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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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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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Photo of xmorgan


5/5  rDev +32.3%

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?

10-02-2013 21:28:30 | More by xmorgan
Photo of dragomni


4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

01-27-2013 23:33:37 | More by dragomni
Photo of mpipe


4.71/5  rDev +24.6%

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.

07-03-2014 21:51:42 | More by mpipe
Photo of alphagnome


4.55/5  rDev +20.4%

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!

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!

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.

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!

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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4.5/5  rDev +19%

07-15-2014 23:09:57 | More by Archo
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

11-07-2013 23:01:47 | More by designfly
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4.43/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

08-24-2012 20:59:08 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of KarlHungus


4.33/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

07-22-2012 00:13:12 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of TheQuietMan22


4.28/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

08-20-2013 04:00:16 | More by TheQuietMan22
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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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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-14-2013 01:12:25 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-15-2014 22:12:09 | More by ddavison
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North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-03-2014 09:18:52 | More by DiggerDahl
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

10-11-2013 14:05:56 | More by BeardedAllen
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

02-08-2014 02:38:11 | More by Czequershuus
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North Dakota

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-17-2014 02:47:47 | More by Kyle_Hanson
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-29-2013 22:18:22 | More by nescientia
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

07-25-2012 03:12:39 | More by Hopstout
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

04-14-2014 19:45:27 | More by phishterrrrrrr88
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

01-22-2013 00:41:51 | More by NickSMpls
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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

08-03-2013 23:26:25 | More by mfl620ks
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Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

06-01-2013 22:59:07 | More by urbantornado
Photo of Lawl3ss


4.19/5  rDev +10.8%

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. shaker. Bottling date 2.19.13.

Look- Deep brown-black with two fingers of tight off-white head that sticks around for a while Decent lacing.

Smell- Caramel, dark roast, hop aroma brings to mind pineapple and sage.

Taste- Malt-driven, lots of mocha and char with a solid flush of sweet lemon tea in the middle. Finishes with more dark roast and a bit of honey-lemon green tea. Nice, surprisingly balanced.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, soft carbonation. Soft, creamy body with a bit of bite on the sip. A little coating on the finish, mild warmth on the swallow, but cleans itself up pretty well. Disappeared quickly.

Overall- Very nice - soft feel, medium all-around flavor with just enough bright American hop flavor and aroma to spice it up. I'd pick this one up once in a while if it was available around here.

05-29-2013 06:04:25 | More by Lawl3ss
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4.08/5  rDev +7.9%

pours out a nearly opaque dark brown....almost black with the slightest of scarlet edges. large frothy light tan head. the head sticks well leaving some chunky lace. dark roasted malt aroma with definite herbal and piney hop notes. the flavour profile is heavy on the dark roasted, bittered malts. some java, yeast, and hints of ripe red fruit can be detected, also. very tasty hop notes of pine resin and herbal leafiness add depths of flavour. a good deal of bitterness provides a nice touch on the tongue. i pick up on a porterish characteristic here...it's all very tasty if you are into the cascadian/dark pale ales. the overall body is quite ample, with a mouthfeel that seems smoother than i would expect for a yeasty, burnt malt/ highly hopped ale. the drinkability is very good...this really is a quite tasty brew.

overall i'm quite impressed again by this brewery from Cold Spring. and dare i say that this could be a cellerable type of ale with it's unfiltered nature and hefty hop bitterness??

recommended. a perfect cold weather quaffer!

03-17-2013 22:44:12 | More by budgood1
Photo of bsp77


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