I glanced along the line of bombers and noticed a couple of familiars from 3Floyds. Backmasking was there as well as Gumballhead and two more. Just to the left was another that I never heard of. It was called Cimmerian Sabertooth Berserker and it was labeled as a Cimmerian pale ale. I figured how could I go wrong. I grabbed a couple of bombers for Saturday night and paid the lady. Cimmerian?
Research showed that the Cimmerians were an ancient civilization living around what is now Turkey, Armenia and Azerbaijan. Berserkers, on the other hand were a fierce fighting Norse culture who reveled in battle never wanting it to end. Floyds decided to couple the two and give it some saberteeth. Now you get the idea of the Floyds’ mindset. The beer’s name is not rooted directly in history but rather in myth. Part of which they invented.
Now was it really a pale ale? Even if it was, it’d be a damn good one. It came from 3Floyds. I was satisfied with my purchase.
I noticed that the beer got great reviews on both beer rating sites but the commenters were in complete disarray in describing the taste. There was no commonality except for the fact that the beer tasted really good.
Time’s a-wastin’ Let’s have some beer.
The beer poured with an orange, apricot color. The liquid was translucent making it difficult to judge the carbonation. But there was a nice, thick one-inch foam head of white froth so I guess the carbonation’s okay. The aroma was fruitiness along the tropical variety. I think I’m going to like this.
The first sip was outrageously delicious. Medium mouthfeel with a nice sweetness up front and easy slide down the throat at the swallow. No bizarre hop bitterness, but the hops are there for sure. This beer was like none other that I’ve tasted. It was the swallow that set this apart from the other sweet DIPAs.
I can only take a blind stab at what kind of hops were used in this recipe. I’d say that the majority of them were those new strains of New Zealand hops that all pin the needle to the tropical fruit side of the imagined bitterness spectrum. These are milder than Citra and Mosaic. Perhaps some Nelson Sauvin and others were used. This was such a great tasting beer. I have to hand it to the Floyds to always come up with something insanely good.
The brewery’s website lists this beer as one that’s available in the brewpub and also on the to-go list. No statement of whether it’s a special release or seasonal or just a one time deal. Different obscure beers pop up over there at any time and they all have crazy names and outlandish label artwork. But that’s how they roll.
Speaking of Floyds, I learned to never trust what their labels say. There is traditionally no info on their bottles as to ABV, IBUs, and one would be lucky to get an inkling of the style from the name. When I saw “Cimmerian Pale Ale” it made me think. What makes a beer Cimmerian? And after tasting this beer, it’s nowhere near being a pale ale. And of course Floyds also calls Zombie Dust a pale ale. That beer encroaches into the IPA style big time.
This beer has etched itself into my memory and I’ll always be on the lookout for it next time I stumble into some out-of-the-way beer store that I see sells 3Floyds. We rarely get any of their beer here in Morris and the brewery is only an hour away straight down I-80.
I can only praise the wonderful goodness of this beer from 3Floyds, the same folks that brings us Arctic Panzer Wolf. Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker is of the same cloth, or hopsack if you will.
Style: Imperial / Double IPA
Taste: Sweet topical fruit flavored hops.
Smoothness: Really smooth drinking for a DIPA.
Drinkability: They go down easy. May sandbag.
Bang for the buck: I’d say it’s worth it for the taste.
Amount paid: $11.99 per 22-ounce bottle.
Get it again? Oh hell yeah.
Wife’s all-encompassing opinion: Tangerine-y. Yeah it even tastes like it. Slightly tangy, slightly sweet, but over all it’s not bad. (She nailed another one.)
What I found that’s pertinent:
Viking: The Berserkers trailer [1:31]