Third Eye P.A. - Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Third Eye P.A.Third Eye P.A.

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BA SCORE
81
good

162 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 12.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co. visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 02-26-2005

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Ratings: 162 | Reviews: 113
Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

This one is their IPA, and it's perfectly fine I suppose. But again, I don't go out of my way to get this style, and as such, I drank it in the sampler pack but wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it.

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with a best by date of 1/11/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - a deep gold, plenty of bubbly carbonation; thick, foamy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell - a kick of citrus hops, followed by some grass and pine.
Taste - certainly hop forward, not much balance. I enjoy this West Coast style approach to an IPA, so I enjoy this!
Feel - not very complex, really hop forward, but this doesn't have the outstanding bitterness that most top notch IPA's have.
Overall - this is a surprisingly good beer and at an affordable price! The convenience of having this available in a can is a plus!

Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World in suburban Denver. Strange hermaphroditic imagery on the label - 'prying open my third eye'.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent spooky forest lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of somewhat bitter citrusy hops - grapefruit, orange, and lime - soft pine resin, a pastry-esque caramel malt, crystalline toffee, and a bit of floral booziness. The taste is mainly consistent - understatedly bitter mixed domestic citrus hops, buttery caramel malt, a hint of vanilla extract, a touch of pine needle - with some subdued perfumed alcohol warming sidling up against it all.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, and even a little underwhelming, the body a pleasant enough medium weight, and agreeably smooth, with a soft creamy twinge. It finishes off-dry, the hops sinking mostly away, while the caramel and toffee malt sweetness sits in a satisfying holding pattern.

BA calls this an IPA, the brewer calls it a pale ale - I'm inclined to sit right smack in the middle - and my scores are reflected thusly. Aside from classification pedantry, this is actually a pretty tasty ale - just bitter enough to offset the otherwise heady malt profile, and reserved in its overt elevated booze notes. I'm not quite delving into deeper consciousness just yet, but I'd imagine that after a few more of these, I'd at least have a good lock on a starting point.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with orange hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a bit of citrus. Taste is big on hops, dry, considerable bitterness, some malts kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The visit to CANorado is really paying off as this one was on my Wants for quite some time

From the CAN: "Seek Enlightenment".

The Crack was uneventful and so I went with an inverted Glug for the first time in a while. This resulted in a mild pseudo-cascade and two big, puffy fingers of French Vanilla head with great retention. Nose was grapefruit and caramel and my mouth was watering. I was more anxious than an expectant father in the waiting room just before his first child. I still took the time to note its deep-amber color with NE-quality clarity. It was approaching copper, so I put SRM = 8. Love The Old Lady for hooking me up with a pocket chart. Mouthfeel was medium and the caramel sweetness came on fast, initially, but then the grapefruit of the hops unleashed itself and the assault was on! Man, I felt like a junkie getting a good fix, man. I have been drinking various and sundry styles of late, but as a hop head, I needs my hops, baby. Finish was mellow, like I had been drinking tea and CANtemplating my navel. My eye is opened!

Photo of blakelive784
2.38/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz can served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent orange/copper color with a finger and a half of sticky, soapy, just off-white head. Retention is average. Generic.

S - Sweet, buttery caramel is dominant. Bland pale and crystal malts build the weak foundation. Very light floral hops. Incredibly simple. Mild in strength. Not really excited to try this one. Imbalanced on the nose.

T - Hops are more evident on the palate, but only contribute bitterness. Bland malt extract-like note throughout. Bitter on the finish. Sweet, basic malt and caramel destroy any balance. Simple and uninviting. Watery.

M - Thick. Watery.

M - Just....No. First beer I've had from the brewery and I won't be actively seeking out another. Poorly executed.

Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium, maybe bigger light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer that seems to be well carbonated.

Light citrus and floral hops aroma with just a tad bit of a grain malt coming through.

Nice hops bit with citrus, pine, and light floral aspects in the taste and again there seems to be just a tad bit of grain malts sneaking in.

A nice dry almost bittering aftertaste with just a hint of the hops taste on this medium bodied IPA.

A decent IPA, worth a try, although there are better IPA out there, not many come in cans that you can take tubing, to waterparks, etc. for that reason I give this a big thumbs up. Forget the Miller, Bud, etc. and grab some of these when heading out.

Photo of ScottWD
4.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this on whim three years ago and wasn't impressed. Tried the remaining one that had been aging all that time and was BLOWN AWAY! Probably the best aging beer I've ever tried. Review based on three-year old version:

A: Standard pale ale copper with some nice sediment floating around.

S: Slightly, subtly floral.

T: Surprisingly creamy. Nice vanilla flavor with a smoothly bitter hop finish.

MF: Rich and malty for a pale ale.

O: Made me realize what I'm missing by not aging more beers.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice can of pale ale in my book. pours a sticky looking sunset color with a small white head just floating there above the beer. smells great, plenty of fresh hops in the pine forest family type, touch of english malt aroma. flavor is pretty standard for a pale ale, bitter but syrupy in the finish and a lingering bitter hop aftertaste. feel i like a lot, sudsy in the mouth and expansive. overall a decent pale ale, but in the colorado market it doesnt stand out for me, price was fair though, and its sessionable despite its moderately elevated abv. good start to the evening

Photo of rawfish
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker copper with a parchment paper white head reaches 2 inches before settling into a steady froth. Leaves cascading lacing on the glass.

Bright citrus hop character grapefruit and lemon very flashy over a sweet bread malt character not sticky at all. Addition of some sweet pear and apples in the aroma as well.

The flavor comes off as slightly bready with a good amount of grain husk and cereal. Citrus was only in the aroma, hop profile comes off as medicinal and slightly pine mixed with some vinous fruit, bitterness is very strong but has an after taste of oolong tea. Lingers nicely. Malt bill and hop variety are a bit off but the aftertaste and drying bitterness add to the refreshment.

Average body and carbonation, aftertaste lingers and dries well enough. Nothing really stands out, carbonation degenerates as the beer warms.

Standard pale ale fare though I am pleased that it comes in a can and that it's bold in the aroma and flavor, even if the taste is a little off the mark. Still can't shake the bitterness, lingers on forever and tastes of chalk and Chinese black tea.

Photo of Rayek
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Third Eye pours a bright amber into my Perfect Pint glass. The beer has leisurely carbonation and a light haze. A small eggshell cap slowly falls to a patchwork film. A bit of lace is left behind.

Pretty standard APA fare here. Lemon, grapefruit and pine ride on top of lightly toasted grain. The bitterness level is moderate and appropriate for the style. It lingers into the finish. In the mouth, the beer is medium-light and slightly oily. Overall, an OK APA.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.27/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A - Big 2 finger eggshell head, slightly hazy medium orange/brown coloring on the beer, relatively large bubbles
S - Quite robust hops and citrus control the doughy scent, surprisingly bold smell
T - Bready start transforms smoothly to a citrus to a bitter and a slightly sour finish. Almost like taking a bite of sourdough. Something seems to be off-balance.
M - Upper moderate to high carbonation works nicely to maintain the overall middle ground mouthfeel
D - I like it, but not that interested in another
A good beer that can be improved upon

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.14/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange and reddish puree, little to know head....

lemons, orange soda and something like cotton candy on the nose, interesting...

Tastes of ripe orange pulp, sweet and sour sauce, some garden vegetable and of course some medium strength medicinal hops

Very light body and medium carbonation, no real afterfeel besides the hops taste

I guess I could recommend this, it would be like my most average "Eye" pale ale, not great not bad.

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt, with some pine mixed in. The beer smells a little bit like tea. The flavor is tea and caramel, along with some pine and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

Photo of AEK
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Deep red coloured beer with a huge white head.

S. Roasted malt, burnt fruit, the slightet hop tang.

T. Toasted malt, slightly hoppy.

M. Medium bodied.

D. A clean, smooth drinking beer, much better than its canned sibling Steam Engine.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - very, very bright orange in color with some darker shades and an inch of stark white head. The color of this beer when held to the light is truly impressive.

Aroma - sweet orange, caramel, toasted bread, pineapple juice and mango. Lots of tropical fruits and a good dose of maltiness. Not sure where the hops are just yet. Its not a hefty hop bomb as far as aroma is concerned.

Taste - sweet and tangy with a less pronounced hop flavor than I was expecting. Its got a lot of orange and pineapple juice notes along with some bitterness in the finish. Extremely soft on the palate with a nice caramel malt flavor that meshes will with the moderate hoppiness.

Overall - not every IPA is a tongue numbing, IBU bomb. Some are balanced and taste great as they are without pushing any limits. This is one of those beers. I could definitely enjoy a few of these without a problem.
Would I buy more of it? - sure, its a solid brew. Not the hoppiest canned IPA on the shelves but nothing I'd be ashamed to bring to the counter.

Photo of birchstick
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale copper with a nice head

S - smell is dominated by piney, bitter hops.

T - the taste closely follows the nose. Starts ff with a little bit of caramel malts that is soon dominated by some very bitter pine hops. I didn't realize this was an IPA until I reviewed it on here, but it makes sense.

M - creamy mouthfeel that goes down smoothly

D - this is a solid IPA - albeit, it could be a bit more balanced. This six pack went quickly after a day on the mountain...

Photo of brownbeer
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A darker amber color with some disturbingly chunky sediment deposits lurking and sinking to the bottom. The nose is doughy and floral; perhaps not the freshest can I have here. I thought it was a pale ale when I wrote notes for this, I didn't know it's considered to be an IPA. So, in saying that it tastes like a weaker IPA, I guess I was right. Smooth throughout with a moderately bitter finish. Not life, or diaper, changing.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Some doctors have claimed that hops are an antioxidant, a sleep-inducer with anti-inflammatory properties ... but are hops a way to enlightenment?

Two fingers of thick foamy head crowns the top of this orangey amber-colored brew, clean and clear. Pungent floral citric hop aroma let a little bread flavor malt and a house-yeast twang through and then goes fruity and estery. Epic smoothness within the medium body. Without even giving the taste buds a chance there is a quick and sharp sting of bitterness, hop flavor pummels with oily citric flavors. Grainy with a mild husk flavor, yeasty with a hard nutty flavor. Fruitiness clashes with the alcohol that brought it there, warming but clean. Hop flavor middle to end really tries to take over with that signature Cascade hop character--citrus anyone? Slow drying finish ends up nearly all the way clean.

Pushing the flavor envelope? Yes. Does it hurt drinkability. Yes. Will the hopheads enjoy this one? Why wouldn't they? Basically, if you love Cascade hops put this one on your list.

Photo of Gatch
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, amber color. Reminiscent of pure apple juice. Great hoppy, piney, earthy nose. Malt and sugar also show up. Tastes like it smells. A little metal in the finish, maybe from the can? Smooth, slight but welcome carbonation, and very enjoyable to drink. Recommended.

Photo of Tucquan
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this in Columbia, PA on 2010-04-27

A - Golden with an amazing 3-finger puffy head.

S - Orange citrus and bread

T - Grain, tanin, slightly sour, fruit and moderate bitterness. The aftertaste is candy and bitter.

M - Medium body and very high carbonation. Coupled with the candy aftertaste, it reminded me of soda pop. I tired of the sourness in the aftertaste.

D - Could be a session beer but the malt tastes aren't extraordinary.

Classic IPA citrus hop smell. Malt sweetness in the back ground.

Taste is more malty than the smell. That's what hits first. the Hop flavor is there in the finish. The bitterness it balanced with the malts. Was expecting more hop slap from the smell. Pretty well balanced though, neutral finish to it.

Mouth is ok for IPA. expected a bit more dryness to it, but it's still ok. It's quite drinkable though for an IPA.

Not a west coast IPA, but not an East coast (which i see as more sweet and balanced with pronounced malts too) Somewhere in the middle.

Photo of mjurney
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

[Appearance]: Golden-amber color, clear, lots of carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks great on the glass.
[Smell]: Citrus hops, maybe a little piney, sweet malts.
[Taste]: Citrus hops, dash of piney, a little orange peel in the mid-palate, sweet malt at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is about medium, kinda burns back in my throat (I guess that's from the alcohol), otherwise it's pretty smooth.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is good.

Photo of Pinto21
3.94/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pour into pint a pale pale ale, reminds me of torpedo. Low head retention after hard pour to produce a nice head.

Classic IPA citrus hop smell. Malt sweetness in the back ground.

Taste is more malty than the smell. That's what hits first. the Hop flavor is there in the finish. The bitterness it balanced with the malts. Was expecting more hop slap from the smell. Pretty well balanced though, neutral finish to it.

Mouth is ok for IPA. expected a bit more dryness to it, but it's still ok. It's quite drinkable though for an IPA.

Not a west coast IPA, but not an East coast (which i see as more sweet and balanced with pronounced malts too) Somewhere in the middle.

Photo of tempest
3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can from Princeton Liquors. It appeared hazy amber and was foaming out the can. I thought it might be old, but the hops still smelled fresh. This beer ws big on pineapple hops with resiny, oily hop undertones. Unfortunately, the malt backing smelled and (I assume) tasted like dog food. Otherwise, this was an enjoyable pale ale.

Photo of chickencoop
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up on the road in Texas, stuffed it in a suitcase, and not dissapointed. This has a nice malty citrusy flavor to it, but finishes smooth. The finish was a tad dissapointing in that I was hoping for the citrusy hops to carry the beer but that malty overtone seemed to dominate and didn't pack that much flavor. Good beer.

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