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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 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 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 BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's somewhat of a surprise to me that the ever-hoppy brewers at Three Floyds doesn't have an American Black Ale as part of their standard portfolio. This random offering suits the style exactly spot on.

The ale pours dark brown, but not quite approaching black confusions. It's capped with a mild tan head that's frothy in its texture. Strong resiliance allows the beer to line the glass with its pillowy lace.

Sharp and certain IPA aromas leap from the glass- citrusy grapefruit and orange peels are apparent and governs the nose at first. A background malt note of light campfire char, coffee, and burnt sugars override any caramel scent.

Burnt sugars and roasty malts align to give first impressions to its dry taste. The middle palate brings on the sharp hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, pine, and grass. Wood-ish tones of roasted grain and nuts fade in and out of the hop profile before the beer dives into a deeply resinous bitterness to finish. It seems that the coffee-ish roast creates its own bitterness that exacerbates the bitterness of hops for a two headed monster of bitterness that tramples the esophagus.

Medium-bodied, the ale reads bolder because of its dark appearance, but it is remarkably dry and light even early on. But as the carbonation recedes and the malt sweetness fades, the bitterness and mild grain-derived astringency takes hold and dominates the finish. Its crisp and spicy aftertaste is something of toasted hop cones in essence.

It's an incredibly bitter beer from both hops and char. More floral character and an even drier malt texture could really propell this thing into orbit!

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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 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 tdm168
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - black with a big, thick, dense, brownish head that has great retention

S - chocolate, roasted malts, citrus, pine

T - roasted malts, bitter, chocolate, piney, herbal, some citrus, some vegetal-like spice

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This is a pretty solid Black IPA. There is great balance and tremendous drinkability. The hops are intense and the flavor profile really hits a good range. I actually thought the herbal character meshed best with the malt character. The malts were also prevalent, but very well balanced. This was a decent Black IPA that is definitely worth checking out.

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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 MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle picked up for me by Sean - thanks bro! Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Off-white foam settles to a partial cap, thick collar, and splotches of lace. Dark brown body with a hint of transparency at the edges of the glass.

S - Leafy and herbal hopping, with perhaps a hint of mint actually. Some chocolate, light black patent malt, and hints of smoke, roast, and char. As it warms, more caramel and vanilla flavors emerge.

T - The taste is more aggressively bitter and roasty, with only mild cocoa and caramel sweetness. More char, roast, smoke, and herbal hop flavors.

M - Zesty carbonation, dry, toasty texture, medium-bodied, with no alcohol and a fairly clean finish.

D - Well this is well-made and to style, it's not really what I look for from a Black IPA. The combination of hop and roast bitterness gets fatiguing and lacks balancing sweetness. Alcohol is well-hidden, and the smokiness paired nicely with the stuffed peppers we made. Might order again as a change of pace, but only in a small portion size.

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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 scruffwhor
3.91/5  rDev +1%
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 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 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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Photo of BMMillsy
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

thanks sleuthdog for the hookup. enjoyed from my FFF teku.

brew poured a watery black with a grey foamy head that left chunky lacing. smells of dank sticky hops with solid roasted malts. nice citric notes. taste is big and bold leading with roast and then slamming you with the bitterish hops. fairly dank and pine cone, but the roast really changes the character of an ipa. the body is nice and smooth with good carbonation. things are really in balance. this is a style that i'm not wild about, but if more of the black ipas were like this i'd probably speak differently of the style. i really found this one to be quite good.

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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 homebrew311
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola brown with tan head. Plenty of head retention, perhaps a bit lighter than some of the other black IPAs. The nose is heavy on citrus hops with notes of grapefruit and bright pineapple tones. If I were blindfolded, I would never be able to tell that this IPA is dark. The taste features the deeper malt profile that I expect in the style, but almost no roast is present. Fruity hops dominate with some resinous undertones and mellow bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is somewhat light with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, I don't know what the dark malts contribute to this beer, but it is tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to augustg for this bottle! Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy dark brown, with a one-finger brown head and medium visible carbonation.

S: Roasted malt, coffee and toffee, with some citrus and pine hops.

T: Follows the nose. The overall impression is that of bitterness, but I couldn't quite decide how much came from the hops versus the roasted malts. The hops are present but have a hard time standing up to the big malt bill here.

M: Medium to heavy-bodied, moderate alcohol presence, good carbonation.

O: Decent - no particular flaws but nothing outstanding. I had higher hopes for this beer from this brewery...but only mildly disappointed.

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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 PHBoiler
4.23/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

About a 6 week old bomber poured into a 3 Floyd's Teku.

The beer pours beautifully. Jet black with a nice offwhite, creamy head.

The first smell was all bright, citrusy hops. Second smell was all roast, almost black coffee in nature. Third smell was some sort of mix of the two that pulls you in.

The taste is pretty much the scent. It's almost like a combination of Alpha King and Topless Wytch. Deep roasted taste but the brightness of the hops come through. The carbonation is on point as is the viscosity. This would be a better bomber to share as I was done for the night after this one just because my mouth was on flavor overload. The alcohol is well hidden due to the all the battling flavors. I would seek this out to try. It's very different than many Black IPAs I've had. The roast is deeper, and the hop character is distinctly 3 Floyd's.

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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 TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
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 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 ONUMello
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 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 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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