Three Blind Mice - Mother's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 14.49%
Wants: 3
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mother's Brewing Company visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MarzenMan on 05-22-2011

Three Blind Mice is inspired by our favorite qualities from English brown ales, German altbiers, and Irish reds. Mother’s trio of beer connoisseurs sipped away many a night, working to find this ideal combination. Mother’s beautiful brown beer is medium-bodied with caramel, toffee, and subtle chocolate malt flavors—all balanced by moderate hop notes and a clean, dry finish.

Three Blind Mice combines components of several malty beers for the unique brown beer experience you've been missing. After lots of research to find the perfect styles for our base, the clear winners were the lighter body and caramel characters of Irish red ales, the soft chocolate and toffee flavors from English brown ales, and the hop component and balance of German altbiers. We used traditional elements from each beer style and added our own touch for one incredible brown beer.

24 IBU
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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 38
Photo of zeff80
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a clear, light brown color with hints of red. It had a small, off-white head of bubbly foam.

S - Smelled of mild chocolate, caramel and some roasty malt.

T - Good sweet caramel with some toffee and light chocolate flavors. Nice grassy bitterness.

M - It was very crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a pretty nice brown ale. A nice brew by Mother's.

Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap with Sushi in Joplin tonight!

Pours mahogany with some tan head that drops away fairly quickish. Okay lacing & head retention

S: Some herbal hoppyness & faint toasty notes

T: Toasty malt & herbal hops up front. As this warms, a bit of roastyness comes through as well along with dryness & more toasty notes. Finishes semi-crisp with some toasty sweetness

Medium bodied, slightly over carbonated along with nice balance

An easy drinker that needs a little more malt depth & hop snap to make this a good Alt, would buy this again though...

Photo of superspak
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 9/25/2012. Pours hazy reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, toffee, apple, bread, grass, light chocolate, light citrus, light nuttiness, and herbal hops. Decent aromas with good strength and decent balance; too fruity. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, bread, grass, light chocolate, roasted grain, light citrus, and herbal hops. Light herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, bread, grass, light chocolate, roasted grain, light citrus, and herbal hops on the finish for a short bit. Good flavor balance, but the flavor robustness is definitely lacking; zero cloying flavors are present on the finish, and quite dry on the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a slightly creamy, crisp, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a decent brown ale. Very drinkable with solid flavor balance; but definitely could use more robustness of flavors, and a finish that is not as dry. A fairly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.86/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Three Blind Mice
Mother's Brewing Company
Style: Altbier
ABV: 5.50 %

LOOK: Clear ruby colored brew with an off white form that leaves a few spots of lace.

SMELL: Toffee, caramels, roasted malts, sherry, and floral herbal hops are all apparent in the smell.

TASTE: Mellow roasted malt and stewed hop flavors are there but fairly acidic with sherry like oxidation notes that are fairly distracting. Some coarse, leafy hop notes are in effect with a mild bitterness. Muted fruit, stale bread, faint nuts and watery caramel round things out.

FEEL: Medium bodied, well carbonated, smooth, and clean on the finish.

OVERALL: An attempt at a German altbier. Possibly has lost some character due to oxidation. This is still an alright beer, but can certainly use some cleaning up.

Photo of Tone
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, amber color. Two inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, slight roasted malt, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of an Altbier. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight pale malt, hint of chocolate, hint of roasted malt, and a hint of grain. Overall, great appearance, decent body, and good blend.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a clear, light brown color with a nice float of tan head. Nice retention and lacing.

Nose is some earthy and burnt toffee malt with a fairly significant grassy hop aroma. This beer smells pretty unique, I am not sure if I have had anything quite like it before.

Lots of malty flavors ranging from biscuity to caramel to even some chocolate. Hops are mostly on the back end with a fair amount of bitterness. Yeast throws out a few light fruit flavors and a bit of bread. It is not as rich as it looks or smells, but the body is solidly medium. This beer is a little beguiling, odd little critter. I like it well enough, and always glad to try a small, new brewery. Could use a few improvements, mainly some richness and sweetness would be nice, but overall Im pretty happy with a six-pack purchase.

Photo of n2185
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear copper-brown with a finger of off-white head that fades into a thin ring with little lacing

S: dry roasted aromas with some nutty notes as well. Slightly sweet caramel malt notes bring up the finish.

T: dry, roasted nut flavors dominate with some faint chocolate notes and a slightly bitter and charred finish.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer could benefit from a creamier body.

O: an alright beer, though nothing special. I'd like a bit less bitterness and a creamier body.

Photo of zeledonia
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Picked this up on a recent trip through Kansas City. Tasted 24 February 2013.

Pours quite dark brown, appearing opaque without light behind it. That light reveals red, deep cherry red. One finger of light tan head, good retention, solid fingers of lacing. Nice.

Smell is good. Warm, slightly buttery and toasty. Like a buttery biscuit. All in the malts, and all very smooth.

Taste is where this beer takes a downward turn. It's actually kinda bad. Dull, a touch herbal but almost flavorless, but for an unpleasant medicinal twang. Really not working for me. Not sure if I can finish this.

Mouthfeel is fine. But I want this beer out of my mouth.

Borderline drainpour. Not terrible, but definitely worse than okay. Strange thing is that several elements of the beer are actually pretty good. Not sure what happened with this one.

Photo of soju6
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A; Pours a reddish brown color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Nice muted aroma of roasted malt, caramel sweetness and roasted malt.

T: Taste is a blend of the caramel sweetness, bit of chocolate and roasted malt. Nice easy bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, smooth and a bit creamy. Nicely balanced.

O: Good drinker that goes down easy. This beer hit the spot for some reason. Worth checking out.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a SN IPA glass

A - Pours a clear mahogany brown with a tight knit tan head. Nice rings of lacing with good retention.

S - Brown bread crust, yeasty, brown sugar, nutty, hints of oxidation, faint herbal hops.

T - Grassy hops are the first thing I notice which were not very present in the nose. Charred/toasted brown bread, some toasted toffee, roasted grainy barley. The cocoa-like bitterness is peppery and rounds out the toast notes well. Finishes bitter and roasted.

M - Moderate creamy carbonation, smooth feel, medium body.

Nice take on the style. Hop forward with a strong toast character.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.31/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a deep ruby/mahogany pour with a finger of creme colored head, great retention. smells of chocolate, pistachios, toffee. the flavor is of slightly bitter toasted grains, dark chocolate, faint hint of dark fruits (plum mainly), a bitterness that is almost unidentifiable hits you towards the end.. almost a burnt caramel flavor. medium in body, moderate carbonation, has the typical brown ale feel.

not a huge fan of this one.. nothing special really, a bunch of off flavors and smell that don't really blend in well together. i'll sick to their ipa's for sure.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Nov 2011. Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Large fizzy light brown head. Lightly carbonated. Clear ruby brown in color. Muted aroma, earthy (in a good way), slight bit of chocolate. Light chocolate malt to start. Malty sweet throughout. Medium body, moderate ethanol. Slightly bitter earthy finish and aftertaste.

Overall not bad.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a deep, deep brown with a touch of red in the body where the light comes through. A relatively big and frothy head forms and sticks around for a long while. The lacing is very good.

S- Medium to dark malts greet the nose first and provide a solid, mildly roasty scent. There is a touch of coffee mixed into the smell underneath the malts. On the back end there is a touch of chocolatey sweetness.

T- This beer starts off with the lightly roasted malts from the scent and moves progressively a little darker and more bitter throughout. None of the coffee in the smell is found in the taste, but more chocolate is present on the tongue. The chocolate is semisweet to a little dark and bitter and is the finishing flavor of the beer.

M- For a brown, this is way on the thin and watery end of the spectrum. There is no detectable alcohol and very little weight on the palate.

Overall, this is just your average to below average flagship brown ale. Nothing to write home about here, but maybe if it was thicker and a little more roasty it would be a little better.

Photo of JEdmund
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Description on bottle says the brewers were inspired by English browns, German alts, and Irish reds in creating this beer.

Deep brown color with a tinge of red; smallish head, but a small layer sticks around.

Aroma is actually detectable a foot away or so, which surprises me for the style. But I’m getting a lot sweet and doughy malts, maybe a hint of cocoa and coffee too.

Not sure this comes off as a hybrid style; in a blind taste test, I think I’d peg this as a brown. Then again, it’s not huge on chocolate malt and could be mistaken for a red. The dry hop bite in the finish definitely feels like a red. The beer really grows on me. It’s high on drinkability, especially for a style I’m not crazy for. Carbonation and body are just fine. Flavor seems to kick off like a brown but then finish like a red. Neat!

My first Mother’s beer and I look forward to having more! Nice to see another brewery in my old stomping grounds. Will be trying their offerings as soon as I’m back in Springfield again.

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a pretty reddish amber color. It had almost 1 finiger of a slightly offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S - Very light smelling beer. I had trouble picking up much other than a slight malty smell.

T - Quite tasty. I noted hints of caramel and coffee. Thre was even slight chocolate hints. Sweet up front with a slightly bitter finish

M - I found it to be light bodied beer with low carbonation. It felt creamy in my mouth

O - Very drinkable beer. Npt a super complex beer but still enjoyable and I will definately be picking up more of their beers.

Photo of TheCondor
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a pint glass. No stanges here, just pint glasses.

Appearance - Pours a clear reddish brown color, like that of fall leaves in a pile. Decent one finger head with minimal retention and lacing. Cool packaging and back story, I like the idea of the brew.

Smell - Toffee, malts, caramel, almost a wood smell in the brew is interesting. Light hops notes.

Taste - The caramel and toffee certainly make an appearance here, along with the light hops. Very delicate, not too overwhelming in any direction. The caramel and toffee washes over the palate, followed by malts and finishing with the hops.

Mouthfeel - Hop finish, smooth, medium bodied and medium carbonation.

Overall - A decent beer. I do like the packaging, it looks really cool. But it is just an average beer. I would drink it again, probably not going to buy it again. Just nothing really exciting at all about it.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brown ale pours from the bottle to a dark brown color and perfect clarity. It offers a nose that is one of sweet, lightly roasted malt and caramel. The foam level is a less than I would prefer, but it isn’t too bad and there is enough present that most will not notice.

Moving to the flavor, this beer is good- tasting overall and like its name suggests, it hits you from different directions because it is supposedly an ale that combines the qualities of three different types of ales into one. The standout flavor is caramel malt, but there are some other flavors present as well, such as chocolate, roasted malt, and toffee. There are some slightly bitter, earthy notes in the finish but the beer leans toward the sweet, malty side overall.

This beer is a little lighter in body than other brown ale, but there is enough good taste and quality to make this beer deserving of a try. I am not so sure I would refer to this as a German Alt, but judged as an American brown ale, it is a good- tasting brew that may not be the most complex on the planet, but still has enough good flavor to recommend.

Photo of Vixie
3.16/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red color, with about a 3/4 inch tan head. Nice looking beer.

The smell is mainly malt, with a bit of yeast and pepper.

Starts out with a bit of caramel and toffee notes, also a hint of coffee. Then the pepper kicks in, giving it a bit of bite, and finishes with a touch of hop bitterness.

Just a bit thin on the feel, was expecting a touch more body.

Overall a pretty nice beer. Bit spicier than others of the style, but glad I was able to try this one, which I was able to get on vacation, as this brewery's products are not sold in my area. Worth a try if you can find it.

Photo of wnh
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Per the description on the bottle this is somewhere in the middle of a German alt, English brown, and Irish red, so I'm trying to review it as such.

Pours a clear bright copper-mahogany topped by a nice, slightly sticky cream-colored head. Nice lacing.

Nose is completely malt-forward, with notes of walnuts, caramel, fresh wheat bread, and maybe a hint of buttery toffee. A very subtle tropical fruit aroma lingers in the background.

Considerably earthier on the palate. Walnuts, toffee, a hint of cocoa powder. There's a subtle dried leaves and old hay note, presumably from the hops. Finishes dry and a bit tacky, with a sensation of walnut skins minus the astringency.

Medium bodied, firm and dry. I'm not a big fan of the style(s) in general, but this one's pretty good.

Photo of ISmith87
3.05/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - 3.75 - deep clear brown/mahogany color. Half finger of off white head.
S - 3 - some hoppiness, bread, rice, not much else.
T - 3 - some hop bitterness, bread, rice, wet cardboard, nothing else.
M - 3 - light, way too light for a brown ale. Alc covered, aftertaste nil.
O - 3 - Nope. I'll pass on this one in the future. It's not very good at all.

Photo of infinitebruner
4.21/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

November 2, 2014

Draft/growler, weizen glass

A – Dark brown, fairly clear. An inch of slightly off-white foam on top, moderate retention. Somewhat bubbly.

S – Floral hop aromas with moderate bitterness showing. Light chocolate, mildly roasted grains. Warm, dark brown bread, a touch of pumpernickel.

T – Toasted dark brown bread, not particularly bitter from the malt. Some minor roasted coffee and a light semi-sweet chocolate backbone. Hops are somewhat herbal, moderately high, with well-balanced bitterness holding it all up.

M – Moderate carbonation, enough to scrub the palate. Bitterness as much from the malt as the hops, very pleasant.

O – Somewhere between doppelbock, Northern English brown, and brown IPA, this is an interesting entry for any of those styles. Regardless of genre, really an excellent, very drinkable brew.

Photo of Get_Lowell
2.91/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Malts fail to leave much of an impression. They come and go on the palate like the wind. Looks great though, it has a beautiful reddish brown hue. Mouth feel is pleasingly thick and frothy.

Photo of BrownAleBollocks
2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is a burgundy, oxblood color. Aroma is a bit weak, malty and non descript. Taste is pretty clean with notes of chocolate, slight toffee and roasted malt. Mouthfeel is thin, but enjoyable for an easy drinking brown. Overall, not the best brown I've had but easy drinking.

Photo of rwhitmore
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Served in a shaker at Yard House at the Legends in KC KS

Fluffy head, clear dark brown/amber.

Aroma is strong malt,a little bready and a little chocolate. Earthy and slightly spicy from the hops.

Smooth, wonderfully balanced, malt forward but with a solid hop backbeat.

A great example of an American brown ale.

Photo of MarzenMan
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice dark brown ale. Smell malty. Malty, a little sweet and very slight hopping. Malt profile more biscuity, sticky and sweet than roasty. I'll be looking for this come fall.

Again no clear style for this beer. They're calling it an alt/english brown/irish red cross. Reminded me most of an alt.

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Three Blind Mice from Mother's Brewing Company
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