Stack N Stabb | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
70.4%
Liked This Beer
3.8 w/ 240 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
3floyds.com

Style: Belgian Strong Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This spicy and bracing Belgian style pale ale is dedicated to those warriors that truly stack and stab in the heat of battle.

38 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 10-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,394
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
240
Liked:
169
Avg:
3.8/5
pDev:
10.79%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip/snifter hybrid glass. The nose was pleasant, with a hint of the spicy Belgian yeast and a ton of banana. Surprisingly this one had a rather light-ish mouthfeel. It had some Brett-like almost sour qualities, moderate sweetness, with noticeable lemon/orange peel in the background. Some alcohol hung around in the after taste, but only a bit. I expected more hop character from a FFF'S brew, but this one lacked any noticeable hop presence, that could be due to the style though. I've had this on tap at the brew pub and I feel that's where it's best enjoyed. From the bottle this was very "meh" for me.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded iconic pry-off pressure cap. Decent label art. 1 pint 6 fl oz.

Acquired: From my sister. Thanks!

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV: <None listed>
Style: Belgian style pale ale.
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Tulip.
Expectations: Above average (given the brewery).

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 1 finger wide. White colour. Nice creaminess and fullness. Soft and thick, with a nice consistency. Leaves a nice ring of lacing on the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Retention: ~4-5 minutes.

BODY: Translucent copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

AROMA: Dry Belgian yeast with notes of clove and biscuit. Lightly earthy, with a kiss of farmhouse characteristics. Pale malts and honey malt bring some sweetness in. Hop profile is a bit tamer than you'd expect, but it is pleasant: floral notes, faint muted citrus, and hints of dry tropical fruit hop notes. Has a nice Belgian-esque white pepper character. Estery.

Aromatic intensity: average.

TASTE: The taste follows the aroma, with the white pepper emerging as the most odd note here, bringing this almost into saison territory when coupled with the earthy biscuity Belgian yeast notes (especially clove and allspice). The hop profile is fairly restrained for a pale ale (Belgian or otherwise), but I do like the pleasant melange of floral hops, hints of citrus, and faint tropical fruits. Pale malts lend it some needed sweetness.

Depth of flavour: Average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Above average.
Flavour amplitude: Subpar.

I'd like fresher bursts of juicy fruit, or at least just a more pronounced expressive hop profile. The emphasis is too much on the Belgian (faux-Belgian?) aspect of the flavour profile, throwing off the balance. It's a decent build for the style, though.

TEXTURE: Rather dry for a pale ale, and a bit coarse as well. Well-carbonated and medium-bodied, with a bit of a rough dragging presence on the palate. Crisp.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

This mouthfeel doesn't elevate the beer, but it suits it decently well. The white pepper and Belgian yeast are accentuated by (or perhaps effect) the coarseness and dryness.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable for the style, but it's worse than expected; Three Floyds has developed a reputation for excellence, but very few beers I try from them seem to deliver. This is merely above average. Would be fairer priced in 6 pack format, but even then I wouldn't trifle with it again. The discerning drinker will be unimpressed.

C+ (3.09)

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3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Impressions of first few sips: You ever been drinking a good Belgian Strong and thought to yourself "gee , this would be better if it was infused with fruity smelling candle wax?" No? Well I haven't either.

Impressions of sips after the first few: eh, it grows on you. The fruit starts to taste more like fruit and less like chemical imitations of fruit. Still, the spice profile ain't very good, and there's no malt or anything to help balance it out.

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Stack N Stabb from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 70.4% out of 100 with 240 ratings
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