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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
85
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Third Street Brewhouse visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: morimech on 07-10-2012)
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Reviews by Arithmeticus:
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Fisher's Club, Avon, MN

A: solid black; thin but creamy head; good lacing
S: very nice hop aroma, with carmelized malt; smells very complex
T: Something like a cross between an IPA and a stout -- sharp hop flavor follows an initial burst of stout (the roasted malt is very strong), creating a very interesting effect, similar to other crossover beers well executed (e.g., Belgian IPA)

A very nice way to close a session--seems higher ABV than it is.

Arithmeticus, Aug 24, 2012
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3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

beaversfan12, Aug 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

ryancl, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Almost pitch black, with nice root beer float head and minor lacing.

Smell: Chocolate, molasses and citrus. Yum.

Taste: More Black than IPA. Definite chocolate, molasses and coffee from the roasted malts. Fairly bitter finish, but I am getting more of a burnt, roasted bitterness than an IPA one. However, there is some light pine and citrus.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body that is fairly smooth. Very dry finish.

Overall: Tastes more like a hoppy Porter, even if the smell has more obvious IPA notes. I am okay with that though, as it is much better than the IPAs that just seem to have black food coloring added. This is actually a damn fine beer.

bsp77, Jul 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a little hint of amber at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a big five finger light beige head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very roasty and earthy aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, and cracker. A little bit of molasses. Big hints of grassy and earthy hops. Some spicy pine resin. Subtle hints of citrus orange and grapefruit. Smells deep and well balanced.

Taste: Like the smell, a good balance of dark malts and spicy hops. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate. Dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and cracker. A good dose of molasses. A good mix of spicy and mildly bitter hops. Earthy hops, pine resin, and some light citrus with subtle notes of orange and grapefruit. Kind of tastes like an imperial stout with a bigger hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy somewhat slick. Starts sweet and finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty good dark ale. Veers more towards a hopped up porter or stout although it is a nice change of pace from the more hop forward black IPAs.

MattyG85, Aug 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Oelschlager, Aug 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

IchLiebeBierZu, Oct 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

sgttibbs, Dec 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

LXIXME, Jun 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

mdaschaf, Apr 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

AndyH, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of alphagnome
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance:
Deep, dark mahogany colored body that is surprisingly clear when held to the light. Topped by a finger thick beige head that leaves lacing everywhere makes this a very welcoming (and deceiving) beer!

Aroma:
A constant struggle. During one sniff, you'll get vibrant malts and chocolate notes and the next will zesty herbal and grassy hops. Hints of lactose and light brown sugar give this BLACK IPA a delicate sweetness that I can't stop sniffing!

Taste:
The struggle continues with each sip offering up something new to discover. Roasted, nutty malts and caramel. Bitter coffee blends flawlessly with the earthy hops. Pepper appears to be thrown in for good measure. Nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
Medium to full body with decent carbonation. Very smooth sipper! Finishes a bit dry, but not at all out of character for the style. Inoffensive and easy to drink and enjoy!

Overall:
When I recently visited Minnesota and sought out a selection of beers unavailable in Iowa, I had my favorites lined up (Surly, Steel Toe, & Flat Earth) and knew nothing about this brewery when I took a gamble and grabbed a few bottles of everything they brew and I'm glad I did! Everything thus far has exceeded expectations and this Black IPA is no exception! What we have here is an easy to drink IPA that won't offend anyone, regardless if you favor hops or malts! Grab it and enjoy!

alphagnome, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Bitter Neighbor! This beer pours an almost opaque black with thin ecru head that is lacing. The scent reminds me of a nice porter, toffee and espresso tones. The taste is subtlely bitter throughout, but there are fresh hops, caramel and espresso dancing in my mouth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good black IPA and I would have it again...the lower ABV gives this a session possibility.

WoodBrew, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Archo, Jul 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Ups_24, Jan 24, 2013
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5/5  rDev +32.6%

Miesbraustout, Oct 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Cooper, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack from Princeton Liquors. It's interesting to see this style evolve. I've found many black ales too thick, essentially hopped up porters. But this beer takes a lighter body to the hops and it works well. I can see some folks calling it too thin, but it's pretty close to where it should be. Still the hops get a little lost in the dark grains at times, which while common for the style, isn't ideal. The barley offers a bitter, cocoa roast with burnt toast with very little sweet caramel. The hops some off like standard American citrus hits (standard, but certainly not a bad thing) that blend in and out of the barley. Overall, a fine example of the style and a great beer to match any food from the grill, find some.

tempest, Aug 17, 2012
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2.65/5  rDev -29.7%

BigAl18, Sep 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

kristenrae8, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - deep and almost impenetrable dark brown, thumb of tan head retained well
S - roasty and some dark fruit, light leafs
T - cola and nutty up front, mild pine hops, roasty finish, tasty but a little lacking in hop flavours
M - medium body with a solid and lasting hop bitterness
O - tasty and leaning to the malty side, it doesn't bring the hops to the forefront like an ipa should, black or otherwise, but its a tasty brew none the less

joemcgrath27, Nov 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

cbrakel, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of morimech
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with almost two fingers of head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is by far the weakest aspect of this beer. It is not giving away much through the nose. A little roast and some peppery hops.

Nice black ale flavor. Not a crazy amount of hop bitterness or flavor, but satisying. I like it because you can also taste the "black" which is often forgotten in this style of ale. Nice roasted and chocolate notes that compliments the caramel and bready malt. Hops give some piney and earthy notes.

Solid body and carbonation. Good texture but it falls off a little quick in the finish so it feels thin.

Impressive for an inexpensive beer. Nice that the "black" can be tasted instead of just for color. Will not win many accolades but I will buy it again.

morimech, Jul 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

jwerner23, Jun 22, 2014
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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.