Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Evil Power | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
82 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Evil PowerEvil Power

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by aasher on 05-01-2011

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 82 | Ratings: 403
Photo of fireman462
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise that FFF had a new beer without the heavy hop tones of their other beers. Had on tap at DLD 2011.

Appearance: Nice golden color with visible carbonation and crystal clear appearance.

Smell: Clean and refreshing

Taste: Crisp, reminded me of pilsners I have had in northern Germany, a nice alternative to the regular hoppy style of FFF

Mouthfeel: a cleansing affect as I still had a little taste of ZD on the tongue.

Overall: This was great surprise that they had introduced a new beer on DLD one that strays from their normal.

Only bad thing is Evil Power name is deceiving for this beer, after hearing the band Lair of Minotaur and reading that this was tribute to them I expected a beer that would hit you over the head with its IBU but was pleasantly surprised.

 798 characters

Photo of Gear54
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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!

 380 characters

Photo of IrishHockey
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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.

 941 characters

Photo of blackie
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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

 720 characters

Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

 396 characters

Photo of Fcolle2
4.31/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

 770 characters

Photo of facundoCNB
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

 652 characters

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

 548 characters

Photo of cetherid
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass


Beer is a nice dark golden color (light gold when held up to the light). About a fingers worth of frothy eggshell colored head that leaves some great lacing around the glass. Some nice bubbles floating up from the bottom of the glass to the top. For the style, this is a nice looking beer.


Definitely bready/grainy malts with a touch of floral hops. Subtle hints of citrus and maybe just a touch of honey as well. A basic, but fairly solid aroma for a pilsner.


A nice little bitter bite up front, moving onto the slightly sweet grainy (and maybe a touch grassy) malts that dampen the bitterness moving onto a crisp and refreshing finish. Alcohol becomes a little noticeable towards the end as well.


about medium bodied with great carbonation. A nice little "tinge" on the tongue with each sip along with a nice crisp, clean finish.


I'm not much of a pilsner guy but this is impressive. Good flavor, very refreshing, and not to mention its from my favorite brewery. I'm sure my non beer geek friends would find this brew enjoyable but I doubt this will be around much longer. Would I buy this again? Doubtful as I'm an ale man, but if someone bought a round of this I'd drink it with a smile on my face.

 1,254 characters

Photo of Ri0
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

 792 characters

Photo of MasterSki
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

 1,122 characters

Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lee – thanks! I’d never heard of this beer before but FFF is always worth a try.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a slightly off-white head that leaves decent lacing.

Smells of syrupy pilsner malts with large amounts of breadiness and lighter amounts of honey. Also present are earthy and slightly grassy hops.

Tastes very similar to how it smells, although the pilsner malts are a bit crisper. Light pilsner malts up front are joined quickly by earthy and light citrus hops. The hops fade out shortly, allowing heavy breadiness and slight honey sweetness to come into play. Earthy hops work their way back into things near the end, carrying through to a mildly bitter ending. Mouthfeel is very good, with grainy carbonation.

Overall this was on the maltier side for the style, but I thought it was still well done. Not necessarily one I’d itch to revisit, but it’s worth a shot.

 915 characters

Photo of 3FaveryRogue
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at DLD 2011:

[A] Pours a nice golden yellow with a white head. Par for the course. BUT; The lacing on just a subtle tip of the glass is amazing.

[S] Smell hints at a touch of "imperial" sweetness, dough, bread, crackers, and some subtle citrus/florals. Can't consciously detect any "Euro" maltiness, but who knows. Enjoyable mix of pils yeastiness and american hops.

[T] I don't find this to be as overly sweet as some versions of "Imperial Pilsners" that I've tried before. It actually restrains itself quite well for a beer dubbed "Evil Power". 7% is slightly detectable on finish; But a pleasant rendition overall. Pale malts and citrus hops mingle well throughout the taste.

[M] Very smooth, soft feel; balanced; good carbonation and a dry, peppery bite on end. This one is mild-bodied. Not a sipper; nor something I'd want 2-12 ounce bottles of in a sitting.

[O] I notice this is listed as American Double Pilsner. What happened to European Strong Lager? Weren't beers such as Flossmoor .357 and Mikkeller Draft Bear in that category?

Had to give this almost 4s across the board, because I enjoyed it for a style I'm not especially fond of. Not hopped to hell, not crazy sweet, not boring in the end. Wouldn't seek it out, unless I was a big pils fan. Jinx-Proof made a return; but even if this did I think 1 was enough.

 1,350 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a bowtie glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly hazy orange body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles and a sticky beige creamy head that last a good bit.

S- There is a clean aroma with a citrus spiced hop note that is dry.

T- There is a taste of dry pilsner malt with a soft sweetness and a spicy green hop finish that has some hint of citrus to it. There is a clean dry finish.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and a soft warming alcohol note in the finish.

O- This beer is a nice clean lager with some good hops that are juicy but dry and a soft bitterness. There is a faint woody note in the bitterness as the beer opens up that adds some nice depth.

 688 characters

Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

 941 characters

Photo of jsh420
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head that left some spotted lacing

smells of light fruity apples and light cereal grains and good amount of dry hopping i am guessing

taste i get a nice slap of hops upfront but they are gone so fast that it makes me angry they do not linger - hints of booze light apples and lemon fruit good amount of earthy spice then the bready cereal grains on the finish

mouthfeel is solid - lgiht/medium body with perfect carbonation

overall - enjoyed this beer but i do not see this beer being in the rotation mine or theirs

 566 characters

Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

 1,207 characters

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up two bottles of this at DLD right after grabbing my four bottles of DLD. I ended up opening both of them within the hour and sharing them with random BAs. It poured a thinner golden yellow in color with a sticky bright white head that laced my snifter. It smelled of sweet pale malts, bitter hops, honey, and lemons. I thought it was interesting. It tasted of sweet pale malts, light honey, and had a bitter lemony finish. It was well carbonated and drank well for the style. It was good, but I wouldn't say that it was My Antonia good. I meant to hold on to one of these for others to try but ended up opening my second bottle, only to talk football with a random BA for a half hour. Oh well, guess I'll have to go back to FFF.

 739 characters

Photo of mcallister
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep crystal clear golden color with an impressive faintly yellow head of 3 inches. Pillowy and thick blanketing my tulip as it fades.

Phenol alcohol aromas, crackery, bready with hints of toffee and caramel. Some earthy and floral hop presence with a bit of spicy character.

I like this had it at Dark Lord Day and was dissapointed. Now it seems to have mellowed out in the mouth and much more caramel and toffee sweetness is coming though in the middle and finish. Crackery in the middle finishing with the classic noble hop flavors. A bit spicey, a floral and earthy. Mouth is creamy and decadent and alcohol only shows slightly in the chest.

 648 characters

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

 224 characters

Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evil Power pours out with a nice golden color with solid white head and good lacing. Bread yeast and fruits on the nose, it smells appealing. It tastes like light hops and malts not overly grassy for a pilnser thankfully. Creamy mouthfeel and very good drinkability. this brew is relatively nice on all levels. I would probably drinkin it again.

 346 characters

Photo of mrandypandy
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

 726 characters

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes

A: pours a golden yellow with a 2 finger white head with good retention, leaves a small amount of lacing

S: mainly yeasty and pale malts, some citrus hops and a hint of sweet fruit

T: bready/doughy malt, citrus hops, sweet citrus fruit like sweet lemons, hoppy bitterness lingers for a bit

MF: fairly light bodied, moderate carbonation, somewhat dry finish

O: interesting beer, a little hoppier than I expected but still very good. I would really like to try this one again.

 499 characters

Photo of larryarms847
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

 338 characters

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3.89/5  rDev +6%

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.

 366 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Evil Power from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!