Three Flowers - Marin Brewing Company
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3.61/5 rDev -6.5%
Had on-tap at the Magnolia Brewpub in SF. Poured into a 20oz nonic pint glass.
Pours a rather pale amber color with golden tones around the glass. About a half finger of frothy head coats the top of the glass, and if they were intent on ripping people off here (they're not, thankfully), I'd imagine a lesser pour in the same glass would produce a huge head of sorts. Definitely looks resinous and well presented. Looks like every IPA made on the West Coast ever, but mister, it's still a good looking one.
Smells of huge soapy citrus notes at first, as well as some slight cracked barley aromas melded with spiciness no doubt from the rye. Ever since Hopocalypse, I've been enjoying the light infusion of rye in IPAs. Regardless, I wouldn't consider this to be a rye beer by any means, but rather just an IPA with rye malts added. Floral as hell, with light notes of honey and caramel - combined with the peppery sensation, it's really flavorful. Could be a little less soapy, but overall it's nice.
The flavor is equally soapy as well - at least at first - but rather than retain vibrant notes of dishwasher liquid, it eventually turns into more of the spicy floral notes as before, gingerly coated with light grapefruit and lemon and lime peel. Really not offensive by any means, but definitely not very juicy or creamy. Astringent as hell, almost... Took a bit to finish this with the dried hoppy flavor and rye at the back. However, the low alcohol and balanced flavors never made this a complete chore, and indeed, it got much better as it warmed up and more of the malty flavors opened up in a bready, thickened manner.
A very decent IPA - the rye malts are subtle enough to provide extra spice to the zest. While it could be less soapy, the floral notes are pretty good, and malt profile holds the fort well. Maybe a little TOO dry, but there's nothing I can do about that given the concept. Worth a try for sure - much better than anything bottled I've ever sampled from Marin Brewing Co.
08-08-2013 20:14:04 | More by magictacosinus
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
This beer won silver at 2011 GABF, apparently. Enjoyed in a wine glass at Boulders.
Cloudy apricot with a thin, light gray head that becomes a wispy ring within seconds.
Honey and alcohol, light toasted biscuits and white crackers in the nose. Very floral. Roses, grass, lilac. Bright and fragrant, like perfume.
Light grass in the flavor, with increased caramel and honey, burnt sugar. Sticky alcohol, but smooth blend. Rose petals, orange blossom.
Medium body, mild yet prickly carb. Spritzy finish.
Perhaps not GABF medal material, but very tasty. With each sip I got more of the flowers and the sweetness, and it continued to grow on me.
11-09-2012 18:28:03 | More by Phelps
3.98/5 rDev +3.1%
On tap for the 4th Anniversary event at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Los Angeles, CA.
Pours a clear orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, malt, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with some nice aromas and flavors that make it tasty and easy to drink.
08-14-2012 01:26:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.33/5 rDev +12.2%
A - Served a hazy golden-yellow color with a thin finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some good lace.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts with some spicy rye, and some earthy and citrus hops.
T - Starts off with some sweet caramel malt with some light spice from the rye and some citrus hop. Through the middle, some more piney hops come through with more bitterness. The finish is mix of rye with some citrus hops and light bitterness.
M - Medium-plus bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a nice spicy and dry finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice rye addition to the IPA base. Really nice balance of malt, grain, and hops.
04-19-2012 06:55:06 | More by ngeunit1
Three Flowers from Marin Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.