Three Floyds Brewing – Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker

January 30 2012 - 12:30 PM

Why that name, I have no clue.  That's Three Floyds for you.  And thanks to Northdown Cafe, which continues to deliver the freshest selection of unusual, unique, rare, and interesting craft brews in town, I got to try some "CSB", a pub-only imperial IPA from Three Floyds.  Northdown tapped their small barrel of this Saturday night, which surely disappeared in a few hours.

As for stats, it's described as being about a 9% monster with 100 IBU's.  That's not unusual imperial IPA territory.  What sets this apart is how much it replicates the West Coast tropical IPA experience.  The color is a light amber.  It hits your nose with a decent amount of floral notes and a citrus perfume.  Its body is the lighter side of medium and it easily slides along the palate with maybe a touch of oiliness.

From the first contact with your tongue, expect a hop assault from some aggressive hops.  It's not an all-out Armageddon on your palate.  The hops start out very citrusy, loaded with grapefruit and pineapple, then turn wet, juicy, and resiny on the rather wet finish.  It reminded me a bit of Avery Maharaja in terms of the mouthfeel and the pronounced resins but this is far more tropical and less piney. 

Yet another impressive showing from Three Floyds.  They have locked down IPA's and roll them out with as much proficiency as anyone in the country.  The roaring success of Zombie Dust proves they can do anything with hops.  For a midwest brewer that's an amazing accomplishment.  Lavished with accolades, I don't know how these guys can keep their egos in check.