Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
A throwback historical ale brewed when English IPA's were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to Colonial troops in India, using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly on toasted oak for a 19th century taste.

78 IBU

Added by philberinghele on 03-21-2008

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Photo of ChilliHeights
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent Ale with nice amber color. Malty and citrus aroma and taste. Very smooth mouth feel and a nice clean finish. Poured into tasting glasses and had a nice head and lacing. Looking forward to the next bottle.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 5/2/14; drank 5/24/14 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Clear, bright orange hue.

Cream-colored head; thick lace.

Mild blood orange & green peppercorn nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Dry wood, light caramel & faint citrus flavor; sharply bitter finish. Too bitter for me; drinkable but easily forgettable.

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Photo of BigGold
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

First had poured from 22-oz. bomber, with bottled-on date rubbed off, into faceted mug. In 3 Floyds' hands, all English ingredients and toasted oak aging produce an "Imperial" English IPA.

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Photo of snaotheus
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large mug. Bottled On 05/03/16. My pour left about a half inch in the bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a big head that fades fairly slowly. Moderate amount of fine carbonation. Smell is grassy, slightly funky, moderate amount of spice, some biscuity maltiness. Some hints of citrus.

Taste is heavy on the bitter, a tiny amount of banana flavor that kind of comes across as yeasty funk, heavy on the bitter, something vaguely chocolatey, and heavy on the bitter.

Mouthfeel is dry but full. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Bottled 5/3/2016. Served in a Three Floyds teku glass.

Pours a dark caramel-orange body, slight amber hue, two finger white head, good retention, lots of lacing. A nice looking beer, a bit darker than expected. Smells of rich toffee, floral notes, marmalade, a big bite of citrus. Essentially what I was expecting from a Three Floyds' take on the English IPA style. It does have a heavy American influence with the citrus and grapefruit. Flavour is similar, with a solid caramel and toffee backbone, lots of orange marmalade, lemon and citrus. Lingering citrus and marmalade bitterness. A very nice beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, appropriately carbonated, nice substantial feel, mild-moderate bitterness that lingers for a while. Good stuff. Overall, it took a while until I found the first bottle that wasn't already a month old, but I'm glad to have finally had this one. A nice, Floyds-centric American take on the English style IPA.

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Photo of corby112
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy, dark golden orange color with apricot edges and a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting ring. Good retention, only slowly settling and leaving large steaks of chunky lacing behind.

Earthy floral hop aroma with grassy resins and subtle pine along with sweet caramel malt and delicate oak. The oak adds another layer of complexity without overwhelming the the hop and malt notes. Some dry char and earthy wood which compliments the floral/earthy hop notes and sticky reins. Sweeter malt backbone with toffee, biscuit, caramel and dark fruit. Really nice combo of hops, malt and oak in the nose.

Flavor is somewhat similar to the aroma but a bit more complex. Much stronger hop profile than the nose suggests with dank, earthy hop bitterness and resinous oils countered by a sweet malt backbone and dry toasted oak. Again, the oak really stands out without overpowering the other notes. This adds another layer of complexity while complimenting the dry bitterness of the hop profile. Pine, grassy resins, and spruce tip followed by caramel, toffee, toast and dark fruit. Oak comes on strong toward the end of the palate contributing to the dry finish. The high ABV is very well masked making this flavorful and complex beer deceptively drinkable.

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Photo of wdberkley
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another 3F IPA, this time with an English Twist.

Pours a transparent orange color, decent head, smells like citrus fruits, pine, even some herbs, sweet malt, flavors taste much the same. Good balance of sweet malt & hops. Perfect carbonation.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11/3...brewery bomber. Pours rusty cloudy orange copper. Thick white foam sits on top and laces. Pine tinged nose. Floral/citrus too. Taste is a fantastic malty hop blend. Peppery close. Chewy mouthfeel. Bitter burn at the close.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to August for procuring this -enjoyed from a tulip the bomber shared with tenderbranson69.

The color is medium amber with thick haze and substantial head with good retention and fine bead with lace that sticks with wispy pattern. The smell has slight caramel odor with light fruity yeast and mild herbal hop aroma with subtle alcohol in the initial smell with a light woody aspect. The feel has a great balance with moderately full carbonation and semi-spicy hop with bitter middle and light sweetness with dry quality in the finish with mild alcohol in the background.

The taste is very good with a nice balance of malt with herbal hops with a peppery quality and wood in the taste with light caramel element and slight oaky quality with gentle hint of stone fruit and tangy yeast flavor with dry toasted malt character that blends well with the wood treatment and yeast with a slight alcohol flavor in the dry hoppy finish with a good amount of wood as it warms. Overall this is a good Engllish style with wood aging I was not sure what to expect but very good with respect shown for the original style with a good woody/hoppy combination and moderately low alcohol in the flavor I was pleasantly surprised but this is a good Hop forward beer from 3 floyds as usual.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Brown-orange, solidly cloudy with even some sediment on the bottom. Voluminous soapy head and dots of lace. Kickass bottle art.

S & T: The malt is predominant on the nose. Toffee, followed by orange peel. Quite alluring. Orange, mango, and pine are first detected on the palate but quickly overcome by caramel malt, wood without any of the boozey characteristic of a whiskey barrel, mild nutty toffee flavor. Orange peel returns on the finish. Bitter but also perfectly balanced by sweetness. Really incredible.

M: Full bodied, smooth smooth smooth. Faintest carbonation doesn't disturb the heavy body.

O: I was not expecting an unheralded shelf beer to be this good. I admittedly do not know what an historic English IPA should taste like, but from what I imagine, and what I'm told on the bottle, this is exactly it, and what's more, it's also modernly delicious. Plenty of hop flavor, a moderate and appropriate showing of hop range, and the malt and wood gives it fantastic complexity, depth, and balance. This is a balaced way to get a hop fix without drinking some off-kiler gimmicky hop-centric brew. Would not mind a re-visitation!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy gold to amber under a clingy 2” foam collar that leaves delicate lace.
S: It smells like an English IPA with spicy sticky malts and grassy, earthy hops.
T: The malty sweetness, spice and light breadiness congregate in the body with more hop grass and earthiness in the foam providing a taste journey as the foam assimilates into the body.
F: Medium body and medium low carbonation that is very soft.
O: This is a great beer that improves as it warms. Let the bottle sit out for half an hour or so before opening.

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Photo of dannydetox
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

nose was lacking for a 3 floyds brew, but ithan that, i think this one is representative of the style. classic orange color when poured into the glass, leaving a small, whitish head and minimal lacing. nose is earthy, and almost pumpkin-like, with more of the caramel, biscuit maltiness prevailing. the bottle i received is 2 months past its "enjoy by" date, so this may be a factor. on the palate the beer brings some light lemon hops alongside herbalness and more of the full bodied malt. solid, chewy mouthfeel. hints of milk chocolate on the end for some reason - maybe the light barrel aging. different than the standard ipa offerings from these deranged, maniacally metal brewing fanatics, but not a bad bottle to pick up.

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Photo of Tilly
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Real nice hazy amber/ golden pour with a luscious white head.
Aromas of some of the better IPA's. Florals, hops, citrus and some fresh bread.
Taste of hops, citrus, florals and nice clean bread.
Mouth feel is crisp, clean with a slight amount of bitterness.
Not one of 3 Floyd's best, bit a nice English style IPA. WELL DONE!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avery nice amber color with a subtle hop presence and malty aroma. Taste is well balanced with a smooth malty backbone, Overall a really well done IPA. Really enjoyed this

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and citrusy hops are present in the nose along with notes of biscuit and caramel malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the malts are a little stronger than the hops, the latter of which contributes a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Slight bits of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and the hops.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've never really been a big fan of English IPAs so this is literally one of the last offerings from 3-F's that I haven't tried until now.

A - Deep orange color. Clear with huge white head and strong lacing.

S - Strong hop fragrance with a significant citrus hop aroma. There is some of the herbal and dank notes but still more citrus than an other English IPA I've had before. Not as hoppy as any of the other 3-F's beers but still a very hop forward beer. There is some fruity characters from the yeast and a malt presents.

T - Very similar to the smell but with more of the citrus hop character. The sweet malt is first on the tongue and then in the middle there is the full hop flavor with citrus, herbal, and some dank notes. I'm not picking up any floral hops which is very good to me. The fruity esters are in the background too from the yeast. The hop bitterness is there and adds to the hoppiness of the beer but is pretty mild in comparison to some of their beers. Overall hop forward but don't expect to be stunned by this one.

M - Moderate mouth-feel with moderate to high carbonation. The carbonation tries to make it a little lighter and is an easy drinker.

Overall, the best of the style that I've had but it isn't my favorite style nor do I think that this beer is the most stylistic. It seems like a jerked over version on an American IPA that is sweeter, fruitier, and mild bitterness. I liked it but for $12 a bomber I would pass this one up. Try Alpha King first and then if you can't find something else to peek your interest try this one.

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Photo of spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
Pours a dark gold color with big white head. Fairly thick cap never goes away.
Flavor is bready, malty, definitely not an American IPA. Complexity really comes out as beer warms. Touch of grapefruit on the finish
Creamy mouth feel, which not how I usually describe an IPA.
Good stuff. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of stewart124
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottled 05.04.15.

Pours orange-yellow into a snifter. Beautiful lacing.

Big malt presence in the nose. Alcohol notes in the nose along with spicy noble hops.

Chewy mouthfeel and big English hop characters that drive bitterness and push the malts. Compared to American styles this comes off more balanced. Noble hops add earthy, floral, spicy bitterness and aroma without overpowering the beer. Some black currants and light pine come through. The malt bill really drives this with vanilla and a rich bready note to go with the fruity yeast.

Just a lovely beer. Very easy to drink and well worth picking up. I'm not sure 2 Floyds can do anything wrong.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 5/4/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of earthy spicy/piney bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, pear, apple, pepper, pine, light oak, caramel, toasted bread, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a crisp malt/yeast/hop balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/sticky, and slightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent English IPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of earthy hops, fruity yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter bottle date of 5/4

A: hazy murky orangish amber hue with light head that settles to soapy bubbles

S: light on smell a bready biscuity nose with not much else

T: very light clean taste floral with a malty backbone very herbal tasting as well and just a slight hint of citrus

M: super light almost refreshingly so

O: This is quite a delightful beer huge change of pace from their fruity or resinous beer this is malty biscuity with floral herbal bite that is very light on the palate

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an IPA more suited to my taste with a low bitterness and no pine or grapefruit. Instead I get fruity watermelon, honey dew melon, apricot and honeycomb. The backbone is a less sweet caramel malt and tea leaf. Very tasty with no astringency.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 5/4/15 poured into a Teku glass
A: Burnt orange, fairly hazy with a generous two-finger head
S: Light malt/grains, some generic hop notes but also dried herbs
T: Bolder malt than the nose, dry with nice hop notes, particularly citrus
M: Medium-bodied, fresh/dry and a touch bitter
O: Solid though I'm a bigger fan of FFF's American ales

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark burnt orange with a two-finger creamy white head. The head leaves lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pine, orange, grapefruit, and some caramel sweetness.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Stats out with sweet with lots of orange, tangerine, and caramel malts. Good amount of piney hops midpalate midpalate through the finish. There are some nice grapefruit notes in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

O - This was a another great IPA from Three Floyd's. The flavors are nice and clean. A winner.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled date May 4th 2015.

Deep slightly opaque body color, with orange and dark copper brown body. Some noticeable carbonation, slightly muddy looking, but with an off white booming thick four finger fine and tall head on top. Good staying power, with some clumpy but soupy retention.

Interesting but also unexpected aroma. Real nice toasty caramel, and a pine woody note, noticing it mentions toasted oak. It seems to be the dominant note more so than malt or hops on the brew. It has a real nice subtle character, followed by a slight brown sugar sweetness. Hop angle is indistinct and hard to get past with these other tones present, with perhaps a little bit of soft herbal tea character.

Palate takes a much more dramatic turn. The hinted toasty notes really come out, but with a much more juiced hop angle and caramel soft sweetness that follows. Light crackling toffee mixing with mild bitterness that interestingly enough makes the malt more exciting. Mild sensing fruit like marmalade but this wonderful toasty character that is lightly accented with a juiced slight body is what is most impressive. Slightly juiced body, maybe some orange fruit just poking it out, but the caramel sweetness just accents is so nicely.

Surprisingly, it isn't the hops that are making this beer impressive to me, it is perhaps what they do to the other ingredients and malt character of the beer and how they accent it that makes the most favorable impression on me.

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Photo of miniditka77
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Just got a fresh bomber. I love that they have tried to re-create what an actual IPA used to taste like back in the days of the British empire. A lot maltier than most IPAs, with a nice citrusy hop taste, and some oak flavor too. I really love this beer.

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