably more bread in the mouthfeel, its an easier drinking lager, and the lingering hop signature finish is no longer pronounced.

Thoughts anyone???




This may be the most impressive product released from 3F, and its all due to the subtletees of this brew rather than their traditional take no prisoners approach. The Floyds have plenty experience with lagers despite limmitted bottle and bar releases so they've had lots of time to practice for Jinx Proof.

A - cloudy pale yellow with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles rising to form a thick frothy head on the pour, and disipating to a whisper and retention.

S - a pronounced bouquet of grapefruit and alcohol which is balanced with the mouthfeel

T - this is a Dortmunder lagger but more, bigger taste, pleanty of carbonatin comes through, this is a very traditional beer but... more. Very pronounced malt, bready, bitter hoppy tones, simply delicious.

M - mouthfeel is most impressive as the flavor lingers for a long while leaving a pleasent coating on the palette.

Overall this reminds you of the time when you were a kid and tasted dads beer. Its so very traditional but... more. This may be one of the most impressive releases quite simply due to their back to the roots approach with Jinx Proof.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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 pschul4
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into handydandy weizen glass.

A- pours a very hazy golden hue with thin bubbly head that sticks around for a little bit and retains decently

S- Not a whole lot going on in the smell department. Pears are the first thing that come to mind but it's a very faint scent

T- reminds me of oranges and grapefruit with classic hop and malt characteristics. Very straight forward, nothing crazy but by no means a let down

M- This is very carbinated, almost reminds me of a soda. Nice dry finish though so no complaints here

O- Eh, decent beer. Probably not going to get it again but still glad I got to try it

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Photo of AgentZero
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Transparent golden colored beer with a healthy white, foam head that left some lacing on the sides.

S - Fairly grainy, with some nobel hops.

T - Malty sweetness, little bit bready, some good noble hops bitterness. Fairly clean and easy drinking.

M - Crisp, lighter bodied, good carbonation.

O - Enjoyed this beer a good deal and could session it regularly.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a see through golden color with a thick white head.

S - Typical lager smell. Grains and biscuty. light hops. nothing to brag about.

T - A malty taste mostly grainy with a little bit of hops at the end. nothing complex going on here.

M - Light bodied and heavy carbonation.

O - Just a normal session beer. Light and easy to drink.

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Photo of emerge077
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this some time ago in the bomber size serving, but reviewing fresh with the new release fof 12 oz. bottles.

Into a footed tulip it pours a pale pastel yellow orange. Pretty damn hazy, obviously unfiltered... mit hefe. Copious long lasting foam, sticky lace that coats the glass.

Clean, nondescript, grassy aroma. A little maltiness, not much.

Pleasantly bitter and understated, crisp and clean with a bit of bready sweetness upfront that fades quickly under a wave of noble hop bitterness. Nice crispness to the light bodied lager, something you could easily have several of. Lingering grassiness and vague biscuit flavors. Again, a super clean and drinkable session lager, traditional to the hilt... it's not an IPA, just in case you were wondering.

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Photo of Wadsey
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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 nrbw23
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear golden color with a nice white head. Head has good retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- Smell is pretty grainy and bready. With a touch of floral hops. Maybe Noble hops I'm not sure.

T- I went into this one with pretty much no expectations and this one was pretty solid. Taste is very bready, caramel malts, and hops in the rear. Not nearly as hop forward as other Three Floyds beers. A nice taste of apples and grapes in here as well. A very solid brew for sure.

M- Lighter side of medium and good amount of carbonation.

O- Very easy to drink and I wish I had some more of this one.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
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 oline73
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden/yellow color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head fades and leaves a ring around the glass.

Smell: Slightly sweet malt with perhaps a hint of citrus.

Taste: Crisp with bitter finish that is enjoyable in the hot weather. Other than that the flavor isn't particularly full or anything. There is some malt, but not a ton going on here.

Mouthfeel: A bit on the thin side. A normal amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I didn't feel like there was anything special about this beer. I enjoyed the bitter finish, but otherwise a bit boring to be hones. FFF gets a pass due to the fact that I've loved almost everything else I have tried from them.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
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 Lukafer
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

 From notes:

Comes to me a cloudy golden with little white head that leaves clingy lacing.  Smells slightly grainy, with malts.  Tastes a touch grainy with some light citrus, and a slightly bitter hop finish.  Mouthfeel is medium, drinkability is extremely high. Not one of my favorite styles, not a very challenging beer but a good solid drinker, could defitinely see drinking a lot of it in the summer time.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bomber (no date stamp) into dimpled mug. Pours a yellow-golden colored body mostly clear, but with a slight haze. Finger-width, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a light lacing throughout the session. Aroma is a lightly sweetened grainy, pils malt with a light herbal hop backing. Flavor is a richer grainy malt with a medium sweetness. A touch of bread and honey as well as a light fruit come in during the middle before this finishes with a light to moderate level of herbal, grassy bitterness and a pinch of spice. Dry and crisp with a somewhat flat lingering aftertaste which was disappointing to me especially coming from 3F. Medium body, smooth, and a soft carbonation. Overall, this tasted like a regular macro pils. Its straightforward brew that provides a crisp and hop bitterness. Definitely an unusual release from FFF, but it proves to me that they're not just all about the juicy hop and malty bombs. Good point there.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.08/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was really stoked to try this and when I did I was really bummed. I couldn't believe how generic this turned out to be. I tried telling myself that there must be something that will pop up in the after taste but there wasn't. I never expected this from 3 Floyds. This beer was yellow, clear, and not very flavorful.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped glass. It poured a golden yellow color with a nice full, bright white head to it. The head faded to a thin layer, but left some great lacing as I drank it.

The aroma shows some sweet, grainy, malt flavors as well as a crisp, lemony, citrus flavor. It's pretty clean and crisp and seems to be a pretty balanced aroma.

The taste starts out with some of the grainy, sweetness. I get more toasted malts to it midway and towards the finish. The citrus is a little more reserved in the taste, but a little shows through. Again pretty crisp and clean.

The mouthfeel feels like it's on the heavier side for the style, but still pretty light overall. Carbonation also feels a little low for the style, but above average overall. Overall it was a pretty good beer for the style. It was crisp, clean and easy to drink. Pretty good beer overall for the style.

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Photo of zrab11
2.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Has a golden straw color with small head that dissapates quickly

S-Has a slight citrus smell

T- Tastes like a watered down budweiser

M-Light Bodied

D- This is the 1st 3 floyds beer i have not liked. I would of rather been drinking a Crisp Budweiser then this. Just tasted like a watered down amercan lager. Not much flavor or much of anything going on.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odorless yet flavorful zesty lemon meringue
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A: Hazy sunny yellow body with a fleeting one finger white head.

S: Possibly the least aromatic beer I've yet encountered... nothing but a hint of dusty hops.

T: Ah, here we go... largish dry biscuit malt, sweet lemon meringue, a generous helping of spicy, earthy hops... pretty original and delicious.

M: Creamy and full... a bit grainy, but in a good way.

D: Can become a bit cloying, but still quite high.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A substantial lager with a musty/malty upstart and a grassy hop bite in finish. With the malt essence at the forefront, this Dortmunder is more full and rounded than most.

This Dortmunder pours a medium straw color with a mild haze. Initially, the foamy white head takes a sturdy appearance but fades to a sheet before long; but then lacing well thereafter.

A grainy-sweet, medium malty aroma gives the impression of fresh baked bread and bread dough. Lightly pungent to the nose, partly from malt; partly from floral hops.

Flavors are stronger than most lagers, expecially when considering pilsner malt profiles of breads and grain. Light on hop flavor, but the bitterness takes on notes of lemongrass and fresh cut grasses that grow going into the finish and is further amplified by the fading malt flavor. Breadiness and slight bitterness follow in aftertaste.

The fullness of pilsner malt is felt more in mouthfeel- quite rich, bready-textured, and rounded. The beer holds a creamy feel, giving a fatter mid-palate before fading to a semi-dry finish that is tempered by only the balancing bite of hops.

Jinx Proof is an easy drinking lager beer with a slighly more robust malt flavor and body, followed by a bit more hop bite than is expected for the style (starts to play into German Lager territory). The lemony-grassy hop notes in finish is a nice reprieve.

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Photo of bbeane
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a oversized snifter... starts with a weak white head that appears and disappears quickly leaving minimal lacing. Beer is a golden straw color... tiny bit cloudy

S- Ever so little bit of citrus bitterness, orange, corriander

T- Very light bitterness, citrus, lemon, orange, corriander

M- Light body with light carbonation

D- Very easy to drink and refreshing beer. Nothing complex but well done. Can't factor in price as I didn't pay for it

CHEERS!!

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a dimpled mug at FFF brewpub

This beer was interesting, it was described to me as a pilsner, but here it says a Dortmunder. It was probably a combination of the 2 in hindsight. This beer pours a nice golden color with a decent white head on it. The smell was not particularly strong in any regard. All I was able to grasp was some light sweet malt notes on the nose, but really there wasn't much there. The flavor was a quality mixture of lots of pilsner malt and some bready biscuit malt. It was a nice mug of liquid bread that I had the opportunity to taste, that the way I look at this beer. The mouthfeel was oddly flatter than I would have anticipated due to the lightness of this beer. It was good and drinkable.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a dimpled mug at the brewpub.

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 Auracom
3.47/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Served on-tap in Munster on January 15th, 2011 in a large mug.

A - Slightly murky golden coloring, thin head < 1 finger, white/offwhite lacing.

S - Malt-heavy, a little bit of orange, general sweetness in there.

T - Again, malty, slight bitterness, very much reminiscent of pilsers I've had in the past. Lightness is a good descriptor.

M - some smoothness, ok carbonation, slick hop/alcohol coating on the backend of the tongue.

D - This was a tough one for me, mainly because I really don't care for the style but admittedly it is pretty well done compared to what else I've had. For FFF repertoire it seems a bit odd. Regardless, it's not half-bad.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
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 cetherid
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass.

A.

your average looking american lager. Light straw color with about 1 fingers worth of very white head.

S.

nothing real strong but some slight bready grains with some earthy notes to it. Reminds me a bit like weihenstephaner festbier. For this particular style of beer I'd say it's pretty decent.

T.

Similar to nose. Bready malts, slight bitterness in there. A very clean, crisp tasting beer. Maybe a slight hint of honey in here? Again, very similar IMO to the Weihenstephaner.

M.

Great for the style. A very light bodied beer. Good carbonation for the style. A nice crisp clean beer with a nice refreshing finish. Would be great on a hot day.

D.

pretty good, but doubt I'd grab another bomber of this. Too many other good FFF beers I'd grab and I'm more of an ale man myself. Doubt this will be around longer anyways. A sweet looking bottle though!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Jinx Proof from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 1,158 ratings.
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