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Stack N Stabb - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 215
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 3.19%
Wants: 10
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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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Photo of ZDub
3/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
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) (2,725 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.11/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressions of first few sips: You ever been drinking a good Belgian Strong and thought to yourself "gee , this would be better if it was infused with fruity smelling candle wax?" No? Well I haven't either.

Impressions of sips after the first few: eh, it grows on you. The fruit starts to taste more like fruit and less like chemical imitations of fruit. Still, the spice profile ain't very good, and there's no malt or anything to help balance it out. (453 characters)

Photo of Ssmith999
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber poured in to a tulip while spinning "Gin" by Cobalt.

A- Hazy amber/orange typical of the style, maybe a little foggier. Slight head which decreased to a thin, consistent layer. slight lacing, not much to speak of.

S- Classic FFF hoppy notes right away, followed by a faint corriander.

T- A little bready right off, then again citrus hoppiness, some alcohol, and finally almost- I know, weird- bubblegummy.

M- Fantastic. Haven't had a Three Floyds with bad mouthfeel yet.

O- This one is not on the favorites list. I have had just a few experiences with their takes on the Belgian styles, and I feel this just doesn't balance well with their signature super citrus-y hoppiness. The aforementioned Zes Zes Zes was quite the opposite, beautifully balanced, but that is for another review. By no means bad, I just wouldn't make a trip back to the brewpub to specifically buy this beer (though there is never a bad reason to go by). (941 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (752 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -9%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of jsulko
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a small amount of slightly off white head.

Smell dominated by the belgian yeast. Don't smell much else.

Taste is slightly fruity with the belgian yeast coming through on the finish.

An interesting take on the style but not something I would go out of the way to go back to. (342 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (671 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian estery spice and dank hops dominate the aroma.

Flavor is resiny, with muted Belgian yeast fruit esters. Fairly odd mix of yeast character and hops. (157 characters)

Photo of Docrock
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (532 characters)

Photo of madelfonatree
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Hazy. Bright copper. Head is thick and white. Lacing doesn't stick around long.

Smell - Bread/biscuit. Belgian. A little spice to it.

Taste - Classic wheat/Belgian taste up front. Slight dank hop taste then finishes to spicy Belgian.

Feel - I like the feel of this compared to other wheats/Belgians. It is smooth. Not too carbonated. It finishes well.

Overall - I would rather have a Rich Life over this. Almost all of the classic Three Floyds dankness is masked. Not a bad beer by any means. (506 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +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. (1,129 characters)

Photo of Sparty1224
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (996 characters)

Photo of facundoCNB
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
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. (663 characters)

Photo of bulldog91
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a clear golden straw color
Smells like a classic pale ale, nothing remarkable about the smell, though nothing off-putting, either
The taste is phenonmenal. A subtle bite from the pepper here, nice balance
Its mouthfeel is wondrous. There is a pop or kick from the pepper that is enjoyable, but not overwhelming.
Overall, there's a lot going on in this beer. It's got a nice balance and blend of characteristics that just work. A new favorite for now (459 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (350 characters)

Photo of KevChiTown
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (226 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear. Lighter shade of orangey amber in color. Forms a moderate sized white head that reduces down to a patchy surface coating. Some light lacing.

S: Not overly aromatic, but smells fairly "Belgian." Candy and clove. Mild spicy quality. Sweet, with a good dose of candied orange peel.

T: Taste is similar, though the sweetness is more restrained. Fruity with notes of orange peel, mild spice, and a slight touch of toast. Turns a hair bit earthy and moderately alcoholic on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Smooth and slick. Lower carbonation. Slightly spicy. Mild bitterness.

O: Not a bad beer at all and certainly one I wouldn't mind having again, but at $12/bottle I can think of other Belgian Pale Ales I rather buy. (729 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (462 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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." (729 characters)

Photo of cosmicevan
4/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (623 characters)

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Stack N Stabb from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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