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Stack N Stabb - Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub

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BA SCORE
85
very good

156 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.44%


Brewed by:
Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Pale Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-15-2012)
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2012 01:58:21 | More by TMoney2591
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 06:03:19 | More by MasterSki
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 00:52:06 | More by Alieniloquium
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2013 05:04:04 | More by HuskyinPDX
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2013 04:28:01 | More by superspak
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Florida9

Illinois

4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2013 00:25:00 | More by Florida9
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cosmicevan

New York

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 05:10:02 | More by cosmicevan
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ZDub

Illinois

2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 02:29:50 | More by ZDub
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mynie

Indiana

3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 04:06:12 | More by mynie
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 01:05:32 | More by brewcrew76
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 05:46:16 | More by Chaney
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Ssmith999

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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).

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 03:26:33 | More by Ssmith999
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Naters333

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from Bomber into a pint glass at my girlfriends. The best I could do for glassware for this beer.

A-Pours a golden color with a slight white foamy head that recedes fairly quickly.

S-Smells like many other Three Floyds beers without so much of the hops. Fruit. Grass. Vegetable. Not an overwhelming smell.

T-Fruit, citrus, booze, grass. Bread in the finish.

M-Very nice mouth full. This was probably what I enjoyed most about the beer. Nice medium to full body beer.

O-Enjoyed this beer very much. Very nice taste and mouthful. Not much of a smell. Very drinkable at first, but as you get to the end of the bomber the alcohol shows up more. Haven't had too many Belgian Strong Ales, so this is very new to me and I don't have much to compare to.. Liked this beer a lot, and will experiment more with this style.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 18:28:05 | More by Naters333
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 14:24:39 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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jsulko

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2012 01:58:22 | More by jsulko
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CuriousMonk

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2012 19:29:13 | More by CuriousMonk
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 19:39:21 | More by facundoCNB
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Docrock

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 03:58:09 | More by Docrock
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Treebs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 21:20:10 | More by Treebs
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by nuplastikk. Thanks man!

The beer is transparent and appears amber to golden in color, sporting a thick white head. The aroma brings grass, alcohol, sweet, spicy fruits. The flavor brings some biscuits, bread, lemons, grass, alcohol. Moderately sweet with a drier, hoppier finish. Overall, this was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 16:04:41 | More by Huhzubendah
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bulldog91

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 17:26:57 | More by bulldog91
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 20:24:15 | More by Knapp85
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chanokokoro

Illinois

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."

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2012 03:46:00 | More by chanokokoro
Stack N Stabb from Three Floyds Brewing Co. & Brewpub
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