Evil Power | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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

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Photo of Dhren1979
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2011

Picked this up right after I got my 4 bottles of 2011 Dark Lord.

A: Pours a transparent golden yellow color with 2 fingers worth of foamy white head. Good head retention and the lacing is fairly sticky. Carbonation is very apparent...a good sign for this style.

S: Fairly well balance yet mild aroma. A bitter floral aroma with bready malts that add a nice mellow sweetness.

T: A slight grassy/floral bitterness on the tongue. Again, as described in the nose, there is a slight sweet bready taste. This keeps this beer balanced and quite refreshing.

M: A heavier light refreshing brew. Carbonation is well balanced and tickles the tongue as it goes down. Nice smooth finish that makes you look forward to the next sip.

O: I really enjoyed this beer; however, not sure I would want to spend $10 for another bomber of this. I think this is a great example of this style but IMO would rather see this bottled in a 6'er.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy orange hue. modest lacing

s: citrusy, grapefruit smell most forward. Light grain aroma

t: Quick, light citrus hops burst at the beginning. Grassiness on the tail end.

m: Crisp. Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot on.

o: I enjoyed this beer. Alcohol definitely sneaks up you. Thought the beer improved as it warmed up. And if there was a label rating this one would get a 5.0. Glad I had a chance to try this.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A clear, yellow-orange liquid with numerous streams of rising carbonation. The white head is very thin and splotchy.

S- Fruity with notes of apples and pears as well as some citrus and grass. A little simple, but pretty appealing considering the style.

T- Fruits such as apples, strawberries, and peaches are noticeable. There is a sweet bread aspect that keeps the hop bitterness in line.

M- An adequate carbonation presence with a lingering hop bitterness.

O- For the ABV, this drinks pretty well. I feel that this beer is about on par for the style.

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Photo of warnerry
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear burnt orange with two fingers of white head. Head has very good retention and coats the glass with lacing. Very nice.

S - Aromas of bread and apples, some floral and grassy hop notes. Faint sweetness.

T - Similar to smell, lots of bready malt, some fruit notes and slightly bitter hops on the finish. A bit more crisp hop bite would be nice, but the bottle is about 8 months old, so it may have lost a bit of hop punch. Overall tastes pretty good.

M - Medium mouthfeel is a bit syrupy, but not overly so. Finish is dry with some bitterness.

O - I enjoyed this one. Nice flavor profile, not too sweet. A touch more hop bitterness would be nice.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
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

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this @ DLD '11.

Very nice, bright white head of two fingers width that recedes to a foam that remains through all 22 ozs. The color is clear toasted amber and yellow honey color with great bubbling.

The aroma is toasty and a little warm from the abv. Crackers and biscuits and some citric and grassy smells from the hops.

Very nice toasty malt flavor. Lots of crisp of crisp toasted crackers and toasted white bread. The hops add a great spicey, citric bitterness to the almost sweet malt. Palate is a little syrupy and warm.

Cool beer that was fun to drink. I'm glad I picked up two bottles of this @ DLD '11.

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Photo of LiquidBread219
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= Pours hazy golden yellow with a 1 finger white head that left some spotted lacing

S= Fruity with notes of apples and pears as well as some citrus and grass. A little simple, but pretty appealing considering the style.

T= The Taste is similar to the nose the apples and pears come out more the citrus and grass are also very present.

M= Mouthfeel is solid - lgiht/medium body with perfect carbonation. Very good for this style.

O= Overall - enjoyed this beer and it is very drinkable I just don't see me seeking this one out that much it is a nice beer to have when enjoying a nice hot summer day Though!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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