Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

Cimmerian Sabertooth BerzerkerCimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #318
ABV:
9%
Score:
93
Ranked #1,942
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.52%
Reviews:
117
Ratings:
857
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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
 
Indiana, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  60
Gots
  212
SCORE
93
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Cimmerian Sabertooth BerzerkerCimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
Notes: In the seemingly endless cruelty, battle, and strife of the Hyborian age, a warrior has but two pleasures: Decimating one’s enemies in battle, and a horn of Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker to slake the thirst of victory.

100 IBU
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superspak from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled in 1/2014. Pours very hazy deep golden/orange/amber/light copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky cream colored head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit/dough, nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt notes with big strength. Taste of huge red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit/dough, nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, minty, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pineapple, apricot, mango, honeydew melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, onion, mint, peppercorn, pine, honey, caramel, brown sugar, toasted biscuit/dough, nuttiness, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance; and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready/sticky, fairly resinous/rindy, and lightly slick/syrupy mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 9% after the finish. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and dark/bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV, with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish. Great soft feel for the ABV, and not overly aggressive. Feels like a lot of Warrior, Columbus, Chinook, and Summit. Very juicy, vibrant, dank, and earthy hops; with a large sized dark/bready malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Held up extremely well for the age. Reminds me of SN Bigfoot a lot at this point, but already was expecting that.

Nov 12, 2019
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.66/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to maximumu13 for sending me this bottle! Reviewed from (very long-standing) notes. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Cigar City Brewing pint glass.

A: Very hazy darkish gold with a good amount of visible carbonation. Forms a half-finger of eggshell-colored head that fades fairly quickly.

S: Bready sweet malts, pine resin and orange rind malts. I think I’m getting a touch of oxidation from this bottle as well, unfortunately.

T: A big bready malt sweetness and a punch of citrus pith and bitterness. Resinous hops along with the bitter underripe orange. Some ethanol sweetness. There’s big bitterness here, but balanced by the bready malts with bits of caramel within. The bitterness stays on the tongue with some ethanol burn at the end.

M: The body is a bit on the heavy side for style, and the carbonation is on the low side. The alcohol isn’t quite distracting, but it’s clearly noticeable.

O: Nothing terrible here, but it rather embodies what I don't prefer in DIPAs. A caramelly bready malt bill and prominent alcohol flavors just don't hit me right.

Jun 23, 2018
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, orange-brown in color with 1/4 inch head. Get loads of Earl Grey tea with huge lemon, caramel, and Juicy Fruit gum. Medium-heavy bodied, low carbonation, dank and slightly bitter. I am really liking this beer. Of the thousands of beers I have had, I have to pause when I find something unique and this is just that. Not sure if I have had a beer like this. Interesting and well done...Better as it warms. One of the better beers I have had from Three Floyds...Should have gotten a second bomber.

Oct 14, 2017
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Kbret from Indiana

3.96/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The fruit really burst though on this one. The hops kinda over take the malty sweetness. However, both are prevalent. Very good beer but not my favorite style ipa.

Jun 01, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My wife and I were returning home from Thanksgiving and 3 Floyd's was on the way and at a good time for an early dinner (finally!). I had been wanting to visit forever, but without success until this day.

This beer pours a cloudy, orangish amber color that displays a high carbonation and an off white, taupe, frothy head that dissipates slowly to a rocky layer with a neck. 4/5 The aroma is very tropical and features notes of pineapple, papaya, mango, passion fruit and tangerine. There is a light malt undertone that provides a dash of grainy sweetness, but the hop presence really dominates here. 4.25/5 The flavor is every bit as awesome and hoppy as the aroma. Tropical fruit notes of pineapple, papaya, mango, passion fruit, and tangerine all come out in a blend of tropical fruitiness and sweetness that keeps the bitterness from the hops to a moderate level that lingers moderately after swallowing. As the beer warms a bit of buttered white bread and sourdough bread both come out, balancing the hops and providing a bit of maltiness to the flavor. 4.25/5 A moderate carbonation burn hits the tongue from all over and leads into a medium body that features moderate dryness with a lingering dryness after swallowing. 4/5 This is really an awesome DIPA that is crazy fruity and just sweet enough to balance the hops and keep them from becoming overwhelming. Based on the flavors, I would say that the brewmaster(s) added the hops at the absolute perfect time to achieve this balance since I don't taste a ton of malty sweetness. 4.25/5

Feb 03, 2017
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/25/14; drank 8/13/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Orange murkiness.

Eggshell head; frothy lace.

Grapefruit, orange & frost in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Orange, mango & grapefruit in the flavor, but the finish is simply too bitter to enjoy them. Close, but no cigar.

Dec 30, 2016
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Marius from Netherlands

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared at August THT. Semi-hazy amber pour with a white head. Notes oftropical fruit, honey, grapefruit, onions. Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and a hop bitter finish.

Dec 11, 2016
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tbryan5 from Louisiana

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not sure of the bottling date, but it was maltier than I was expecting. CSB was still a fantastic and enjoyable beer. Malty with a little hop bit at the end. A little spiciness was mixed in there as well. Definitely a full bodied beer. 3F left no doubt that this brew was a DIPA.

Dec 06, 2016
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Webzombie from Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty sure this is new favorite FFF double ipa (will need to try the Rich Life one again to be sure). Great hoppy bitter taste you would expect from a heavy beer. Must be very well made because it does not taste boozy at all and goes down really smoothly. Need to be careful on it as it could be downed very quickly if you so desired.

Dec 04, 2016
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bound4er from Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Turbid faint orange to amber appearance with a two finger white head. Nose contains bready malt, citrus, pineapple and a bit of dankness. Palate mirrors the nose nicely with lots of hop laced pineapple, citrus and funky dank oily earthiness. Malt is there to play a minor supporting roll. Body is on the heavier side for a DIPA. This is an excellent hop bomb from 3F - not sure I will buy more given the pricey bomber format.

Oct 30, 2016
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle dated 6/27/16 poured into a Teku glass
A: Slightly hazy brown with a one-finger head
S: Tropical fruit, melon, citrus and herbs
T: Matches the nose. Quite bitter but nicly balanced by the fruit/earthy notes
M:Full-bodied, the alcohol is hidden, balanced overall
O: This is definitely a FFF DIPA. Tasty & well-made

Oct 20, 2016
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber into TEKU. Assuming 3 Floyds did their homework before brewing this Cimmerian Pale Ale, the Cimmerians must have been huge hopheads.

Sep 01, 2016
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HopHunter19 from Missouri

4.86/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A - nice golden copper amber beer, with a nice white head that sticks
S - biiig dank. Garlic, onion, ganja, hop resin. Overly ripe fruit.
T - big dank, garlic, onion, ganja, hop resin, overly ripe fruits, tropical fruits, peach, pineapple, mango
M - light - medium, alcohol covered, aftertaste is ganja, pine resin, grapefruit
O - great beer

Aug 07, 2016
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brewskis from Indiana

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a crystal clear bright copper color with two fingers of an off-white head that dissipated slowly.

Aroma is dominated by an herbaceous dankness and candied orange. Sugary and carmel sweetness is all that the malt offers. This complements the onslaught of fruity hops. Besides the aforementioned sweet, candied orange, I get candied grapefruit, overly-ripe mango, peach, and pineapple.

Taste follows the aroma nicely. There's a blanket of herbaceous dankness and candied orange (like orange marmalade) that coats the palate throughout. Starting at the mid-palate, the beer offers overly-ripe mangos and peaches. The finish is semi-dry and brings with it a dank, pine resin, orange pith bitterness along with under-layers of juicy peaches and oranges.

High medium body. Crisp, yet smooth carbonation. A nice creaminess to it. Oily and slightly sticky finish, but still quite clean.

This is yet another great DIPA from these guys. Love the dank orange characteristics it offers. Extremely well done.

Jul 31, 2016
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wowthatbeerisgood from Illinois

4.54/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had on draft at Three Floyds brewpub. Smelled super happy and awesome when first brought out, but the smell disappeared over time. Color was golden but a bit cloudy. Tastes full and flavorful but a little overly carbonated

May 13, 2016
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kik from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as I picked up my cup, I could smell the fresh, delicious aroma of hops. Nice, murky pour with a sweet, fruity classic three floyds ipa taste. A bit carbonated and biting, but the intense flavor more than makes up for it.

May 13, 2016
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snaotheus from Washington

4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016-05-11
22oz bottle served in a large mug. Bottled on 5/4/16, bought at Three Floyds on 5/9/16 (also tried on tap that day), flown home and enjoyed today. Poured completely.

Pours mostly clear golden with a moderate amber core, big, long-lasting white head, and lots of carbonation. Pretty beer. Smell is very powerful, beautiful honeysuckle and citrus, a touch of toasty malt, definitely some hop flowers.

Taste is also very powerful. I'm surprised the bitterness hit me first, then the sweetness, and then the bitterness again. Bitterness is more traditional piney bitterness, sweetness is more floral than citrus or pine or other fruit. Some note in there doesn't gibe perfectlyl, but the big picture is that it's a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is big and nice. Overall, very good, one of the better new beers I tried on this trip to Chicago.

May 12, 2016
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mothmanscott from Georgia

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy/opaque, particulate filled, pale amber producing not quite 2.5 fingers of beige, frothy, short-lived head that leaves only a few motes & streaks of lace. Aroma is packed with tropical fruit, sweet caramel malt, pine, melon, dank earthiness, pepper with hints of citrus & humidor cedar. Taste is high octane hoppiness: tropical fruit flavors predominate with a medley of pine, grapefruit, orange, tangerine hints & spice loosely balanced with caramel malt sweetness with notes of honey, humidor cedar & pepper. Alcohol is subdued & expressed as bitterness & spice more so than warmth. Alcohol smell & taste become prominent when the brew warms. Aftertaste is a lightly astringent, oily hop/malt bitter-sweetness that rapidly gravitates to an mostly bitter. High ABV is detectable but subdued. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with low-moderate carbonation, oily, wet & slick finish with a bitter & astringent aftertaste. A big, flavorsome example of the style. A very nice DIPA.

May 03, 2016
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brian44556 from Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip. Bottle dated 2-2-2016.

Pours a hazy honey with a 3/4 inch, frothy, white head. Great retention and wet lacing grabs the sides. Pungent hop profile, highlighted by tropical fruits and pine trees. A lot of the tropical fruits highlight the taste upfront, but they are balanced out by a sweetness from the malt profile. Also, a touch of alcohol presents itself. Crisp and well carbonated. Another good hopped up offering from FFF. They are one of the best when it comes to hoppy style beers.

Apr 24, 2016
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alexgilez from Ohio

4.64/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

a beautiful pour with a retentive but subtle enough and quickly fleeting head. nice and floral with a tangerine/pineapple hint but a dank and sticky aftertaste. I got this beer from a liquor store on my way home to Columbus from Chicago, and would consistently pay the $10 price for the bomber.

Apr 07, 2016
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zimm421 from Ohio

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy dark orange with a thick fluffy white head. The nose is potently dank with tropical fruits and citrus bringing up the rear. The taste is fruity up front with pineapple and mangoes, followed by grapefruit and oranges. The finish is nicely bitter with just a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth but seems to be a touch low on carbonation. Overall, this is a good DIPA with loads of citrus, tropical fruits. If it was a touch more drinkable it could be an excellent go to.

Mar 23, 2016
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mschrei from Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Super cloudy brown orange with light creamy head and lacing. Hoppy scent. Tangy and hoppy, citrusy with a creamy and subtly bitter mouthfeel. Pretty good.

Mar 22, 2016
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SoxFan from Indiana

4.49/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

took a while to try this one after given a poor review from someone. huge mistake. this is one of my favorite DIPA's from FFF. Some people call permanent funeral the zombie dust on steroids...nope, this is it. pure hop goodness. where PF is sweet and hoppy, this is all about those FFF hops. like most other FFF hoppy brews, freshness counts. grab a bomber within a couple of weeks old and you will not be disappointed.

Mar 13, 2016
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$10
Three Floyds Kiosk

Bottled: 2/29/16

Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker is crystal clear beverage with a shade of sunset orange. It's got some color, glowing brightly when backlit though of the tarnished orange variety. The foam is easy to conjure, rising to two fingers in height on an easy pour. Thick, padded, dirty white foam clings to the glass with each successive drink.

The nose is drippingly pungent. Huge tropical fruits all blend together to the point that it's hard to pick up each individual aspect. Overly ripe pineapple and mango are certainly on display though. There's a strong herbalness over the top , smells like weed. It's funny, that big tropical punch combined with a big ol' dankness. Not a combination very often found in IPAs. There is even a subtle earthiness reminiscent of dried bark and while the beer has some color the caramel sweetness is faint in the nose. The malt profile takes on more of a doughy sweetness. This is one unique smelling libation.

The flavor profile is right in line. It's big upfront with the ripe tropical notes. The pineapple pops on the tongue among the other tropicals while overripe peach is present as well. That sticky-icky comes in toward the finish. It's herbal and earthy dank. Potent and in your face. The tropical notes run throughout but the herbalness takes over on the second half. A peppery alcohol bite cleans it all up on the finish. Underneath lies a softly sweet caramel maltiness.

The body is surprisingly approachable for a IIPA. It's moderate in weight but the viscosity is held to a minimum. The bitterness rises up and bites you. After it bites you it holds on. There's an alcohol aspect that's immeasurably clean and that not only adds a bite but dries up the palate enough to make that bitterness grip. With that said, this beer is going down quickly.

Overall, another delicious drink from the folks at Three Floyds. It's a big, bold, bitter IIPA. Does anyone else in the country do the style as consistently well? I don't think so.

Mar 08, 2016
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MurphDog14 from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden and clear. The smell of the beer and the taste are both hoppy and strong. The beer feels smooth and lingers nicely. Overall, I'd recommend this beer.

Feb 27, 2016
Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 857 ratings