Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Permanent FuneralPermanent Funeral

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / 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

Added by MasterSki on 03-25-2013

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Photo of aoampm
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
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 Matt_Rouge
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bomber dated "4-11-17" on April 26, 2017. I also had this on draft recently (undoubtedly the same production run--3F doesn't make it all that often).

I have had Permanent Funeral several times, including twice on draft. Although I have found most 3F beers to taste relatively the same on draft and in the bottle, Permanent Funeral is one that has impressed me more on draft. That said, I have never quite fallen in love with it. It is a great beer, but I feel that 3F's Dreadnaught covers most of the same territory but at 9.5% ABV instead of 10.5% and with overall better flavor. Funeral is produced less and often kept "beneath the counter" (like Zombie Dust); Dreadnaught is produced more and not hidden away. It's just an easier beer to grab and enjoy. Also, for the wild and screaming hop treatment, I'd rather drink Arctic Panzer Wolf (which *is* quite differentiated from Dreadnaught).

Permanent Funeral pours a deep gold. Nose is hoppy and inviting. The hops are aggressive, intense, high-pitched, and floral with a bit of bite. Malt is also nicely in balance. As others have noted, this beer does not taste like 10.5% ABV: it's intense but smooth and highly drinkable, so take care in that regard. It's very easy to chug a couple bombers and truly be bombed.

As a general caveat, 3F's hoppy beers (and hoppy beers in general) go bad very quickly. Permanent Funeral is less tasty at a month, shaky at 6 weeks, and close to undrinkable at two months (more like "Permanent Soapy Mouth" at that point). Mind the yellow date stamp on the bottle above the label, and don't buy it after 6 weeks, preferably much less.

In conclusion, this is a pretty darn good beer, but I prefer Dreadaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. I don't feel Permanent Funeral has many advantages over these two. Happy drinking!

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Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear bronze with two fat fingers of yellow-tinted white head that last a good while and leave heavy lacing.

Muted aroma of pine, orange and pepper. There's definitely some sweet malt in there as well.

Totally unique taste. There's a big peppery, herbal quality up front; strong vodka-like alcohol and then some honey malt mid-palate; and touch of orange and pine on the backend. The pepperiness lingers with some dull hop bitterness and orange sweetness in the aftertaste.

Very slick, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

There are a lot of great DIPAs available these days, but this is right up there with them. The aroma is sort of middle of the road, but the taste is excellent. 4/11/17 bottling date.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Ryan, split from a 22oz bomber into two tulip glasses.

Pours a dark slightly hazy amber body with a two finger white head that reduces to leave some frothy foam.

Aromas are initially quite fruity and tropical, giving way to piney and resinous aromas once it warms a little. On the tongue is pine and resin on a heavy malt backbone, sweet with caramel and a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I can respect this for what it is, its a malt forward IPA that hides the abv quite well. Not a fruit / citrus bomb, but on the other end of the spectrum.

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Photo of Kdouble
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22 oz. bottle date 2-13-2017 poured into a TH tulip glass.

Appearance- A medium orange color slightly murky. About 1 finger of slightly off white head with nice lacing down the glass.

Smell- A ton of citrus fruit in this one with a nice pine note in it. I definitely smell grapefruit, orange peel, and apricot. The pine mix really screams drink me.

Taste- The citrus fruits combine with the pine for almost a perfect mix to me. The fruit definitely dominates but the piney taste reminds you it is a DIPA. Such a great juicy taste with no alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with more of dry finish than I anticipated. So much juicy citrus to finish dry.

Overall- A world class double IPA and a great change from the NE style DIPAs. The juicy taste blends with the piney hops to make this super drinkable. Be careful of the fruity taste covering the high ABV. Wish I had one more.

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Photo of RAlmeida77
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick, chewy, malty, sweet and boozy. Some pineyness...not the typical characteristics I am a fan of in an imperial IPA. Glad I got to try this but it's not for me.

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Photo of BeantownBrews
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pour, amber with perfect clarity with a small head with little retention
Smells of sweet malt, mango, peach, grass
Delightfully matches the nose, with almost about towards the middle but finishes on a fruitnote
Light mouthfeel, not quite pillowy

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Photo of vikingpillager
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing DIPA !! Truly world-class. Taste this whenever you have the opportunity!
Be warned, though that it can be a real palate wrecker, so don't expect to do much beer tasting/sampling after drinking Permanent Funeral :)

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Photo of Bloodbuzz99
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glorious glorious ... took me back to the first time I had Avery's Maharajah. Funeral is an old school-style imperial with a more pronounced hop bitterness upfront then counter balanced with a wallop of malt on the backend. No tip toeing the line here, an imperial in every sense with one exception: no alcohol burn, just incredibly smooth. Loved it- great work here by 3Floyds!

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Photo of gatornation
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden hue color with a i finger eggshell white color . Very tropical smell sweet papaya,citrus white fruits . Tstae follows nose very juicy hops with garden dankness ,melon and papaya, sweet caramel malts in the finish. Mouth feel is sweet and hoppy ABV well hidden lingering bitterness.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Three Floyds pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange. Moderate amount of bubbles and a solid finger of off white head which settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: A very juicy and dank hop driven aroma with a scent of citrus fruit and pine resin. Upfront scent of citrus hops with some grapefruit, orange peel, mango, passion fruit, apricot, tangerine, and melon with some pineapple. Dank and earthy hop scent of pine resin, cannabis, and grass. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with some yeast. A really good juicy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and piney hop dominated taste with big notes of citrus fruit and pine. Ripe and juicy citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, apricot, tangerine, passion fruit, and melon along with pineapple. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Background malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A really good juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy and oily with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden fairly well.

Overall: A really great Double IPA. Big citrus and pine flavor that is worthy of a great Grindcore band.

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Photo of Drvitlkeyustolit80
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had 6/5/16 at the brewery. This was the third brewery out of eight that I hit on my cross country trip with my brother. This was my favorite from them, it was bright, slightly juicy, floral, and all around great.

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Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't mess around, it's on the extreme side of the IPA spectrum. One of the better tasting high abv ales from FFF, just wish it was available in a smaller format. Bomber was good to try once, not frequently.

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Photo of CypherAnt
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass the same day it was bottled. Couldn't be more fresh. Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a huge head thato lingers and leaves nice lacing. Smells of pine, pot, and citrus. Dankey. The taste follows. Huge body and mouthfeel. Feels almost like a creamy stout with moderate carbonation. Over all, great IPA. One of the best for the style.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.31/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Mike last night, thanks man.

This one pours a clear light amber, with a small white head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like super bitter grapefruit, super resinous pine, a bit of booze, and sweet caramel malt.

This is definitely a bruiser- the malt backbone is certainly beefed up here, but it doesn't overpower the big hop assault- it's super sticky, with big grapefruit, some orange, heavy duty pine, cannabis, grassiness, and leafiness. There's some definite caramel here, but it's not too sweet, luckily.

This is medium bodied, with a pretty sticky body, and good level of carbonation.

This is an impressive beer here- it retains an interesting malt backbone, while still being a big aromatic and juicy hop barrage.

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Photo of Irishjohn77
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into snifter. Bottled about one month ago (8/10/16)

Look – copper color with nice head. Leaves good lacing on the glass.

Smell – fruity hop aroma. Alcohol comes out. Peach or pear.

Taste – alcohol is present. Has some bitterness. Rich flavor. Complex hop taste.

Feel – Substantial. Smooth.

Overall – Strong bold beer with well-balanced hops and fruity aroma. Complex. Love this.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a bomber into a snifter. I drank this fairly fresh, less than 3 weeks after bottled.

L - Pours darker gold color, with a good amount of head that stays around for a bit.
S - Aroma is nice; sweet bread
T - a lot of hops up front, then some malt that is understandable given the ABV. The grass / leaf taste outweighs the fruit tones to me. Doesn't do a poor job of hiding the alcohol, but you can taste the 10.5%.
F - Body is thick for even a IIPA - very strong, best part of this beer

It's a really good beer, though it's a bit too strong for my taste.

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Photo of JDaniel502
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a pint bottle into a pint glass. The smell was like a powerful wallop of hops with some fruit undertones. The first sip was even more powerful, you can definitely taste and feel that 10.5% ABV. That is not by any means a bad thing though., the flavors balance the strength admirably. I loved the spritely mouthfeel, it was like a thousand little tickly shocks on the tongue. In all its hoppy, hempy, tropical fruity. greatness, this is an excellent beer, worthy of all of it's high reviews.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is quite clear, gold in color, and (if rough) sports an impressive crown of white foam. The nose is nice, but a bit more subdued than I expected. I get sweet notes of fresh bread as well as some lemon.

Medium body with a hop-forward flavor and a silky feel. Some mild malty notes up front to balance out the hops, and then a big blast of oily, husky, hemp-like leafy flavors. It's like liquid hash, but in a good way. Very unusual flavors here. Along with the grassy notes there is a fair amount of over-ripe tropical fruit (mango? papaya?) and an elusive sherry-like flavor that seems to pop up and vanish before it can be identified. I definitely detect some alcohol on the finish, but it's not enough to detract from the drinkability.

This is such an odd beer. It certainly tastes like a IIPA, but I can't quite single another one out that it reminds me of. If I had to compare it, I would say it kind of tastes like a blend of Bell's The Oracle and GL Lake Erie Monster with the body of Stone's Enjoy By. I don't know. It's good, but Dreadnaught is (IMO) still the best damn IIPA Three Floyds makes.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap - piney, bitter and sweet - very apparent that this is a huge beer. Fairly well-balanced beer which can be somewhat difficult to do at 10.5% ABV.

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Photo of ELS
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the brewery. This is a phenomenal DIPA. It's the easiest, smoothest, perfectly hoppy, most drinkable, tropical tasting, hidden ABV, perfectly balanced DIPA I've ever had. As much as I love other beers from FFF, this one is the best I've had. I'm so incredibly impressed. So bummed I missed the bottles because I must have this one again.

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Photo of ccg
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

FFF Permanent Funeral

Look: Bright yellow-orange with two fingers of fluffy foam leaving behind tons of lacing as it settles. Cloudy body. Great-looking IPA. 4.25

Smell: Smooth hops with an usual sweetness. Also a bit of sweaty funk. I realize that sounds a little gross, but it's not stale or old-smelling. 4.0

Taste: Bright, citrusy orange flavor with a bit of spice on it. Smooth and sweet with some bitterness on the finish. Unfortunately, it has faded a bit, but it's still quite tasty. 4.0

Mouthfeel: Nice full/round feel, and it finishes clear and crisp. 4.0

Overall: I normally wouldn't review an IPA that isn't super-fresh, but this is still so good that I wanted to write the review anyway. This is a fantastic IPA. If I still lived in Chicago, I would *not* take this beer for granted. 4.25

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Photo of Austin32
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark orange color, hazy, piny combined with fruit and bitterness, bold, in your face flavor but they all work well and it is a pretty amazing beer. No sense that its an almost 11% abv.

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Photo of XBeerBellyT
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Dark orange. Slight haze
S: Piney notes up front. Citrus back end.
T: Piney and hoppy bitterness up front. Citrus fruit notes on the finish.
F: Medium body.
Great IIPA from 3 Floyds. Definitely tasted like a FFF IPA.

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Photo of TylerHockett
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is 3Floyds (an therefore Indiana's) best IPA. Wish they made it more often and sold 6pks so you could get more than 22 oz at a time. Truly great stuff.

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