Live A Rich Life | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Live A Rich LifeLive A Rich Life

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

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

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Photo of jokeefe89
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely love it. Once again a new beer from these guys still suprises me. Just goes to show this is the best brewing company around. I walked in, asked about the beer, got an honest response, purchased it an it was even better than described. These guys are their own scene and their beer is the best. Period

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Photo of SpottedZombie
5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had the pleasure of trying this on tap and from the bottle, both mediums being outstanding. This review is for the bottle.

A: pours a coppery red with a thick off white collar of tight bubbles.

S: huge notes of grapefruit rinds, passionfruit, pine, and a light touch of spice. one of the best smelling iipas I've come across, world class aroma thanks to Nick and his heavy handed hop additions. almost better smelling than tasting... Almost.

T: starts with a wash of grapefruit and tropical fruits, and as it moves into the middle of the mouth the hugely bitter hop bomb sets in. sweet citrus notes and a heavy malt backbone offset the incredible amounts of alpha acids that peel the enamel off your teeth.

Overall, this is one of the best beers FFF has produced, they seem to be outdoing their year rounds on purpose. This has all the bitterness you'd want from an iipa, like Dreadnaught on steroids and with tropical fruit abound.

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Photo of DVoors
4.98/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

22 oz bomber (bottled 02/10/14)

Poured into IPA glass

A: poured deep copper or amber color with thick 2-3 finger head. Great lacing and head retention. Very clear

S: tangy, resinous, tangerine and strong floral citrus in the nose. Sweet malty aroma peeking through.

M: Rich, thick and viscous mouth feel. almost chewy (in a good DIPA way). Perfect carbonation.

T: starts with forward pungent grapefruit hop burst (tastes like it was wet-hopped). Then the bicuity Belgian or English malt comes through to balance it out...but then the hop bitterness comes in, and it is just the right amount to create a perfect balance to tame the spicy peppery yeast character in the finish.

O: Another fantastic beer from 3 Floyd's. Bravo

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Photo of MV_CHI-NS
4.9/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Gamboge/light mahogany body with a crisp ivory head.

Aroma: Orange and apples with a profound yeasty nose.

Taste: Apples, mango, grapefruit, and a deep Belgian yeast profile.

Mouthfeel: Fair carbonation with a smooth finish - I expect more from a Double IPA.

Overall: As a fan of IPAs, I was eager to try 'Live a Rich Life' - even more so when I heard it was a Belgian-style Double IPA; heaven. Try this whenever possible.

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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 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 BarryMFBurton
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I always buy the Three Floyds bombers whenever they roll in to the bottle shop, so I picked this up. But after a little research, I learned this is actually…SHARK PANTS? WHAT?! I’ve wanted to get a taste of this one for a long while, so it was a nice surprise. It’s nice to see FFF honoring their buddy Rich Sheppard on the label, too (even though the name Shark Pants was apparently inspired by him, too).

Fresh as ever: bottled 02/10/2014, less than three weeks before the date of this tasting.

A: Pours a translucent, dark copper with a short beige head, creamy but fleeting. Moving the glass around kicks up some smooth fizz, but there’s little in the way of retention otherwise; a thin strand of lace decorates the inside of the glass, though.

S: Like every FFF beer ever, the nose is all hops, but I’m not complaining: each whiff is a rush of grapefruit, tangerine, melon, and tropical fruit. That sweet FFF malt backbone spills out beneath the hops, filling out the nose with cracker, caramel, and candi syrup. Bit of spicy booze on the end, but nothing Belgian.

T: Holy hell, the nose does not do this justice – what we’ve got here is a layered palate that’s gripped with a glorious, uncommonly crisp hop taste. This could have easily been a thick, malty brew, but the grain bill is surprisingly light and, for a hoppy beer, complimentary (instead of that typical contrasting super-sweetness): toasty, buttery biscuit and baguette crust, plus a touch of sweet vanilla bean. The Belgian yeast and the hops expand from that base, but what they provide for the palate isn’t support: they’re the stars of this show. The bitterness is crisp, peppery, and above all, clean, showcasing a sophisticated blend of juniper, wildflower, green olive, orange zest, and even some rosemary. It’s unlike any other bitterness I’ve tasted so far: it’s not as much about the specific tastes as it is about the overall character of uplifting floral crispness. There’s a lot of “wow” factor in that. Finishes very, very mild, with a slight lemongrass taste.

M: I love the texture of this beer. It’s creamy with a light, velvety carbonation, giving it a fantastic weightlessness on the tongue. The hops on the palate’s back end provide a snap of unique, crackling dryness as it finishes – it leaves it crisp, not astringent like other DIPAs.

O: This is my favorite beer from Three Floyds – yeah, it even beats Zombie Dust. As usual, there’s a lot of hop character in the nose and palate, but it’s never tongue-smackingly bitter; here, the hops are offered up to the palate like a gourmet spice. With everything this beer has going for it, it’s safe to say that it’s pleasing beyond just “I like this taste or that taste, so this fits my palate.” As far as I’m concerned, Three Floyds has come just about as close to bottling happiness as any brewer can – what a way to remember Rich! Cheers.

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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 controlfate
4.73/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Was lucky enough to stumble upon a 22 oz bomber at a local store.

A: Golden orange in color, minimal off-white head with little retention and lacing.
S: The citrusy aroma of oranges and lemons is very pronounced.
T: The taste follows the aroma, with notes of oranges, lemons, and a light spice. For a IIPA with +100 IBU's, it's much sweeter than bitter.
M: A light bodied mouth-feel that wets the tongue with juicy hops.
O: Another exceptional IIPA from Three Floyd's Brewing company. I would compare this more to Permanent Funeral, than I would Arctic Panzer Wolf or Dreadnaught. Well worth the $11.99 price tag for a bomber.

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Photo of whitemomba
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @FFF poured into a snifter.

A - Nice hazy golden/orange color. Nice amount of head. Lacing sticks around for a little bit.

S - Very citrusy. Smells very good.

T - Wow. Seriously one of the best beers i have had. Nice amount of sweetness up front (pineapple,citrus, banana) followed by the perfect amount of bitterness. Lots of bready yeast come through on the end. Pretty complex.

M - Very long finish. Dont expect to taste anything after this one. Nice carbonation. Slightly syrupy.

O - Fantastic beer. Almost hard to explain how good this is. I had two of them and then followed it up with a dreadnaught. The dreadnaught is 100 IBU's but it actually tasted bland after the shark pants. This beer really is a hop explosion. Try it if you can. It is worth it.

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Photo of birderbeerer
4.7/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a beautiful beer and worthy of being a tribute.

Gorgeous peach, opaque, and billowy head that lasts and laces.

Very fruity aroma, mangos and grapefruit and maybe some orange. Very lush.

Taste is the same. A lush and rich flavor. The hops are buoyed by the sweetness. It doesn't seem malty but fruity and rich. And it leaves a nice grapefruit aftertaste with just enough stickiness.

It's Zombie Dust plus but without the pine flavors. I don't get much of the Belgian taste, but there is some herbal/earthy taste as part of the richness.

Wonderful. Also had in a bottle picked up on DLD. Great as well.

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Photo of raveskdr
4.69/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I was lucky enough to have this the first go around (as Shark Pants) and now as the remake. Couldn't be happier they redid this beer. Served in a tulip glass at the FFF brewpub the night before Dark Lord Day.

A - Tough to get an accurate read inside the brewpub. A nice golden hazy color with a frothy, foamy head that lingers.

S - Just, wow. Beautiful citrusy hops accentuated with Belgian funky spiciness and pepper.

T - Boom. A ton of citrus hops that is immediately complemented by the light citrusy funk from Urbains yeast.

M - Way more leaning to the Belgian side on this one, but that keeps it incredibly drinkable. Easy drinking, nice fizzyness, and never gets bogged down in a huge malt backbone like many DIPA's can.

O - The best Belgian IPA I have ever had. This beer is just absolutely fantastic. I couldn't be happier that they are bottling it (although very expensive...$6 for a glass in brewpub, or a $15 bottle. Ouch.) This is one to seek out, period.

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Photo of JaphyRyder
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep orange/gold color with a sticky, half finger-head. Very beautiful!

S - Citrusy, sweet IPA aroma. Nothing overpowering. Subtlety seems to be 3F's thing when it comes to smell.

T - A sweet, citrusy front, with a slightly bitter, hoppy back. Went down smooth with it's fruitiness, tingled with its hoppiness, and confused with it's hidden yeast, in that order.

M - Great carbonation for an IPA, a bit foamy at first, a bit oily after it went down. The monsters of Munster did it again!

O - Perfection. An explosion of tastes without being overwhelming.

I've tried this once on tap out of a snifter and then found it again at a local's only brew fest. Please believe that I wore out my welcome at their tasting tent!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.67/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at fff on father's day
a- hazy golden orange with a head that sticks around for a while
S-great fruity smell. I literally cannot get enough of it
T- this sets the standard for Belgian Ipas. So flavorful and complex. I want to take all of it home with me.
M-nice sweetness upfront with a bitterness that sits on the tounge.
O-great beer. They set the bar here

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Photo of liamt07
4.63/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from the brewery, 650ml into a tulip.

Dark orange with some copper hues. Dense offwhite head, excellent retention and lacing. Nose is bold but not abrasive by any stretch. Tropical fruits, mango, clementine, tangerine, honeydew melon and a sugary, cookie-like malt. Perhaps some honey Some mild herbal and piney notes also. Complex. Taste is just as hoppy, more of the same in terms of tropical and citrus profile with grassy and herbal notes highlighted in the finish. Strong malt presence as well. Only a suggestion of some Belgian character, perhaps imparting a bit of dryness. Full feel, medium high carbonation. A superior Belgian in real FFF character - awesome, I really don't know how this style gets much better.

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Photo of jegross2
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Live A Rich Life (Shark Pants) belgian IPA, a collaboration between Three Floyds Brewing Company and De Struise Brouwers in honor of the memory of Rich Sheppard -- a Three Floyds' employee that passed away on 04/12/11. Thank you Robbie Moy for hooking me up with a bottle after I forgot to pick one up before leaving the Three Floyds' grounds at Dark Lord Day! I got to sample this one tap at Dark Lord Day, and it was fantastic.
Score: 96

No bottle stamp, which is par for the court with Three Floyds. I picked up this bottle at Dark Lord Day (04/28/12). Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/12.

Appearance: Pours a slight cloudy/murky/translucent golden-orange color. One finger of off-white seafoam head at pour settles to a thin foggy layer atop the beer. Excellent lacing and retention. Amazing cling. My glass was not sedimenty at all because I poured my glass first, but my roommate's pour had a big clump of dead yeast settle to the bottom of the glass. If not for my roommate's sedimenty glass, I probably would have given this beer a five for appearance. 4.5/5

Smell: Strong notes of zesty citrus, a little bit of fruit and light yeast. Candied grapefruit, lemon zest, hoppy orange, mango, sugary pineapple and a little peach. Floral and piney hops too. Touch of creamy grain and residual spice. The Belgian yeast is essentially in the background of the nose, acting as a nice compliment to the citrus. Absolutely amazing aroma here. 5/5

Taste: The taste is not quite as pronounced as the aroma, but it is still quite delicious. Zesty and hoppy orange and a little clove and yeast upfront. Fruity hops, juicy citrus and clove. A little bit of earthy hoppiness. There is a subtle menthol-like cooling on the back of the tongue in the aftertaste. Sweet-and-sour grapfruit lemonade and mango/pineapple throughout. Piney hops and residual banana-yeast in the finish. There is a fruity hop aftertaste that seemingly gets stronger as it layers. There is a very, very mild onion flavor towards the finish that does not add a lot of flavor, but adds some the oniony warmth you'd associate with earthier IPA's on the back of the tongue as it hits room temperature (supplanting the initial menthol-like cooling). That residual fruitiness really lingers. Very refreshing, very drinkable. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation that makes the piney sweet-and-sour citrus and hops pop on the tongue. Juicy mouthfeel. Sweet-and-sour finish with mild bitterness and very modest dryness. 4.5/5

Overall: A stand out beer from arguably the best brewery in America at making hoppy beers. Not nearly as fruity/yeasty as the Bedlam, this is truly an imperial IPA with a Belgian twist. If you are a fan of the sweet-and-sour IPA style (Heady Topper, Ghandi Bot, Antihero, etc.) then this is a beer you should hunt down before it goes stale. I seriously hope Three Floyds' considers making this beer a mainstay.

Recommendation: This stuff is almost as good as Heady Topper, and it's just as good as, albeit different from, Artic Panzer Wolf and Dreadnaught. Seek this beer out while it is still fresh.

Pairings: Grilled chicken.

Cost: $15 for a 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of karst
4.62/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recommended. Tried a sniffer $8 @ 3F pub on way home from judging @ Chicago Sam Adams Longshot. Your going to want to try anything else on the menu before this. A 60+ IBU IPA will taste like they left out the hops following this.

As an experienced beer judge you look for balance that fits the style guide. When a beer pushes the limits you often find hops, alcohol, malts or yeast character standing out but detracting from the overall flavor and drinkability of the beer.
NOT HERE. Similar to other 3F monsters it still achieves a desirable balance of big hop flavor (dry hopped with the hop haze to prove it - a gold orange saison hue with a handsome white head that keeps you waiting a bit as higher carbonation sustains the head and keeps the cap in place til the glass sits empty with some residual lace.)

The blend of American citrusy hops plays perfectly with the Belgian yeast character that is either buried by the massive hop flavor of Amarillo, Cascade and hints of that citra twange that can suggest cat pee. Overall the yeast's phenolics are blended into the hop flavor. A big ABV is not apparent until you get into a second glass and you feel the Duval like kick as this Shark kicks you in the pants and takes away your legs.

A finish that nears perfection and allows the full effect of the massive bitterness. Hop burst brewing technique is likely as I find no harshness from this hop bomb.

Remember the line from Jaw's "we're gonna need a bigger boat"? This packs a growler (not available in a growler) of hops into a 8 oz sniffer.

A must try 3F Belgian ale.

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Photo of blackcompg
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of billowy golden off-white foam, bode is a slightly hazy orange amber, lots of carb in the body. I get nice foamy rings after each quaff, and retain nearly a finger of rocky carb throughout the session.

Smell - Smells fantastic! Bold fresh citrus peels, , candied orange rind, pineapple, and some nice tropical notes

Taste - Starts with an onslaught of juicy citrus flavors which almost immediately "sharpen" as the light sweetness gives way to ripe citrus peels and some pith, some bittering peach pits, and then finally a nice dash of white pepper and some faint belgian yeast flavor.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel due mostly to the bold full flavors here, carb is medium and smooth but has great sharp edges along the sides and back of the tongue. The finish is a bit bitter and dry, with some great peppery citrus pockets in the mouth corners.

Overall - I really haven't been a big fan of belgian ipa's until this beer - FFF pulled this off perfectly, really an excellent and flavorful ipa. The belgian yeast and bright peppery flavor is completely complimentary, definitely a must try imho.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Bottle thanks to jeonseth

A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a big light tan head. Good retention and foamy lacing.

S - Hoppy and sweet pine. Wow! Really great.

T - A very nice pine and bready malt hits you first, then lots of mango citrus goodness.

D - Smooth and nice. Good carbonation and a medium to light body.

O - Smells and tastes great. The label says Belgian, but I got more west coast ipa. Very nice.

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Photo of mynie
4.59/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Formally Shark Pants. The dude at the brewpub said they had to change it because someone who designed the tattoo after which Shark Pants was named threatened to sue, because apparently he is an awful human being.

Pours orange with a white head. Smells... like a very American Belgian IPA. Which is to say, thick malt, spicy yeast, and green, syrupy hops practically dripping with alpha acid. Wonderful.

Tastes very much as it smells. Starts out of with lightly bitter fruit nodes--orange peel and white pepper--which veer impressively into pine, grapefruit, and orange before calming down into a peppery finish of burny alcohol.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.58/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bomber at the Three Floyd's brewpub in Munster, IN for $15.

A - This beer pours golden / amber with about 1 inch of nice, tasty head that lingers.

S - There is a slight citrusy hop smell, but not as crazy as I expected for such a high IBU Three Floyds beer.

T - This was what blew me away. You get that clean, strong, citrus hop flavor at the beginning - but nothing is overpowering. I thought this beer was perfectly balanced. It was a joy to drink. I kept wanting to take another sip until it was all gone!

M - The mouthfeel was perfect, not too light and not too heavy.

O - This was probably one of my favorite Belgian IPA's I've had.

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

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Dated 2-10-14

A- Amber orange with an off white head

S- Bright bold citrus, cat piss and pine! A massively bold hop profile. Sweet and ripe smelling.

T- A balanced bitter sweetness at first with a large feel. A nice hop bitterness. The hop profile in this beer is crazy. There is a ton of sweet tropical fruits, orange, papaya, grapefruit, mango and lemon. A slight herbal,sticky, onion like note. The Belgian yeast adds a slight pepper and spice to the beer but not a ton of tradition Belgian flavor.

M- The Belgian yeast adds a lot of feel to the beer and works very well with the existing sweet/ bitter nature of the base beer. Hides the ABV well and truly a delight.

O- I don't get much of the Belgium coming through in this beer but is fantastic never the less.

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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 thydarkprevails
4.57/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into a duvel tulip. Pours a copper amber orange with a thick 2 inch off white head that slowly recedes and leaves great lacing. Aroma is tropical fruit. Pineapple, grapefruit, mango, lemon, fresh cut grass, earth, bread, and caramel. Super complex, maybe one of the most complex DIPA's as far as aroma goes. Taste is similar. Lots of pineapple, mango, grapefruit, lemon, and a hint of Belgian yeast. Mouthfeel is medium and chewy and alcohol is well hidden. This is like dreadnaught with Belgian yeast. Awesome beer.

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

My purposely vigorous pour gets me an inch and a half of wavy yellow bread head. Tons of sticky lace is left behind as the head recedes oh so slowly. Body is a murky amber orange. Very appropriate for the style in terms of looks.

Nose is a fragrant mix of bready sweet malts supported buy fruity and citrus surrounded hops. Really nice and well presented from a smell standpoint. Very appetizing.

The first sip brings a pillowy soft body that really hugs the palate. Such a nice balance of hops and malts are a perfect marriage of drinkability. Starts with fruit bread sweetness that is light and crisp. This is made to be not to heavy by the balance of hops. These hops dry out the sweetness and add a very well needed bitterness that hangs on through the finish of this brew.

The flavors really ride a roller coaster on the taste buds and it is a fun ride.

Mouthfeel is dry and crisp with a sweet cracker finish. This is a wonderful beer that I wish I had more easy access to. I still think this is a bit of a misunderstood style for most of the hop heads out there.

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