Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,348
Reviews:
379
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
Wants:
188
Gots:
178
For Trade:
4
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Photo of heysuz
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of delgotit99
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 crownrl28
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 BrewNoob1
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 gregcordle
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of invalid665
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zachpaschal
3.71/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MurphDog14
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of JustinSparks
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stutz
4.88/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Great feel, appearance, and taste.

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

2016-05-03
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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3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of beb86
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Like a scotch ale but with fff complexity.

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Photo of Rice_Nate_25
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mwvman
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of djrn2
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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