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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Photo of wowthatbeerisgood
4.54/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of kik
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.33/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of brian44556
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of alexgilez
4.64/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of zimm421
4.27/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of mschrei
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of SoxFan
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.15/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
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.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.24/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oh the beauty of 100 IBU's and the smell of Christmas trees greet the nose. The beauty of that first sip and the finely tuned finish make it delightful.

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Photo of rodoubleb
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Radiant Orange/Gold color
Smell: oranges
Taste: Signature FFF flavor. Strong citrus which complements the potent hops in a well balanced manner.
Feel: Slightly spicy but light
Over All: I like it. Will buy again.

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Photo of corby112
4.59/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy, dark golden orange color with tangerine/apricot edges and a two finger white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, taking a while to settle and leaving large streaks and spots of soapy lacing in its path.

Super dank, earthy hop aroma with resinous oils and juicy tropical fruit notes backed up by subtle caramel malt sweetness. Sticky kind buds, spruce tip and grassy pine sap dominate the nose but there's a decent amount of sweetness from the juicy tropical/citrus hop character and caramel malt backbone. Lots of melon and candied orange peel with hints of grapefruit, mango, pineapple and blood orange. Caramel malt sweetness providing balance without interfering with the complex hop profile. There's also a touch of biscuit, grainy cracker and faint boozy sweetness. Smells really nice.

Medium body with an explosion of ridiculous dank, juicy hop flavor. Very dry and bitter up front with resinous oils and grassy pine needle flavor that lingers over the sweeter hop notes and malt backbone into a bone dry finish. The tongue coating earhy hop bitterness is quickly countered mid-palate by tropical/citrus fruit sweetness with strong hints of ruby red grapefruit, guava, mango, tangerine amd clementine. Sweet malt backbone with caramel, toffee, light toast and biscuit. Decent amount of alcohol sweetness/heat in the finish but the high ABV is relatively well masked. Although this beer is aggressively hoppy and one of the most bitter IPAs I've encountered, it's relatively well balanced with juicy sweetness and prominent malt flavors. Surprisingly easy to drink considering it's strength, ABV and aggressive flavor profile. Just an all around amazing beer.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beast of a beer, as FFF is known for. Hop bomb, with grass, citrus fruit, Pine, sweet malt. Can definitely sense the ABV in this one yet it's not hard to put down. Great balance of bitter hops and sweet malt.

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Photo of craftaholic
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a fantastic brew! It smells like rosemary, peppercorns, honey and a bunch of booze. The taste is a fantastic blend! It tastes like a spicy citrus barleywine. There are so many flavors and this is a bold heavyweight. Loved how it smacked me around

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Photo of gamera
4.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

On draft at the FFF brewpub in Munster. Wow. This is an intense hop bomb. The aroma is all Christmas tree and the taste is relentless pine and citrus hops. Minimal malt character. It's delicious.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.4/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker was a very solid beer from 3 Floyds.....a beer that still gives 3 Floyds hope as they expand. The beer poured a darker copper with white head that laced very well. The scent and taste had pine and citrus notes. The taste was a bit sweeter in flavor. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with good carbonation. Overall it was great.

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Photo of Hop_God
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of LloydDobler
4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz btl poured into shaker pint
Btl date 10-13-15 (First legible FFF date I have seen in a while)

Mangoes, peaches, and clementines pop off the nose of this hazy, bright orange brew. This is citrusy sweet with a touch of honey but has a crisp hop profile to balance it. No alcohol to speak of. I notice the thick syrupy liquid, leftover from each sip, slowly retreat down my glass and back into the sunset colored pool below. Nicely carbonated, even without an abundance of initial foam from the pour. Kinda slick on the tongue. Good beer.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into Spiegelau glass dated 9/20

A: Dirty Orange in color hazy with a creamy head that sits down to a light film

S: This is pineapple and earthy resinous hops a little bit of spiciness

T: lots of herbal earthy peppery taste with sone light fruity sweetness very earthy light malty cracker backbone but the hops are in the front and herbal and some bitterness

M: Syrupy on the tongue it sits on the tongue and you taste it for a bit afterwards

O: Very different breed of hops its not resiny or fruity but it is ver pungent in its Earthy herbal spiciness. There is some fruitiness but it banks towards herbal and its thick n the tongue this is a big beer.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.42/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pour - orange haze
Smell - citrus, pineapple (a lot of pineapple), hops
Taste - balanced hops and fruits
Overall - highly drinkable, soft mouthfeel, and very refreshing

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Photo of tmryan21
4.3/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Orange with a white head. Retains pretty well.

Smell: Cirtus - mango, pineapple, and orange are all present. A small amount of pine and malt comes through as well.

Taste: Very balanced. Citrus fruits are present and it is not very bitter for a DIPA. Pretty much tastes exactly like it smells. Nice malt backbone to compliment the hops.

Feel: Medium bodied. Hides the booze well and goes down easy for a 9%.

Overall: One of the better DIPAs I have had from FFF. Don't know why it took me so long to try this one. I would love to try it on draft.

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Photo of Stevem68
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light Amber / orangy color. Has a sweet aroma of malts and piny hops. Flavor is piny with a well balanced finish. Another great beer from 3 Floyds

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Photo of leitmotif
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I guess this is the way an IPA should feel.
Smells grassy and herbal with citrus and tropical fruit in the background.
The taste is balanced. Nice malt profile. The hop aroma it's just right.
Feels amazing. Fresh. Clean. No alcohol feel whatsoever.

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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.21 out of 5 based on 834 ratings.
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