Tiger Jelly | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A sumptuous, strong, Belgian-style pale ale. Enjoy. xoxo, 3Floyds.

35 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 02-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 54
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stepping outside of their usual influences of comic books and and head banging music, instead the class and charm of Belgium edges infiltrates the brewery with this passionate and stern strong Belgian golden ale.

The beer pours with a creamy and somewhat weighted appearance with yeasty cloudiness, and a whipped cream-like white foam cap. Fantastic retention and lacing leaves the eye impressed. However, the beer doesn't have the spritzy carbonation or the airy head character of traditional Belgian ales of similar strength and and complexity.

Vivid aromas of malt and fruit give a light bread and honey scent that's decorated with lighter fruit notes of apples, apricots, dried oranges, and almost-banana. Dusted with yeasty spices of clove, coriander, and white pepper- the beer takes on a vague aroma of German wheat beers as well as Belgian.

Fruit acidity is tempered with malt richness and moderate sweetness. Oranges, apples, papayas and plantains carry a zesty lemon-like tartness that weaves into the peppery bite from yeast. These spice qualities balance the malt and richer fruit taste well while offering some of the complexities that are often lacking in America-brewed versions. The somewhat rich taste gives this example a verbose character that's not entirely malt.

Acidity, alcohol, mild hops, and spicy phenols help to deliver a dry palate with acidic bite, and pleasant tartness. But the creamy character allows for the taste and texture of cream sickle. Where there's a pleasant quality to be desired, it gets away from the lighter and more effervescent Belgian varieties.

Although I may still prefer authentic examples such as Delirium Tremens and Piraat, this American-ized version works much better than most of the style that I've seen brewed domestically.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at McGee's - didn't expect them to have an oddball Three Floyds offering. Served in a tulip.

A - A finger-plus of off-white foam settles to a thin cap, leaving behind some splotchy lacework. Hazy dark orange body.

S - Spicy, peppery, Belgian yeast - lots of bread and phenols, perhaps a hint of malt sweetness when it warms up, but largely understated.

T - I actually like the taste quite a bit better. Nice mix of oranges, stone fruits, hint of bubblegum, bready malts, and a yeasty kick in the finish. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Zesty carbonation that verges on prickly. Heavy, medium-full body that's evocative of multi-grain bread. Alcohol is again not very present.

D - Not a bad Belgian Strong Pale Ale. I had no problem finishing my glass, but didn't feel the need for a second. Still, I liked this more than Stygian Darkness. I hear most of the batch was destined for some kind of barrels, and I can imagine the end result being an improvement. Worth checking out if you dig Belgians.

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Photo of mynie
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours like polished cherrywood, nearly completely translucent and with only a tiny hint of a head.

Smells nicely rounded, very smooth and fruity. Nanners brush against whitepepper and grape against a background of lightly burny alcohol.

Tastes like it smells: very fruity, a little burny, and overall very soft and round. The yeast is a bit more prominent, but the fruit still reigns supreme. Very nicely done overall, but maybe a bit too sweet at the end.

The reason I give this an "overall" score of 4.0, instead of 4.5, is that the flavor is dragged down a little bit by the thin body.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange body. White head of two fingers, nice lacing and retention.

Smells really fruity-- lots of banana, lemon peel, and bright crisp grape notes.
The flavor is light on malt and big on hoppy and yeasty fruit notes; it's hard to figure to which ingredient do I attribute each flavor, but I'll let it pass.

Body is surprisingly full, yet well carbonated.

Overall-- this strikes me as having some New Zealand hops in it in conjunction with the FFF house Belgian yeast. It is tasty and interesting, hoppy and fun. Totally with a try, but nowhere near as amazing as Shark Pants!

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Photo of jeonseh
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at FFF

A - Hazy golden brown. Reminds me of apple cider. Very hazy and looks unfiltered. Very opaque and barely any white head.

S - Hints of banana, clove and bubblegum are in the nose, which only gave off a light smell

T - Strong banana and clove dominate. There are hints of bubblegum as well. Definitely has the Belgian yeast esters. The banana reminds me of a banana now and later. There is also hints of lemon and grass well.

MF - Wow this is one thick beer. Really thick and sticky. Medium carbonation. With the thick body you really get the favors and almost feel like you are having a smoothie

O - A really flavorful beer that packs a wallop. Super thick and full. Tastes a lot like a hefe with all of the banana, bubblegum and clove

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Photo of foobula
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Firkin in Libertyville, IL. Very tasty Belgian ale. Sweet with no detectable hoppiness, which was unexpected given the other popular FFF beers. The alcohol is well-hidden up front, a bit hot on the way down. Tasty. I would have a couple of these, no problem. Hope to have it again for sure.

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Photo of VagabondHops
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this brew served on tap at Tuscan Market in Downtown Arlington Heights, IL. (an emerging craft brew destination for rares and oddities in the Midwest)

Poured into a Pint glass and appreaed Light orange in color with a "Dreamsicle" head that didn't hang around long.

Smelled Sweet, but not as sweet as first expected(this changed after the first sip. very deceptive brew!)

Tasted the opposite of what it looked, very Creamy and a good surprise of Spice and bitterness, all balanced well with nothing overpowering each other.

Absolutely tastes thicker in the mouth than it look slike it should, but a refreshing thickness.

I'd have this "Secretly" Belgian Brew again.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap House, St. Charles.

Pours a thick, orange with a light brown hue. Cream colored head. Frothy lace.

The nose has massive yeast and candied sugar, clove and light bananas. No booze.

The taste is creamy, spices, clove, banana, bready malt. The flavors are very nicely balanced. This is good stuff.

The mouthfeel is rather thick for style but is awesome in every sense. Light carbonation.

Overall, this is a great Belgian beer brewed by Americans. Another job well done from FFF.

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Photo of shepards71
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Triz at Chicago Street in Joliet for giving me a sneak peak at this one. First off I noticed a nice straw color. This one is thick! It smells very yeasty yum! It tastes more Belgian then pale. Has a very yeasty fruity flavor. Some bitterness but not overly bitter. This one is good! It hides the alcohol well. Overall I liked this beer.

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Tiger Jelly from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.04 out of 5 based on 54 ratings.
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