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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 Fcolle2
4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a 1 finger off white head that retains nicely.

Smells like a lot of citrus and floral hops. Nice potent orange and grapfeuit notes before it finishs with floral hops and a slight malt bite. A fair amount of piney hops come out as it warms.

Starts off with lots of bitterness followed closly by a big rich malt body and finishes with a hoppy presence similar to that to the floral hop aroma.

There is a nice thick rich feel to this beer. Carbonation is good and the thick feel compliments the rich body nicely.

Overall this is a great pale ale. Aromas are great and a lot of delicious malt pulls through the body of this beer which is balanced great with the large bitter and floral hop notes.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

This beer's basically double Zombie Dust. So, if you like ZD, you'll probably like this. It's got all the tropical flavors you're accustomed to in a citra hopped beer, plus some kind of sweet corn thing going on (sometimes).

PF was the best IIPA available when first released, and still is when you get a good batch - of the last three less-than-a-week-old bombers I've purchased, the first two were sub par, overly bitter and piney, but the last one was incredible.

Overall, this beer has since been surpassed by Pipeworks (and sometimes Spiteful) in the region, and by other breweries elsewhere, This is due to lack of consistency more than anything else.

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of dusky golden orange into our Great Lakes pints. It holds a two and a half finger head of cakey whitish bubbles, showing great retention as they bubble away slowly like a stew. A thick sheet of lacing is left as it goes. A chill haze cuts clarity, but no sediment is noted. Carbonation appears to be active. The nose is just as bright and juicy as you would expect from any of the other dynamite pales they churn out, with crushed citric and grapefruity hop freshness, and floral, nectary, and lightly earthy hops to add sweetness and to balance. Mixing are notes of toasty pale malts, burning phenolic chemicals, raw booziness, potato starchiness, under ripe strawberries, tangerine and pineapple juiciness, sticky honeys, chalky yeast, coppery and light soured candy tartness. With warmth comes a brush of coppery metallics. Our first impression is that this beer is juicy as hell, as you would expect from the nose, but it remains in keeping with the “pale ale” style, with exemplary forwardness of the malts and freshness up the wazoo. As we sip, the taste opens with crisp pale malty goodness, massively juicy grapefruity and herbal hop bite, phenolic plastics and fusel booze, honey sweetness, white sugar, grassy earthiness, and salty pretzel doughiness. The peak comes with light piney resin, orange flesh, pineapple, and mango fruitiness, with earthy and herbal hop bitterness, black pepper grind, gravel, root and dirt, crisp pale malts, milky creaminess, slick metallics, and light sea salts. The finishing wash comes with revival of that boozy punch, massive dried mango sugars, coppery yeast, black pepper, juicy pineapple and tangerine, musky and earthy essence, and mineral. The aftertaste breathes of greenstick resins, barky earthiness, citric rind, corn husk, pale malt and straw dryness, green grape fruitiness, roasted apple sweetness, mustiness, and those airy citric and herbal hops. The body is medium but a bit syrupy, and the carbonation is medium but frothy. Each sip gives soft smack, lip, cream, foam, slurp, and finishing pop. The mouth is coated with silkiness, dripping wet into the softest pucker and light chalky astringency. The abv is surprising, but well hidden, and the beer drinks insanely well.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was its taste. Had you given this to me blindly and told me it was Zombie Dust I would have believed you. Point being, it lives up to that level of expectation. Since we’ve had the pleasure of sampling Zombie Dust there are certain obvious differences, but to no real detriment. This guy is much more fusel, boozy, phenolic, and generally strong, but then again it’s about twice the abv. This remains decently well hidden throughout, but is nicely contributory when it comes up every now and again. The tropical fruitiness in the end was astounding, giving sugary sweetness, syrupy thickness, and glorious balance. The nose is not as juicy as it could be, but that is merely keeping it just “awesome”, rather than "perfect". With too much warmth the booze does take things a touch off base in the flavoring. This is a phenomenal addition to the masterful pale ale lineup, and something I certainly wish I bought more than one bottle of on my visit to the brewpub. Simply awesome.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.54/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

pours golden straw color, nearly perfectly clear. appealing white head recedes to leave some lacing. Looks like everything you could want from the style.

Smells of mango, pine, candied tropical fruits.

Big mango flavors, slight grass, ever so slightly catty with a bit of alcohol on the finish.

Mouthfeel is just great. For 10 percent, it is quite drinkable. I don't like my IPAs/IIPAs too syrupy.

Great beer here. Perhaps not the out of body experience I was expecting (not quite 5s across the board), but quite, quite good. Love the way FFF handles the citra hop. They may use it better than anyone.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.78/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Did Raul do it? Yes he did! Call the ER, Raul might be having a stroke! Permanent Funeral? More like ultimate ecstasy! Well, too much ecstasy might lead Raul to a Permanent Funeral, but for more of this bad boi... woo doggy!

Yummy yummy hops and lil silky textures of malt. Like eating a tropical rain forest with a side of caviar: ultimate luxury for Raul.

Yeah buddy!

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Photo of tut2528
4.58/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

massive thanks to Sleuthdog for this one!

A: pours a beutiful golden orange with about 1/2 fingers worth of ehad formation that dissipates into a thin yet bubbly film.

S: just a massive assault of hops, mango, grapefruit as the main players. i pick up on other tropical fruits such as pineapple and some orange peel as well with a sweet malt backbone. nicely balanced brew for sure!

T: following the nose, and the hops really are massive here. big tropical fruits again, with mango, pineapple, grapefruit and citrus. there is a sweet malt backbone that holds this one together and i even pick up on some sweet honey as well. again, the balance is very nice.

M: solid medium bodied that leaves a long lasting hop bitterness on the palate.

O: FFF at its best here. just a terrific balance of tropical fruits, sweet malt and bitter hops. and the alcohol is very well hidden. excellent brew! thanks again Sleuthdog!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.49/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this at Dark Lord Day 2013 and made sure I grabbed a few bottles. I would love to see the good people at FFF make the a permanent fixture on the menu.

The beer poured a copper color with a nice fluffy white head. The aroma was a big shot of pineapple and grass, overall quite sweet. In the initial taste, one gets pineapple, apple, grapefruit, and notes of pepper. In the aftertaste, the dry and pungent hops make an impression. It was a wonderful tart sensation. There was a slight warming impression in the aftertaste that was accompanied by a peppery nature in the back of the throat. In terms of Imperial IPAs, this one is right up there with FFF's Dreadnaught. Really good stuff.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden orange with a huge soapy bright white head and tons of lace with decent retention. Huge citrus! Bright, vibrant, piney, pungent, sharp hops. Massive citrus in the taste. This one doesn't hide the hops, as expected. It's definitely a hop bomb but it isn't overwhelming. Highlights the beauty of the hops used. Dry, pungent, resiny, delicious. That's all. This is all Three Floyd's.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy glowing golden orange with a cap of khaki foam, excellent lacing. Smells of mangos, oranges, pine and a little sweetness. Taste tangerines, pine resin, citric pith, papaya, light caramel malt, moderate bitterness, juicy. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, medium weight, very nice. Overall- delicious.

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Photo of BrewerB
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This arrived via aasher today, just ahead of my birthday. Thank you as always, Al, for the fantastic array of beers! Initially thought this was a Pale Ale but doing a little web searching steers me towards DIPA instead. Putting away my Three Floyds pint glass in favor of a Delirium Tremens tulip. There's a very slight haze cutting through the orange liquid and a frothy cap of white foam sits up top, about 2 fingers tall. Good retention and lacing. Heavy hitting fruit in the aroma with mango, citrus, and some dankness. Not picking up much in the way of malt. Big, biting bitterness grabs on the palette immediately with piney, orange being prominent in the hop flavor. A little sweetness on the back-end could be coming from caramel malt. Definitely picking up on some warming from high ABV with a medium-body and modest carbonation. Thanks again, Al!

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Photo of BarrytheBear
2.66/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

22 oz bottle courtesy of Kyle via some kind relative. Thank you kindly for the opportunity!

Golden shower on the pour.

Smells of booze and sweet and sour sauce....the industrial type that likely litters the back room of your local Great Wall or something similarly universal and bland.

Good lord this is sloppy beer. Sweet and sickly pineapple sinfully penetrates the la Choy pseudo Asian condiment, leaving some love it if its mine loathe it if its not progeny that only a Pig Destroyer or a Floyd's apologist can love.

Overly sickly sweet and far too boozy for its own good.

This just isn't a very good beer.

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Photo of weonfire
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden. Full finer of frothy white/cream head. Small carbonation rising, somewhat translucent.

S - Super fruit, tropical, citrus, gummy, sweet

T - Sweet carmel, lemon, grapefruit. finish: super bitter (9/10), almost spicy, do taste the booze

M - Real thick, fully body, froth is outstanding, viscosity is high

O - Outstanding. Mouth is full and rich. Nose bursts with flavor. Do wish there was more sweetness and less bitter, i think that would balance out more of the booze.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.85/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.14.13
Thanks bstyle!

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a one inch light tan head that just sits and slowly bubbles down.

S - Grapefruit, oranges, and some melon.

T - Orange, a touch of cheese, bitter hop with some alcohol and more melon.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Smells very nice, but I don't get the taste. Cheesy, melon and a hop bite that brings in down for me. Was it Hype, Age, Traveling across the country? Who knows.

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Photo of guityler83
4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Straw yellow when back lit, but a soft orange soda color in normal light. The bright white head poured a finger and a half tall in the 3F teku glass. When it receded the lacing coated the edge of the glass with a chaotic patern.

S: Huge tropical melon and sweet tarts candy sweet aroma that hits your sences like a tsunami. More juicy citrus and pine aroma blend in. A small amount of toffee, carmel malt squeeking through the monster hop nose.

T: Piney bitterness and flavor hops wash over the pallet first followed by a bready, doughy malt profile. The finish is slightly sweet with a lingering bitter pine, a nice contrast.

M: A dry finish with moderate carbonation The hop bite is almost sharp (in a good way) as its rests on your pallet

O: I've been a Pig Destroyer fan (Prowler In the Yard era) longer than I've been into craft beer so maybe I'm a little bias, but after having this beast of a beer at Dark Lord Day while watching Pig Destroyer and standing next to Todd Haug (Surly), How could I not pick up a few bottles. This beer is all about the aroma, drink it fresh and cold, you won't be disapointed.

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Photo of azdback
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into a Three Floyd's Teku. Sent to me by sleuthdog.
A beautiful bright, light orange color that is pretty clear. Tiny carbonation bubbles lead to a large one finger creamy, bright white head. Lace is fairly minimal now but does stick some as this is consumed.

Smell is overwhelming citrus hoppiness. Naval orange and yellow grapefruit. Very sweet smelling, honey? Quite nice!!

Taste is much like the smell. Tons of sweet and bitter citrus. Maybe some mango and peach? This tastes a lot like Nelson. There is a gentle load of bitterness as well, with some mild booze burn way late which I quite like.

Mouth is quite refreshing. Mild to medium carbonation with a pretty thick body for the style. Finish is long and wet with the mild alcohol burn that I rather enjoy.

Overall I must say FFF knocks it out of the park again. The bottle says "Pale Ale" cough, cough bull shit!! This can compete with any IIPA on the market. I highly recommend this to anyone with access. Yes trading for it = access. Thanks again to sleuthdog for this bottle.

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Photo of Florida9
4.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, light amber in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that reduces down to a thick surface coating and an even thicker ring around the edge. Lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Aroma is bright and aromatic. Strong aroma of hops is "balanced" only by the sharp tang of alcohol. Hops are an interesting blend of pine, mango, and orange.

T: Taste is very interesting. Again very hop forward. And somehow this beer seems to hit every major hop flavor out there. Starts with strong grapefruit notes. Grapefruit and orange pith. Then there is a bit of pine before turning tropical with notes of mango and passionfruit. Finish is a bit earthy, with a residual pithy bitterness. On my first few sips the beer seemed on the sweeter side, but about a quarter of the way down the glass, the bitterness took over and just pounded the sweetness into submission.

M: Sweet at the beginning, but fades to bitterness. Strong, persistent bitterness, especially on the finish. Moderate carbonation.

O: A very nice IPA. Overhopped, heavy on the alcohol, and excessive in every way possible, this one just screams "Three Floyd's!!!" all day long.

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Photo of standardcherry
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A: Pours a very clear golden color with a big white, frothy head. Looks amazing.
S: Opens with a blast of fruits/pine resin. Peach, mango and pineapple. Earthy hops and pine resin follow. A big floral hop character. A bit of malty sweetness. A tiny bit of onion.
T: BURST of pine and spice. Too much in my opinion. Orange zest, peaches, mango and malty sweetness follow and make it much more tolerable. The malty sweetness got bigger and bigger as the beer got warmer. The hops make it very juicy as it's going down, and it finishes a bit dry with a big dose of hops and grassy bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation.
O: Great DIPA, glad I got to try it but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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

Having quickly become a fan of 3 Floyds Zombie Dust, the chilled bomber of Permanent Funeral was calling my name after beating a late night deadline. Props to DuoBob for the sweet trade.

From the moment the top is popped, the Permanent Funeral experience begins, and one quickly realizes there is nothing subtle about this 3 Floyds concoction.

Pours a slightly cloudy off orange with a generous 3 finger creamy white head that stays put, reducing to a generous cap. Lively carbonation but not over the edge.

Aromas are certainly hop forward, lots of sweet juicy tropical fruits like nectarines,tangerines.
There is a sweetness to the aroma that must have a tall malt bill to tame all that extreme hopiness. The phenols are quite pronounced, and for my tastes, they are seductive and inviting.

Flavors follow the nose, however at 10.5% abv, it comes with a touch of heat that you can feel at the back of your throat within the first couple of sips. For those that appreciate their IIPAs that have that tropical mojo, Permanent Funeral delivers the goods. There is an underlying malty sweetness that works hard to balance the aggressive hop qualities, and as a result, it finishes off a touch sweet, but make no mistake that this is a heavy duty hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is on the heavy side,really coating the palate like roofing tar with malty sweetness and pungent hops: this becomes a sipper halfway into the bomber, with a slight oiliness. The long bitter grapefruit rind aftertaste is pleasant to ponder as the beefy alcohol content punches you squarely in the jaw.

Overall, this is a big beer, and offers all the subtlety of a sledgehammer in the delivery of zesty hop flavor and balanced malt sweetness. The alcohol ("heat") does not go unnoticed and actually isn't hidden all that well, yet the end result is a delight for hopheads searching for a self inflicted punch in the face! It's YOUR funeral, so raise your glass high!!

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Photo of beerhan
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a-lovely golden amber pour with a one finger foamy white head that leaves a nice and thick lacing.

s-sweet caramel and fresh cut grass

t-lots of honey and some herbal notes. mild tropical fruit notes, some mango and pineapple with a bitter finish.

m-nice and bitter, real rough on the tongue but the alcohol is hidden.

o-absolutely delicious, fantastic beer for a great band. seek this out as it is seriously another solid ipa from three Floyds.

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Photo of rhartogsq
3.64/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured in tulip glass.
Clear golden orange appearance. Decent lacing. Thick head was,poured, didn't last too long.
Smell is more malty than floral or citrus.
Taste is a bit too sweet for my liking.
Mouthfeel is thicker than I expected.
Good DIPA. If you like sweeter ones, get it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Whoa confusing... I've been drinking this brew and waited for the last glass to review it. I was thinking that this was a pale ale as stated by the label and somewhere in the 5-7% range. I was shocked when I learned the actual ABV, but that's a testament to the balance of this brew. Nice gold pour with dense white head and plenty of lacing. The nose is aromatic with a few varietals of hops coming to the surface, mainly citrus, lemon rind, melon, and pine come through. The taste is fruity and full of delicious hop flavor up front with light bitterness. Tastes as if this brew is hop bursted as the bitterness is well overshadowed by the aromatic hops. Notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and peach join the party with a sturdy malt presence towards the finish. Mouthfeel is moderate with smooth and somewhat creamy body. Overall, quite a tasty beer with absurd balance and drinkability.

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Photo of nrs207
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid DIPA look. Golden orange with a little frothy head.

S - Nice citrus smell, but yet another overhyped FFF offering. There's not a lot of malt presence, and it's overall a solid smelling DIPA, but to be rated as high as it is boggles my mind.

T - Similar. Can tell it's a FFF DIPA. It's pretty similar to Dreadnaught as far as I remember.

M - No alcohol presence. Smooth and good amount of carbonation for the style.

O - Another solid FFF offering that's not really that special. I'd still stick to Zombie Dust only, but because they don't bottle date I had to watch my friend open ZD after ZD and pour them down the drain right after he got them in a trade. Let's go FFF, you make enough of a killing on your prices you can afford to bottle date or you're doing something wrong.

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

Less than a month old when consumed.

A - pours a clear, light orange with a standard white head. Some lace. Light bubbles.

S - resinous pine, faint onion, sweet tangerine, ripe pineapple, orange peel, faint cantaloupe and a nice melanoidin malt note. The overall aroma is a low-medium intensity for the style.

T - is similar to the aroma. I get tangerine and pineapple upfront with a smooth piney and slightly floral finish. Smooth 10%. Tasty!

M - medium body. Mild sweetness. Pleasant, medium bitterness with a medium-long sustain. Not syrupy like Dreadnaught, thank you.

O - I liked this quite a bit more than Dreadnaught which I think is seriously overrated. Dreadnaught is a syrupy, barely hoppy mess and Permanent Funeral is what Dreadnaught should have been. The West Coast should like this beer. It probably won't make their top 5, but maybe their top 10.

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Photo of Bjohnston
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer received from Jrbrukt. Poured into a pint glass.

Beautiful golden color with white head that fades away quickly. Slight alcohol legs. Huge hop aroma that is heavy on Pineapple and tropical fruits. Bitterness seems lower than 100. Goes down very easy for a ten percent beer. I would recommend everyone that likes hoppy beers seek this one out. Very memorable. Fantastic!

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Photo of vinny21bal
4.98/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer is perfection. It ha got to be a imperial Zombie Dust. I am three floyds crazy and this is one of there best ever. I carry this beer and went through all 24 bombers in one day at the bar. I can not believe the aroma of citrus and the flavor they put in this beer. There is so much citrus to this beer it is amazing.

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