Bitter Neighbor | Third Street Brewhouse

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191 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Third Street Brewhouse
Minnesota, United States
thirdstreetbrewhouse.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by morimech on 07-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
191
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
11.08%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Beerlover
2.48/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have to say I have NEVER spoken badly of "Cold Spring" brewery, in fact go check out the "Honey almond Wiess" and click on "high" for ratings, i have the highest one, I love that beer! I was and continue to be a fan of cold spring and now 3rd street brewing. I loved their beers before I knew what good beer was and after having tried 3 outta 4 of there older style samplings (havent found "Ebony Wheat" anywhere) im still convinced they are a good brewery,(not world class or awesome, but good) despite my palate becoming more "refined"
With that being said, i eagerly looked forward to trying the new 3rd street, (the "lost trout" is a SOLID brown ale to say the least, and the cream ale is good.) but i was saving "the best" style for last, im a fan of the "black ipa" style, theres not too many out there, my favs being "Odell's Mountain Standard" & "21st amendment's back in black"
This however, smelled like a porter from the get go, and tasted like a porter with a hint of hoppiness... now im NOT sayin this is a bad beer, just not labeled as the right style. idk if the brewery thought that no one would take them seriously if they didn't have an "ipa" because that is the "in style", the "bees knees" so to speak. Perhaps they wanted to jump on the band wagon... but call this what it is!? a porter! i LOVE porters! Porters are in my top 3 fav styles. This is in no way an "ipa", the hop aromas and flavors are too lacking to be an "ipa" or even a black "pale ale" for that matter (which would be cool to see!) any way thats that! cold spring/3rd street, I still like you lots and hope to do a brewery tour soon! but please don't try another stunt like this in the future! call it what it is!

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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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2.65/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3/5  rDev -22.7%

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3.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not enjoyable. Just not for me.

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3.08/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass, and consumed after having my palate seared by delicious hot sauce.

A: Very dark brown color, with small amounts of carbonation.

S: Strong malty, cereal notes coming off the top.

T: same notes come through from the smell; strong chocolate and woody notes at the front, with a more citrusy and bitter finish.

M: thick beer; even on CO2, it reminds me more of a porter or a stout rather than an ABA.

O: Not bad - it's a nice sipping beer, but doesn't have any really strong flavor profiles that make it distinctive.

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3.21/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bitter Neighbor Black IPA
Third Street Brewhouse, Minnesota
---from bottle to pint glass---

Appearance
Almost pitch black, incredible beige color, thick head, incredibly thick lacing.

Smell
Toasted malt, licorice, and no evidence of this being an IPA.

Taste
Good balance between sweet dark malt and bitter hops. I cannot pull any discernable flavors – hints at a lot, Cherry? Licorice? Smokey!

Mouth-feel
Not as bitter as its name implies. Fairly smooth going down. If you take long pauses in between sips the flavor comes alive. Lemon grass and molasses.

Overall
Not the best Black IPA I’ve had. I had hoped for more bitter, as implied by the name. Decent flavor and good drinkability.

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

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Bitter Neighbor from Third Street Brewhouse
3.88 out of 5 based on 191 ratings.
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