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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Ratings: 2,884 |  Reviews: 336
Photo of Academymike
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dharmelink
4.66/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of themegamancave
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

Photo of aoampm
4.48/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Cannot read the bottle date.

Pours a sexy orange color that has a little bit of murkiness / haze to it. Cannot see threw the beer too well. Nice frothy two finger white colored head with good retention. Not too much lacing.

Smell isn't very large. I'm picking up mostly citrus and pine notes.

Taste is on point! Big citrus and bitter pine resin right out the gate then some tangerine and tropical notes come in. That indescribable 'dank' flavor is there also.

Feel is really well done for an 10.5% beer. Very refreshing, not overly carbonated, easily could pass for a much lighter beer. Dangerously crushable.

Overall this is a stupendous offering from 3 Floyds! It drinks like a Stone Enjoy By but with more bitterness and pine in there. Same type of feel however. Lovely!

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Photo of Matt_Rouge
4.53/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bomber dated "4-11-17" on April 26, 2017. I also had this on draft recently (undoubtedly the same production run--3F doesn't make it all that often).

I have had Permanent Funeral several times, including twice on draft. Although I have found most 3F beers to taste relatively the same on draft and in the bottle, Permanent Funeral is one that has impressed me more on draft. That said, I have never quite fallen in love with it. It is a great beer, but I feel that 3F's Dreadnaught covers most of the same territory but at 9.5% ABV instead of 10.5% and with overall better flavor. Funeral is produced less and often kept "beneath the counter" (like Zombie Dust); Dreadnaught is produced more and not hidden away. It's just an easier beer to grab and enjoy. Also, for the wild and screaming hop treatment, I'd rather drink Arctic Panzer Wolf (which *is* quite differentiated from Dreadnaught).

Permanent Funeral pours a deep gold. Nose is hoppy and inviting. The hops are aggressive, intense, high-pitched, and floral with a bit of bite. Malt is also nicely in balance. As others have noted, this beer does not taste like 10.5% ABV: it's intense but smooth and highly drinkable, so take care in that regard. It's very easy to chug a couple bombers and truly be bombed.

As a general caveat, 3F's hoppy beers (and hoppy beers in general) go bad very quickly. Permanent Funeral is less tasty at a month, shaky at 6 weeks, and close to undrinkable at two months (more like "Permanent Soapy Mouth" at that point). Mind the yellow date stamp on the bottle above the label, and don't buy it after 6 weeks, preferably much less.

In conclusion, this is a pretty darn good beer, but I prefer Dreadaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. I don't feel Permanent Funeral has many advantages over these two. Happy drinking!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of texaswhiplash
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of thebeers
4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear bronze with two fat fingers of yellow-tinted white head that last a good while and leave heavy lacing.

Muted aroma of pine, orange and pepper. There's definitely some sweet malt in there as well.

Totally unique taste. There's a big peppery, herbal quality up front; strong vodka-like alcohol and then some honey malt mid-palate; and touch of orange and pine on the backend. The pepperiness lingers with some dull hop bitterness and orange sweetness in the aftertaste.

Very slick, oily mouthfeel. Medium bodied with strong carbonation.

There are a lot of great DIPAs available these days, but this is right up there with them. The aroma is sort of middle of the road, but the taste is excellent. 4/11/17 bottling date.

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Photo of kcwigle
4.28/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of gcamparone
4.13/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed with Ryan, split from a 22oz bomber into two tulip glasses.

Pours a dark slightly hazy amber body with a two finger white head that reduces to leave some frothy foam.

Aromas are initially quite fruity and tropical, giving way to piney and resinous aromas once it warms a little. On the tongue is pine and resin on a heavy malt backbone, sweet with caramel and a bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

I can respect this for what it is, its a malt forward IPA that hides the abv quite well. Not a fruit / citrus bomb, but on the other end of the spectrum.

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Photo of pda22
4.94/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Kdouble
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A 22 oz. bottle date 2-13-2017 poured into a TH tulip glass.

Appearance- A medium orange color slightly murky. About 1 finger of slightly off white head with nice lacing down the glass.

Smell- A ton of citrus fruit in this one with a nice pine note in it. I definitely smell grapefruit, orange peel, and apricot. The pine mix really screams drink me.

Taste- The citrus fruits combine with the pine for almost a perfect mix to me. The fruit definitely dominates but the piney taste reminds you it is a DIPA. Such a great juicy taste with no alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation with more of dry finish than I anticipated. So much juicy citrus to finish dry.

Overall- A world class double IPA and a great change from the NE style DIPAs. The juicy taste blends with the piney hops to make this super drinkable. Be careful of the fruity taste covering the high ABV. Wish I had one more.

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Photo of Destiney
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of pcshotsauce33
4.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
3.82/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thick, chewy, malty, sweet and boozy. Some pineyness...not the typical characteristics I am a fan of in an imperial IPA. Glad I got to try this but it's not for me.

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

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

Photo of Chris_R
4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of BeantownBrews
4.59/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Lovely pour, amber with perfect clarity with a small head with little retention
Smells of sweet malt, mango, peach, grass
Delightfully matches the nose, with almost about towards the middle but finishes on a fruitnote
Light mouthfeel, not quite pillowy

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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.46 out of 5 based on 2,884 ratings.
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