Jinx Proof (Three Floyds Brewing Company)

Style: Continental-Style American Pilsner

5.1% ABV

35 IBU’s

From: Munster, IN

Brewer’s Note: “This refreshing continental-style pils has a light body combined with a pronounced noble hop aroma and a crisp dry finish./ This is the perfect beer for easy flavorful drinking. Brewed in collaboration with our friends at Jinx Proof tattoo in Washington D.C.”

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The beer’s label is funky and great too look at.  I am, admittedly, not as big a fan of tattoo-style art, but I definitely appreciate Jinx Proof’s style.  I love the crowned skull on the box with the “eye-cobras” coming from behind it, and the heart with arrows through it (and a skull in it) is interesting and draws my attention to the label.  The chrome background color also works with this beer, and I love Three Floyds’s psychedelic cap.  The bottle is funky and fresh and keeps its clutter to a minimum.  It is most certainly worthy of scrap booking.

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The beer pours a nice, golden yellow with orang highlights. It pours with a little head of tight, eggshell white bubbles that, unfortunately, fizzle away quickly… I’m not sure if it’s my glass or the beer.  The beer’s body is clean but a little hazy, it muddles sights on the other side of the glass. On the nose, this beer expresses its Noble hops as soon as the cap pops, with big herbal spiciness. As I put my nose in it, the beer smells clean, crisp, and a little like apple skins, which is scent I get a lot in pilsners. The malts are nice and crackery, giving light sweetness to the scent while the hops give bursts of lemongrass and spice to the nose. On the tongue, the beer tastes nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. This is definitely one of the bitterest pilsners I have tried, but the malty sweetness stands right up beside of this and the acidity is lightly tart, which makes this a very nice beer to sip. Right as the beer passes down the throat, the sweetness gets a touch too much, but other than that the beer has some great balance. The beer feels on the light side of medium in body with a nice, clean crisp mouthfeel, like most pilsners.  There is a little more malt weight on the tongue than you usually find in the style.  In taste, the beer begins surprisingly fruity as light lemongrass and sweet cracker, but the bitters thread beautifully into this with grassy and herbal characters, and the malt dries out a bit on the mid-palate, providing a dry-cracker flavor before dipping slightly towards sweet apple juice with a touch of wheat malt.  The finish is light as sweet apple juice, mellow grassy hops, and light cracker malts. The aftertaste is clean and slight.  Overall, this is a nice pilsner, and one I prefer to many others in the style.  It is a little too sweet in places, but the extra malt gives some nice character to the beer.  This is a nice twist on a classic style, and a good intro to Three Floyds for me.  If you can get it regularly, I would advise this beer for a session, but I wouldn’t go whale-hunting for this one.

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3.53/5

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