Powder Burns | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 10
Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +10.5%
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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Photo of mynie
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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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Photo of Florida9
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ Durty Nellie's
Served in a pint glass with a small thin rocky white head. Beer is a hazy bright yellow in color. Smell is quite inviting. Lots of tropical fruit grapefruit and citrus with a little pale malt. Taste is unique to say the least. Almost indescribable. Moderate candi sweetness then something reminiscent of tropical fruit. Possibly Nelson Sauvin? Bubble gum, strong floral quality, gooseberry. Odd and not particularly enjoyable. Thin side of medium. Appropriate carb. Mild bitterness. Can't say I cared for this one. Flavor is really quite different. I guess they all can't be winners.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the FFF brewpub.

Served in imperial nonic. The pub calls this a pale ale, but the ABV brings us to ipa range.

I'm thinking this is brewed with more of those experimental hops, perhaps of New Zealand origin...
The body is clear pale golden with a frothy white head. Great lacing.
The beer is a little thin, and perhaps a bit too overcarbed...

The malt is very light and subtle, almost wheat-like at times. An interesting tropical fruit hop note gives way to produce a little booziness that is out of place in a sub-seven percent ipa.
Very dry finish, but not a lot of bitterness.

Overall-- I love FFF... Especially their hoppy stuff... But this one misses the mark for me.
It is a rare swing and a miss from the Floyd boys.
Worth a try, but I shan't be ordering a second.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.2/5  rDev +16%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of antoines15
1.59/5  rDev -56.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this on tap today for my 30th birthday with lunch. Should have ordered a dreadnaught.

A: looks like a miller lite, one inch of white head with decent enough lacing on the glass.

S: faint hops, grassy, heineken maybe?, like a skunk

T: skunk all the way, not good, not looking forward to finishing this.

M: who cares, it doesn't taste good.

O: not good, skunky flavor, highly carbonated, each sip is not worth it. More and more, I am disappointed with three floyd's and I really want to love them. If you're considering this, move on to the next one. Cheers.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.33/5  rDev +19.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of ChugginOil
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served @ House Pub, St. Charles

Pours a clear yellow color with an inch of white, fluffy head. Lots of sticky lace.

The nose is much milder than the other FFF IPAs. Fruits are certainly noticed though and resemble Fruity Pebbles in a respectable way. Some wheat and sweet malt is light at the end of the quaff.

The taste is mild as well but quite delicious. Not too assertively bitter bit involves some mango and pineapple, subtle grapefruit, and some caramel malt. Light and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with good, crisp carbonation.

Overall, not the best offering from FFF but solid indeed.

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Photo of samie85
4.62/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes; originally reviewed 2/17/11.

Served in a pint glass; its a light golden orange color with a finger of white head.

Smells of huge tropical fruit including papaya some pineapple, and a bit of range with a very light caramel prescence.

Follows the nose with tropical fruit notes, primarily papaya and pineapple with a bit of caramel backing.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly slick and drying feel.

Very tasty beer that I had the privilege to try. I wouldn't running across this again in the future.

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +38.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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Powder Burns from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.62 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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