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3rd Rail IPA - Wedge Brewing Company

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3rd Rail IPA
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Reviews: 10
Hads: 41
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 5.94%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Wedge Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Deuane on 12-02-2009

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Reviews: 10 | Hads: 41
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Glad to have a chance to finally try a bunch of new brews from Wedge. Pretty much cleaned the taps out over the last week there.

The pour was a nice ark amber in color with a two finger head of white foam that stayed on top for a good long time before finally fading off into just a solitary ring of lacing around the sides that left some nice touches of foam dripping. Aroma in piney hops at first, but warming lets them fade into the backround and leaves behind a nice malty nose with some hints of booziness in the air. This carries over almost exactly into the flavor. Oily piney hops are biting at the tongue on the first few sips only to be replaced by a buttery malty flavor and a bit of a hot alcohol booziness which fades away with the last sips and leaves that taste on the tongue throughout.

Overall a solid DIPA. There are not alot of them brewed up here, so it can hold its own in a regional lineup. (915 characters)

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a: served at the brewpub in a small chalice, the beer is a deep amber with heavy hues of orange and red, a khaki head tops things off, showing average retention

s: thick with caramel malt and big oily pine hops, loads of juicy tropical citrus and sugary orange rind, alcohol present only as a mild sweetness

m: carbonation light-medium on a heavy, almost syrupy-thick body, carries the weighty flavors well

t: much like the aroma, big caramel malt structure holds condensed flavors of piney hops, candied orange peel, and a fully bitter finish, very well-rounded with a lot of play between the malt and hops

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10oz pour at the brewery. 4.00. Served in a goblet.

Pours hazy orange with a wisp of pale "head" that does actually leave traces of lace despite the high gravity.

The aromas are pretty soft. Orange, mango, a little pine and some sweet dough.

What a nice flavor profile! There is no denying that hops play 1st fiddle but it's in good balance. Big tropical orange and mango hops with biscuit, lemon zest, flower petals, white pepper, pine, bread and a bite of booze. Quite good.

Nice full, oily, coating feel with a near perfect subtle carbonation. Long, dry, tropical aftertaste.

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A-Slightly hazed, deep copper with a wispy light tan head that left spotty lace.

S-Spicy, bitter orange rind, some perfume like floral notes all riding on top of a sweet, caramel malt base.

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3rd Rail IPA from Wedge Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.