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Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
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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1/5  rDev -75.2%

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2/5  rDev -50.4%

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2.05/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

OK. I've been to the UK numerous times, drunk dozens and dozens of UK real ales, and visited numerous breweries. I'm always leery of a brewery that states that their beer is a specific style. With that being said I'm going to rate this as a true UK IPA and not an American IPA.

Right off the bat, the ABV is too high - should be nearly half.

A: great, orange/light brown color - clear
S: nose is way off for an English IPA, where's the malt?, where's the balance of malt and hops?, way too much hops, not to style
T: I must have an off bottle, it tastes very medicinal and extremely, extremely bitter, way too piney, even for an American IPA there is something wrong
M: pucker factor big time
D: not

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2.07/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bomber into a Samuel Smith pint glass. Newer bottle with renamed 'Blackbeard' logo.

Appearance - A frothy half finger of head that rapidly turns to a soapy texture. Very nice lacing. The beer itself is a deep, delicious looking amber that shows signs of nice carbonation. Faint orange and brown hues that look alive and fresh.

Smell - Smells quite alcoholic with hints of spiced floral notes. Nothing special to note.

Taste - Definitely not as unique as other Three Floyds I've had, but definitely a tasty beer. A highly carbonated brew brimming with malt. High alcoholic spice with a heavy caramel crash. Rich english malt and faint floral spice. Light citrus.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Honestly, this is my least favorite Three Floyds offering that I've had. There is a heavy alcohol taste that seems quite unbalanced. The malt is rich and heavy. A bit of a roasted taste in the finish. A bit of a letdown.

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.83/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a slightly cloudy bright copper color with a thin white head that was quickly a light soap ring.

The smell was very sweet and bready with some light earthy hops.

The flavor is very sweet and malty with a heavy piney bitterness, a ton of lingering sweetness, the hops are lacking in flavor just packing a lot of bitter. The flavors do not mesh well.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with a lot of resin.

This is just a mess of a beer, lacking in all subtleties and balance.

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2.9/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a brandy snifter.

A: Pleasing amber with some haze and decent creamy head that doesn't last forever.

S: Grapefruit. Tangerine. Caramel. Sweet bread. Piney hops.

T: Caramel. Honey. Grapefruit. Extremely sweet, heavy, syrupy malts and an overstated, citrus-and-pine hop presence. The usual suspects. I dislike the corn-syrupy intensity of the malt sweetness, I feel that it conflicts and clashes with the hop bitterness rather than counterbalancing or contrasting.

M: Flabby, sticky and syrupy, with enough effervescence to make it tolerable.

D: Quaffable enough to me, but to the average beer drinker it would be a bit overwhelming.

Overall: This tasted so much like so many others of the IPA style that I found it forgettable. It seems like the syrupy malt/citrus-pine hop combination is becoming very common among American craft breweries that produce stronger IPA styles. What I'd like to see in this beer, as a supposedly English-inspired style, would be a leaner body; not necessarily lighter, just drier, not so excessively sugary and sticky. A drier body combined with a more earthy, herbal or spicy choice of hop flavors rather than the commonly used pine/citrus would, to me, taste closer to an English style and wouldn't eclipse the barrel aging so much. While this was an affable enough beer for someone with a taste for IPAs, the been-there-drank-that experience wasn't worth the high price to me (roughly twice that of nearly all other bombers at the store, including those of comparable style).

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3/5  rDev -25.6%

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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An interesting English IPA beer

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,359 ratings
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