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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

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

Real nice hazy amber/ golden pour with a luscious white head.
Aromas of some of the better IPA's. Florals, hops, citrus and some fresh bread.
Taste of hops, citrus, florals and nice clean bread.
Mouth feel is crisp, clean with a slight amount of bitterness.
Not one of 3 Floyd's best, bit a nice English style IPA. WELL DONE!

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Photo of Stevem68
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Avery nice amber color with a subtle hop presence and malty aroma. Taste is well balanced with a smooth malty backbone, Overall a really well done IPA. Really enjoyed this

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Photo of metter98
3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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 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 spacecake9
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber.
Pours a dark gold color with big white head. Fairly thick cap never goes away.
Flavor is bready, malty, definitely not an American IPA. Complexity really comes out as beer warms. Touch of grapefruit on the finish
Creamy mouth feel, which not how I usually describe an IPA.
Good stuff. Another winner from 3 Floyds.

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Photo of stewart124
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber bottled 05.04.15.

Pours orange-yellow into a snifter. Beautiful lacing.

Big malt presence in the nose. Alcohol notes in the nose along with spicy noble hops.

Chewy mouthfeel and big English hop characters that drive bitterness and push the malts. Compared to American styles this comes off more balanced. Noble hops add earthy, floral, spicy bitterness and aroma without overpowering the beer. Some black currants and light pine come through. The malt bill really drives this with vanilla and a rich bready note to go with the fruity yeast.

Just a lovely beer. Very easy to drink and well worth picking up. I'm not sure 2 Floyds can do anything wrong.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +1%
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 SomethingClever
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter bottle date of 5/4

A: hazy murky orangish amber hue with light head that settles to soapy bubbles

S: light on smell a bready biscuity nose with not much else

T: very light clean taste floral with a malty backbone very herbal tasting as well and just a slight hint of citrus

M: super light almost refreshingly so

O: This is quite a delightful beer huge change of pace from their fruity or resinous beer this is malty biscuity with floral herbal bite that is very light on the palate

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Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is an IPA more suited to my taste with a low bitterness and no pine or grapefruit. Instead I get fruity watermelon, honey dew melon, apricot and honeycomb. The backbone is a less sweet caramel malt and tea leaf. Very tasty with no astringency.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle dated 5/4/15 poured into a Teku glass
A: Burnt orange, fairly hazy with a generous two-finger head
S: Light malt/grains, some generic hop notes but also dried herbs
T: Bolder malt than the nose, dry with nice hop notes, particularly citrus
M: Medium-bodied, fresh/dry and a touch bitter
O: Solid though I'm a bigger fan of FFF's American ales

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a dark burnt orange with a two-finger creamy white head. The head leaves lots of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pine, orange, grapefruit, and some caramel sweetness.

T - The flavor follows the aroma. Stats out with sweet with lots of orange, tangerine, and caramel malts. Good amount of piney hops midpalate midpalate through the finish. There are some nice grapefruit notes in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and creamy.

O - This was a another great IPA from Three Floyd's. The flavors are nice and clean. A winner.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Bottled date May 4th 2015.

Deep slightly opaque body color, with orange and dark copper brown body. Some noticeable carbonation, slightly muddy looking, but with an off white booming thick four finger fine and tall head on top. Good staying power, with some clumpy but soupy retention.

Interesting but also unexpected aroma. Real nice toasty caramel, and a pine woody note, noticing it mentions toasted oak. It seems to be the dominant note more so than malt or hops on the brew. It has a real nice subtle character, followed by a slight brown sugar sweetness. Hop angle is indistinct and hard to get past with these other tones present, with perhaps a little bit of soft herbal tea character.

Palate takes a much more dramatic turn. The hinted toasty notes really come out, but with a much more juiced hop angle and caramel soft sweetness that follows. Light crackling toffee mixing with mild bitterness that interestingly enough makes the malt more exciting. Mild sensing fruit like marmalade but this wonderful toasty character that is lightly accented with a juiced slight body is what is most impressive. Slightly juiced body, maybe some orange fruit just poking it out, but the caramel sweetness just accents is so nicely.

Surprisingly, it isn't the hops that are making this beer impressive to me, it is perhaps what they do to the other ingredients and malt character of the beer and how they accent it that makes the most favorable impression on me.

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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 do_ob
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a snifter. Pours an opaque orange, with slight pinkish highlights near the edges. About 1 finger of off-white foam initially that settled into a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Not strong smelling, but has a nice aroma; I get citrus, pine, grapefruit, sassafras, and lemon. Lots of flavor all at once upon tasting. Very lemon/orange forward with tons of bitterness. Seems like more than 78 IBUs. Any notes of grapefruit take a back seat to the piney, hoppy goodness that makes its way through about middleways. Finishes smooth enough, and leaves a taste in your mouth that makes you wonder if you were just chewing on a pinecone.

Overall, very enjoyable. It's always interesting to see what kind of twist these guys put on traditional styles. More often than not, they hit their mark. This one's no exception.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look - Foamy amber orange. Off white head. Not too thick. Lacing is good. Bubbles are small.

Smell - Orange and citrus. Faintly dank. There is a caramel and toast aroma as well.

Taste - Toast. Caramel. Bitter. Faint dank hops. Bubblegum before the finish.

Feel - Creamy and not too much carbonation. Really nice.

Overall - I am glad I got to try this beer. It baffle me how each Floyds is distinctly different, but amazing.

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Photo of kbwalters
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a stemless wine glass. 8.5% ABV.
Look = 4.0 Pours a cloudy golden color with .5 fingers of off white head which fades to a ring. Lace is dense and sticky. No doubt would look better in a better glass.
Smell = 3.5 Aroma is a bit muted; not as strong as I’d expect from a three floyd’s IPA. It’s balanced with sweet malty smell and earthy hops. A hint of yeast and some alcohol come through.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet up front with more than a hint of alcohol. There is a building bitterness that finishes quite strong and lingers nicely in the aftertaste. The booziness hurts the overall taste a little.
Feel = 4.5 Medium bodied with high carbonation. A little syrupy but crisp at the same time.
Drinkability = 3.5 The strong bitterness and prominent alcohol flavor hurt the overall drinkability somewhat.
Overall = 3.9 A malt forward English IPA. Good mouthfeel and taste but it’s hurt by the lack of aroma and drinkability. Perhaps a better glass would improve the look and aroma scores somewhat.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into plastic cup. Hazy orange with a finger of white head that settles to a cap. Great lacing. Aroma is citrus (mostly orange), leafy hops, bread, and caramel maltiness. Taste starts with caramel sweetness then is cut by grassy/leafy hop bitterness before mellowing to a citrus hop bitter finish. Medium bodied, slick and creamy, moderate carbonation.

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Photo of BrewUSA
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Look 8/10
Smell 17/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 8/10
Drinkability 17/20

Overall 88/100

Big toasty, Oak taste real nice balance and very enjoyable. Very unique and fresh. Bitter, yet woody. Just a touch of smoke on the palette. Worth seeking out~

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Photo of jwhancher
3.64/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Opened an old bottle from the spring brought back from my dad on his way through Indiana. Poured into a Stella glass. Pours a clear copper with nice white head and lacing that clings to the glass sides. Noticeable sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Decanted it out as carefully as possible.

No noticeable bottled on or enjoy by date. Smells of French oak chips predominantly along with faded English earthy hops. Some light sweet caramel notes also in the nose. Tastes very similar as the nose with strong French oak but a noticeable alcohol note hits you in the back of the throat. Would have liked to try this fresher. Feels about medium with tannins from the oak giving it a rather full impression.

An interesting beer. I wonder if the age threw this one out of whack. Glad to have tried. Would definitely give it another shot.

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Photo of Brenden
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It's English (in style), yes, but it's Three Floyds and it's an IPA. So, what do we expect? Pretty much this, with a few interesting notes.

It's a hazed medium gold, translucent leaning toward opacity, with a soft but densely bubbled, tight bone-white head staying still at about one finger's height. The lacing it drops down is thick and plentiful.
Hoppy it is in the nose and on the palate, though it's been appropriately hopped it up without hopping it up like they do their American-style versions. As it is, it takes an earthier approach but with a bit of citrus, orange particularly, with a more floral bouquet as well. Interestingly, there's something very much like juniper here, too, as well as a unique, earthy sort of spiciness. It's balanced by pale malts and a sweetness more like a honey graham cracker than anything, particularly in the taste and lingering in the finish especially. Unique, this beer truly is. Some resinous pine notes also show a little more strongly in the flavor, and some paler fruity esters show up in the alcoholic warmth.
The feel is fantastic; a firm medium body shows a few layers of depth, crispness is strong yet evens out a running smoothness that never fades. It starts off on the semi-sweet side and transitions easily toward dryness as it works such that you don't notice the transition. It remains very clean all the way through the finish, which lingers just as long as it should.

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Photo of rawfish
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark and hazy orange body with a solid cap of off white foam. Two fingers of froth seems to last forever, leaving curtains of lacing on the glass.

I get quite a bit of malt on the forefront with oaked complexity. Honey, toast, molasses and smoky caramel. Hops are a orange citrus and pine that meld with the sweetness of the malt. Alcohol is noticeable as is the wood and earthy oak.

Caramel and honey sweetness that nestles into a fruity mix of red, pitted and vinous fruit. Dipping into barleywine territory with more wood and earth from the oak in the finish. Malt rises in the end leaving a cereal grain sweetness. Hops are a muddled orange citrus and oak but provide substantial bitterness to clean up the layered malt.

The thick malt leads to a medium-heavy body and muted carbonation. Some might like the smoothness of it but I feel the hops could've used more bubbles. Alcohol is very present while there is enough drying to keep the beer rather clean and dry.

Borderline English Barelywine with high bitterness and moderate complexity, just not enough to push it to the upper echelon of IPA or maltier styles.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - golden amber orange color. Pored with slight white foam head. Slight bubble. Looks thick.
Smell - smells like fermenting hops. I've got a scent of citrus and pines with a heavy malt backbone.
Taste - has a taste orange peel behind a thick malty texture with a bitter piney aftertaste.
Feel - fairly thick with medium carbonation which is surprising since I don't see that many bubbles. Goes down smooth.
Overall - great beer. Not usually to much of a fan of English style beers but I think this us great. Maybe because most 3 Floyd's beers are different and fantastic.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Seems to come available in May.
Poured from 22 into pint glass

A- Clear golden-amber with light yellow head that leaves lacing as it retreats.

S - I get very ripe oranges and grapefruit.

T - Wow, like chewing on the rind of an orange. Earthy, juicy, citrus.

M - Smooth and solid mouth feel.

O- I wasn't sure what to expect, but I really like this beer. I've had several IPAs that claim to be citrusy and this one blows them away. It seriously reminds me of chewing on an orange rind. Don't expect any piney hops... this is all citrus! I'm going to grab another few bottles tomorrow.

Had another bottle 6/18 - Still love it. A 3 Floyds favorite for me.

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Photo of pkalix
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

very creamy white pour, golden liquid with little carbonation. looks awesome! must be good... there is a small gnat sitting on the edge! I don't imagine he'll take much away from this 22oz bottle, though.
funky honey aroma, not much else. honey, but decent brew aroma....
taste is funky too! bitter hops up front to accompany the funky smell. then some biscuit-y malt and lots of malt sweetness... funky pale bitterness... british? maybe. a little different? for sure. would I buy again? no. but is it worth a try? definitely!

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Photo of magictacosinus
3.27/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks, Todd. Purchased at a store in Fort Wayne, Indiana in late August. Stored in my fridge until today. Poured out of a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Let's pray that it's held up well at this point.

Pours a lightened amber pale color - exactly the kind you expect from this brewery after having so many of their offerings. Contains a modest but good off-white creamy, one inch tall head that coats the top, yet doesn't leave too much lacing in its wake. No residue sticks to the glass, and it overall looks pretty unimposing. On the other hand, what struck me the most about it at this point was the enormous presence of sediment in the glass. Lots of floaties at first, but a secondary pour closer to the dregs produced some massive globs of malty or yeasty sediment at the bottom. Pretty gnarly, especially for a brewery that usually wins in terms of presenting clean, well atoned beers.

If this was ever an IPA prior to opening, I fail to see how it ever tasted like fresh. This is a premier English IPA in style, but the aroma indicates some aspects otherwise. Notes of pine, citrus, and pineapple meld with honey. Tons of honey, in fact. I realize that is a sign of an older beer, but it's not like it's bad for what it is - only slightly one-dimensional. There's many signs that there was any oak churned through this beer, but the slightly vanilla, butterscotch forward notes might indicate its presence. There's not much else going on here - only sweetness, faded citrus, and a honey, tropical yeast stew in its wake.

The aroma seemed to promise a honey bomb, and, by golly, did I get a honey bomb. Tons of caramelized honey notes immediately reach the palate, followed by toffee, butterscotch, and (finally) a bit of orange peel, pine, and pineapple to ease out the flavor a little bit. As this is an English IPA, it's on the maltier side, but if I've learned anything about FFF beers thus far, they're not the best at producing malt-forward beers (in spite of their usually incredible work in producing solid malt backbones for their hop experiments). This falls into the pit of their decent yet failed experiments this late in the game, and I'd imagine this would be much better fresh on tap. Nevertheless, despite its faded hop qualities, it's quite thick and juicy to drink, and has the same qualities as a decent Chardonnay that's gone through some malolactic fermentation. FFF have never produced a bad feeling beer, to be honest (except for, maybe, DL).

A solid offering, but really not worth the $13 price tag, as far as I'm concerned. This does not hold up well and I can't really see where the oak plays a part in adding on to the beer, to be honest. I realize that it's a "historical" experiment but these guys already make great enough beers to convince us that a lot of their experiments are as unique as they perhaps truly are. (However, I ALWAYS welcome experimentation in brewing.) Nevertheless, I would gladly revisit this in a fresher condition - it's comforting to drink and has a unique malt profile that shines above the hops. Worth trying if you want a FFF fix for something new.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
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