Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,868
Reviews:
334
Avg:
4.46
pDev:
8.07%
 
 
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1,152
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511
For Trade:
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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Not much of a head on a very clear golden copper body but has excellent lacing. Aroma of wet socks, onion, vinegar, caramel and sour citrus. Flavor of tart citrus, vinegar, candy sugar, pale malts, wood and earthy hops. Medium but oily body and moderate carbonation. I have to say I am disappointed. I don't know everything about beers but how is this so highly reviewed? Is it bad, no. Is it amazing? No. Glad I had it, but I will only remember this as being disappointing.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.3/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a hazy light orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of Knapp85
4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This poured out as a very nice looking clear orange color with a white head on top. The retention was thin but it leaves a really nice lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer gives off a really nice sweet fruity aroma, plenty of grapefruit on the nose here. The taste of the beer is give off a really nice balance of sweetness with a dominant bitterness in there as well. The fruit flavors of grapefruit and oranges really give this a vibrant citrusy flavor. The mouthfeel is great, really nicely carbonated and has a thinker oily feel to it. Overall this beer is awesome, hoping it can possibly become a regular rotation for FFF some day. Definitely try this beer before its gone.

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3/5  rDev -32.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

...and they do it again. They tinker with Dreadnaught-like base recipes and employ new stuff here, omit stuff there, dry the beer, focus its bitterness, and wallah- another world class IPA!

And like their other outstanding hoppy ales, the beer glows with a medium amber, strong gold, honey-like orange hue. Its modest haze makes the beer look like a night light that has just been plugged in. Firmly capped with a light ivory blanket of foam, the retention outlasts the session and laces with broken rings with every sip.

Its focused aromas are all about citrus- grapefruit pulp and pith, freshly zested oranges, and a hint of lemon. Lightly musty in its citrusy scent, mild fragrant herbs, grass, and fresh bark back the citrus but with very little influence from tropical or other fruit. Soft malt support seems to give the fruit aromas a fresher and plumper aromas in an alomost honey or thin caramel kind of way.

The taste is extremely consistent with the aromas. Just as the thin caramel malt saturates the front of the mouth, the hops pull from the sweetness with ripe and juicy grapefruits and oranges before quickly morphing into lemons, grass, and resinous pine to finish. Deeply bitter to close, the beer snaps shut- leaving the palate refreshed and teased, begging for another quick drink.

Medium-full to start, the beer quickly sheds its sweetness and racy carbonation and favors dry malt textures in support of hop dryness, grassy bite, and a crisp citrusy finish. The bitterness grips the throat and bullies it a bit before it fades.

It's an effortless Imperial IPA that favors citrusy hops over all other. Simple in its plan but extraordinary in its results!

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3.28/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Acquired in a trade with Duff27. Thanks! 1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and standard branded pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are through the roof given the brewery and its current ratings.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 3.5 finger beige colour head of nice thickness and cream, and damn good (~8 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear understated pale copper; fairly vibrant. Translucent and refreshing-looking. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. I like the clarity. Very impressed by the head. Lacing is uneven but thick. It could be frothier. I'm really looking forward to drinking this.

Sm: Pleasant floral hop character. Thick fresh pale malts. Resinous as hell. Hop oils come through - though not in a Lagunitas hop extract kind of way - more in a natural thickly layered manner. Nectary. Grassy. A twinge of lemon/lemongrass. No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. Clean and inviting. Hops are dominant. I'm excited to try this. A rather mild aroma for such a heavy Imperial IPA. Luckily, no hop bitterness is detectable. I hope the flavour profile is as balanced as the aroma.

T: A bit heavier on the malts than I was anticipating; I get heavily layered thick pale malts and grassy somewhat heavy grains. They give it definite presence but sap drinkability. Heavy powerful floral hops. Overzealous hop oils. Any light nectary or citrusy character gets buried by the other hop notes - which overwhelm. Some alcohol is detectable, but overall it's very well hidden. No yeast character comes through. Vaguely fruity, but I don't get any luscious juicy hop esters. Resinous as hell - a dominant characteristic. It's a bit overbearing, which really takes a toll on the balance. Luckily, little hop bitterness comes through. But I'm not sure that end justifies the means; the heavy malt backbone really thickens it to such extent that it's difficult to drink. It's a monstrous brew, but I wouldn't dare call it complex or subtle. The hop character is muted by the taxing malt component. Do I like it? Sure. But I expected far far better. It's just not that flavorful, all things considered.

Mf: Way too thick and heavy on the palate for the style, ruining any chance of it being refreshing or particularly pleasant. A biteen overcarbonated. Overbearing on the palate. Too full-bodied without enough diverse and deep flavours to justify it. Smooth and wet - to style. It suits the flavour profile decently, but it's far from ideal.

Dr: I will say that it's pretty drinkable considering the high ABV. But you wouldn't want more than one; in fact even just this bottle will take some time to finish. The thick filling body makes it a lot to take on, and there just isn't enough flavour to really keep me interested. I expected this to blow my mind, but I think it suffers from a common issue with (I)IPAs: it's not a contest to see who can brew a higher ABV, higher IBU, and/or higher hop content beer. Brewing is a matter of care and balance, and while I see some of that here, it seems more interested in indulging trends than in generating something lasting.

Even if your goal is a high ABV hoppy Imperial IPA, this just isn't that drinkable. I'd argue that something like Dogfish Head 120 Minute is twice as drinkable at twice the ABV - and I'm not even that big a fan of Dogfish Head.

I honestly wouldn't get this again unless it was on-draught. A good but not great offering from Three Floyds.

Low B-
3.33

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02/04/14: Another bottle from Duff27. Bottled 12/2013. Truncated notes:

A: 1 - 1.5 finger wide head of white colour. Nice cream and thickness. Nice even fluffy consistency. Complexion could be smoother. Not much lacing. Retains for 5 minutes.

Body colour is a pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast is visible.

Sm: Warm alcohol-laden fruit: tangerine, mango, tropical fruit. Pale malts. Hoppy bitterness seems well checked by malty sweetness.

A moderately strong aroma. Not stellar for a pale ale or IPA.

T/Mf: Hop bitterness does come through - esp. on the climax, which ruins the balance. There're plenty of hop notes here, but the tropical fruit dominates, which isn't ideal for my personal tastes. I want more resinous and oily hop character. Maltwise, there's too much emphasis on the caramalt and not enough on the pale malts. It's somehow both too sweet and too bitter.

Heavy, thick, filling, full-bodied, overbearing. Shallow depth of flavour. Not gestalt.

Dr: I'll finish with some effort. Not a fantastic beer, and not up to par with 3 Floyds' reputation. I doubt I'd get it again, even if I chanced across it on the shelf. I think it's personal taste in large part; I'm just not a big fan of this kind of tropical fruit profile.

C+
3.19

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4.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crystalline clear saturated orange. Bright and colorful, cheery even. Spindly delicate lace, pretty good lasting coverage.

Pungent hop aroma, sweet tropicals and sandalwood, dank and resiny, dripping with hop oils. Pretty nice and complex.

Sweet tropical fruit, mango and dried pineapple, edge of the glass is sticky like a fruit cocktail cup. Also pretty dank and bitter, a hop blast incarnate. Medium bodied, resiny, slightly syrupy. Big and uncompromising, but very tasty and drinkable.

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4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

White head with lace. Food retention. Golden orange color.

Nose is kind of muted.

A big and chewy dipa. This one is dank and weedy. Floral and green. Some citrus shows. A light oniony flavor is there. Some tropical fruits in the background.

Not really that bitter. Full bodied for an ipa. Ends with papaya.

Overall, solid dipa. A little over rated imo, but worth a try.

Edit: as it warms, it becomes way more tropical. Lots of mango and pineapple. I like it a lot more. The nose opens up a lot.

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4/5  rDev -10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -21.5%

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4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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