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First Kiss - 3 Sheeps Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 11.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
3 Sheeps Brewing visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerFMAndy on 07-19-2013)
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joe1510

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$2.69 Single
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

First Kiss is an IIPA brewed with honey. The beginning of the pour is russet orange but darkens with some yeast from the bottle conditioning. The head doesn't really produce and even with a hard, chugging pour I only get a ring and island of pure white foam.

Heavy handed tropical fruitiness leads the way. I'm impressed by the hop profile of this beer. Ripe mango, papaya, nearly overripe pineapple and grapefruit are all swimming in the pool. There's a moderate caramel malt backbone and dusty honey. I like where this IIPA lies.

While the flavor doesn't quite match the aroma it's certainly enjoyable. All the tropical fruitiness is present but slightly muddled and highly bitter. The caramel is there trying to fight it's way through but can't seem to balance the high IBUs. Pine needles bring up the rear. Nice!

Medium bodied mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The bitterness is accentuated by a dry finish and seems to grow as I drink. The alcohol is low, at 8.2%, for a IIPA which helps the body stay short of that sticky sweetness found in a lot of beer of this style.

Bitter and tropical an IPA to my liking. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this beer but now I'm wishing I'd have picked up a 4-pack. I see that they have started distributing to IL so some more will be in my near future.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:26:40 | More by joe1510
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JeffSK

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.4%

07-27-2014 03:43:56 | More by JeffSK
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of pine, citrus, caramelized biscuit.

The taste is of pine/resin with a touch of aspirin-like bitterness. Honey and caramel take some of the edge off the bitterness to make it more rounded. Sharp alcohol bite in the finish.

It is raw/astringent/boozy, though there is an initial creaminess to it. I believe more of a malt support would give it the body it really needs and smooth it out, but wouldn't want it to lose the hop character. I'm not a brewer, it's just an idea. It could be fuller and smoother.

A big DIPA. Interesting. Certainly hoppy with a strong pine character. Alcohol is noticeable. I was wavering between 3.5 and 3.75 for the overall - decided to go with the latter because for those looking for a more raw, piney, boozy DIPA it's one to choose.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2014 18:26:17 | More by jwc215
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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +29.2%

07-13-2014 19:55:07 | More by WreckedPalate
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California

4/5  rDev +3.4%

05-23-2014 19:51:04 | More by ricecracker420
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California

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

05-11-2014 23:58:08 | More by CWhite
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Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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larryarms847

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.4%

04-11-2014 23:14:08 | More by larryarms847
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.15/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy honey in color, with a fluffy white head that holds for a bit. Plenty of lacing stays behind.

Smell is serious hops, tons of them. Floral and bitter hops, PINE DOMINANT, plus malty goodness, dark fruits, citrus, wonderful.

In the mouth the bitterness is all hop presence, citrus and pine. Coming in timidly is a faint malty backbone that tries to balance the sharp hops. A bit of sweetness is insistent throughout the sip, with the hop character changing along the way.

Mouthfeel is fully carbonated, and a slick taste bud experience. Lacing sticks around to keep it looking and feeling great.

Sadly, I'm not getting the honey, at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 04:18:55 | More by martyl1000
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PickwickHopz

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -22.5%

03-18-2014 21:26:30 | More by PickwickHopz
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tgraven

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

03-18-2014 01:22:14 | More by tgraven
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MarkFy

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

03-16-2014 23:10:39 | More by MarkFy
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

03-15-2014 20:27:38 | More by imperialking
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OldCrustacean79

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +3.4%

02-15-2014 00:30:52 | More by OldCrustacean79
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BigMikie

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

01-29-2014 01:48:23 | More by BigMikie
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jimmy13

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -16%

01-25-2014 23:24:01 | More by jimmy13
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lswilma

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-23-2014 11:34:13 | More by lswilma
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny 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 herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an an above average beer with a somewhat unbalanced amount of bitterness in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 20:07:31 | More by UCLABrewN84
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shredder83

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

01-20-2014 17:53:15 | More by shredder83
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GRG1313

California

4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

01-10-2014 21:47:18 | More by GRG1313
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Gregafree

Ohio

4/5  rDev +3.4%

01-08-2014 01:35:51 | More by Gregafree
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nickapalooza86

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, clear, half finer of off white head

Smell is huge on pine notes, apricot, citrus rind, sweet caramel malt, earthy hop

Taste is bittering pine up front, grapefruit peel, huge malt backbone on this one, caramel, toffee, earthy hop, finishes with a spruce hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium full, adequate carbonation, very drying on the finish with a pine bitter aftertaste that lingers

A decent IIPA, nothing to go out of your way for, I like it, I think the bittering hops could be lowered a bit. I got this about two months ago, it has been in my fridge the whole time. No date on the label, which is annoying since I like there regular IPA a lot but never buy it anymore as I have no idea how old it is.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2013 22:43:12 | More by nickapalooza86
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First Kiss from 3 Sheeps Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.