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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

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144
Ratings:
895
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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Photo of don1481
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz poured into glass.

Appearance: Hazy, milky amber that is pretty opaque with a good amount of bubbles. Off white head leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops like most big IPAs. Pine notes. It smells tasty.

Taste: Milky and citrus. Interesting. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Smooth. Slight pine after taste.

Overall: Glad I grabbed the last bottle of this. Definitely worth it.

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Photo of lanciloti
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bomber into FFF pint glass. (bottled 2/17/14)

Appearance: Coppery red with a thick off white head of tight bubbles.

Smell: Huge notes of grapefruit, passion-fruit, pine, and a light touch of spice. Almost better smelling than tasting.

Taste: Starts with grapefruit and tropical fruits, and as it moves into the middle of the mouth the hugely bitter hops set in. sweet citrus and a heavy malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth textured right before the bitterness slaps you in the face. There is a nice level of carbonation involved and it works nicely for this brew.

Overall: Very good, more like a DIPA if you ask me. Really want to try shark pants now. Cheers!!

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/17/2014 printed on the bottleneck. I managed to snag a bottle of this from the local beer store; expectations are fairly high based on this beer's high ratings and praise.

Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice coppery burnt orange colored body with three big fluffy fingers of khaki head. Some fine sediment twirling in the glass. Head retention is good and it leaves behind some thick scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - Smell is of fresh and juicy grapefruit / blood orange / pine resin hop presence. Some cream, soapiness, and mild alcohol heat is detectable. Smells fresh and tropical.

T - Taste is much breadier than I expected based on the aroma, but it all works in good harmony. Big grapefruit / blood orange / lemon / pine bitterness. Good balance. Mild alcohol heat on the end. I'm not really getting any 'Belgian' flavors from this one, though. Very bready and earthy, most likely imparted from the yeast strain used.

M - Feel is extremely bitter, bready, and dry on the finish. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I'm not detecting much Belgian-style presence in this beer at all aside from the yeast, and I think it would be better of labeled as an American DIPA. Still, it is nice for what it is, a great tribute beer, and I'm glad to have tried it.

Three Floyds Live A Rich Life ---4/5.

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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 JohnnyHopps
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer was a deep copper color, which left a significant amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - Grapefruit is very apparent in the aroma. Overall, I would suggest the aroma is Earthy grapefruit.

Taste - My first impression is the beer is like a shot of straight grapefruit juice in its most sour form. There is a high level of carbonation with notes of grass, other citrus notes, and a resiny after. The citrus is so intense, I have difficulty detecting the Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel - The thickness allows the citrus to assault the tastebuds with citrus in a manner of shock and awe.

Overall - This is a very solid effort by Three Floyds.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a pint on-tap at my weekly beer tasting (Party Town, Florence, KY). The pour is a dark amber-copper color with about a finger of fine white head. The nose is hoppy and sweet with notes of pineapple, orange, pine, and grapefruit.

Medium body and a nice, creamy feel. There is substantial sweetness under the hops. I get flavors of toast and marmalade up front, then the hops kick in and I'm inundated with pineapple and orange. Very nice! This is one of those beers that is a lot more bitter than it tastes. Very drinkable. The Belgian yeast is definitely detectable, leaving that distinctive puff-pastry flavor under the hops.

Overall, a stellar Belgian IPA that drinks like an American IIPA. In fact, I thought it was very reminiscent of Hopslam, with just a bit more hoppiness and a bit less sweetness. Very glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Duffman929
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at fff. $8 for a snifter.

Appearance is golden and had a nice frothy top. Very good look.

Smell is of citrus and has that Belgian flair.

The amount of hops this has is masked well and the taste is very light for the ibu. There is an aftertaste that has a great finish.

The light citrus feel is very refreshing and is something that I really enjoyed.

Overall, a too drinkable beer that I would love to have a few bottles of. Alas, only available on tap.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Brewpub. Poured into snifter.

A - Pours a mirky dark golden color, white head, sticky lacing, thin cap and collar.

S - Bitter hops, a fruity sweetness, grapefruit, tangerines, pineapple. The nose gushes fruit juice and isn't overly hoppy. Urbain's yeast strain def adds another dimension to this Belgian DIPA. No real sign of the almost 9% alcohol here at all.

T - Nice dose of bitter hops, tangerines, pineapple, slight yeast note/funk/banana. Huge straight forward bitterness on the finish that stays with you until your next sip.

M - Light to medium, frothy smooth carbonation, oily bitter finish.

O - I really love what they did with this one. The hops, fruit notes, and Urbain's yeast really makes something to enjoy. Very easy to drink and def a treat being able to try this. Best of all, proceeds from this beer goes to a former FFF employee who recently passed away. Cheers to FFF and Urbain!

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Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the source. Served in a tulip.

A - Two fingers of off-white foam that has great retention and eventually settles to a thick cap and large swathes of glass-coating lace. Hazed dark golden body.

S - A mix of peppery Belgian yeast, citrus, and pine. Citrus character is more lemony than the typical American grapefruit/orange. As it warms some light burnt sugar malt character emerges to tie things together. Reminds me a little of Ale Asylum Bedlam.

T - Big citrus and lots of residual bitterness. In the background there's yeast, and a light toasted malt character. There's also a faint hint of astringency that was unexpected, but it never gets too intrusive. I suppose that may be a result of the ungodly number of IBUs.

M - Medium body, soft creamy texture. Carbonation is moderate and pleasant, and the beer finishes exceptionally dry with lots of residual hop oils and resins.

D - I seem to have encountered two awesome Belgian (D)IPAs after a long dry spell. I think brewers (at least in the Midwest) are finally realizing the potential for Belgain yeast and malt backbones combined with American hops (and not just early in the boil). If this comes out in bottles I'll certainly buy one or two.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, served in a snifter at $8.00. The beer is an orange copper color, slightly hazed, with about 1 finger of froth on top, loads of lacing. A bright citrus aroma, seems massively loaded with hops, behind which it's tough to detect Belgian yeast products.

The Belgian character is more noticeable in the flavor, at least in the aftertaste. A nice lasting fruity taste that matches the hoppy onslaught in a satisfying way. Bitterness seems more pronounced the further I go through the glass.

Very nice, a fantastic Belgian IPA, but I still prefer the house versions of American IPAs.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. No bottle date, like all FFFs stuff. Purchased at DLD '12. Poured this into a Deschutes tulip.

A: Pours a typical DIPA clear orange color. Tons of carbonation. Tiny bubbles streaming off the bottom of the glass. Two big fingers of fluffy bright white head. Already leaving nice lacing. Billowing marshmallow head.

S: Very hoppy brew, but a different hop profile than others FFFs brews. Don't get much of the Belgian straind. This has nice fruity hop aromas. Mango, grapefruit and papaya.

T: It's a hoppy beer, but there isn't a ton of bitterness. It's actually really pleasant. Easy drinking DIPA. Mild bitterness on the tip if the tongue. Then you get nice smooth fruity hops in the middle of the mouth. It's strangely creamy actually. You get some of that mango and overripe peach in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at Floyds, 11 Jun 2011. Served in a ~10 oz. Snifter.

Small creamy off white head. Slightly hazy golden brown in color. Yeasty orangey aroma, perfumey. Starts yeasty sweet with a lot of citrus and orange. Some pineapple notes. Medium body, alcohol is slightly warming. Yeasty, orangey finish and aftertaste.

Alcohol seems a bit hidden in this.

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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wowcoolman for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is quite exceptional with citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is of citrus zest, slight tropical fruit, malt, and some Belgian yeast flavors. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good tasting beer with a fantastic smell.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to aasher for sending this one out. Probably should've opened it by now but I'd forgotten about it. As always, thanks Al for the great beers!

This one pours a clear light copper with a finger or two of tight off-white foam. Nice head retention and lacing. Bold, juicy hops make their presence quickly known. Grapefruit, lemons, and tangerine. Lightly toasted bready malt detected as the beer gets a chance to breathe though the citrusy hops are pervasive and continue to stick around. As you might expect from the nose, flavor skews heavily towards fruity hops with mandarin coming into the fold along with an herbal component. Since the beer is classified as a Belgian IPA, I would expect more belgian yeasty esters but I'm not detecting them at a level that I've found in other examples of the style. Finishes medium-dry with a lingering grapefruit juice. Medium-light bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Three Floyds consistently does a great job with their lineup and I'm especially a fan of beers in which they feature hop forward flavors. No exception here, well done.

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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 spacecake9
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a hazy orange with a head that dies quickly.
S - They nailed it on the aroma. Smells just like a hoppy IPA & yeasty Belgium.
T - Nice hoppy flavor, bitter with a dank, earthy finish.
M - Medium mouth feel and carbonation.
O - Very happy with this beer. Passed it by the first time I saw it on the shelf last year but I did not pass it by this time and I was rewarded with a very fine brew.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice dark golden orange with a slightly beige head.

Citrusy, caramel sweetness, some Belgian spicy yeastiness.

Spicy yeast, caramel, citrus, and some light tropical fruit character.

Medium-bodied, medium carbonation, soft, smooth, crisp.

Overall, a highly enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured 22oz bottle into Teku. Dated 2-18-14

A - Dark amber orange with big 3 finger white head and loads of lacing.

S - Big, bold hoppy west coast profile of bitter citrus and pine. Just a bit of sweet caramel malt pokes though. Smells very nice.

T - A bitter hop kick in the beginning. The hop profile in this beer is bold. There is a ton of bitter citrus, mostly orange and grapefruit. Not much going on with the Belgian yeast, but there is a small sweetness of caramel malts on the finish along with more bitter citrus.

M - Great carbonation and medium body with sticky mouthfeel.

O - Another delicious IIPA from Three Floyds. I don't even hesitate when a new one is available to buy, they are always worth it.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap @ FFF
From the menu;
A collaboration / dedication ale brewed with our friend Urbain from De Struisse, 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 of a former employee, Rich Shepard, who recently passed away, a portion of the proceeds from this beer will go to his family.
Try this beer and enjoy the Rich life.
100+ IBU. 8.7% ABV. $8 snifter.

I must say that for being over 100 IBU, this beer is not nearly as bitter as I expected. It is surprisingly well-balanced and tasty-- even so far as to say the beer is very hoppy... But it isn't as bitter as I had expected.
I don't know if it's the yeast that does it or what, but this thing is exceptionally drinkable. It has to be one of my favorite Belgian IPAs! I love how dry it is! Anyway...
Pours a burnt gold, bordering on being orange, but not quite entirely unlike orange (figure that one out!). White head of two fingers rests proudly upon the glowing body and stakes its claim to the crown for quite a while-- impressive is a good word for it. The lacing is minimal, but some strands of wispy suds cling.

Smells of standard FFF hop protocol-- Amarillo? Cascade? Perhaps citra? Yep, yep, and probably yep. The yeast seems to add a little bubblegum note that reminds me of gumballhead in an odd way. It works, pretty nicely.

The taste has a light dry malt up front: it certainly wasn't intended to be the main attraction here-- the hops come in with all the usual suspects, including; citrusy grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and deliciousness. The yeast helps the finish to be dry, and there is only a light bitterness (compared to other offerings here!). I have to assume that is partly due to the yeast.
The flavor profile works incredibly well. Me likey.

The body is medium, with a good sturdy feel to it, thanks in part to the carbonation level, which seems a little lower than normal up front, but higher than normal towards the finish. It is a perfect compliment to the style-bending beer itself.

Overall-- this is quite delicious. I'm having another.
Get down here and try it-- it is currently "no growlers" and might not be bottled...

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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 warnerry
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a beautiful clear deep copper color with three fingers of creamy tan head. Head has great retention and leaves nice rings of lacing. A steady stream of carbonation rises.

S - Big citrus hops aroma, with grapefruit and orange zest. Also a bit of pine, some caramel malt and only faint Belgian yeast. The caramel malt adds a definite sweetness to the aroma.

T - Lots of citrus. Not just hop bitter citrus, but some juicy citrus as well. Taste is quite floral and somewhat sweet. Bitterness is assertive, but not overpowering. Very nice.

M - Medium, creamy mouthfeel with a bitter dry herbal finish.

O - Very nice. The Belgian aspect is pretty muted, but this is a nice DIPA.

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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 cvm4
4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark, cloudy amber. Lovely 2 finger light tan head.

S - Caramel malts, some spices, citrus hops and may'be a touch of pine.

T - Nice bite at first. Leads way to some sweet malts, a bit of honey and a lingering orange peel hop finish.

M - Medium all around. Has a wet finish.

O - I'm not sure it's geared toward Belgian IPA like the style implies but it's definitely a great beer. There's just a lot of balance in this beer between the hops and malt.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Glowing sunset and crystal clear body. Huge dense nine white head that leaves cascading lace.

In your face juicy hop profile. Orange, mango, grapefruit. The Belgian yeast is submissive to the hops.

Same tropical and citrus hops on the flavor. A light banana like ester ups the tropical feel.

Fresh, clean, juicy, sticky mouthfeel.

A great collaboration that clearly leans on the side of a hoppy American three Floyd's IPA.

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