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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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 35
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a one-finger, tan head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of pine and roasted malt.

T - It tasted of strong roasted malt with lots of piney bitterness. There was a touch of citrus, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a good Black IPA. The first of two beers I tried from Third Street Brewhouse.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of mothman
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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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of mdaschaf
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown color with a khaki head. Not a bad nose. Some citrus and pine hop aromas with a touch of floral hop character, too. Definitely some chocolate to go along with the roast. Semi-sweet chocolate flavors along with roast. Citrus peel and pine hop notes give the beer (along with the roast) a moderate bitterness. A light grassy quality, too.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like the Bitter Neighbor! This beer pours an almost opaque black with thin ecru head that is lacing. The scent reminds me of a nice porter, toffee and espresso tones. The taste is subtlely bitter throughout, but there are fresh hops, caramel and espresso dancing in my mouth. The mouthfeel is medium in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good black IPA and I would have it again...the lower ABV gives this a session possibility.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Fully black, no light escapes, unless you really, really try, nice cocoa/tan head, tight 1/4" , lasting long.

Aroma: cocoa and cream, and a faint whiff of grassy hops. Smooth and balanced.

Taste: No real threat from hops at the start, fairly mild, but there. Pleasant on the palate, then the malt comes in, again, very well-mannered, not brash or brusque and rude in any fashion, just knocking on the door and taking it's shoes off. Well comported body, medium, with a lightly hoppy, chocolatey finish. Toasty, just-a-little-bit-bitter malty flavor.

Taking a break now to read the label. "The Story. You can pick your friends, but you can't pick your family. You can pick where you live, but you can't pick your neighbors. That is, until now. When you pick up a glass filled with frothy, dark-colored bitter neighbor black IPA, it won't leave a bad taste in your mouth. In fact, it's quite good. (Sorry, we can't help you with the family part.)
Malts: Pale, caramel, Munich, Roasted Black. Hops: German & US (Magnum, Hersbrucker, Amarillo, Cascade.)

(Quick note about that copy. Breweries should never describe their beers as "nice" or "good." Just tell us how you made it and what flavors we might find, let us make the judgement about how nice and good it is.)

I've downed a few of these already, without taking notes, just drinking. And it drinks well. But considering what they expect that we get from this, and comparing this against others in this loosely collected category, I find Bitter Neighbor lacking. For one, not bitter enough. Hardly enough hops or bitterness to warrant calling it any kind of an IPA. Black it is, though, and actually quite tasty, and consumable, indeed.

If we just want to rave about beers that aren't bad coming out of a brewery known for awful crap, then we can do that. If we want to talk about something memorable, we can't do it here.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack from Princeton Liquors. It's interesting to see this style evolve. I've found many black ales too thick, essentially hopped up porters. But this beer takes a lighter body to the hops and it works well. I can see some folks calling it too thin, but it's pretty close to where it should be. Still the hops get a little lost in the dark grains at times, which while common for the style, isn't ideal. The barley offers a bitter, cocoa roast with burnt toast with very little sweet caramel. The hops some off like standard American citrus hits (standard, but certainly not a bad thing) that blend in and out of the barley. Overall, a fine example of the style and a great beer to match any food from the grill, find some.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours very dark brown and nearly opaque. Small tan head with average retention and lace. Aroma leads with chocolate followed by roasted malt and citrus and pine hops. The flavor follows closely. More assertively bitter than expected, plenty of grapefruit and pine with lesser grass notes, but the flavors seem a little muddled and indistinct. Very roasty and nearly charred tasting. Medium body and carbonation, seemingly right on target for the style.

This wasn't bad but it also wasn't particularly distinctive for the style and the high bitterness and charred character made for a moderately unappealing flavor profile.

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Photo of pat61
4.29/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Faint roast, light grains, floral hop on the nose. It pours brilliant black under a 2” light tan tinted white foam cap. The bubbles are very fine and the cap is persistent and lacy. The beer offers a very creamy palate with light roast flavors, a slight sweetness from dark sugars but the overall sense is dry with a slight grainy astringency of the finish. There is some hard to identify fruit in the background. An interesting oscillation occurs in the finish between a very light crystal malt type sweetness and a base malt to unmalted barley astringency that is actually quite pleasant. There is enough bitterness to balance the malt but it is not out of bounds. Nicely balanced.

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Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pesto has been returned to its rightful place. Thanks to the never ending endeavors of NJGDBK throughout the mountainous regions of our country.

Nice black and brownie color to this brew. Not to mention the two finger khaki head after the pour. Good retention, nice film o' foam for all twelve ounces.

Almost burnt piney, earthy hop aroma. Some coffee grounds and bitter chocolate in the nose mix pretty well for this hoppy dark ale.

Coffee and earthy, piney, sometime citrusy, hop bitterness combine into an interesting, yet sessionable melange of flavor. Roasty, bitter, earthy.

Roasty and oily palate. Pretty good stuff from MN. I'm very happy I was able to try this otherwise unavailable brew.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drpimento
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black IPA in terms of bitterness, but not so much in terms of hop flavor/aroma. Body is ok as is appearance; Finish is long and roasty.

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Photo of akang
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown/black with a foamy top that is dark khaki in color and leaves loads of lacing on the glass.

Chocolatey malt with a hoppy backing. The overall nose is just a bit light though, otherwise nice.

Lightly roasty with solid doses of chocolate and cocoa powder to go along with some bittering hops and a light citrus hop taste. Quite flavorful and has some nice depth to it.

Smooth body that is about medium. The carbonation is very soft and the palate is dried out on the finish.

This is a really nice example of the style. Very enjoyable and drinks quite easily. Solid beer.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours pitch black with a ruby red hue in the edges, finger of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.

S - The nose is dominated by malts, heavy caramel, burnt toast, and a leafy green finish.

T - The hop flavours come through stronger on the palette offering up a nice earthy hop flavour alongside some mild espresso, burnt biscuit and a bitter dark cocoa finish.

M -Medium bodied, smooth and surprisingly wet.

O - Overall a tasty black IPA, more dominated by the sugary malts, but a decent hop profile that makes for a pleasantly balanced brew. Easily sessionable and well worth a try.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark blackish brown with a little hint of amber at the bottom. Lots of bubbles and a big five finger light beige head with good retention. Lots of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell: Very roasty and earthy aroma. Dark roasted malts with big hints of chocolate, burnt caramel, toffee, toast, and cracker. A little bit of molasses. Big hints of grassy and earthy hops. Some spicy pine resin. Subtle hints of citrus orange and grapefruit. Smells deep and well balanced.

Taste: Like the smell, a good balance of dark malts and spicy hops. Dark roasted malts with a big taste of chocolate. Dark bread, burnt caramel, toffee, and cracker. A good dose of molasses. A good mix of spicy and mildly bitter hops. Earthy hops, pine resin, and some light citrus with subtle notes of orange and grapefruit. Kind of tastes like an imperial stout with a bigger hop profile.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy somewhat slick. Starts sweet and finishes pretty dry.

Overall: A pretty good dark ale. Veers more towards a hopped up porter or stout although it is a nice change of pace from the more hop forward black IPAs.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque dark, dark brown color. The head is half an inch of off white foam that recedes quickly into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of graham cracker, roasted malt, and hints of grapefruit and pine. The taste is taste is similar to the aroma with both leaning more towards the stout side of the spectrum than the IPA side. While I love both of those kinds of beers I prefer black IPAs to be more stout the IPA so this beer is right up my alley. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, I really like this beer, and can see it becoming part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of morimech
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with almost two fingers of head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is by far the weakest aspect of this beer. It is not giving away much through the nose. A little roast and some peppery hops.

Nice black ale flavor. Not a crazy amount of hop bitterness or flavor, but satisying. I like it because you can also taste the "black" which is often forgotten in this style of ale. Nice roasted and chocolate notes that compliments the caramel and bready malt. Hops give some piney and earthy notes.

Solid body and carbonation. Good texture but it falls off a little quick in the finish so it feels thin.

Impressive for an inexpensive beer. Nice that the "black" can be tasted instead of just for color. Will not win many accolades but I will buy it again.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

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