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In The Name Of Suffering | 3 Floyds Brewing Co.

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In The Name Of SufferingIn The Name Of Suffering

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

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by MasterSki on 02-08-2013

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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 SierraFlight
3.05/5  rDev -21.2%
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 Auracom
3.26/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 oz. bottle purchased at the brewpub in Munster. 10 oz. poured into a FFF pint glass on March 23rd, 2013.

A - More of a deep brown ale than a true black IPA, plentiful sticky light brown lacing and a moderate amount of head sticking around.

S - Mocha foam, a twinge of smoke, lightly toasted coffee beans, graham cracker, and slight tropical fruit.

T - Gentle hop acidity and pine zest really well balanced with honey malt and baking spices.

M - Light-medium body, moderate carbonation, slight dryness in the finish.

D - Unexpectedly balanced. Normally I'm all for that, but in this instance it's balanced because nothing stands out in the taste. The aroma was significantly more complex and interesting. Would grab Wookey Jack before I'd try this one again.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.41/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Alieniloquium
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Not quite black. Dark brown. Nice off white head. Laces well with some goof surface wisps.

Smell - Lots of pine hops. Resiny. Roasted malts come through, but it's mostly hops.

Taste - Bright pine hops. Again it's resiny. Chocolate shines through here. Bitter malt and hops. Maybe overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Quite bitter. Strong hop presence that isn't unwelcome, but does overpower the malt profile. Still some roastiness to the finish.

Overall - Tough to pull off this style. Pine hops aren't the way to go, but its a decent take on the style.

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Photo of Docrock
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on-tap at Three Floyds 2-11-13. served in a half pint glass

A - deep dark brown almost black, just a little bit of light penetrates through. Light cream colored head with sticky lacing, the head dwindled to a very thin cap.

S - maybe it was the food being served nearby but I hard a hard time smelling anything, there was no predominate aroma

T - smoky roasted maltiness with a decent amount of pine resin.

M - carbonation was adequate, smokiness was a nice touch and the aftertaste had a touch of bitterness

O - Haven't had many Black IPA's so not sure how to compare to the style. The lack of aroma was a bit unusual considering the taste profile. Picked up a bottle to try at a warmer temperature, served very cold at the Brewery.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to John11486 for sharing this one at mhksuccess' tasting.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but has a better smell in my opinion.

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Photo of mjohnson17
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Very dark black with some off-white/khaki head, maybe a finger and a half of head.

S - Not much nose on this one. Slight hint of hops, a bit of malt.

T - some good smoky malt, some hops but to be honest it needs more hops. I never thought I'd say that for a FFF beer. There was a good dry finish but needs more piney hop taste.

M - Medium carbonation with a good mouthfeel. Nice roasty dry finish

O - This was an okay black IPA. For FFF it was surprisingly lacking in the hops department. Good body and mouthfeel but a bit lacking in the hops department. i was hoping for more hop aroma and more taste. It does have a nice dry finish though. A decent black IPA

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Photo of Efay
3.63/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served into a teku.

A- Appears jet black at first, but when in the light it is a dark moca brown. Not much head retention, but great amounts of lacing.

S- Extremely hoppy, with lots of pine. However, I can smell some earthy malt undertones.

T- Initial pine taste, but then I taste some earthy coffee-like malt. However, I disliked how hoppy this beer ended. Just dries my mouth out.

M- Heavy and high carbonation, but enjoyable texture for the style.

O- A great black IPA, and it could be stellar if it wasn't so ridiculously bitter. Still on par with wookey jack.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mjmadsen21 for sending this one. The beer poured out as a nice deep brown color. The retention is thin but the lacing is pretty sticky. The smell of the beer is a little earthy, a bit roasted and hoppy. There also seems to be a slight amount of spice on the nose too. The taste of the beer is a lot like the nose, there is a touch of chocolate in there along with the subtle spice note. The mouthfeel is pretty sharp, but goes down pretty easy. Overall it's a pretty solid black IPA, not the best but I was really glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ThickNStout
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from the Three Floyds store (Munster, IN). 10.00. No bottle date but my assumption is that they wouldn't sell beer past it's prime at the brewery. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours cola black/brown with a finger and a half tan head. Head fades quickly to a thin layer and leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of roasted pine. Plenty of piney hops but the charred malts are in there aplenty.

Those piney hops come on strong in the flavor. Also some bright bitter citrus pith, charred wood, burnt sugar, an almost rye-ish spice and some pleasant softer peach/ papaya fruity hops.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Dry, mildly bitter roasty, floral pine finish.

A well made black ale. The roast and pine notes dominate as expected for the style but with the welcome addition of some tropical fruits. It drinks smooth and I had no problems finishing the bomber in one sitting.

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Photo of ChrisKayler
3.71/5  rDev -4.1%
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 emyers
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. I have to admit I'm very excited to try 3 Floyd's take ona black IPA - one of the most difficult styles to nail in my opinion.

Appearance: Pours a dark ruby brown with a billowing one inch off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Huge citrus and floral hop blast up front. Hints of chocolate and biscuit malt come through, but the aroma is really dominated by the hops. As it warms a bit the chocolate comes out more, giving almost a chocolate-covered orange type of effect with the aroma. Pretty fantastic.

Taste: Sadly, the hops and malt do not meld nearly as well here as in the nose. Citrus, pine, and floral hops and chocolate and caramel from the malt all hit at once. I'm definitely getting a lot of good flavors, but they get in each other's way more than complement each other. Finishes quite bitter with a strong dose of bittering hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, medium-to-high carbonation. Hops dry out the palate on the finish. The beer seems a bit too heavy to me - the hops leave me expecting something light and crisp, but it isn't.

Overall: Falls into the same problems that most black IPA's do - the malt and the hops just don't complement each other well. Smell's fantastic, but it's fairly average after that.

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Photo of GJ40
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
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 HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 3.19.13

A - Pours a dark cola brown with a two inch foamy light tan head with good retention.

S -Hoppy pine and grass, sweet, roasted malt.

T - Roasted malt and subtle grass, pretty mild.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Roasted malt with a hoppy background. Mild Beer.

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Photo of guityler83
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 Florida9
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
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 smakawhat
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured on tap into a 4 oz. taster at Pizza Paradiso Dupont DC. From notes.

This is the most reddish Black ale I have ever seen. Pretty wild, extremely dark red with mahogonay brown highlights. Quite crystal clear too but very dark. Light collar is tan picking up some of the red hue.

Nose is very interesting, different. This smells like a roast porter, with light toast and roasty grains, maybe a hint of brown sugar squeeks in there, I almost want to say dubbel Belgian strangely but it can't quite be. Very different I am not sure where this is going.

Palate is one again juicy and lucious, with a mix of porter and grapefruit hop action. Some melon washes over the middle quite a bit too, with mellow roast complimenting also. Malts accentuate as it warms up almost getting into doppelbock territory strangely, the hop character really tappers off quite a bit also after some time.

This is a real style blur, I am not that drawn to it, but it's kind of interesting.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.81/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Nugganooch
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
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 Rainblows
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased fresh from the brewery poured into a tulip. Color is translucent black with a finger of beige head. Smell is malty and boozy with lots of hoppiness, hops dominate the taste but not in a bad way. Nice mouthfeel once some of the carbonation has had a chance to settle. Enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
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 rlee1390
3.87/5  rDev 0%
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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