Urine Trouble
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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IPA - Imperial
3.96 | pDev: 12.63%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: Collaboration with Surly Brewing Company

Brewed with our friends at Surly, this Imperial Brett IPA is fermented with a unique strain of yeast, Brettanomyces Lambicus. This yeast creates earthy barnyard notes along with pineapple and cherry pie aromas. Of course, it’s hopped heavily. Simcoe and Chinook are the culprits for the “cat peed on the Christmas tree” aroma.
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mynie from Maryland

4.84/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought this at the brewery nearly 7 years ago. There was a thing where because they strongly encouraged everyone to drink it ASAP the community assumed it was infected, so because of that I never opened it. But, ehh, what the fuck.

Pour is surprisingly lively for an old beer. Bright, pretty amber, little haze, with a wonderfully retentive white head.

The aroma is just fucking insane for a beer that was bottled in 2013. Outlandish. Maybe this was too intense to begin with? Because it's two feet away from my face right now and I can still smell it very clearly. Bringing it closer, we got sharp high-alpha hops with a big ol' punch of brett. Really... and I hate to overstate this, but this kinda my ideal saison aroma? But not really what you're expecting in a DIPA. So who knows. All I know is I like it a tons so it's getting high marks.

Man... fuck. Man...

I hope they do a thing where they brew this and age it 5 years and then release it.

Because fuck. Man... fuck.

This is one of the most exquisite brett beers i've ever had, and I've had more than my fair share. I don't know how to judge it properly because it went through an inordinate amount of aging for a beer that was supposedly spoiled from the get go. But, man... fuck.

Very dry but with just the right amount of sourness to even it out. A wonderful Spree candy flavored burst at the start followed immediately by dry yeast and the dimly fruity malt profile of an aged ipa. Exquisite.

May 05, 2020
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SassoCity from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

So I can't add a whole lot other folks haven't already said... pretty much everyone is spot on with their descriptions. But I can tell you that I just popped bottle #2 here in August of 2016, a good three years after I purchased it from 3 Floyds. The difference is startling... the sweetness has really come into full bloom over the last 1000 or so days... it balances out the sour really well. This beer has become a really bubbly delight. Sharp but effervescent on the tongue, extremely boozy. I wish I had 10 more bottles. If any of you are still sitting on one of these, it seems you won't be disappointed with your decision to wait.

Aug 23, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really interesting beer thanks to rudzud for sharing. 7/22/13

Big fluffy fizzy fluffy soapy 2 finger head fades semi slowly with lots if messy lacing, mostly clear lemony yellow color.

Nose super fruity peach and apricot like, some tropical fruit like hops with mango and little papaya, nice Brett funk with little pineapple and juicy fruit, pineapple eventually really ramps.

Taste quite nice, big pineapple tropical fruit Brett and citrusy tropical hops, nice mild funk Brett, musty dank grapefruit pith and lemon rind, little grainy malt no real sweetness. Mild spicy bitterness, earthy hops. Long bitter hop finish, lots of pineapple and tropical fruit, earthy rind hops.

Mouth is med bod, nice carb.

Overall great.

Feb 23, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a crystal clear copper hue with a thin white head that fades to leave a thin lacing and light cloud.

S - Aromas of cherry pie, pineapple, misty brett, glorious simcoe and Amarillo hops. Nice lambicus notes, super awesome.

T - Taste is just like the nose. Epic brett, glorious fruits, cherry, pineapple, light hops nice floral faint pine and tropical fruits, delicious.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, super drinkable, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer is really fun and nice, super interesting, loads of brett and fun fruit. Very glad to try this, awesome!

Feb 22, 2014
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outdoor7or24 from Georgia

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter, thanks to Bryant for this Imperial IPA.
A: pours a light golden color, nice one finger white foam head, some stringy lacing
S: pineapple, cherry, sour funk, pine, tropical fruit, apple fruit tart
M: medium body, carbonation
T: pineapple, apple fruit tart, pine, earthy notes, Bret funk, sour notes that resemble high alkaline and some metallic flavor.
O: solid offering, if you are a Brett lover you'll enjoy this brew. 4.5 stars

Nov 01, 2013
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NewGlarusFan from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A) Cloudy orange yellowish color, crisp, good amount of nuculation.

S) Pineapple, funk, apricot, brett yeast.

T) Very funky and brett upfront, as it warmed up I tasted more hops very tropical and pine.

M) Medium amount of carbonation and crisp

O) Very good, but not worth the price.

Sep 30, 2013
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macrosmatic from Florida

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to hopslam11 for sending this bottle down! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Very hazy orangish-gold with a half-finger of white head and only a small amount of visible carbonation.

S: Funky, barnyard and horse, wet grassy and tropical fruits with grapefruit and lemon hops as well. A light biscuit malt aroma lurks underneath.

T: Follows the nose – funky grassy barnyard, then a big pineapple hit, with citrus, dankness, and more wet hay. A dry bitterness in the hang with some tart funk on the exhale.

M: Medium body, carbonation sensation on the low side, and the alcohol is noticeable but seems well-integrated into the flavors.

O: Wow. This was really, really tasty. While not quite the same style, I did prefer Crooked Stave's Hop Savant to this one, but I found the Urine Trouble to have a lot more pineapple and citrus flavor, rather than more dominated by hay and grass tastes. Recommended.

As an aside, I didn't find any "cherry pie" flavors in the beer at all.

Sep 09, 2013
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It didn't take long for the hoppy beer makers at Three Floyds to take on the newly developed Brett-ed IPA. However, it took the prodding along from Surly brewing to jump into this deep water and doing so in imperial fashion.

Living up to its namesake, the color is deep golden and with an unhealthy copper tinge. A light froth bubbles up from the calderon and retains its heady appearance throughout the session. Sticky lacing is random and intricate.

Incredibly pungent and sweaty, the nose is chocked full of citrus, dried limes, sea air, and a big ole bright bouquet of chivey herbs. Hinging on garlic and onion, a catty scent from hops wrap around the light saddle leather character from yeast. Notes of sawdust, weathered wood and cider only complement the mix.

Its dry malt taste is light on sweetness and carries a straw, hay, and whole wheat type of character. Dried citrus fruits ranging from oranges to limes and tropical blends all make their way into the middle palate. Attic-like must takes over from there and introduces earthy wood rot, brine and distinctive herbs that remind me of how closely related that the hop plant is to the cannabis plant. As the beer finishes, its earthen bitterness comes at me like collared greens, fresh sawn pine and pungent cheeses.

Its a complex taste but an effortless body. Its utmost dryness keeps the ale lively and light as the abundance of carbonaiton keeps the beer pushed to the roof of the mouth and adding virtually no weight to the tongue. Its fleeting finish is musty, spicy with alcohol warmth, and arid in a short-lived aftertaste.

With a lot of Berlinerweiss flavor- the ale almost strikes me as an imperial stab at this style. But then we have those hops to contend with and that gets tricky. But leave it up to the madness that is Three Floyds and Surly to devise such a concoction to keep us guessing with each and every sip.

Sep 05, 2013
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KYGunner from Kentucky

3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This poured with a mass of bubbly carbonation that fomented in to a relatively pretty crown. The color was bright, light and golden.

Very tart in the nose there's several sour and tangy aromas. I catch strong tropical fruit along with raspberry, lemon an honey.

The taste makes a mad dash through the palate with a tartness down the center. There's a lot of tropical fruit flavor but it's minerally. It reminds me of the old Flinstones vitamins I took as a kid. The aftertaste has a piney hop flavor.

The feel is very light and crisp but almost too light, almost watery.

I know this is an IPA but it has all the components of a better than average sour.

Sep 04, 2013
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 6/20/13.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Big white head. Lasts quite a while. Thick collar.

Smell - Stone fruits like peach. Brett, but not an earthy brett. Fruitier. Citrusy, but not too simcoe-y.

Taste - Bright citrus here. Orange and then turns more grapefruity. Peachy. Grainy brett flavor. Not overly strong yet. A lot of pale malt as the hops and brett die down.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink, if a bit sweet. Medium carbonation.

Overall - It's tasty. Be interesting to see how this develops.

Aug 20, 2013
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broodog from Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Smooth as velvet pour. Burnt orange color. 1.5 fingers of bright white, fluffy head that sticks around.

S - Brett is out front. Funky barnyard smell along with some sweet undertones. Then the hops come through. Pine, citrus. First time I've smelled these two scents in the same glass. Bravo!

T - Who'd a thought? Funky Brett and high alpha hops living in harmony. It's all there, and done oh so well. Not much malt in the profile. That's to be expected.

M - Smooth, creamy, velvety. Like buttah

O - A one off marvel. Two of the most respected breweries in the country collaborate, and good things happen. Make it a regular occurence, Nick and Omar.

Aug 16, 2013
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ONUMello from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle dated 6/25/13 into a FFF tulip glass
A: A slightly hazy orange color with a fair amount of carbonation, contributing to a two-finger head that quickly settles to a thick lacing
S: Layered & complex with grapefruit hops initially followed by a big dose of brett, then a hint of pine and full caramel malt finish it off
T: I like this. It is reminiscent of the other FFF DIPAs but with brett that adds a nice sourness/complexity. Starts off with sour grapefruit then again a funky bretty midpalate ending with a sour apple finish. Lacks the malt backbone I typically find with their other pale ales, though
M: Medium-bodied, sour, crisp
O: Good not great, I like it a bit more than the average score here

Aug 11, 2013
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jeonseh from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - Tropical nose dominated by mangoes with a bit of lemon

T - Mangoes, lemon, light pine near the end. Light Orval-like brett and funk on the backend.

M - Medium body with light carbonation. Dry, funky aftertaste

O - Solid double IPA with lots of mango flavor and a good brett presence. Definitely good fresh

Aug 10, 2013
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EgadBananas from Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours light orange, bright white head, finger, fluffy, lacy. Aroma was mostly all Brett, funky, wet hay, musky. Some floral hops, but the Brett was up front for sure. Tasted wasn't nearly as much Brett, But lacked some complexity. Fairly bitter, floral and piny hops with some jaunts of musk and hay. Body was oily, slick, somewhat bubbly and crisp, not too heavy though, which was good.

Overall, interesting for sure. I enjoyed the Brett in the aroma, but it didn't connect as well in the taste...still a quite good beer. The price tag is a bit unfortunate for what you get though, truth be told.

Aug 04, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle opened on 7.21.13

A - Pours a hazy pale orange with a two inch foamy cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Oranges, grapefruit, tangerine, really nice.

T - Tons of sweet citrus. Oranges, tangerines, pineapple. Very tasty. Just how I like it.

D - Good carbonation with a light body, on the sweeter side.

O - Tons of orange sweet citrus. Very good.

Jul 30, 2013
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4amepiphany from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for the share CraftPunk!

Whoever said this smells like cat piss doesn't know what cat piss smells like. Unless I've been feeding my cat the wrong stuff, because her urine is awful. Totally different from what I was told. The brett is perfectly overwhelming. Pineapples. Funky, yet palatable. Definitely worth a try, if you can get some.

Jul 28, 2013
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Treebs from Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml orange waxed bottle served in a FFF Teku. Bottle 6/25/13.

A: Pours a clear orange color with a thick, white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a heavy cap that leaves chunky lace down the glass.

S: Lots of fruity Brett notes with a nice underlying pine. some lemon grass, a little bretty funk and a nice balance of sweet cracker malts. Cherry pit sweetness.

T: Fruity Bretty with a light funky barnyard presence. A little piney bitterness with just a hint of cat pee. It follows more of noble hop route as opposed to the actual pee notes people are mentioning. Lemon flesh notes with out the accompanying tartness. Sweet cracker malts.

M: Medium light bodied with a nice medium carbonation level. Finish is slightly bitter and fruity.

O: The Brett presence is pretty nice as it's both fruity and funky. Hops are nice as they had a little earthy balance. Enjoyed this one.

Jul 14, 2013
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brewskis from Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a golden orange color with a finger and a half white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a blanket of lacing. Good amount of carbonation coming off the glass. Smells of tons of pineapple, definitely get that cherry pie aroma, lots of funkiness, mustiness, some other fruit flavors that I can’t decipher (tropical fruits, maybe berries?). Taste starts with some slight sour/funk, as well as pineapple. Very prickly mouthfeel to begin with. Then really smooths out and becomes creamier. The sour/funk continues and starts to incorporate more pineapple, as well as some berry flavors. Getting a tiny bit sweeter as the flavor profile progresses. Besides providing a creamy mouthfeel and the slightest sweetness, the malt is nowhere to be found. All brett and hops, which isn’t a a bad thing. Finishes with a pretty balanced dose of brett and hop flavors. Funkiness, mustiness, pineapple, some other tropical fruits, and berries all show through on the finish along with that creamy mouthfeel. High medium body and no alcohol detected on the smell or taste. Although I feel the hops are a little muted on this, this is still a really interesting beer. Pretty successful in my opinion just for the fact that it’s different and still very satisfying. By far the best brett-incorporated beer Three Floyds has put out so far.

Jul 13, 2013
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langchops from Illinois

4.58/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle poured into FFF Teku

A - Pours a medium golden body with a slight amber hue. Three finger off white head

S - This smells great. The Pineapple pops out at first, then the tropical fruit adds with a slight funk to finish. The piney hop character pairs well with the tropical fruit. No urine here

T - Follows the nose with the pineapple and fruit notes popping out. The slight funk is involved, but playing a back seat. Really great flavors going on.

M - Moderate carbonation but coats well.

O - I was blown away by this beer. The combination of the flavors works so well. I'm not sure if there is a difference due to bottle conditioning, but this in no way resembled a cat peeing on a pine tree. Happy to have another one to enjoy and would drink this all the time.

Jul 08, 2013
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JoeAC from Illinois

2.27/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

As soon as I saw that it was a Surly/FFF collaboration, I rushed to the brewpub and bought my two bottles. I couldn't have been more excited, but unfortunately, this one is a huge disappointment. They might as well have called it “Return of the Tiberian Inquisitor” (I didn’t care for that one, either). On the bright side: Fans of T.I. will likely love this one; I definitely recommend it for BAs who liked Tiberian Inquisitor, but it seems FFF can’t seem to get the sours right.

I thought the name and the jokes about cat-urine-soaked-Christmas-trees in its description were kind of a tongue-in-cheek, wink-wink joke, but they're not. This beer smells and tastes like my cat’s litterbox (and I don't mean that as hyperbole; the aroma and flavor are very much like cat urine), and at $15 a bottle, it was an expensive joke FFF played on me (and like I said, I bought two; luckily I had a friend to share the first bottle with). I don’t think I’ll be rushing the forty-five minutes to the brewpub for any more limited release sours. It’s drinkable—as an experiment or challenge or another way of expanding your palate and testing its limits—but barely.

Jul 05, 2013
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bulldog91 from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

More Brett than IPA but an overall joy.
Appearance is a rich yellow-gold, a tad cloudy and moderate head.
Smell is diverse - rich with fruit but also teeming with musty yeast.
Taste is extraordinary. It's all at once sweet, hoppy, flavorful. A bit of fruit but not dominating.
Overall, incredibly well done brew from two legends. I hesitated because the last couple 3F one-offs were heavy on acetone and priced at $15, as is this one. But I'm now happy I've made multiple trips for bottles, as I suspected these two brewers wouldn't disappoint.
Suspicions confirmed.

Jul 04, 2013
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jokeefe89 from Illinois

2.05/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

One of the most disappointing beers I've had from 3f. Definitely an appropriate name. However Cat Piss would've been more appropriate. I wouldn't say it's horrible but it definitely is not worth the $15 per bottle. There are waaay better seasonal s out there now

Jul 03, 2013
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at Northdown. Served in a tulip.

A - Off-white foam settles to a solid cap, thick collar, and splotches of lacework. Hazed golden orange body.

S - An interesting mix of tropical funk, a bit of earthiness, pine, and a definite hint of cat pee. Quite zesty and in-your-face, and as exactly as promised. Not a ton of malt character; guessing the brett gobbled most of the sugars. Alcohol is well hidden.

T - The taste isn't quite as good. Starts fruit and sweet early, but finishes with some dirty brett, pine bitterness, and some lingering astringency and medicinal notes.

M - Dry, medium body, pleasant moderate carbonation, light warming alcohol, and a pleasant, clean finish. Actually seems like a smaller beer than the listed 9%, but not in a bad way.

D - Delivers exactly what the description promised, but I'm not entirely convinced by the concept. I think Brett C might have worked better, as it's the dirty and medicinal finish that really fails for me. Solidly executed, as you'd expect from Surly and 3 Floyds, and definitely the best brett beer I've had from the latter.

Jun 12, 2013
Urine Trouble from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 197 ratings