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Brewed by:
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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Reviews:
144
Ratings:
895
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
9.22%
 
 
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120
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Photo of Treyliff
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottle date, poured into a tulip

A- pours a slightly hazy amber color with a two-finger frothy off-white head that had great retention, leaving some lacing behind

S- citrus and tropical fruity hops up front, complimented by a honey-like sweetness. Peppery and grassy with notes of dried herbs and fresh grass. Sweet doughy malt with a hint of caramel balances it out

T- lots of fruity hops with flavors of grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, mango and papaya. The Belgian yeast gives big peppery notes with lots of herbal notes. The malt is slightly doughy, with a honey-like sweetness that compliments the fruity hop character nicely. Slightly sweet finish with more fruity hops on the linger

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a big and frothy mouthfeel, ending with a slightly warming, smooth finish

O- a fruit hop explosion that is complimented nicely by a the peppery yeast flavors. One of the better Beligan IPA's that I've tried, very good

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

Thanks to Robbiemoy13 for this bottle. Poured in to FFF stemmed tulip.

A - Hazy medium amber with a big glow throughout. Two fingers of off white head that receded to a half finger. Good lacing.

S - Big bitterness up front with pine, citrus and floral aromas. A pretty prominent malt sweetness provides balance and adds caramel and candy-like aromas. No big Belgian qualities aside from the candy. Nice nose overall.

T - Sharp bitterness up front that immediately gives way to a big malt sweetness and caramel and candy flavours. Some good grapefruit and pine flavours are present from the hops. A slight spiciness in the finish. Excellent balance.

M - Medium body, creamy. Lots of tongue-coating hop oils. Light carbonation.

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

On tap at brewpub.

Pours a very hazy light orange, with solid 1.5 inch head and great lacing. Perfect beer for a tulip glass.

Fruit in the smell, but also a bit of biscuity malt. A bit of hops as you would expect from FFF, but certainly not overwhelming.

Taste is where the yeast comes through, hard to put my finger on it but not quite familiar. A bit of hops in the finish and a nice aftertaste, not too bitter or crushing by any measure.

Very solid beer, would love to have again.

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Photo of Chiefy770
4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1 Pint 6 Fl Oz Brown Bottle
Bottled on February 25th, 2015
Reviewed on April 3rd, 2015
Served in a Tulip Glass

Eyes
Poured a hazy copper body with a great amber glow. A short off-white head formed, a little less than 1/2 an inch tall. Decent head retention. Modest amount of sticky lacing.

Nose
Sweet fruits stood out the most... apple, pear, grapefruit, and pineapple. Belgian yeast set the tone. Very mild hit of pine from the hops.

Mouth
Crisp and sweet hops hit the tongue first. Apple, pineapple, and orange peel really stood out. Tangy notes of grapefruit elevated the hop-meter. Nice backbone of Belgian yeast. The hops took a spicy and earthy tone over time, resulting in very subtle notes of pine and clove. If you are looking for malts then keep looking. Finished out warm and dry. Moderate/High carbonation. Medium bodied.

Overall
Excellent beer. Hop-forward, yet it maintained the characteristics of classic Belgian brews. R E C O M M E N D E D !

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

Another winner from FFF. Perfect hazy orange color with a thick rich head when poured. Not much of a nose but great initial taste. Rich smooth flavor and the best Belgium IPA I've come across. Leaves just enough hoppy bitterness in mouth. Reaffirms FFF as possibly best overall brewer there is.

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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 ONUMello
4.37/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle dated 2/26/16 poured into a FFF Teku glass
A: Dark orange, slightly hazy with a 1.5 finger head
S: Bold with pine/resin and tropical fruit from the hops backed up by nice Belgian yeast & black pepper notes
T: Bold freshly cracked black pepper initially, followed by a yeasty midpalate then the hops kick in on the finish
M: Fresh, crisp, balanced with no alcohol showing; somewhat spicy between the pepper & hop bitterness
O: Another one the folks at FFF knock out of the park. Nice to see how well they integrate the hops while keeping the Belgian yeast/style showing

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look 9/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 36/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Life a Rich life is a Belgian Style IPA that in thought was one of the stoopidest names ever.... Until I read on the side of the bottle that it was dedicated to a young gentleman named Rich Sheppard. It pours with an aggressive foamy bright white head. It looks translucent amber/orange... Reminds me of orange/cherry 'Jell-O' The taste isn't nearly as 'yeasty' as I expected. In fact, I wouldn't know it was a Belgian style at all init weren't on the bottle. Taste was very pine heavy, starts off extremely piney and finishes with a heavy dose of citrus, mostly orange, tangerine and Pineapple. Feel is rich and creamy. Rather light and crisp. While it is def worth seeking out. I will say a drawback for me is, the 'Soap' taste that some IPA's have. Overall, great brew by one of my fav breweries~

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

Had this on tap the other day at FFF while there with betsona. Also, got two high fives from yeahnatenelson while we were there. Good day overall!

A- Came to me a golden orange color with a light amber middle to the center of the beer. Half figner white head shows poor retention. Nice block lace and light streaks on the sides of the glass with each sip.

S- Big citrus upfront from the hops with pineapple to me shining through. Light yeasty undertone show a little belgian banana and clove combo. Bready caramel malts in the very end with a light almost plastic scent. Citrus hops once again in the ending with medium alcohol aroma.

T- Citrus hops in the front of the aroma now dominate the palate with a strong pineapple like flavor. Belgian yeast comes through next with light over ripe banana and hints of muted clove. This never takes over the primary flavor of the hops at any given taste. Hints of light bready malts toward the middle with the belgian yeast standing out as well. This quickly gets crushed by another wave of citrus hops. Ending of the beer calms down a little bit with over ripe banana and bubblegum combo in the ending. Hint of hops in the very ending. Clean crisp alcohol taste in the final part of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Pineapple, hints of caramel malt, and light banana are left on the palate. Aftertaste is over ripe banana and pineapple with a light sweet alcohol layering over it. Very balanced for the beer and for who brewed it I thought. No off flavors at all while I was drinking this beer. Medium alcohol drying on the palate while sipping this beer.

O- This beer to me was very good. After having a couple snifters of this I must say these two need to do many many more brews together. The flavors were settle and while the hops dominated everything they didn't go too out of their way in making this a palate crushing beer. The alcohol was present only toward the ending and did a good job at not over drying the palate. Will be looking forward to trying this in a bottle if they ever bottle it.

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

On-tap at Three Floyds. Poured into snifter.

A: Pours a hazy copper with orange hues around the edges. Wonderful white head that leaves a moderate pace leaving a great webbing on the way down.

S: Incredible hops it you in the face and then they are drawn out by the yeast. Sweet fruits play with your nose in this as well.

T: Amazing citrus hops that blend in with the yeast to give a it a smooth creamy middle, then the bitter hop smash I was looking bites you in the end and lingers.

M: Medium bodied. Very smooth and creamy with a nice lingering bitterness on the palate.

O: I really enjoyed this collaboration. The yeast added a wonderful creaminess that really smoothed this out. Will def. buy bottles whenever they start doing that.

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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 Fcolle2
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours amber in color with a nice copper hue. Two finger big frothy white head has nice retention.

Smell is great lots of bright citrus hop aromas play nicely with some mild spice, lemongrass and earthy phenols from the Belgian yeast. Combination is highlighted by a light grainy very mildly sweet malt backbone. Everything works together to make this a really nice herbal bright citrus and spices aromas.

Taste follows the nose with a nice balance of orange citrus and herbal vegetal hops forward. bitterness is mild and not over assertive hoppy oils give this a nice crisp flavor that works well with some very light dry spicy phenols of clove and cinnamon. Malt is slightly husky and grainy with very mild sweetness

Mouthfeel is great. Crisp sticky feel from the loads if hop oils and resin. Milt is mildly sticky and sweet and carbonation is moderate to high. There is also a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of stortore
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bomber into a tulip, bottled 2/25/2015.

Pours a hazy, opaque, deep orange- nice color. Medium head with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma of dank, fruity hops- stronger after the pour, more orange at first, a general citrus later. Just about equaled by the malt and yeast, almost like there's a different driver every whiff. Tastes of juicy, citrusy, bitter hops- (orange and pineapple?) up front. Bitterness tamed a bit, especially on the back end, by the malt and Belgian yeast. It doesn't seem all that malty to me, but I guess its gotta be, based on the IBU's. A touch sweet, with a bit of caramel. Good body and feel, pretty dry, well carbonated.

I'm not a big fan of Belgian IPA's (or Belgian stouts), they seem contrived . This is really good. Bitter, yes, but I felt it still held a Belgian identity. However, I wouldn't argue with anyone whose perspective is that it's a DIPA with an extra word in front of it. I found it well balanced and constructed. And, it's even decently priced for Three Floyds. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of big789J
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: A darker amber, small amount of head, slightly cloudy , small amount of carbonation visible

S: Yeast forward. Familiar belgian yeast, fruity, leaving a slight funk as the fruitiness dissipates

T: A beautiful dance of of belgian yeast and fairly intense bright hops. THe hops linger beyond the belgian yeast flavors.

M: Fair amount of carbonation. Not very thick, but a nice thickness

Overall: One of the better Beligan IPAs I've had. I have seen a lot of variation in this beer, but this one is a fresh and fantastic.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep reddish amber body that is transparent and clean. Big light straw almost golden head in a FFF Teku. Big tropical fruit aroma on the nose. Very inviting. Really slick, oily, resiny mouthfeel. Fairly thin and very west coast style body. The taste is quite aggressively bitter with some citrus rind and sweet pine. There is some fruitiness to the flavor put this isn't a citrus juice bomb, so go elsewhere if you're looking for that. Very unique and interesting. Hard to place the hop bill, but it plays well together. Only a hint of malt sweetness. I'm not getting the Belgian notes but I'm fine with that. Really aggressively bitter but just enough fruitiness to make it enjoyable. Really fun drink. The only other thing I'd note is that as it warms the finish is quite boozy.

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Photo of 2Dreadnaught
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Amber wit orange hue (color of orange blossom honey)
S: Tropica fruit, big citrus, and hint of pine.
T: Mango sweetness with a very pleasant dry finish.
M: Medium body with a zippy dry finish.
O: Another excellent beer by 3 Floyd's. Even those who don't like said one would love this beer. Very good balance between sweetness, hippiness, and alcohol content. I enjoyed this one one tap @ 3 Floyd's and will definetly pick up a couple of bombers to go on the way out ( evevn @ $15/22oz it's worth it).

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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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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.29/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on Tap at Brixies and poured into a sifter.

A) Dark orange, clear, and has a two finger head that lasts leaving good amount of lace.

S) Wow sugary candy, citrus fruits, honey?, Belgian yeast.

T) Malty, skittles, bread, grapefruit, Belgian yeast aftertaste

M) Creamy very similar to Apocalypse Cow, low amount of carbonation.

O) One of the best FFF I had in a long time probably since In the Name of Suffering

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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 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 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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