In The Name Of Suffering
3 Floyds Brewing Co.

In The Name Of SufferingIn The Name Of Suffering
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American Black Ale
Ranked #161
Ranked #12,513
3.91 | pDev: 9.97%
3 Floyds Brewing Co.
Indiana, United States
Very Good
In The Name Of SufferingIn The Name Of Suffering
Notes: This black India pale ale is loaded with hops balanced with delicious maltiness. It was brewed with our friends from the great city of New Orleans in the band EyeHateGod.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown/black liquid.

Khaki head; thick lace.

Chocolate citrus nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Above average black IPA, but the hops dominate any roastiness. Good not great.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On tap at FFF brewpup. Pours dark brown with thin tan head. Aroma of prunes/dates, tobacco, roasted hops. Similar flavors with hints of grapefruit citrus.

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Photo of magictacosinus
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Well, it looks like it's that time again - to pop open one of my last remaining 3 Floyds bottles generously given to me by Todd. You'd think he lives at the brewery or something with the amount of times he passes by to buy their beers. No freshness date on this, but I got this back in mid-July, and I honestly think that it must be 3-4 months old at this point. Sigh. Oh, well. Poured out of a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. (Love the artwork and EyeHateGod, by the way!)

Pours a pretty dark, near blackened color, with some plum hues when held against the light. A "sludgy" appearance, to say the very least! (Sorry. I just love sludge metal.) Contains a beautiful off-khaki head with large bubbles and pretty good carbonation, as I'd always expect from these guys from nearly every beer they make. Leaves some splatters of foam on the walls of the glass. Medium-plus viscosity overall. A pretty solid looking black IPA.

Yup, this is already showing signs of serious aging, with the caramel/honey pungent aroma up front that usually happens when the hops are breaking apart. However, I did find an array of flavors in lack of its intended hop-forward complexity. Notes of dried prunes, pine, white pepper, green peppers, orange citrus peel, almonds, and faint chocolate notes. Not bad at all, but I definitely should have cracked this right away. Slightly sweet, but pretty balanced in the realm of all things Floyds.

The flavor did catch me by surprise, however, and rather than retain the same faint roasted, faded hop profile, the malts in particular shine this time around as they usually do in the beers this brewery makes. There's an immediate rush of roasted, dark cacao nibs, followed by a slightly leathery, anise forward flavor that contains notes of pine, mint, and orange peel. Really good stuff, but definitely would have been better super fresh. On the other hand, I'm glad that this is still drinking well. Syrupy at the finish, which further accentuates the chocolate and caramel notes. Carbonation is medium, but definitely comfortable. Gets a little sweeter as it warms up, revealing notes of brown sugar and roasted caramel. Refreshing, flavorful, and not too boozy - pretty good stuff overall.

I do enjoy a good hoppy beer from FFF, but they've always been good at choosing their malts carefully, and this is perfect example that showcases that. While the citrus, pine-y notes are more faded in this bottle, it makes up for it with the rich, roasted delicious cocoa-barley flavor. Hope to have this fresh sometime again, because this was definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of wpqx
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Damn tasty black IPA that easily tops some of the more highly rated 3 Floyds offerings. Somewhat mellow taste for it's ABV, a nice dark color and mild aroma. Good finish that leaves a slightly hop forward taste in your mouth. A nice choice for someone looking for a cross between a stout and an IPA.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Received in trade from Pidzik12 - Thanks Paul!

Tasting notes from 22oz bottle – taken on 07/27/13 with my Sierra Nevada balloon glass

A: Thick layer of oatmeal colored cream cap settles over a dark brownish-black body proving some ample retention efforts. Frothy chunks of lace cling to the glass all the way down the drink.

S: Smells of piney hops with an incredible amount of juicy citrus fruits present. I am getting some very mild dark malt mixed in that is reminiscent of a little char and black licorice. There is a slight sweetness to the overall aroma as well. Pleasurable nose with lots of citrus coming through.

T: Pine and citrus fruit flavors lead into some more earthy tones and a touch of charcoal roast. Has a brewers licorice and/or root like component coming through for sure. There is a relatively high level of perceived bitterness to the beer and the alcohol is incredibly well masked. Finishes fairly clean with a dry roastiness that is not too sharp or astringent. Pretty nice balance to this here black IPA.

M: Smoothand creamy feel under a moderately hefty body. Feels a little watery overall with a soft drying towards the finish. High on the bitters but not much residual lingering character noted. Rather clean in that regard.

D: Nice big pine and citrus hops with a more restrained roast character. I would say that this is not the best Black IPA out there but definitely one of the better ones and I am pumped to have been able to try.

Overall really enjoyable with nice balance.

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Photo of guityler83
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A full two finger dark mocha head with sustain when poured into the FFF Teku glass. A thick lacing with tiny bubbles covering the edge of the glass as it fell into the beer. Dark dark brown with ruby hughes that shine through when backlit. Clear as far as i can tell.

S: As it poured the aroma was of light citrusy hops (citra?) that gave way to subtle grapefruit. As the foam receeded cocoa nibs and coffee were more prominant and the hops nearly indetectable. as it warms up spicy notes (chicory?) are noticable.

T: An assertive grapefruit bitterness that follows through to the aftertaste. Milk chocolate, roasty and coffee flavors that might have some chicory notes peaking through (new orleans style). Dark caramel and toffee sweetness is subdued by the bitterness but noticable enough to get fatiguing.

M: Large amount of body and moderate carbonation. The hops leave a dryness on the pallet that make it less drinkable when mixed with the coffee and roasted flavors

O: An interesting beer. (im guessing here) The chicory coffee used in the beer (if there is) is adding a character to the roast and mouth feel that doesn't make it very drinkable. It opens up at warmer temperatures and boarderlines on a stout, which (in my opinion) would have been a beter style for this beer. Overall. meh

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

bomber into a tulip

pours a dark black with a massive head with some impressive lacing. moderate hoppy aroma on the nose, nothing too huge. interesting taste. not quite an IPA. hops are a bit subdued and the maltiness definitely takes over. a bit of a burnt taste to this one actually, hard to describe. medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall this one wasnt my favorite. not bad, but if this was the first 3F beer i tasted i wouldnt be impressed by the brewery. luckily they make some much better brews.

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Photo of WankelEngine
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour from a 22oz bottle into a snifter
Reviewed from notes taken sometime shortly after this was released

A: Pours a ruddy, dark espresso color. There is a big, light tan head which fades to an oily cap, leaving medium-light spotty lacing.

S: Orange peel and roasted malt dominate the nose, with a bit of pine.

T: Herbal, pine hops on the attack which blend quickly with roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Orange peel is still present but minimal. Finish lingers for a while, bitter and dry.

M: Medium carbonation with a dry finish.

O: Good. I like the orange in the aroma and the pine/herb blends well with the malt flavors.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Glassware: Odell's Belgian Style Snifter.

Appearance: Red-brown-black in appearance, this beer is pretty much opaque. With an average pour, a small amount of head was produced. Lacing was sparse.

Smell: Smell is primarily of Rye, as well as a bit of burnt notes and some pine bitterness as well.

Taste: Similarly, taste consists of burnt rye plus pine. With a twist ... a distinct pineapple taste is found towards the end.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with a thin texture and soft to average carbonation. Perfect, and super refreshing.

Overall: A bit too much rye, but this was saved by the wonderful sweet pineapple in the trailing finish. I like the band that they did this collaboration with, an it is a super cool bottle. Glad I was able to try it!

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a FFF pint glass
A: Very dark brown with a one-finger+ head that slowly settles to a somewhat thick lacing
S: Dark malt, some molasses/cocoa but also a distinct citrus from the hops
T: Roasted malt, coffee, cocoa, a touch bitter along with a bit of grapefruit pith & pine, long finish
M: Medium-bodied, quite drinkable
O: Solid, enjoyable/easy to drink but I expected the flavors to be a bit bolder. That being said it's still a fine beer and one I'd easily recommend

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

We crack the top and pour a brew of dark coffee coloring, letting up mahogany hues towards the bottom of the glass. It holds a four finger head of fluffy yet tight latte colored bubbles, showing excellent retention. Patterned lacing is left around the glass as the head recedes at a slower pace. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be moderate. The aroma is rich and full, giving notes of hazelnut and almond warmth, soft buttery diacetyls, maple syrup sweetness, thick caramel and brown malt roastiness, distant tobacco smokiness, milk chocolates, salt water taffy, and light bubblegum esters, with brightly grassy and piney hops balance. With warmth comes more sweetness of figgy plums, raw booziness, nectary hops, fresh strawberry preserves, nori, straight vanilla extract, phenolic plastics, and coffee malt metallics. Our first impression is that the flavoring shows a nice contrast between bright fruity sweetness, fresh grassy hops, and richly roasted and deep porter-style malts. As we sip, the taste begins with plastic brown malts, hints of chocolate, lactic foaminess, hazelnut sweetness, melted brown sugars, resiny, grassy, and grapefruity hops, and a huge minty spiral core. The middle peaks with sweetly caramel and corny malts, grassy hops, herbal and earthy bite of mineral and mud, malted milk ball sweetness, chalky yeastiness, clover honey, sweet cream, and café au lait smoothness and sweetness. The end comes with enhanced hops, with nectars and herbals, along with a deepening of the malts, giving leathers, smokiness, and burnt brown and caramel maltiness. Mixing in are soothing notes of cereal grain, chamomile, lemony tannins, sweet milk chocolates, clovey and phenolic plastics, boozy rumbles, and cheesy funk. The aftertaste breathes of fresh figs, plum pudding, curry spiciness, coffee and chocolate malts, smoky char, soured yeasty bite, sticky warmed honeys, strawberry and lemon fruitiness, green twig resins, musk and bark, and cereal grain. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. Each sip is silky smooth, with nice slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is left coated and dripping with foam, with light metallic and chalky astringency across the palate, and charred, hoppy pucker through the center of the tongue. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma and flavoring. While many Black IPAs/ales tend to overdo it with the bitterness of roast and overly hoppy bite, this guy strikes a tender balance between the inherent sweetness of the roasty, chocolatey, porter-esque malt base, with the fruity, citric, and floral hoppy balance of your sweeter east-coast IPA. This makes for a pleasing, highly inviting beer on all accounts. The ingredients are full flavor and never really cheapen, giving richness and robustness throughout. This is one of the best, most balanced we’ve had for the style in a long time, and it, again, truly speaks to the diversity of the brewery in drive, intensity, and execution.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.41/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown in color with an off-white head that retains nicely. There's a decent amount of lacing around the side.

Smell has the presence of dark malts but the hops gives it a smell similar to garlic. Maybe I waited to long on this but I picked it up from the brewery may 25th.

Malt is forward and the best part of this brew. Hops are mostly bittering on the finish and there is also a decent amount of alcohol.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A brownish black pour with 2 fingers of creme colored head leaving behind thick trails of lacing. A nice grapefruit/floral sweet aroma of hops makes itself very comfortable in the toasted grain bill. Chocolate and caramel, maybe some rye are all present in the nose.

The flavor is an aggressively hopped Chocolatey, biscuity ale. Bitter notes of pine mix well with toasted grains making this a really nice black ipa. Tastes like hoppy toasted rye bread.

Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

Overall a nice example for the style. It been a while since I had an actual hoppy black ipa.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trade from BrewMane. thanks! Pours dark brown with some ruby with a tan one finger head that stays with it. Big sweet dry hop aroma with floral bots and definite citrus and pine. Some roasted malt in the backbone but smelling hop forward. Flavor is big bitter pine up front with a bit of spiciness and lots of toasty malt backbone. A nicely balanced brew. Medium mouthfeel and lots of carbonation. Dry finish. One of the better black ipa's for sure.

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Photo of VitoFerrante
4.27/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer really surprised me. Malty, very smooth, very similar to Topless Wytch. Very, very drinkable. Honestly, I could have drink the entire 22 oz'er in 20 seconds! The sad part about a beer like this is that everyone will not be able to try it. The beer gods of Munster have struck again and it is good!!!

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Photo of GJ40
3.77/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled on tap at the brewery. A deep brown with some light passing through and a creamy beige head. Less hops than I expected for FFF. More balance. The hops are there with flavor and bitterness. But they're offset but malts with a nutty and biscuit push (nothing remotely roasted). Interesting brew.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass and while pouring, two finger white head that leaves nice lacing

S-roasted malt, some coffee, not much, mild hop presence

T-starts with roasted mild, very mild coffee, ends with nice hop flavors and mild bitterness.

M-lighter, nice carbonation.

O-A decent black ale, was expecting a more hop forward beer from FFF though.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: Not black, but extremely dark brown caramel. Bottom of glass i can see a lighter shade of brown. Khaki, creamy, frothy head with noticeable bubbles throughout

s: light roasted malts, burnt caramel, slightly piney. aroma is fairly muted overall

t: slightly burnt malts & caramel flavor envelopes piney hop flavor. some coffee notes as well

m: creamy. medium body, med-high carbonation

o: I do find similarities with this and Toxic Revolution but I think the latter is a much more solid overall beer. This one is a decent Black IPA but there are others I'd seek out first (e.g., Wookey Jack). Glad I tried this but not one I'd seek again if it were to be brewed again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Blackish body with a head that doesn't quit. I shit you not, there was almost a half inch of creamy head that held it's position until I was just about done with the first glass. Unbelievably, it left no lacing on the way down.

Pine, a little grapefruit, anise, and heavy char in the aroma. The pine and char are the dominant scents.

More of the char and pine flavors but comes off a little too burnt. There's a strange spicey-licorice afteraste.

Creamy body on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is also on the lower side but highlights the creamy body.

It was a good but not great black ale slash black ipa.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

The legendary BA aasher sent me this as part of a recent birthday beer package. Proclaimed a "New Orleans-Style Black India Pale Ale" on the label, I wonder if Al knows my girlfriend if from New Orleans. Would have loved to share it with her on my birthday but that's not quite how things worked out.

Pouring into a 3 Floyds pint glass, it's a dark brown/mohagany in color with a dense 2-3 finger medium tan foam. Retention and lacing are present. Nice woody and stone fruit aromatics. Toasty malt backbone with a touch of chocolate. Resiny hops, firm bitterness.

Thanks again to Al for sending this one out. The birthday week is coming to a close shortly but this was another nice addition to the agenda and definitely hits the spot tonight.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Served in a large wine glass.

Finishing the night off with a strong black IPA from the Floyds. And it's not Toxic Revolution. Shots fired. Anyway, this stuff pours a dark black-sienna topped by a finger of dirty cream foam. The nose comprises heavy leek, light roasted malts, and some light pine resin. The taste brings in more of the same, but luckily the roast o'erpowers the leek character, though not enough to rid the world of it entirely. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, I guess this could've been a nice black IPA had it been brewed with different hops, but the leek here just ruins things for me.

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Photo of csparace
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I'm happy to say that this beer is super well done. A lot of times I feel like good ideas go into combinations/collaborations like this but what comes out is not dependable. Leave it to FFF to get shit done.

Pours a super dark burned caramel. You can tell as you're pouring that its of thin consistency though. Light colored 3 finger head which fades quick. Super nice lacing. Has the nose that is typical of FFF, super fresh with a great hop aroma. Not quite as fruity smelling as their other IPAs but definitely has a darker roasted character.

As I drink the lacing is just gorgeous. First impression is that of smoothness with a lot of great hop flavor without much of the bitter crunch. (Possibly due to me holding on to it in the fridge for almost a month) Sits heavy on the tongue as the taste continues and the roasted caramels really come out. There are even some coffee notes. Overall though, still tastes pretty much like you'd expect an IPA to taste like - just with a dark twist that makes it super interesting, yet still very satisfying.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Super dark, muddy brown color. Solid light beige head.

Strong, astringent hop aroma of pine and citric zest. There's a solid underbelly of roasted malt in the aroma.

Full on burnt malts giving flavors of dark bread crust, coffee, and super dry chocolate. The hops mix with the bitter, burnt malts to add another layer of complexity to the bitterness. Definitely on the bitter side overall. the malts are undetectable on the finish.

The palate feels resiny, somewhat dry, but also a little oily. Pretty good Black ale, but not something I'd want to drink regularly.

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Photo of Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: This one comes off more as a darker shade of grayish-brown than a true black. Mostly opaque, but shows some light through the edges. Forms a smallish sized light tan colored head. Decent retention. Moderate lacing.

S: Aroma is roasty and hoppy. Notes of burnt coffee, grapefruit, and pine.

T: The taste is a bit difficult to describe. As to be expected with FFF, it is very hop forward, most notably pine and grapefruit pith. There is a slight anise flavor. However, while it is not incredibly malty or roasty, there is a "black" flavor to the beer. Like a heavily charred or burnt aftertaste. In the end, I believe it is chicory that I am tasting, which would also explain why this beer is "New Orleans-Style."

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Very dry on the finish. Rather high carbonation.

O: A decent beer. Certainly not the greatest, but a different take on the style.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.81/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

Pours dark brown with an inch-plus head of tan. Plenty of tattered lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration.

Aromatics lead off with chocolate and underlying citrus. Roasty and a bit smokey with hints of orange, apricot, and pine.

Medium bodied with a crisp, slightly lush mouthfeel.

Bitter chocolate with a hop bite starts the palate. Slightly acrid malt with shades of pine-rubbed oranges.

Finishes with lingering roast and fading citrus.

Unlike most other FFF IPAs, the hops are subdued in this beer, and the roast/chocolate character overshadows them. More akin to a hoppy porter.

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