Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BlackheartBlackheart
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
Ranking:
#3,039
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
1,354
Liked:
1,165
Avg:
4.03/5
pDev:
9.93%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
178
Trade:
4
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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with foamy white head. Significant lace retained in the glass. The hops are aromatic:East Kent Goldings & Admiral. Coconutty taste from the start, above average mouthfeel though it burns by the end somewhat. Drinkable. Turn away the label and drink.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick off white single finger head with nice lacing on a hazy golden copper body. Aroma is malt heavy with breads, tart citrus, candied orange and pine resin. The flavor is basically the same and follows very well with the exact same experience. Although good I don't really understand what makes this one English. It may use English hops but it basically came out as a malt forward AIPA from my experience. Medium to full body and moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of spycow
5/5  rDev +24.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking copper color. The head was a light cream color with a light lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a good balance of grainy sweet malts along with the dry hop aromas too. The taste of the beer has a good amount of English malt flavors with a sharp hoppy finish to it. The mouthfeel of the beer is pretty typical, drinkable, medium bodied with a dry finish. Overall this beer was really nice in my opinion.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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 BEERchitect
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blackheart is anything but black. It's rather an appealing Double IPA brewed in the English style. Though not typical for the style at all.

The beer pours with a bright and glowing copper/orange color and shows lively carbonation through the glass. An airy and froathy white heabd form above the snifter and retains well. The foam laces very well in its retraction and with each sip.

Fruity, spicy, and citrusy aromas leap out first, followed by malts of sweet breads and caramels. Any oak or toast character is very light and most likely missed if the lable didn't say so. The aromas display a certain sturdiness yet brightness.

Crisp and characterful malts give a lot of graham cracker, biscuity, and sweet bread flavor without the sugary taste that usually accompanies such beers. Sharp and aggressive hop flavors of pine resins, spices, fresh-cut grasses, and citrus gradually grow in intensity and eventually dominate the beer as the malts retract into the finish. Fruity esters weave in and out of the hoppy citrus note and give a bridge from the malts to hops. Alcohol flavor is light and take on a fruity acetone note.

Sweeter and more full up front but the malts quickly transition to a well attenuated dry maltiness. The growing dryness is aided by the hop dryness and that of the 9% alcohol. Crisp and clean in the finish- rare for English Ales.

This is a great English IPA but the hop character takes on an unexpected citrus note (from Columbus hops?), creating an interesting interplay with the very English-like esters. Still, the toasted oak contributes little.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

English IPA. Bottle bought at Hop Leaf in Chicago and served into a pilsner glass. Reviewed from notes. Cost was $20.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger head of white colour. Decent thickness. Okay cream. Good retention. Body colour is a semitransparent pale yellow-copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Somewhat murky. Semitranslucent.

Sm: Clean floral hops, pale malts, and light soapy character. Bright fruit. Timid. A light to mild strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Floral hops, pale malts, and soapy character. Imbalanced. Somewhat mediocre for the style. I like it generally, but there's not much complexity or subtlety here. A bit too sweet. Weird tropical fruit notes turn me off to it. Not a balanced IPA by any means. I expect more from Three Floyds. No yeast character comes through. Some alcohol. Some candi sugar. Soapiness really holds this one back; it spent too long in primary.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the style. Adequate carbonation. Decent presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile alright.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but unimpressive. Horribly priced - but then fuck me for buying it at a bar. I wouldn't bother with it again. ABV does come through a bit. I expected more given Three Floyds' reputation.

C+

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After trying this several times in the past year, i'm finally getting around to reviewing it. This made it's debut at the brewpub, then Night of the Living Ales on cask, and later on in bottles. The cask version was my favorite, and one of the fest highlights. When the bottles first came out, I thought the oak was too astringent and needed time to mellow. This bottle is likely 6+ months old.

Murky orange with some light breaking through the haze. Creamy surface of offwhite foam, a small bit of lacing at the edges of the tulip glass. Buttery caramel aroma, some sweetness and hidden oak also in the nose. Sweet caramel, orange peel, and dried apricot flavors, light oak in the dry bitter aftertaste. Savory feel, showing age slightly, but definitely integrated with the oak.

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Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that leaves great lacing

Smell: Graham cracker and caramel, with a leafy hop element

Taste: Bready caramel and graham cracker, up front, with a leafy hop character developing by mid-palate; rather bitter and oaky in the taste after the swallow, but the malty sweetness persists and lingers in the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Big flavor and a bit different from the typical IPA, let alone an EIPA; ultimately a bit too sweet but still well worth seeking out

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Photo of oline73
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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 mothman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jlindros
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to dvelcich for this with a slew of 3F beers, easily one of my fav breweries so a big thanks to him.

Pours a fizzy 1 finger head that fades slowly with a bit of lacing over clear honey orange nectar peach colored beer.

Nose has hops, some light earthy and touch herbal, chewy hops, light floral citrus, some candy hops, light sweet caramel malts.

Taste comes with some rustic hops to start, light earthy and herbal, candy hops, light hop oil and almost hop extract but not super bitter, then some light sweet malts, caramel, touch of toffee, toasty malts, hint bready and biscuit, candy flavor. Finishes a bit more bitter which seems to build as it goes, drier, light sticky feel, lots of chewy candy hops finish with a light spicy earthy hop, and a touch of warming booze comes out of the sweetness.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, dec carb, light warming booze.

Overall not bad, nice hops but not quite english, lots of nice malts and sweet sugars to balance the various hops, sweetness, and light booze, tasty and drinkable though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/bronze with a nice white head and some lacing as it goes down. The hops and the oak completely dominate the nose, in a good way. The taste is a little bit of a disappointment after the nose, with the hops and the oak not blending quite enough--in fact, even though this is an IPA, I'm almost tempted to commit the cardinal sin and age this one for a while to see what develops. The mouthfeel is thick for the style but well within range. Drinkability is somewhat hampered by what I feel might be a little too much oak for what it is right now.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
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 nickfl
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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Beer rating: 86% out of 100 with 1,354 ratings
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