Immutable Dusk | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Cascadian Immutable Dusk-style ale is as unwavering in its dark and beguiling flavor as it’s namesake. Enjoy this black IPA brewed with our friends in the band PELICAN.

Added by MasterSki on 11-20-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 97
Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Alright, I going to get a real IPA with dark tendencies or am I going to get another hoppy Porter? It seems that most brewers are simply incapable of getting this right. But with 3 Floyds, I have high expectations.

Looking nothing like IPA at all, its ominously dark color is even more intense than those porters- its very stout-like, even as its arid and fluffy, sandy-white foam builds a tall column inside the glass. With tremendous retention and intricately splattering the glass with lace.

Sharp aromas of hops and char tilt toward more citrusy and resinous notions. White grapefruit, fresh orange peels, broken pine needles and the scent of a freshly mowed lawn all come to mind as the scent shifts from hops to malt. Its heavy toast character adds an acute character to the ale along with dry cocoa, campfire and burnt caramel.

Its taste is robust with the over-cooked caramels cocoa and coffee to start. But all that is quickly thrown to the wayside as the char and hops work in tandem across the middle. Tangy white grapefruit juicy, burnt citrus peels, and light sourish fructose gives the ale a decisive zesty quality. Finishing with resinous pine and burnt spruce- a whimsy of Christmas trees come to mind. The lingering char gives a coffee-like bitterness and seems to elevate the piney bitterness from hops.

Medium-bodied, the ale's high carbonation gives a lift to its tepid sweetness, giving the ale an airy effect. Forgivably, its dryness is also its curse as it opens up to ashy and roast-derived astringent textures as the ale closes. Lingering pine-type bitterness and char extend well into the next taste.

There's no doubt that this is and IPA first and the charred grains act in support. Another well-done ale by the hop experts at Three Floyds.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From: Three Floyds Brewery (purchased on site)
Date: None, purchased five days ago
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Immutable Dusk is a hoppy American black ale, but it does not really offer much that differentiates itself from a variety of others in the style that display pine, citrus, and mild roasted malt flavor in quietly metered amounts. At $10 per bomber, I expect to be amazed at the prowess of the brewers involved, not simply given a pleasing fermented beverage: I wouldn't pick this up again at this price point.

Pours a 1.5cm tall head of dark beige colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, yielding a very frothy appearance. Retention is somewhat above average at 1.5 minutes, the head gradually fading to a thin ring of foam around the perimeter of the glass. Lacing is good, with thick washes clinging to all sides of the glass. The body of the beer is a dark brown to black color, with light bringing out modest amber brown hues around the edges of the glass. Carbonation not visible through the opaque body.

Aroma is of pine resin, stale grapefruit juice, and a bit of acrid roasted malt that gives a bit of coffee and burnt toast. Seems like a potential combination of Chinook and Simcoe to me. Good, but a bit typical: I've brewed something very similar.

Front of palate tastes sharp pine resin, grapefruit, and woodsiness from hops, slight roasted malt bringing in hints of cocoa and coffee, with moderate hop and roasted malt bitterness. Mid-palate of mild roasted malt (light cocoa and coffee) with strong pine resin, mild grapefrtuit-like citrus, hop woodsiness, and light . Back of palate finds moderate hop and acrid roasted malt bitterness, pine, woodsy, and grapefruit-like flavors from hops, and modest roasted malt contributing burnt toast and cocoa. Aftertaste of light roasted malt contributing some burnt toast and cocoa, along with pine resin, woodsiness, medium-high hop and acrid roasted malt bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with medium-low carbonation, resulting in a foamy mouthfeel (3/4) and modest smoothness (1/4). Closes dry, with moderate stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Black even when backlit – dark brown at the edges. Less than a finger of light tan head with fine bubbles.

S: Roasty with pine and mint.

T: Roasted grains and a mix of hop flavors that are not easy to discern – maybe orange, pine, and a little mint. This could easily be considered a hoppy stout. It does dry out well for the IPA aspect. Bitterness is quite modest and seems to be driven by the roasted grains.

M: Fairly thick for an IPA. Nice sparkly carbonation gives the beer a lot of life. Leaves a very pleasant lingering tingle throughout the mouth.

O: Very good. I would buy this again. It paired very nicely with a lamb and apricot stew.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Three Floyds' Brewpub in Munster, Indiana. Served in an imperial pint today, 12/12/2013.

Dark brown body, almost black, relatively opaque and comes with a fair sized one-finger brown head that doesn't retain all that well. Good lacing though. Looks like any typical darker beer, really.

Smells very nice and hoppy. Juicy even. Pine, citrus notes dominate a background of charred malts and roast. Very interesting and strong, even for the Black IPA subcategory.

Flavourwise, it just didn't work that well for me. Pine bitterness on top of a roast/charred malt background is an eh. I mean, pine and coffee and chocolate? Just doesn't do it for me, even though I've enjoyed Black IPAs in the past.

OK mouthfeel, thinner bodied, a bit watery. Carbonation is solid, not peppy or creamy by any means. A bit bitter on the piney end.

Decent Black IPA, not going back for this one anytime soon.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours Somewhat thick dark black with a great one and a half finger light tan head that has great retention.

Smell has both hops and malt forward. Malt is dark roasted somewhat charred and grainy in the nose along with some lighter hop aromas of pine and citrus.

Malt dominates this brew in taste. Charred malt adds a good bitterness along with rich deep roasted coffee and toffee like malt. Hop flavors of mainly pine follow and are very nicely balanced with the charred malt, bitterness is pretty much perfect and does not intrude on any individual component of the brew.

Mouthfeel is great. Good rich body and mild to moderate carbonation keep this highly drinkable and velvety smooth. Big sticky finish.

Overall this was a great black ipa. Bitterness in this was on point for a black ipa and let the roasted malt really come out in this brew.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Great light tan lacing with a very thin layer of foam. Immutably black with a hint of red light peaking through.

Smell: Creamy espresso and a hint of sweet pine and brown sugar. A bit chalky, which keeps it nice and subtle with excellent balance.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sweet molasses and raisins. A bit chalky, just like the smell. Some toasted coffee and nuts in the finish. The mineral-like feel makes this rustic and highlights the carbonation, but mellows it as well. I wish the mouthfeel would hang around a bit more.

Overall: Not a knock-out…maybe a TKO.

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Immutable Dusk from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.02 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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