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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,124
Ranked #15,560
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States
Very Good
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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 11/15/17, bought for the really interesting hop combination

Pours a decent fizzy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, a little lacing, very clear pale yellow almost golden neon color

Nose interesting hops, lots of bright citrus but obvious lemony citrus, lemon lime zest, hand of buddha and other unique citruses, a little candied citrus, touch of stone fruit and candied apricot orange marmalade, cereal grains, little grassy floral but a touch spicy, plenty more citrus as it warms, lemon cereal

Taste starts a bit sweet, candy malts, candied citrus marmalade again, cereal grains and toasted, hops bring tons of citrus again, lemon lime candy up front, more hand of buddha and unique citruses, gritty orange lemon juice concentrate, lots of rind, a zest of all citruses known to man, touch of candied jelly stone fruit, fair bitterness, a little spicy floral hop, with a touch of alcohol coming as it warms and dries on the finish, a bit sticky finish, bitterness ramps quite a bit too, almost nagging bitterness

Mouth is med bod, a bit sticky, touch of alcohol late, nice fluffy carbonation

Overall started with a nice balanced DIPA, a bit heavy but enjoyable, finished a bit too bitter and boozy, hops were interesting not quite what I thought but def something I could see, maybe it should be fresher, but an interesting enjoyable beer nonetheless.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.09/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow. Nose is surprisingly muted for a hop-forward beer, but there are some dank hop notes. Taste is also underwhelming. You can detect the use of hop powder, with its distinct sharpness on the palate, but again, the hops are muted and something just isn't working here. Been drinking Lawson's, Trillium, Enjoy By 4.20, and other big boys this recently, and this attempt at a fresh super-hoppy IPA just doesn't come anywhere close.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is an extremely hazy golden orange with an inch head.

Aroma is intense tropical hops with notes of mango pine and lemon.

Taste is a lot of those tropical notes. I think the lupine powder might dry it out at the end.

Feel of carbonation is prickly on the tongue.

This beer is definitely intensely hoppy but comes together in a great way.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Featuring Eureka, Denali, and Topaz hops, and Citra lupulin powder... 3/16/17 canning... Really dug this... A very similar beer to those being produced by Other Half in Brooklyn, NY... Deep yellow and hazed under a white foam head a few fingers high that left lotsa lace behind. Aromas mainly citric and floral with some suggestions of fresh-cut pale grains... The taste is bright and light, full of pith with pricks of peel; some dank undertones as well as a pixie dust-like lemon citrus sweetness. Big bitterness crashes in over the sugars, gripping the tongue with just a bit of tartness on the edges. Medium-light body, amply carbonated, crisp and clean... A solid brew on par with much of the better New England-style D/IPAs around.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Fresh 03/03/2017, ah sweet spot.

Slightly hazy body appearance, with a dull lemon and mixed orange color. Some good amounts of fine carbonation to be seen which creeps at a good leisurely rate. Head is quite chunky and classic bright white, making an easy three fingers tall height with ease. Big staying power and swiss cheese retention.

Aroma seems fairly straightforward even with ingredients used. A bit of powdery like citrus and tropical fruit notes, with a mild sensing juicy body. Mild sensing sweet malt body, but stays away from high sugary content. Decent hop aroma.

Palate takes a quite different turn. Sharp hop bitterness, with a good amount of stinging needles. Pine and even black pepper like spice that borders on medicinal really hit in the mid palate. Aftertaste gets quite bitter and medicinal like antibiotics nearly, with some herbal character mixing in. Citrus and tropical notes are really just not being sensed on the palate compared to the nose which is quite surprising. Decent straightforward supportive and neutral malt backbone.

One very odd hop combination and mix that while makes for a passable IPA isn't really making for a memorable or real enjoyable experience.

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Photo of BigC88
3.29/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 4-pack and have had 3 of them over the last few days. On the day of purchase, I had a life-changing NE IPA before I tried this beer. I was very unimpressed with this beer but figured I should give it another try in a day or two given the fact that the NE IPA had just changed my life. After having 3 cans from the same 3/3/17 4-pack, I can say with certainty that this beer is inconsistent. Different colors from bright gold to a light amber, all with moderate filtration (particulate on close inspection but light passes through).

Two of the cans displayed a lot of pithy bitterness, like eating a grapefruit peel or pomelo peel (which I've done). Nail polish remover on the nose, followed by up front caustic bitter flavors and some pine, and finished pithy.

One can I had was orange citrus on the nose. Taste was upfront sweet citrus hop, a little juicy, with a slightly boozey and pithy dry bitter finish. It was pleasant.

What makes this DIPA odd is it has the hop configuration of a big WestCoast IPA but the grain bill of a NE IPA. What I mean is it is very bitter with little to no presence of malt sweetness. Typically, a DIPA has a serious malt backbone to balance the bitterness unless it is a NE IPA which lacks malt flavors as the massive hop presence imparts very little biterness and therefore no malt sweetness is needed For balance.

Perhaps this beer would've been better if I had purchased and consumed it more recently (canned 3/3 purchased 3/18). I know a NE IPA doesn't last 2 weeks so maybe this beer is the same? But one thing debunks my theory. The one decent can in the 4-pack. Tonight I had the second two cans. The first one I was very impressed with and let the fiancé have a sip (she's a sour head and is sensitive to IPAs). She said it was good and an IPA she could drink. I let her have one sip of the second can and she said don't ever give that to me again. She was dead sober. So I'm not crazy. I also noticed the color was darker on the bad can.

Overall, I'm not impressed. Even on a good day, this beer seems a little lacking in direction.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

3/3/17 batch hopped with Eureka, Denali, Topaz, and Citra lupulin powder (!)

Pours a murky golden color. The head is two fingers high and white in shade. It seems to fade at a relatively swift pace, though it leaves behind copious amounts of lacing.

As expected, the aromatic focus is on tropical fruits. I pick up papaya, passion fruit, and pineapple in particular. There's an underlying pine note and a further underlying dankness, though it never devolves into a full-blown onion bomb. It's not the most perfectly cohesive or balanced aroma ever, but it hits all the aspects I like from a new-school IPA.

It's more bitter than the nose suggested. The tropical fruits hit the taste buds first, slowly shifting towards notes of pine, lemon, ginger, and grass near the middle and finish. Malts are very subtle, only offering a slight sugar cookie characteristic. There's something about said finish that throws me off...dare I suggest it tastes a bit 'cheesy'. Plus, it's a little too bitter. The potential is there, but the end product doesn't coalesce.

The mouthfeel was nailed - it's every bit as pillowy and soft as the best NE-style IPAs (even if the flavor profile skews closer to west coast). This helps to conceal the bitterness somewhat, but not entirely. However, once the carbonation fades, the feel transforms into a more typical west coast IPA: dry and firm-bodied. Still, it works for what this brew is trying to accomplish.

I'm not entirely sure about this one. It has a great palate feel and really doesn't taste bad, it just seems weirdly out of balance and excessively bitter. All in all, this is a step or two below some of the better local IPAs. This shows potential for future batches, so I'll definitely have this again - I won't seek out this particular batch again, though.

3.33/5: Interesting enough, but not a great DIPA

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 ounce can, March 3rd canning.

A: Served at cellar temperature, it pours a hazy yellow gold with oodles of billowy foam.

S: Pine, grapefruit, bit of onion, malty background.

T: Grapefruit, pine, tropical fruit, lesser of the onion than in the smell. Throughoutevery sip, a comfortable malt sweetness.

M: Substantial mouthfeel.

O: A very nice and drinkable DIPA!

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz tallboy dated 11/4

Hops: Southern Passion, Azacca, El Dorado, Pacific Jade

Pours pale and hazy, aroma is quite nice. This beer looks like a NE juicebomb but is very west coast in aroma and taste. Quite a bit of bitterness and dry as fucking hell. Heavy notes of lemon. Pretty good stuff but not really what I was expecting.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.86/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

11/4 canning. Best thing going for this one is the big, creamy head and mouthfeel. Really nice.

The nose and palate are a little more muted than I expected. Nice, interesting hop profile. Ample bitterness that's smoothed over by the creamy feel. The Azacca really shines in that way that I can never quite put my finger on. Almost like coconut and mint, in addition to some of the piney, citrusy, tropical hop notes we're more accustomed to. Still this beer doesn't deliver a huge hop smack. You might say it's tastefully restrained if it wasn't seemingly marketed to compete with any number of hazy 16 oz hop bombs.

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Photo of rankandfile
4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden wheat color, small lacing
Smell: Pineapple, mango, mint,
Taste, sweet on the tongue with a spectacular dry finish. subtle pine, subtle grape, sugar at first with almost a belgian'y IPA finish. ABV is low so not much burn on the after taste. as metioned before it has a crisp dry finish that make this very very drinkable and probably will go down too easy.
Love this beer and glad its available finally!

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Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 7/14/16
A-slightly hazy golden yellow with about two fingers worth of white head that leaves a thin layer of lace around the top

S-aroma is of citrus and pale malt

T-taste is similar to the smell with citrus and pine and finishes with a touch of sweet fruits in the finish

M-medium body and crisp carbonation

Overall I can't tell if the flavors have fallen off a little but the beer is a nice balance of hops and floral/fruit notes

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Photo of Dirtyhands
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Loving the clean balance here. West coast style for sure with dialed in hop bill that's subtle yet wealthy with a dank flavor. A momentary sweetness at the end of the sip balances the hop bitterness without removing it entirely. A crushable dipa imo. Will drink again

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Photo of dcbeerguy007
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

WOW!!!! Super fresh big bright floral nose poured golden out of a can with a great white lacey head. The hop aromas pop up and smack you in the mouth in the best way possible. Big, floral, juicy and bitter it hides the 8.4% abv beneath a solid flavor and balanced bitterness. Had it when it was a only 5 days old. Love that these guys are focused on getting such fresh beer out to the market. Nice work.

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Photo of Finley020
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Another solid release from 3 Stars. Quite a departure from Ghost and 2TTD, but in a good way. From a 16oz can get floral and almost dried fruit notes. On the tongue it comes on a touch bitter and then the dried fruit and fig come through. Nice to see a DIPA that isn't just juice and dank, but that has a malt backbone as well. A solid beer.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 53 ratings