Stack N Stabb | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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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
Ratings:
240
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.78
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking golden yellow color with a foamy white was on top. There is a light lacing with a moderate retention. The smell is slightly fruity with a bready yeast aroma. The taste is citrusy, there is a light malt sweetness, the finish bitter. The mouthfeel is light bodied, nicely carbonated ad smooth. Very drinkable brew. Overall this beer is pretty good. Glad I got to try it.

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

While the assertive Three Floyds brewers are happy to venture into seldom-seen styles of English, Belgian and German roots but rest assured that they will do them the "by-God" American way! ...and that means with hops.

Bright golden in its vivid sheen, heavy streams of effervescence bring out bold and perfumy aromatics that lace with white pepper, citrus, light clove, tropical fruit, estery banana, melon and papaya. Its honey-dipped taste is sweet and rounds out the tangy taste of fruit to near perfection.

Fruity and spice battle out in exquisite balance on the middle palate. With the firm backbone of honey, faint caramel and angel food cake, each give the fruit flavors an excited display. Tropical, citrus and orchard fruit have a bright and vibrant character that's met only with the earth and spice that's brought to life by expressive carbonation. And the hop bitterness gains prominence as the taste concludes to give the beer a Belgian IPA character.

As the fruit and sweetness lifts, carried away by bold effervescence, the body lightens and the hops project. Freshly torn pine needles, fragrant spruce, and softly muddled citrus peels release bitter oils and frame the character of hops in a deep and lasting afterglow

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Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -18.3%
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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4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature teku glass, 2012 bottling. Pours hazy golden orange color with a fairly dense 1 finger white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big orange, peach, pear, apple, pineapple, orange zest, floral, grass, candi sugar, honey, clove, light pepper, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy notes. Taste of orange, peach, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, clove, honey, candi sugar, light pepper, light bubblegum, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of orange, peach, pineapple, pear, apple, floral, clove, honey, candi sugar, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of fruity ester flavors; good balance of malt and light spicy esters; with zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly slick and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent and unique Belgian strong pale ale. All around nice complexity and balance of fruity flavors with malt and light spicy esters; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy orange. Small white head. Wisps and a collar.

Smell - Nice orangey aroma. Phenolic cloves and bananas. Yeasty. Booze.

Taste - Much more of the Belgian character. Citrus is there, but fainter. More of a sweet apple flavor. Harsh pale malts. Booze and some spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Harsh alcohol. Not that much alcohol, but it's got a kick. A little heavy.

Overall - Enjoyed it at first, but it gets very harsh.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Christmas Leroy tulip glass at Local Option.

I stack after I stab. ...I think... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy pale golden-straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises tangelo zest, Belgian yeast, and very light bread. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some slightly-funky lemon zest. The body is a light-ish medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a solid, if somewhat standard-ish, BSPA. 'Nuff said, really.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by nuplastikk. Thanks man!

The beer is transparent and appears amber to golden in color, sporting a thick white head. The aroma brings grass, alcohol, sweet, spicy fruits. The flavor brings some biscuits, bread, lemons, grass, alcohol. Moderately sweet with a drier, hoppier finish. Overall, this was pretty good.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasted from draft at Firkin on February 27, 2015.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Big Star. Served in the same glass as everything else: the utilitarian pint/pils combo.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lacework. Lightly hazed apricot body that you'd expect from a Belgian.

S - The 3 Floyds house Belgian strain isn't particularly subtle; big phenolic and mildly dirty and spicy yeast notes abound, just like in Rabbid Rabbit. Some stone fruit sweetness, and a hint of alcohol. Sweeter than Tiger Jelly, the other 3 Floyds BSPA I've had recently.

T - The taste is quite nice, as it dials down the more sulfurous yeast notes and replaces them with fruity esters that complement the stone fruit malts, bready backbone, and mildly vinous finish. More apricot than peach, and perhaps a touch of pear. Perhaps a touch of floral and earthy hop.

M - Medium body, with pleasant carbonation, well-hidden alcohol, and dry finish.

D - I had to put this down quicker than expected to head elsewhere, and it never felt like a struggle. It's deceptive stuff and there's a nice balance between yeast and malt flavors. I'd drink this one again if it weren't as pricey.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Adam for this bottle. About a month or so from bottling. Poured in to FFF teku glass.

A - Medium orange/yellow in colour. Only very slightly translucent with half a finger of cream coloured head.

S - Big Belgian yeast aroma up front along with cloves, banana, spice, a hint of citrus and some bready malt aromas in the background.

T - Extremely dry throughout. Belgian yeast, clove, banana, peppery spices and a fairly substantial bready malt backbone. A light floral hop profile is present as well.

M - Medium body, creamy. Light to moderate carbonation. Extremely dry.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.86/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Stack N Stabb from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
3.78 out of 5 based on 240 ratings.
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