Spotlight - Third Street Brewhouse

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65 Ratings
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Ratings: 65
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 1
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Third Street Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: TheFizzinator on 04-06-2014

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Ratings: 65 | Reviews: 11
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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/14/14.

Appearance: Pours a bright golden orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell: A crisp and very juicy hop forward aroma with lots of citrus esters. Upfront scent of tropical citrus hops with hints of mango, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and peach. Earthy hints of grassy hops and slight pine. Backing pale malt with hints of grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid tropical aroma.

Taste: Like the smell hints at, a nicely juicy and crisp hop forward taste with pretty good tropical fruit esters. Citrus hops with upfront tropical notes of mango, lemon, grapefruit, orange peel, pineapple, and peach. Earthy and floral hop notes with some grass and a little pine. Solid soft pale malt backing with notes of grains, yeast, and cracker. Hoppy but nicely balanced. A pretty good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, juicy, and very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a IPA. Really solid tropical fruit notes with a nice malt balance.

Photo of morimech
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 09/21/14

Pale golden color with a slight haze. One finger of head forms that settles to a thin film. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

I love the aroma of the hops used. But a couple of the varieties are a bit polarizing. I pick up tropical fruit, lemons, grass, citrus, and dankness.

Nice hop flavor combined with a dry malt character, makes me really like this beer. Bitterness is moderate with a good hop flavor payoff. I het tropical fruit, lemons, and citrus. A slightly dank finish.

A little lighter body than most IPAs at this ABV level. Quite surprised by the ABV. Nice carbonation lends a nice texture for a bitter beer. Lively without being harsh.

Hard to find very drinkable IPAs at this price point. Maybe that explains why this beer has replaced Saga as my budget IPA.

Photo of garymuchow
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A couple of good reviews on here lead to this, plus a good price point. Poured into SA glass quite nicely.
Enjoyable fruity aroma with a prominent tropical fragrance, plus additional fruity and citrus qualities. Really quite a pleasant presentation.
More yellow than amber. Smallish white head and not a lot of stickiness, but fine overall.
Flavor not quite a good as aroma, but still nice. Thin streak of hop excess, but it never is too much or overwhelming. Hop flavors are not quite as interesting as in the aroma, but this drink nicely and balance out well. A bit of citrus in the taste and maybe catching that lemon drop taste.
Moderate size and average to a little above in carbonation.
This drinks way too quickly and nicely for the size. This could be a bit dangerous.

Photo of TheFizzinator
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First review of Spotlight lots of pressure. Came to me in a pale golden color and light. Clear all the way through, looks refreshing. Wasn't getting much from the nose a bit of grass and orange peel definitely wasn't overwhelming had a very subtle smell to it. Taste was similar to the smell lots of grass with a little bit of grapefruit to round out the beer. Not much bitterness to speak of. Not much on the whole to speak of the either. The taste and nose were very underwhelming.

I've yet to find a Third Street beer to really hit the mark with me so far.

Photo of Phocion
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle dated Best By Sept. 21, 2014. Poured into a shaker pint with a finger of creamy off-white head that quickly dissipates. Hazy, bright orange body. Thin but sticky layers of lacing left on the glass.

Very citrusy IPA. Grapefruit, orange peel, and a ton of lemon. Floral and grassy with a bit of resin as well.

Flavor is very hop-forward, but the lemony Sorachi Ace dominate more than in the nose, with a spicy floral flavor behind it. Slight breadiness in the background to give it a bit of a body. There's quite a few fruity flavors in there, but they all fail to match the weight of the lemon. Dry, slightly tart finish. Very little perceived bitterness.

Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Nice crisp, refreshing beer with a fruity but slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is a good beer. Very hop-forward IPA, but not particularly bitter. Sorachi Ace has such a distinguishable flavor that isn't really my thing in an IPA, but I could see others really liking it. It's too bad Third Street only has this as a seasonal considering the amount of hopheads in the local market.

Photo of Tessem7
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap into an English pub glass. The beer has an excellent dark red/light brown color and is translucent. The look is absolutely amazing. The head is an off white color and retains well. Perfect level of carbonation.

The flavor isn't anything special compared to some other craft brews, but it's better than most Third Street beers I've had before. Even though it isn't very different from a lot if other IPAs, it still tastes great. However, there isn't anything special about the aroma. The beer also has a very nice, full feeling and is very smooth. If nobody told you, you would have no idea that the beer is 7.3% ABV.

This is an great beer and the only thing preventing me from giving it a higher score is the lack of a distinct taste compared to some other IPAs. That said, Third Street tends to be a bit cheaper, so this might become my go-to IPA when I don't want to try a new one.

This beer is definitely worth trying at least once.

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy goldish orange, half finger of white head, lacing isn't great

Smell is big of caramel, bread, grass, even a little hay, some sweet tropical notes, some kiwi, lemon and some more toffee

Taste is some caramel, toffee, butterscotch, lemon, orange, tangerine and pineapple, then some bready malt in the finish, grapefruit bitterness in the finish, maybe a little green apple?

Mouthfeel is medium light, average carbonation

Interesting beer here, it is good, I do feel that perhaps some of the malt flavor is fighting the hop flavor.

Give it a shot if you like a really balanced IPA.

Photo of mothman
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent rye pale. Nice citrus with rye.

Photo of BillRoth
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beer Safari in M/SP. Had on tap at Happy Gnome. Stunning pour in the glass. Just beautiful but actual drinking experience was just good. Good brew and nice taste.Wouldn't turn this down, but way too many better brews to go to next before coming around to Spotlight again.

Photo of Mdog
3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy yellow-gold, lots of particles, good head.

Smell: Citrus while at the same time earthy.

Taste: Sweet first, then bitter citrus. A kind of salty meat (braunschweiger?) flavor underlying. Citrus returns.

Overall: Kind of unusual tasting IPA from 3rd street. There's a meaty/salty flavor I got from the whole six pack that was kind of strange. For the most part I enjoyed it but there are better Minnesota IPAs to try.

Photo of Kjellesvig
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottle says enjoy by 09/14/14.

Appearance: This beer is a golden straw yellow with a gleaming golden glow that Rumpelstiltskin would be proud of. Hazy particles, not anything too particular showoffish with bubbles. A three finger white head that quickly retreats.

Smell: I'm getting a dank hop smell with a citrusy sweet flourish.

Taste: This is a very well balanced beer. It's a great combo of a subtle, bready malt with a crisp apple hoppy bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with the appropriate amount of carbonation for the style. This is a good summer IPA.

Overall: This isn't a showoff IPA (and there's nothing wrong with that). There are many that try to allure you with the malt backbone or the floral explosion on the nose, but this is an IPA I've been waiting for. Very drinkable and very refreshing. I highly recommend getting a pack of this!

Serving type: bottle

Spotlight from Third Street Brewhouse
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