Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The wolf inside this pale ale is trying to walk upright. This bright and aromatic beer was brewed with our friends in the band Pig Destroyer.

100 IBU

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Reviews: 355 | Ratings: 3,018
Reviews by Georgiabeer:
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4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

More User Reviews:
Photo of BradtheGreat7
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review taken from notes mid May 2014. Bottle was given to me from my friend Matt who attended Dark Lord Day 2014 where he got it from. So it was very fresh.

1 pint, 6 oz brown bomber bottle in typical FFF style and shape. A ridiculously metal looking label with the head of a slain werewolf(swords still lodged into its skull). Then again, maybe this is how this beast looks when it kicks down a persons door to do its nightly business. Either way, its a pretty intense looking wolf. Poured into a nonic style pint glass.

A -Pour was of a golden orange with a ton of funk floating about. I'm talking big particles and that only means a grand stand of flavor and aromas. Big off white head settles fluffy and never goes away leaving phenomenal stick to the walls of my nonic glass.

S - big fruit forward aroma to start. Sweet tangerine and pineapple with hints of soft mango really grab the nose. Biscuity malt balance the aroma nicely giving off a sweet honey character toward the back end. A touch of alcohol spice is noticeable as this warms.

T - much the same as the nose. Big time tangerine, pineapple, sweet grapefruit, and a big splash of mango with apricot working in the backbone. The biscuity bread like malt does well balancing some pretty big sweetness going on. It's just a massive candied fruit bomb with the hops doing most of the work. Not bitter hops but luscious sweet fruity hops with a solid biscuit malt backbone. Some alcohol Booziness does creep up as it warms but only adds to its brilliance.

M - full bodied and thick as you'll find. This is straight up FFF at its best and adds yet another gem to its already stacked ipa/double ipa lineup. Coats the mouth almost shockingly well and leaves you thirsting that next sip of sweet goodies. Just a treat to drink.

O - Permanent Funeral is a grand offering from Three Floyds. It's definitely one worthy of grabbing a place in their year round or seasonal bottlings. Just when you think these guys can't add anymore brilliance in terms of a big ipa they slap everyone In the mouth and create an all out jewel of a brew like this. It's def my 2nd favorite brew from them behind only the infamous dreadnaught, but both offer different qualities and that's great to see. No doubt Permanent Funeral will go down as an all time great for years to come.

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Photo of Arstowe
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion this is 3floyds' best beer. It is so delicious and has strong fruity flavors (pineapple stands out the most to me). The aroma is also absolutely amazing, nothing compares to this. It is very well balanced and barely seems like it's 100 ibus. Love love love this beer!!!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.44/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Another huge thanks to Joe for this, just one of the many incredible beers he's sent over the years. Cheers mang!

Permanent Funeral. A gorgeous and classic looking IPA. Bright burnt orange with an off white cap that won't quit. An eerie clarity, as the shadows of my finger tips look suspended through the amber body, like a hand on the backside of a window from a dimly lit room in a horror film. That froth that was once above leaves a smooth patch on the surface with a blanket of lace on the glass.

The pop of the cap was accompanied by an immensely pungent aroma. Digging in, an orange marmalade dusted in pure can sugar is met with oozing evergreen sap. Toasted white bread crusts and zested tangerine peels represent themselves well, as all of these scents hold true from start to finish.

Orange rock candy hits first. Fleshy citrus is defined in the foreground. Clementine comes to mind. There's even an earthy note coming through, like a meaty mushroom along with green onion. Sounds crazy but it's wonderful. I would guess there's some Centennial here. The finish is extreme with herbal and wet pine influence.

Extreme is a good word to carry on with here. This beast starts off sweet, even slightly tart like a true citrus influence would. It's slick and resinous, but despite it's 10.5% tag, it's smooth and even slightly crisp. Warming... absolutely. Bitter as fuck too, just the way I like it. No need to continually drink. Sip, and enjoy the rides between.

This here is a hell of a "Pale Ale". DIPA, TIPA perhaps? Who cares? It's great, and how could it not be. Three Floyd's deserves it's reputation, and beers like this prove it. This is almost American Barleywine meets IPA, and it suits me perfectly on this fridgid and unforgiving night.


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Photo of Immortale25
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks so much to ErikO60102 for hooking me up with this big want of mine! Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. Bottleneck says 01/14/2015.

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Juicy, tropical fruit aroma brings to mind passionfruit, guava and pineapple.

T- Fruity in the onset with a bitterness that is certainly present yet perfectly restrained. Alcohol is incredibly well-concealed and there's just enough malt backbone to provide complementary sweetness leading to an overall balance that's damn near perfect. After multiple sips, the bitterness starts to slowly creep in but still stays at bay for the most part. Great hop burps.

M- Tangy and bright with medium carbonation and a lightish body. There's also a bit of creaminess upon further inspection.

O- How is this 10.5%? I can't wrap my head around how deliciously smooth this is while also being so high gravity. Astonishing. Just when I thought I've encountered all the wonderful and complex layers of flavor a DIPA has to offer, something like this comes along to show me that there are still a lot of innovations left to be seen in the style.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

yup, its real, a double pale ale as they call it, and maybe the best beer i have had from the acclaimed three floyds. this stuff is magic, rich in grain base without ever being sweet. almost has the base of an esb, a huge one, but its in that range. the point here though is the hops, and its really hoppy. in the smell i am thinking simcoe, its so bitter smelling, green and leafy and crystalline, like the sticky dankest bud, where the fingers get all stuck like super glue. the nose is the hop equivalent of trimming blue dream plants, no joke. the flavor is less of that, more refined aggression if you will. the hops are woody here, more centennial like fundamentally, but so overdosed as to not be recognizable as their normal selves. the malt does in fact provide a cool balance to all the hops, which was unsuspected. it almost seems light for a second in the middle there, where the hops are more fruity than anything and the grain is at its fullest, but the bitterness returns to thrash the palate in the finish, its really intensely flavored stuff, but well put together. i have gone back and forth on whether or not the hype around this brewery is fairly founded, and this may have tipped me into thinking it is. really unique and enormous beer.

edit: this was less impressive the second time to me, maybe freshness, but i suspect that the rest of the industry has caught up to this one a little bit of the years so its not quite as striking to me now as it once was when it was one of a kind. still fabulous, leaving scores alone here.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

BOD 4/1/16. Clear dark gold / medium amber pour. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Rich world class nose of tropicals (mango, pineapple) and citrus (tangerine, orange) with a touch of spice over a cracker biscuit that also has bready elements.

Heavy medium body that is superbly smooth and escapes into the realm of oily and creamy from time to time. World class carbonation / body balance with a nice prickly effervescent middle and a finely bubbled prickly finish. The finish allows world class flavor complexity to pop.

The flavor profile is world class. This is a hop flavor focused beer that rides over a solid, and sweet, malt base. Bitterness is relatively low and teases the palate with orange/tangerine rind. It begins with a slightly sweet tropical and citrus flavored blend that becomes more rind influenced until the middle. Here, sweetness assumes center stage and the hop flavors separate. Tropicals arrive first - mango, pineapple and possibly peach as an undercurrent (as it warms, this is definitely peach). Sweetness fades as the finish approaches and orange is center stage with light tangerine notes coupled with zest. The 10.5% alcohol remains completely covered, which indicates a brewing masterpiece - no astringency whatsoever. The finish is subtly dry and all the previous flavors arrive for the curtain call and take their well deserved bows over a sweet base.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

1799th Review on BA
Bottle to 3F Teku
22 oz

Thanks to KevanB for this one.

App- Out of the bottle, this is a blend of dark orange with a little golden yellow towards the base. A bigger 1-1/2 in head that was a wee bit frothy forms and then leaves more of a soap bubble film along the side of the glass. A bit of a ring forms and stays for quite a while.

Smell- Its a battle on the nose. I think this one is starting to slide a little but its got a good sweet fruited nose with a little bit of rind and skin tropical must. A bit more mango and guava and balanced by a candy coated sweetness. The malts are fighting to come through and battle with the hops to take over.

Taste- Its a bit more caramel than I wouldve thought. I like the balance on this one between sticky candy hops and a sweet malt backbone with a bit of grassy herbal flavor and more of a tropical fruit note. Its not overtly one way or another, just a good big beer. A sipper for sure. Im halfway done and its creeping on me. For some reason as it warms I am getting a small raisin flavor.

Mouth- A very big and solid medium body on this one. Even bordering on a bit thick. The carbonation level is a bit frothy and riddled with caramel. The residual feel is more of a candy like caramel. Dissipates quickly and leaves more sweetness and hop oil around.

Drink- Well Kevan has struck again and landed a long time want for me. Its always good to have some friends in the midwest. I enjoyed this beer and was pretty damn good. A bigger DIPA for sure.

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Photo of maximum12
4.03/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My relationship with 3 Floyds hops has been…tumultuous over the years, so I’ve never bothered to pick this up. Welp, here we are. 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is straight Munster orange – no haze, no floaties, no flour, no sediment. The nose is citrus, & I can almost pre-taste the bite in my nostrils. Anticipatory goodness.

Permanent Funeral is a throwback to a gentler time of Casio watches & guitar keyboards. The first otter out of the chute isn’t sugar, but a bracing bitterness baked into a batch of piney citrus. Sharp, slightly swampy, just enough caramel, dry, lemon. The rare IPA nowadays that I’d have a second glass of.

More Alpha King than Gumballhead, this harks back to the days when I could look at a brewpub menu & revel in the IPA choices rather than wonder which one is going to give me a canker sore. Excellent beer.

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Photo of gpasdf
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

my first BA reivew. This is the beer I've been yearning for months. Was there a bad crop of hops out there or something? This is really balanced. No medicinal aftertaste that seems to have plagued even my perennial favorites this year. Restored my faith. Maybe God is ok with me loving beer after all. Had my doubts for a while
Have to say the name is odd. I get that Pig Destroyer was involved, but there is nothing "funeralesque" about it. Its bright, lots of fruit (tangerine and mango) with just the right amount of malt to balance it out.

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Photo of Ksoden1186
5/5  rDev +10.6%

Was able to drink this bottle when it was only 7 days old.

Pours a rich and dark orange. Looks very much like a DIPA.

The nose is wonderful. So much citrus and pine. Pineapple and grapefruit. Very sweet smelling. Exactly what I look for in the aroma of an ipa.

The taste is absolutely amazing. This tastes like fresh, wet hops. The pure hop flavor shines through in this as much as any DIPA I have ever had (reminds me of Pliny in that way). Tropical fruits are on the tongue just like the nose: grapefruit, mango, sweet hone, etc. There is some pine and dankness as well. The perfect balance for me. As much as I love Dreadnaught, Alpha King, Zombie Dust, Arctic Panzer Wolf, etc., this is the best FFF offering imo. An absolutely stunning beer that you should definitely get your hands on.

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Photo of aoampm
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Cannot read the bottle date.

Pours a sexy orange color that has a little bit of murkiness / haze to it. Cannot see threw the beer too well. Nice frothy two finger white colored head with good retention. Not too much lacing.

Smell isn't very large. I'm picking up mostly citrus and pine notes.

Taste is on point! Big citrus and bitter pine resin right out the gate then some tangerine and tropical notes come in. That indescribable 'dank' flavor is there also.

Feel is really well done for an 10.5% beer. Very refreshing, not overly carbonated, easily could pass for a much lighter beer. Dangerously crushable.

Overall this is a stupendous offering from 3 Floyds! It drinks like a Stone Enjoy By but with more bitterness and pine in there. Same type of feel however. Lovely!

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Photo of glass_house
2.78/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

I'm resigned to the fact that certain flavor profiles must not be compatible with my palate. This was a bottle less than 30 days old, and was reminiscent of stale, cold french onion soup. Looked nice, didn't smell terrible, but the taste of garlic and onion was overwhelming. Bad bottle? I don't know. Maybe I'll find out someday. As much I adore Gumballhead and Zombie Dust, this was an epic 3F's failure for me. I'll chalk it up as an "it wasn't meant to be" experience and move on.

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Photo of palma
2.8/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Why this beer gets 100 on BeerAdvocate is beyond me. this beer tastes stale and oxidized, cloying with the malt, and I drank a fresh bottle! (only 3 weeks old). 3Floyds is just not good with IPAs. Stouts yes, but their IPAs suck. they need to learn how to brew a new age IPA like New England.

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Photo of Zekenyce
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I think the label design is actually better than the beer. This is a perfect example of a beer that is overrated because it comes from a trusted brewery. Love 3 Floyds, but there's no way that this brew deserves a Top spot.

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4/5  rDev -11.5%

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4.21/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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4.5/5  rDev -0.4%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.46/5  rDev -1.3%

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4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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