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
Ranking:
#107
Reviews:
340
Ratings:
2,920
pDev:
8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 2,920 |  Reviews: 340
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4.5/5  rDev 0%

Photo of WolfsbaneBloom
4.58/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden orange with a nice two fingers of white foam.

Smell: Sweetly pungent aroma of overripe tropical fruit: mango, tangerine, orange, and apricot. There are also some subtle floral notes and a bit of sour funk.

Taste: Clean pine bitterness, tangy grapefruit and orange, some caramel malt, and a bit of a floral nectar sweetness with a semi-nutty finish. I definitely felt and tasted the alcohol on this one, which is not surprising as this is about as high an ABV I've seen for a pale ale.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a smooth but alcoholic finish.

Overall, this may be the best double IPA Three Floyds has ever brewed. It feels very much like an amped up, imperial Zombie Dust. Bursting with juicy, dank, fruity flavors and a nice clean hop bite, Permanent Funeral is a big, bold beer. The only thing I didn't love was the relatively strong alcohol heat present in the flavor. I'm a fan of high ABV beers but I feel like knocking this down to 8.5 or 9% would make this a more balanced and easier drinking IPA. Still, this is a fantastic and extremely well-made beer with one helluva hardcore label and name.

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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Photo of Duff27
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Short white head on an orange body. Small collar.

Zippy citrus hop aroma. Pineapple.

Very small maltiness compared to the hop smack. Leaves a prolonged bitter finish. Booziness is noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Mouthwatering citrus. Lasting bitterness is off the hizzy. Recommended for DIPA fans. Thanks for grabbing this kawilliams81!

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Stevedore
4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz undated bomber poured into a Bell's tulip and consumed today, 4/10/2013. Thanks to powz87 for providing the bottle in a trade.

Aroma: Shoot, as soon as I put the bottle opener on the bottle, I got a giant blast of grapefruit to the face. I felt that boded well for the rest of the nose, and it does. I get passion fruit, caramel, honey and pine in some form or another. And it's very pungent. Definitely in the top 5 for DIPAs in the nose department.

Colour: A beautiful, slightly hazy copper body that pours with an impressive 3cm white head that takes a good 1-2 minutes to dissipate into a thin white film on top of the beer with a smallish white collar. The lacing is thick and sticky. Definitely a great looking DIPA, but nothing that distinguishes it from other excellent DIPAs.

Flavour: Niiice. If you take Zombie Dust and double the hops and malt, I think this is what you get. A giant blast of grapefruit along with passion fruit, maybe pineapple and pine. And in the middle of it you get a nice dose of honey, caramel and toffee breadiness that reminds me that I'm drinking a DIPA rather than hop fluid. The finish is similar to the start- a blast of citrus, tropical fruit and pine hops leaving a smooth, bitter finish. This is easily up there with Dreadnaught as one of the better DIPAs in the midwest.

Mouthfeel: A thicker medium-bodied beer that is very well-carbonated which contributes to the smoothness and fizziness of each swig. The finish is a little too dry for me, but the aftertaste is full of grapefruit, pinecone and pineapples. It's a wonderful feeling afterwards to just bask in the hops for a solid minute. Nicely done.

Overall: FFF hits another DIPA out of the park, following their others. I don't care if they call it a Pale Ale, its a double Zombie Dust that's heavy on the citrus that is barely balanced by an intense malt presence in the middle of the swig. It's a beer that lives on the precarious edge of balance, which is typical of FFF and definitely worth going out of your way to buy a bottle of. I usually prefer a little more balance to my DIPAs, like from Pliny or NG IIPA, but I am definitely very pleased with how this one came out.

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4.72/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MK for this bomber
Served chilled in a Duvel tulip

A - pours a pure, clear golden, a fair amount of carbonation, clean white head, leaves a ring of lacing

S - Aroma hits hard out of the bottle, intense amount of sweet, citrus hops, lots of grapefruit, mango, lemon

T - Sweet and citrusy hops, again loads of mango and grapefruit, then a solid biscuit malt undertone surfaces for a surprisingly nice balance

M - very smooth, no alcohol burn, well carbonated

O - absolutely fantastic, pretty much like Double Zombie Dust. I would gladly make the trip to Munster for this

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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of kawilliams81
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark caramel with a huge 3" off-white head. Small blotches of lacing speckle the glass.

S- honey, huge citrus nose mainly grapefruit and pineapple, some light spice and also pine.

T- caramel, honey, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, citrus rind, spice and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slick with light acidity and semi-dry finish.

O- another great dipa from FFF. Very good balance of sweet, citrus and bitterness.

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.5/5  rDev 0%
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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4.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -5.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
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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5/5  rDev +11.1%

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5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Treebs
4.32/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a white head forming on the pour. It recedes slowly to thick ring that leaves some sticky, soapy lace behind.

S: Juicy citrus and tropical fruits. Orange, mango and pineapple. A little lime zest with some strawberry sweetness.

T: The same fruitiness transfers over. Orange with a little citrus zest. A little lime, some mango and a touch of piney bitterness. Sweet bready malts balance the zest. Sweet stone fruit pop up as well. As it warms the sweetness does get a tad much, but not to the point of making it undrinkable.

M: This drinks like it's 7-8%. Dangerously drinkable. Medium to light bodied with a medium carbonation level. Sweet finish.

O: Very drinkable for the ABV, although it is slightly sweet. The fruitiness of it overall was great and the slight bitterness really added a little pop that this needed. Definitely an enjoyable DIPA from FFF.

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.5 out of 5 with 2,920 ratings