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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Cimmerian Sabertooth BerzerkerCimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by MasterSki on 01-14-2012

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 820
Photo of IvarTheBoneless
2.5/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.25

Nasty Onionated Brew. This Ale had a strong flavor of hopped up old onion juice, and a less prominent, but still too noticable scent of rotten onion b.o.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz. Branded pry-off pressure cap. Brewed 12/09/14.

Reviewed live as a pale ale per the label. Served cold into a Guinness goblet at high altitude in Castle Rock, Colorado. Expectations are high given the brewery and this beer's current ratings.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide head. White colour. Nice creaminess, thickness, fullness. Retention is good - about 5-6 minutes. No lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

BODY: Translucent gold-copper of good vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking pale ale. I'm looking forward to trying it.

AROMA: Tropical hop notes dominate atop a pale malt foundation. Mango, faint tangerine, vague citrus, floral hop notes, and mild resinous character. The hop bitterness seems insufficiently tamed by the pale malt sweetness.

Aromatic intensity is mild.

TASTE: Heavy tropical hop notes, including mango and (unfortunately) pineapple - a hop note I always despise in beer. The foundation is pale malts. Too sweet and too fruity for my tastes. I want more of a resinous and oily character. It's not too well balanced.

No alcohol or off-notes come through. Depth and duration of flavour are average. Flavour intensity is quite high for a pale ale, bordering on an IPA. It's complex for a pale ale, but without balance that doesn't count for much. There's some limited subtlety here.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, crisp, overcarbonated, medium-bodied, aptly thick, and slightly pulpy.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough or scratchy.

OVERALL: Downable but forgettable. A surprisingly pedestrian and unfortunately tropical fruit-dominant pale ale flavour profile. Not very good work from 3 Floyds, but I'll chalk it up to personal tastes; I just can't stand pineapple in beer. Meh.

Low C-

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Photo of Florida9
3.25/5  rDev -23%

Clear orange in color, but the beer itself is littered with sediment. Forms a medium sized light tan colored head. Mild lacing. Not overly attractive. Aroma is pleasant. Strong citrus quality. Orange and grapefruit zest. Mild sweetness. Taste isn't as pleasant. Citrus, citrus zest, and citrus pith. Maybe some tropical fruit. Aggressively bitter, but not in an overly pleasant way as the bitterness is reminiscent of burnt plastic.
Simply put, this isn't one of FFF's best Imperial IPAs: No balance, off-flavors, and just plain ugly to look at.

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Photo of robear
3.26/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Big sweet hop mess. No delicacy or thought put into the hop balance in this IIPA. Big hops plus bigger sweetness, this might be better aged into a blonde barleywine after a few years in the cellar.

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Photo of kitch
3.49/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Excited to see this on tap at Mikkeller Bangkok.

A: Served in a pint glass a hazy copper orange colour with an off white one finger bubbly head.
S: Strong aromas of citrus grapefruit, lemon peel and pine with some caramel in the background.
T: Much like the smell, the immediate taste is bitter hoppy grapefruit and caramel malts. There is some aftertaste of piney hops and spice.
M: Medium to full bodied, with good carbonation.
O: Maybe my expectations were too high to begin with, but this was only ok for me. I enjoyed the grapefruit and pine hoppyness but perhaps a bit too much caramel malt sweetness.

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Photo of Bshaw22
3.63/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another let down from 3'floyds for me. This beer had a funky taste coming from the malt hop combo. Maybe iv been spoiled but this just didn't do it for me. This beer was 5 days old.

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Photo of aasher
3.7/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub. It arrived a slightly hazy tame gold in color with a one finger creamy head. The nose is comprised of a lot of pineapple and grapefruit rich hops with a slight citrus sweetness. The flavors are of pine, citrus, and vidalia onions. Uh oh. It's instantly not my thing. That said, it drinks light in body and smoothly and the alcohol isn't present. The onions in the after taste just take away from how drinkable this one is and could be. Decent beer, just not my favorite.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.74/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a frothy off-white. It smells strongly of pineapple, oranges, and pine. It has undertones of caramel and nut aromas. The beer tastes of citrus fruits and pine with undertones of caramel and nuts. Its a bitter beer but the bitterness does not linger.

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Photo of deebo
3.79/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a big double ipa. Loaded with piney, floral and citrus type hops on top of a sweet malt backbone. Moderately resiny in the finish. A solid dipa.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from MeadMe, thanks for the opportunity!
Slightly hazy golden/orange color with a huge frothy white head that persists forever. Green onion hop aromas dominate with pine and resin playing supporting roles. Very faint bready malt underneath but its hard to find under the onslaught of allium. The flavor is a bit more malty sweet with a solid bready caramel I couldn't find with my nose. Still huge green onion garlic like hop flavors with shades of resinous pine. Medium body with a moderate carbonation. Nice enough beer, but damn that is a bit too oniony.

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Photo of sidetracked
3.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rocking Horse.

Pours a cloudy bright orange with a thin ring of white head. Light gold highlights.

Aroma of bitter citrus--grapefruit peel and what I think is blood oranges. Little pine and grass. Slight floral component that is hard to place.

Taste follows the smell with citrus peel and blood orange creating a bitter upfront flavor. Light bready malt middle. Bitter finish of grassy and floral hops. Some citrus present.

Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Slightly dry finish. Very minor alcohol heat at the finish as it warms.

Pretty good IPA with a unique, but hard to place, flavor. The citrus component is definitely orange leaning and reminds me of Short's Anniversary Blood Orange Wheatwine. Moderate bitterness. Probably not something I'd order more than one of.


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Photo of ARoman
3.9/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle, poured into a snifter. The aroma is a pungent, ripe guava and pineapple blend with some sour grapefruit, oranges, toffee, and a melon-like undertone. The beer is murky and amber brown in hue with a big, foamy, soapy, off-white head that has good retention and a light lace. The beer is highly bitter and sweet with maybe a bit more bitter; although the sweetness sharpens as warms. It's thick, syrupy, and sticky with lots of fluffy carbonation and a full body that's bittersweet and juicy - primarily flavored by grapefruit and assorted tropical fruit notes. There's also a waxiness, most noted at the finish that starts with a light, sweet zip then turns to herbs, burnt crust, and cooked toffee. The aftertaste is cloying and bitter with notes of burnt toast and roasted nuts.

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Photo of Tone
3.92/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper/gold color. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, pine, alcohol, sweet malt, and a hint of caramel malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a distinct bitterness. Tastes of strong earthy malt, sweet malt, citrus hops, pine, hint of floral hops, yeast, and alcohol. Overall, intense body, weaker appearance, but good aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange body. Medium white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Lots of hops. Smells like nelson. Orange. Kinda herbal. Sweet pale malts.

Taste - Eh. Doesn't live up. Orange hops. Lots of pale malt. Sweet. Light rye flavor? Interesting, but not great. Herbal finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Well carbonated.

Overall - Well I expected something interesting, but I'm not sure why. Just turned out to be a good IPA.

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Photo of roger617
3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Spiegelau glass.

A: Pours a copper color with a strong orange hue, has over a finger of white foamy head that reduces fairly slow per style and leaves just a little bit of head.
S: I mainly get orange and tangerine in the aroma. There's a bit of onion lingering on the back end that lingers forever.
T: I get a lot of tangerine and onion from front to back. Not a whole lot else going on with the flavor. It's good, but 1 dimensional.
M: Carbed well, leaves a super dry after taste.
O: This is a solid DIPA, even though it's very different from what I've become accustomed to from the Floyd family. Of the bomber IPAs, this is near the bottom in terms of likeability from FFF.

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Photo of Chaney
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Trumpet tulip. Bottled 12/9/14

A: Poured out an extremely turkey, apricot color with a lot of yeast pellets floating around and a substantial off-white head.

S: Whoa, pineapple bomb. Imagine pineapple chunks marinating in fruit cocktail syrup and this is what you get. Something VERY funky in there as well.... perhaps a bit of stomach acid?

T: OMG: A lot going on here. Very unique, but not quite as funky as I though it was going to be based on the smell. Again, fruity for sure, but you have to REALLY love pineapple to enjoy this beer. This is not a Cascade/Centennial forward beer in any way, shape, or form.

M: Thick and candy-like, without falling into a sort of "Mallow-Creme"-esque territory. Candy-coated alcohol for sure.

O: The most unique FFF brew I've had in a while.

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Photo of bobhits
3.96/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are few things better than a 3 floyds double iPA. This is no exception.

Deep orange body with hints of amber through out. Not much head to speak of, a bit lacking here.

I don't like pineapple as a rule. I love this and it's all pineapple with a malt bill behind it making it just to die for. You can't get better, I'm not even kidding. This is best of the best stuff here.

Juicy over the top intense flavors, so sweet yet so bitter. HUGE citrus notes, pine apple, orange, robust huge amounts of crystal malts. It's a bit too big honestly, yeah I said it. The alcohol and fruit are seriously overwhelming.

Huge beer, 9% seems way too low. Needs a bit of carbonation to help.

There aren't many beers with better flavors but the over the top flavor and poor carbonation, it doesn't work well. I'd buy again but this is a flawed beer.

Edit. So a second bottle and I wanted to point out the flavor here is amazing, but I think their claims of being a pale ale in a way is leading to a body that sucks. The carbonation here is good but it could have fixed some of this. I might regret being harsh and giving 3.5's but the score stands. I might up the look score, it actually poured better this time, but look is meaningless.

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Photo of tbryan5
3.97/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 02/17/2015 printed on the bottleneck. No abv listed anywhere on the bottle, so maybe you guys could work on that next. 9.00% abv according to BeerAdvocate.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours the typical cloudy burnt sienna orange color with about a finger of doughy off-white / khaki head. Appears typical of the style, but it looks nice for what it is.

S - Big bold bitter hopping is most apparent. Earthy, piney, resinous, herbal, floral, grapefruit. A bit of a musty sort of malt presence in there? 100 IBU, and the nose definitely makes no secret that this is going to be a hop bomb.

T - Again, the 100 IBU is the main feature of the beer - big bold assertive hop bitterness. Pine, resin, grapefruit, stone fruits, pineapple. Not much of a malt presence, but it is in there; lightly bready ending. Perhaps some kind of a hint of herbal spicing?

M -The feel is big and bitter, as I have said. Piney & resinous hops clinging to the palate. Full-bodied with good carbonation, but not quenching or easy-drinking.

Overall, a big bold sipper of a DIPA. Definitely geared for those who like their IPA's bitter bitter bitter. Not their best work, however, and probably not one I would go for again.

Three Floyds Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker -----4/5.

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Photo of DVoors
4/5  rDev -5.2%

Poured from 22 oz bomber. Amber orange color with 2 fingers of off-white foam. More sediment and yeast in suspension than I've ever seen in any 3 Floyd's beer.

Orange, tangerine, and slight alcohol in the nose.

Tastes a bit fruity with a touch of malt sweetness peaking through in the middle but finishing incredibly hoppy and bitter. Hop flavor is still very rough around the edges.could probably benefit from an additional week of cold conditioning.

Mouth feel is appropriate for double IPA. Not overly thick or viscous, but hides the alcohol well. No burn.

Overall, enjoyable sipper, but a little overly bitter, throwing it slightly out of balance. Enjoyable, but nowhere near permanent funeral, Arctic panzer wolf, or some of 3 Floyd's other IIPA offerings.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Studio 35 Columbus. Good citrusy hop flavor, but get ready for a slap to the face; true palate wrecker. Not sure I could make my way through an entire bomber.

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Photo of kevanb
4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650ml bottle poured into a FFF Beholder pint glass. Enjoyed on 9.10.14, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a clear, orange copper color, light amber with a few bubbles rising to the top of the glass where a finger and a half of white, soapy head sits that has nice retention and lace. The aroma is super bitter, resinous pine, grapefruit peel, orange zest, earthy hop oil with some richer caramel malts. The flavors mirror the nose and promptly destroy the palate, tons of piney, resinous, sappy hops, grapefruit and orange peel, intensely bitter with little brightness though the sweetness of the malts, lightly chewy, helps counterbalance this slightly. The mouthfeel is nice, very thick, coating and almost juicy, crisp carbonation and a clean dry finish.

Verdict: A deliciously bitter DIPA from FFF. Quite the palate destroyer, though it masks the 9% ABV very well. An aggressive beer for sure, but definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of badmotorgrunge
4/5  rDev -5.2%

bottled 07/26/2014 poured in my trusty Founders snifter.
A: Dark dirty neon orange color, holy shit this is gonna be good! 1/4 inch head.
S: Very sweet , tropical fruit, smell is amazing!
T: Oh my God, when it first hits your tongue, citrus tropical, I'm thinking Jai Alai but better! but the finish, nothing! no hoppiness, no bitterness, no sweetness, no malt backbone, nothing on the back on the tongue!
M: very nice, smooth, creamy, very well made beer.
O: Don't get me wrong, this is a very well crafted brew, but 3f's is my favorite brewery and I hold them to very high standards. But I cant help but think they didn't finish the job! It coulda been a classic!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.01/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was served on tap at Three Floyds Brewery & Pub in Munster, Indiana. It arrived, hot off the tap, in a mini nonic. It showed a brooding amber honey coloring, with no real head to speak of other than a wispy film of off white foaminess. This remained for a good portion of the tasting, but left minimal laced decoration. A mild haze was present throughout, but no sediment was found. Carbonation appeared to be mild. The aroma blossoms and boasts notes of starkly raw honey, savory pale and caramel malts, white sugar, peppery ethanol, fruit punch cloy, paint thinner, brightly tropical and nectary hoppiness, cherry and apple cider fermented fruitiness, candy corn, candied apples, and cotton candy esters. The taste, in a far departure from the nose, comes across as intensely boozy and salty. The first thing you get is this harsh vodka booziness that is slowly chipped away by bittered grassy, herbal, and resinous hoppiness, dandelion leafiness and floral petal stickiness, dried hibiscus, sesame seediness, dill, black and Cheyenne pepper grit, celery salt, iceberg lettuce vegetals, chlorine, Elmer’s glue, hot plastic phenols, wood lacquer, and brandy woodiness. The body was fully full, and the carbonation was medium to high. There was little in the way of cream or froth, but slurp and smack remain decent nonetheless. Each sip affords a syrupy yet dry coating that allows the heavy bitterness to work a layer of skin off the roof of your mouth. The abv is appropriate, and but drinkability is hindered to only “okay”.

Overall, this was the second of our “big beer” reviews at Three Floyds. Coming after the sensational “Blot Out The Sun”, and from a huge pedigree of hoppy 3F glory, we had high hopes for this one. In the end, though, its aroma was probably our favorite aspect of it. This was juicy and nectary, and lent nice balance alongside the beer’s malt profile. These hops showed remarkable sweetness. The flavoring, however, saw far too much residual sugar sweetness, and an overkill of boozy wash. The balance was unfortunately lost. This is, no doubt, a gargantuan DIPA, and although it is not their best use of hops and malts to date, it is still worth a taste if you’re in the mood for a sugar and booze bomb.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.02/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: super hazy orange glowing blood orange. Looks very thick. Love that

S: hops juice. Citrus. Some more bitter hops. Malt

T: more bitter than I expected from the nose and app. Some fruits and citrus on the finish

F: good full body. Some creaminess to it. Finished bitter coating

O: pretty solid. I feel like this is so close to be amazing.

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