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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
85
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.32%
Wants: 1
Gots: 15 | 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 feloniousmonk:
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

Appearance: Fully black, no light escapes, unless you really, really try, nice cocoa/tan head, tight 1/4" , lasting long.

Aroma: cocoa and cream, and a faint whiff of grassy hops. Smooth and balanced.

Taste: No real threat from hops at the start, fairly mild, but there. Pleasant on the palate, then the malt comes in, again, very well-mannered, not brash or brusque and rude in any fashion, just knocking on the door and taking it's shoes off. Well comported body, medium, with a lightly hoppy, chocolatey finish. Toasty, just-a-little-bit-bitter malty flavor.

Taking a break now to read the label. "The Story. You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. You can pick where you live, but you can't pick your neighbors. That is, until now. When you pick up a glass filled with frothy, dark-colored bitter neighbor black IPA, it won't leave a bad taste in your mouth. In fact, it's quite good. (Sorry, we can't help you with the family part.)
Malts: Pale, caramel, Munich, Roasted Black. Hops: German & US (Magnum, Hersbrucker, Amarillo, Cascade.)

(Quick note about that copy. Breweries should never describe their beers as "nice" or "good." Just tell us how you made it and what flavors we might find, let us make the judgement about how nice and good it is.)

I've downed a few of these already, without taking notes, just drinking. And it drinks well. But considering what they expect that we get from this, and comparing this against others in this loosely collected category, I find Bitter Neighbor lacking. For one, not bitter enough. Hardly enough hops or bitterness to warrant calling it any kind of an IPA. Black it is, though, and actually quite tasty, and consumable, indeed.

If we just want to rave about beers that aren't bad coming out of a brewery known for awful crap, then we can do that. If we want to talk about something memorable, we can't do it here.

08-27-2012 09:04:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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beaversfan12

Minnesota

3.52/5  rDev -6.9%

08-30-2014 18:24:32 | More by beaversfan12
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ryancl

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

04-07-2014 15:27:45 | More by ryancl
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bsp77

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-21-2012 22:41:43 | More by bsp77
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

09-29-2012 03:39:03 | More by NilocRellim
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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.

08-12-2012 06:26:01 | More by MattyG85
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Oelschlager

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-14-2013 04:35:21 | More by Oelschlager
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IchLiebeBierZu

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-14-2013 01:12:25 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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sgttibbs

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

12-22-2013 19:37:51 | More by sgttibbs
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LXIXME

New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

06-28-2013 18:36:13 | More by LXIXME
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mdaschaf

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

04-19-2014 22:02:36 | More by mdaschaf
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AndyH

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

01-15-2013 02:37:24 | More by AndyH
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alphagnome

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +20.4%

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!

01-31-2014 23:20:07 | More by alphagnome
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WoodBrew

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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.

05-24-2013 02:08:46 | More by WoodBrew
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Ups_24

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

01-24-2013 02:31:09 | More by Ups_24
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Cooper

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5.8%

08-05-2012 00:14:53 | More by Cooper
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -5.3%

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

11-11-2012 02:24:02 | More by joemcgrath27
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cbrakel

Minnesota

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08-22-2013 00:06:29 | More by cbrakel
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morimech

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

07-10-2012 21:06:03 | More by morimech
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Minnesota

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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.