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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,102
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 148
Gots: 101 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU

(Beer added by: philberinghele on 03-21-2008)
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blakesell

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle recently purchased with new artwork. Poured into an English pint glass.

Appearance- Beer pours amber orange colored and clear with a hefty three and a half finger head of foam that is quite slow to die down and leaves a quite Belgian looking head of foam across the top. Rocky, and clinging.

Smell- Fruity and clovers, like the kind we ate off the ground as kids. I would guess pilsner malts by the sweetness that stays forward on the nose, but I know it is probably 2 or 6 row malt. As it warms I get more of the English style malt character that I was expecting.

Taste- Rich, sweet, bitter, not sulfuric as some English IPA's are, heads and tails above another recently released English style Imperial IPA that was for their 14th anniversary. This leans more towards the fruity side but more like a pear than the average IPA grapefruit. Malt sweetness provides an excellent balance here.

Mouthfeel- Light alcohol burn and numbing on the lips. Creamy and smooth with medium high carbonation. Medium overall in body.

Drinkability- While having slight flavor issues that detract from the style they are claiming, this is an excellent pint that I would love to enjoy at the brewery if I were to make a tour there. I am pleased I have another bottle and will be sure to enjoy this with friends.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 00:48:00 | More by blakesell
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Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,102 ratings.