Three Lions
Real Ale Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,636
Ranked #16,504
3.93 | pDev: 7.63%
Real Ale Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Very Good
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 97 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter
Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed orange-yellow color with a one finger head of white foam. The head as a modest retention, fading to leave a bit of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is big of tropical fruit sweetness of tangerine, mango and papaya. Along with these smells comes some notes of a grapefruit and herbal hop smell as well as a touch of a grass.
Taste – While the nose was tropical fruit heavy, the taste was surprisingly not. Instead the taste began with a rather strong cracker malt taste that had a decent showing of grapefruit hop mixed within. Along with these tastes comes some flavors of pine and herb as well as a little bit of caramel sweetness. As the taste advances to the end some light tropical fruit flavors that were detected in the nose finally come to the tongue, and with a little bit of a lemon taste one is left with a somewhat dank but smooth taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the medium side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. For the danker hopped taste and the more substantial abv the feel is quite nice and makes for a slow, but easy sipper.
Overall – A rather tasty IPA that isn’t super tropical fruit and citrus heavy. This is more my style and one I will certainly come back to more often.

Dec 22, 2019
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Golden color with white head. Smells of grapefruit. Medium feel. Tropical fruit flavors with some earthy pine resin. A good mix of hop flavors.

Oct 19, 2019
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tracycramer from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, not heavy, the lemon only comes through minimally for me, which I love. Nice kick. I return to this regularly as we are uncommonly blessed in Austin, Texas with many fine beers from Real Ale and others.

Feb 03, 2019
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KevinReddirt from Texas

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First time today with Three Lions. 22 oz bomber from HEB. Head is as big as you pour it. Nice lacing as it goes down. Unsurprising yellow body. Decent but not outstanding, piney with some lemon. Actually not bad at $5.99. Thanks Real Ale. Big fan.

Jun 07, 2018
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Mortuus_Sonos from Texas

3.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three Lions manages to hit the trifecta of having a great price point (>$5.00 for a bomber), solid taste (this coming from someone who’s not an IPA fan), and respectable abv (8.0%). I can walk out of my local Kroger with one of these and a sixer of Hamm’s or PBR tallboys for just over $10, so it’s become my go-to casual craft beer. I can’t tell you about appearance, aroma, or head lacing, as I’m a philistine who drinks it straight from the bottle, but I can tell you about the taste. Being brewed with three varieties of hops (Simcoe, Amarillo, and Lemondrop), I initially expected this to be a bitter, resin-y clusterfuck. Surprise surprise, this is actually an incredibly well balanced Imperial IPA. Lemon hops and pine hit the palate first, but just when you’re thinking it will get bitter, there is a hint of pepper, followed by some sweet, bready malt, with just a hint of bitterness on the finish. Very nice. I’m sure the quadruple IPA hophead freaks won appreciate Three Lions, but the rest of us will.

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Jun 28, 2017
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puck1225 from Texas

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Cloudy yellow with a nice head and lacing. Fruity sweet smell. Citrus taste with a sweetness that tones down the slight bitterness. Good beer!

Feb 27, 2017
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

$ 6.05 (Including tax)/bomber ($ 0.275/oz) at Spec’s in Shertz, TX
BB Oct 24, 2016, at 42 degrees into a hand washed and dried JK snifter
Aroma – hint of malt, citrusy
Head average (Maximum 3.2 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to a two mm ring and partial heaped frothy layer
Lacing excellent – wide bands of tiny to small bubbles
Body – orange, clear
Flavor – odd. Malty with citrusy notes I can’t identify – not really lemon but kind of like Lemon Pledge; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, slightly oily, lively carbonation

An average DIPA that is priced correctly. One and done.

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.5

Aug 30, 2016
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HardTarget from Texas

3.48/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bomber, Oct. best by date sampled in Aug.

Appearance: Deep golden orange body shows some depth of color and clarity. White foam drops to a thin spotty cover and laces the glass.

Aroma: Sugary malt sweetness cut by a perfumed hop. Hops are earthy, pine, and some bitter citric skin. Alcohol wafts off this pretty firmly.

Taste: Candy sweet base clashes with bitter angry hops while alcohol splashes from the impact. Both the hops and the base are too far afield for my tastes, and the hops go more bittering than aroma.

Mouthfeel: Heavy body, chewy, oily, low carbonation.

Overall: Big bruiser here. It's like an over hopped Sisyphus. That sounds like a good thing, and it is, but it's a conflict of extremes that don't compliment each other well. A slow sipper, I'll get some enjoyment out of this but it's not my cup of tea.

Aug 14, 2016
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Wayne17 from Texas

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

I was very excited about this one for many reasons. First off the rest of this 22oz bomber series are fantastic. Black Quad, Commisar, Red King, all excellent especially for the price (~$5.00 each) I saw Simcoe, Amarillo, and Lemon Drop hops and very even more excited. But this really fell flat for me in 1 particular aspect, which was the malt. Sadly Texas is known for "balanced" IPA's and this fits right in there. Big bready malt really distracting me from enjoying the tropical/floral/citrus from the hops. I wondered if my bottle was a little old but they had literally just been shipped out of the distributors warehouse and should have been mega fresh. I'll gladly buy the other 22oz offerings again but this one was a one and done.

Jun 03, 2016
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vickersspitfire from Texas

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This is a nice golden color, almost copper towards the middle, the head is thick, white and creamy. Very dense lacing.
Smell: apples, grapefruit, lemon rind and hops.
Taste: Hoppy and full of fruity flavors, grapes, apples lemons, grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Clean, medium bodied, semi-dry and light phenol aftertaste with a hint of alcohol too.
Overall: Clean, easy to drink for an IPA and has some good hop representation, a must try for any Real Ale fan.

Jun 02, 2016
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Tuck_leepulin from Texas

4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber with best by date of Feb 2017.

Pours a clear golden with 1/2 finger of head and plenty of lacing. Smell is of citrus and grapefruit. Taste is full of citrus and lemon grass with some bread notes in the finish. Full-bodied with a clean finish. Overall an outstanding value for a solid DIPA with plenty of new-school citrus notes.

Jun 01, 2016
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tprinzing from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange with a two-finger head which dissipates fairly quickly into a thin head. Leaves a medium amount of lace on the glass. Smells nice and hoppy. The taste was pretty nice citrus flavor that makes me think of lemons and grapefruit. It is a very smooth DIPA. I will definitely be buying this one again!

May 15, 2016
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Sak3 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Tonight I drank my bottle on a quick whim of the moment. Unlike several previous occasions where I have poured the brew into a glass and have observed the color under a light. Tonight I just poured it into a glass to see the color and then put it down the hatch for my own enjoyment.

The color appeared to be deep but not pitch black.

The smell was a smell of strong alcohol.

The taste is a very quick bite that is certainly appealing to my taste buds.

Overall, I feel that this is a fine beverage that can be enjoyed by us all.

Apr 07, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Saturday night bottle share. Everyone was screaming for some malt after a parade of sours, so this one fit the bill. Medium amber body with fluffy head, citrusy hoppy aroma and taste. Didn't disappoint.

Feb 21, 2016
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Can_has_beer from Texas

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

Pours a hazy orange with a small white head. The aroma is citrusy and slightly waxy. It tastes pretty great. For $5.50 a bomber this is a great value. I'll definitely pick this up on the reg.

Jan 03, 2016
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L0ne from Texas

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

22oz bottle, fresh.

Pours a hazy orange, with a couple fingers of creamy head. Fairly mellow, but in the best possible way. Super smooth and drinkable. Hoppy (citrus/floral/tropical) without much bitterness at all.

If you're looking to destroy your palate, this is not one one. But for a juicy, hoppy, easy to drink IPA, it'd hard to beat.

Oct 11, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: At first pours a turbid, almost opaque yellow/orange color. Though surprisingly almost entirely clears up after a little bit, with just a bit of haze. Not sure if I have seen that before? Anyway, a dense, bone white head forms with excellent retention and rings of lace.
S: Perfume like hops. With berries, lemon, and citrus hops burst out of the glass at first. Pale malts, and even a bit of doughy malts come through, but very light. Finishes with more tropical fruits and citrus.
T: Again, very juicy up front. A lemon/lime juicy hop flavor, maybe a touch soapy. Very slightly sweet malts in the middle. A peppery spice kicks around after a bit of sweetness as well. Finishes, again on the juicy tropical fruit side. There is a bitterness here that continues to build as it warms.
M/O: A full body that is not overly viscous or resiny. Crisp, but ultra smooth carbonation. Well balanced for the most part. Well done and enjoyable to drink. The bomber is gone in no time.

Well balanced, with not a huge amount of an overly bitter finish. Tons of juicy hop character, and an all around well made DIPA. A welcome addition to Real Ale's year round offerings.

Oct 03, 2015
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Jugs_McGhee from Texas

2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Yellow-orange label. Branded black pry-off crown cap. 22 fl oz. BB: May 13 2016.

Served cold into a snifter. Expectations are above average given the brewery and release format. Reviewed live as an imperial IPA per the label.

8.00% ABV. Unfiltered. Unpasteurized.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 15 second retention. White colour. Recedes too quicky to note its characteristics. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Unfiltered, obviously. Though not hazy. Orange-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible within.

It's a nice albeit typical appearance for an imperial IPA. Not unique or special looking within its style, but appropriate.

AROMA: Vague citrus, faint onion/garlic, mild resins, pale malts, some caramalt. Grapefruit. Tangerine flesh.

Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests an imperial IPA with a decent hop profile. No yeast, off-notes, or booze is detectable.

TASTE: Resins, citrus from tangerine, pale malts, onion from the Simcoe, zest. Balance isn't quite dialed in, but it's decent, with no naked hop bitterness. Build is within style conventions, but doesn't impress. Averate duration, intensity, and depth of flavour. The hop profile could be better.

Average complexity and subtlety for the style. I do like it for what it is, but while it's cohesive it never comes across as a gestalt whole. Could use some work. The rindy bitterness throws it out of whack in the third act.

No off-notes, overt booze, or yeast is detectable.

TEXTURE: Medium to full-bodied. Unrefreshing. Adequate thickness and heft. Smooth and wet. Overcarbonated.

Doesn't feel custom-tailored specifically to this flavour profile, doesn't elevate the beer as a whole, doesn't accentuate specific notes. There's no harmony/marriage of texture and taste.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, scratchy, or chewy. There is some alcohol warmth, though, which reduces drinkability.

OVERALL: Enjoyable enough for an imperial IPA, but the balance isn't quite there yet and it won't impress the discerning drinker. This will scratch your imperial IPA itch and it's well within style conventions, but it's not memorable. Decent but not great work from Real Ale.

C (2.93) / AVERAGE

Oct 01, 2015
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle Best Before 12-14-1018 (poured 4-29-18)
Revisiting this beer for the first time in a while.
Fruit flavors and aromas described below are ripe.
Sticking with the rating below from 2015...tasty and easily my favorite Real Ale IPA (over Axis and Lost Gold).

Hazy, opaque orange-gold color - pours a 1" white head with decent retention and lacing.
Lots of sweet malt and citrus (orange/lemon) fruit in the nose.
Sweet and fruit (citrus and maybe tropical) up front follow the nose and then smash of bitterness late.
Big mouth feel, medium carbonation and some prickly heat.
Big, big, big, and tasty DIPA and has been noted previously a real value @ $6-$7 a bomber.

Sep 27, 2015
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twiggamortis420 from Texas

4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber pours an opaque orange with a modest cap of off-white head. Fair retention and really nice lace.

Ooooh, this is nice. Tropical fruit and citrus with maybe a bit of pine. Malts are biscuity and light and pretty much leave everything to the lupulin. Mybe even a little wild onion as it warms.

Taste is a fantastic blend of hop flavors....pretty much everything from lemongrass to papaya to lime peels. Malt shows a little backbone with some bready sweetness and mild toast. This is well rounded and tasty. Very impressed with this one from Real Ale.

Sep 26, 2015
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tpgraham from Texas

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Finally found a bomber of this and picked it up for about $6. Poured in to a standard shaker pint glass. I was sold at the first sip. This is a fantastic, highly drinkable, and refreshing Imperial IPA. I will be buying this regularly. God help us if they ever move this to 6 or 4 pack cans/bottles.

Highly recommended. Very unique flavor.

UPDATE 03/29/2016--
Grabbed a bomber with an Oct 2016 best by date. It is March so how could I resist. In expected fashion, Real Ale continues to shine and put out amazing beers. That is all!

Sep 24, 2015
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ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden yellow/orange with a creamy chalk white head. good retention and lacing.

S: piney, resinous, tropical fruits, juicy

T: tons of tropical fruits. mango. orange. sweet malt backbone is very present on the finish. nicely balanced. alcohol is well hidden

M: nicely carbonated. crisp.

O: delicious beer at a great price poitn.

Sep 20, 2015
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brurevu from Texas

4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Legit Double IPA from Real Ale. Best By May 13, 2016?? At $6 a bomber its hard to beat. Poured an opaque deep golden to amber with a substantial white head. The aroma was full of orange citrus and sweet malt. The taste followed the nose with heavy citrus hops that road atop a heavy malt backbone. There was a sharp almost piney bitterness on the tail end that left a lingering impression on my palate between sips. While not a tropical citrus hop monster that is all the rage it was a solid and hoppy Double IPA that will get frequent revisits in my rotation.

Sep 05, 2015
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pnelting from Texas

4.23/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I dig this one. Deep amber color, full off white head, and lots of lacing. Citrus nose and the taste follows with a good malt backbone. Mouth feel is on the sticky side but it works. I'm happy to see a solid DIPA from Texas.

Sep 03, 2015
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Grack_Attack from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Solid DIPA from Real Ale. $6 22oz bomber. Pours orange/yellow with a slight haze. A good bit of yeast in the bottom. A nice nose, lemon and other citrus. Not as huge as other DIPAs but pleasant. Flavor is simialr to nose, lemon citrus. Nice malt backing, not overly malted, very good balance. Dry finish. This is one of Real Ale's best brews, I see why it made the jump form brewer's cut series to year round status. I'll grab more of this when I want to a local Texas DIPA.

Sep 01, 2015
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 97 ratings