War Mullet | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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War MulletWar Mullet

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This double IPA will make you want to grow a mullet (if you don’t already have one) and go to war (if your’re not already).

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, onion, garlic, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with vegetal and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a very vegetal hop presence all around.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev -0.7%

excellent big ipa here, three floyds has got these beers down pretty well! a nectary sticky ipa, loaded with hop resins and IBUs. its hazy orange in color, extremely heady, and bursting with high alpha aromatics. the hops to me are a little green, a little vegetal and leafy, not in a bad way, but in a way that not all hops are. its not a freshness thing, maybe to do with timing? its oily and supercharged with carbonation, an odd mouthfeel experience for the style. the bitter finish is long lasting and has some fruity notes of apple and orange as it goes down. gets even more bitter on the second sip, and has successfully made my palate useless. i like the amped up carbonation in it, makes it lighter than it is. i dont think i would choose this over some of the other hoppy beers these guys put out, but its darn yummy, no denying that.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

High school in the late '80's were the best! Everything was bigger, flashier, more carefree and lavish. What better beer to celebrate those years than an IPA that does the same (sans cocaine).

But as War Mullet uncaps, it might as well crawl out of the bottle itself. A tight hiss and a turbulent pour eventually settles with a brazen amber-orange hue. Only moderately hazy early but snow globe-like with the second pour as the flakes of yeast float about. Could be a beer that you eat with a spoon. Its head structure is withstanding with ivory froth and its lace is like spiderwebs all about the glass.

Hop dominant to the nose, the common citrus acidity greets the nose but does so with a winy, grassy, and herbal undertow. Its "juiced" up a bit by the understated caramel and honey notes that act as hop support more than a leading role. Its strong hop character is easily mistaken for sourness or tartness as its mere scent evokes a teeth churning behavior.

Tart orange juices, grapefruit juice and the tangy taste of fruit punch and sherbet all play out on the early palate. Its earthy grass taste slices through the fruity acidity with a gin-like, chardonnay-like, and sassafras tea-like taste. All that taste fluidly morphs into a dry bitterness with slim caramel and biscuit malt support that slowly drifts from the tongue and leaves the finish totally reliant upon a grassy-tart and resinous pine closure.

Medium bodied, the beer's beauty lies in its drinkability. Not utterly complex to taste, its own power creates its intrigue. But even as the taste wrestles with its enormity in taste, the texture is inviting and irresistible; causing a quick rate of consumption that's simply not recommended. Gliding over the middle palate, its creamy and semi-sweet upstart concludes with dominant dryness- assisted by alcohol and hops. Despite its alcohol content, its alcohol taste and feel is surprisingly restrained.

Sure, taking this beer down was a look ahead to what's great about the tomorrow of IPA as Three Floyds is on the cusp of hoppy trends. But its label makes me think of the 17-year old would-be BEERchitect. And I miss that world, as my mullet was the pride of Belfry High! Perhaps me and the Mexicans can single handedly bring it back.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an amber color ale with a nice large foamy head. Aroma of citrusy and grapefruit notes are quite astonishing. Taste is a mix of floral citrusy hops notes with some grapefruits and light residual sugar notes are also perceptible. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Love the floral hoppy aspect of this beer and the fact that there is not much bitterness in the aftertaste that is noticeable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.31/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Brief impressions from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle purchased 2 weeks ago at 3 Floyds. Served cold into a tulip/snifter hybrid glass. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

APPEARANCE: Head is 1-2 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Average characteristics. Leaves no lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Body colour is copper-gold of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Pale malts. Heavy sweetness. Caramalt. Hop profile is underwhelming - floral notes, pine. Off-putting lavender.

Suggests a simple, shallow, overhopped beer with an obnoxious hop profile.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Pale malts. Lavender. Caramalt. Hop profile is lackluster - floral hops, vague citrus, some pine, a hint of resins, peach...it's not as complex as it sounds. Poorly balanced and badly built. I'm not liking this much at all. Poor depth of flavour. Average duration and intensity of flavour.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, overcarbonated. Doesn't elevate the beer as a whole or accentuate specific notes. Mediocre execution.

OVERALL: Downable for what it is, but it's blatantly overhopped and has a really lackluster overall flavour profile. I wouldn't recommend this to others or buy it again. A major disappointment given 3 Floyds' high reputation.

Low D+ (2.31)

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge peach, mango, pineapple, tangerine, lemon zest, spicy rye, light honey, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great complexity of hop notes with moderate rye malt balance; and great strength. Taste of big pineapple, mango, tangerine, peach, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, spicy rye, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness. Good amount of rye spiciness and earthy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pineapple, mango, peach, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, pine, spicy rye, light honey, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity of citrus/tropical hop flavors with moderate rye malt balance; with a great crisp malt/bitterness balance with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a crisp, sticky, and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic rye DIPA! All around awesome complexity and balance of hop and rye malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Dave. Thanks man. Orange body with an inch of white head. Aromas include pineapple, pine resin, dank hops. Assorted tropical fruits, medium sweetness. Robust, malty body. Moderate alcohol presence. Pretty tasty.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I hope to God this label is being approved, the Zombie Crusaders with mullets adorn the beer with some serious death metal artwork with the heading War Mullet. Welcome to Three Floyd's Zombie Apocalypse beer, pours a golden orange into my Tripel Karmeliet chalice glass slightly hazed with massive amounts of yeast in the bottom of the bottle still hanging out. Big biscuit textured head floating above the rim of the glass, leaves chunky sporadic lacing layered all day. Aroma is citrus bomb all day, it's like the sweet juice of freshly squeezed oranges minus bitter pith. Very aromatic orange citrus maybe a bit of peel spraying my way, but damn it smells fresh. Flavors keeps it in check with big citrus layers of hops and a spicy element that I've never met in an IPA, I can't put my finger on it but dare I say ginger or something akin to that root spice. More spicy character that's hard to put my finger on with each sip, yet those hops have an irresistible flavor profile, maybe a bit more spiciness from green onions or some other Summit hop addition, either way it's there almost vegetal with the clash of citrus hops might rub some folks the wrong way, alcohol is way too well hidden. Big beer in all it's glory drinking like your favorite flavorful standard IPA. Smoking the L'atelier Surrogates Tramp Stamp from Pete Johnson and his brother with this one, it's a fantastic combination sure to please any hop head and cigar lover. I'm a fan of this beer big hop character keeps rolling with every sip, it's just that good...remember some beers are meant for enjoyment by themselves others to share with friends, this one you should drink every last drop because there's no telling the next time you will be able to grab another bomber of this stuff. I got it in Newark, OH at Beverage Source a great little store that me and WVsabbath had to drive a couple hours to, well worth the stop excellent selection with every bottled tagged with the price. They also had a small bar side where rare taps where meant to be enjoyed. Carbonation and mouthfeel are perfect bready layered notes of hops with each sip, it's resinous and oily just like any good DIPA should be these are some gifted brewers overall please seek this one out it's that good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange. Good lacing. Nice surface wisps.

Smell - Bright citrus. Orange hops. I smell just the faintest amount of sweetness.

Taste - Pithy orange hop. Grapefruit builds. Slightly sweet. Dries out and gets bitter very quickly.

Mouthfeel - A little soapy from the pith and bitterness. Very dry.

Overall - Very enjoyable if a little rough.

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Photo of stakem
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the share. Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the brew appears copper in color with a white head.

The smell is resinous with grass and a distinct cheesy pellet hop character.

The taste is bitter, soapy and grassy with almost a vegetal to dirty cantaloupe character and some noticeable grainy character.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. A decent, unique brew but not my favorite in the style.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Milwaukee Burger Company, Franklin, Wi:

Poured into tulip glass:

Pours slightly hazed golden with thin lasting white head. Trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of citric and tropical fruits - grapefruit, mango, orange, some banana. Underlying pine mixes in.

The taste is of citric/tropical fruits, some pine - balanced by sweet malt. Some warming alcohol shows in a pleasant way. Long finish.

It has a smooth full body.

Dangerously drinkable. A juicy - fruity with a touch of pine - hop forward but balanced by sweetness - DIPA!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.72/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Pale amber body, and slightly clear nearly crystal, but with some light fine carbonation, and a nice big lemon hue to it. Head is off white, thick and tall at four fingers easily but not out of control. Big retention and thick clumping and lots of staying power. Real good looking brew.

A fantastic hop aroma hits the nose wonderfully. Lots of juiced fruits and herbs coming off this. Hints a sort of wood and cedary herbal fruit tropical note, nicely set with a very mild sweetness that almost comes off like powdered sugar. Almost hits a toasty malt note somewhere behind as well, but as expected a big hop forward note, and a great one. Excellent hop bouquet.

Palate comes just wonderfully. Juiced front and neutral controlled lime bitterness, then opens up with a great spicy note slowly with big aromatic hints of wood and juice. Leafy green and black like tea herbs seem to come off with a juiced tropical subtle note or is that tangerine?, and a hint of mild caramel. Big oily and controlling finish, with a huge mint mouthwash hop breath left over. Juiced mouthfeel, even just a light touch of peppery like carbonation that just makes everything pop on the palate. Hints of light caramel manage to come out even as well.

Wonderfully unique and different hop angled brew that is well in control, with a diverse range of flavors that joyfully bounce around. Really love this beer and it's hop angle.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle picked up at the brewery. Served in a Zwanze 2013 tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thick collar, and a few splotches of lacework. Dark orange-gold body with suspended sediment, even though it's been in my fridge upright for a few days.

S - Massive tangerine and ripe grapefruit. A tad floral, but mostly citrus and perhaps a bit of tropical fruit. A bit of onion and dankness as it warms up. Light sugary malt backdrop, but all about the hops here.

T - The is quite similar, with perhaps a bit more fruitiness and less of the zesty flavors. Bitterness is present but restrained. Loads of juicy grapefruit, perhaps a hint of mint and spiciness in the background. Malt is also pretty restrained, with more bready and less sugary although some caramel creeps in late.

M - Dry, medium body, with pleasant active carbonation, and tons of residual sticky and oily hops. Not much alcohol presence; feels more like an IPA than a DIPA actually.

D - Nice beer. Really easy to drink, and different from other Floyds's DIPAs. More like Dreadnaught than Arctic Panzer though. I've had a few bottles and hope this gets made semi-regularly.

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Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed golden copper with a lingering, frothy cream head.

Tangerine, orange, and resin dominate the aroma. Pine and soft caramel malt surface late.

Flavor is far more resiny and less sweet than the aroma leads one to believe. Apricot, tangerine, and grapefruit accent a bitter, resiny, earthy backbone that lingers in the aftertaste. Bready malts serve only to link flavoring and bittering hops. Notes of onion emerge.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with notes alcohol warmth.

Not as complex or malty as dreadnaught, and far more resin. A little too much bitter hop focus for my liking. But the citrus flavoring hops that are there are yummy. As it warms, the bitterness subsides. Could use more malt.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, bottled on 10/05/2015. Served in a tulip, the beer pours a hazy amber/orange color with a couple inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, melon, apricot) and pine hops, along with some sweet malt. I think the taste is pretty much like the aroma, but there's also some herbal hops and tangerines noticeable. It's a fruitier DIPA, the bitterness isn't too strong in this one. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and coating, and is well carbonated. I liked this, it's certainly worth picking up if you've never tried it before.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.11/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 1.3.14
Bottled On 11/22/13

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a soapy dark tan head that fades very slowly.

S - Orange, bready, tropical fruits.

T - Grassy, tropical, dank, sweet bready finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Nice flavors, a touch bitter. Tropical and bready.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Eataly - Chicago, IL
L - hazed tangerine colored ale, thinner off-white head
S - fresh orange rind, caramel
T - orange and tangerine zest, apricot, peppery, piny, caramel malt, slightly herbal, a little odd but not off-putting, definitely unique
F - medium, finishing very dry with lingering orange rind, pepper and pine
O - different but a bit of a let down from Three Floyds. It's not bad, and is still rather good, but it's a beer I would not get again.
On a side note, I'm not big on food pairings, but pair this with Eataly's Panino al Brasato di Maiale. They are a perfect match.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Oranges, other tropical fruits and a good deal of resinous pine.

T-The tropical notes are there but just not as prevalent as in the nose. Once again the pine is more in the forefront. Some bitterness as well.

M-Medium bodied, crisp, some carbonation.

O-A good DIPA, however compared to other FFF there are much better options.

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Photo of champ103
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours hazed and cloudy reddish/orange color. A two finger white head forms, and recedes in a minute with light lace.
S: Orange rind, zesty, spicy, and floral. Burnt caramel malts and toast. Lingering bitterness is strong.
T: Orange zest and floral hops up front. Soapy and oily, like most of Three Floyds hoppy beers for me. Caramelized and burnt sugars along with some toast. Then a strong lingering bitterness. Kind of a mess, and all over the place.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. Sticky, lightly resinous, and oily. Plenty of bitterness, and alcohol to go around. Not really hard to drink, just not something I want to come back to often.

Not bad, but I have had much more rounded and enjoyable DIPA's. Nice to try once, but that is about it for me.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ the brewery

another high-class DIPA from 3 Floyds...fresh-squeezed citrus, lemon rind, biscuit malt. The ABV is dialed back a few % from the typical 3 floyds DIPA and it shows with a lighter, easier drinking body. Soapy hop notes with a punchy finish.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the source. Half pint (?) Pour in a mini chalice. Brew looks like any other iipa orange, nice head and lacing. The nose is a bit soapy. Fresh citric hips also tickle my nostril. Wow comes to life on the taste. Fairly boozy and a blast of citrus and tropical fruit. medium to full bodied and boozy. Not the best iipa i have had from fff, but nice to see they are still experimenting and being new beer. Some rutabega or something earthy in the background.

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Photo of mynie
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

God help me, I've reached a point where 8.x% DIPAs no longer excite me, even if they contain enough alpha acid to strip away herpes rashes. We are all junkies. Or worse. We're like a bunch of zit-faces at one of those sci-fi conventions (the kind where you can meet real-life Yodas). We consume and consume and consume, consume so much we can't separate our identities from our consumption, become so monstrously and emotionally involved in the scene that constitutes our selves that we will never be happy, every little thing our overlords do is met with contempt and complaint. But we keep consuming. We have to. We don't know how to exist if we're not consuming.

So then there's this. It's good. But so are the twenty five thousand other beers that are just like it that have come out in the last two years. The bottle art is pretty shitty, so there's not even that. But the once-outrageous price of ten bucks a bomber is now kinda reasonable, so there's that.

Bright orange. Smells like sugary, thick malt (almost like extract syrup, minus any offputting medicinal nodes), caramel, orange, and grapefruit. Tastes exactly like the aforementioned smells, only the thickness becomes a wee bit offputting as it hits the back of your throat.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.3/5  rDev -18.1%

Pour is clear deep amber with a tight white head. Nose is a lot of melon rind, honeydew, and hop oils with a light sweet malt backbone. Taste is similar, hop oils, slick feel, honeydew and melon, a bit dusty, malts are sweeter, flavor is sweeter overall, syrupy body, softer carbonation.

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Photo of Domvan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored, hoppy as all 3 Floyd's brews, this wasn't as fresh as I wanted and was still less than a month old, this had a nice hop punch in the mouth.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1 PINT 6 FL OZ bottle
Served in tulip glass

A - This beer is hazy amber with golden highlights. It is topped with a thick mountain of off-white head.

S - The smell is loaded with grapefruit.

T - The taste is weird at first. I get a floral and malty taste. After a few sips the grapefruit comes into play.

M - Moderate with biting carbonation.

O - The taste does not match the aroma. As I mentioned, the taste is weird with floral and a sweet taste. That being said, I liked it. It is no Brew Doo, but it is good.

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