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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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85
very good

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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:
Beer added by: morimech on 07-10-2012

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5/5  rDev +31.9%

Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on draft at "Burger Jones" great place for a great burger and beer BTW.

Smell: a mild roasted malt aroma

Appearance: dark with excellent lacing

Taste: big roasted malts is a smooth body, yummy lager with roasted toasty malts

Overall: nice dark beer, perhaps to smooth for its ABV?

Photo of dragomni
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

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 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 Archo
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

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 designfly
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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 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 philtheisen
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ddavison
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DiggerDahl
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BeardedAllen
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 Czequershuus
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Kyle_Hanson
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of nescientia
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Hopstout
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of phishterrrrrrr88
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of NickSMpls
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of mfl620ks
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.