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First Kiss | 3 Sheeps Brewing

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First KissFirst Kiss

Brewed by:
3 Sheeps Brewing
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 109
Photo of Millersbrewers
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tried on draft on a whim at a restaurant and was pleasantly surprised. You can smell the hops immediately, but there's a nice sweetness to balance it out, perhaps from the honey. They claim 110 ibus but I wouldn't have guessed it was near that high. Mine was on the high end of carbonation, but mouthfeel was pleasant for the bitterness.

Floral hops were at the front of the taste, but some sweet malt flavor balanced it well.

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Photo of KeithE
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this recently at a beer event in Chicago and got a nice glass to go with it. It blew me away. Really great iiPA. Nice balance and citrus flavor. It even had a little carbonation that made it very easy drinking. I look forward to trying some more beers from 3 Sheeps

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear darker golden color with white head. Floral notes, sweet tones, spruce, and some grass on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and sticky. Finishes with light honey sweetness and spruce notes.

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

Poured out a copper color, 1/2" white head. Aroma was hoppy, not a blast of aromatics, but you could tell it was there.

Taste, imagine like a smaller Hopslam and Bigfoot blend, this delivers on the honey dryness and alcohol and hop blast like in Hopslam with a little less heat. You can still taste it, but its a good strong imperial ipa. A lighter vein of caramel to the malt backbone and sweet level. Rocks around that 60 ibu level.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle of the early 2016 release. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark caramel-copper body, two finger offwhite head with minimal retention time, small amounts of lacing. Smells of sweet honey, caramel, toffee, pine resin, grass. Definitely sweet, and the honey aroma is distinct. Flavour is definitely sweeter, with more of the caramel with a nice pine bite, followed by honey and toffee sweetness, finishing with more resinous bitterness. It's interesting, not all that bad if you're looking for extremes of both the hop and malt spectrum. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly syrupy perhaps from the honey, a mild honey and heavy resin bitterness on the finish. It's a solid DIPA with a nice honey addition, strong malt and hop bitterness present for a decent balance.

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Photo of bound4er
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Slightly turbid, amber appearance with a nice two finger white head. Smells of sweet malt and sweet pine - pleasant if not overpowering. Taste follows the nose with more sweet malt, earth and hoppy pine. Mouthfeel is rich and creamy - may be best aspect of this beer. Overall this is a really nice change of pace DIPA that leans to the more malty side of things with the hops playing a balancing roll instead of a starring roll.

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Photo of ZAP
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A nice pleasant DIPA that leans sweeter with notes of tropical fruits, spruce tips, and caramel. Also some fruity notes of peaches. Pine/spruce a big impression too. Nicely done. Warming and a little boozy but I would not say it is hot or bitingly alcoholic.

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

A piney and boozy DIPA, feels a lot bigger than its' modest listed ABV. The honey notes add a little mellowness but the burn comes through. Nice smooth mouthfeel which might be helped by the honey in here.

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Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Found this on a trip to Wisconsin - 3 Sheeps First Kiss Imperial IPA. Dark amber in color, and slightly cloudy when poured, it has a thick, creamy head that holds up thru out the drinking experience, with lots of lacing. Had a nice spruce - pine smell, with a similar taste, that transforms to a healthy bitterness that slowly melts away on the tongue for a clean finish. I could not taste any honey, which is listed as an ingredient on the label. Although it is 8.2% abv there is little alcoholic burn; but if you have a few you might be counting sheep, especially while watching a lopsided football game while on the couch! Overall, Deeelicious!

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Photo of kkleu357
4.7/5  rDev +19.9%

From notes on 8/27/2013

One of my favorite beers I've had from Wisconsin. Reminds me of some of the great IIPAs from the west coast. The bitterness of the hops are nicely balanced with the touch of honey, leaving a nice bittery creamy feel and taste.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazed amber with a thin head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of pine, citrus, caramelized biscuit.

The taste is of pine/resin with a touch of aspirin-like bitterness. Honey and caramel take some of the edge off the bitterness to make it more rounded. Sharp alcohol bite in the finish.

It is raw/astringent/boozy, though there is an initial creaminess to it. I believe more of a malt support would give it the body it really needs and smooth it out, but wouldn't want it to lose the hop character. I'm not a brewer, it's just an idea. It could be fuller and smoother.

A big DIPA. Interesting. Certainly hoppy with a strong pine character. Alcohol is noticeable. I was wavering between 3.5 and 3.75 for the overall - decided to go with the latter because for those looking for a more raw, piney, boozy DIPA it's one to choose.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slight amber hued golden orange with a minimal half finger of airy carbonation.

Grassy, evergreen, caramel sweetness, some light citrus.

Grassy and piney bitter hop resins.

Light-medium bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, dry.

Overall, wanted to enjoy this more but it was only mediocre.

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Photo of martyl1000
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy honey in color, with a fluffy white head that holds for a bit. Plenty of lacing stays behind.

Smell is serious hops, tons of them. Floral and bitter hops, PINE DOMINANT, plus malty goodness, dark fruits, citrus, wonderful.

In the mouth the bitterness is all hop presence, citrus and pine. Coming in timidly is a faint malty backbone that tries to balance the sharp hops. A bit of sweetness is insistent throughout the sip, with the hop character changing along the way.

Mouthfeel is fully carbonated, and a slick taste bud experience. Lacing sticks around to keep it looking and feeling great.

Sadly, I'm not getting the honey, at all.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an an above average beer with a somewhat unbalanced amount of bitterness in the taste.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper, clear, half finer of off white head

Smell is huge on pine notes, apricot, citrus rind, sweet caramel malt, earthy hop

Taste is bittering pine up front, grapefruit peel, huge malt backbone on this one, caramel, toffee, earthy hop, finishes with a spruce hop bitterness

Mouthfeel is medium full, adequate carbonation, very drying on the finish with a pine bitter aftertaste that lingers

A decent IIPA, nothing to go out of your way for, I like it, I think the bittering hops could be lowered a bit. I got this about two months ago, it has been in my fridge the whole time. No date on the label, which is annoying since I like there regular IPA a lot but never buy it anymore as I have no idea how old it is.

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Photo of Ri0
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Teku.

A - Light copper with 2 finger white head and spotty lacing.

S - Big caramel malt aroma with some light hops of tropical fruit, grapefruit and pine.

T - The bitterness is intense, but this has a very big caramel and sweet malt backbone. Bitter grapefruit and pine dominate the hop profile. Finish is quite bitter.

M - Medium body, dry, and good carbonation.

O - This reminds me of SN Bigfoot barleywine. It was good, but much different profile than a IIPA and more similar to a BW to me.

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Photo of joe1510
4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$2.69 Single
Coffee Grounds - Eau Claire, WI

First Kiss is an IIPA brewed with honey. The beginning of the pour is russet orange but darkens with some yeast from the bottle conditioning. The head doesn't really produce and even with a hard, chugging pour I only get a ring and island of pure white foam.

Heavy handed tropical fruitiness leads the way. I'm impressed by the hop profile of this beer. Ripe mango, papaya, nearly overripe pineapple and grapefruit are all swimming in the pool. There's a moderate caramel malt backbone and dusty honey. I like where this IIPA lies.

While the flavor doesn't quite match the aroma it's certainly enjoyable. All the tropical fruitiness is present but slightly muddled and highly bitter. The caramel is there trying to fight it's way through but can't seem to balance the high IBUs. Pine needles bring up the rear. Nice!

Medium bodied mouthfeel with soft carbonation. The bitterness is accentuated by a dry finish and seems to grow as I drink. The alcohol is low, at 8.2%, for a IIPA which helps the body stay short of that sticky sweetness found in a lot of beer of this style.

Bitter and tropical an IPA to my liking. I honestly wasn't expecting much from this beer but now I'm wishing I'd have picked up a 4-pack. I see that they have started distributing to IL so some more will be in my near future.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Amber with fluffy white head and thick patchy spots of lace.

S - Over ripe tropical fruit, honey sweetness, caramel malt, resiny grapefruit and pine.

T - Strong bitterness quickly gives way to caramel and honey sweetness. Less tropical fruits and more grapefruit peel and pine that linger through a dry finish. Light touch of alcohol.

M - Medium body and really dry for the sweet honey and caramel notes in the flavor. Touch of alcohol heat.

D - Slight clash of alcohol heat, honey sweetness and strong bitterness. Doesn't seem to balance each other out as well as you would expect.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a 3 Sheeps pint.

A - A pillowy off white head floats atop the vibrant and clear caramel-cube amber beer, sinking slowly while leaving sheets of lace on the pint.

S - Ripe mango ad pineapple lay it on hot and heavy, finishing with a quick peck of grapefruit rind and lemongrass. This hop-forward, flirtatious double IPA delivers some caramel malt sweetness to balance nicely.

T - First kiss takes a turn, shying away from quite as much hop fruitiness that's displayed in aroma and goes for more American hop earthiness; pine, freshly cut grass, lemongrass but retains some grapefruit and pineapple undertones before the balancing malt takes over with white bread crust and caramelized sweetness.

M - Maybe your first kiss is a bitter memory, in which case is beer would fit perfectly with that as it's intensely bitter. First Kiss is hop-forward throughout but the hops' attributes don't shine quite as we'll as they do in the mouthfeel where they blast past everything with intensity. It's smooth medium body trails off with a long, earthy finish on the tongue for a kiss you won't forget.

O - First Kiss is an appropriate name for the 3 Sheeps' guy's double IPA as Grant decided with his double IPA recipe to start a brewery, and it's obvious why; this beer rocks. It's hop forward, loading on the flavor and bitterness but not overwhelming the palate or drowning the enjoyer with alcohol. It simply takes a good IPA to the next level.

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First Kiss from 3 Sheeps Brewing
3.92 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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