Evil Power | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Evil PowerEvil Power

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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 harrymel
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as an extra from a DLD trade. Here we go:

A: pours a light golden lager with a single finger of white suddy foam which falls to a veritable sheet of the same with ascending collared grace. Excellent to brilliant clarity.

S: Smells of classic grainy pilsner. Catch includes a bit of metallic scents in there. Wishing for a bit more crispy final hop notes.

T: Tastes like a pilsner with corn added. Not impressed. The grain bill is evident, and simple.

M: Medium feel with moderate carb. Slightly dry on the finish.

O: This is an unimpressive beer for FFF. Imperial Pilsners can be so much more: hops and malts can take on beautiful and compex nuances. Too bad they were unable to make this happen.

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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 htomsirveaux
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Tried on tap at Floyds 23 May 2011. Served in their bowtie glass, maybe 10 oz.

Small off white head lingers a bit. Well carbonated. Clear dark golden color. Malty mineral lemon aroma. Somewhat floral, quite bitter, almost aspiriny. Hint of lemon. Some malty sweetness but the floral bitterness dominates. Finish and aftertaste is lingering floral/aspirin. Med body, somewhat warming alcohol.

Did not really enjoy this one.

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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 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 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 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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Photo of MooreHopps
2.01/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this one on tap at the brewery.

Not sure about the initial head from this one, but it arrived to me with only a tiny cirle of foam around the edge of the glass with a line or two of bubbles rising from the bottom.

Color appears dark yellow /hazy orange...although it could have seemed darker thanks to the FFF gentlemen that felt it necessary to turn down the lights on a cloudy saturday afternoon to apparently "set the mood" in their pub. Very bready nose, thin and grainy.

I was hoping for the usually refreshing quality of the pilsner that I like but with a bolder taste...what I got was not so much. Huge amount of sweet malts, no cleansing bitterness I was expecting. Thick in the mouth and annoyingly sticks in the throat. Too sweet, too sticky, to malty.

Lair of the Minatour should stick to heavy metal and FFF should go back to making better beer. Glad this was only a 5 oz pour, I had enough.

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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 Dreadnaught33
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a bottle on Dark Lord day 2011, had this about a week ago.

A: Looks like mostly an orange body with gleaming yellow hues on the sides. Nice head with pretty good lacing. Looks like an IPA, but good nonetheless.

S: Dry bready fruit and spicy hops come through mainly. Some sugary sweet aromas as well. Lemon, pilsner/lager like malt and yeast, it all seems a little jumbled but not too bad.

T: Bold flavor with much more potent hop character than your normal pilsner has but it seems a little unfocused again though I like the parts that are there: Bready malts, lemon grass, German cereal like malt, nice sugary overtone throughout.

M: Medium feel thats creamy with good carbonation. Malty and not so crisp, not totally in the pilsner style here but i like it.

O: This is sort of a weaker beer from Three Floyds though it's definitely not 'average.' I truely love 3F but I'm not sure what they were going for in this beer, it seems confused in terms of flavor and style.

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

A: Light copper in color, healthy white head with heavy lacing

S: Strong noble hops, belgian spices, nearly a belgian aroma but primarily from the pilsner malt and noble hops.

T: A healthy mixing of pilsen malt, noble hops / hallertau, saaz flavors and a sweet malty finish. There is a yeasty light apple flavor also popping its head out from behind the stronger hop flavors.

M: The body is relatively thick for the style and nice , healthy carbonation that is clearly visible.

Overall a nice Imperial Pils. I really enjoy this style but seemed to like the cleaner tasting Uinta beer ; Twisted Smile.

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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 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 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 TurdFurgison
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of this at DLD 2011, $10 for a 22oz. The label is very cool, apparently an hommage to Lair of the Minotaur (Chicago area metal band).

It pours clear, a dark golden color, with a few fingers of short-lived foam. It smells bready, not as much floral hops as, say, Sam Adams Hallertau Pilsner or even DFH My Antonia. Some mild hops anyway, mainly the malts carry the aroma.

It tastes very sweet, overly sweet in my opinion, with a strangely thick body that was unexpected. I think this is one of those rare times that Three Floyds made a turd, this malt-heavy creation is too thick and sweet to be very drinkable. Evident alcohol too. No more please.

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

Had on tap at DLD.

A- Pours a golden yellow color with hints of amber to it. Half finger white head shows medium retention. Light lacing streaks left on the sides of the glass.

S- Light citrus hops in the front of the aroma gets dominated by a bready pils malt. This turns a light crackery like hint. Noble hops in the ending of the aroma with a strong alcohol presence.

T- Starting off this beer with a little bit of spicey hops. Alcohol shows itself for the first time here as well. Some bready pils malt comes through but there is a light cracker like flavor to this. Ending of the beer shows more of the alcohol which turns up a notch unlike the front. Spicey and grassy hops end the flavor profile in the ending.

M- Medium heavy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Spicey hops and a bready/crackery malt left on the palate. Aftertaste is warming alcohol, crackery malts, and light grassy hops. Flavors were pretty well blended overall. No off flavors were present when drinking this although the alcohol grew as it warmed giving it a little off flavor I thought. Heavy drying on the palate from the alcohol.

O- This beer was good and a little interesting because it is not really a 3 Floyds beer per say. The alcohol really showed as this beer warmed more and more. Flavor wise I thought it was good and blended well. As a one off I wish it had a little more aging potential.

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Photo of SkyBlueWaters
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Minneapolis Town Hall Pilsner.

A: Nice and clear, golden yellow with a 1/2" white, chunky head. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Saltines maybe? A hint of fruit and subtle hops. Nice change for these guys.

T: Hops but not a punch in the mouth kinda hops. Plenty of bread for backbone. Clean tasting. Alcohol is there but it hides pretty well. Tastes like a solid pils and that's a good thing.

M: Crsip with decent carbonation and body. Maybe a little heavier than others but nothing to hammer it over.

O: Smooth pils. Easy to drink more than one. I can see where some would want more of a hop presence but there's plenty of that out there already. I'm not going to be up nights worrying about being out of this brew but I'd pick up another one or two if I came across some.

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Photo of Greencoat
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear, light amber pour with nearly no head.

S: Citrus hops and lemon peel dominate the nose while bready pils malts are in the background. A little bit of hot alcohol as well.

T: Delicious spicy hops are up front with a nice grainy pils backbone. Nothing overly complex, as you should expect with a beer of this nature. You'd never guess this is 7.2% by taste. This is a wonderfully crafted beer.

M: This has more body than some other impy pils I've had before (DFH My Antonia comes to mind) but it serves it well. Medium carbonation doesn't scrub away flavor too quickly and leaves a great taste in your mouth.

O: A fantastic beer with a small cast of flavors that hold hands and get along great together. Kudos to FFF for another delicious beer.

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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 Florida9
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange in color with a slight chill haze. Forms about a finger of white head that reduces to just a surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Pale malt, some bread or cracker, smells almost of raw flour. There is also a light citrusy aroma, like lemon, but less pungent.

T: Again, getting more of the citrus flavor, though this time it is more like an artificial blend of lemon/lime (such as a Sprite or 7-up). On the sweeter side with a very mild bitterness and a mix of sugar and alcohol on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with heavier carbonation. Quite crisp.

O: Drinkable, though can't say I cared for it much. Sweet and alcoholic with not much in the way of hops or malt to round it out.

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