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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:
897
Avg:
4.23
pDev:
22.93%
 
 
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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 gordavidson
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy and luminescent orange liquid with a thin off-white head.

S- Caramel, pine, citrus, alcohol, and a definite Belgian kick. A bit odd.

T- Pine, citrus, caramel and some breadiness with a definite Belgian aspect.

M- The carbonation is nice and spicy with contrasts nicely with the creamy body.

O- A tasty take on the style. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Tasty.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$15
Three Floyd's Brewpub

Bottled: 2/10/14

Live the Rich Life sports that beautiful, fairly clear, ruby hue. Autumnal orange highlights pop up when any light shows from behind. Tiny carbonation bubbles keep the dirty white head alive and substantial. Sticky lace clings to the glass and I can already tell it'll take some scrubbing to get it clean.

The hop profile seem to follow in the vein of Permanent Funeral with immense tropical fruits and citrus. A hefty dose of pineapple can be smelt from a couple feet away. Mango and papaya follow close behind before handfuls of dripping peach, nectarine, and apricot come along toward the middle. Grapefruit and orange, lightly sweetened, jammy, bring up the rear. A backbone of caramel maltiness round things out. I don't get (m)any esters from the Belgian yeast. With some warmth resinous pine mingles with peppery booze.

While the nose is still fairly bright I'm afraid the flavor has faded just a touch over the month since it's been bottled and oddly enough this still tastes better than 90% of IIPAs out there. The tropical notes mentioned in the nose are all present and meld seamlessly. Dried apricot and juicy peach are more assertive in the taste and push through the finish. I do get some esters on the finish, although I don't know if I could have picked them out if blindfolded, in the form of orchard fruits such as tripels showcase. The swallow shows a little boozy heat, a touch of lasting caramel, and resinous pine oils. The pine grows exponentially with warming, nearly taking over.

Three Floyd's somehow, some way, can make a a big beer drink like a 5%er. Live the Rich Life is no different. The body is moderate with a touch of stick on the backend. The stick makes no difference because it eventually dries up with a lingering bitterness. Drinkability = dangerous.

If I wasn't told this was brewed with Belgian yeast I probably would have never picked it out. This is, in my mind, a juicy, ripe, extremely drinkable IIPA. Three Floyd's brews some better versions of the style, in my opinion, but this is in no way a slouch. RIP Rich, you have an excellent beer brewed in your honor.

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Photo of bashiba
3.2/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy amber/orange with a light sticky off white head.

The smell was sweet and a bit belgiany with heavy yeast notes, just a touch of light citrus and pine from the hops.

The flavor was dominated by sweet caramel malts, a bit of belgian spices come through along with a touch of citrus hops, but overall its very sweet with just a mild bit of bitterness that never gets it close to balance.

The mouthfeel is a bit thick and oily.

I didn't hate it, but struggled with the sweetness, to boozy and rich for a Belgian IPA, needs more hops.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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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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 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 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 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 zimm421
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy orange to amber with a fluffy white head. The nose is herbal hops, citrus and breadiness. The taste is spicy, with notes of oranges, grapefruit and a decent malty base. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly sticky, with good carbonation. Overall, it's a good Belgian IPA that has nice complexities from the Belgian yeast, as well as a wealth of hop character throughout.

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Photo of larryi86
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks bstyle!
22 oz bottle, dated 2/17/14, poured into a tulip

A- Clear bright orange/copper color with a three finger white head.

S- Tropical fruits, pine, citrus, grapefruit, fruity Belgian yeast, smells great!

T- Bitter hoppy finish is the first thing that jumps out at me, getting some tropical hops, citrus, peppercorns, pine, slightly dank, some sweet caramel malts, finish is very bitter. Great balance of flavor.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- An awesome bitter IPA with a since Belgian style twist. Very enjoyable, really hope to get this again.

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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 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 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 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 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 facundoCNB
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a crisp, clean looking amber pour with a perfect 2 fingers of bright white head, great retention and ridiculous amounts of lacing. smells hoppy, sweet, and spicy. grassy and pine smells come out of the hops, a slightly floral scent as well. smells of honey, and a bit of spicyness coming from either the yeast or the hops as well. bitter up front with a nice soapy pine taste, sweetness of honey, slightly bready.. this beer is delicious, and has a bit of every one of my favorite aspects.

medium body with a nice amount of carbonation which helps the spicyness stand out in the finish. slightly creamy on lips and has a nice alcohol warmth to it as well.

this is a SOLID ipa. not getting much of the belgian flavors, but maybe it's because it's so hopped up and still fairly fresh that the hops take over the majority of it. don't get me wrong, it's not a hop bomb.. they're very well balanced and blend in perfectly with the rest of the beers' features. pick this one up for sure if you see it.

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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 Goblinmunkey7
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind Review.

Appearance: Perfectly clear burnt orange/dark gold. Head is off-white with a loose bubble structure. Moderate retention leaves a small soapy cap with some lacing. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Fruity. Some apple and bubblegum. A touch of Belgian yeast. Some vague almost light-clove spice coupled with a mild peppery note. Malt base is relatively light with a hint of caramelized malt sweetness. A biscuity undertone. Grapefruit flesh with a touch of juice and pith. Slight creeping woody element. Some hop spiciness with a very mild touch of alcohol in the back.

Taste: Grapefruit and fruity esters. Belgian yeast influence. Mildly spicy hop. Some peppery spice as well. Slightly pithy. Very mild bitterness hits to citrus oil. Old orange and pith. Malt backbone is slightly bready offering up some slight sweetness and a compliment to a mild hop profile. Slightly earthy with a flavor that reminds of of hop pellets. Leafy hops. Warming ups the esters and the lingering bitterness. Warming makes me think there's no Belgian yeast and just a super earthy and herbal hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Pretty standard stuff. Mild astringency.

Overall: I'd drink it again but that's as much as I can say.

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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 kawilliams81
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Lost Abbey chalice.

A- Pours a dark honey with a 2" light tan head. Thick waves and clouds of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Sweet malts, citrus, orange, and some pine.

T- Semi-sweet honey malt, citrus and big pine bitterness. Not picking up on the "Belgian" part of this beer.

M- Medium body and carbonation. slightly dry with big bitter aftertaste.

O- Nice dipa but don't see how this is classified as Belgian style dipa? Good but not $15 a bottle good.

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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 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 kevanb
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle, dated 2/17/2014, poured into a Three Floyds' Teku glass.

The beer pours a hazy, copper orange color with hues of amber and a nice, thick, foamy white head, about 2 fingers high that has moderate retention and leaves a decent amount of spotted lace behind. The aroma is juicy, fresh fruit, tangy citrus, strong sweetness from the malt, but also an intense bitterness that brings out some pine and earthy tones, playing off the citrus peel. Alcohol is definitely potent here, but not astringent and off putting. The flavors match up and definitely improve upon the nose, the fruit flavors are great, tropical and juicy, lots of mango and passionfruit, tangy grapefruit with some orange peel in there as well, amply bitter with some strong piney earth flavors, sappy and resinous that go well with the juicy qualities that greet the tongue. Strong, sticky malt and sweet alcohol dominate the finish, but aren't too out of line, a nice counterbalance to the hops. The body is sticky, full and coats the mouth well, the carbonation is lower on the spectrum but still lively with a crisp and dry finish.

Verdict: I've been enjoying bombers of this beer since the 2/17 release and it's showing no signs of slowing down, which is admirable considering how quickly many of the IPAs from Three Floyds begin to wilt. It's definitely a maltier beer than what fits the FFF stereotype, but it's still a great hoppy beer and one of the fruitier IPAs they've made. The belgian yeast adds a great level of intrigue to this and it's not one to be missed, easily one of the better Belgian IPAs on the market.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nice copper color, maybe 1/8 thick head

Everything you'd want in a Belgian IPA.

Banana and clove-y aroma and taste, also a bright and citrusy. When you are torn between a Duvel and a Sierra Nevada, and you happen to live in Indiana, this is definitely your best choice

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