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Stack N Stabb | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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3.8/5
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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:
#16,304
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
240
pDev:
10.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
37
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 240 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of Nordbier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrborchert74
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GTJayG
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of madelfonatree
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Hazy. Bright copper. Head is thick and white. Lacing doesn't stick around long.

Smell - Bread/biscuit. Belgian. A little spice to it.

Taste - Classic wheat/Belgian taste up front. Slight dank hop taste then finishes to spicy Belgian.

Feel - I like the feel of this compared to other wheats/Belgians. It is smooth. Not too carbonated. It finishes well.

Overall - I would rather have a Rich Life over this. Almost all of the classic Three Floyds dankness is masked. Not a bad beer by any means.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beyondtheveil
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thumperskibum
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of larryarms847
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light semi-hazy sun golden yellow with a fair amount of prickly foam.

Biscuit-like sweetness, clove, earthy, toast, honey, and some pepper.

Clove, citrus rinds, resin, toasted bread, and that familiar Belgian peppery-spiced characteristic.

Light-medium bodied, medium-heavy carbonation, astringent, almost grainy, spiced, lackluster.

Overall, I was pretty disappointed with this, definitely not worth the price.

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Photo of Bstrgncragus
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of threedaggers
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattboyer182
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbmiche
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.09/5  rDev -18.7%
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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Photo of Thebeerbaron88
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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 Purified
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of krome
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sahd-1
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Belgian estery spice and dank hops dominate the aroma.

Flavor is resiny, with muted Belgian yeast fruit esters. Fairly odd mix of yeast character and hops.

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Photo of gutbuster
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyrushire
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stack N Stabb from 3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.8 out of 5 with 240 ratings
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