Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Cimmerian Sabertooth BerzerkerCimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
103
Ratings:
794
Avg:
4.22
pDev:
9.48%
 
 
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61
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201
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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 794
Photo of SoxFan
4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
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 -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Chuckletheturtle
4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
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 +4.7%
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 +8.8%
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 +0.7%
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 +3.1%
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 +14.7%
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 +4.3%
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 -4.7%
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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Photo of LloydDobler
4.52/5  rDev +7.1%
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 -3.8%
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 +4.7%
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 +1.9%
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 -2.8%
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 +6.6%
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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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Hazy orange color with creamy head. Aroma is intensely hoppy with tropical fruit and also some vegetal, herbal notes. Taste follows with the same notes and a good balance between sweetness and bitterness. Body is smooth but has a good amount of carbonation too. Another good one from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of pagriley
4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber about 3 weeks old

L - Pours deep hazy orange with amber tinge. Thick fluffy off white head that lingers for ages and ages.
S - Mango, tropical fruit, and a touch of pine resin. Sweet orange rind coming through on the back end
T - More mango and orange, with a touch of malty sweetness and a smooth soft finish with the tiniest bitter bite
F - Very fine creamy carb and good body.

Overall, a fantastic beer - just as good as the bigger brothers Dreadnaught, Permanent Funeral and Arctic Panzer. a stellar beer

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

Nice clear pale ale look--a nice reddish gold. Juicy, fruity nose, with some spice in there. Sweet, bitter, and a little spicy taste--a little sweet too.

This is like Alpha King's older brother--a bigger beer with more fruitiness, but I think the hops and malt have got to be pretty similar, because there is for sure that trademark Alpha King spiciness present.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.73/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours an opaque pale yellow-gold straw color into the glass. A three-finger head of eggshell white dense, but soft and fluffy, foam sets up, and then starts to collapse on itself, leaving sporadic little patches of suds. Eventually, a rather thick sheen of fine foams covers the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is apricot-peach in color and very dense and cloudy.

S - A tropical and citrus fruit bonanza. Pineapple big time. Orange Jolly Rancher. A really nice toasted malt and orange marmalade comes up into the nose from underneath. Fresh pine resin in the background. Nose is rich and forward. Quite enjoyable in its own right.

T - Much like the nose. Tropical juice blend on a foundation of toasted malts that transitions to noticeable grapefruit. Complex. A bit of caramel with just a touch of orange emerges. Pine and dried herbs dominate the finish. As it warms in the glass, the malts and sugars get more play and the hops become more subdued.

M - A touch fizzy, with good carbonation. Body is medium and comfortable. Components are pretty well integrated, but also seem to slide around against each other in the mouth. Structure is full, almost thick, but has good viscosity. Finish shows some length, and lingers in echos.

O - For god so loved the world, he created 3F. What a delicious tropical fruit IIPA. It's almost a summer cocktail. A great toasted malt foundation nicely balances the dynamic hop profile, which starts out tropical/citrus and cleanses the palate with pine/herbal bitterness. Outstanding.

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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 4thFloyd
4.59/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. Another great big IPA from 3 Floyds. Deep golden orange and slightly hazy with a nice off-white head. Big citrus and tropical fruits in the aroma with noticeable pineapple and a little grapefruit. Flavor follows with big citrus/tropical fruits and a nice malt base to add sweetness and balance. First taste was almost an overwhelming pineapple blast but then my tastebuds acclimated and the balance really stood out.

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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 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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Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
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