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Evil Power | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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 Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses. Big thanks go to Stakem for grabbing this for me at last year’s Dark Lord Day. I’ve had it chilling in the fridge every since.

Pours a hazed copper with a ½ finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with some frothy edging and thin wisps across the middle, leaving back a cascade of sticky sudsy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of softer citrus notes, with orange and an almost tart grape skin character standing out to me the most. This is surrounded by spicy and leafy hops and some tight doughy grains across the back of the nose.

The taste is similar, with some gentle, semi-ripe fruit that melds well with the softer feel of the Pils malts. A leafy bitterness has a moderate assertiveness to it and finishes this pretty dry and spicy. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a firm prickly creaminess that blows up in the mouth maybe a bit too much. There is some light warmth here but this is pretty darn smooth. I’m glad they kept the ABV at a respectable level here.

This one held up pretty well. Maybe some of the pop had diminished but I was really digging the unexpected fruit character that emerged here as this warmed and the overall smoothness of this shocked me a bit as well. Solid stuff as usual from FFF.

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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 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 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 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 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 nrbw23
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grabbed this one up at DLD this year. Well, actually my lovely wife did. So a big thanks to her!

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, more so at the end of the bottle. Nice white head, has really good retention and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

S- Quite a bit of bready malts here. A bit floral and spice in the hops. Not really anything else.

T- Pretty bready, light hops and pretty boring. Nothing really out of the ordinary here. Pretty disappointed in this one.

M- A tad bit on the fuller side of medium and carbonation was right on.

O- I guess maybe I had a higher expectations for this one. I found this one pretty boring.

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

Bottle courtesy of Iain.

A: The pour on this beer is a bright orange-amber color with a finger or so of white head.

S: Not a great nose, but decent. Sweet bready and cracker malts with a bit of apple juice and some floral hops. A little bit of yeast and caramel sweetness.

T: A more well put together flavor. Plenty of malt giving the beer a nice bread and biscuit flavor. There are lots of floral malts and a hint of citrus peel. A light bitterness on the back end rounds it out.

M: Medium in body with a medium carbonation. Could have used a little bit more effervescence, though.

O: Imperial pilsners can often been too sweet, but this had a nice balance to it.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 LusciousJackson
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spoils of war from Dark Lord Day '11 included a pair of bombers of this bad boy. Even have the matching T-shirt, which gets me some scared looks from little old ladies in the grocery store. I'm not use to looking this evil. But I dig it.

A vigorous pour into the trusty New Belgium balloon results in a beautiful marshmallow fluff head on top of a darker than expected body. Dark gold is a weak descriptor but it's the best I've got. Plenty of bubbles working their way up from the laser-etched bicycle make for a really pretty glass of beer.

Aroma is lightly floral with some hay? The alcohol comes through but lends a spicy scent more than chemical. It's not bad, but not impressive either.

Classicly pilsner but with a heavier alcohol presence. I'm trying to keep it categorized as a spicy taste but as someone earlier described it, it's almost gin-like. The back end is bitter after a bit of sweet from the malts.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean, but nothing much to speak of.

Overall, this is an interesting beer that I am grateful to have the opportunity to drink. Although the style isn't one I would consider overly appealing and the alcohol taste in this one keeps it from being very drinkable.

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Photo of AgentZero
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow beer with a white head that left some spots on the sides.

S - Some noble hops smell and some caramel malts. Smells like a bit of alcohol, not a ton going on.

T - Tastes much like many imperial pilsners, at a little too sweet and too hot.

M - Lighter bodied with a slight bit of syrup feel and lower carbonation.

O - Not real great, but most imperial pilsners are not. Pass.

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Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half of fluffy off white head. A layer of carbonation remains with a little lacing.

Smell: A very mild smell overall. Hints of sweet malt and some fruit.

Taste: There is some alcohol up front. Then I'm picking up a light malt sweetness. The finish is quite bitter with hints of fruit and pepper along with floral hops.

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium with a normal amount of carbonation. The finish is a bit slick.

Overall: Not a bad beer, a bit heavy on the alcohol. The bitterness hits pretty hard in the finish. A solid offering.

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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 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 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 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 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 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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Evil Power from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
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