Live A Rich Life | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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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Ratings:
902
Reviews:
144
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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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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Live A Rich Life from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.23 out of 5 based on 902 ratings.
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