Two To The Dome | 3 Stars Brewing Company

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Two To The DomeTwo To The Dome

Brewed by:
3 Stars Brewing Company
District of Columbia, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
triple dry hopped DIPA with Lupulin Powder

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 87
Photo of mdfb79
3.62/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat clear amber with a lot of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Citrus hops, fruity malts, alcohol, soap, perfume, and bready malts. Medium body and light bitterness.

Overall a decent DIPA.

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Photo of Gumbo_gravy
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 16 oz can into shaker pint. Canned today. SUPER fresh.
This was also billed as the double dry hopped version. Which maybe this should be a different beer review.

L: very light straw color. Like a lot of 3 stars DIPA and IPA it's clearer and lighter in color than a lot of DIPAs

S: a lot of piney and resinous notes way more than citrus. It's like walking in a pine forest. There is some citrus notes and it's more pith like bitter notes. The smell is not overwhelming tho. Much more subtle.

T taste is good. I mean it's hard to beat fresh beer. Hop notes are very piney and bitter. I wouldn't call it juicy at all. There are some fruity notes but like the nose it's pithy. Not an NE IPA at all. There actually tho is a slightly creamy something going on but the flavor is still good.

M: it's light medium. Unfortunately like a lot of 3 stars brews this falls short here. Idk if it's the malt bill or what but I feel like they consistently fall short

O: it's a good beer. Don't get me wrong. I'm just not overwhelmed. It's not an epiphany beer but it's also not bad. It's above average DIPA.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Tall boy can into a nonic pint glass. Appearance: Light straw to light gold in color. Hazy with lazy bubbles rising to the top. Big thick white head that lasts. Lots of lacing present on the sides of the glass. Aroma: had to sniff deep for any type of aroma. Smells of malty bready at first and then it reveals some citrus hops. Not much on the nose. Taste: Hop and juicy citrus but not a hop bomb. More subdued and somewhat balanced than other DIIPA's. Tropical and mango like hop profile. Aftertaste: Juicy hops recede to reveal more of the malt profile detected on the nose. Smooth and balanced throughout. Alcohol heat shows up on the back end as well. Notes: Really excellent looking brew. Nice head retention and lacing. The aroma underwhelms for the style. The taste is balanced and smooth yet somewhat underwhelming. Result/ Rating: Good. 3.7 out of 5.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a decent fluffy offwhite head that dissipates quickly but leaves some very nice lacing. The beer itself is a dark orange color that resembles a peach color. The beer is hazy and obscure.

The beer has a strong tropical fruit smell that has a strong underlying pine smell. The tropical fruit smell appears to be mango with orange. The underlying hop smell appears to be pine and citrus.

HOP EXPLOSION!!!! BOOM!! BOOM!! The beer has a very strong resin and citrus taste that is completely unbalanced. No malt taste is detected.

Heavy bodied with biting carbonation. However, the beer itself feels a little thin for what is usually a more velvety feel than anything else.

An okay DIPA and one that might come back but I personally find it to be a little too hoppy and unbalanced for my taste.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a golden orange body with small head and lace patches. Hoppy, citric, bitter aroma but has some grapefruit sweetness underneath it. Real hoppy beer and there's balance between bitterness and sweetness and it's a clean beer with mixed citric/grapefruit tastes. Tad dry for my liking and a little light-bodied for my liking as well as the hop bitterness can be overpowering at times.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop
Price: $7.99 for a 4-pack
Purchased: Nov. 4, 2016
Consumed: Nov. 4, 2016
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: No canned on date or anything on the package

Had never heard of this beer, but saw it on sale for $7.99 for a 4-pack of 16-oz. cans on a recent trip to Bine & Vine. Bought it on a whim without even looking for a Canned on Date or a rating on Untappd or Beer Advocate. Let’s go with it.

Poured a straw-gold yellow hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of frothy white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up from the bottom of the glass. Outstanding foamy spiderweb lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.25)

Smelled spoiled melon, mango, peach and nectarine, floral hops, Cascade, Citra, hints of orange marmalade and caramel candy. Different. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose. Kind of digging it. More juicy than bitter. Getting Centennial, Citra, melon, peach, nectarine, mango, caramel candy (those sticky candy squares), floral, hints of Southern Hemisphere trashy hops, orange marmalade, toffee and even some hints of woody Nugget. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Longer finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Had no idea what to expect, but this was pretty good. More malty than bitter, but that isn’t always a bad thing. (Overall - 3.75)

3.88 | 87 | B+

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Original DIPA that comes out pineapple and perfume and evolves nicely over a pint.

A: Burnt orange body with off white head with good retention and lacing.

S: Candied pineapple, orange, grapefruit rind, with flowers, soap and spiciness. A flowers & soap store.

T: Begins big with bitter grapefruit rind battling with the sweet orange and pineapple marmilade. Flowers, spice that become dry and pine, and almost acidic in the finish.

F: Feel is oily, resinous, sticky becoming bone dry and puckering, perhaps too much so.

O: You like intense pucker, you'll love this. 2 to the dome of your palate.

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

The color is an extremely hazy but bright rusty orange color with a tall fluffy light beige head. From the look of the head I was expecting some nice lacing, but there was none.

It smells more malty than hoppy with a heavy dose of caramel squares. The hops are a muted orange and flowers.

Thankfully, the hops come through more in the taste with tangerine and lilac. The sweet malt adds a heavy balance. The finish is long but a little astringent.

Mouthfeel has a nice heavy body with good carbonation and is sticky.

This is the first beer I've had from 3 stars and had never heard of them to this point. It was a very nice beer and I'm glad to have tried it. It was a good use of citra but could just use a bit more in the aroma.

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Photo of ksimons
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-a clear light golden yellow with two fingers worth of rocky head

S-light bready malt, citrus, light tropical fruits, and some light pine in the finish

T-taste is similar to the smell with a pale malty backbone, citrus, tropical fruits, and a large piney finish

M-medium body, could do with a little more carbonation

Overall could use a little more carbonation to make this into a real contender, but has a nice amount of hops and tropical fruits to give a good balance

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

Got a fresh growler of this DIPA at the Three Stars Brewing Co. facility in Takoma, Washington, DC, 1.24.15.

Appearance: burnt orange, nearly amber color and an off white and tightly bubbled head with very good retention

Smell: Sweet candied orange, grapefruit rind, apricot/peach; alcohol is more noticeable than other beers of its breed, but it's not too in the way. It lends a clove-like spiciness.

Taste: Huge bitter grapefruit in the foretaste collides with a sweet candied orange flavor (that was hinted at in the nose) in the middle palate, which ends up being the dominant flavor. Resinous throughout, until the bone dry finish. Leans very dry and piney in the finish; the bitterness of the finish is actually quite intense, and by the end of a full glass, your palate has been crushed. I'm not fully on board with the aftertaste, which I find to have a slightly strange acidic quality. That said, this is a very good tasting beer on the whole.

Mouthfeel: Feel is slightly sticky until you hit a wall of refreshing dryness in the finish. Appropriate medium carbonation and body.

Overall, this is a very solid double IPA from the folks at Three Stars. It's intensely bitter and sports an orange-centric hop flavor profile that departs from the norm.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.06/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pizza Paradiso Dupont into a sampler flight.

Dull peach amber body, thin top with a tan head leaving a little white collar. Body has some nice yellow hues to it also with opaque and glowing consistency.

Hop profile is very noticeable but controlled. Fruity peach and tropics, with a little bit of hinting pine perhaps. Seems juicy as well and inviting.

Palate matches with a good peach hop angle, but more tropical accents come out. Pineapple, maybe some mango with a very juicy sweet profile. White sugar is a bit evident mixing with a subdued malt backbone. Fussel heat in flavor and feel is a little bit evident, but luckily not too overpowering or distracting. Slightly spritzy mouthfeel but with juicy flavors that shine first and force your palate away from some of the wetness.

Overall still very enjoyable for what it is.

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Photo of jacewg
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

New imperial IPA from the folks at 3 Stars

Centennial, Cascade, and Citra hops

Appearance: Pours very cloudy, obviously unfiltered. Solid band of white head that fades pretty quickly.

Aroma: Really, really good. Big orange and tropical fruit notes from the citra. Big, anchoring malt presence.

Taste: Follows the nose. Total citra bomb of a beer. Very balanced with a big, sweet malt presence that leans more toward pale than caramel. Really flavorful, good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Maybe a touch undercarbed. Could use a touch more lift off of the palate. A bit sticky. Still drinks pretty easily for what it is.

Overall: The best beer yet from 3 Stars? Drinks like a maltier Surly Abrasive, which is a huge, huge compliment. Nice work guys.

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

Awesome! Get yer vitamin C here: Cascade, Centennial, and Citra hops just burst into action - aromas and flavors of citrus and flowers - tangy pith and fresh flesh (of fruits, you cannibals), medium-light feel, plushly carbonated and smooth as fuck -malts are present but subdued, featuring Pale, Red Wheat, Crystal 60, & Carapils... I had a feeling this would be a winner and it was. Get some...

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Photo of rjd722
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: A deep, hazy golden-orange appearance with a massive white foam head. The retention and lacing are great throughout.

Aroma: Pineapple, orange, and other citrus towards the front. Earthy hops (pine) towards the back.

Taste: Great malty backbone and juicy, bitter hops. Citrus and floral notes at the end.

Feel: Medium carbonation with bitterness running from start to finish of every sip. Really well balanced, a satisfying DIPA that has established itself as one of my local favorites.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Look is a yellow slightly hazy orange with a thin white head.

Aroma is like a light orange sucking candy. Lots of citrusy sugar runs throughout.

Taste is a big beautiful bouquet of sugary citrus. A lot sweet maltiness than most new wave IPAs but that makes it stand out in a good way.

Delicious, don't know why it isn't more highly rated.

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Two To The Dome from 3 Stars Brewing Company
3.93 out of 5 based on 87 ratings.
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