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 johanvond
4.87/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

When I order this beer I had no clue what style it was but I didn't care. It is my first Cask Ale! I'm now a huge supported of Real Ale.
I was handed a Reddish Amber IPA supporting a pillowy head. The creamy mellow body that cresses yet covers your mouth in a silk. The aroma was mostly pina coloda but there was so much more subtlety form the cask it was overwhelming. I had two pints but still can't pin it down. What I do know is I need more cask ale. Real Ale now.

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Photo of BrewIndy
4.85/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. Dreadnaught has a serious competitor!

Poured from a bomber.

A: Normal looking IPA. Golden hue, perhaps a bit darker. Poured with a fingers worth of head that dwindled down to a small foam on top that left some great lacing on my pint glass.

S: Sugary and alcohol in the nose. It smells very sweet with strong citrusy hops. Maybe more of a lemon dipped in sugar. Such an interesting and strong aroma.

T: Awesomeness. Sweet and syrup up front. Pine needles on the finish. A huge malt flavor balances with a huge hop taste. I don't think it could have been done better with these ingredients.

M: Bitter peppery feeling while maintaining a creaminess in the cheeks and side of the tongue. A balance I love to see in an IPA and this is the perfect example of what I expect.

O: Love this beer, I think the bomber cost me $10 but I'd say that's a deal for what you're getting here. If you see this one don't pass it up!

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

My wife picked this one up for me when she went back to Chicago. This was one of the beers she carried 15 blocks from the train station to her brother's house. God I love her!

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Light bronze in color, moderate carbonation, and a small 1/3 inch head; slightly hazy but not too.

S: Yep.... this is a FFF product alright. Pine and citrus galore, without too much bitterness - this is probably a result of the wood aging. Malt, malt, hops, malt, hops!

T: I don't know how these guys do it. Observation: Judging a beer by its alcohol content detectability is part of the reviewing game: Can you detect the ABV? Is the beer balanced? These are but a few of the questions one asks when reviewing a brew that one tries to constantly answer. In the case of this brew (and just about every FFF IPA), the alcohol is definitely there .... it is just coated with candy! Caramel, sweet tarts, gummy bears, pixie stick dust, and many others attach themselves to the alcohol granules of FFF products like no other.

M: Sweeter than Dreadnaught, but once again.... candy-coated alcohol.

D: English-style IPAs are my thing, and this is the best of them. Quite simply, the best IPA I've ever tasted!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Mildly set tone of dirty peachy ochre capped with a firm crown of off-white foam sitting nearly an inch tall. The invasion of lacing upon the glass edge is other worldly and mighty with one large sheet nearly encompassing the entire glass from where it touches.

Aroma is clean yet subdued some and set back from what you'd think something of 9% would bring to the nose? But what's there is fruity sweet and appetizingly pungent of hops that bring in dirty apple, over ripe pear, starfruit, bits of darker berryness, peach cobbler, pale malt, pale caramel malt, and oat malt with a twist of something almost Belgian in floral yeastyness. Quite nice!

Taste is even more amazingly complex! Yet again; however, has a simplified subduedness about its character. Nothing overwhelming here, just alot of hops and malts intertwining the mass of its 9% ABV that gets right in there with a whisper and then does a wonderful play of largely dulled fruity hoppyness, pale malts, and toasted sweetness. Flavors are mindful of dullish apple, lots of apricot, and some peach, a bit of murky mango and pear is in there. A good portion of pale malts take in a huge body of underscored sweetness along with the toasted oakyness mentioned upon the label; which truly shows up amongst the sweetened tone of malts. Yum, Yum, YUM!

Scrumptious full body! Smooth, creamy, quick, clean, sweet, with just the right abbrevition of hoppyness under it to make a big poof of floral and citric, floral bite as it sinks into the finish. 9%? It's there in the head showing up late as you've downed nearly half of the bomber, but it really doesn't have it anywhere in the nose or taste that says hello strongly.
Wowow! More like a Triple English IPA?! One amazing yummy brew by 3F!

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Photo of parktravis
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - cloudy, light caramel color. Head evaporates quickly.
S - light pine, bit of caramel.
T - not overly hoppy, or even a bit weak for an IPA. Smooth, bitter finish.
M - clean, crisp, with just a bit of lingering hoppiness.
O - Another fine beer from Three Floyds.

Excellent combination of ale and IPA, though a little leaning toward the ale side. Perfect beer for an afternoon of football and decorating the Christmas tree.

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Photo of msgraves
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden orange with a slight haze and mild white head.

Incredible fresh aroma with strong red grapefruit/citrus and some spicy and piney hop character around the edges with sweet, biscuity malt.

Lots of the fresh fruit in the taste, most noticeably red grapefruit and orange flavors. Well balanced toasty malt flavor as well. Spiciness of the hops adds good complexity to the flavor. Good amount of bitterness from the hops. Finishes hoppy and lingers around for a bit.

Medium bodied and carbonated, this beer is highly drinkable even with high IBUs and 9% ABV.

This is one of my favorites from FFF. I immediately went out and bought some more. Highly recommended.

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Photo of iuhophead87
4.67/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 650 Ml to an oversized tulip. Although I've had this beer on draft twice, I'm just now reviewing this must have beer.

A-Pours a pale orange color with dark traces throughout the beer. The dirty orange colored foam rises to the top of the glass and maintains its frothiness for quite a while before dissipating and leaving a nice trace on the side of the glass.
S- For a Three Floyds beer this is not an over hoppy aroma. A gooey pine and woody aroma are obviously present. Behind the hops a caramel malty twang is detected.
T-Oh Yes an English IPA. A style that I love from my favorite brewery. Very malty for an IPA, but yet intriguing. Do I have an oak taste in my mouth? Here come the hops. Wow! A big beer with flavor, hops, ABV, and drinkablility.
MF- A little more syrupy than expected, but still has a burst of citrus hops and caramel to overcome the sweetness a backend-bit keeps you wanting more.
D-Very good considering the ABV. This is a well-balanced beer for 3Fs and is very consumable. IN fact, I never leave my beer-fridge without a bottle of this at all times. This beer may be enjoyed by new comers as well as the experienced beer geek. This could possible be my favorite accessible beers at this time.

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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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Photo of willyc
4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Alright, in a night that I sampled the majority of the three Floyd line up (includining the legendary Dark Lord) this beer was a stand out. The newer label was cool as hell and so was the brew. A nice alburn hue with good lacing. The nose is caramel hops with a smokey oak. I do not want to negate actual English IPA's, but this American EIPA was an industry standard to me. Maybe I'm used to west coast hop brews but either way this is an amazing beer and I look foward to drinking it many more times. Good Day.

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Photo of despainmakesbeer
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly brownish orange cloudy color. No head. Tiny lacy ring
around face edge. Nice darkerish fruity hop aroma, very fresh. Very delightfully sweet smell, perhaps from malt, but extremely well blended. Taste is extremely fruity. More on the peach and apricotty side. Grassy finish. Not super dry. Swish reveals the alcohol. Not very evident in the least. Pretty awesome for style. Much darker color wise and smell wise than the dreadnaught. Absolutely amazing! Some caramel notes in warmth. Very ligh fruity finish in warmth. Hides heaviness well. Recommend!!!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired via trade from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of fruity citrus, pale hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus to start. A complimentary pale hops bitterness quickly follows. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, very nice representation of style while taking that style to the next level which isn't often done with an EIPA and even less often done well. This is a very good beer to drink for a whole evening.

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Photo of russpowell
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from infextation

Pours an effervescent amber/honey with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Through the roof head retention & lacing

S: Floral & herbal hops & a touch of marmalade

T: Biscuitty malt, caramel, herbal & leafy hops up front. Leafy hops surface as this warms along with toffee, then grapefruit & lemons intertwining with the toffee & a bit of apricot & tangerine. Finishes semi-dry, fruitty with leafy & floral hops, plus a big smack of citrus

MF: Medium bodied/chewy with low carbonation & superb balance, plus just a whisper of booze

Drinks too easy would never believe this was 9.0% ABV, plus nails the style to the 98th percentile as far as my mind's eye was getting shipped to British troops, back in the day. Great effort from FFF!

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Photo of jt31914
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a buddy of mine.

A: Pale and amber with two fingers of head and good lacing.

S: hops dominate the smell, with some clove aromas.

T: Amazing! Full and awesome; hops, cloves and sweet honey make the beer both tasty and balanced.

M/D: Not the most drinkable (you can taste the high abv), but still a very tasty brew.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I'll admit to being a huge FFF fan and I also was handed this bottle for free at Pizzeria/Birreria Paradiso in Georgetown, but I still believe the beer is this good besides.

A: Hazy almost opaque dark orange with nice foamy white head, nice retention.

S: Tropical Hope profile of FFF I love dearly with a sweet biscuity malt and english ale profile that is not FFF but still mixes well. Sweet and Hoppy at the same time. I get fruit like Apple and maybe even cranberry in there. The oak prevails also.

T: Awesome palate of flavor ranging from hop bite to succelent fruit flavors, a slight alcohol warming and overall juiciness to this beer. The oak really is nice in this beer as well. Bitter, bready, malty as well adds to the hoppiness. Nice array of flavor, as FFF does so well.

M: Pub cask feel that is really great, so smooth and silky yet carbonated well too.

D: Very great, best English (I know its not made in England) IPA I've had to date. Love this beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice-but-unexceptional EIPA pour. Very hazy, orange in the middle, yellow at the ends, capped with a lacy white head.

Smells wonderful! Normally when I say the malt smells of Toffee I mean that there's a rounded, caramel-like sweetness with a creamy or buttery finish that somewhat resembles toffee. This, on the other hand, smells like a Werther's Original, sweet as buttermilk. This miraculously washes against a complex english hop profile that's bitter, spicy, and dry.

Doesn't taste quite as good as it smells. The malt is still exceptionally sweet and buttery, the hops are still big and wonderfully varied, but everything doesn't click as perfectly as they do in the aroma. Still very good, though.

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Photo of TPatuto
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Nice copper color. Short head, about a half inch. Gone pretty fast. Light filminess from the head after it was gone.

S - Light malty sweetness and vanilla. Oakiness is present, but not pervasive or offensive. Light hops background, pleasant for an english IPA

T - Good Malty Sweetness. Light Vanilla notes, light bittering hops. A small bit of spicy sweetness comes through. Can't put my finger on what, but give it another dimension.

M - Medium body. Sweetness and light spice linger, along with a small (albeit very small) amount of hoppiness.

D - VERY drinkable. very enjoyable. Good Balance and pleasant throughout.

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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 JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this as a Father's Day gift from my wife and kids. I got a great wife!

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a hazy light copper with a rocky off white head of about two fingers. Head drops slowly, leaving some nice lacing.

Aromas of earthy, spicy hops, hint of citrus, big malty backbone.

Flavors of candied fruit, firm citrusy bitterness, but not overwhelming or shocking. Good caramel malt supporting the hop bitterness very nicely. Finish is medium, with hard candy and lemon zest bitterness lingering in the fade.

Mouthfeel is medium, malty, with a mouthcoating bitterness. Alcohol warmth is hidden very well.

Overall a very nice IPA, a little strong for an English IPA, unless they are aiming for something closer to historic versions rather than modern versions. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of gford217
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of brandoman63 poured into a tulip.

Pours a bright translucent orange amber with a healthy 2-finger head and a steady stream of bubbles coming to the top. The retention is good and leaves solid lacing. The aroma is a balance of citrus hops up front and a strong caramel malt base. There is also a heavy dose of earthy hops throughout as well. The taste mirrors the aroma with a grapefruit and grassy hop kick giving way to the caramel malt base. There is a bit of spiciness in the finish as well as some hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and leaves the mouth sticky with the earthy hop juice. The drinkability is fantastic on this one and I don't notice the alcohol at all. The best example of an English IPA (if you can call it that) I've tasted to date.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a pint glass from a 22 oz. bottle. Big thanks to joe1510 for adding this (much appreciated) extra.

A: Gorgeous glowing golden-orange. Excellent sudsy head, rising to about 1.5-fingers, slowly dropping to a thick creamy topping. Almost clear, just a faint haze. A bounty of rising carbonation keeps that head full in a number of thin streams. Very good-looking lace sticks randomly.

S: Love this aroma: honeysuckle and fresh fruit. This could be the most floral-smelling IPA I've had the pleasure of sniffing...very nice! Glazed cinnamon bun? Vague oaky/vinous notes, is this barrel-aged? Wood chips? A wonderful noseful - transcends the style.

T: Sweet and malty upfront. Juicy orange and pink grapefruit, layers of spicy and grassy hops that are just bold enough. Balance nears perfection: flavors dance between a spiced/flowery hop zest and a gentler fruity (apple) malty starchiness. Concludes with that woody/barrel-like finish. Pretty remarkable beer.

M: Silky smooth with a sneakily fiull mouthfeel. This builds and builds to a coating warmth, even though it starts rather innocently. Carbonation is soft, creamy.

D: Really had no idea what to expect from this one. It wasn't a 3F beer I'd heard of before...but now that I've tried it's absolutely imperative that I have this again. Wonderfully drinkable for a big beer and one I'd highly recommend. Dangerously close to a '5' in several categories.

Thanks again, Joe!

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

a beautiful looking bottle label. poured a clean amber with a perfect 2 fingers of off white heat. great retention, greater lacing. smells of cascade hops.. more of a west coast smell than an english ipa. getting a hint of sweet caramel underneath the pine smell. tastes malty sweet and slightly bready up front. then you get a bitter blast of hops towards the finish giving you a piney/citrusy grapefruit taste. medium body with a nice creamy feel, moderate carbonation and a nice warmth from the alcohol content. this is a solid ipa, regardless of not really sticking to the tradition english ipa. i think they should consider making this one year round.. stands up strongly next to arctic panzer wolf.

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Photo of jera1350
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep golden orange color with a creamy tan head on top that sticks around the whole time and lends plenty of lacing around the glass.

The smell is awesome. It is almost a 5 for me. Sweet and citrusy with additional notes of honey, apricot and pineapple.

Plenty warm and boozy. Has a spicy and earthy hop presence. Almost a rum like heat character to it. Definitely balanced with buckwheat honey like malt. Getting a bit of the toasty oak. Really tasty.

Smooth feeling with some creaminess and a little bit of a prickly feel too. Warm and mildly dry finish. Between medium and full bodied.

This is an exceptional brew overall. A unique IPA that is of great quality. Kind of wish I would have picked up more. I am enjoying the hell out of this one.

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Photo of generalnotsew
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge frothy cotton head on the pour. Body is a light orange. Could be a little darker. Smell is hugely sweet tropical grapefruit and cotton candy. A twinge of sourness on the end of the nose. In short, it smells awesome! I can't take the glass away from my nose. Taste is very bold sweetness with the cotton candy quality carrying over. And yes there is a good amount of bitterness in the end. Lots of grapefruit and tropical notes as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, rich and creamy. The beer is a bit hot though. Outstanding beer! Really tastes more like a really good east coast DIPA than an English one. Hop bitterness is much more amplified. Seek this one out. And as always wish I bought more than one.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
4.48/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

TPatuto and I split a bottle of this and loved it. It poured a great looking straw color with a small head that quickly turned into a light haze on top. The smell was the only lacking part of this beer to me, just didn't get alot out of it. Taste was great! A touch of bitterness and then the oak took over. Sweet vanilla with a little bite like a whisky. Went down smooth and was REALLY easy to enjoy. Would buy this again in a heartbeat!

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