Evil Power | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of Dope
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A cloudy amber pour with a decent offwhite fluffy head on it. Retention is decent.

S: Bread, apples and pears.

T: Up front, pears apples and maybe some melon? Very bready throughout. A little bit of grassy hops in the aftertaste. Nice lager yeast.

M: Medium bodied, fairly high carbonation. Very little bitterness.

O: Very unique beer, unfortunately it falls a little flat. You take a pilsner which is generally very light and drinkable and then make it fairly heavy and malty. It's not offensive in any way, and honestly I kinda liked the way it smelled and tasted. It just overall doesn't work for me. Admirable effort though in making a unique beer.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden yellow with a substantial, dense off-white head that lingers. Little lacing.

Smell is bready malts, some candy sweetness, and floral hops. As it warms floral hops become more pronounced as well as a little caramel sweetness comes out.

Taste upfront is slightly sweet bready malts and floral hops. Light bitter floral finish. Lingering bitterness.

Medium body and slightly oily with medium carbonation.

Overall a mild bitterness and good floral hop presence. Kind of simple, easy to drink, and refreshing. Not a style I'm that familiar with, but it's not that exciting. Best while chilled.


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Photo of Treebs
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Maria's Package Goods and Community Bar during Chicago Craft Beer Week.

A: Pours a nice hazy orange with a decent .5 finger, off-white head.

S: Immediately big malts hit the nose with a great yeasty back drop. Some sweetness is floating around, almost like a ripened fruit.

T: Slight sweet watermelon for a brief second follow by the intense malt roast in the middle. Bitter hops at the end, but not as pronounced other imperial pilsners.

M: Light/medium bodied with nice carbonation. Leaves a malty film over the mouth after each sip which tones down the bitterness.

O: Better than other Pilsners, but still just sort of an average beer. Nothing popped or stood out for me on this one.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Hazy medium orange with a cream colored head. Some lacing left on the glass.

S - Faint citrus. that is it.

T - Bitter citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, light malts.

D - Nice carbonation, good balance.

O - Overall a nice pilsner.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Evil Power

Served in a New Belgium tulip

A: Pours translucent deep gold with a white head that is a couple inches high. Not enough effervescence to feed head so it diminishes slowly, leaving a few indistinct foamy blotches on glass and a skim of foam atop the beer itself. 

S: Soft fruity notes of banana Laffy Taffy and peach. Bready and toasty malts. 

T: The above characteristics are represented well in taste and combine to make me think of banana bread. A bit sweet up front, but relatively big bitterness takes over. 

M: Medium-heavy body balanced by medium carbonation. Full mouthfeel, but this is an imperial pilsner. 

O: An above-average representation of a below-average style. Goes down the hatch easily and is reasonably interesting on its way down. 

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Photo of HookemHoos
3.44/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: straw yellow, finger head, solid lacing.

S: mild clean grain, hint of citrus

T: light sweet grain and malt, mild grassy/pine finish

M: light/med body, good carbonation

O: Not usually a huge fan of this style, but thought FFF created a solid brew. Nice summer brew; still think ales are their bread n' butter. I think I was expecting either more hops, more grassy/pine or more citrus, almost tried to do a little bit of all three. Maybe my palate is just wacked, who knows?

I could have a few, the abv is hardly noticeable.


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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: deep gold, and clear save for the last oz of the bottle being murky. Decent receding white head.
S:bready malts and vegetal, floral, earthy, spicy hops.
T: mediums sweet malts are evenly balanced out by the smooth spicy hops. Almost crisp spicy finish.
M: medium bodied, decent carbonation.
O: worth $10 a bomber? Probably not. Cool label though.

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Photo of cwguy5
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

thanks to jisom132 for this one!

A - murky, light orange with minimal head that settled to a thin cap with light, rope-y lacing

S - malt, bread, honey, slight herbal? element in background (age?)

T - malty, bitter with some alcohol present and a bit of citrus as it warmed up; sweet, but malty-sweet not honey-sweet

M - medium bodied with fairly high, fine, prickly carbonation; moderately bitter linger that seems to shorten as i got into the beer

O - it is not my favorite style, but i warmed up to this a bit as i got through the glass. my palate adjusted some and i was able to find some citrus and grain nuance that was covered up by the bitterness at first. it is a tough style it seems and this is a noble attempt. definitely worth a shot(but it IS an imperial pilsner).

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Photo of Scrumtralecent
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Looks like a dark amber except when held up to light which makes it a lighter yellow. Foamy white head. Noticeable carbonation. Head lingers for a while with a little lacing.

S - Nice noticeable hop aroma which I was kind of hoping for from an imperial pilsner from 3 Floyds. Little barley and malt gives it an almost dark angle. Nothing too amazing, but I must say more than I expected for the style.

T - Little lackluster given the look and smell of it. The malt comes through and gives the taste a little body, but thought the hops would be a little more pronounced and a little hop hit would have made the taste more well rounded. Beer feels imbalanced with the malt forward taste and then slight hop in the aftertaste. Could have used more acidic hops to make that more pronounced throughout.

M - The malt makes this beer a little heavier, but plenty of carbonation to liven the malt taste that is available.

O - Kind of disappointed in this beer. I like Lair of the Minotaur and this beer doesn't really come close to what their music is like if that's what they are going for. Needed more hop character to make the beer more pronounced and less of a light malt pilsner.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours medium gold with a two finger white head rising up and settling slowly, leaving decent lace. On the nose there are notes primarily of bread and light fruit mixed with some light florals. In the mouth the nose repeats, quite bready, some fruit like pears, and just a bit of floral bitterness. Where are the hops? Pilsners are pretty hoppy in general, and FFF brews almost always have a big hop presence. That's why this is so strange to me. The body is medium with nice carbonation and the bready malt hanging out for a while.

Overall, this is a decent beer, but not worth $10 a bomber at all, and not a particularly good example of the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Notes of a recent beer tasting party:

A participant brought a fresh growler of Evil Power from Three Floyds…The color is golden with thin white head. I do not smell much maybe a slight hint of hop/grain, taste is common to a golden ale,,,slightly hop, slight citrus. I taste hints of clove and bananna as well….not sure what's going on. Mouthfeel is decent...certainly can suck it down.

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Photo of zachary80
3.32/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice one inch white head that is creamy with some bubbles. Good retention and huge lacing. Tawny/orange body.

Aroma is somewhat mild. Grassy, slight waxiness (get it in the taste from the malts a little too), slight spiciness like a saison.

The taste is pretty bold. Sweet finish. Bready in the middle. Some spiciness again and a lasting bitterness

Somewhat astringent finish but the body seems to have a good amount of creaminess. Proper carbonation

Overall it is a decent beer. No real hints of the alcohol, but I'd be surprised if there were at less than 8%. I personally would not buy again. It really isn't that easy to drink, nor enjoyable as a sipper.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

Y'know, I kinda regretted not picking up a bottle of this at DLD, so I'm glad to have a chance to try some now. It pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of light cream-white foam. The nose comprises grass, light flowers, and stone. The taste brings in more of the same, amping up both the flowers and the stone, and adding a hint of orange rind and some very light pineapple in the back. The body is a hefty-ish light, with a moderate carbonation and a pretty damn crisp finish. Overall, a nice pils, though kinda weak, especially for its classification and strength. Still, I could easily see downing a few pints o' this if given the chance.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I handed tis out on CBS day. Oh what a day!

A-straw yellow, almost orange with white head

S-ready and malty. Not overly special

T-follows the nose which is le ss than impressive. Thanks

M- medium body and smooth

O-average beer. Nothing too special or that I would have again

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

On tap @ FFF brewpub
From the menu:
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."
56 IBU. 7.2% ABV. $5 bowtie.

Much darker than I had expected. This is a very dark gold color with a nearly white head of 2 fingers. The head had average retention before settling into a collar of bubbles around the inside of the glass. Initial lacing is quite impressive, leaving a huge frothy ring near the top of the glass... But then, nothing for several sips... Some lace returns towards the final 1/4 of the glass, but it forms amorphous blobs that don't seem as aesthetically pleasing as the initial ring.

The nose holds tons of pilsner malt... Bready, biscuity, as dry... The hops seem to offer a lemony hint with a floral, perhaps spicy, quality hiding in there too.
The beer has an odd chalkiness that doesn't work in regards of overall refreshment-- it finishes sweet, which is odd considering how dry I find the beer up front.

The body is medium and little low on the carbonation.

Overall-- this isn't a beer that lives up to FFf standards. Most other breweries would get rave reviews for a 7.2% pils, but here, the flavors don't pop-- and it isn't even especially well-balanced. Only just a slight hint of bitterness to counteract the massive malt bill...

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Photo of BMoney575
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-30-11

Pours a clear golden orange color, with a fizzy white head and wide rings of lacing. Like a macro but a little darker.

Smell is hoppy, but with an odd malt character that I can't quite place. Almost adjuncty, and completely without the intense hop aromas that you would expect from an Imperial. Disappointing.

Taste is just like the smell, with no real hop presence other than bitterness. The sweet malt contributes an almost malt liquor quality. Not very good.

Mouthfeel is good, the slickness adds more depth, but does not help the sticky sweetness.

Drinkability is decent, the alcohol is well handled, and the sweet flavors do not last very long.

Overall, it's possible that the hops have faded in the month since I got this beer, because that's what it tastes like. Too bad I can't get a fresh one.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.16/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 06/04/11 notes. Picked up a bomber of this at the brewery on DLD. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a hazy orange yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of floral notes, a little bit of sweet fruit, some spice, and some wheat.

t - Tastes of floral hops and notes, wheat, spice, pepper, grain, very light fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall just a pretty average pilsner. Not sure if I just don't really appreciate the style or what, but it just seemed a bit bland to me. Not a beer I'd seek out again, and a rare miss for FFF. Probably my least favorite beer I've had from them so far.

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Photo of mattboyer182
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - burnt orange in color with a thin white fucking head.

S - insanely bready and malty. Super sweet.

T - German hops and bready malts. Just not complex to me.

M - light to medium bodied and heavily carbonated.

O - not that special for what it is. Definitely disappointing for three floyds.

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Photo of AttitudeBrew
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a darker yellow, almost orange with a white beady head.

S- Malty and bready.

T- Sweet malty taste. Slight bit of bitterness on the backend

M- light mouthfeel. Medium carbonation .

O- not a bad beer, nice lacing but probably won't seek this one out again

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to funkyaudio for the beer! Poured from bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a deep dark golden pour, with a healthy bright white head, laces well throughout. Aromas are vibrant florals and lemons with pale malts, bread, and biscuits in addition to some lemon, pine, and florals that round out well. Bready and biscuits, that moves into some lemon and florals, grass, some sweetness. Soapy, touches of more lemon, with a light rind. Medium bodied beer and decent carbonation throughout. There was some bite which ultimately leads to the overall taste that went flat all of a sudden. A major disappointment for such a big hyped beer coming out of Dark Lord Day. Not one of my top 3F beer here...

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Photo of JohnG190
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
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!

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Photo of stakem
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber picked up at DLD, opened and shared with friends. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear copper color with a thin white head that quickly dissolves. A swirl revives a creamy merange of yellowish stained head about a finger strong. Spotty lace sticks in a webbing to the glass.

The smell of this brew is mostly grassy and sulfuric. There is a sweet malt backing almost like caramel but not quite. The sweetness is candy-like left inside the nose which comes across a bit like bubblegum. For the most part, the aroma of this brew is composed of a mixture if sulfur and grassy hops.

The taste is caramel malt sweetness mixed with grassy hops and sulfur notes. The alcohol is evident with a fruity flavor almost like bubblegum. There is an herbal quality almost medicinal flavor of alcohol mixed with the hops. Quite a bit of residual sweetness is left in this brew. The aftertaste of this brew is lightly orange-like with a mild rind flavor.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It boasts a slick, creamy feel instead of the typical pils crispness. I appreciate the attempt but just couldn't get into this brew no matter how much I wanted to. Imperial pils is a hard style to pull off and I think this example missed the mark. At $10 a bomber, I would not buy this again. I was thankful to have 2 other people help me finish the bottle.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance -- Pours a golden honey hue with a slim white head. Looks nice.

Smell -- Pale malt, mild fruity lager fermentation character, and an abundance of grassy and earthy hops. Mild spicy hops as well. Fairly uninspired.

Taste -- Pretty ho-hum: Pale husky malt dominates. Malt sweetness is mild as is the plum-like lager fruitiness. Grassy hops and earthy bitterness make a run at counterbalancing the dry, almost bready malt, but doesn't quite deliver. In fact, the earthy hop character is a bit of a distraction.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light body with medium carbonation. Not bad.

Overall -- I was really hoping for this to be a hoppy strong lager a la Southern Tier Krampus, but to no avail. Even as a fortified Pils, this is not a very strong effort. This beer shows once again that lagers are the Achilles' Heel of FFF.

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Evil Power from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 402 ratings.
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