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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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1,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 154
Gots: 112 | FT: 6
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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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy orangeish-brown on pouring into my glass. Enormous head which takes a long time to dissipate, but leaves behind no lacing at all in my stein. The carbonation is fine, however.
Smells like orange peel, oak wood, pine sap, and werther's original candies.
Tastes like tangerines more than oranges, loads of citric and grassy hop profile keeping the sweet caramel malt lemony fresh! If there is an improvement to be made, it is that the oaked nature of this brew needs to be much stronger in the flavor, the oak wood is way too light in the taste compared to how much it shows in the nose.
Mouthfeel is on the heavier side of medium, and sort of sticky thick. It could stand to be somewhat thinner than this. The ABV is well hidden and will sneak up on you when you least expect it to.

I will say, for a name like Blackheart I expected this beer to be a black IPA. Once I got over my disappointment of being wrong about that, this beer is quite the pleasant surprise.

WastingFreetime, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of nataku00
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Thanks to mtunnell for this and several other Three Floyds beers that he sent along.

Beer pours a clear copper with a finger and a half of off white thick and creamy head. Head is maintained fairly well by ample fine carbonation streaming up from the bottom of the glass, receding to half a finger, leaving a lot of sticky lacing on the inside of the glass. Really beautiful looking beer.

Nose is light orange with earthy and herbal hops, and a pronounced caramel malt. Some bread and biscuit malts as it warms up closer to room temperature, along with hints of the alcohol.

Caramel and bitter orange hits the tongue first, mellowing the sweetness with further earthy and slightly funky hops mid tongue. Mellow biscuit and bread malts finish with a light amount of bitter orange on the finish.

Slick and oily medium bodied beer finishing dryly. Fairly well balanced beer and easy to drink given its high ABV.

nataku00, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of RTJakarta
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice rich, golden yellow with a medium off-white head. Leaves a good deal of lacing behind, which I love to see.

Smell is of strong, yet subtle piney hops. A little faint citrusy notes strewn throughout. Also a little sweet.

Sort of the like the smell, the taste is prevalent, but sort of subtle and smooth for me. Citusy hops take the lead, with some woody, caramel-y flavors in the back. Very nice, very smooth.

Medium carbonation. Really sticky. Smooth. Very enjoyable.

Overall, I think my experience with "English" IPAs was pretty minimal, so this was a very welcome surprise. An incredibly smooth, pleasant IPA. Another winner from FFF.

RTJakarta, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of generalnotsew
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge frothy cotton head on the pour. Body is a light orange. Could be a little darker. Smell is hugely sweet tropical grapefruit and cotton candy. A twinge of sourness on the end of the nose. In short, it smells awesome! I can't take the glass away from my nose. Taste is very bold sweetness with the cotton candy quality carrying over. And yes there is a good amount of bitterness in the end. Lots of grapefruit and tropical notes as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and creamy. The beer is a bit hot though. Outstanding beer! Really tastes more like a really good east coast DIPA than an English one. Hop bitterness is much more amplified. Seek this one out. And as always wish I bought more than one.

generalnotsew, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of iadler
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours a clear golden copper with a two finger head that slowly dissipates. Some thin lines of lacing.

S- Oak is noticeable followed by some grapefruit, orange zest, pine and floral notes. Finish with some bready and toffee malt as well as a touch of honey.

T- Subtle citrus notes including tangerine, grapefruit and lemon. Apricot and peach are present too. Some sweetness and earthiness is provided by the oak as well as some bready malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body. Slightly chewy mouthfeel that finishes a tad dry and sweet. Leaves a coat of hop oil on the taste buds. The 9% is hidden fairly well, however, it did provide some warmth at the finish.

O- My favorite English IPA I've had. The oak aging provides some interesting earthiness and sweetness that isn't found in American IPA's. A nice change of pace from the hop heavy Dreadnaught and Arctic Panzer Wolf. Another great IPA from 3 Floyds.

iadler, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle of 2010 with the Grim Reaper on the label.

A- Poured with a two finger creamy off white head into my tulip glass. Really nice honey amber color, a little cloudy with a touch of carbonation. Nice lacing left around the glass as it drips away!

S- Really nice fresh cut grass hoppiness! Nice bready maltiness! Sweet, fruity, and toasty! The oak comes thru just enough while still letting the hops shine!

T- Nice bitter grassy hop punch right up front! Just a touch of burnt wood rises up and lets some of the nice sweet caramel maltiness come thru! Nice breadiness, sweet citrus, and bold bitter hops! This is really nice. I wish it had just a bit more vanilla/oakiness though.

M- Kinda heavy mouthfeel. Really sticky and warm. The sweetness sticks around nicely, but that bitter/grassy hop flavor never lets go! Just a bit of alcohol on the finish.

O- A really nice change of pace from all those super hoppy West Coast IPA's. I'm digging the way the caramel sweetness and the grassy hoppiness are playing Marco Polo together! I'd love to try this fresh sometime.

Thickfreakness, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Somewhat cloudy amber/yellow body, big frothy white/yellow head.

S - lightly bitter hops, some light fruity sweetness, touch of smoked meats.

T - light, crisp, refreshing, dry smoky flavors. All in the realm of hoppy flavors. Pretty interesting stuff here.

M - fairly thick, not too heavy, a bit coarse.

O (D) - an interesting beer that is certainly outside the realm of the american IPA, at least a bit. Nice hops, interesting flavor profile. Pretty good.

ColdPoncho, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz to tulip.

A: Amber in color with a nice thin & foamy off-white head.

S: There is a good amount of grassy dry-hopped aroma with some nice sweetness & caramel flavor coming off the top that can be attributed to the oak aging and/or caramel malt addition.

T: There is a heavy amount of fruit hop flavor, but the beer has a grassy and bitter hop ending. Even with all the hop additions there is still a good amount of malted character. There is a clean alcohol taste that is coming through. The oak character that is coming through is a little strong for this particular style

M: Medium to heavy mouthfeel. It sits a lot heavier than most English IPAs and other varieties of IPAs. Carbonation levels are perfect

O: More on the sweet side in the body and also not as bitter as other IPAs in aroma. The mouthfeel is a little heavier than I was expecting.

codsmith, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of jsulko
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy goldish color with a slightly off white head that lingers quite a bit.

Smell is of a more spicy clovelike hop with some malt smell as well.

Thiick flavorful taste with a malty hoppy bitter finish. Quite different than the American IPA/DIPA that I am used to.

A very interesting beer. Makes me realize that I enjoy the more citrusy flavors of the american IPA's

jsulko, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of RHCP313
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into an imperial pint around 24 hrs after purchase from the FFF brewpub.

A: Pours a burnt orange copper. Leaves one finger of creamy pure white head that lingers. This beer WANTS to lace.

S: Wow, smells fantastic. Apricot, waxy citrus rind with some sweet malt in the back.

T: Spicy hops bite at the front, just a little hot as it coats, but smoothes out at the end. Fruity, juicy hops work in tandem with the sweetness of the malt, but the hops are star. This balance brings back the flavor of pineapple lifesavers from deep in my memory. Odd, but welcomed. Very tasty.

M: Does have some minor alcohol burn up front, but turns from spicy to creamy, and quite clean. Perfect amount of carbonation here.

O: This is a pleasure to drink. Very well balanced and it stays interesting. The pressure to finish this growler in one sitting is far from a chore.

RHCP313, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a Father's Day gift from my wife and kids. I got a great wife!

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy light copper with a rocky off white head of about two fingers. Head drops slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy, spicy hops, hint of citrus, big malty backbone.

Flavors of candied fruit, firm citrusy bitterness, but not overwhelming or shocking. Good caramel malt supporting the hop bitterness very nicely. Finish is medium, with hard candy and lemon zest bitterness lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, malty, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Alcohol warmth is hidden very well.

Overall a very nice IPA, a little strong for an English IPA, unless they are aiming for something closer to historic versions rather than modern versions. Worth seeking out.

JamnesCameron, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

579th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip
22 oz bottle

Thanks to cadaugherty for this extra

Split with GuruDel

App- A nicer darker orange with some yellow/gold highlights. One finger of head that was pretty fast to recede. Didnt leave a whole lot in way of cling.

Smell- Fresh citrus in the glass, with a lot of peel behind it. Didn't get too much in way of grass or anything dank or damp. Nice hop note as well.

Taste- I felt this was a “nice” IPA. It really had a different touch from the American IPA's and DIPA's. It was a bit more citrus, a little malt mixed in a citrusy. Wasn't a bomb or palate wrecker either.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. A little bit of a citrus residual flavors.

Drink- I like the Three Floyds stuff. This was another good offering and a welcome extra. I could drink this one again.

FosterJM, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of bmwats
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Golden hue. Pours about a half-finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly, but leaves a blanket of foam. Beer ring lacing.

S: Woody malt nose, with sharp hop notes, and what I can only describe as butterscotch and a little Italian spice.

T: Earthy malt and hop. Not too sharp. Almost has a syrupy sweetness, but not really sweet. Butterscotch, raisin, and licorice.

M: Hearty, but a refreshing light body feel. The spice leaves the most lasting remnants throughout the experience.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is good. Nice enough body, with a persistent foamy head, and a fair amount of lacing. Nose has a distinct, difficult to place (at least, for me) combination of sweet and spice components with the hop base. Interesting hop, that is not too biting, but stands out with its earthy character. Sweet and spice presents here, too. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

bmwats, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of BrewIndy
4.88/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Dreadnaught has a serious competitor!

Poured from a bomber.

A: Normal looking IPA. Golden hue, perhaps a bit darker. Poured with a fingers worth of head that dwindled down to a small foam on top that left some great lacing on my pint glass.

S: Sugary and alcohol in the nose. It smells very sweet with strong citrusy hops. Maybe more of a lemon dipped in sugar. Such an interesting and strong aroma.

T: Awesomeness. Sweet and syrup up front. Pine needles on the finish. A huge malt flavor balances with a huge hop taste. I don't think it could have been done better with these ingredients.

M: Bitter peppery feeling while maintaining a creaminess in the cheeks and side of the tongue. A balance I love to see in an IPA and this is the perfect example of what I expect.

O: Love this beer, I think the bomber cost me $10 but I'd say that's a deal for what you're getting here. If you see this one don't pass it up!

BrewIndy, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite 3F's offering. Poured from a bottle into a pub glass. The look of it is not what I expect from an IPA. The lacing is consistent from start to finish. The smell and taste is amazing. From the hop bitterness to the malty sweetness, a very enjoyable beer. The flavor makes it easy to drink. Overall, a fantastic beer. I will continue to keep this beer at the top of my wants list.

biglobo8971, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of willyc
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, in a night that I sampled the majority of the three Floyd line up (includining the legendary Dark Lord) this beer was a stand out. The newer label was cool as hell and so was the brew. A nice alburn hue with good lacing. The nose is caramel hops with a smokey oak. I do not want to negate actual English IPA's, but this American EIPA was an industry standard to me. Maybe I'm used to west coast hop brews but either way this is an amazing beer and I look foward to drinking it many more times. Good Day.

willyc, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of Bierlerner
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured a really clear golden copper color. Thin head with some really sticky lacing. This beer was glowing though. Awesome.

S- Bready, citrusy, and sugary. Orange peel and lots of caramel. Really great floral notes as well. The hops are not very strong on this one.

T&M- Medium body of sweetness of the malts are through out. Nice caramel tones. Nice kisses of lighter fruits. A bit nutty and grassy as well. The hops aren't too strong at all, but there are always there letting you know that this is an ipa. Prickly carbonation. Very well balanced.

O- A superb IPA. I loved it. The balance in this IPA is definitely the key with not such hop forward in your face notes. Its all about the sweet pleasuring fruits lingering with the hops and meshing well together.

Bierlerner, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Believe it was Matt who sent this one. Thanks!

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy orange color with a nice creamy white head.

S: Some nice citrus hops to the nose and plenty of bready malts. Slightly sweet overall, but some floral and slightly piney hops. More and more orange as it sits in the glass.

T: Oranges dominate the flavor, too. Big pine flavor on the finish which provides a nice bitterness and a slight woodiness. Some bready malt gives this beer its sweetness, but the sweetness is not overdone.

M: Medium in body and carbonation.

O: One of my preferred interpretations of an English IPA, even though it's not really all that "English". Still a nice beer.

womencantsail, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of CWBlues
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into an ale glass.

A: Dark orange. Aggressive pour yields a finger of a white head, which breaks half-way down quickly, but there's lots of lacing that sticks around.

S: Sweet, sweet citrus. A little pine. Just a tiny bit of oak on the back end.

T: Pine. A LOT of pine. Some floral. Maybe a little citrus, but it's almost an afterthought. It's REALLY complex here--a lot going on. Some fruit, apricot. Not a lot of hops here. The aftertaste is sweet.

M: Sweet but with a bit of hop tartness. Good amount of carbonation.

O: I really like this beer. If you're after something pretty complex, you should give it a try. It's pretty exciting for the taste buds.

CWBlues, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.

A - Clear, bright orange with a two-finger light, off-white head.

S - Pine and lots of sweet citrus scents.

T - Pine, floral, malts, citrus.

D - Thin and light, Good carbonation.

O - A touch muted flavors, but enjoyable.

HuskyinPDX, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of kaips1
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22o bomber into my sam a perfect pint glass

This poured a dark copper almost reddish. A nice 1 finger head that eventually faded to a strong ring of bubbles. The smell is good, instant reminder of commodore perry, a sweet malt. The taste is a good sweet bitter at first then hoppy bitter then a sweet wettish finish. There is lots of kick from the carbonation, very alive jumpy feel. The overall, it's a good beer but for the price I'd almost always go with great lakes, if it was cheaper than 12 and some change for a 22oz it would great more attention. I could drink this till bedtime. It's a great beer but pricey in my area I feel.

kaips1, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark dark brown. A nice bit of light brown head, smells hoppy and malty. The is a touch of chocolate on the nose. Sme subtle hops on the nose. Tastes sweet and dry. Lots of chocolate on the tongue. Dry, sweet, very tasty overall. Good solid mouthfeel. Overall very solid. A style I'm not particularly familiar with but very pleased with

Urbancaver, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly set tone of dirty peachy ochre capped with a firm crown of off-white foam sitting nearly an inch tall. The invasion of lacing upon the glass edge is other worldly and mighty with one large sheet nearly encompassing the entire glass from where it touches.

Aroma is clean yet subdued some and set back from what you'd think something of 9% would bring to the nose? But what's there is fruity sweet and appetizingly pungent of hops that bring in dirty apple, over ripe pear, starfruit, bits of darker berryness, peach cobbler, pale malt, pale caramel malt, and oat malt with a twist of something almost Belgian in floral yeastyness. Quite nice!

Taste is even more amazingly complex! Yet again; however, has a simplified subduedness about its character. Nothing overwhelming here, just alot of hops and malts intertwining the mass of its 9% ABV that gets right in there with a whisper and then does a wonderful play of largely dulled fruity hoppyness, pale malts, and toasted sweetness. Flavors are mindful of dullish apple, lots of apricot, and some peach, a bit of murky mango and pear is in there. A good portion of pale malts take in a huge body of underscored sweetness along with the toasted oakyness mentioned upon the label; which truly shows up amongst the sweetened tone of malts. Yum, Yum, YUM!

Scrumptious full body! Smooth, creamy, quick, clean, sweet, with just the right abbrevition of hoppyness under it to make a big poof of floral and citric, floral bite as it sinks into the finish. 9%? It's there in the head showing up late as you've downed nearly half of the bomber, but it really doesn't have it anywhere in the nose or taste that says hello strongly.
Wowow! More like a Triple English IPA?! One amazing yummy brew by 3F!

tavernjef, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of EricCioe
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a slightly hazy full gold with a one finger white head subsiding to a thin sheet leaving spots of lace. On the nose the combination is of oranges and a sweet malt presence. It's not bready, and not caramelly, just sort of indistinctly sweet. In the mouth it's much sweeter than the other Three Floyds DIPAs, a nice change from the hop assaults of Dreadnaught and Panzer Wolf. There is still a big orange presence, but it's not a citrus bomb. The body is nicely medium with a nice long finish of a very balanced IPA with a bit of a drying sensation at the end.

Overall, this is another fine Three Floyds DIPA. It's quite a bit different than the others, much sweeter, but still with plenty of hop presence.

EricCioe, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, apple juice in color. Initially poured with a big, pillow-like slightly dusty, white head of foam. But breaks down rather quickly though becoming fizzy and thin looking.

Lots of oranges and grapefruit in the nose. Very flowery, with aromas of toasted oak. Light caramel and toffee notes along with toasted bread and fresh oats. Which gives it a sweet, bready quality that makes me think of frosted animal crackers. There's some pine and citrus hop aromas also.

Soft, creamy mouthfeel upfront. Flavors of fresh oranges, ripe pineapple and grapefruit. Toasted bread, hints of toffee and caramel gives it a touch of sweetness. Malts dominate the palate, with toasted oak and butter. Kinda tangy throughout the beer. Flowers and green tea. Has a good hop bitterness, with pine and citrus flavors that lingers in the finish.

CashMoneyVagrant, Jun 07, 2011
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
91 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.