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Blackheart - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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Ratings: 1,159
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.17%
Wants: 150
Gots: 110 | 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 DNICE555
3.68/5  rDev -8.7%

Split with R Moe Nay

Light brown with an off white head

Smells like a barleywine. Caramel and malt sweetness. Only a minor piney hop smell.

Very sweet english ipa. Hops only present in a minorly bitter finish

Carbonation level is good. Sweet feel to it for an ipa

Alcohol is very well hidden for 9 percent. Too sweet even for an english ipa for my tastes.

DNICE555, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of CooperEllis
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Received in a BIF box (n00b 2) from Mistakebythelake - thanks much Bill.

This is sweet. Lovely pour, nice lacing, large white bubbles, thin sticky lacing. The color of the pour is shoe leather tan. Rich aroma of malt, tight hop tingle in there and a whole lot of invitation to taste.

The taste is delicate, initially a bit of bitter hops, the mouthfeel is not oily, but there is a nice amount of hops up front. The middle of this is complex as anything; sweet malt flavors mix with earthy, robust hops. There is some dirt, some carmel, some lemon rind...the list does go on.

The mouthfeel is light, not overly light and gently carbonated. As noted above, not at all oily. There is a bit of coating of the tounge with the flavor and a good bit of 'aftertaste' for lack of a better term.

If I could pick this up off the shelf, guaranteed fresh and at a reasonable price, this would be in my fridge every day of the year.


CooperEllis, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of levifunk
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

a - pour is light brown with a off white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.

s - very light pine hops. nose is mostly malts and caramel sweetness. reminds me of a lighter barleywine.

t - earthly hops flavor balanced wonderfully by the sweeter malt body. light bitter finish to remind you its an ipa.

m - medium body, good carbonation. kind of a dry finish.

overall - I've only had a few english ipa's, but this might be the best i've had. i really like the style as I'm not a huge hop head. if you like english ipa's, give this one a try. 9% alcohol very well hidden.

levifunk, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.63/5  rDev +14.9%

Lightly brownish orange cloudy color. No head. Tiny lacy ring
around face edge. Nice darkerish fruity hop aroma, very fresh. Very delightfully sweet smell, perhaps from malt, but extremely well blended. Taste is extremely fruity. More on the peach and apricotty side. Grassy finish. Not super dry. Swish reveals the alcohol. Not very evident in the least. Pretty awesome for style. Much darker color wise and smell wise than the dreadnaught. Absolutely amazing! Some caramel notes in warmth. Very ligh fruity finish in warmth. Hides heaviness well. Recommend!!!

despainmakesbeer, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

Sampled on 11-16-10

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a filmy white head. Lacing is craggy bits of foam that stick to the sides of the glass.

Smell is thick, sweet hops, and that standard Three Floyd's character. Maybe a little past it's prime, the hops are more deep and complex than light and bitter.

Taste is sharp hop bitterness that I didn't expect. The sweetness comes next, heavy and boozy. The finish is dry and bitter again, with a pleasant aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, goes well with the hoppy flavors.

Drinkability is good, well balanced for a double IPA.

Overall, pick some up if you can.

BMoney575, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

Somewhat pale, amber color. A brief haze quickly dissappeared into a quite clean looking beer. Ok sized fluffy white head that fades rapidly. Very freshly mown grass aroma. Big hop blast upfront though not overly astringent. Just a ton of hop flavor followed by a lingering bite. Some good caramel malt sweetness. Lingering caramel like quality. Soft mouthfeel. Going down way to fast. Very easy drinking and damn pleasant all around. 9%? Where?

lackenhauser, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.55/5  rDev +12.9%

Ok, I'll admit to being a huge FFF fan and I also was handed this bottle for free at Pizzeria/Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, but I still believe the beer is this good besides.

A: Hazy almost opaque dark orange with nice foamy white head, nice retention.

S: Tropical Hope profile of FFF I love dearly with a sweet biscuity malt and english ale profile that is not FFF but still mixes well. Sweet and Hoppy at the same time. I get fruit like Apple and maybe even cranberry in there. The oak prevails also.

T: Awesome palate of flavor ranging from hop bite to succelent fruit flavors, a slight alcohol warming and overall juiciness to this beer. The oak really is nice in this beer as well. Bitter, bready, malty as well adds to the hoppiness. Nice array of flavor, as FFF does so well.

M: Pub cask feel that is really great, so smooth and silky yet carbonated well too.

D: Very great, best English (I know its not made in England) IPA I've had to date. Love this beer.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of Betmore
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%

*Poured from a bottle purchased at Crown Liquors in downtown Indy on 11*6*10 into a Sam Adams pint glass*

This beer poured a murky amber/orange color and formed a clean 1-finger head that took its time dissipating. There was ample lacing throughout.

The aroma initially hit me with grapefruit and orange notes that quickly gave way to bready malts. This is a great smelling brew. I think the only thing that kept me from giving it a 5 was possibly the yeast. Its got that same funky thing going on that reminds me of the Stone Empirial IPA. I like it a lot, its just not my favorite.

The taste was great. I got grapefruit and orange rind up front with biscuity, super rich toffee malts balancing things. Make no mistake, this beer is aggressively hopped. However, the malts definitely make their presence felt to even things out. If I were to guess a hop to malt balance ratio, I'd say its about 65/35. Again, the only reason I held this to a 4 was maybe the yeast. I like these English style IPA's, but they're not my favorite.

Mouthfeel was very good as well. This beer exhibited good carbonation and body and was neither syrupy nor watery. This beer felt creamy, almost soft, in my mouth. Imagine a more liquid form of pie meringue.

Even though I enjoyed this beer quite a bit, I can't say that I could drink a ton of it. The 9% ABV, while fun, is limiting. Theres also something about these English style IPA's that just don't sit perfectly with me. They're good, really good in fact, but I just prefer the American versions. That said, this beer is very good. Go get some.

Betmore, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%

part of the epicness that was the halloween weekend of beer. the last few nights have kicked my ass in every way, but i got to try a bunch of goodies that have long haunted me. served chilled and poured into a 8 ounce taster, this one was consumed on 10/30/2010.

tried this one before the artic panzer and was quite impressed with it for sure. poured a lighter amber then i was expecting but with a huge head of white that coated the entirerty of the glass and left tons of lacing down the sides.

aroma was a fine mixture of light piney hops, hints of fresh grass and a touch of tea leaves as it warms. this carries over very well into the flavor as each sip starts with a nice bite of hops which quickly mellow into a fresh meadow like flavor with light earthy tones, grasses, light grains and a smooth, light and dry finish that was remarkably clean and drinkable.

overall i really liked this one. i ha no clue how strong it was which made it even better. drinks like a champ and went over quite well.

mikesgroove, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of z3niMAGiNE
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a hazy orange without noticeable sediment. Big tan head which quickly dissipates and laces.

Smells strongly of orange, alcohol, and minor smell of herbs.

Taste is overpowered by the alcohol but I'm getting more malt than expected along with the citrus and herbal notes.

Mouthfeel is okay but the aftertaste is too strong of alcohol for me.

I probably couldn't drink more than a bomber and am not especially eager to get another one of these. The alcohol is just too strong. Not my favorite Three Floyds (not even close) but it was good to try.

z3niMAGiNE, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of david131
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

A- A slightly hazy orange liquid with a few streams of rising carbonation. The bone white head is thick and creamy with good retention.

S- Passion fruit, strawberries, orange rind, toast, and a bit of alcohol.

T- Very fruity with a well balanced sweetness and bitter. There is a bit of a nutty aspect at the tail end. I don't really get too much oak... just a hint.

M- There is a creamy body with a bit of lasting sweetness and bitterness. Just about perfect.

D- A nice take on the style... with a definite American twist. Drinks about right for the ABV.

david131, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%

Appearance - a very murky pour, like it's mixed with OJ or something. A dull tangerine color with a smooth and creamy top. Sticky and resilient with a total lace job in effect, helps hold the aroma quite well.

Aroma - caramel, orangey hops, very citrusy. A whiff of estery alcohol at first but it quickly fades. The hoppiness actually seems to get stronger as it sets up; impressive.

Taste - sweet malts, playing and segueing into the orangey hops right away. Oak shows up mid-palate, gives the hops a woodiness without excessive bitterness, a nice combo. Some late drying bitterness, so this brew has some cone to it for sure. Warm abv finish in the belly, good length on the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel - wonderfully creamy and weighty, full in the mouth with crisp but restrained carbonation.

Drinkability - an excellent EIPA. If this is what the onboard officers enjoyed while at sea, sign me up.

brewdlyhooked13, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

22oz. bomber served into a mason jar

Pours a vibrant orange color - like a cough drop held directly to light. Two fingers of rocky white foam crest on top. It glows in the midday sun. This is an attractive beer.

This is no normal English IPA. In fact, it comes across as more of an Imperial IPA done in the English mold. How else is THIS much orange and THIS much herbal lawn clippings getting into the beer? Not too much bitterness or resin flavor, just an abundance of one-note fruit and crystal malt. Some fusel alcohol, too, unfortunately. The finish of this beer is bitter in a weird, boozy way that I don't care for. Otherwise, this is nice. You can tell that this is English inspired, but the execution is American all the way. This is a bold, assertive IPA for any country and coast.

I like the mouthfeel; decent balance of carbonation to body size (which is on the thinner end of medium-bodied). Drinkability is also decent, but would be better if the fusel alcohol were toned down. The 9% ABV is pretty ridiculous when the label doesn't specify that this is a double IPA.

You like hops? This is worth a shot. I mean, c'mon: it's a double IPA from the makers of Dreadnaught.

Reaper16, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of bonkers
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%

Thanks to mbauer for this one, I poured from a bomber into a snifter. It has a hazy orange pour with a moderate sticky white head. Tons of floral hops on the nose. The flavor is very hoppy, lots of floral, and grassy hops, hints of citrus. A full bodied beer, with a sticky mouthfeel, well carbonated. I really could not taste the oak, and I am not sure this is an english IPA. What I do know is it is a great beer, worth seeking out.

bonkers, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of LikaThaHops
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%

Bomber poured into snifter

A- Poured an opaque apricot color into snifter with a good head with medium length retention that leaves a nice lace along the edges. Very bubbly

S- A lot of floral notes poke through; not as hoppy as it leads me to believe.

T- Very crisp, packs a punch on floral and hops. Finishes very bitter, very nicely.

M- very smooth, very enjoyable, bubbly, bitter, hops.

D- Again, after a bomber i'm still going! this is another good brew, but not to the likes of Arctic Panzer Wolf. I'd drink it again.

LikaThaHops, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of rand
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%

This was part of my swap with joel6615 to finally get my hands on 3 Floyds. Thanks Joel, hope you liked the Pliny!

From bomber to pint glass

A: Blackheart looks a cloudy, apricot-tan with a sudsy 1-inch head on a gentle pour. As the beer warmed and the chilled haze settled, the beer becomes far less opaque.

S: The nose is sugar-sweet, tropical and spicy. A distinct pineapple-orange scent dominates, backed by sweet, freshly baked pastries. Alcohol volatiles break things up and warm the nose.

T: Strong pine, hidden in the smell, meets you up front, combined with orange rind. The tropical nuance noticed in the nose is gone, and it's far more bitter than expected. But this is quickly countered with a huge, bread-like malt-backbone. Very sweet and caramelly, even toffee-like. Very rich and full flavored. The 9% alcohol is not hidden and has an immediate warming effect. After a few sips and your palate adjusts to the 'big' flavors, the brew's incredible balance stands out, carrying through the entire swallow and finishing pleasantly bitter-sweet.

M: Rich and viscous, but not sticky given its 9% ABV.

Notes: This got easier to drink the longer I sipped it. The advertised British style threw me off - they may have used English ingredients, but this could pass for any well made DIPA (this is to say that good IPA's are universal, not that British offerings are inferior). I was expecting something akin to Stone's Emperial, but I'm definitely not complaining. Given that IPA's were birthed in Britain, I would like to think the beer making its trek from London to Bombay tasted something like this. First bottle of Three Floyds? Yep, lives up to the hype, amazing ale.

rand, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of sdawson
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%

Received this bottle in the swap from the generous and awesome livewire78! Thanks so much!!!!

Blackheart pours with a rich, thick head and long-lasting lacing. The brew is a bit darker than your average IPA, a rich mix of amber and honey. The scent is strongly citrus, with grapefruit being the star; there is also a bit of tangerine in the background, and a touch of honey. On taste, there is a lot more resiny malt than one may expect, which lends a subtle, not cloying, brown-sugar sweetness to each sip. While the flavor dominates throughout, the hops in the brew do strongly surface with predominant tastes of lemon and pine. Carbonation is quite good with this one, providing a strong presence throughout, though never overpowering the brew's subtleties. This is definitely a great beer, with it's strength being in the balance of the flavors, and a taste profile that is a welcome variant to the single-focused hop brews currently taking center stage in craft beer (which is certainly not a bad thing, but variation is good!)

sdawson, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%

22 oz. MSU vs. Wisc. Dark orange pour with a frothy white head. Recedes to a whispy layer.

Aroma is balanced malty toffee, citrus, pine, oak all there.

Taste is exquisitly balanced malt, toffee, oak chips, citrus. Only an accent of pine bitter through the finish along with oak.

The carbonation is just enough to keep the stickiness at bay. Mid bodied, coats the mouth well. Alcohol is completely hidden.

This is my favorite so far from 3F, my bottle was a bit old, but this is still a standout for an underappreciated style. Hop bombs are not necessary.

Bung, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%

The beer pours a nice leathery red color with an off white head that can stick around for a few minutes. It is an oily beer that has some nice legs and light lacing on the sides of the glass. The color is superb with an outstanding clarity.

The smell is of rich caramel malts and sugars. It has some pine and earthy hop smells that make this an interesting IPA. Lots of noticeable English hop character in this one.

The taste is surprisingly awesome. It has a great rich malty backbone paired with some nice bitter hops. It has bread-y, caramel, biscuit, malts with a nice dry hop profile. Really good.

Good carbonation and mouthfeel, it is a thicker brew with lots to offer on the palate. Great drinker for the indian summers we are having here.

Jmoore50, Oct 01, 2010
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Slightly hazed apricot with light peach edges. Dense think tanned offwhite head. Topographical map of lace.

Toasty oak and vanilla. Pine, resins, orange, apricot, spicy hops. Sweet caramel.

Orange, apricot and pine. Toasted oak, vanilla and caramel. Spicy resinous bitterness. Some alcohol warming.

think and sticky. med body. med carb. drying

Great IIPA. very drinkable, barely notice the ABV. Very tasty and NOT normal.

CHILLINDYLAN, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of soze47
4/5  rDev -0.7%

I had this one in the cellar for a bit at the suggestion of a friend and beer sommelier. It wasn't that long, but I had this 22 oz. bomber down since its May release (4 months). Did it decrease any of the hop character? It was still plenty bitter and a complex/unique brew.

Appearance: It poured a slightly hazy orange first, brown second color. Quite pretty. After 30 minutes in the glass as I drank, it cleared up quite a bit. I didn't get much head on the pour, but it was very effervescent, as indicated by the clarity that developed over the course of my consumption.

Aroma: Pineapple. That was the first and strongest thing that I could use to describe this smell. I think it is a by-product of the hops being influenced by the malt. I didn't get citrus by any stretch, but maybe I would have smelled the hops in a different way with a fresh bottle. I do think I'll enjoy this by the smell of it.

Taste: This is where things get a little more interesting. There is a quite a distinction between the layers of flavor. The first flavor profile is a quick burst of fruity/sweet flavors that is a complex dance between the grains and hops. After that, a boozy heat ushers out the sweetness. What was once a pineapple smell and complex sweetness fades into a piney hope bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This beer's bubbles due deceptive things to the palette. The liquid goes down like a much lower ABV. Not at all viscous. However, your tongue is left with a heavy burden of residual bitterness. Goes down easy, but tongue feels like a cement truck just unloaded on it.

Drinkability: A perfect 22 oz. bomber. Not a session candidate or a beer for future sixer consideration, unless you have a iron tongue and a high tolerance. The boozy heat that plays the part of an usher in initial tastings definitely builds by the end of the glass. My belly is warm.

Overall: Tastey, unique type of IPA. Three Floyds is great at taking a style and deconstructing it into a new work of art. Blackheart is no exception. A pineapple smelling, sweet yet bitter tasting booze bomb. Not exactly what I'd call a traditional English IPA.

soze47, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of BeerAndBourbon
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%

A. Pours a clear pale orange with a creamy thick white head that leaves an incredible amount of lacing around the glass.

S. Lots of bitter fruits: grapefruit, orange peel, and lemon. A bit of malty caramel sweetness with apple and pear.

T. Caramel maltiness with the fruit flavors from the nose. A nice mild floral bitterness. Sweet, bitter, and delicious. The alcohol comes in a bit on the close.

M. Thick with a medium to high carbonation level that helps lightly brush your tongue of all the residual bitterness.

D. Damn drinkable! Great brew. I'll definitely be picking up some more of these the next time I see them. One of my favorite IPAs as of now.

BeerAndBourbon, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of mikeyv35
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%

Date: 09/15/2010
Vintage: 2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Glassware: Lucifer Snifter

This brew poured a nice golden orange color w/ a 11/2 finger pillowy white head that left heavy lacing all over the glass. The nose was very simple floral/citrus hops and hay. The taste was far more complex, caramel/toffee up front followed by some sweet mango and maybe banana clove, and a finish of mild hop bitterness. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and lush. I had no problem w/ the bomber myself so pretty drinkable.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I am not a big IPA or DIPA kinda guy, but I really enjoyed this malt forward English take on the style by 3 Floyds. Pretty damn good brew that I would drink again.

mikeyv35, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed orange brown color with an off white head. Malty with some oak notes int he nose. Very minimal hops presence in the taste, more malts than anything. Medium mouthfeel. Matly upfront with some citrus rind notes in the end. Some lemon tastes as well. To me it has an odd lingering taste.

kbutler1, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%

My wife picked this one up for me when she went back to Chicago. This was one of the beers she carried 15 blocks from the train station to her brother's house. God I love her!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light bronze in color, moderate carbonation, and a small 1/3 inch head; slightly hazy but not too.

S: Yep.... this is a FFF product alright. Pine and citrus galore, without too much bitterness - this is probably a result of the wood aging. Malt, malt, hops, malt, hops!

T: I don't know how these guys do it. Observation: Judging a beer by its alcohol content detectability is part of the reviewing game: Can you detect the ABV? Is the beer balanced? These are but a few of the questions one asks when reviewing a brew that one tries to constantly answer. In the case of this brew (and just about every FFF IPA), the alcohol is definitely there .... it is just coated with candy! Caramel, sweet tarts, gummy bears, pixie stick dust, and many others attach themselves to the alcohol granules of FFF products like no other.

M: Sweeter than Dreadnaught, but once again.... candy-coated alcohol.

D: English-style IPAs are my thing, and this is the best of them. Quite simply, the best IPA I've ever tasted!

Chaney, Sep 04, 2010
Blackheart from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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