Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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4.21/5 rDev +4.5%
It's English (in style), yes, but it's Three Floyds and it's an IPA. So, what do we expect? Pretty much this, with a few interesting notes.
It's a hazed medium gold, translucent leaning toward opacity, with a soft but densely bubbled, tight bone-white head staying still at about one finger's height. The lacing it drops down is thick and plentiful.
Hoppy it is in the nose and on the palate, though it's been appropriately hopped it up without hopping it up like they do their American-style versions. As it is, it takes an earthier approach but with a bit of citrus, orange particularly, with a more floral bouquet as well. Interestingly, there's something very much like juniper here, too, as well as a unique, earthy sort of spiciness. It's balanced by pale malts and a sweetness more like a honey graham cracker than anything, particularly in the taste and lingering in the finish especially. Unique, this beer truly is. Some resinous pine notes also show a little more strongly in the flavor, and some paler fruity esters show up in the alcoholic warmth.
The feel is fantastic; a firm medium body shows a few layers of depth, crispness is strong yet evens out a running smoothness that never fades. It starts off on the semi-sweet side and transitions easily toward dryness as it works such that you don't notice the transition. It remains very clean all the way through the finish, which lingers just as long as it should.
07-13-2014 17:01:46 | More by Brenden
3.89/5 rDev -3.5%
Dark and hazy orange body with a solid cap of off white foam. Two fingers of froth seems to last forever, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.
I get quite a bit of malt on the forefront with oaked complexity. Honey, toast, molasses and smoky caramel. Hops are a orange citrus and pine that meld with the sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is noticeable as is the wood and earthy oak.
Caramel and honey sweetness that nestles into a fruity mix of red, pitted and vinous fruit. Dipping into barleywine territory with more wood and earth from the oak in the finish. Malt rises in the end leaving a cereal grain sweetness. Hops are a muddled orange citrus and oak but provide substantial bitterness to clean up the layered malt.
The thick malt leads to a medium-heavy body and muted carbonation. Some might like the smoothness of it but I feel the hops could've used more bubbles. Alcohol is very present while there is enough drying to keep the beer rather clean and dry.
Borderline English Barelywine with high bitterness and moderate complexity, just not enough to push it to the upper echelon of IPA or maltier styles.
07-06-2014 22:50:45 | More by rawfish
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
90 out of 100 based on 1,144 ratings.