Live A Rich Life
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Style:
Belgian IPA
Ranked #2
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,222
Avg:
4.25 | pDev: 9.18%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
923
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Summer
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SCORE
94
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Notes: 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.
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 4/2012. Pours slightly hazy deep golden/orange/amber/light copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, red apple, guava, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark/bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, red apple, guava, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness; and banana/clove yeast spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, plum, pear, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, red apple, guava, berries, white grape/wine, citrus peel/rind, wood, mint, banana, bubblegum, peppercorn, clove, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, white bread dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, fairly resinous/rindy, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is great. Mild increasing warmth of of 9.5% after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic imperial Belgian IPA. All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops, fruity/spicy yeast, and dark/bready malt flavors; dangerously smooth and easy to drink for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/spicy/drying finish. Awesome soft feel, and not aggressive for the ABV. Feels like Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus hops. Extremely juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy hops with balanced Belgian yeast; with a nice sized dark/bready malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstanding spot on style example. Held up amazingly for over 7 years.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 2/17/14; drank 3/24/14 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange hue.

Big off-white head; frothy, thick lace.

Medium mouthfeel.

Grapefruit & orange citrus flavor; hint of banana on the finish. As it warms, slight caramel notes emerge.

Great balance, great flavors...great beer!

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Photo of REVZEB
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy and grainy orange. Smell was full of hops with citrus notes and belgian yeasts with a malt backbone. The overall taste is strong and uncompromising. Hints of orange and vanilla finish off the west coast hops and belgian yeasts. It's out there, but I think quite enjoyable. Little more refined in the feel than I remember shark pants being

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Photo of bl00
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 2/20/18. Pours lighter shade of amber, a bit of head remains with small and medium bubbles. Smells of bubblegum, bread, banana. Taste is bubblegum, tropical fruit, bready aftertaste. Mouth feel is very carbonated. Great job marrying the IPA and Belgian styles.

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Photo of jackass
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super fresh Belgium DIPA purchased at Binny's today. .
..had it last year and it was clear the bottle had sat on a shelf too long. This is a quintessential 3F's collab and in my humble opinion one of best examples of the style you'll find.

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Photo of Tilley4
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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 -5.4%
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 +14.1%
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 +5.9%
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 -3.8%
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 +11.8%
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 +2.8%
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 +7.8%
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 VABA
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Revisited 6/16/18

A-Pours a hazy copper color with a nice head and lacing
A-Aroma has Belgian and hoppy hints
T-The taste follows the nose with nice Belgian and hoppy flavors
M-A medium bodied well carbonated beer
O-A nice Belgian styled DIPA

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Photo of Immortale25
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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 -5.6%
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 +6.8%
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 +11.8%
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 -18.8%
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 Sabtos
2.91/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Ho boy this one was unexpectedly, richly harsh and sharp. They really pounded the Belgian out of this beer with bitter, painful hops. More?! Give me less.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%
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 +4.9%
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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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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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