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 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 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 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.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 tapman
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium orange/dark gold with hints of rust. Head is dense, yet whispy and frothy, the color of bleached bone and stands 3 fingers tall, though has subsided in the last minutes to a modest 1 finger.

A little alcohol, wildflowers/roses and italian bread.

Warm/hot alcohol up front with a gin-like flavor following it up. As my palate gets used to it, flavors of pilsner malt and some floral hops.

Not too thick, yet with has substance. Pretty refreshing.

Was this beer brewed for the metal crowd, i.e. drinkers of Mickey's and Steel Reserve? I know, not all of them, but many of them. Anyways, not bad and if it wasn't for the price I bet you could all the metalheads to drink this brew.

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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 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 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 kbwalters
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 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 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!

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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 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 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 hillvt4me
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Roeters
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into a pint glass.

Poured a clear golden yellow with a thin white head the sticks to the glass very well. Sweet grain, slight spicy and hop aroma, tastes of spicy yeast profile along with herbal hops and bready grain slight sulfur. Kinda thick on the tounge with a nice creamyness. Overall a good beer, well put together.

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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.

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