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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#901
Reviews:
144
Ratings:
902
Liked:
847
Avg:
4.24/5
pDev:
9.2%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
119
Gots:
162
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 902 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bang on DIPA. Yeast flavour exceeds the malt backing, well balanced. Intensive IBU and hop flavour. Great drinkability for a DIPA. Better than average. Big retained head. Above average mouthfeel.Fruity, piney, a little caramel.Very clean.Bottle from Steven.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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 GRG1313
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

maybe my least favorite beer from these guys so far, and while i can appreciate it for what it is, i think its over rated on hype alone. its overly belgian, i mean way past bubblegum and high tone fruits, its over the top with that, probably fermented in the 80 degree range or warmer, and just because it has a lot of flavor, does not make it good. its honey colored beer, nice and clear and holding on to a very lacy white head, looks nice in the glass. it smells like leftover belgian yeast, and sweet oily west coast hops. the yeast is just too much, not that there is sediment or anything, but its flavor, its run wild away from the reasonable range, and feels almost sharp as a result. the beer isnt all that dry though, which i find a little confusing. the hop profile on this is excellent, i would guess some simcoe, sticky and rich for sure. it just doesnt need this yeast intensity, it would be a far better beer as an american double ipa, with some nondescript ale yeast, rather than this white winey, taffy, even corny strain that dominates the beer. finish is long, and the alcohol cuts sharply through the oily hoppy tail end, leaving a boozy belgian tang on the tongue. i appreciate making very very bold beers, but this one never really comes together for me. that said, the rest of our tasting group enjoyed it very much, and i am thankful to thebrewo for having shared this rarity with us.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With their new found love affair with Belgian-style ales and their aggressive reputation with hops, the fusion has to leave the taste buds bewildered and smitten, right?

The tulip is delivered to the table, back lit from the window the beer gloats a light caramel hue with lightly hazed orange shades toward the center. Capped with a fluffed white foam, the beer seems as proud as the pretty girl in her prom dress. The expected stellar lace and retention are all delivered as the beer leaves the glass much faster than it should.

Very bright and juicy aromas of honey-dipped citrus and tropical fruits invade the olfactories with stealth-like precision of peppery spice, mint, and pine needles to complement. Mouthwatering and supremely appetizing, a notion of freshly mulled herbs, grasses, and grapefruit swirl to a complex and seductive scent.

Flavors give everything that well-hopped Three Floyds beers do, but with extra spiciness from yeast and estery fruit flavors to accent those of their vibrant hops- it's a carnival ride for the taste buds. Ruby red grapefruit pulp, plump tangerines, pineapple juice, lemon zest, and pureed mangoes, apricots, and papaya are just a preview of the fruit coctail and fruit punch sweet acidity that's sure to cure scurvy. The unique yeast give a fruity boost to the hop fruitiness while also complementing the balance with white pepper, coriander, and basil with only a small hint of detergent. The supple malt character seems thinner than caramel and nearly seems of honey as the floral hop and fruit character informs the light sweetness of malt presence.

The more-than-sufficient carbonation allows the sweetness to bounce off of the tongue and chaperones the fruit and spices into a light powdery evaporation of minty alcohol warmth, resin dryness, fruit acidity, and spicy pang to finish. A pleasant and lingering aftertaste of citrusty bitterness cuts through the thirst and evokes a return to the glass much sooner than it should.

A lot of the flavors and textures that I love so much about Dreadnaught manifests themselves here. But where Dreadnaught is focused on the dialogue of hops and malt, this more complex and characterful version is reinforced with the yeasty spice and estery fruits from Belgian influences to show artistry in recipe formulation and perfection in brewing execution.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.62/5  rDev -38.2%

"live a Rich life"

"in memory of Rich Sheppard 7/1/90-4/11/11."

BOTTLE: Courtesy of Duff27. 1 pint 6 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label art; classy in a Hunter S. Thompson sort of way. Branded colourful pry-off pressure cap. Bottled 02/10/14.

Reviewed live as a "Belgian style double india pale ale" because the label clearly identifies it as such. Expectations are high given the brewery and style.

Served cold, after a brief period of rest following its removal from the fridge, into a mini nonic glass. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Reviewed in me parents' gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, CO.

HEAD: Three fingers wide. Off-white colour. Plump and soft-looking, with a smooth even consistency and a supple complexion. It's nicely creamy and thick, but could be frothier.

No lacing.

7-8+ minute retention. Pretty impressive if this beer really is 9.50% as currently listed on the site.

BODY: Clear translucent mango colour of good vibrance. Not the usual boring copper colour of most (imperial) IPAs. I'm not seeing any yeast particulate or sediment, which might be a nice touch in a purported Belgian IPA.

Appears well-carbonated. Definitely above average for the style; I'm looking forward to trying it. But it's not unique or special.

The colour is fantastic.

AROMA: Candy/Belgian candi sugar. Caramalt. Caramel sweetness. Bubblegum. Caramelized gooey orange peel. Some toffee. Sweetbread.

In short, it's sweeter than anticipated, and the candi notes dominate.

Hopwise, it's a bit limited. Sticky nectary hop character, floral notes, some pineapple (a tropical fruit note I personally dislike in beer), mango, sherbet, and overripe tangerine.

Fruity ale esters.

There is some alcohol presence lingering beneath the sweetness.

I'm not finding any real yeasty notes. A shame in a Belgian ale, especially if De Struise's yeast was used.

As it comes to temperature, I pick up on some lightly dank hop notes and some faint resins.

It's a sticky wet aroma of mild strength, and suggests an overly sweet, overripe flavour profile. I fear severe imbalance (in which the hop bitterness is too concealed by the malty sweetness) and the presence of pineapple-y hop notes - which I usually despise.

TASTE: Plenty of sweetness throughout. Sweetbread, caramel, caramalt. The candi sugar/candy character is luckily more restrained than the aromatics suggesed, but it's still problematic.

Sadly, there's no noticeable Belgian yeast character. A real shame.

As I feared, the sweetness is too much, and hides what should be the star(s) of the show - the hoppy notes. Sticky pine resin, floral hop character, off-putting warm pineapple...they're all surpressed by the unbecoming malty sweetness. The treat of the beer for me are the mango and tangerine tropical fruit notes, but unfortunately they're corrupted by the booziness that runs through the beer.

Surely this was a nicer flavour profile when the beer was fresher. As-is, 7 months after bottling, it's a syrupy, sweet, somewhat boozy, imbalanced mess. The imbalance is ruinous. Messy as it is, it does have some cohesion of flavour, though this isn't a gestalt build; the pineapple could easily be removed, resulting in a better beer, and it doesn't feel like an impenetrable whole.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Subpar amplitude of flavour.

It's complicated, poorly layered, and generally chaotic. I wouldn't call it intricate, refined, or subtle.

TEXTURE: Boozy, slightly syrupy, way too thick, smooth, and wet. Overcarbonated. Too hefty and weighty on the palate. Unnecessarily full-bodied.

In short, it's just too much on the palate, especially considering the relative lack of deep and/or intricate flavours. This bold and heavy a presence on the palate just isn't justified by the flavours that are present; there's relatively little for the texture to support.

Overall, this texture distracts from the flavours, and fails to bring out the best in the taste. Subpar execution.

OVERALL: This mishmash of Three Floyds' double IPA expertise and De Struise's Belgian yeast feels like a collision of competing brewing styles, rather than a successful holistic effort. Call it Collaboration Syndrome, but this beer just isn't working for me. It doesn't even hide its ABV well. While I'll finish the bottle alone, it will take effort. A huge disappointment considering the two breweries involved. I wouldn't recommend this to friends or trade partners. It won't impress the discerning drinker.

That said, I'd love to revisit this fresh - ideally on-draught. I worry these months of (unintended) age have been severely detrimental to the beer. Of course, Three Floyds offers no best before date on their label, so I take no blame for consuming it late.

The warm booziness is a big problem, and is made worse by the presence of off-putting warm pineapple.

Huge thanks to Duff27 for the bottle; I'm glad I got to try it!

C-

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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tropical sunset orange, rich and saturated, with some sharper clarity towards the lower part of the glass and meniscus. The creamy foam is somewhat mellow, but it leaves spindly arcs of delicate lace all around, looking minimal yet spectacular.

Resiny and dank hop aroma, earthy and gritty, raw orange peel and mango. Alcohol is slightly perceptible, but well integrated.

Lush feel, big citrusy orange and layered tropical fruit notes with an undercurrent of bitter earthiness of resiny pine and aspirin. Creamy feel, extra smooth. At 260 ibu, its surprisingly not intensely bitter. Very tasty and deceptively strong. Cheers to FFF and Struise on their successful collaboration!

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 2/10/14, drank 5/30/14, thanks to crapturds (reddit).

pours a nice creamy semi thick 1/2 finger head nice lacing, hazy dark reddish chestnut color.

Nose big sweet candy, little pineapple and tropical notes, into caramel toffee, citrus candied orange peel, spicy hops, chewy little early and fruity, dank and resinous, little pine too.

Taste starts sweet and creamy, little caramel and toffee, fairly sweet. Big citrus and candied orange peel, dank resinous and piney, earthy, little spicy, little fruity. Flashes of like pineapple and tropical notes but very faded. hint of warming estery booze. Finish attempts to dry but stays sticky and syrupy, more candy and little booze, spicy briny resinous hops lingering.

Mouth is med to heavier bod, syrupy and a bit creamy, creamy nice carb, earning booze.

Overall seems like it was much better when fresh, but lost some character,

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Three Floyds last weekend. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazed light orange color with a good white head and a pretty good amount of lacing on the way down. The nose is an explosion of hops and Belgian yeast. Really fruity with a bit of spice. Lots of citrus and a nice earthy undertone. Pine there as well. Some malt in the background.

The flavor brings quite a bit of Belgian yeast, especially as it warms. Nice combination of floral, citrus, and piney hops. Everything there plays really well with the yeast. Medium body and good carbonation. Bitter in the finish. Quite bitter. This is one of the best, if not the best, Belgian IPAs I've ever had.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewone
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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