Permanent Funeral | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Permanent FuneralPermanent Funeral

Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 326 | Ratings: 2,820
Photo of invertalon
3.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Permanent Funeral was a beer I was after for a long time… Eventually got my hands on one a few months ago and was ecstatic. Unfortunately, I wasn’t all that impressed with it. I didn’t review it at the time as I figured I needed a second go at it before really judging it in case of improper storage and such. I had it again on tap this past week and was able to give it another whirl…

Appearance (based on the photo I have from a dark-lit bar) is a clear golden hue with a solid 1-1/2 finger white head. Looks really nice.

Taste was just as I remember it from the first time… Very malt heavy and bitter, almost boozy. I feel as if the ABV on this beer hurts it more than anything… I find the booziness really masks any amazing flavor this beer could have.

Overall it is a good DIPA, but that is about it. It’s not extraordinary by any means and I would likely pass it up on the shelf if I came across it anytime soon. Far better options out there.

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Photo of stephens101
4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From the source of course.

Pours bright amber. A free flowing grapefruit aroma means we are in business. Tastes big on citrus and various fruits with a hint of vanilla and spice. Light to medium in body and so damn smooth with enough heat in the end to keep a drinker in check.

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Photo of BB1313
2.82/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden with a fluffy eggshell white head that doesn't fall leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. Looks very good. The aromas are disappointing. Very faint. Smells like an old IPA. Tons of orange and lots of malts. Lots of bread. The flavors are full of citrus and caramel malts. Syrupy. Some pine resin. Subtle spiciness. Some black pepper in the finish. Not really bitter. Meh. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied and very creamy with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed, although it's sweet and warm.

I really like 3Floyds, so I'm not being a "hater". I hope this is an old bottle. The date was smeared, go figure. This is my first time having this after years of hearing the hype. Easily the biggest disappointment I've ever experienced based on expectations. There's no way this is the beer that everyone praised. Bottles have been popping up around around Cleveland for Cleveland Beer Week, so I'm assuming this is relatively fresh. Disappointing, but I would still like to try this again just to see if this bottle was a fluke.

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

Legs on a DIPA--a sure sign of double-digit ABV. Fruity nose, with tropical notes backed up by lemongrass and pink grapefruit. Feels richly decadent in the mouth, with a full body made for swirling around. The tropical fruit gives way on the tongue to the grapefruit and pomelo pith, an intense bitterness somewhat balanced by syrupy undertones. A bit of papaya and apricot reemerges as the beer warms, and a bit of malt tentatively raises a hand to wave hello, but by that point, your palate is likely passed out on Scott's couch.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Pours a hazy medium orange with a white head that leaves spotty lacing. The haze fades a it warms a bit, leaving a crystal clear brew.
The aroma seems a bit subdued. Tropical fruits including mango and a hint of pine resin.
Noting subdued about the taste. Lots of tropical fruit on the tongue followed by a bit of sweetness and a wave of chewy, piney bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium and a touch sticky.

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Photo of Beef_Curtains
4.79/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 9/22/15

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a luscious hoppy head

Smells bitter and citrusy with some pine

Nice sweet fruity taste, particularly mango and orange, bitterness is more subdued than expected

Fairly smooth and juicy, a little sticky, drinks quite easily for it's abv

Overall a very likable and drinkable DIPA, worth the price tag

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - A beautiful honey color, slight haze, awesome sticky lacing
Smell - HUGE tropical nose. Pineapple, citrus, mangos, hints of floral.
Taste - Explosion of flavor. Tropical, dank, tons of sweet malts, candied orange, definitely get the booze coming thru but that's expected @ 10.5.
Feel - Coats the mouth, sticky, dry finish

Overall - This is a BEAST of a beer. A great DIPA but not for the faint of heart. Pure insanity in a glass!

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

Bottle into a tulip. Vibrant golden in color with a nice snow-white head. Citrus, pine resin, grapefruit, mango, and orange peel on the nose. Medium weight and very, very smooth for being north of 10%. Piney, hoppy resin on the taste along with juicy grapefruit, orange, and mangos. Just an outstandingly well-balanced beer. I can't believe this beer is 10.5%.

With that being said, I am a huge fan of 3 Floyds. However, in regards to this beer, it reminded me of Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker in many ways. Not sure which one came first, but I honestly don't think I could tell the differene between the two in a blind tasting. Not saying this beer is bad, I seriously just like CSB that much. I've love to have one of each on hand to compare.

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Photo of beerchic
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I may have found my new favorite here. Citrus, pine and malt all come together here for a very tasty brew. Carbonation is perfect. This goes down very smoothly for the ABV, and could get me into trouble.

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

Another GABF 2015 sample
Clear golden/light amber w/persistent white head and lace. the nose just pops. huge fresh berry aroma with some citrus, tropical fruit. It has just enough pale malt sweetness to showcase the juicy hops. big lingering bitterness but not sharp or astringent. i love dreadnaught but they were not serving it at GABF so I tried this one and I am glad I did. This beer is phenomenal!

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Photo of BIll_Currie
4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

the line was really long at gabf but they had this and zombie dust on tap so no way i was not waiting. and it was well worth it. smelled so good and tasted even better

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.85/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Permanent Funeral September 22 enjoyed September 26, 2015 in a pint glass.

Look - Lighter orange yellow. Clear. Expected white head medium bubbles. Looks like an average IPA.

Smell - Pine. Resin. Vanilla. Watermelon. Grapefruit. Orange.

Taste - Perfect balance. Pine resin, citrus, and just enough musty danknous to contribute.

Feel - No carbonation bomb. Smooth. Tongue is ripped but while weird to say, only on the edges.

Overall - There is a lot of citrus but is well balanced. It was worth the drive to Chicago. I have been waiting for a year to get a bottle. Drunk me at DLD was right, very good.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
4.22/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had from a bomber.

L: Reddish-brown with translucence. Nice, tightly-packed head.

S: Papaya, orange, and hop resin.

T: Maltose, caramelized orange, earthy finish.

F: Body and chewiness meet the style and ABV.

O: A nice switch-up from a lot of beers in this style that are just citrus explosions.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pop the top and let the Dreadnaught colored beer flow. Pours a darker yellow, good amount of clarity to it, soft 1/2" head on it, looks good, looks solid, reliable. Aroma wafts up in yo face, pine is heavy.

Taste flows with the heavy pine hops, super dry, at over 10% this one drinks pretty effortlessly. You get that herbal presence that often occurs when you get these monster west coast iipa level abvs. Grapefruit rears its minimal head in the mouthfeel, but this is really light and dry so it is all good. Dreadnaught tends to come across stickier, sweeter and with more malt color to it.

The main problem with this is its $10 a bomber. That's like twice the price of Grunion. Cool to check out once, but I don't see how it can be a regular purchase.

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Photo of MorpheusIPA
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delicious double IPA. Subtle citrus flavor at first but expands as it warms. Let this one warm up a little in the glass. Some booziness but really smooth. Prolly the best FFF IPA.

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Photo of mothman
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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Photo of GoTread
4.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This checks all the right boxes. Absolutely big, glorious mango, citrus, and pine to tickle the hop hungry like myself. It carries a wallet but goes down as smooth as a beer half its size.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.47/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into snifter.

A: Pours a burnt golden color with a fuzzy and greasy head that left wisps of sticky lace down the glass.
S: Caramel and booze on the nose, with undertones of citrus pith, sweet tangerine, and grapefruit zest.
T: Juicy citrus nectar and sweet tangerine mix with tons of slick and greasy hop oils and caramel. Way to sweet for my liking, and too malty. Solid bitterness lingers in the finish, but the aftertaste is more sweet and caramely than anything.
M: Soft and foamy carbonation, super chewy and greasy mouth, full body. I will say that the alcohol is hidden well, except for the thick and heavy mouthfeel.
O: I'd be curious to try this at the source, but I wasn't a huge fan. There's a lot going on and this beer was all over the place.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.16/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The last of my IPAs. Now I can get back to drinking REAL beer. I kid, I kid. 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

A - A beautiful deep, dark orange, and very clear. Exactly the way I like them. A decent off-white head with tight bubbles. This will probably stick around for a few minutes.

N - Whoa, tons of citrus and pine. This one is not fooling around. The hops just get right up into your grill. This beer is a close talker and doesn't care. I get plenty of grapefruit.

T - Yikes, this is a mess. There are so many flavors here I can't possibly describe them all. It's one of the sweetest IPAs I've had. There's ruby red grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed orange juice, maybe some dimetapp elixir or triaminic. Very sweet, almost medicinal like a whiskey. Like a said, a lot going on here. Tasty? Yes. My style? Not really...

M - I've definitely had a great run of IPAs with tremendous mouths. The stuff turns to froth right away, and goes down so smooth. Leaves a residue of spiciness, and I still get that medicinal, whiskey like quality tingling around the back of my mouth/throat.

O - The is the most unique IPA I've ever had, that's for sure. A well-made concoction.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the brewpub in Indiana. Dry, spicy, malty. Peppery finish. Feels like licking resin. Aggressive, but also one-dimensional. Drinkable despite the 10% ABV and some nice, fresh aromas of tropical fruit and mango.. but really not that interesting.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium amber color with only a bit of head after an aggressive pour. Smell leads with grapefruit only a bit more bitter, and a sweet malty flavor comes in next, with a bit of burnt toffee. Tastes much the same way, with a surprisingly mild bitterness that makes me question the 100 IBU measurement, but that always seems subjective to me anyway. Nice rich, heavy mouthfeel lets the flavor stick around for a while, which is totally a good thing, and not too much carbonation so it's sorta soothing as it goes down. Overall, pretty juicy, well balanced, startlingly light for a high-octane pale ale (and thank you for not writing IPA on the label!) whose power sneaks up on you.

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Photo of TonyLuvsBeer
4.44/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is one week old and poured into my Hopslam tulip glass.

A: pours a yellow with some haziness with one finger of foam

S: was a bit dank for my liking. I was expecting more citrus but it didnt come through.

T: outstanding. Very citrusy. It hides the alcohol well. May be the best tasting DIPA I've ever had.

F: mouthful was fine....not too heavy and not too light for DIPA.

O: I love this beer. I like it better than Zombie Dust. It packs a punch at 10.5%. I will continue to seek this beer out.

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Photo of Trevor11
5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely incredible. Usually collaborations are kind of gimmicky but Permanent Funeral defies all expectations. In my opinion, Permanent Funeral is better than Zombie Dust by inundating your palate with fruitful hops. Furthermore, the high ABV is well masked by the balance of the sweet and bitterness. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.11/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I am a little confused on this one. It's a 100 IBU beer, so I expected tons of hoppy fruity notes on the nose and lots of hoppy bitterness on the finish. I didn't really get either. The nose was pretty basic and the taste was more like an APA. I felt like I got more booze taste than hops.

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Photo of 4thFloyd
4.87/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A clear golden color with a nice off-white head and good rentention. Big citrus (Orange and grapefruit) and pine resin aroma. Flavor follows closely with a nice malty sweetness to provide great balance and smoothness. Finished very clean with alcohol completely hidden. A great big IPA from 3 Floyds.

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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