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Powder Burns | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A battle-torn IPA. Bolt Thrower put it best: “Try to run --you cannot hide. Thoughts that cannot be denied. Pain that never goes away. Powder Burns.”

87 IBU

Added by samie85 on 02-20-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

first review since the site crashed, had to do this one. wondering if some people are drinking a different beer as this is good fuckin shit. had it before at fff and am more impressed now having it at the bavarian lodge.
a: gold and clear w/ white head. won't ding this for not being dark.
s: lots pf tropical fruit. some dankness and grassiness. floral, honeyed bready malts.
t: light to medium doughy honeyed malts and fresh fruity juicy hop bitterness washing it out to a dryish finish with lingering hop flavors, maybe a but bubblegum-y.
m: medium body and medium carbonation.
o: i could think of several fff beers that i'd have them bottle this over. good shit.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Fork. Served in a 3 Floyds pint glass. I've missed this beer at many places, but finally managed to track it down. Hopefully the intervening two months haven't been to harsh on this one.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick cap, thick collar, and splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body.

S - Still lots of hop presence - this must have been a beast back in late February. Huge notes of grapefruit, pine, tropical fruits, and a touch of dankness. There's a nice amount of sugar cookie malt to even things out. As it warms, a bit of brown sugar appears as well as a mild catty note.

T - Taste is a bit more malt-forward, but with nice moderate bitterness. Perhaps a bit faded, with more in the way of bready and sugary malts, and more of a tropical fruit vibe from the hops and less zest. No alcohol presence even though this is near 7%.

M - Super resinous, with tons of enamel-coating sticky hop oils. Medium-light body, soft carbonation, and a fairly clean finish. Could use a bit more heft for the ABV, but goes down very easily.

D - This was a nice IPA that has held up extremely well since February. I'm not sure where all the hate is coming from, as it doesn't seem extremely out-of-character for the style. Is it 3 Floyds' finest work? Probably not, but it's not a D beer either as some other users have suggested. Would definitely seek out if there was a new batch available, as I suspect it'd creep into A- territory. Could easily have had two+ pints if I'd had the time.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap ar Beer Bistro

A-pours a light caramel with 2 finger white head. Nice heavy lacing remains.

S-citrus, banana and some spices

T- sweet caramel malts, banana, citrus (lots of lemon) and some spices and bread

M- medium body and carbonation. Some creaminess with a lingering dry bitterness

O- very solid bpa. Very easy to drink and would drinka again

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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2.8/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours really pale without much of a head. Smells like harsh grapefruit hops and not much else. It's pretty good, I guess, but without any balance or complication.

Tastes like grapefruit... I definitely get the burny part, as this is quite the hop bomb. But, man, usually FFF hop bombs are roundly pleasant. This kind of hurts. Near the end there's some somewhat nodes of grass and lively malt, but these need to be pushed a lot further to balance out the hops.

This is a basically a run of the mill brewpub IPA: not bad, but not expertly done. It's too unbalanced, the hop profile isn't very interesting, and really it's just not what you'd expect from the floyds.

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4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub. 1 finger head and bright golden beer with decent lacing. Smell is total tropical fruit. Mango, papaya, pineapple, and grapefruit. Flavor is somewhat light. More tropical fruits abundant with a great hop/malt balance. Medium thin mouthfeel and mango, pineapple aftertaste. I hope this one becomes regular. It's a different ipa and excellent.

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Powder Burns from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 36 ratings
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