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Stack N Stabb - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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214 Ratings
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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.85%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-15-2012

This spicy and bracing Belgian style pale ale is dedicated to those warriors that truly stack and stab in the heat of battle.

38 IBU
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Ratings: 214 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by ZDub:
Photo of ZDub
3/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/snifter hybrid glass. The nose was pleasant, with a hint of the spicy Belgian yeast and a ton of banana. Surprisingly this one had a rather light-ish mouthfeel. It had some Brett-like almost sour qualities, moderate sweetness, with noticeable lemon/orange peel in the background. Some alcohol hung around in the after taste, but only a bit. I expected more hop character from a FFF'S brew, but this one lacked any noticeable hop presence, that could be due to the style though. I've had this on tap at the brew pub and I feel that's where it's best enjoyed. From the bottle this was very "meh" for me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.
A - Pours a clear light orange with a small white head.
S - Banana, clove and Belgian yeast, very inviting.
T - Very earthy with notes of pepper, banana and clove.
M - Dry with significant carbonation.
O - I seem to like this more than most of the reviewers. I really like the complex flavors, which I had not expected. I often avoid Pale Ale's because most aren't complex. This one is quite tasty and I look forward to the next bottle.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head. Wisps and a collar.

Smell - Nice orangey aroma. Phenolic cloves and bananas. Yeasty. Booze.

Taste - Much more of the Belgian character. Citrus is there, but fainter. More of a sweet apple flavor. Harsh pale malts. Booze and some spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Harsh alcohol. Not that much alcohol, but it's got a kick. A little heavy.

Overall - Enjoyed it at first, but it gets very harsh.

Photo of larryarms847
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light semi-hazy sun golden yellow with a fair amount of prickly foam.

Biscuit-like sweetness, clove, earthy, toast, honey, and some pepper.

Clove, citrus rinds, resin, toasted bread, and that familiar Belgian peppery-spiced characteristic.

Light-medium bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, astringent, almost grainy, spiced, lackluster.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this, definitely not worth the price.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this bottle. About a month or so from bottling. Poured in to FFF teku glass.

A - Medium orange/yellow in colour. Only very slightly translucent with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Big Belgian yeast aroma up front along with cloves, banana, spice, a hint of citrus and some bready malt aromas in the background.

T - Extremely dry throughout. Belgian yeast, clove, banana, peppery spices and a fairly substantial bready malt backbone. A light floral hop profile is present as well.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light to moderate carbonation. Extremely dry.

Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Too much of an odd spice flavor in the finish that throws everything off.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from draft at Firkin on February 27, 2015.

Photo of Sparty1224
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 22 oz. bomber poured into a tulip. Bottled on 2/17/15, making this just over 2 weeks old.

A: Pours a mostly clear golden yellow, with a 1 finger foamy white head that sticks around.

S: Lots of banana, clove, ginger, allspice. Belgian yeast very noticeable.

T: Very bready and malty. Peppery and cracker-like at the front. Finishes with banana, clove, ginger and lots of spice and alcohol.

M: Lots of carbonation. Alcohol quite strong here. Very harsh finish. Rather dry and boozy.

O: This is a very aggressive Belgian-style pale ale. At 8.5%, it's quite boozy. It's got all the typical characteristics of a Belgian-style pale, but this one is not quite balanced. It's very malt forward, dry, and rather harsh and boozy on the finish. It's not unpleasant in anyway, it's just that it's a weaker Three Floyd's offering and could use quite a bit of fine-tuning.

Recommendation: One of the few Three Floyd's beers you can pass on, unless you're a diehard fan of them or the style.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Christmas Leroy tulip glass at Local Option.

I stack after I stab. ...I think... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy pale golden-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises tangelo zest, Belgian yeast, and very light bread. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some slightly-funky lemon zest. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid, if somewhat standard-ish, BSPA. 'Nuff said, really.

Photo of Docrock
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into 3F pint glass:

A - Nice 1 1/2" head with a slight yellow coloring that disapates to a solid 1/4" cap. moderate lacing over the golden to light amber body.

S - Apricot at first blush, traditional Belgian yeast aromas, no essence of the high abv.

T - Tasty, the apricot flavor comes through, slight earthiness to the hops. nice bread yeast character.

M - nice carbonation, well balanced with a nice warm feeling

O - very drinkable, will cellar a couple of these to see how they age. A nice BSPA from 3F.

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Three Floyds Brewing Company branded teku glass

Pours a deep, dark gold with amber hues capped by a two finger bright white head. Decent head retention with visible lacing present as the head recedes. Belgian yeast, peppery spice, grassy and floral notes on the nose. Opens with grass and flora, joined by yeasty esters, and fruity notes including accents of pear and perhaps some grapeskin. Finishes dry with white pepper spice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, silky, slick and smooth. Stack N Stabb is yet another above average brew that belongs to a style with which Three Floyds is not usually associated. Three Floyds continues to prove that they aren't just about the "hop bombs."

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into dimple mug. Pours a deep, dark gold with amber hues capped by a two finger bright white head. Decent head retention with visible lacing present as the head recedes. Belgian yeast, peppery spice, grassy and floral notes on the nose. Opens with grass and flora, joined by yeasty esters, and fruity notes including accents of pear and perhaps some grapeskin. Finishes dry with white pepper spice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation, silky, slick and smooth. Stack N Stabb is yet another above average brew that belongs to a style with which Three Floyds is not usually associated.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle opened on 5.17.13
Thanks B!

A - Pours a hazy light orange with yellow edges. 3/4 of an inch light tan head forms that fades slowly.

S - Bannana, Belgian spice-peppery and lemons.

T - Just like the nose. More leom and orange citrus in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a lighter body.

O - Light citrus forward Belgian pale, very solid.

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded iconic pry-off pressure cap. Decent label art. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

Acquired: From my sister. Thanks!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV:
Style: Belgian style pale ale.
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: Above average (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Nice creaminess and fullness. Soft and thick, with a nice consistency. Leaves a nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Retention: ~4-5 minutes.

BODY: Translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Dry Belgian yeast with notes of clove and biscuit. Lightly earthy, with a kiss of farmhouse characteristics. Pale malts and honey malt bring some sweetness in. Hop profile is a bit tamer than you'd expect, but it is pleasant: floral notes, faint muted citrus, and hints of dry tropical fruit hop notes. Has a nice Belgian-esque white pepper character. Estery.

Aromatic intensity: average.

TASTE: The taste follows the aroma, with the white pepper emerging as the most odd note here, bringing this almost into saison territory when coupled with the earthy biscuity Belgian yeast notes (especially clove and allspice). The hop profile is fairly restrained for a pale ale (Belgian or otherwise), but I do like the pleasant melange of floral hops, hints of citrus, and faint tropical fruits. Pale malts lend it some needed sweetness.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Above average.
Flavour amplitude: Subpar.

I'd like fresher bursts of juicy fruit, or at least just a more pronounced expressive hop profile. The emphasis is too much on the Belgian (faux-Belgian?) aspect of the flavour profile, throwing off the balance. It's a decent build for the style, though.

TEXTURE: Rather dry for a pale ale, and a bit coarse as well. Well-carbonated and medium-bodied, with a bit of a rough dragging presence on the palate. Crisp.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer, but it suits it decently well. The white pepper and Belgian yeast are accentuated by (or perhaps effect) the coarseness and dryness.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style, but it's worse than expected; Three Floyds has developed a reputation for excellence, but very few beers I try from them seem to deliver. This is merely above average. Would be fairer priced in 6 pack format, but even then I wouldn't trifle with it again. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed.

C+ (3.09)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While the assertive Three Floyds brewers are happy to venture into seldom-seen styles of English, Belgian and German roots but rest assured that they will do them the "by-God" American way! ...and that means with hops.

Bright golden in its vivid sheen, heavy streams of effervescence bring out bold and perfumy aromatics that lace with white pepper, citrus, light clove, tropical fruit, estery banana, melon and papaya. Its honey-dipped taste is sweet and rounds out the tangy taste of fruit to near perfection.

Fruity and spice battle out in exquisite balance on the middle palate. With the firm backbone of honey, faint caramel and angel food cake, each give the fruit flavors an excited display. Tropical, citrus and orchard fruit have a bright and vibrant character that's met only with the earth and spice that's brought to life by expressive carbonation. And the hop bitterness gains prominence as the taste concludes to give the beer a Belgian IPA character.

As the fruit and sweetness lifts, carried away by bold effervescence, the body lightens and the hops project. Freshly torn pine needles, fragrant spruce, and softly muddled citrus peels release bitter oils and frame the character of hops in a deep and lasting afterglow

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, 2012 bottling. Pours hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange, peach, pear, apple, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, candi sugar, honey, clove, light pepper, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy notes. Taste of orange, peach, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, clove, honey, candi sugar, light pepper, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of orange, peach, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, clove, honey, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity ester flavors; good balance of malt and light spicy esters; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice complexity and balance of fruity flavors with malt and light spicy esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

picked this one up at the brew pub a few weeks ago when i visited. enjoyed from my FFF teku.

a - brew poured a semi-transparent orange with a thin bubbly head that was gone fairly quickly leaving a ring on the surface of the glass and some streaky lacing.

s - cloves, banana, belgian candy. some citricness in the background.

t - nice boozy fruitiness. not classic by any means for the style, but not bad. sweetness is tamed back with fruitiness. the fruitiness is pleasant and enjoyable.

m - a bit hot and fizzy. medium to light bodied.

o - overall, nice fuitiness. not classic for the style, but good none-the-less.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A solid, balanced, damn drinkable Belgian Pale. I'm kinda surprised it's from 3Fs. They usually do their distinct thing with every style and yet this one carries none of that. Pretty much all I get is bubble gummy smoothness.

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear orange, amber with a thin white head and a streak or two of lace.

S - Spicy, phenolic yeast and fruity esters. Cotton candy like sweetness.

T - Stone fruits, spicy yeast, fruity esters, light floral hop.

M - Medium body, well carbonated, sweet with dry finish, alcohol is well hidden but has slight warming sting on the tongue.

D - Solid beer.

Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a FFF teku glass.

A: Pours a semi-hazy amber color with a pure white head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring that leaves some splotchy lace behind.

S: Spicy, phenolic yeast. Some fruity esters, pale malts and a cotton candy like sweetness. Mild gass, but the overall beer is driven by the yeast.

T: Dry yeast. Spicy pepper, coriander and fruity esters. Pale, sweet malts and a light grassy hop presence.

M: Medium to light bodied. Slight dry finish with a medium carbonation level. Easily drinkable.

O: Nothing out of this world, but overall a solid BSPA. I've enjoyed a few more of FFF's offerings in this style, however.

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color with a foamy white was on top. There is a light lacing with a moderate retention. The smell is slightly fruity with a bready yeast aroma. The taste is citrusy, there is a light malt sweetness, the finish bitter. The mouthfeel is light bodied, nicely carbonated ad smooth. Very drinkable brew. Overall this beer is pretty good. Glad I got to try it.

Photo of Chaney
3.41/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at the brewpub a couple of weeks ago.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured a fairly clear orange color, with a slight bit of chill haze. The head was about 1/3 head and clung to the glass and then some.

S: Not extremely potent, but just enough. Breakfast cereal, mild citrus, and funky Belgian yeast strain.

T: One would have to have a microscope to detect any FFF activity surrounding this, but it was still pretty good, but not great. The finish was pretty smooth, the overall flavor profile yelled saison to me, and the citrus was of the fresh variety.

M: Not too sweet, moderate lacing, and good carbonation bill. Nothing wrong with it.

O: For $10/bomber, I expected more, but I guess that is what everyone says about FFF.

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian estery spice and dank hops in aroma. Flavor is resiny, with muted esters. Fairly odd mix of esters and hops.

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Big Star. Served in the same glass as everything else: the utilitarian pint/pils combo.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacework. Lightly hazed apricot body that you'd expect from a Belgian.

S - The 3 Floyds house Belgian strain isn't particularly subtle; big phenolic and mildly dirty and spicy yeast notes abound, just like in Rabbid Rabbit. Some stone fruit sweetness, and a hint of alcohol. Sweeter than Tiger Jelly, the other 3 Floyds BSPA I've had recently.

T - The taste is quite nice, as it dials down the more sulfurous yeast notes and replaces them with fruity esters that complement the stone fruit malts, bready backbone, and mildly vinous finish. More apricot than peach, and perhaps a touch of pear. Perhaps a touch of floral and earthy hop.

M - Medium body, with pleasant carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and dry finish.

D - I had to put this down quicker than expected to head elsewhere, and it never felt like a struggle. It's deceptive stuff and there's a nice balance between yeast and malt flavors. I'd drink this one again if it weren't as pricey.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a cloudy honey-like pour, orange-yellow in color with very minimal amount of head which dissipated to only a slight rim of carbonation. smells grassy, spicy of pepper, saison style belgian yeast, lemon zest. the taste is funky up front, citrusy yet bready... then settles into a very traditional belgian wheat flavor. bready yeast is very present. medium in body, average amount of carbonation, pretty refreshing and the abv is very well hidden.

a nice easy drinking beer, with a lot of complex flavors entering your taste buds. very big change of pace from the 3f brews i've had (very hopped up ipa's and stouts), but another beer style nailed by this brewery.

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Stack N Stabb from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.