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Live A Rich Life | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A collaboration/dedication ale brewed with our friend Urbain from the Belgian brewery De Struise, this intense Belgian-style double IPA was fermented with Urbain's special yeast and then an amazing amount of hops were added. This beer was brewed in loving memory of a former employee, Rich Sheppard, who passed away on 4.11.11. Art by Tommy Borst. Try this beer and enjoy the Rich life.

100+ IBU

Formerly served on draft as Shark Pants.

Added by AleWatcher on 06-03-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
894
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
22.93%
 
 
Wants:
121
Gots:
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Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little past its prime but it's still an awesome beer...

Yeast and faded hops with a sweetness from the encroaching malts... Fresh, this would have been a show stopper...as is, it's close... Will seek this one out next year..

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Photo of BSiegs
4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/18/16, drank 5/19/16, so a little older than I'd prefer. But gifted by a buddy so couldn't let it go to waste!

Deep orange-ish red in color, very opaque. Sticky off white head that retains well and leaves good lacing. Hops have likely fallen off some on aroma. Pine and spice dominate the smell, slight alcohol and black pepper. The taste follows, pine and spice primarily. Plenty of malty sweetness for balance and with the hops faded some, the belgian yeast is not overpowered. Medium body with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a strong bitter, slightly boozy finish. Overall, a really nice belgian DIPA. Will definitely seek out a fresh version next time it is released.

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Photo of zonker17
4.24/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bottle to Duvel tulip. Deep amber color with half-finger head, some lacing. Nose extremely hoppy, pine, resin. Belgian yeast is overwhelmed by hops and malt on the tongue. Stands up with the biggest of double IPAs in the hop department but wishing it was more to style. Heavy medium body and mild carbonation.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.85/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rich Life had me at 100 IBUs! The smell ignites the senses with the strength of the hops. I can't lie, My mouth began to water once I took a sniff. The color is a like caramel. The first taste made me think of gumball head, but has much more bite from the hops. I like this a lot and wish I could get it in a 6 pack.

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Photo of wuthrichj15
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a treat. Drank it this weekend and it was bottled in late February. Super fresh. Pours a beautiful dark orange. Big white head and some great lacing. Absolutely lovely taste. Malty sweetness but massive hop bitterness, grapefruit, citrusy, a little bit of alcohol can be detected. SUPER double IPA in my opinion.

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Photo of Webzombie
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Was really hesitant to get this as I am usually really hit (awesome) or miss (drain pour) on double IPAs. This one is strong as the ABV would suggest but is very drinkable and a tad boozy, but not overly boozy. Some double/imperial IPAs are just too much for me, but this one you can still taste the beer without getting overwhelmed by alcohol. Glad I picked it up.

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Photo of parris
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice copper color, maybe 1/8 thick head

Everything you'd want in a Belgian IPA.

Banana and clove-y aroma and taste, also a bright and citrusy. When you are torn between a Duvel and a Sierra Nevada, and you happen to live in Indiana, this is definitely your best choice

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Photo of ONUMello
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 2/26/16 poured into a FFF Teku glass
A: Dark orange, slightly hazy with a 1.5 finger head
S: Bold with pine/resin and tropical fruit from the hops backed up by nice Belgian yeast & black pepper notes
T: Bold freshly cracked black pepper initially, followed by a yeasty midpalate then the hops kick in on the finish
M: Fresh, crisp, balanced with no alcohol showing; somewhat spicy between the pepper & hop bitterness
O: Another one the folks at FFF knock out of the park. Nice to see how well they integrate the hops while keeping the Belgian yeast/style showing

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Photo of jzlyo
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pine, cream/vanilla, sugar/candy/Belgian yeast and citrus. The flavor is citrus, Belgian yeast, vanilla/cream, malts and a mix of bitter, tart and slightly sweet funk in the finish. A style I don't care for, not surprised FFS made a really good one.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Bottleneck says Bottled On 02-10-16.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains very well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves thick solid ring behind.

S- Huge pineapple aroma is quite inviting.

T- Signature FFF house yeast character with a great punch of citrusy, resinous hops. Plenty of malt sweetness to balance out the hop flavor and the bitterness is not quite as intense as expected. Alcohol is superbly well hidden. The little bit of Belgian yeast presence that's there accentuates the hops' fruit character.

M- Somewhat sharp from the hops and even a bit sticky from the malt and residual sugars. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- FFF may be a one-trick pony but it happens to be a trick I'm complacent with revisiting again and again and again. So incredibly drinkable for the ABV and bursting with tasty hop goodness. The Belgian aspect is kind of lost on me here but I'm not deducting points simply because of how great the beer is regardless of whatever style in which it's being classified.

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Photo of zimm421
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange to amber with a fluffy white head. The nose is herbal hops, citrus and breadiness. The taste is spicy, with notes of oranges, grapefruit and a decent malty base. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, with good carbonation. Overall, it's a good Belgian IPA that has nice complexities from the Belgian yeast, as well as a wealth of hop character throughout.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.54/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, rustic orange with a thin white head that leaves good lacing. No carbonation.
Smells of a wonderful combination of malt and hope of pine and fruit.
Tastes wonderful. A wonderful combo of hop, and malt, in which the yeast brings all together. A medium mouthfeel which is perfect. Another awesome FFF offering!

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Photo of Trevor11
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is another sublime IPA offering that honors the life of a prematurely departed employee. Amber/dark orange color with decent head. For such high IBUs it is well balanced with a malty sweetness. Pick it up when it is available.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.45/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Orange colored, full inch of white, dense head. Aroma wasn't all that hoppy for any kind of dipa, but whatchagunna do?

A little bit of tropical, citrusy taste from the hops, but everything else comes in stronger. Not overly spice racky, plenty bready malt. Somewhat complex despite lacking hops. An interesting beer, but not anything I'll seek out again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chicago tasting. Bottle shared by John.

Hazy, orange-ish body with a small off-white head. Aromas of malt, citrus, peppercorns, yeast. Lots of yeast in the flavor. Malty citrus. Alcohol warmth throughout. Medium - thick body. Nice.

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Photo of William-Wade
4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably the best smelling beer I've ever had. Very great floral taste. If it was a little less grapefruit flavored it would be one of my favorite beers!

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Photo of mr-jj
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip from a 22 oz. bottle.

Color is a hazy burnt orange with an off-white medium creamy head. Less lacing that I expected. Aroma is fruity: peach, melon, banana and pineapple with some citrus hops mixed in. Flavor is grapefruit rind on the palate that quickly gives way to pineapple, melon and banana. Finish is bitter and lingering. Body is medium with a semi-sticky mouthfeel. Overall, a very good beer that I would be happy to drink again.

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Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber into a tulip, bottled 2/25/2015.

Pours a hazy, opaque, deep orange- nice color. Medium head with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of dank, fruity hops- stronger after the pour, more orange at first, a general citrus later. Just about equaled by the malt and yeast, almost like there's a different driver every whiff. Tastes of juicy, citrusy, bitter hops- (orange and pineapple?) up front. Bitterness tamed a bit, especially on the back end, by the malt and Belgian yeast. It doesn't seem all that malty to me, but I guess its gotta be, based on the IBU's. A touch sweet, with a bit of caramel. Good body and feel, pretty dry, well carbonated.

I'm not a big fan of Belgian IPA's (or Belgian stouts), they seem contrived . This is really good. Bitter, yes, but I felt it still held a Belgian identity. However, I wouldn't argue with anyone whose perspective is that it's a DIPA with an extra word in front of it. I found it well balanced and constructed. And, it's even decently priced for Three Floyds. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2015-04-23
22oz bottle served in a tulip. Not sure I can read the date on the bottle, but I think it's 02/23/2015. It traveled to my house in my in-laws' suitcase.

Pours a pretty brassy amber, clear, with a medium head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is nice -- some musky Belgian yeast aroma, straw and tropical fruit. Very interesting. The hop profile smells delicious, the yeast is clearly Belgian, and the malt is in there somewhere...

Taste is more powerfully Belgian than tropical hoppy. Banana, slight spicy hint. Slight dirty dishwater. Still has the hops, but it's a splash around the corners, pineapple juice hints as the beer hits your tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little flat. Could use a bit more carbonation. Overall, nice beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Look - Reddish, tan body, Light tan, creamy, heavy head dissipates quickly. Lacing doesn't stick. It isn't opaque, but you can't see objects on the other side of it.

Smell - Bread. Pineapple. Alcohol.

Taste - Bubblegum in beginning then fruit. Bitter end.

Feel - Little carbonation. Doesn't feel too heavy.

Overall - This is a nice alternative to classic Floyds ales. It is worth trying. Only beer I've had like it is Le Freak.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz Brown Bottle
Bottled on February 25th, 2015
Reviewed on April 3rd, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy copper body with a great amber glow. A short off-white head formed, a little less than 1/2 an inch tall. Decent head retention. Modest amount of sticky lacing.

Nose
Sweet fruits stood out the most... apple, pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Belgian yeast set the tone. Very mild hit of pine from the hops.

Mouth
Crisp and sweet hops hit the tongue first. Apple, pineapple, and orange peel really stood out. Tangy notes of grapefruit elevated the hop-meter. Nice backbone of Belgian yeast. The hops took a spicy and earthy tone over time, resulting in very subtle notes of pine and clove. If you are looking for malts then keep looking. Finished out warm and dry. Moderate/High carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall
Excellent beer. Hop-forward, yet it maintained the characteristics of classic Belgian brews. R E C O M M E N D E D !

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 02/25/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like stone fruit, apples, citrusy and pine hops, and bready malt. I think the taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some peppery spice, candied oranges, citrus peel and a bit of clove noticeable. There's also a good lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick, smooth and goes down easy. Moderate carbonation. I liked this brew, certainly worth picking up! $11.99 a bomber.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Copper-orange, mostly opaque, with some translucency but no transparency. White head, short, with persistent cap and moderate lacing.

S - Pine, dankness, stone fruit a la peach, citrus as in lemons, tangerine and orange zest. Spun sugar. A hop and yeast ester dream.

T - Strong sour hit, with citrus and grapefruit zest, combining with a smashing bitter close that teeters on the edge of aspirin. Still, there is a nice malt underlay of wheat and biscuit, delivering just enough sweetness to keep this hop mass from exploding in palate destruction.

M - Moderate carbonation and strong drying element. Crunchy hops, but not too much build, which is a trick given the heavy-handedness of the hop bill.

O - Not too surprising that this is a massively hopped attack. There is not really balance here. It is more like a dance on the edge that manages to step back from the abyss. A delicious, heavy, full DIPA.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Review.

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnt orange/dark gold. Head is off-white with a loose bubble structure. Moderate retention leaves a small soapy cap with some lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Fruity. Some apple and bubblegum. A touch of Belgian yeast. Some vague almost light-clove spice coupled with a mild peppery note. Malt base is relatively light with a hint of caramelized malt sweetness. A biscuity undertone. Grapefruit flesh with a touch of juice and pith. Slight creeping woody element. Some hop spiciness with a very mild touch of alcohol in the back.

Taste: Grapefruit and fruity esters. Belgian yeast influence. Mildly spicy hop. Some peppery spice as well. Slightly pithy. Very mild bitterness hits to citrus oil. Old orange and pith. Malt backbone is slightly bready offering up some slight sweetness and a compliment to a mild hop profile. Slightly earthy with a flavor that reminds of of hop pellets. Leafy hops. Warming ups the esters and the lingering bitterness. Warming makes me think there's no Belgian yeast and just a super earthy and herbal hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Pretty standard stuff. Mild astringency.

Overall: I'd drink it again but that's as much as I can say.

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Photo of Bowers-Brew
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2-25-15

A - Thin and sporadic white lacing - Amber body with hints of red/pink

S - Hops dominate - citrus and pine balanced - slight sour/funk notes & sweet malt in the background.

T/M - Sweet malt and Belgian flavors are more noticeable when tasting. Hops and honey on the finish.

O - Good tasting and quite drinkable Belgian IIPA. I would drink it again. Prost!

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