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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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Reviews: 35
Hads: 188
Avg: 3.88
pDev: 25.52%
Wants: 5
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Third Street Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: morimech on 07-10-2012

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Reviews: 35 | Hads: 188
Photo of xmorgan
5/5  rDev +28.9%
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?

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Photo of mpipe
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of alphagnome
4.56/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of RStansel
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of budgood1
4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of bsp77
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of GuitarDave81
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown/black with a foamy top that is dark khaki in color and leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Chocolatey malt with a hoppy backing. The overall nose is just a bit light though, otherwise nice.

Lightly roasty with solid doses of chocolate and cocoa powder to go along with some bittering hops and a light citrus hop taste. Quite flavorful and has some nice depth to it.

Smooth body that is about medium. The carbonation is very soft and the palate is dried out on the finish.

This is a really nice example of the style. Very enjoyable and drinks quite easily. Solid beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

POURS: Opaque black/brown with red amber edge,
HEAD: Thick one finger mocha tan; root beerish
AROMA: Coffee
FLAVOR: Espresso

This is my second offering from the Third Street Brewhouse and I pleased with it as a beer offering. Bitter Neighbor Black IPA is well made and creatively named! This is in my favorite consuming category (IPA); I would place it below my crowded top shelf. I would describe Black IPA's to newbies as "highly hopped stouts or porters" and the difference between those two is mouth-feel and head retention. I expect a "black IPA" to have an aggressive hop hit either in aroma or aftertaste or both; this offering had neither. That said, I felt it more at the Porter style of the taste equation. Drinkable, enjoyable and I would welcome another.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very deep brown in color, almost black, with about 5//8" of tan-colored foam, and quite a bit of lacing.
Smell: Definitely a roasted aroma, especially coffee, and some chocolate. I didn't detect any hops in the aroma.
Taste: A strong roasted coffee taste was at the front end, but it was followed by some nice hoppy bitterness. Also some dark chocolate notes in the background along with some nuts, maybe hazel nuts and maybe acorns (but I'm not a squirrel so I'm not certain about the acorns).
Mouthfeel: A light tingly mouthfeel.
Overall: I like it! A great cool weather beer. Nice balance between the dark roasted flavors and the light mouthfeel. The coffee taste makes me think of breakfast. I think Bitter Neighbor would go really well with apple coffee cake or apple turnovers.

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Photo of TCMike
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.