3 Stars Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,562
Ranked #18,308
3.92 | pDev: 9.18%
3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States
Very Good
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hoppytobehere from District of Columbia

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Nov 25, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

Mar 16, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Feb 09, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Mar 25, 2017
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ThisWangsChung from Maryland

3.33/5  rDev -15.1%
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

Mar 19, 2017
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RBorsato from Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Feb 16, 2019
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ksimons from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
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

Aug 12, 2016
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razorsdescent from Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sep 11, 2016
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 18, 2016
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grover37 from District of Columbia

3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

May 14, 2016
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BikeChef from District of Columbia

3.09/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Apr 19, 2017
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dec 01, 2016
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apr 08, 2017
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 21, 2016
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Rbodacious from Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 19, 2017
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Daniellobo from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

May 14, 2016
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 19, 2016
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ncelauro from New York

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jul 29, 2016
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dwoolley1 from New York

3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nov 20, 2016
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dcbeerguy007 from District of Columbia

4.96/5  rDev +26.5%
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.

Jun 06, 2016
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Greywulfken from New York

4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Apr 10, 2017
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bluehende from Delaware

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dec 15, 2017
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polopaul20 from Maryland

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Apr 10, 2017
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DrBier from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 17, 2017
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Evan from Maryland

4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mar 26, 2017
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