3-Grid IPA | Schooner Exact Brewing Company

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3-Grid IPA3-Grid IPA

Brewed by:
Schooner Exact Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pianoguy
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 Oz bottle. Bottled 7/20/16

Pours an almost clear orange body with a slightly off white head. Not a lot of retention. Thin specks of lacing

Smell was prominent . Mostly a grapefruit citrus, with an underlying malt sweetness,

Taste is bold and bitter up front. A very nice bitterness that ends with a slightly malty finish... Really great balance.

Feel was creamy and full, yet still well carbonated.

Very well balanced northwest style IPA
Bravo !

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Photo of gandres
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Schooner Exact tasting room in Seattle. Rainy Saturday afternoon, went to restaurant for brunch.
Color/Look: Cloudy yellow amber color
Smell: nice strong aroma of hops
Taste: not a lot of carbonation, strong hoppy bitter bit
Good bitter IPA
As it gets warmer, smell and taste comes out

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served at room temp.

L : 80% opaque, hazy yellow body with a creamy cap leaving strings of lace.

S : Grapefruit and orange rinds, cracker malt

T : pine and cracker malt out front, with a buttery oily tropical bite with orange peel and grapefruit.

F : creamy, mouth-filling, delicious. Moderate carbonation keeps things exciting.

Overall : a solid pacific style IPA with not a lot of bells and whistles, but an exceptional mouthfeel and delivers an enjoyable experience.

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Photo of Moose90
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a deep orange tinged amber hue into the glass, nice clarity and a nice creamy beige head sits on top. Leaving behind some consistent enough lacing.

S — Smell is bitter and malty all at once, a big note of pine and chewy caramel malts.

T — Malt forward and slightly heavy, there is enough bitterness in there to balance things out, but not a whole lot of flavors developed.

M — Medium bodied with a lingering finish.

O — Alright overall, excessively bitter and a bit too malt focused for my tastes.

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Photo of jellikit
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Appearance: Orange. Clear. Thin, fuzzy head. Nice, sticky lacing.
Taste: malty-grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: medium carbonation. Medium body. Dry'ish.
Overall: well balanced. Clean IPA. Will buy again.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains piney hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty malt character. Then some sweet flavors of caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is strong but not over-powering and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice IPA worth pounding down for whole evening.

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Photo of kemoarps
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours essentially the quale of what a beer supposedly looks like. Saturated amber with just a hint of ruby/orange that fades to a pale straw yellow at the edges. Silky white head lingers over the top like lazy stratocumulus, leaving good lacing down the sides as I drink.

The aroma is an inviting blend of bready/caramel malts, and hops that are sweet and juicy and a hint of spicy.

While the aroma gave the impression of nectar/tropical fruits/sweet hops while the taste starts with an abrupt, bracingly bitter note. Piney, green bitter. Less nectar, more sap. There's some decent carbonation and enough of a body to support it, but personally I prefer a bit more structural and flavour support. The rich depth promised on the nose fails to manifest, with a thinner bread-bordering-on-watercracker malt instead of the warm caramel. The finish is dry and intensely bitter, and while you can find the hints of juicy fruits and citrus if you look, they are overshadowed by the acerbic piney elements.
All in all I'm glad to have picked up the six pack, and I can feel proud it came from my region, but I would not personally hold it up as a 'best of' for either the style or the region. Still and all, very drinkable, and there's nothing wrong with a solid respectability, right?

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Photo of ClimbingHi777
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden - Amber appearance. Slight fresh grapefruit / citrus, hoppy bread smell. Pours good with a decent one inch head. After the first couple mouthful left minimal lacing. Finishes very clean, with tastes of malt and bread. Flavors seemed to just disappear.

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Photo of scottbham
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I heard they changed the recipe on this one. I don't remember trying this in the bottle before but now there are cans out there and it's worth picking up if you see it. It's not as hop forward as some other NW IPAs and the malt isn't assertive either but it really comes together nicely for a thirst quenching brew.

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Photo of marcellaproust
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spun tangerine gold color with tiny 1 mm lace edging that lasts. Smell - little if any to discern. Body: medium-heavy smooth and creamy but ample carbonation keeps hop bite. As for the hops -- perfectly balanced. Not too floral or estery or vegetal - I would say mellow vegetal tastes - hay, chamomile, dark leafy green. I've decided that the 3 grid is my go-to PNW IPA. It's just so good that I could do serious damage to the current wholesale stock! I'd have to taste Boundary Bay IPA and the 3 Grid side by side to decide which PNW trumps.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy medium golden amber with a two finger off-white head that dissipates to a thick cap leaving light lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit, citrus hops, mild pine and mild bready malt. Flavor is piney and citrus hops, biscuit malt, finishes with lots of pine and citrus hop bitterness. Medium bodied. The malt takes a backseat to the hops, but gives sufficient support. I couldn't help wishing for a bit more malt to preserve the tropical fruit components in the aroma, which would have made this more balanced for me, although I do lean more towards malty IPAs. Nice hop bill and well balanced, a well made IPA now available in cans.

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Photo of Valley_Town_Sipper
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is not something I would normally consider an IPA. . . The citrus notes do set it apart in its own way, but I expect more of that delicious bitter content that is not overridden by the fruit flavor. My cohort who is tasting this with me says he appreciates the slight sediment you get in the slightly murky orange color. I however am not a big fan of sediment, and while this is slightly off-putting, it is not what I consider a total deal breaker. The sediment plus the overly citrus punch for an IPA leads to the lower grades for Taste+Appearance. . . It is not a bad IPA, but not something I would seek out again. . .

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Photo of hoppyturt
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served from a 22oz bottle

Has a nice golden almost light copper color, with a thick head.

Very subtle nose. Slight grassy and citrus smell. Not overwhelming

Has a very citrusy, weedy taste. None of which are very overpowering. Nice subtle flavors that emerge throughout the beer. Easy everyday drinker.

Overall this is a solid IPA, would like to try other types from Schooner, but for a first sample, I expect good things from the rest of the line

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a mid amber color supporting a fair head leaving nill lace. Smell has a nice sweet malt backbone with citric/piney floral hops. Taste mirrors the aroma having a good balance of the malt and hop leaving a mild bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not one of the better ones, but still a good one to try.

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Photo of mactrail
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Handsome medium amber color with a decent foam in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of carbonation and a nice sudsy mouthfeel.

A sweetness on the lips to start with some caramel taste. Some dark biscuity flavors emerge. Hops have a mineral taste and a subdued character. Overall, a warm and malty brew, but light bodied and quaffable. A salty tang with some leafy hops. Bitterness in the aftertaste but not strong.

This seems like the classic Northwest IPA with a more rounded flavor and less intensity on the bitterness. Actually a highly drinkable hoppy brew that pleases me more than the harsher IPAs. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Bottleworks in Seattle.

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Photo of ssteakley
3.02/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is an ok beer, to off-balanced to be a Good IPA. If you are a fast drinker you might like this one but pause between taste and you will see the bitter stands alone on the finish and that is the balance off kilter! This would be a good beer to mix on a tasting of a cross section of PNW IPA's to make the difference stand out.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The 3 grid from Schooner poured a light orange almost straw color with a good finger foam head out of the 22oz bottle secured through whole paycheck. It had semi sticky lacing that kept to the sides of the pilnser glass I used to get full aroma.

The smell was good but a seemed a little too dominated by the caramel aroma which jumped out right away. You could get some citrus defined by a lemony smell. The taste followed with the caramel flavor. The mouthfeel was nice to me as it was not a sandpaper feel as some IPAs give you. Overall it was a really good IPA which I will buy again and plan on visiting the brewery when I am in Seattle next time.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a tulip (thistle?) glass.

A burnt brown amber slightly cloudy, with a good three finger head off white in color with thin bubbles. Good scattered lacing on the glass. Quite nice looking.

Dry grain. Husky, and ripping barley sensations. Not so much hop presence going on here, but quite nice though.

Palate hits with much of the same flavor sensations on the nose. Dry, husky, ripping grain. Strangely feels a little burnt. A strong pine hop bitterness but not flavorful. Not much sense of sweetness to go along with this, it feels like a dry grainy hopped up brew. Mouthfeel is full with moderate carbonation, perfectly fine.

Overall though not much to say here, not recognizing and tropical or citrus fruit hop angle on this whatsoever as advertised.

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Photo of draheim
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap into an American pint glass @ the Wingdome, Greenwood, Seattle. Pours a clear copper w/ minimal head.

Aroma is piney & grassy, some citrus. Mostly evergreen pine.

Taste follows nose - tongue-scouring piney hops, grapefruit rind. Pale biscuity malt serves as a fairly neutral canvas to display the powerful hoppy aroma and flavor.

Overall a decent SoCal style IPA, maybe a little one-dimensional.

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Photo of bstave
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Vic's Pizzeria in Olympia, WA.

A- Translucent orange body with 1 finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly leaving some decent lacing.

S- Big pungent hops and citrus tones. Very nice.

T- Taste is very hop forward and bitter. Not much malt to this one, but slight bread.

M- Nice carbonation for style but fairly thin.

O- A nice hop forward single IPA. I really liked this one. I would seek it out if it's in your area.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap, $3 pint at the tasting room

appearance: shaker logo pint, clear orange body, lifeless off-white head with no retention

smell: aggressively hopped, bright citrus, bitter and simple

taste: extremely hop forward, but a bit too bitter - citrusy, bitter pine, cracker malts. Good, but could be rounded out a bit to provide a cleaner hop profile

mouthfeel: bitter

overall: good, but not without flaws noted above

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Wedgwood Alehouse in Seattle.

Appearance: rich gold hue with a touch of cloudiness and a finger of creamy foam. I like it.

Smell: funky and citrusy hops with a little of the malt coming through. Pretty well-crafted.

Taste: quite bitter indeed. Funky hops on a biscuity, somewhat dry malt base. I like it; quite earthy.

Mouthfeel: medium body with lots of carbonation. I like the creaminess.

Overall: a sessionably tasty IPA. I look forward to having it again.

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Photo of youradhere
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6.5% and 62 IBUs poured from a growler purchased at Bottleworks. Bottle date: UNK.

Pours deep golden and crystal clear, carbonation bubbles can be seen shooting up through the refreshing looking body. Thin white cap of head falls quickly to leave a nice sheet of lacing. Smells of orange, pine, and malt; simple and pleasant. Taste is biscut malt, pine, citrus, followed by hop bittering which dies off to leave you with more malty biscut. Very nice indeed. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, carbonation high. Very smooth, yet does not cling to the palate so as to be overbearing. Bitterness lingers a while, but I think that won't slow me down and I might just kill this growler tonight! Very nice indeed, I'd like to try the 5 grid next to see how it matches up.

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Photo of philbertk
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Schooner Exact Brewing Company--Three Grid India Pale Ale--Bottle #2100--Bottled 01/20/2011--2011 32 oz. Growler Bottle. 6.70% ABV. 62 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Very thin thin lace white head. Clear bright dark gold color. Aromatic grapefruit citrus mild pine floral hop front. Dry thin sweet rich grapefruit citrus crisp clean mild hop resin body. Dry clean citrus hop spice refreshing end. Light bodied & very aromatic.Sampled 1/22/2011. Purchased for $10.25 including $5.50 growler deposit at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 1/22/2011.

Schooner Exact Brewing Company Three Grid India Pale Ale--Graphic 3 Grid Label--2011-B 34 oz. Growler. 6.70% ABV. 62 IBU's. (3.75 / 5.0) Half inch lasting lacy off orange white rocky dense head. Fizz hazed clear bright rich dark gold color. Rich floral grapefruit citrus hop front. Crisp mild light textured mild sweet rich citrus mild hop resin zesty pale pils malt slightly fruity Cascade hoppy body. Dry balanced clean hop spice citrus end. Very aromatic big Cascade hop refreshing tasty IPA. Sampled 4/30/2011. Purchased for $10.25 including $5.50 Growler Deposit at PCC--Fremont, Seattle on 4/30/2011.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the Hilltop Alehouse, 3-Grid IPA is a dull, dirty gold with creamy off-white head that leaves heavy, foamy lace, really nice swiss cheese pattern early on the the glass, of course thinning a bit as it works down.

Smell is pretty pungent for a cask IPA, a nice mix of skunky weed and bright citrus.

Taste is good, robust IPA with a fair amount of hop flavor and a firm bitterness. Not quite as bright as the nose, it's obviously dry-hopped, probably in the cask. Malt is on the back seat her, some toast character mostly, the cracker / bread accentuated by the bitterness of the hops for a touch of char, in a good way, or perhaps more akin to wood/stem - sometimes this comes across as chocolate peanut butter cups on the finish to me, as it does a bit here.

Mouthfeel is soft and light bodied.

Drinkability is very good, a tasty PNW IPA that shows well on cask, very smooth. I could use a bit brighter of a hop flavor to match the nose, but I'm a fiend for that and really can't complain too much about the way pours on cask. Well done.

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