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Bitter Neighbor - Third Street Brewhouse

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very good

158 Ratings
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Ratings: 158
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 10.61%
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 jimmah120
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

jimmah120, Mar 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

randa173, Mar 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

JasonSullivan, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of ddavison
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

ddavison, Feb 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Fargrow, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of Czequershuus
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Czequershuus, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of MNBeerGeek
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MNBeerGeek, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of alphagnome
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

alphagnome, Jan 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

four91, Jan 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Kyle_Hanson, Jan 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

majorbase2, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Dave2234, Dec 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

AlexHess, Dec 27, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

DaveMiller, Dec 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

sgttibbs, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of Kevin-Wieken
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
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---

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

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

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

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.

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

Kevin-Wieken, Dec 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

p-wagz, Dec 05, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

d5001986, Nov 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Allurex, Nov 21, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

designfly, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Rasmon, Nov 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

ponbon63, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

akang, Nov 01, 2013
Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
85 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.