Three Floyds Permanent Funeral Double/Imperial IPA (10.5% ABV)
Pour: 22 oz. bottle into a snifter
Appearance: Pours a reddish-gold with about an inch of off-white head that takes its time in dissipating. Slightly cloudy when held up to the light. Decent lacing.
Aroma: Hop forward, as one might expect from a 3F beer. Sweet, fruity hops, maybe a touch of caramel underneath.
Taste: Surprisingly well-balanced. I was expecting a total hop bomb based on the nose, but it’s a bit more subtle, with different hop notes at different points in the flavor profile. Sweet up front. caramel in the middle, and then bitter at the end, with the bitterness lingering into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Light body, but it definitely coats the tongue.
Take a look at any list of the best metal band/brewery collaborations, and Three Floyds’ Pig Destroyer beer Permanent Funeral is almost always at the top of that list. Ergo, you can only imagine how ecstatic I was to finally track down a bomber of it a couple of months back. Given the amount of hype that’s always surrounded the beer, though, I was braced for disappointment but this was honestly one of the best IPAs I have ever had.
Three Floyds is known primarily for hop bombs, but Permanent Funeral is more of a juicy DIPA – almost to the point of being refreshing (or at least as refreshing as a 10.5% beer can be). It’s on the light side for an imperial, and it goes down very smoothly with only a bit of bitterness in the finish. It’s sweeter than what I would have expected from 3F, but it’s definitely not the same kind of cloying sweet as Bell’s Hopslam. It probably has more in common with something like Greenbush’s Juicebox Hero, but with a lot ore hair on its chest. If I ever see another bottle of it anywhere, I won’t even hesitate before buying it. It’s definitely worth the effort to track down.
Clayton T. Michaels (Senior Editor) is a mild-mannered college English teacher by day, and a craft beer drinking, black metal and grindcore loving misanthrope by night. He’s also an award-winning poet and rabid Red Sox fan. Send him your promos at [email protected] You can also find him posting pictures of black metal cassettes and beer can labels on Instagram as @ironhops.