Threes | Eagle Rock Brewery

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Eagle Rock Brewery
California, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kojevergas on 02-10-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 17 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, peaches, and vanilla. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some good smells but unfortunately the taste doesn't match up.

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of GRG1313
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is Eaglerock's third year anniversary strong ale.

Pours a dark clear mahogany with orange/red tint and a nice rich off white head.

Nose is a sweet lightly burned carmel toffee with rye spice undertones. It IS a rye American Strong Ale so it's very nice to actually get the assertive rye character in the nose.

Mouthfeel is rich and full with nice carbonation. Big and bold in the mouth.

Flavor profile is big, bold and assertive rye bread, toast, lightly burned carmel and toffee. Light burnt coffee notes and big black bitter chocolate tones.

Finish is all grapefruit skin oil, oily espresso and bitter roasted grains. Big beer with a rye whiskey note throughout.

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Photo of hbchrisg
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of kojevergas
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed over pressure cap acquired at an egregious price at Eagle Rock. Third anniversary beer. American Strong Ale brewed with rye. Expectations are above average; this brewery has delivered a lot of disappointment but every so often they'll surprise me. I haven't had a beer in this style for a long time so I'm looking forward to it. Plus the rye sounds interesting. Reviewed live. Label is orange and brown.

Served after a substantial warming period following its removal from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. Served into a New Belgium stem-goblet.

Hot damn it took me a while to chew through that wax with a knife in order to open the damn thing. I respect that; if you're gonna wax a beer, do it right. Good show, lads.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger milky beige colour head of lovely cream and thickness, and great retention (~6 minutes) for the high ABV. Body colour is a clear translucent copper. Quite vibrant and appealing. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. It's looking quite appealing. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Rich evocative amber malts are complemented fantastically by the subtly executed rye. Butterscotch, toffee, cream. All subtle and light. Fresh and appealing. Little yeast character if any. Hopping is moderate but faded, with generic floral character dominating. Firm malty sweetness gives it a guiding backbone. It smells delightful. Eagle Rock brewed this? Gorgeous. Shaping up to be really enjoyable. One of the most pleasant aromas in the style I've ever experienced.

T: Rich well layered buttery malts with accompanying pleasant sweetness. Floral hopping is a bit high for the style but complements the malts well, lending pleasant light flowery character to balance the subtle rye. Speaking of rye, I love that character here. It really integrates well into the flavour profile and is subtly executed. I can see traces of a rye whiskey influence there. Delicious. Biscuity malts are prominent. The butterscotch and light toffee lend needed complexity and work well together, playing off the simple yet effective malty core. The balance is wondrous. Complex enough, with some interesting subtlety. A hint of bitterness does poke out just before the finish, but combined with the grainy rough rye it feels like it belongs. It's certainly bready. The malts have a distinct English character to them; many are reminiscent of what you'd expect from a fine English barleywine or a more experimental wee heavy. I don't have the expertise to pick out what causes this, but I imagine it lies in the malt selection. In any case, it really works here.

Mf: Chewy, bready, and just thick enough. A bit buttery. Smooth and wet. Somewhat refreshing. Delightfully soft - a rare feature for an American Strong Ale. A bit scratchy from the rye, but it helps coax out the finer notes and keeps things interesting. Carbonation is high but forgivable. A bit creamy. All around, it's well executed and complements the flavour profile rather well. Bravo.

Dr: It's a sipper, but a pleasant and drinkable one. Hides its ABV well. I wouldn't want more than one bottle in a night, but I'll enjoy the hell out of the one I'm having. I wouldn't buy this again at its unfairly high price point, but it may well be the best beer I've had from Eagle Rock (though that isn't saying much). Sometimes I wonder if they bring in someone who actually knows what they're doing to brew these special releases; their other offerings just don't stack up. In any case, I'd definitely recommend giving this one a go if your wallet can take the hit and you're in the mood for the style. A surprising success from Eagle Rock.


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Photo of mactrail
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear red amber in the Aventinus glass with a very nice white foamy cap. It tastes like a roly-poly Bock to me, or something like a really big Pilsener. Interesting aroma is like amplified beer with some caramel fudge brewing.

Really malty and alcoholic. The alcohol is wearing a peacock feather and dancing to "Bad Girls." An intriguing tang with the pervasive bitter slash. A little murky yet full of interesting flavors. Big and weird. I absolutely love these Eagle Rock labels-- my favorites for beer labels, except for the bock bier ones with goats. Priced at $8.65 at Bottlecraft for the 22 oz bottle, which doesn't seem out of line.

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Photo of Fern13
4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of leodarko
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of maximum12
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am the Rye Fucking Gatekeeper: everything with rye in it passes through my hands (& soft lips) eventually. Thanks to AtlCarl for adding to the growing list of ryes that I've been priveleged enough to sample. Gold-waxed 22 oz. bottle split with my wife.

The pour is very light orange with minimal carbonation & sits with a bit of attitude in the glass. Nose is subdued: pushing the limits of my nostrils, I garner a bit of orange. Almost like seltzer water.

Threes is weirds. Lots of orange & light fruits, followed up immediately with a slap of spicy rye. Alcohol kicks me in the molars, along with a big gum IV of sweet malts. Finish is herbal notes with mild hop bitterness. Heavy in the stomach; a half bomber is going to be plenty.

Very, very odd, I can honestly say I haven't had anything like this. The fruit/rye combo set of my WTF-meter, but after a mental adjustement, I've grown fonder of it. Hard to judge, but ultimately a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear copper-orange with a finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet caramel and bready malts, spicy rye, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, hint of booze.

T - Sweet caramel and bready malts, grapefruit, orange, citrus, pine, and floral hops, some bitterness, spicy rye, a hint of booze.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.

D - Nice rye strong ale. Good overall balance.

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Photo of sliverX
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of inlimbo77
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, 2013
Riedel tulip

A: Hazy deep amber color. Lots of carbonation and head. Three fingers of marshmallow like fluffy off white head sits atop this brew. Sticky lacing for sure.

S: Through the head, still getting a lot of hop presence. Peach and other deep fruity character. Almost smells like DIPA. Bready malts. (Still cold)

T: Up front bitterness from the hops. Nice over ripe peach. Fruity notes. You do get that toasted bread flavor....slight roast. Some sweetness from the malts. Light toffee and caramel. There is some rye spice there in the back of the palate too. Finish is creamy and long. Fairly dry.

M: Bigger side if medium to full here. Drinks like an American Barleywine or malty DIPA.

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Photo of kornkid8600
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Threes from Eagle Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 17 ratings