Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States | website

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
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
1,341
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
18.72%
 
 
Wants:
189
Gots:
175
For Trade:
4
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Reviews by bobhits:
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3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Odd I recall black hearted to be…..black? I suppose I was just expecting the trend of black IPAs. Pours a copper and straw color, strong density with a tall white head, leaving lacing all over.

There is a very clear “funky, earthy” English hop profile here so the style seems legit (darn). That said there’s a strong American something here I like.

The beer opens with intense assault on the front of the tongue where the hops simply dominate and nothing else is heard. From there the hops subside and the malt dominates just as intensely leaving a caramel malt sugary sweetness from the middle to the back of the mouth. Balance is perfectly flawed on both sides! Ok after reading the comments on the bottle the malt makes more sense. The toast and oak are what makes this malt so intense and effective. Huge props for this usage! Not sure how English they are…..

The carbonation is perfectly creamy and interesting, the malty back is thick and nearing the syrupy stage. I’m digging this.

12 dollars for a bomber? 12 freaking dollars for a beer that must be consumed fresh, doesn’t age, and isn’t as good as dreadnaught? I’m sorry but I live with your insane prices guys, but this one is beyond out of wack! That said if you see it on tap for a reasonable price, it is amazing beer and one to seek out.

I saw a man buy old foghorn for 25+ today for a 6er. I really wanted to ask how he could justify that for a 6er of ok beer. The thing is this beer is 39 for a 6er equivalent and well I can’t even begin to accept that for this really really good beer.

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Photo of JGam115
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange Amber, fluffed white foam. Candied mango and pineapple is strong with this one. Boozy and malt-forward. Really solid

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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.

Glass- Shaker Pint

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Photo of Miller7771
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very strong hops but still fantastic

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of blackearth
3.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Received in a trade for some Hopslam; thanks, Drew! Poured into a pint glass, this beer had a nice golden body with a thin white head. Aroma is of hops, sugar and vanilla. Full bodied creamy and syrupy mouthfeel. This beer is mostly sweet and overly oaky with an almost cloying finish that has very little hop bitterness. I appreciate the brewer's intent with the oak and low bitterness to make this taste more authentic as if the barrel had sailed for months, however it just wasn't my cup of tea. I don't think I'll be having this one again soon.

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

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Photo of merlin48
4.82/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle pours into a Sam Adams tasting glass a hazed and rusty orange amber body. Small beige head has some legs and there is plenty of sticky lacing sheeting the sides of the glass.

Aroma is robust with pineapple and orange notes. Some florals tease from underneath and there is a hint of biscuity malt.

Exceptional feel! Medium body with an ideal velvety carbonation and a pleasant earthy hoppiness.

Taste opens with pineapple and blood oranges. Unbuttered toast and honey add some dimension. The hops take on an earthy bitterness midway through and some pine essence briefly appears. The citrusy sweetness recovers toward the finish but never overwhelms. Startling balance between the citrusy fruitiness and classic 3F hop bitterness. No hint of the alcohol.

Wow! Probably the best beer I've had this year. Need more.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ouncer purchased at the brewery. No freshness info/bottling date info on the bottle. Hazed medium honey amber. Long lasting off white head and oodles of lacing bits. Soft hoppy nose.Tasty EIPA of better then average quality. Tasty stuff, lacks the depth of flavors of the all stars of the style.

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Photo of Chris_Panos
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel malt with some flowers and perfume notes. The flavor is very heavy on the caramel malt, but I also get some orange citrus, grass and flowery hops. The bitterness is about medium. A very good aroma and flavor combination. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Another good beer from Three Floyds.

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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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