Evil Power
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Pilsner - Imperial
Ranked #38
Ranked #32,687
3.76 | pDev: 11.97%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
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Notes: A fortified European-style Pilsner lagered to perfection, brewed with Heavy Metal Warriors Lair of The Minotaur, in commemoration of their fourth full length release “Evil Power".

56 IBU
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 406 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One thing we all know too well is that all beers are not alike, and another thing is that even a favorite brewery is capable of disappointing. I've never had a Three Floyds beer I didn't like before last night. And also, I'm rarely thrilled with "double pilsners" or "imperial pilsners." Perhaps these two facts will conspire to either prove one right or the other wrong? Let's look at yesterday's notes of Three Floyds' "Evil Power", to find out.
Chicago Beer #8.

Three Floyds Evil Power Imperial Pilsner. What's going on with this label art? Sme kind of post-apocalyptic, meta-human, super-God-like creature pantheon of madness or something? Okay, okay, I'm scared, already! (Took awhile for me to identify the minotaur, actually.)

Hazed, golden hue, slim head…whatchagonna do? But, not bad for an I.P.

Aroma: clean, crisp, grainy, …perfect pilsner nose. Small hop presence, just right malt notes. Time to drink it…

Taste: Here we go, there it is, now it's happening. Crisp, clean, clear, all those words come roaring back, basic cereal grain from the malt, …light bodied, lean mouthfeel, good drinkability. But, hey, where's the Imperial? Boom, boom, boom, boom….

Wonder what the label will tell us? "A fortified European style pilsner lagered to perfection, brewed with heavy metal warriors Lair of the Minotaur. in commemoration of their 4th full-length release "Evil Power." Available now @ …blah, blah, blah/...skol prost cheers."

Hey, Three Floyds, do something shocking, change the game, turn some heads…make a collaborative beer with a smooth jazz flute ensemble to commemorate their latest tribute to Herbie Mann. Or something. This whole sturm und drang is just kind of…I don't know, your thing, I guess, so who am I to complain. It's just a touch tiresome. Someone has to lay off of the dungeons and dragons and Conan the Barbarian comic books. Looking straight at you guys.

So, back to the beer. It is what it is. Basic pilsner bulked up to …I don't know, once again I find a bomber with government warnings on the label, but not a note about the ABV. (7.2 %, says BeerAdvocate.)Well, it's Imperial and it's starting to bang on my brain, but it's pretty simple as a pilsner. I knew that going in, so there's really no room for complaint. I'm just an idiot ticker, when it's all said and done. I do like every Three Floyds beer I try, and this beer is what it is, it just doesn't have any extra delights. A heavy metal band wants to make a strong lager, big surprise there.

Oct 17, 2020
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kbwalters from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured cold into a pilsener glass. Date says 8/27/20154 - no idea what that means. I think it’s fresh, just bought it last week at the brewery.
Look = 4.25 Poured a clear golden copper color, darker than you’d expect from a pilsener, more like an IPA in color. Three fingers of frothy, crisp white head. Good retention and decent lace. Overall a pretty beer.
Aroma = 4.0 The pale pilsener malt is most prominent but it’s accented nicely with some crisp lemon lime citrus notes. Grew on me as the drink progressed.
Taste = 3.5 Malt forward, sweet toffee pilsener taste. There is some citrus lemon notes on the backend. Only slightly bitter.
Feel = 3.75 Light bodied with low to moderate carbonation. Light and refreshing but a little flat for a pilsener.
Drinkability = 4.25 Pretty crisp and refreshing for an imperial, smooth drinking.
Overall = 3.85 Really solid look and aroma but the taste and feel left a little to be desired. Still, a really good pilsener style beer.

Apr 24, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

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

On tap at Sugar Maple in Milwaukee. It’s dark in here, but this beer appears to be a nice amber color. Very sweet aroma. Lots and lots of malt. Good hop bite, but mostly sweet tasting from the grains. Interesting and good.

Oct 20, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle. Poured into a snifter 9/27/2014.

A- Burnt clear orange body, two finger white head that sticks around for a long while.

S- Bread, biscuits, a hint of caramel, floral and earthy.

F- Very grainy breadiness, a little caramel, crisp earthy, grassy notes with a bitter floral finish. This is very hoppy but in a different way than Three Floyds' other offerings. It's a hopped up pilsner which I can appreciate.

M- Medium bodied, a bit too thick even for an imperial pilsner. It's also very bitter with a floral, earthy bitter finish, a consequence of the overly generous hopping regimen.

O- Solid, tasty and a nice one to split with friends. Price isn't right, but if you like your big pilsners with a lot of hops, this is one you should consider buying.

Oct 01, 2014
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Pours a hazy orange, with 2.5 fingers of pilowy white head. Good amount of lacing on glass.

S - Aromas of heavy pilsner malt and yeast. Some grassy notes and grain mingles with the yeast. Hops are light with some earthy and herbal qualities. There is a sweetness to it and a bit of citrus and candied orange.

T - Nice and malty up front with a yeast and grain. Moves into the grassy notes with the herbal earth like hops. Hints of citrus and candied orange can be found on the finish.

M - Crisp and well carbonation, and medium bodied. Not as clean, but that is okay in this big beer.

O - Very nice Imperial Pils, that is not to be confused with an IPL. Those looking for hops should look at other offerings. This one will satisfy the malt lovers.

Sep 20, 2014
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larryarms847 from Illinois

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

Pours a deep golden yellow, slightly opaque with a gentle orange hue.

Pine, citrus, some spice, candied and toasted malts.

Sticky, slightly pale ale-esque with a spicy citrus nose and toasted lager malt backbone.

Mouthfeel is sticky and thick, great for a lager.

Overall, a great example of the Imperial Pilsner and would drink again!

Sep 19, 2014
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Gear54 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

From a bomber into a pint glass. Color is rich gold with thick white foam and thick sticky lace on the glass.

Smell is heavy on malt and citrus

Taste follows well with a nice hop balance. Just a touch of spice as well.

Very light mouth feel. I would say the lightest for a 7+ abv beer that I can ever remember having. Super refreshing beer that would be awesome on a hot day!

Sep 16, 2014
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IrishHockey from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured from a 22oz bottle to my Off Color Brewing tulip

Thanks to my neighbor John for the beer.

Well, pils are usually not my style of beer. I like 3 Floyd's and I like beer, and this was free beer.
The pour is orange with a nice white head. Very good retention and lacing. Looks like the classic beer look that you would see in commercials.

Smell is crisp and malt. Slight spice and citrus. Smells good

Taste is nice. Got a good fruit thing going with the malt. Very light, malty, citrus, and a slight black pepper spice.

Overall, if this was in cans, I'd drink this mowing the grass. This is a perfect outside, mindless beer. It has lots of taste and can be complex if you concentrate on the flavors. It can also be as simple as a Busch light with tons more flavor. Thirst quenching and satisfying. Floyd's should put this in cans or six pack of bottles. I could drink this all night, but at 7.2%abv I'd be shit faced in no time.

Sep 15, 2014
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PBRmeasap1980 from Indiana

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%

22oz bottle poured into snifter

A- Well filtered deep organge, almost no head
S- Light classic pils smell, but with a bit more sweetness. A touch of citrus hops.
T- Classic pils almost skunk bitterness, but quickly wiped by a citrus hops note. Finished sweet and hoppy.
M- Smooth and drinkable. Medium

O- I don't tend to like pils, but this one was enjoyable.

Sep 08, 2014
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hillvt4me from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - light yellowish-orange with almost no head after the pour and little carbonation.

S - sweet malt notes and light citrus aroma.

T - malt and an intense grapefruit bitterness; fairly straight forward.

M - A medium body and present alcohol feel.

O - a fairly straight forward Pilsner with a little more alcohol and a bit less skunky that usual for a pilsner. Good beer for a hot dog and ball game; though not what I usually choose for a type of beer.

Feb 01, 2014
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Brenden from Ohio

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

#5 1/24/14

A brew that's bright as well as mildly hazy sits a sort of medium yellow color in the glass. The head is pure white, neither large nor small but strong enough to put down some patchy lacing as it makes its way down the walls of the glass.
Even this pilsner has a distinctively 3 Floyds sense to it. It fits the style but stretches it a bit and sort of plays with it while remaining true. Biscuit and herb are the strongest notes, an even mix of hops and malts, and it has a brightness a pils really needs. A nice sulfur note and leaf add to it. It's a good size without going overboard, as big as a pilsner gets while identifying very much as one. Some are deeper, some have more complexity, some are more finely tuned, but this is undoubtedly good beer even if outside this brewery's wheelhouse, so to speak.
The feel is appropriately bright and crisp in a light-medium body. It's semi-dry without getting course, staying clean.

Jan 26, 2014
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HookemHoos from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A - murky, light orange with a very minimal head from the pour.

S - malty with other notes that I couldn't quite pick up.

T - very malty with some bitterness that I picked up on.

M - A medium to light body that wasn't overwhelming but very solid.

O - Pilsners are typically not my style, but this was very good for what it was. I would definitely recommend trying it and especially if pilsners are up your alley.

Nov 15, 2013
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Fcolle2 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours light golden and hazy in color with a big 2 finger white frothy head. Lots of carbonation and lots of lacing.

Smell has notes lightly sweet grainy malt and a good presence of floral herbal noble hop like aromas. Smells nicely balanced, yeast gives off a nice lemon rind scent that works well to tie it all together.

Taste is great. Some nice light grainy malt is forward followed by some great noble like hop flavors, herbal and spicy with a hefty amount of bitterness for the style. Yeast tastes clean and a very slight lemon rind flavor shows up on the exhale.

Mouthfeel is good, high carbonation and light feel is balanced out with some hoppy oils and bitterness that keeps this very drinkable but not to thin. There is a dry finish that I really enjoy also.

Sep 29, 2013
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JohnG190 from New York

3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Thanks to Xthul for this awesome extra! Pours a clear golden orange with a huge, white, quickly dissipating head. OK lacing. Aroma of biscuity malts followed by grassy hop notes. Doughy malts hit the tongue first followed by earthy European hops. Finishes clean and dry with some lingering hop spiciness. Medium bodied and highly carbonated. Overall, a good interpretation of the pilsner style on steroids!

Sep 14, 2013
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

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

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. Scored the second to last bottle at my local beer store. I've never listened to Lair Of The Minotaur, but I'm pairing this beer with their album Evil Power, which this beer was obviously named after. My first music collaboration beer from Three Floyds.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours a bright golden yellow colored body, with about two fingers of soft fluffy bone white head.

S - Smell is of fresh clean pilsner malt, grains, wheat, lager yeast presence, lemongrass, some earthy herbal spice rack notes, and some earthy floral hop presence. Smells pretty nice, for an imperial pilsner.

T - Taste follows the nose: fresh clean malts, grains, wheat, grass, lager yeast, lemon, herbs, earth. Crisp carbonation, and medium bodied.

M - Feel ends dry with some lingering hop bitterness. An otherwise crisp, clean, and smooth brew.

Overall, a nice beer from Three Floyds. These guys don't regularly wow me, especially with many of their lighter styled beers, but they did it here. Crisp, medium bodied, but still manages to be drinkable and refreshing, even at 7.20% abv. Well done, Three Floyds.

Three Floyds Evil Power ---4/5.

Sep 12, 2013
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a pils glass
A: Light yellow with a two-finger head that takes forever to settle and lots of carbonation
S: Lots of freshly harvested malt, herbs, just a kiss of hops
T: Very light for FFF standards, or even compared to many other pilsners, particularly "imperial". That being said, there's nice grain & it's very clean
M: Light-bodied, for its lightness it hides the alcohol well; I can't taste any
O: Again clean, no flaws which I guess means for a pilsner it's well made but being billed as an imperial pilsner (particularly from FFF) I expected more flavor

Aug 31, 2013
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in my new Firestone Walker Pivo Pils glass

A - It pours a clear golden color. I thought I made my standard pour, and the off-white head grew beyond the capacity of my glass and slid down the side.

S - It has the aroma of a European beer. I get some grain, grass, and metal.

T - This is a flavorful beer. I taste some caramel malt along with some floral hops. It finishes with a mild bitterness that is almost metallic.

M - Moderate. It is not watery which is good.

O - It has the taste of a European pils on but beefed up. It has plenty of flavor but not the flavors that I find pleasing. If you are into this style you will probably like it.

Aug 20, 2013
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Grass, wheat, lemon, some hops, earthy notes and bread.

T-Grass, lemon, mild hops and bitterness. Then in the finish there is a flavor I can't pin does but it throws off the balance. Maybe bubblegum?

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, semi-dry finish and crisp.

O-The balance is thrown off, not sure what the flavor is but it hurts the beer.

Jul 21, 2013
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facundoCNB from New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

slightly hazy golden yellow pour with a finger of bright white head, nice amount of lacing. sells of sweet pilsner malt, honey, lager yeast, cereal, slight citrusy scent. mellow herbal bitterness up front, nice pilsner sweet bready malt, lemongrass. very refreshing, sweet, and bready. medium body but crisp and refreshing like a light body beer with high carbonation yet a nice sweet creamy mouthfeel. this is a very nice beer.

i really love this style, compared to what regular pils beers are like they blow them outta the water. this, along with new glarus' and the sierra nevada beer camp imperial pils are my top 3. this one probably being at #1.

Jun 15, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle poured into a FFF Tulip

A - Golden with a slight haze to it. A big straw white head that settles down to a layer of foam that sits on top.

S - Straw, corn and bready. A malt defined nose.

T - Slight pine / hop bitterness that hits up front before a bready malt comes in. There is the normal straw I find in pilsners as well. There is a slight bitterness that comes thru in the finish as well.

MF - It definitely has a slight thickness that makes it chewy. There is a slight syrupiness to it as well. Definitely on the thicker side for a pils but I guess that makes it imperial.

O - A bit hoppy for a pilsner and definitely thicker. I like the effort to make this imperial but a thicker / bigger pilsner doesn't necessarily work as well as it does for IPAs. If it had this flavor without being so thick, I think I'd like this a lot more.

Jun 08, 2013
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange, frothy white foam on the surface, some minor flecks of lace in the glass.

Soft lemony aroma, very pleasant with a little angelfood cake in there too adding complexity.

Lemon and shortbread flavors, smooth and full bodied though crisp and drinkable. Lightly bitter hops seem almost balanced in the mix. This is great, wish it was in six packs instead of overpriced bombers.

May 29, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Bottled 5/11/13
Doom glass

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color. Later of bright white head. Sticky lacing sheeting. Good carbonation.

S: Clean Noble hops. Grassy. Crisp biscuity malts. Some lemon peel.

T: You do get some crisp bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Definitely that grassy, grainy Noble hop and malts that you come to recognize for the style. Do get some light citrus. Finish is crisp and clean. Drinks like a much lower abv brew.

M: Light leading to medium. There is a little body there. Little thicker than regular pils.

May 20, 2013
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blackie from Oregon

4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

draft at the brewpub...

a: hazy golden-orange body, full head with lots of tiny bubbles, sticky lace

s: lots of sweet, pale lager malts but maybe a dash of toasty caramel, grassy and fermented citrus peel aromas, slight alcohol

m: carbonation moderate, body lighter but carrying something of a sweet stickiness

t: sweet pale lager malts with a light toasted grain edge, rich but in good balance with the grassy, moderately bitter noble hops, steeped citrus peel, a hint of alcohol, grainy, flavorful

o: this is a style I usually enjoy and the flavor set here is a nice one, something of a nice malt liquor quality, good start to finish, drinkable; a quick buzz is a nice way to set the tone for a night in the dunes

Apr 05, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've had this in passing at various Dark Lord Days, but decided to pick up a bomber for a more thorough review. Served in a pint glass at Edward's poker night.

A - White foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacework. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - A nice noble hop bouquet, with lemon, grass, and light floral notes over top of a bready, and faintly sweet pilsner backdrop.

T - The taste is quite similar, with your typical pilsner blend of bready and light biscuit malt accented by lemon and grass noble hop flavors. Mildly bitter finish that lingers, but not much alcohol presence for an 'Imperial' Pis.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, slightly chewy in texture, with a dry, crisp finish.

D - I've come to appreciate lagers more since I first had this beer, and my upgrade in score reflects that palate shift; I'm not sure the beer has really changed since I first had this in 2011, although some of those reviews mention excessive sweetness, which certainly wasn't the case here. I prefer lower-ABV pilsners like Pony, but I sill had no problem splitting a bomber with Smyra.

Jan 10, 2013
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mrandypandy from Georgia

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

22oz bottle purchased from the brewery and stored in my cellar. Never got to try this fresh...

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange/copper. Nice white head on pour which lasts and leaves some lacing. Doesnt look like a pilsner in any capacity, but still a good looking brew.
S - Sweet. Malty overtones ith some honey sweetness. Again, not pilsner like, but good.
T - Big, malty sweetness, and yet the hop bitterness is still present.
M - Full bodied, and yet a good amount of carbonation. Prickly on the tongue at times.
O - Not sure what to expect at this point and with the beer aged as long as it was, but I was quite happy with the results. Kind of like a baby barleywine of sorts Would have loved to have tried it fresh.

Aug 04, 2012
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