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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: morimech on 07-10-2012

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Ratings: 182 | Reviews: 36
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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Faint roast, light grains, floral hop on the nose. It pours brilliant black under a 2” light tan tinted white foam cap. The bubbles are very fine and the cap is persistent and lacy. The beer offers a very creamy palate with light roast flavors, a slight sweetness from dark sugars but the overall sense is dry with a slight grainy astringency of the finish. There is some hard to identify fruit in the background. An interesting oscillation occurs in the finish between a very light crystal malt type sweetness and a base malt to unmalted barley astringency that is actually quite pleasant. There is enough bitterness to balance the malt but it is not out of bounds. Nicely balanced.

Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Photo of alphagnome
4.56/5  rDev +20.3%
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!

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
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

Photo of morimech
3.76/5  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.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice appearance, makes a big head that fades to normal fast. Black as night.

Strong hoppiness, mostly grapefruit, but some roasted malt as well, a nice balance without being overpowering.

Taste is a little t astringent, but not awful. The bitterness of the malt begins to surpass the bitterness of the hops.

Wonderful, refreshing mouth.

Drinkable. A great beer in the stepping stone path to broader beer appreciation.

Photo of libgotti
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

1st time = no like
2nd time = kinda liked
3rd time = craved it

Unique taste. Max = 2 back-to-back. Delicious & love the story behind the name.

Photo of TCMike
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a just barely translucent, black color. Produced a 1 finger tan head.

The aroma is of roasted malts, hops, and slight caramel sweetness.

The taste is similar. Nice hoppiness, without too much bitterness. medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Nice beer.

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.2/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass, and consumed after having my palate seared by delicious hot sauce.

A: Very dark brown color, with small amounts of carbonation.

S: Strong malty, cereal notes coming off the top.

T: same notes come through from the smell; strong chocolate and woody notes at the front, with a more citrusy and bitter finish.

M: thick beer; even on CO2, it reminds me more of a porter or a stout rather than an ABA.

O: Not bad - it's a nice sipping beer, but doesn't have any really strong flavor profiles that make it distinctive.

Photo of RStansel
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

There's a creaminess to this that brings to mind chocolate milk, but it's as if someone dropped a few blackened hazelnut shells into the glass. Hops playing a supporting role here, in the best of senses. Great stuff.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color is deep, muddy brown — not black, as the brewery claims. Two fingers of thickish, slightly buttery, light tan head left a thick froth around the edge and a thin and spotted skim.

Smell: Very reminiscent of Scotch Ale. Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, dark cherry licorice, and an aroma of smoked peat that mingles with the licorice. Except for maybe a hint of resin, there are no signs of the IPA influence.

Taste: The taste offers teasing hints of citrus and pine resin, and delivers an adequate bitterness. But after one sip I could care less about the lack of IPA qualities. This is good stuff. Toasted, roasted, and smoked malts (which no doubt contributes to the peat-like quality), caramel, toffee, molasses, and dark cherry licorice. It also has a nice, earthy bitterness. For whatever reason, it makes me think of the pub in An American Werewolf in London.

Drinkability: Screw the style guide — this is good stuff! I am pretty sure this would assuage any bitter neighbor.

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a khaki head. Not a bad nose. Some citrus and pine hop aromas with a touch of floral hop character, too. Definitely some chocolate to go along with the roast. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors along with roast. Citrus peel and pine hop notes give the beer (along with the roast) a moderate bitterness. A light grassy quality, too.

Photo of JackieTH
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours cola brown with a thinnish khaki head that fades quickly. Very minimal lacing.

Smells toffee-chocolatey with hints of juicy orange and citric pith.

Taste takes on a more roasty-chocolate, subtle bitter coffee, caramel, oranges, citric pith, hop bitterness, all in all pretty tasty. Bitterness lingers into a clean and refreshing finish.

Mouthfeel feels too thin. Its medium, but a bit on the light side, I'd like it a little more creamy and chewy to support all the flavor.

Overall, enjoyable. There's a lot of flavor here that's easy to drink. I'd look forward to more of these.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque dark, dark brown color. The head is half an inch of off white foam that recedes quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, and hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste is taste is similar to the aroma with both leaning more towards the stout side of the spectrum than the IPA side. While I love both of those kinds of beers I prefer black IPAs to be more stout the IPA so this beer is right up my alley. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I really like this beer, and can see it becoming part of my regular rotation.

Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours very dark brown and nearly opaque. Small tan head with average retention and lace. Aroma leads with chocolate followed by roasted malt and citrus and pine hops. The flavor follows closely. More assertively bitter than expected, plenty of grapefruit and pine with lesser grass notes, but the flavors seem a little muddled and indistinct. Very roasty and nearly charred tasting. Medium body and carbonation, seemingly right on target for the style.

This wasn't bad but it also wasn't particularly distinctive for the style and the high bitterness and charred character made for a moderately unappealing flavor profile.

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malt with lots of piney bitterness. There was a touch of citrus, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good Black IPA. The first of two beers I tried from Third Street Brewhouse.

Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised that the aroma is more malt forward than hops, which definitely play a background role here. Smooth roast coffee aroma that's kinda' porter like. Soft hop background, subtle and indistinct.
Black with red highlights. Dense tan head that settles at a moderate pace.
At first the feel seemed kinda' big, but it settled down and ended up being a moderate body. Moderate carbonation that adds a little heft
Hops most noted with a long pleasantly bitter and hop flavored finish. Definite roast flavor start, middle and end.
This seems more like a heavily hopped porter (Am. porter) than a Black IPA (which is more an IPA with some roast character) - not that there is anything wrong with that. An enjoyable beer, that drinks very nicely, but be prepared for a roasty drink.

Photo of jsprain1
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours cola brown. Head in two fingers of tan foam before falling down to a half finger. Lots of lacing.
S- The aroma is piney hops. there is a touch of citrus as well. Very light touch of chocolate.
T- Opening is heavy on the hops. More balanced between citrus and pine here, with pine narrowly winning out. Finish brings a bit more malt than the nose with light chocolate and tobacco-like flavors.
M- Nice medium-full body with smooth carbonation. Just a faint oily feel at times.
O- A decent example of the style, but the IPA side is just too overwhelming for the "black" part of the beer.

Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a ruby red hue in the edges, finger of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - The nose is dominated by malts, heavy caramel, burnt toast, and a leafy green finish.

T - The hop flavours come through stronger on the palette offering up a nice earthy hop flavour alongside some mild espresso, burnt biscuit and a bitter dark cocoa finish.

M -Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - Overall a tasty black IPA, more dominated by the sugary malts, but a decent hop profile that makes for a pleasantly balanced brew. Easily sessionable and well worth a try.

Photo of jimmah120
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, hard pour into a goblet

Dark look, pretty much black. Small head, smells of cocoa, coffee, fruit. Lots of char and roast, with lemon-pine hop flavor. Bitter, powdery, juicy finish.

Good black IPA, I'm not a huge fan of the style, tho.

Photo of mpipe
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. dark color, stuck to the glass quite nice.

Smell: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, maybe a little licorice.

Taste: Delivers amazing balance of smooth bitterness. If this beer had a trendy name (pig, hog, mother in law) it would rate higher. Toasted-roasted-smoked malts, caramel, toffee, coffee, molasses, and licorice. This beer is balanced well for a dark IPA.

Drinkability: This beer deserves better overall ratings. Not much of a 3rd Street homer but they make some really good domestic beer with flavor; this is no exception. This should be poured, not drank from a bottle. The flavors are complex, drinkable and delicious.

Photo of GuitarDave81
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Good bite , dark flavor. Does not linger in a bad way, smooth finish. Third Street Brew House has a signature taste that I enjoy . You cant go wrong when you pop the tap because they have many varieties that any beer lover can appreciate and have fun with.

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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.