Blackheart | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

1,357 Ratings

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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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a 22 ounce bomber.

A. Amber to golden orange appearance with a slight haze. White head of two fingers.

S. Lots of malt with an odd orange marmalade smell.

T. Tastes a lot better than it smells. Some intriguing malt flavors I am not used to tasting - almost has a slight Sherry flavor - very nice nonetheless. Closes with some weedy hop bitterness but not in the usual slap-in-the-face fashion that American IPA's provide.

M. Creamy with good body. Light but adequate carbonation.

O. Unique and enjoyable take on an uncommon IPA style. For the money though I prefer FFF's standard DIPA offerings to this.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #6 from my Chicago DIY care package.

Hazy light orange body, topped by a huge billowing fist of whipped white fluff.

Heavy orange and pine aroma, with a big dose of fresh bread.

Very sweet malt beginning. Plenty of juicy fruit oozes all over the mouth. Crisp bitter bite, then the bitterness lingers into the aftertaste and mingles with the fruit. Gets a bit boozy when it warms.

Solid smooth medium mouthfeel.

A tasty English IPA, though this being Three Floyd's, it's bigger than most, or all.

Not one of the beers that make 3F legendary though.

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4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy orange amber with an off-white, 2 finger head. Good retention, leading to a fair, soft looking layer of microbubbles across the surface.
Lacing is spotty with little stick.

Smell - The oak smacks the nose with it's predominant presence. Orange and spice; almost like coriander. Moderate pineapple and subtle grapefuit. Faint vanilla. One of the more unique and interesting aromas I've come across.

Taste - Yep, it's all there. The oak hits upfront and through to the finish. Pineapple notes are also upfront, while grapefruit peel hits near the back end. Moderate vanilla mid-taste and toward the finish. Buttered biscuit. Toasted oak notes hit deeper as the beer warms. Finishes with a woody, citrusy balance that's nothing short of awesome.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Creamy. Goes down with immaculate smoothness.

Overall - Not only is this a unique brew, it's also really amazing! So many levels working in beautiful harmony together. Fitting I reviewed this on July 1st, because there is something that's very 'Christmas in July' about this beer. Wish I'd have traded for more of these! Everything I've imagined in an oak-aged beer. Can we have more of these please, and less 'boozy/bourbon' oak aged brews?

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into FFF pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, golden honey color. 3 fingers of thick foam head. Nice retention. Thick lacing.

Smell - Citrus, pine, hint of caramel.

Taste - Hops up front, balanced malt body, little bit of an alcohol bite. Nice, subtle oak taste comes through on the backend. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation, medium body, dry, bitter finish.

Overall - Excellent beer. The subtle oak taste was perfect and really made this beer stand out. Looking forward to having more.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,357 ratings
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