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: 322 | Ratings: 2,801
Photo of mgwagman
4.17/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Like all the 3 Floyds a great name and cool label. Poured from a 22 oz bomber purchased at brewery. I was a little disappointed by this one. Pours a hazy orange. Smells of citrus and hops. Taste was a little off, citrus, lemon, lime. Not a bad beer, but not one of the best I have had from 3 Floyds.

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

Bottled 2/15/16, poured into a Hopslam snifter. Super cloudy yellow orange, can't even see the carb. Good foam and lacing though. Super dank nose, hops and malt totally in the forefront. Slight zesty citrus note on the scent as well. The taste is a battle between malt and hop. Zesty and citrusy with a surprisingly slight amount of bitterness. Full mouth feel, pretty well-balanced. I'd say it's slightly below Dreadnaught, but an excellent beer nonetheless. Looking forward to trying the two other Double IPAS from them I have on hold at the store.

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

Poured from bottle dated 2/15/16.

Appearance (awesome bottle artwork BTW)- But crystal clear orange, minimal head, excellent lacing.
Smell- Def get malt before hops on this one. at 10.5 abv, not really surprised though
Taste- Tropical fruit upfront, malt on back end, can def taste the alcohol.
Feel- Creamy mouthfeel, finishes dry.
Overall- a rock solid Imperial IPA worthy of its ranking.

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Photo of vic21234
4.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date is 02/15/16.

A- Pours a mostly clear bright orange with a small amount of head which quickly fades.

S- Strong tropical and citrus notes are abundant on the nose.

T- The same strong tropical notes carry into the taste, to include mango and orange above all. A slight sweetness of the malts is noted at the back end of the taste.

M- Medium bodied, bitter, dry finish, very drinkable for the higher ABV.,

Very nice beer, Three Floyds does the hoppy stuff well.

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

One of the best beers I've ever had, I tend to drink it really fast because it tastes awesome! Does not taste like 100 IBU's and 10.5% which is seriously dangerous.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.34/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours cloudy and golden with a little head and lacing. The smells that I picked up were hoppy, floral, and orange. The taste of the beer is hoppy and floral. The feel of the beer is smooth and it lingers as well. Overall this beer is great, but zombie dust is a little better in my opinion.

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Photo of W_Des
4.06/5  rDev -9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sick artwork on the bottle. Pours an orange-yellow from the bottle. The nose is sweet and piney. The body has a medium sweet maltiness with a faint bitterness.

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

In my opinion this is 3floyds' best beer. It is so delicious and has strong fruity flavors (pineapple stands out the most to me). The aroma is also absolutely amazing, nothing compares to this. It is very well balanced and barely seems like it's 100 ibus. Love love love this beer!!!

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Photo of Myotus
4.41/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured at 50°F from a 22oz bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.
LOOK: Pours with thre fingers work of rocky and spacious, off-white foam that dissipates into a quarter fingers worth of white foam after 2 and a half minutes. A moderate amount of very thick lacing is left behind from the head dissipation. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is a large quantity of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is very thick and moderate.
SMELL: Strong aromas of mango, papaya, peach, apricot, grapefruit, and tangerine are perfectly balanced by strong sweet bread and caramel aromas. There is a hint of alcohol and bitter hop aromas, also, but they do not make the aroma any less displeasing.
TASTE: Strong flavors of mango, peach, tangerine, apricot, papaya, grapefruit, and tangerine combine with mild sweet bread and caramel flavors to compose the initial taste. Subtle bitter hop flavors immediately follow as caramel flavors grow stronger. Hints of alcohol enter lastly as all previous persist, except for bitter hop, which grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Full-bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth and creamy. Ends with a strong dryness.
NOTE: An incredible IPA. What really surprised me is how the beer changed as it warms. Instead of the usual increase in bitterness that you would expect from IPAs, the citrus flavors grow stronger. I'm not sure how FFF pulled that one off, but heck yeah! I've never been big on bitterness and this beer isn't one of those. If you are looking for a bitter brew to satisfy your twisted taste buds, look elsewhere!

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

This is a beautiful brew with an orange-apricot hue and a dense, uniform 2-finger khaki head leaving spotty lacing.

On the nose I get graham, light caramel, and a bouquet of fruitiness, orange, tangerine, lime, grapefruit. The hops continue to further provide some dank and pungent onion and rug, and spicy pine, keeping this just on the edge of being a vicious IPA.

That delicate and slightly sweet but tasty graham backbone is still present in taste, but is bombarded with all sorts of complexity from the hops, ranging from spicy citrus, to pine, resin, and even Fruity Pebbles.

Very drinkable with a super dry finish. When absolutely fresh, a supportive sweetness perfectly balances out the bitterness with that graham attribute filling out a nicely balanced IPA that makes it absolutely delicious. This is the pinnacle of the traditional American IPA style.

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Photo of IndyHopHead
4.93/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Awesome beer and I've had almost all of 3 floyds here in Indiana. Citra hops, malty and nice bitterness all together! If you are a zombie dust or alpha king fan like I am this is a must have!

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

A lot of yellow in this 10% beer, ok ok. Good clarity, just under an inch of head. Good amount of pine flavored hops in this one. I really dig the aroma execution.

Immediately notice upon drinking that the abv is well hidden. Amazingly well. A little grapefruit. I like how they call this a pale ale. Amazing how effortlessly such a strong beer drinks, alcohol doesn't creep into the mouthfeel even downbottle as it slightly warms. Tough price wise, but it seems to be a better version of Dreadnaught.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprised of the less than stellar reviews on this one - while it is less complex than you might hope and hasn't perfected the hop-fantasticness of heady topper, I place this in the category just below. I like grapefruit in an IPA and this one is full of it. Fruity and bitter in a great way, I would not trade for this again but would buy the crap out of it locally, or recommend at least trying it once.

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

Consumed 12/4/15

A: Hazy, murky, golden tangerine in color with some honey highlights - pours with a medium, creamy, off-white head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small collar, leaves some streaks of lacing

S: An aroma as aggressive as the bottle art - bright, brash, potent citrus - orange and grapefruit flesh, oil, and zest - floral citrus, touches of marmalade - herbal with touches of grass - light hints of tropical fruits, but the emphasis is really the citrus explosion - vaguely musty fruit - solid malt base, grainy and decidedly bready, like whole grain bread - lightly sweet, light alcohol aroma but doesn't really smell like 10%

T: Lightly boozy citrus juice, but way better than a screwdriver - ripe, juicy, fleshy citrus - orange and grapefruit zest, rind, and oil - some resinous pine, touch of mint - floral, and herbal, with some earthy notes, but mostly fruity - straight-up hops - high level of bitterness - malts provide a solid backbone, with some bread and biscuits - lightly sweet with some honey - typically I hate the combination of high bitterness with sweetness, but the sheer aggressiveness of the hops somehow ties things together

M: Full body, very smooth, a bit chewy, oily, with some bite, finishes with some booze

O: Yup, this puts the fun in funeral

This beer comes extremely close to being overly bitter, overly sweet, and overly boozy. But it somehow does not cross that very, very thin line. This is monstrous without being a mess. This is worth seeking out, especially if you're a fan of 3 Floyds' signature aggression, although I think I enjoyed Dreadnaught more.

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Photo of hardysf
4.45/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I thought the three Floyds hype train was crazy after zombie dust. very underwhelmed by zd. Glad I tried this one as its terrific. Second closest beer I've had to north east ipa other than carton 0077xx.

Cloudy orangish color with good head and lacing. In your face aroma as soon as popping the top in a one month old bomber. Citrus, pineapple and sweet malt fill the air. The taste follows suit, what a blast of lemon, melon, grapefruit, and a balanced sweetness. Finishes dry and bitter making it impossible to put down. This should be three floyd's signature.

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Photo of anteatr23
3.51/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy golden/slightly dark orange with a one finger head. Smells of grapefruit and peppery hops. Tastes... far worse than I'd have ever guessed. Bitter and hoppy? Sure. Boozy, not subdued at all (in a bad overpowering way), and chalk filled with over peppery/over spicy hops that create an unpleasant mouth-feel. Maybe this was just an awful/really old bottle? Is this totally horrible? No. But it's bad enough I wouldn't even drink a free one if it was offered to me, which is saying a lot.

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

Really solid IPA. More than lives up to the hype. What really stands out to me is how easy it is too drink. Not too hoppy or bitter and the grapefruit comes through loud and clear. I think my favorite Three Floyds beer is still Amber Smashed Face, but this is an excellent IPA and I would definitely trade for it again

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Photo of leantom
4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, I just dropped a lot of cash on this beer. Was it worth it? No, it most certainly wasn't. Even as a fan of FFFs, I would strongly advise those searching for this beer to stop giving it any deference. While it's good, it's certainly not worth the time, effort, and money to procure this beer. Here goes:

A: Good. Pours a strong, slow-to-build head with adequate lacing. However, the cloudy orange body certainly isn't appetizing, and the body carbonation is pathetic. Nowhere near as robust as I was expecting.

S: The best part of the beer. Tons of tropical fruit; also some herbally grass. Can smell grass, lemons, oranges, apricots, mango, peach, and grapefruit.

T: While the taste is good, this beer doesn't even compare to many other IPAs and DIPAs on the market. The beer contains a blend of sweet malt and grapefruit. That's it. Grapefruit coats the palate and is the overwhelming flavor; really, the beer is incredibly simplistic - I could've bought a beer that tasted exactly like this one at less than half of the price. Sure, I suppose you can include other fruits within the penumbras of the overall taste, but the bottom line is that the beer is rather generic for its style.

F: Not that good. Thick and sticky but with very limited carbonation.

O: A pretty overrated beer. Zombie Dust, Alpha King, and Gumballhead are much better FFF offerings.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 9/22/15. Just bought it last weekend so I wasn't able to try this fresher. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with a couple inch off-white head that stayed around for a very long time. There's also a lot of lacing. Aroma is nice, the brew smells mostly like citrusy (tropical fruit, mango, citrus peel) and pine hops, along with some bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also the addition of some candied oranges and dankness. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's slick and a bit creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I thought this was pretty good, I'd like to try it again in the future.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.3/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Yellek1977 for the trade on this one...

L: thick frothy white head, doesn't settle, great lacing...slight tinge of orange in the body, medium haze

S: bright orange, hints of pine, some notes of mango and tropical fruit...very well blended

T: big booze bomb, sweetness from the alcohol mixed with slight citrus like bitterness

F: medium body, good bitterness level, finishes semi dry with some creaminess around the edges

O: very unique and tasty IIPA, a slow sipper for sure. Great beer

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.32/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber. Pours clear deep golden, two finger head fades slowly, great retention and lacing. The aroma is malty, sweet bread combined with some tropical fruitiness. Taste is very malt forward at first with caramel but it doesn't late long. There is a spicy peppery piney resin bitterness that takes over quickly and lasts throughout. Some apricot lingers with the hops. Some alcohol burn there in the end. Mouthfeel is exceptionally full and soft. This is a great DIPA, but very different, understand why it gets such mixed reviews. Full of flavor, but you really need to love a bitter finish to dig it.

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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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Permanent Funeral from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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