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Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Permanent FuneralPermanent Funeral

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

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 Brenden
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#1 1/24/14

Permanent Funeral is a thick light orange color. It has a lot of brightness along with its thick opacity. The yellowish head is fluffy and rocky, and big as most FFF DIPAs are. Lacing is thick and heavy, and distributed in seeming proportion to the beer's big overall character.
This beer has a familiarity to it, as there's a common nature and character connecting all of this brewery's (huge) DIPAs. They seem to tweak a recipe and pump out amazing beers with just little differences here and there. This one's as much a beast as any of the others. It produces massive citrus notes and a huge bitterness, but countered by malts and balanced such that hops rule unquestionably but aren't too harsh to be distinctly delicious. Grapefruit and orange have flesh and peel elements together to make it juicy, raw and fresh, while pine resin bites a bit and notes of grass, herb, earth and young green wood make it immensely well-rounded and complex.
The feel is dry without giving off an aspirin or chalk-like scrape on the tongue, staying consistently dry but keeping the tongue from fatigue with the juiciness. The body is big but not too heavy, enough to support everything happening without weighing down. The bite is strong from beginning to end, and smoothness is not neglected.

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Photo of Jho3325
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely a big beer, but what I really like about it is the strong malt backbone that can hold up to the gush of citrusy hops. This beer pours a hazy orange with a serious head that sticks to the glass leaving behind a gluelike crust as you drink. Big citrus aromas with a citrusy taste held in check by a caramel malt keeping this big beer from wrecking your palate. This brew only got better on the second pour from the bomber. Plenty of hoppy flavor without too much bitterness. FFF hit the nail on the head with this one.

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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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Photo of barczar
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a fairly clear copper with a lingering, dense cream head that leaves sheets of lacing as it dissipates.

Sweet tropical fruit, resin, and dank cannabis form the initial aroma. Mango, grapefruit, and pineapple are dominated by skunky notes.

Flavor reveals a base of tart fruit, which is supported by a strong body of toasted caramel malt, becoming resiny and just a touch bitter in the finish. Grapefruit pith, lemon, green papaya, and mango emerge. Great quantities of fruity and resiny hops. Lightly burnt caramel surfaces again in the aftertaste. As the drink wears on, tropical notes seem more citrusy, weigh orange dominating.

Body is silky smooth and fairly full, with moderate carbonation and notes alcohol warmth.

Delicious beer, with great hop presence on all fronts. Hop bittering and malt sweetness are fairly balanced. Fruit notes dominate, overall. Would love to have side by side with Dreadnaught.

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Photo of eixiel
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into an oversized wine glass

Appearance:Perfect dense golden color with a steady nice head of about an inch.
Smell: Passion fruit and pine with hints of citrus .
Taste: Perfect balanced not bitter, refreshing citrus and piney flavor.
Mouthfeel: Not sweet or bitter,almost perfect carbonation, great pine like after taste.
Overall: Huge beer, definitely in my Top 5 all time. Unique aroma of passion fruit and pine with hints of citrus. A must try !

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.07/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12/13/13 bottling date. into a snifter

pours a cloudy dark copper with a nice head. nose is this beers high point...extremely citrusy and just plain awesome. the taste though is too sweet for me..lots of citrus and sweet malts. very hoppy. big beer. almost full bodied, medium carbonation.

overall a tad disappointing..definitely not a 100 but still solid.

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

This has a super clean and clear facade as it supports a billowing, bright white cloud of foam.

The nose and tongue come across nearly the same only the nose is more brilliant. Caramel malt start yields a citrus fruit near the middle with some strong lemon and grapefruit. It ends with a spicy floral hop.

This is very crisp and easy to drink and there's no evidence of a very high ABV.

This is very good, very tasty and probably pretty dangerous.

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Photo of koutkid41
4.52/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very clear golden color with a huge white, frothy head. Nice lacing

S: Huge pine resinous notes upfront with some peach, mango, pineapple, and a tad of garlic like onion.

T: Really nice pine upfront with alcohol. Some mango, orange and light hint of onion.

M: Medium bodied with soft but nice carbonation.

O: Really love this beer, but after having it in the bottle I love is so much more on draft. Still really good though.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
4.81/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle from Fusebuddy. Arrived on my door step very cold. Sat in the fridge a couple days to thaw any potential slush. Poured into a Prohibition Pig tulip glass. Bottle date 12/13/12, drank on 1/5/14.

Pours a very nice orange color. Minimal head that fizzled out quick. Leaves a nice bubbly ring around the glass. This smells awesome. Tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, some other tropical fruits. It's so juicy. Tastes follows the nose really well. A lot of ipas smell awesome then fall short on the taste, this is not one of those ipas. Truly delicious. Grapefruit is abundant but there are so many other tropical flavors, too. Papaya, mango, hint of pineapple sweetness. So much flavor it's almost overwhelming. Slight alcohol burn and bitterness. The bitterness lingers on the top of my mouth. Mouthfeel is a bit creamy, not overly carbonated but enough to feel it on the tongue. So easy to drink. I really liked his. Even with almost a month on it and it being shipped in artic temperatures it was amazing. If you like juicy ipas, definitely find one of these.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/13/13.

A: Pours a murky tangerine orange body. Big, fluffy, dense, beige colored head. Leaves a thin frothy head. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops just jump out of the glass. Tons of grapefruit citrus. Orange peel. Tangerine.

T: Tastes of grapefruit rind bitterness upfront. Loads of citrus hops. Tangerine sweetness. A bit of caramel malts but not overbearing.

M: Prickly. Sticky. A bit oily. Boozy warmth. Full body.

O: Def lives up to the hype. It's a hop heads wet dream. Fresh hops jump out from the pour all the way to the first taste. A bit maltier than I anticipated, but it works perfectly. Well done FFF.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottling date is illegible, but I think it’s from the 12/13/13 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium gold with a hefty cap of off-white head, average clarity, average retention and a few lines of lacing.

S: Apricot, citrus (tangerine, lemon), caramel, orange and mango, a little biscuity pale malt. Lots of appealing, big flavors all at once. Delicious.

T: Tangerine, apricot, a little caramel and pale malt, with a mild backbone of bitterness which is swamped by sugar. The (moderate) sweetness is at the same level as some TIPAs, which is to say that it’s a bit much for the style.

M: Medium-full bodied, round on the tongue, with light carbonation. Alcohol is miraculously (for a 10.5% ABV) hidden.

O: A very nice, though overly sweet, DIPA. Drinkability is limited by the underattenuation, unfortunately, but this was still a treat. They really nailed the aroma—so much flavor.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured cold, crisp, clean and copper to a 17oz Heady Topper stemless glass with a full finger, short lasting white head, leaving a full sheet of lace to the rim.

Huge aroma of mango, grapefruit and tropical hops.

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, smooth and creamy. Bitter, but not a wrecker.

Grapefruit and mango forward. Big hops balanced against a sweet butterscotch-y malt.

Scary drinkable.

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Photo of ali1987
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- very clear golden body with great lacing. Minimal head.

S- tropical fruits, grapefruit, pine, onion and earthy hues.

T- very orangey & citrusy with some pale malts in the background. Somewhat of a soapy taste every now and then. Definitely taste some onion, as well.

M- moderate carbonation, sticky mouthfeel. Reminds me of a fruit cup from elementary school with a super oily mouthfeel.

O- Definitely a must try. Very different, but good. Three Floyd's totally pulled it off. Great IPA.

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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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Photo of Ri0
4.72/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into Teku. Bottled on date 12/13/2013.

A - Fairly clear golden orange with a huge 3 finger head. I may have been a bit too aggressive on the pour. Head retention is amazing and there are large blobs of lacing all over the glass.

S - Smell is big on fresh scents of tropical sweet juicy hops. Some nice sweet honey and bread malt to balance it out. Must drink!

T - Hops, tropical, hops, citrus, hops everywhere! Rich tangerine, grapefruit, pine, mango, pineapple. The flavor is so intense! Sweet and bready malts show up with some mild alcohol warmth on the finish.

M - Big medium mouthfeel with excellent carbonation. Very sticky and intense hoppiness!

O - Helluva IIPA! I am so thankful to finally try this. It just showed up in Madison today. It may be the freshest 3Floyds beer that I have had and it was incredible.

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Photo of Tickman
4.64/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a rich, deep amber with white head of very fine bubbles, persistent creamy and frothy. Aroma of citrus and piney hops evident even from a distance. Robust spicy tones from hops and malts. Beautifully sweet on the palate, balanced by just enough bitterness...again, piney, slight citrus, over-ripe papaya. Complex malt profile, some aromatic malt, and I swear a hint of rye. Finishes strong, tingling with a pleasant lingering residue that is not entirely bitter, nor sweet, nor alcoholic. Better when 50-55F than cold, IMO.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with bottled on date 12/13/2013 printed on the side of the bottle. Bravo to Three Floyds for finally bottle dating their beers. Exponentially stoked to finally have this beer, as I have wanted it for a while.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Oh yeah, this thing pours three big fluffy soapy creamy fingers of off-white head on top of a beautiful bright burnt sienna orange colored body with some very fine sediment floating in the glass. Excellent head retention, and fat rings of lacing. Looks fabulous.

S - Smell is of big fruity & floral tropical hops - mango, papaya, grapefruit, pine, tangerine, lemon. Very citrusy. Slightly soapy. Smells fresh, juicy, and mouthwatering.

T - Big fruity tropical hop bitterness - tangerine, grapefruit, pine, lemon, papaya. This thing is seriously delicious. Some dry bready malt character is there, but this thing is mostly a hop showcase. Mild soapiness & mild alcohol warmth on the finish.

M - Goes down smooth and creamy, with lots of fresh sticky tropical hops lingering on the palate. Pretty bitter, but not overly so, especially not for being 100 IBU.

Overall, definitely one of the freshest, juiciest, and most delicious DIPA's I've had in recent memory. This thing rivals some of the bigger and better DIPA offerings from Pipeworks. This is a beer that deserves some serious attention. Big 10.50% abv is extremely well-masked, and rewarding. Possibly my favorite Three Floyds beer yet.

Three Floyds Permanent Funeral ---4.5/5

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled on 12/13/2013. Picked up at the brew pub after the 4 Elf release on saturday night.

poured into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Golden orange bodied beer with 2 full fingers of white head. Decent head retention and lots of sticky lacing on the glass.

Smell: Resinous pine, citrus, and a touch of dank chalky hops.

Taste: moderate bitterness. I am actually surprised that this beer is 100 IBU's. It does seem that bitter. Oily and resinous piney hops and pine cones. Juicy grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Lemon zest. Chalky and dank hops. Light malt bill this beer is all about the hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Hard to believe this is almost 11% there is no hint of alcohol. ABV is very well hidden and the beer drinks like an IPA not a DIPA. Light and creamy feel to this beer.

Overall: 3 Floyds shows a little bit more finesse with this beer than I expected. I am not a huge fan of chalky and dank hops in hoppy beers (I prefer citrusy and tropical fruit notes from my hoppy beer), but this was still pretty good considering. I thought this beer was going to be another over hyped hoppy beer by 3 Floyds. It does remind me alot of Fremont Brewing's DIPA "The Brother".

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Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Received in a trade, poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a very nice very slightly hazy orange hue with a big, creamy two finger white head that fades to leave lots of sticky lacing and a rich, creamy blanket. Glorious.

S - Lots of sticky, resinous citrus, super, super faint tropical, and a light tea leaf quality. Light sweet malts.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. More of the very sticky hops, not bitter at all, nor juicy. Like citrus rind oils spurted onto ones tongue. There is more of that tea leaf finish mingled with sweeter sticky malts.

M - Mouthfeel, while a bit heavier due to how sticky it is, still hides that ABV very nicely. Bright carbonation too!

O - Overall, this is a very tasty DIPA. I do like how this is not all that bitter, but instead is super sticky. Would have liked to see more tropical notes than tea, but still well done.

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

Bottle opened on a "Piggy brewing night". Needed a Pig destroyer to start the whole thing!
Notes from memory...
A: Bright orange with a thick white head which lasts long on top of the glass.
S: Hoppy smell with a resinous scent, citruses and tropical fruits.
T: Taste isn't overly sweet or malty as expected given the ABV and IBU, also this is a more than solid DIPA. Fresh hops (a bit herbal and resinous) and very fruity (tropical fruits, citruses). Leaves a dry bitterness on the finish.
M: Smooth and thirst quenching, not heavy at all. Alcohol is very well hidden. Finishes dry.
O: A very good DIPA. Glad to have tried this one, I would happily drink more!

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Photo of JohnG190
4.83/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a bright orange color with thick white head. Good retention and lacing. Lots of tropical fruit on the nose -pineapple, mango, guava with hints of citrus - mostly orange and grapefruit. Sweet carmel notes as well. Taste is amazing - bright citrus with some resinous pine that melds into a nice carmel bready malt backbone that finishes slightly bitter and juicy. Even though this beer clocks in at 10.5% abv, there is no overt alcohol warming.
Medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall, this is an outstanding offering from FFF, well crafted, well balanced. I hope this becomes a regular release from them!

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

A huge thank you to Sean for sending me this bottle.

The beer is orange with a small off white head. The aroma is classic FFF. Hop forward with a robust, supportive malt body. Dank citrus and biscuits. A full bodied beverage, teeming with flavor. Alcohol presence is there but unobtrusive. Well-balanced and delicious. Really, a wonderful beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appears a glowing orange copper hue with a big khaki tan beige head forming thick with a rocky textured head, fine speckled lacing layers on the sides of my chalice. Aroma is straight up citrus peels, pineapple flesh, and other tropical fruit notes flowing from the glass. So worth the drive to Newark, OH to try the last of their stock of this fine American brewed IPA. I don't know the next time I will see this beer but I will definitely savor this pour of 22 ounces of liquid bread coated hop candy. The flavor is sugar coated raw herbaceous hops, big citric layers, orange marmalade, tropical fruits...mango, star fruit, and hints of passion fruit. Over ripened fruit juice with bready malts bring all the caramelized sugars to the forefront and the big oily hop oils let those sweet candy qualities fade to the background. Mouthfeel is big oily resinous IPA, carbonated well carries each sip effortless down the gullet, to equate to perfect realm of dangerous drinkability. I can't talk enough about how much I enjoy this beer, all of the true hopheads listening go find this, drive 6-8 hrs if you have to, hell make a pilgrimage to the brewery. I might even start listening to metal if Pig Destroyer had a hand in the collaborative creation of this liquid beauty.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on-tap @ the brewery

Consumed a few half-pints (standard serving size) of this really wonderful DIPA - it's big bodied, for sure. Huge assault of grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruit. Boozy undertones throughout. Moderate bitterness and just an exceptional hop profile throughout. Shame they were out of bombers, but still glad to be able to consume this in > GABF quantities.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Serving Type - 22 oz Bottle

Appearance - Light straw colored, pineapple juice yellow. Nice 1 inch foamy, creamy head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Big citric hops, orange, pineapple, grapes, some yeasts, even a little malt in the finish.

Taste - Much like the smell, insane amount of pineapple/orange and grapefruit with a nice sweet yeast backbone. Hops are sweet not so overly bitter. Malts add some caramel goodness, along with a little balance so this aint a 100% total hop bomb.

Mouthfeel - Hops dominate the tongue, along with some sweetness from the added sugars. Palate gets more hops along with some caramel malts. The aftertaste is sweet, and loads of pineapple and orange.

Overall - Drove 4.5 hours total to get this and glad i got it. Huge flavorful beer done up right. Hop heavy beer with the right amount of yeasts and malts to make it a wonderful beer. Alcohol is masked really well, making it easy to drink the bomber. World class for sure.

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
98 out of 100 based on 309 ratings.
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