Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse
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3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
08-07-2012 22:30:44 | More by womencantsail
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
01-06-2013 20:47:40 | More by zeff80
3.48/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
08-27-2012 09:04:22 | More by feloniousmonk
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
08-17-2012 17:41:40 | More by tempest
3.68/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
12-23-2012 21:33:53 | More by tobelerone
3.73/5 rDev -1.3%
The pesto has been returned to its rightful place. Thanks to the never ending endeavors of NJGDBK throughout the mountainous regions of our country.
Nice black and brownie color to this brew. Not to mention the two finger khaki head after the pour. Good retention, nice film o' foam for all twelve ounces.
Almost burnt piney, earthy hop aroma. Some coffee grounds and bitter chocolate in the nose mix pretty well for this hoppy dark ale.
Coffee and earthy, piney, sometime citrusy, hop bitterness combine into an interesting, yet sessionable melange of flavor. Roasty, bitter, earthy.
Roasty and oily palate. Pretty good stuff from MN. I'm very happy I was able to try this otherwise unavailable brew.
10-28-2012 22:43:55 | More by scruffwhor
4/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
05-24-2013 02:08:46 | More by WoodBrew
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
3.8/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
07-10-2012 21:06:03 | More by morimech
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
10-11-2012 02:08:11 | More by jera1350
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
11-11-2012 06:22:11 | More by andrenaline
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
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.
07-19-2012 01:10:22 | More by garymuchow
3.6/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
08-31-2012 00:50:48 | More by jsprain1
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
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
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
11-11-2012 02:24:02 | More by joemcgrath27
Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.