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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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An English style IPA from Three Floyds!

Pours out a copper color with a lot of carbonation and a thick 3 fingers worth of head.

The aroma has a lot of citrus, grapefruit and piney hop notes along with a sweetness and bready maltiness.

The taste starts off with a decent amount of grapefruit and citrus flavors along with hints of piney notes and then it's balanced slightly by the bready malt notes. There is some caramel sweetness as well and it's not very bitter. The mouthfeel is almost chewy and creamy.

Very balanced and neither the hops nor the malt takes over, but I would have liked it to be a bit more intense with the hops and the bitterness.

Overall a refreshing and delicious beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-07-30 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy golden-orange with a 2-finger off white head and moderate ringed lacing.

S - Bready malt, light caramel, mild-sweet citrus and mild hop floral.

T - Brown bread topped with tart orange marmalade followed by a bite of sweet pink grapefruit while sucking on a low alpha-acid spicy hop cone. Alcohol is in the background. Lingering bitter aftertaste is somewhat mollified by residual citrus sweetness. Pretty nice.

M - Medium body and light-medium carbonation. Creamy, prickly and clinging.

O - A nice change of pace from FFF. I'd have it again.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slight chill haze on a more or less clear light amber. Something like a second running maple syrup. Head is bright-white, creamy, and leaves sheets of lacing. Head drops to a chunky cap and collar after a minute or two.

Smell: Hyper bready. Punches of citrus. Dough and caramel malt sweetness. Some pine and pithy bitterness. Sweet and fruity. Mild earthiness. Very mellow for Three Floyds. Mild mineral touch. Very minor oak and toasted notes.

Taste: More of the nose. Incredibly bready. Toasted oak comes through and adds a distinctly British edge to the whole experience. Grapefruit and touches of pine. Pithy bitterness. Grassy and earthy. Very earthy. As it warms the toasted profile becomes more pronounced. Caramel malt sweetness. Snappy cracker. Touch of alcohol on the back.

Mouthfeel: Relatively clean. Slightly above average carbonation on a medium body. A touch bubbly with a backing creaminess.

Overall: A big departure for Three Floyds, but they pull it off. An aggressive take on an English style. The hop profile gets a little muddled. Toasted oak was an interesting touch that ended up hurting the beer a bit in the long run.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Bodega yesterday.

Pour is golden with a small white head. The smell is so complex. Earthy, medicinal hops come to mind, but then theres the oak that kind of kills the off flavors that I normally wouldnt like. The taste follows suit. Very balanced between the slightly sweet malt, strong hop flavors, and spicy oak characteristics.

I think the best part is that it goes down like water. I want planning on chugging it, but it went down so smooth with such a nice sweet smooth body that I didnt realize I was ready for another beer.

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

I'm not always fond of the IPAs from across the pond, but so far I like what I see. Nectarine in color with a thick, foamy white head. Moderate retention, the head falls leaving a bit of lace and a bright white ring around the edge of the glass.

It has an earthy smell. A bit of pine and a skosh of citrus. Enough malt and yeast to make an impression.

Really tasty. Very hoppy, but plenty of malt to balance and give all the flavors and equal chance to shine. The hops really make for a nice finish.

Great balance. Medium bodied that starts sweet and ends somewhat sticky and bitter. The citrus really comes through in the swallow to keep the bitter in check.

Overall, it's an easy drinker. Not any one things asserts itself, everything works well with everything else making it a pretty smooth beer for and IPA so high in ABV and so highly hopped.

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Blackheart from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
4.06 out of 5 based on 1,349 ratings.
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