Really Cool Waterslides - 3 Sheeps Brewing

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
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3 Sheeps Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: drpimento on 11-17-2012

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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of emerge077
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

String of unintelligible numbers near the bottom of the bottle: 15/213/043/13/04 03
Single from Casanovas, served in a tulip glass.

Saturated orange with bright clarity, thin layer of off white foam on top, spotty lace sticks around the edges. Good coverage, lasting unbroken skim remains after a few sips.

Smells like caramel malt and candied orange peel.

Taste is similar, dominant sweet malt with candied orange peel taste, mild lingering bitterness that seeps into the aftertaste. Light to medium bodied. Seems a bit safe and formulaic, though it's not bad. Just too similar to the 100's of other IPA's on the shelves next to it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of jwc215
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark copper with a thin lasting head. A thin sheet of lacing covers the glass.

The smell is of robust pine with citric and tropical fruits mixed in.

The taste is of pine/resin and citric/tropical fruits. It has a firm caramel backing. Smooth and chewy, it finishes with a bitter bite.

I normally don't care for strong caramel in the IPA much, but it works here. Some residual sugars stay on the tongue, almost more like it would in some DIPA's. Overall, it's a piney/fruity/caramelly IPA that is very easy to drink. Nice!

Photo of kkleu357
4/5  rDev +8.7%

From notes on 3/6/14

Dark golden amber color. Darker then most IPAs. Nice citrus pineapple aroma. Very bitter taste. Lots of citrus flavor. I get pineapple and some grapefruit tastes. For the price, this is an excellent beer.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first 3 Sheeps and it is decent. The beer pours a hazy copper with thin white head that is not leaving mush of a lace. The scent carries sweet malt and floral hops. The taste is good....starts balanced then finishes bitter. Since the hops are bitter its tough to make out much in the sense of flavor...maybe a citrus lean. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a decent beer....not one I would rave about....but enough to say that I am glad I tried it.

Photo of smitty4657
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had from a bottle in Chicago, October 13, 2013. Mainly defined by an awesome hop-forward taste that I haven’t found in many other beers. Sort of overrides the other descriptors, but the beer had a rich amber color and light hop nose - keeps the actual taste a surprise. Lovely beer that I hope to see more often in Chicago.

Photo of dukeandduke
4.04/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2/5 - Draft at Finley Dunnes (Chicago Lakeview). 3 Sheeps has been served at Finley Dunnes the past few months, and I am really glad it's a standard serving. The beer is very smooth and refreshing to drink. Loved the somewhat bitter taste.

I look forward to finding other 3 Sheep offerings down the road, and will continue to order this IPA when available.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.36/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Sheeps pint
6.2% ABV, no date.

A - Light haze forms over the beautiful golden colored beer. Proteins in the hops help keep the chunky off-white head afloat for quite some time and further encourage sticky gobs of lace to grapple the glass.

S - Really Cool Waterslides has an explosive aroma of hops; not too huge, not faint or underwhelming, just right. The earthy-citrus combination conjures up suggestions of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit rind with notes of lemongrass and white pepper along the finish. This ride isn't all hops though, as it's balanced nicely by a background of biscuit-and-caramel-smelling malt.

T - The twists and turns of Really Cool Waterslides continue with a citrus flavor that abandons the bolder pineapple and mango notes the nose offers for a straight forward grapefruit rind and lemon zest that works out nicely, adding floral qualities also. The malt base continues to balance this hop-forward beer very well!

M - IPAs are meant to be bitter, so when I say Really Cool Waterslides is fairly bitter, it shouldn't scare you off. Starting smooth and almost soft, this beer goes down incredibly well, lingering with a mildly dry, hoppy bitter finish that almost requests another sip.

O - Like a great water slide attraction, this beer is worthy of coming back to time and time again, almost immediately, in fact. It rides a fine line of balance with submissive, sweet malts and forward-flowing hop intricacies for a hoppy-yet-drinkable IPA that doesn't disappoint or overwhelm.

Photo of CraigTravor
2.79/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer did not really do it for me. The flavour seemed off.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My first beer from 3 Sheeps Brewing Co., acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice semi-dark coppery orange colored body with some okay clarity to it and just under two fingers of thick frothy off-white foam for a head. Nice fat scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is of sweet caramel malt, earthiness, tea leaves, pine, green apple, some soapiness, peppers, and lots of very grassy / herbal / vegetal smelling hops. Smells pretty damn nice to me.

T - Definitely not a ridiculous hop bomb like so many other IPA's, but this one has a nice balance. Green apple, caramel / pale malt breadiness, and lots of dirty / earthy / herbal hops. Some pine and faint grapefruit.

M - Feel is sticky, bitter, bready, and resinous. Medium-full bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, it's a solid IPA. Nothing new or groundbreaking, but I'm not hard to please when it comes to classic American IPA's. Slightly filling, but highly drinkable at 6.20% abv. I would have it again, and I look forward to trying more from this brewery.

3 Sheeps Brewing Really Cool Waterslides IPA ---4/5.

Photo of Eliviann
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Definitely order again. A lighter IPA.

Photo of Ri0
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12 oz bottle into Duvel tulip

A -Dark copper/amber in color with a nice 2 finger white head. Nice amount of lacing and a white ring around my glass.

S - Smells of citrus, mostly orange, and pine hops. Nice amount bread, caramel, and malt with hints of earth.

T - Wow, this is tasty. There is a nice hop presence of orange, citrus and pine.Good amounts of caramel and bread mix in the middle. The hop/malt balance is pretty good in this. Slight earthy feel with more bitterness in the finish.

M - Nicely carbonated with a medium mouthfeel. Kind of wet and slick, minimal resin feel.

O - This one kind of came out of no where, but it is very tasty. I like how I taste more orange than grapefruit in the hop notes. That alone makes this stand out to me. This is now one of my favorite local IPA's.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I missed out on the release party for this new brewery from Wisconsin (we're seeing a lot of those in the greater Chicagoland area lately...), so this bottle will serve as my introduction and first impression. Godspeed. It pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, light orange zest, pine resin, and mild toffee. Certainly smells like an IPA. The taste initially focuses on the pine, but then allows a healthy wave of grapefruit to crash over those trees; this is then followed by another short burst of resin; all the while, some mildly-sweet caramel provides some perspective, Caspar David Friedrich-style. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a surprisingly enjoyable IPA (if for no other reason than my market being flooded with a bunch of random, mediocre breweries lately, particularly from behind the Cheddar Curtain), one I could actually see drinking more of in the future. Fair play, 3 Sheeps...

Photo of BarrytheBear
2.92/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Metallic, off flavor of plastic, lots of bittering hops..not my bag

Photo of Zachtheporter
3.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light amber in color with a fluffy 1 finger, white head. After the head dissipates it leaves a healthy collar behind as well as an ample amount of lacing on the surface of the beer. Slightly hazy.

S- A mixed menagerie of tropical fruits. There are some mango notes, as well as notes of fresh-cut grass and earthy hops in the end. The aroma also has a bit of a caramel scented malty backbone.

T- Deliciously sweet caramel malts blend together well with a fruity hop bitterness. There is a bit of a piney, grassy bitterness in the finish that melds well with the sweetness of the malts.

M- A nice medium body with a smooth kick from the carbonation.

O- A nice solid IPA that can be enjoyed by any IPA lover. I find it to be pretty well balanced, but leaning just ever so slightly towards the maltier side. Delicious. Great Job 3 sheeps!

Photo of TheSSG
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dense, frothy, whitish head that is persistent and laces the glass nicely. Bright citrus hop aroma. Lovely gold-amber color. Starts somewhat sweet, but with bright citrus hops which build in bitterness and become ostensibly grapefruit in character. As the finish comes, so does the malt, and the hops remain bitter and a more pronounced pine aspect comes out.

Overall, I like this one. It's a very bright, citric type of IPA, but it's still bitter enough. Only as it peaks does it take on that pine/citrus rind bitterness, but then the malt slips back in to balance things out. I would recommend giving it a whirl if you see it.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and floral flavors 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 with a nice floral quality in the taste.

Photo of Stevedore
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Copper-amber hued, one finger offwhite head with an especially nice small bubble effervescence. Good longevity, decent lacing.

S- Resin, floral notes, citrus, a bit of pine. Grainy pale malt. Standard, solid American IPA aromatics showing off what is probably Columbus and/or Cascade.

F- Bitter resin, a slight herbal flavour, mild grapefruit, floral notes, pine. Background is a mild pale malt sweetness evoking caramel and a bit of toffee that kicks in more at the end with the bitter finish, which is a quite bitter resinous, piney one.

M- Medium bodied, solidly carbonated, crisp and refreshing. On the bitter side for the style, so if you like your beers more bitter than juicy, this is the way to go.

O- Very solid IPA that offers a lot of bitterness to go along with a solid malt backbone that showcases west coast hops. It's definitely not a bad IPA and I wouldn't turn it down if offered.

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.27/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a single to give it a shot, I always have high hopes for any Wisconsin brewery I have not had yet.

Pours a nice light amber, about a finger of white head, slight hop haze.

Has a real nice deep tropical fruit aroma, caramel malt also comes through, just a hint of pine

Taste is big caramel sweetness up front, followed by a big hit of resiny hops coming through, finishes with a slight citrus and big pine bitter end

Mouthfeel is medium full, probably due to the bigger malt presence compared to most IPAs, adequete carbonation.

Picked this one up on a whim and am glad I did. It doesnt have the best rating so far, this is why you should never judge a beer based on other opinions, except for mine of course.

Keep up the good work 3 sheeps! And start Dating, I am gonna go grab a 6 of this!

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Impulse buy as I was browsing between the tube socks & Rapalas, a brewery I haven't heard of before. 12 oz. bottle that looks like it was designed by a 14 yr. old aspiring graphic designer (& I don't mean that in a bad way).

The pour is orange, lightly carbonated, opaque without any evident stuff floating in it. Smells bitter, soapy, citrusy, touch of triclosan. Not bad, but something odd about it.

Really Cool Waterslides is a great name for, well, anything. I like waterslides! As for the beer coming out of the glass, it's spurned serial killer bitter. Awash in bitterness that slides into aspirin rather than a clean, morally upright bitterness. Masks almost everything else, but I'm going to try to draw something else out: bitter pine, bitter caramel, bitter leafy resin that coats the mouth like George Brett pine tar. Split this up with my wife & honestly, the 6 oz. taster will do me fine.

I love me a bitter IPA, but this beer veers into the territory of bitter rage: it has an edge to it that's not entirely pleasant. Not objectionable, just not quite my thing. Average.

Photo of NCalement
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a nice amber color that is translucent. Nice one finger head, that appears soapy and white. Holds well on the edge of the glass. Not bad looking at all.

S- Citrus fruits like grapefruit and lemon. Some spruce and juniper pine notes as well. Bitter soap and light malt round out the end. Not to aromatic, rather faint.

T- Much more going on here then the smell. Nice smooth citrus front with a bitter soap back. Lots of grapefruit and pine. Very nice. Some sweet malt and alcohol is melded in there as well. Not extremely complex but it profiles the hops very well.

M- Perfect for the style. Medium body, active carbonation, refreshing and resonates well allowing the lupin oils to reside on your taste buds for sometime after each sip.

O- Nothing out of this world, but for the style it's rather spot on. The smell is lacking a little but the mouthfeel and taste are very well done. Im glad I got to try it and if I were ever in Wisconsin and saw it on tap or at the store I'd buy some to enjoy.

Photo of drpimento
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So far their best beer. Served kind of cold with a small creamy, off-white head, and lots of sheeting lace. Color is a darker, clear amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is hop, resin, a little citrus and malt. Body and carbonation are decent. Flavor's like nose; dry at first with hop up front, then carbonic tang, ending with sweet; however, strangely not balanced. Finish is like flavor, average length, a bit boozy.

Photo of facundoCNB
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

a nice clean light copper tone with 2 fingers of fluffy white head giving off some great lacing. the nose has tons of piney hops with grapefruit, but an even nicer fruity and citrusy kick (still from hops) almost reminding me of peaches. there is also a nice scent of caramel from the malt bill. the flavor is a hoppy voyage through sweet, floral, fruity, and last (but not least) bitter hop profiles. there is a lingering bitterness that crashes into the caramel flavor of the grains and creates a really nicely balanced beer. medium body with a nice amount of carbonation, very sticky lacing makes this a lip licking experience!

this is a very surprising beer.. brewery and beer i'd never heard of but this kicked some major ass. i'd like to seek out other stuff by them soon.

Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper in color. Forms a moderate sized off-white head that fades to a surface coating. Minimal lacing.

S: Aroma is pretty standard for a flag-ship type IPA: a blend of caramel malts, grapefruit-citrus, and pine.

T: Taste is similar. Caramel malts. Mild sweetness. Pine, grapefruit, citrus rind.

M: Medium bodied. Moderate bitterness. Appropriate carbonation.

O: Tastes like a typical flag-ship IPA. Not necessarily a bad IPA, but certainly not up there with the big boys.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

3 Sheeps Waterslides

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber. A little under a finger of white soapy head, which quickly settled to a dusting. Some spotty lacing.

S) A heavy dose of grapefruit. A very fresh scent. Quite nice... Then my toddler shit his pants, which was a slight setback in this tasting.

T) Definitely hop forward... Again, plenty of grapefruit. A little grass. Sprinkling of table sugar. Nice balance with the malt. Bitter finish + nice aftertaste.

M) Medium body with pretty soft carbonation. Light tingle... Beyond the bitterness, it's fairly smooth. Refreshing...

O) There are quite a few good IPAs to choose from these days . This falls into that category. I wouldn't necessarily go out of my way for it, but it's a solid brew.

Photo of BeerLover99
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: dirty orange, finger off-white head, good lacing

S: grapefruit, orange rind, caramel, biscuit malt

T: grapefruit, big biscuit sweet malt, oily bitter pine finish

M: med/light, mild oily mouth

O: New brewery for me; always enjoy
exploring + giving new guys on the scene.
Solid American IPA, would buy again.


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Really Cool Waterslides from 3 Sheeps Brewing
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