Three Skulls Hop The Plank IPA | Baron Brewing

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Three Skulls Hop The Plank IPAThree Skulls Hop The Plank IPA
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Three Skulls Hop The Plank IPAThree Skulls Hop The Plank IPA

Brewed by:
Baron Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by RedDiamond on 04-25-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 29 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by barleywinefiend:
Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice light golden color with good carbonation and a small white head. Nose is light toasted malts, with caramel and a dash of hops. Taste is where it lost me. Pretty weak for me, not bad but wanted and expected waaay more. Caramel flavor, grains, malt and dash of hops. Pretty cut and dry.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the intro beer last night at the Christmas Tree lighting in Fallon, NV. Had it first since I had never had it before. Picked it up at 99 bottles in Federal Way, WA.

Pours like ah, well, strangely enough, looks like a little bit darker MGD. Pretty golden, closer to golden yellow than amber. Smells decent, a whiff of sweetness. Tastes like a standard IPA. I guess maybe I'd compare it to Redhook's IPA the last few years (ballard's bitter IPA was way more consistent than Longhammer). Nothing special, your average run of the mill IPA. Hops are minimal, whatever was used was probably primarily bittering hops, as there just isn't enough aroma and flavor to think they used hops for anything but bittering.

An average mouthfeel, doesn't develop throughout the bottle. Drinkable, but you're really just trying to finish it so you can move on to something more adventurous. Not bad, but nothing worth seeking out.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a Stella stem glass. Body is a deep orange-amber color, topped by a couple of fingers of off-white head that leave a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pale and caramel malts with a good bit of sweetness, along with some strong, syrupy, fruity hops, with a definite accent of orange.
Palate is balanced up front between caramel malt and citrusy hops. Bitter, somewhat earthy notes come forth from the hops on the swallow, including hints of orange and grapefruit. Finish is a lasting, grapefruity bitterness.
Body is full but not sticky, and at times a little bit chalky. While not a particularly great example of a west coast IPA, it's still a decently drinkable ale.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a medium-dark rustic orange with a very low clarity revealing only obstructed details on the far side of the glass. A compact chalky white head sits atop only briefly before succumbing to a washy layering with a thin ring representation for a lacing. Upon closer inspection tiny micro-particles lie within creating a moderately thick hazer while only brief glimpses of effervesce could be caught. A rather decent start that achieved the bare minimal requirements earning this a push into a good rating. On the bottom of the glass lied a near full covering of bran colored yeastiness that assured me I made the right decision.

S: The nose was sweet and fruity with a juice like quality with notes of mangos and oranges. The strength was light, however leaving much to be desired. Background hints of sweet specialty malts chime in. Overall more sweet then hoppy and rather reserved per ipa standards.

T: First impressions was that it was a bit washy, a common occurrence that im noticing with all their beers (this being my third venture with this brewery). Washy and reminds me of their pale with light tones of dried citrus and pine which probably did just enough to make you aware of their presence but not enough to leave a lasting impression. Dry toasty caramel with a decent malty fade with a touch of dried lemon pulp, slightly tart rounding out the finish.

M: The mouthful was light to medium in consistency, smooth, and lightly carbonated on the tongue. Again lacking a good crispness it featured a lemony-caramel malt lacing rounding things out. Again could have been crisper, drier, and a bit more sharp in delivery.

D: An easy drinking ipa, but not necessarily enjoyable for fans of the style who will no doubt find this rather disappointing. Bareable, but far from impressionable. A try for those who don't like a lot of hops in their beer, an ipa on training wheels if you may and better then their pillagers pale, but not by much.

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Photo of AJDean
2.11/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Not what I expected from a Northwest brewery. Very malty all around. Seems to be mostly bitter hopped instead of aroma hopped. I didn't really enjoy this beer and would not have it again if given the chance. The taste is more of an amber/red with big malty flavors. It really bugs me also when brewers don't include the ABV and IBU's on their label. I want to know what I am drinking. Dissapointed in this beer.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a clear yellow amber with an okay head.

Aroma is pretty lackluster. Quite poor actually. Sweet, syrupy, and lacking a good hop profile. Quite a letdown for a pacnw ipa. This is barely a pale ale in my book, with a slightly high abv.

A taste of crusty bread, metallic taint, and some cooked veggie (dms) in there. It's got good crisp carbonation and a refreshing middle and finish. But the aroma and veggie aftertaste are way to big of a turnoff. They need to retweak their recipe, me thinks.

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Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of womencantsail
2.84/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks for sharing, Gil.

A: The pour is a golden amber color with a finger of white foam.

S: I feel like a broken record: sweet malts; toffee, caramel, and bread. There's some light citrus peel and pine and only a hint of floral hops. A touch of booze on the back end, too.

T: Bland flavors of stale bread and some sweet toffee and brown sugar. Citrus peel, grass, straw, and a bit of piney hops. Lightly bitter. A touch of booze. Really meh.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Boozey and sweet and bland. Not a good combination.

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Photo of Gavage
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a spotty head. No lace develops.

Smell: some soft floral bitterness and a hint of grapefruit is all that you can detect.

Taste: caramel, light grapefruit tones, some orange, red apples, a hint of pine, and a mild bitterness for the style.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was weak in a the flavor department, but it went down easy. One pint was enough in a session.

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Photo of projhex
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of TheFlern
2.33/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a golden amber with lots of white head. The head dissipates pretty quickly and the lacing is passable.

Smell: A very typical IPA that obviously little time was spent on creating. The smell has what you would expect to be there but not up to par with better IPAs on the market.

Taste: Like the smell you have a typical unimpressive IPA taste. As a beer overall this taste isn't bad but for a craft beer and an IPA from the PNW this beer fails miserably.

Mouthfeel: The beer really saves itself here with a good amount of carbonation and not being unpleasant on the pallet.

Drinkability: This beer is a waste of money to brew and a waste of your money to buy and drink. Just stay away, okay?

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Photo of Briken
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark orange amber and off-white foamy/frothy head with good retention and okay lacing. Sweet earthy floral aroma. Dirty malt and hop balance. Hop flavors and bitterness subdued which makes the fairly long bitter linger a bit of a surprise. Peppery at the end. Thin, watery and low carbonation.

Not a big bold IPA but fairly well balanced with good earthy flavor. It must be bottle conditioned because it became cloudy by the end which actually added to the complexity and mouthfeel positively. Although a little too late, it's not too bad overall if you like a balanced IPA.

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Photo of slaintemhor
2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can't recall where I had this on tap, but I had it last August. The colour was kind of an amber-orange with a very thin head. The aroma was initially hoppy but then quite grain-like. On the palate, there were hops up front along with a slight tang, then it became grainy and, well, largely unremarkable.

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Photo of philbertk
3.63/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Three Skulls Ales--Hop The Plank India Pale Ale--2010-A 22 oz. Bottle. 6.90% ABV. 70 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Fizzy thin mild lace white head. Bright clear rich gold color. Sediment dusting. Slightly earthy mild floral pine hop front. Smooth mild sweet slightly crusty caramel biscuit light fruit ester malty body. Mildly bitter smooth balanced hop spice end. No Off Notes. Approached Apprehensively, but not bad. Sampled 6/12/2010. 2 @ $4.49 Each.

Three Skulls Ales--Hop the Plank IPA--2010-B 22 oz. Bottle. 7.50% ABV. 70 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy thin white head. Cloudy bright dark amber orange color. No sediment. Earthy mild floral hop front. Earthy rich pine herbal hop oil infused dry earthy sweet bitter crystal malt mild fruit spicy IPA body. Rich earthy bitter hop spice end. Likely to have a Short shelflife. Sampled 8/30/2010. 2 @ $4.49 Each.

Three Skulls Ales--Seattle, WA Hop The Plank IPA. 7.20% ABV. 70 IBU's. Lacy off white head. Cloudy bright amber orange color. Sweet piney fruit ester hop front. Dry sweet fruity thin body. Piney hop end. (2.0 / 5.0) ABV & IBU's Per Brewer on Site. Sampled 5 oz. Taster @ Seattle, Fremont Oktoberfest on 9/26/2010. Inconsistent and prone to fruitiness.

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Photo of hopburster
1.36/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a regular pint glass. Shared with my buddy BH who wholeheartedly agrees with these notes!

Appearance: Golden amber pour; lots of foamy white head which quickly dissipated, leaving minimal white lacing.

Smell: Nothing jumped out at me; completely unremarkable.

Taste: Took three or four good pulls before dumping it down the sink. This level of brewing is a disgrace to the fine tradition of PNW IPAs!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied; low level of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's been a long time since I dumped a beer down the drain, but this was a completely undrinkable waste of my time and $ !!! Can't understand how a brewery that makes this kind of swill can compete in a marker full of excellent breweries!

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Photo of brewandbbq
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle with Baron Brewing nowhere to be found on the label. Are they trying to hide the fact that they brewed this beer?

Pours clear, dark amber with a one inch head of beige. Retention is decent enough with a solid skim coat throughout the glass and a few strings of lacing.

Aromatics are mildly hoppy with plenty of stalish malt. Hints of pine, grapefruit, cardboard, and caramel. Murky butterscotch follows though along with burnt wires or foam. Eeek.

Medium bodied with a sticky, slightly chewy mouthfeel.

Wet paper-laced malt with grapefruit oil and pine bark start the palate. A firm bitterness runs atop the stale malt and pellet hops.

Finishes with a lingering, coarse bitterness, oxidized malt, and a pellet bite.

Now I know why they didn't put thier name on the bottle.

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Photo of ralree
3.07/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice brownish red, 1/8" head, white, OK retention, no lacing.

S: Rather sweet, nice fruity flavor, tasty-smelling malt.

T: Rather bready, not enough hops. Not enough fruit either. Definitely mediocre. Needs to be sweeter and pack more hop punch!

M: Dry, astringent, good carbonation, medium body.

D: Goes down pretty well.

Enjoyed at the Oregon Brewer's Festival 2010

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Photo of Jenray
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superdavex
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought this one based on the cool looking label with the skulls...scary! I felt like it was Halloween. Anyways, this was a rather unimpressive beer all around. A little too unbalanced and bitter, but not in a good bitter way. There was just an off-putting taste from the hops. It left an unpleasant aftertaste. This is not one I would buy again in the future with the abundance of great IPA's out here.

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Photo of twelveinches
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of WDJersey
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in bubble pint glass. Poured a hazy orangeish-amber color with just a thin cap of white head that had OK retention and lacing.

The aroma was fairly evenly balanced between some citrusy hops and a mildly sweet malt scent. The taste was the same, the hops in front, the malt as a base. The beer was very evenly balanced between the taste components.

The body was solid, just a touch short of being full, and very smooth. Drinkability was good, it went down smooth and easy.

Overall, this is a solid, but not outstanding brew. This would be a very good introductory IPA for any of your friends who are just starting to explore. If you're already a hop head, you'll probably want some with a bit more bite.

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Photo of Seanibus
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy copper with a disappointing head. The aroma is a little syrupy, with a little soap and some floral hops. The flavor is conventional - with some carmelly, toffee-like. There is a little piny hop with some weak citrus and a little musk. There is some tinny bitterness. The mouthfeel is rather syrupy.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I preferred Baron when they brewed German beers exclusively. Their Three Skulls line of Anglo-American ales just hasn't measured up to their successes with German styles. Case-in-point is this lackluster IPA. Hop The Plank is clear yellow-topaz with strong carbonation supporting an admirable white head. It is more bitter than a regular pale ale, but as an IPA it's indistinct and in that sense, disappointing. The hops lay flaccid like wet leaves and the mouthfeel is astringent and taut.

If anything, this review is generous.

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Photo of sabinelr
3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to agree with the previous reviewer. Three Skulls is my kind of beer label. Takes me back to when my bud was making "The Yellow Dog's Beer" and "Shivering Timbers Beer," and I was distilling moonshine into a Rainier beer bottle. So I poured this out into my thrift store Mac & Jack's pint glass, and the first thing I noticed was how cloudy and sort of blah tan it was. Oh well, maybe a little stuff in my beer will give some character. Unfortunately, there is too much character and too much stuff in this beer. The bitterness is indeed too pronounced, and aggravated by the stuff suspended in the beer. But hey, I think it's better than Rainier, and you can't discount the 7%, and it isn't making me gag, so let's say it's average and don't pay premium for it. Three Skulls, keep at it and see how you do next time.

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Three Skulls Hop The Plank IPA from Baron Brewing
Beer rating: 2.88 out of 5 with 29 ratings