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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 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 Jaycase
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: cloudy orange with a thick white head. Very nice lacing

s: citrusy hops. grapefruit, orange, mango. hint of yeast

t: from the aroma to the taste - explosion of citrus hops. Belgian yeast flavor takes a back seat but the presence is there. mild spiciness

m: medium body, moderate carbonation

o: Picked this up at DLD '12. Such a good beer. Tropical fruit delight...could easily drink this with breakfast. If you have a chance, please pick this one up.

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Photo of Florida9
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy deep golden honey color. Forms a large white head that has some pretty good retention. Leaves some moderate lacing on the way down.

S: Aromatic and hoppy with lots of citrus and tropical fruit. Orange, mango, pineapple and a bit of spice. This one has a regular old fruit salad going on with it.

T: The taste is very nice. Much better than I expected. Again there are lots of citrus hops along with a bunch of fruit. Orange dominates, but it is accented by notes of tropical fruit and mango. There is a touch of Belgian yeasty spice, but it is more of a compliment to the fruit and hops than a main character. Finishes with a touch of pine and a bit of alcohol.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is approaching the heavy side of things, but this one is not at all over-carbonated. Mild bitterness. A bit of alcoholic heat on the finish.

O: Picked this one up on a whim at DLD and now I'm wishing I picked up a few more. This is an excellent beer and really was much better than I was expecting it to be. Paired it with some charcuterie from Smoking Goose and it couldn't have complemented it any better. Fruity, juicy, and hoppy, make this one a very easy drinker.

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

White head on a orange base. Crazy lacing, good head retention.

Aroma produces mostly citrus (a la Zombie Dust), very faint Belgian yeast characteristics.

More citrus with a bitterness that comes in at the end. "Fresh" would guess at 9%abv.

Highly drinkable althought this is one of my favorite style. For whatever reason this is much tastier than when I had it last summer on tap from FFF. Thanks egrace84 for the revisit!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimple glass mug. Pours bright orange with a good white head. Beautiful lacing that lasts throughout. Wonderful citrus and floral aroma. Mild hops, beligan yeast, some pink bubblegum, and sweet fruit. Medium bodied, great carbonation. Stickymouth feel. Overall a really nice “tamed down version of Dreadnaught”!

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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 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 stxSS07
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip.

A- Pours a nice cloudy golden-orange with about a finger's worth of eggshell head that hangs around for a bit before fading to a 1/4" cap. Leaves awesome sheets of lacing.

S-Nice burst of citrus hops that mingles with a pretty big Belgo-yeast component. Notes of mango, grapefruit, and peach stick out to me. Just a touch of piney/earthy hops. There's a sweetness to it as well...almost caramel-like, but the bready/spicy yeast helps keep it in check. Awesome.

T- Bitter piney/earthy hops show up first...much more prevalent than the nose suggested. Followed by a mix of caramel sweetness and spicy/bready Belgian yeast. Citrus/tropical hops show up as well, but are a bit overpowered by the piney notes. Pretty tasty.

M- Medium bodied with adequate carbonation. Maybe a bit low, but it doesn't detract from the experience.

O- I haven't had many, but this is my favorite Belgian IPA. Great FFF hop character that is only enhanced by the tasty Belgian yeast. I'll definitely pick this up again.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle I picked up at DLD 2012, no bottled on date, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a clear reddish/orange color, topped with a finger of creamy tan head that recedes to a ring around the edges, leaves good lacing.

S- Oh man, wonderful hop aroma, huge vibrant citrus, mango, grapefruit, orange, big yeasty background, subtle spiciness and sweet malts.

T- Follows the nose with huge tropical fruits, pine and resin, floral as well, seriously the hops on this beer are excellent, has a smooth Belgian yeast flavor towards the end and some spice. Light malts, some slight alcohol warmth.

M- Medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, has a smooth, very creamy feel, dry finish.

O- This is an incredible beer, really blends the glory of American hops with Belgian yeast in a great way, can we get this in six packs?

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Photo of jeonseh
3.92/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - A reddish copper with a one finger slightly dirty white head. Slightly reflective and very clean looking

S - Tropical, sweet fruit in the nose. Pineapple and tangerine dominate the sweet nose. There is nice banana presence that lies underneath in the nose and gives hints of the Belgian yeast strand. overall, the nose is very sweet smelling as well.

T - At first, I get a slight pine hop presence that hangs on for a second before a sweeter pineapple and tangerine come through. There is just enough hop in here to prevent it from being cloying or too sweet. In the finish, there is a slight bitter kick that comes through with a hint of banana. Not as Belgiany on the flavor as I would expect

MF - Medium body with light carbonation. A bit syrupy as well which leaves a slight stickiness.

O - What happens if you take Dreadnaught and brew it with Belgian yeast? You get this beer. Solid DIPA. However, I was hoping for the Belgian aspects to shine through a bit more instead of playing such a small role.

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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 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 71gto
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour alone made me thirsty. A beautiful hazy orange with a nice lingering head.

Smell is subtle hops and lots of citrus as far as hops go for FFF it is on the lighter side.

Taste of the citrus and hops blends very well making this an easy drinker. I wish I had bought a second bottle, would drink again.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing brew picked up from DLD 2012.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with a finger of cream colored head. There is an ample amount of lace.

The nose has some sharp dank hops working. Very piney and earthy hops are very prominent here. There is a slight Belgian yeast with those fruity esters involved.

The flavors are very hoppy with a light amount of Belgian yeasts. The pine hops are in-your-face and aren't afraid to show themselves. There is a sharp bitterness that comes with the hops.

The mouthfeel is 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, this is one of the best Belgian double India Pale Ales out there. Floyds once again takes a style and dominates it with those amazing fresh hop notes. Don't overlook this one and grab it if you have a chance

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Photo of beesy
4.04/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap - served in a tulip glass

A - pours a beautiful orange. Slighly hazy with a nice, puffy one and a half finger off white head. Foam provides for some nice lacing, especially at the beginning of the pour.

S - very nice. lots of citrus hops with just a touch of belgian esters to know you're into a beliguian beer. A slight note of alcohol. A nice bitterness lingers - 100 ibu? not sure, but it's a nice beer. The beligan flavors show themselves a little more as it warms.

T - tomey likey. Nice citrus hops with a nice bit of grassy flavors. Enough belgian band-aid ensure you know your driking a bipa without being overwhelming.

M - medium bodied.

D - someone low for me. Somewhat high abv with the beligian flavors and hops makes it a little more of a sipper than a chugger.

Overall, I really enjoy this beer. Much better than Stone Cali-Belgique and on par with Raging Bitch.

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Photo of Simmy7000
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Tribes Alehouse 8/10/2011. Poured into an 8 oz snifter.

I've been lucky enough to run into this beer three different times and this was quite possibly the last keg of this still hanging around (tapped out at FFF over 2 months ago) so I had a few glasses and decided to review.

A- Pours a semi-hazy amber/orange color with a solid finger and a half of white head. Head sticks around for a while and leaves great lacing down the glass.

S- Fantastic notes of tropical fruit combined with citrus notes. Some Belgian characteristics also make their way through. Reminds me somewhat of Dreadnaught with a twist.

T- Lots of tropical fruit and juicy citrus notes up front balanced out by a solid caramel backbone. Near the end the yeast kicks in, helping to balance things further, keeping the hop notes in check with some slight clove and spice. Great overall balance and taste.

M- Solid medium body with ample carbonation. Fits the style perfect and makes it easy to drink.

O- Glad I have had the opportunity to try this quite a few times, definitely a treat.This beer is driven by the classic FFF hop profile balanced out with a solid caramel backbone and the hints of Belgian yeast which make it unique from the other DIPAs FFF makes. Above all else is the great cause this beer supports. Nothing like giving back to help out your favorite brewery.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, map room chicago

bartender : "you know, its very three-floydsy"

appearance: served in a nice unbranded tulip, slightly hazed orange body, creamy white cap - on par for what you would expect from a belgian ipa

smell: tropical fruit, bright citrus hops, pineapple, yeasty. as a hophead, its hard not to love anything hop-driven from 3F

taste: just lovely - very clean and fresh - dominated by tropical fruits and pineapple, citrus zest, pine, crisp belgian yeast, bubblegum, very mild spice. Good stuff.

mouthfeel: light and refreshing, good carbonation levels

overall: stellar

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Photo of ADTaber
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Holy Grale in Louisville, poured into a snifter

a: pours a hazy amber with 2 finger white head with good retention and leaves some spotty lacing

S: dominated by  orange citrus, some pine, a hint of malt and Belgian yeast

T: orange and lemon  citrus hops, a small amount of malty sweetness and some nice fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, maybe a hint of bubblegum

MF: medium body, moderate carbonation, hoppy bitterness lingers on the palate for a while

O: Quite hop forward but contrasted nicely by some malty sweetness and fruitiness from the Belgian yeast, which adds a real nice touch. The alcohol is very well hidden. This beer has appeared twice in Louisville and I've been very lucky to have multiple pours of it both times. I would say it's a must try if you have the chance.


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Photo of StoneTSR
4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prairie Moon in Evanston - July 12. The following day I stopped in for lunch and apparently killed the keg. Sorry everyone. Looks like the only three places that ever got this were the tap room at FFF, the Hopleaf and Prairie Moon. I guess I'm lucky.

APPEARANCE: Medium copper in color. Not a ton of lacing, but a nice, thick and fluffy white head rested on top. A very pretty and bright looking beer.

SMELL: Lots of citrus in the nose especially lemon. This one was certainly a sniffer as I kept sticking my nose back in the glass throughout the experience.

TASTE: Malty, sweet, a touch smoky and a whole lot of citrus. Again, the lemon flavor was strong, but some subtle pine and grapefruit was also noticeable.

MOUTHFEEL: The Shark Pants seems sticky at first, but it is relatively dry and not mouthcoating at all. A very well carbonated beer as well.

OVERALL: My notes just say "really good". And after having the good fortune to try this a second time, I have to agree with my initial assessment. It is a really good beer. I hope there's some left out there for a few more of you BAs to try.

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4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopleaf in Chicago.

Appearance - Really nice, long-lasting, white head over a hazy, golden-orange brew.

Smell - Gives off huge aromas of fruity citrus, pine, and floral - an explosion of hops. Nice bit of fruity Belgian yeast as well.

Taste - Fruity and yeasty, with lots of sweet hops flavour; bitter enough for excellent balance without being overwhelming.

This is a excellent Belgian IPA.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.78/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

At Three Floyd's with Sean and Mike... Dark copper orange with an awesome bright white head, great lacing... Aroma of fruit, oranges, a little belgian yeast, ok... The taste is a little to solvent hoppy on the front but its fruity and hides the 9% really well

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Photo of DCon
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Three Floyds in Munster, IN for $8. Tapped into a 12+ oz Tulip Glass and was not able to see the Tap Handle. This beer was dedicated to a former employee @ FFF and proceeds went to his family. Drinking beer+Charity, Awesome!

Aroma- Citrus hops and spices are very dominant here. A bit of dry-hopping was present and a ton of alcohol.

Appearance- Received with a 1 finger head that stay for a second or two... Has a hazy, dark orange color body and leaves minimal lacing behind on the glass.

Flavor- Starts with huge earthy/citrus hops and then has a medium grapefruit taste with a superfruit background. Lots of citrus/fruit flavors going on here. Sort of different for an IPA but this is alright.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Huge Carbonation, and doesn't leave much on the palate.

Overall Impression- Very nice, complexed beer but for a Belgian IPA, not too impressive. I'm starting to like how much complexity and different flavors/ingredients they bring to each and every drink. This one was much harder to drink but still thought it was a good brew! VERY limited batch so get your hands on it if you can.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.47/5  rDev +5.7%
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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Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Reaper16
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Three Floyds Brewery into a tulip glass

Pours a bronzed, burnt umber color – the sort of dark orange that is fairly typical of the double IPA style. Two fingers of sterling white head, all tight and small-bubbled, sit high and lace well. It’s a good looking double IPA.

I hope you like mangoes, tangerines, and ruby red grapefruit. If you’re ordering this beer, I assume you do. This beer brings the tropicality in spades. To be honest, this doesn’t smell or taste too dissimilar from Three Floyds Dreadnaught in terms of hop profile. The difference is that Shark Pants has a yeast strain from our friends at De Struise Brouwers, making this, in theory, a Belgian Double IPA. But really, the yeast strain doesn’t really shine. There’s some clovey flavor, but it is masked somewhat by the piney side of the beer’s hop character. Is this a tremendous Belgian Double IPA? Nope. It is a good American Double IPA? Yup.

Shark Pants is, like Dreadnaught, on the medium-bodied side of the double IPA mouthfeel continuum. Soft carbonation helps to amplify the tropical fruit flavors. Overall, this is good stuff. It’s AS good as Dreadnaught in the abstract, but I am forced to dock it half-points in a few areas for not reaching its Belgian-yeast potential.

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