In The Name Of Suffering - 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 28
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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3 Floyds Brewing Co. visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-08-2013

This black India pale ale is loaded with hops balanced with delicious maltiness. It was brewed with our friends from the great city of New Orleans in the band EyeHateGod.
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Photo of jeonseh
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a FFF teku during the week it was released

A - Dark brown that lets no light through it. It had a two finger head composed of many small bubbles and left lots of lacing down the sides

S - Light roasted and smoked malt initially. Slight grass, lemon and orange peel. It is also fruity with pineapple and slight mango to it

T - Upfront is sweet pineapple, slight strawberry and mango. As the beer continues, you feel the bitterness creep up and work its way to the back of your tongue as pine and grapefruit make themselves known. There is a slight roasted malt and pine that linger in the finish

MF - Medium body with lots of carbonation to make this a nice creamy beer. Light hop resin remains in the finish

O - A great black IPA from FFF that brings lots of different hop flavors together with the fruity and the bitter pine / grapefruit. It is well balanced between the two and has a nice creamy mouthfeel. Another great IPA from FFF.

Photo of weonfire
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Deep brown- slightly opaque. HUGE light mocha head, 3+ fingers, great lacing.

S - creamy carmel malt, chocolate, and minor hops

T - initial- carmel, smoothness and creme. finish- piney, bitter and a little boozy

M - wow its frothy. viscosity is low.

O - wasn't super impressed with flavor. was hoping for more hoppiness. alcohol comes thru more than expected. Three Floyds has many much better products. I would pass on this brew.

Photo of tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black with a big, thick, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, citrus, pine

T - roasted malts, bitter, chocolate, piney, herbal, some citrus, some vegetal-like spice

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid Black IPA. There is great balance and tremendous drinkability. The hops are intense and the flavor profile really hits a good range. I actually thought the herbal character meshed best with the malt character. The malts were also prevalent, but very well balanced. This was a decent Black IPA that is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of StonedtotheBone
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- a vigorous pour leaves a light head with plenty of dark malt but more of a dark reddish brown, then black.
Smell- Slight cascade or citra hop leaves the dark malts overwhelmed
Taste- The strong citrus front is followed up by a piney resin that balances the dark malts.
Mouth- perfect viscosity is followed by an apropriate addition of carbonation and bitterness
Overall- Best Black IPA to date perfect example of a solid beer from the FFF

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Dark brown. Nice off white head. Laces well with some goof surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of pine hops. Resiny. Roasted malts come through, but it's mostly hops.

Taste - Bright pine hops. Again it's resiny. Chocolate shines through here. Bitter malt and hops. Maybe overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Quite bitter. Strong hop presence that isn't unwelcome, but does overpower the malt profile. Still some roastiness to the finish.

Overall - Tough to pull off this style. Pine hops aren't the way to go, but its a decent take on the style.

Photo of Vonerichs
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blackish body with a head that doesn't quit. I shit you not, there was almost a half inch of creamy head that held it's position until I was just about done with the first glass. Unbelievably, it left no lacing on the way down.

Pine, a little grapefruit, anise, and heavy char in the aroma. The pine and char are the dominant scents.

More of the char and pine flavors but comes off a little too burnt. There's a strange spicey-licorice afteraste.

Creamy body on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is also on the lower side but highlights the creamy body.

It was a good but not great black ale slash black ipa.

Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Not black, but extremely dark brown caramel. Bottom of glass i can see a lighter shade of brown. Khaki, creamy, frothy head with noticeable bubbles throughout

s: light roasted malts, burnt caramel, slightly piney. aroma is fairly muted overall

t: slightly burnt malts & caramel flavor envelopes piney hop flavor. some coffee notes as well

m: creamy. medium body, med-high carbonation

o: I do find similarities with this and Toxic Revolution but I think the latter is a much more solid overall beer. This one is a decent Black IPA but there are others I'd seek out first (e.g., Wookey Jack). Glad I tried this but not one I'd seek again if it were to be brewed again.

Photo of smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a 4 oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

This is the most reddish Black ale I have ever seen. Pretty wild, extremely dark red with mahogonay brown highlights. Quite crystal clear too but very dark. Light collar is tan picking up some of the red hue.

Nose is very interesting, different. This smells like a roast porter, with light toast and roasty grains, maybe a hint of brown sugar squeeks in there, I almost want to say dubbel Belgian strangely but it can't quite be. Very different I am not sure where this is going.

Palate is one again juicy and lucious, with a mix of porter and grapefruit hop action. Some melon washes over the middle quite a bit too, with mellow roast complimenting also. Malts accentuate as it warms up almost getting into doppelbock territory strangely, the hop character really tappers off quite a bit also after some time.

This is a real style blur, I am not that drawn to it, but it's kind of interesting.

Photo of ddedhed
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured 1/3 of bomber into a stemmed water glass. Dark, dark brown, very close to black, with an amber hue. There was a ton of thick, frothy, light khaki head that did not last too long. Decent lacing throughout. The smell is a little weak to me. I get sweet malts, not much roast. The hops are not very foward. They are slighty herbal/floral. I get a wiff of something garlic/tobaccoish, but not necessarily in an off putting way. I guess it is more of an earthy feel, and it is very faint. The taste is roasted malts with a sweetness that gives way to a solid herbal/floral hop presence on the back end; centennial, maybe? It has a crisp finish with moderate lingering bitterness. On the medium to thin side. This is a very balanced beer.

Overall, this is a decent beer that I would not pass on in the future. It is by no means a rock star, but something I would gladly drink again. Good, solid beer, but I prefer Hop Heathen.

Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass and while pouring, two finger white head that leaves nice lacing

S-roasted malt, some coffee, not much, mild hop presence

T-starts with roasted mild, very mild coffee, ends with nice hop flavors and mild bitterness.

M-lighter, nice carbonation.

O-A decent black ale, was expecting a more hop forward beer from FFF though.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the Three Floyds store (Munster, IN). 10.00. No bottle date but my assumption is that they wouldn't sell beer past it's prime at the brewery. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours cola black/brown with a finger and a half tan head. Head fades quickly to a thin layer and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of roasted pine. Plenty of piney hops but the charred malts are in there aplenty.

Those piney hops come on strong in the flavor. Also some bright bitter citrus pith, charred wood, burnt sugar, an almost rye-ish spice and some pleasant softer peach/ papaya fruity hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, mildly bitter roasty, floral pine finish.

A well made black ale. The roast and pine notes dominate as expected for the style but with the welcome addition of some tropical fruits. It drinks smooth and I had no problems finishing the bomber in one sitting.

Photo of csparace
4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm happy to say that this beer is super well done. A lot of times I feel like good ideas go into combinations/collaborations like this but what comes out is not dependable. Leave it to FFF to get shit done.

Pours a super dark burned caramel. You can tell as you're pouring that its of thin consistency though. Light colored 3 finger head which fades quick. Super nice lacing. Has the nose that is typical of FFF, super fresh with a great hop aroma. Not quite as fruity smelling as their other IPAs but definitely has a darker roasted character.

As I drink the lacing is just gorgeous. First impression is that of smoothness with a lot of great hop flavor without much of the bitter crunch. (Possibly due to me holding on to it in the fridge for almost a month) Sits heavy on the tongue as the taste continues and the roasted caramels really come out. There are even some coffee notes. Overall though, still tastes pretty much like you'd expect an IPA to taste like - just with a dark twist that makes it super interesting, yet still very satisfying.

Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade from Pidzik12 - Thanks Paul!

Tasting notes from 22oz bottle – taken on 07/27/13 with my Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Thick layer of oatmeal colored cream cap settles over a dark brownish-black body proving some ample retention efforts. Frothy chunks of lace cling to the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Smells of piney hops with an incredible amount of juicy citrus fruits present. I am getting some very mild dark malt mixed in that is reminiscent of a little char and black licorice. There is a slight sweetness to the overall aroma as well. Pleasurable nose with lots of citrus coming through.

T: Pine and citrus fruit flavors lead into some more earthy tones and a touch of charcoal roast. Has a brewers licorice and/or root like component coming through for sure. There is a relatively high level of perceived bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is incredibly well masked. Finishes fairly clean with a dry roastiness that is not too sharp or astringent. Pretty nice balance to this here black IPA.

M: Smoothand creamy feel under a moderately hefty body. Feels a little watery overall with a soft drying towards the finish. High on the bitters but not much residual lingering character noted. Rather clean in that regard.

D: Nice big pine and citrus hops with a more restrained roast character. I would say that this is not the best Black IPA out there but definitely one of the better ones and I am pumped to have been able to try.

Overall really enjoyable with nice balance.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Served in a large wine glass.

Finishing the night off with a strong black IPA from the Floyds. And it's not Toxic Revolution. Shots fired. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-sienna topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises heavy leek, light roasted malts, and some light pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, but luckily the roast o'erpowers the leek character, though not enough to rid the world of it entirely. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I guess this could've been a nice black IPA had it been brewed with different hops, but the leek here just ruins things for me.

Photo of Docrock
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap at Three Floyds 2-11-13. served in a half pint glass

A - deep dark brown almost black, just a little bit of light penetrates through. Light cream colored head with sticky lacing, the head dwindled to a very thin cap.

S - maybe it was the food being served nearby but I hard a hard time smelling anything, there was no predominate aroma

T - smoky roasted maltiness with a decent amount of pine resin.

M - carbonation was adequate, smokiness was a nice touch and the aftertaste had a touch of bitterness

O - Haven't had many Black IPA's so not sure how to compare to the style. The lack of aroma was a bit unusual considering the taste profile. Picked up a bottle to try at a warmer temperature, served very cold at the Brewery.

Photo of VitoFerrante
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. Malty, very smooth, very similar to Topless Wytch. Very, very drinkable. Honestly, I could have drink the entire 22 oz'er in 20 seconds! The sad part about a beer like this is that everyone will not be able to try it. The beer gods of Munster have struck again and it is good!!!

Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top and pour a brew of dark coffee coloring, letting up mahogany hues towards the bottom of the glass. It holds a four finger head of fluffy yet tight latte colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Patterned lacing is left around the glass as the head recedes at a slower pace. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is rich and full, giving notes of hazelnut and almond warmth, soft buttery diacetyls, maple syrup sweetness, thick caramel and brown malt roastiness, distant tobacco smokiness, milk chocolates, salt water taffy, and light bubblegum esters, with brightly grassy and piney hops balance. With warmth comes more sweetness of figgy plums, raw booziness, nectary hops, fresh strawberry preserves, nori, straight vanilla extract, phenolic plastics, and coffee malt metallics. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows a nice contrast between bright fruity sweetness, fresh grassy hops, and richly roasted and deep porter-style malts. As we sip, the taste begins with plastic brown malts, hints of chocolate, lactic foaminess, hazelnut sweetness, melted brown sugars, resiny, grassy, and grapefruity hops, and a huge minty spiral core. The middle peaks with sweetly caramel and corny malts, grassy hops, herbal and earthy bite of mineral and mud, malted milk ball sweetness, chalky yeastiness, clover honey, sweet cream, and café au lait smoothness and sweetness. The end comes with enhanced hops, with nectars and herbals, along with a deepening of the malts, giving leathers, smokiness, and burnt brown and caramel maltiness. Mixing in are soothing notes of cereal grain, chamomile, lemony tannins, sweet milk chocolates, clovey and phenolic plastics, boozy rumbles, and cheesy funk. The aftertaste breathes of fresh figs, plum pudding, curry spiciness, coffee and chocolate malts, smoky char, soured yeasty bite, sticky warmed honeys, strawberry and lemon fruitiness, green twig resins, musk and bark, and cereal grain. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip is silky smooth, with nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left coated and dripping with foam, with light metallic and chalky astringency across the palate, and charred, hoppy pucker through the center of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma and flavoring. While many Black IPAs/ales tend to overdo it with the bitterness of roast and overly hoppy bite, this guy strikes a tender balance between the inherent sweetness of the roasty, chocolatey, porter-esque malt base, with the fruity, citric, and floral hoppy balance of your sweeter east-coast IPA. This makes for a pleasing, highly inviting beer on all accounts. The ingredients are full flavor and never really cheapen, giving richness and robustness throughout. This is one of the best, most balanced we’ve had for the style in a long time, and it, again, truly speaks to the diversity of the brewery in drive, intensity, and execution.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 3.19.13

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a two inch foamy light tan head with good retention.

S -Hoppy pine and grass, sweet, roasted malt.

T - Roasted malt and subtle grass, pretty mild.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Roasted malt with a hoppy background. Mild Beer.

Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a dark cola in color with a light khaki head that fades pretty quickly.

S - Big pine hops and roasted malts abound.

T - Pine hops exploding, burnt sugar and roasted malts. There's a a good bit of rye spice as well.

M - Light medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Well made with the right notes and an easy drinker at that.

Photo of Auracom
3.26/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub in Munster. 10 oz. poured into a FFF pint glass on March 23rd, 2013.

A - More of a deep brown ale than a true black IPA, plentiful sticky light brown lacing and a moderate amount of head sticking around.

S - Mocha foam, a twinge of smoke, lightly toasted coffee beans, graham cracker, and slight tropical fruit.

T - Gentle hop acidity and pine zest really well balanced with honey malt and baking spices.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight dryness in the finish.

D - Unexpectedly balanced. Normally I'm all for that, but in this instance it's balanced because nothing stands out in the taste. The aroma was significantly more complex and interesting. Would grab Wookey Jack before I'd try this one again.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's somewhat of a surprise to me that the ever-hoppy brewers at Three Floyds doesn't have an American Black Ale as part of their standard portfolio. This random offering suits the style exactly spot on.

The ale pours dark brown, but not quite approaching black confusions. It's capped with a mild tan head that's frothy in its texture. Strong resiliance allows the beer to line the glass with its pillowy lace.

Sharp and certain IPA aromas leap from the glass- citrusy grapefruit and orange peels are apparent and governs the nose at first. A background malt note of light campfire char, coffee, and burnt sugars override any caramel scent.

Burnt sugars and roasty malts align to give first impressions to its dry taste. The middle palate brings on the sharp hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, pine, and grass. Wood-ish tones of roasted grain and nuts fade in and out of the hop profile before the beer dives into a deeply resinous bitterness to finish. It seems that the coffee-ish roast creates its own bitterness that exacerbates the bitterness of hops for a two headed monster of bitterness that tramples the esophagus.

Medium-bodied, the ale reads bolder because of its dark appearance, but it is remarkably dry and light even early on. But as the carbonation recedes and the malt sweetness fades, the bitterness and mild grain-derived astringency takes hold and dominates the finish. Its crisp and spicy aftertaste is something of toasted hop cones in essence.

It's an incredibly bitter beer from both hops and char. More floral character and an even drier malt texture could really propell this thing into orbit!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks sleuthdog for the hookup. enjoyed from my FFF teku.

brew poured a watery black with a grey foamy head that left chunky lacing. smells of dank sticky hops with solid roasted malts. nice citric notes. taste is big and bold leading with roast and then slamming you with the bitterish hops. fairly dank and pine cone, but the roast really changes the character of an ipa. the body is nice and smooth with good carbonation. things are really in balance. this is a style that i'm not wild about, but if more of the black ipas were like this i'd probably speak differently of the style. i really found this one to be quite good.

Photo of wpqx
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn tasty black IPA that easily tops some of the more highly rated 3 Floyds offerings. Somewhat mellow taste for it's ABV, a nice dark color and mild aroma. Good finish that leaves a slightly hop forward taste in your mouth. A nice choice for someone looking for a cross between a stout and an IPA.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a FFF pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger+ head that slowly settles to a somewhat thick lacing
S: Dark malt, some molasses/cocoa but also a distinct citrus from the hops
T: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, a touch bitter along with a bit of grapefruit pith & pine, long finish
M: Medium-bodied, quite drinkable
O: Solid, enjoyable/easy to drink but I expected the flavors to be a bit bolder. That being said it's still a fine beer and one I'd easily recommend

Photo of homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with tan head. Plenty of head retention, perhaps a bit lighter than some of the other black IPAs. The nose is heavy on citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and bright pineapple tones. If I were blindfolded, I would never be able to tell that this IPA is dark. The taste features the deeper malt profile that I expect in the style, but almost no roast is present. Fruity hops dominate with some resinous undertones and mellow bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, I don't know what the dark malts contribute to this beer, but it is tasty nonetheless.

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In The Name Of Suffering from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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