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Blackheart (beer review)

9% ABV. English IPA from Three Floyds in Munster, Indiana. This brew is supposedly a throw back historical ale brewed when English I.P.A.s were hopped up to last the long voyage from England to colonial troops in India. Using English malts, English hops, English yeast and aged slightly in oak for a 19th century taste. The artwork on the bottle was an artistic collaboration with 3F friends at Blackheart Tattoo in SF. Poured from 22oz bottle into a snifter glass. Pours orange with a thick off-white creamy head with nice lacing throughout. Nose is citrus, caramel, pine, sugared-raisin, resin. Taste is huge malt at first, big caramel and candied-nuts. Quickly cut by big bitter pine resin and lemon peel flavors. Very long bitter finish with just a hint of malt. Palate is very thick, coating, with good carbonation, but the alcohol is definitely noticeable. Interesting and complex English IPA for the style! Beeradvocate: A-, Ratebeer: 100pts, theBeerAuthority: A-. Locally available (Metro DC)? No.

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This entry was posted on April 11, 2011 by in Beer.

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