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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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BA SCORE
85
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 1
Gots: 19 | 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 Beerlover
2.43/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to say I have NEVER spoken badly of "Cold Spring" brewery, in fact go check out the "Honey almond Wiess" and click on "high" for ratings, i have the highest one, I love that beer! I was and continue to be a fan of cold spring and now 3rd street brewing. I loved their beers before I knew what good beer was and after having tried 3 outta 4 of there older style samplings (havent found "Ebony Wheat" anywhere) im still convinced they are a good brewery,(not world class or awesome, but good) despite my palate becoming more "refined"
With that being said, i eagerly looked forward to trying the new 3rd street, (the "lost trout" is a SOLID brown ale to say the least, and the cream ale is good.) but i was saving "the best" style for last, im a fan of the "black ipa" style, theres not too many out there, my favs being "Odell's Mountain Standard" & "21st amendment's back in black"
This however, smelled like a porter from the get go, and tasted like a porter with a hint of hoppiness... now im NOT sayin this is a bad beer, just not labeled as the right style. idk if the brewery thought that no one would take them seriously if they didn't have an "ipa" because that is the "in style", the "bees knees" so to speak. Perhaps they wanted to jump on the band wagon... but call this what it is!? a porter! i LOVE porters! Porters are in my top 3 fav styles. This is in no way an "ipa", the hop aromas and flavors are too lacking to be an "ipa" or even a black "pale ale" for that matter (which would be cool to see!) any way thats that! cold spring/3rd street, I still like you lots and hope to do a brewery tour soon! but please don't try another stunt like this in the future! call it what it is!

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2.5/5  rDev -33.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.2%

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3.19/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bitter Neighbor Black IPA
Third Street Brewhouse, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Almost pitch black, incredible beige color, thick head, incredibly thick lacing.

Smell
Toasted malt, licorice, and no evidence of this being an IPA.

Taste
Good balance between sweet dark malt and bitter hops. I cannot pull any discernable flavors – hints at a lot, Cherry? Licorice? Smokey!

Mouth-feel
Not as bitter as its name implies. Fairly smooth going down. If you take long pauses in between sips the flavor comes alive. Lemon grass and molasses.

Overall
Not the best Black IPA I’ve had. I had hoped for more bitter, as implied by the name. Decent flavor and good drinkability.

Photo of irrgalaxy
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%

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3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.