Third Eye P.A.
Steamworks Brewing Co.

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IPA - American
Ranked #6,853
Ranked #44,180
3.6 | pDev: 12.78%
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States
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Wasatch from Colorado

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a nice yellow color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice small off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

Apr 05, 2017
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Shippy from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a rich caramel color with a light beige head. Aroma has notes of caramel and citrus. Flavor is full and malty, with grapefruit and a mildly hoppy finish. Overall this is a rich and hearty pale ale. Maybe not a perfect representation of the style, but an enjoyable beer for sure.

May 10, 2016
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BWED from Colorado

2.64/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Auburn and hazy. Off white head doesn't stick around very well.

S- Caramel malt. Hop is dull, earthy, and a little piney.

T- Sweet, bready, and caramel. Hops are subdued, yet piney. Really malt forward.

M- Medium light body. Sweet wet finish.

O- Not great. Too malt forward.

May 05, 2016
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sb719 from Colorado

4.54/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer on tap at the brewery in Durango, but their third party brewer that brews and cans the beer for them is very inconsistent. The last six pack I bought of this has a diacetyl off aroma and flovor (buttery). Had the same thing with a batch of Steam Engine Lager, really a shame, it covers up the grapefruit aromas and flavor that I love. Bottom line, enjoy this one at the brewery if you get a chance, it's an outstanding beer. Here's to hoping Steamworks will get their own bottling line soon!

Nov 10, 2015
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StoneTSR from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Pretty orange color, bordering on being more yellow-ish or straw colored…definitely living up to the name Pale. A nice, frothy, off-white head has about a half-inch on the surface of the beer for a good 30 seconds. It then fades, slowly, into a micro-head, about one bubble thick, in the center of the glass with those frothy bubbles creating small slopes towards the edge of the glass.

SMELL: Piney and resinous with a touch of grass and a little citrus. Dank smell.

TASTE: Very herbal and earthy hop notes with a caramel malt to back it up. The caramel is pretty strong, but doesn’t detract from the big, earthy hops. Some grass and citrus get kicked around a bit on the palate, but the herbal hops run the show.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium carbonation, medium body a definitely on the dry side. The finish is bitter with a little more sweet towards the front. Goes down easy.

OVERALL: The earthy, herbal hop character is not what I was necessarily looking for, but it turned out to be a nice change of pace for me. This could be an excellent go-to throughout the summer, especially in the can.

Jul 02, 2015
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.81/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a golden orange color with a small, tan head of bubbly foam. It smelled of citrus, tropical fruits and toasted caramel. It tasted fruity and spicy with a nice burnt toast maltiness.

Mar 23, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is their IPA, and it's perfectly fine I suppose. But again, I don't go out of my way to get this style, and as such, I drank it in the sampler pack but wouldn't buy a 6-pack of it.

Sep 26, 2014
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can with a best by date of 1/11/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - a deep gold, plenty of bubbly carbonation; thick, foamy white head. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Smell - a kick of citrus hops, followed by some grass and pine.
Taste - certainly hop forward, not much balance. I enjoy this West Coast style approach to an IPA, so I enjoy this!
Feel - not very complex, really hop forward, but this doesn't have the outstanding bitterness that most top notch IPA's have.
Overall - this is a surprisingly good beer and at an affordable price! The convenience of having this available in a can is a plus!

Nov 15, 2013
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, from Tipsy's Liquor World in suburban Denver. Strange hermaphroditic imagery on the label - 'prying open my third eye'.

This beer pours a clear, medium copper amber hue, with three fingers of puffy, densely foamy off-white head, which leaves some decent spooky forest lace around the glass as things evenly subside.

It smells of somewhat bitter citrusy hops - grapefruit, orange, and lime - soft pine resin, a pastry-esque caramel malt, crystalline toffee, and a bit of floral booziness. The taste is mainly consistent - understatedly bitter mixed domestic citrus hops, buttery caramel malt, a hint of vanilla extract, a touch of pine needle - with some subdued perfumed alcohol warming sidling up against it all.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, and even a little underwhelming, the body a pleasant enough medium weight, and agreeably smooth, with a soft creamy twinge. It finishes off-dry, the hops sinking mostly away, while the caramel and toffee malt sweetness sits in a satisfying holding pattern.

BA calls this an IPA, the brewer calls it a pale ale - I'm inclined to sit right smack in the middle - and my scores are reflected thusly. Aside from classification pedantry, this is actually a pretty tasty ale - just bitter enough to offset the otherwise heady malt profile, and reserved in its overt elevated booze notes. I'm not quite delving into deeper consciousness just yet, but I'd imagine that after a few more of these, I'd at least have a good lock on a starting point.

Oct 25, 2013
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a deep golden color with orange hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very hoppy, a bit of citrus. Taste is big on hops, dry, considerable bitterness, some malts kicking in at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

Sep 11, 2013
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The visit to CANorado is really paying off as this one was on my Wants for quite some time

From the CAN: "Seek Enlightenment".

The Crack was uneventful and so I went with an inverted Glug for the first time in a while. This resulted in a mild pseudo-cascade and two big, puffy fingers of French Vanilla head with great retention. Nose was grapefruit and caramel and my mouth was watering. I was more anxious than an expectant father in the waiting room just before his first child. I still took the time to note its deep-amber color with NE-quality clarity. It was approaching copper, so I put SRM = 8. Love The Old Lady for hooking me up with a pocket chart. Mouthfeel was medium and the caramel sweetness came on fast, initially, but then the grapefruit of the hops unleashed itself and the assault was on! Man, I felt like a junkie getting a good fix, man. I have been drinking various and sundry styles of late, but as a hop head, I needs my hops, baby. Finish was mellow, like I had been drinking tea and CANtemplating my navel. My eye is opened!

Aug 07, 2013
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blakelive784 from Colorado

2.38/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz can served in a pilsner glass, reviewed live:

A - Pours a nearly transparent orange/copper color with a finger and a half of sticky, soapy, just off-white head. Retention is average. Generic.

S - Sweet, buttery caramel is dominant. Bland pale and crystal malts build the weak foundation. Very light floral hops. Incredibly simple. Mild in strength. Not really excited to try this one. Imbalanced on the nose.

T - Hops are more evident on the palate, but only contribute bitterness. Bland malt extract-like note throughout. Bitter on the finish. Sweet, basic malt and caramel destroy any balance. Simple and uninviting. Watery.

M - Thick. Watery.

M - Just....No. First beer I've had from the brewery and I won't be actively seeking out another. Poorly executed.

Mar 13, 2013
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LXIXME from New Mexico

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium, maybe bigger light tan head settles into a nice lacing above a clear copper golden colored beer that seems to be well carbonated.

Light citrus and floral hops aroma with just a tad bit of a grain malt coming through.

Nice hops bit with citrus, pine, and light floral aspects in the taste and again there seems to be just a tad bit of grain malts sneaking in.

A nice dry almost bittering aftertaste with just a hint of the hops taste on this medium bodied IPA.

A decent IPA, worth a try, although there are better IPA out there, not many come in cans that you can take tubing, to waterparks, etc. for that reason I give this a big thumbs up. Forget the Miller, Bud, etc. and grab some of these when heading out.

Oct 02, 2012
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4.63/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack of this on whim three years ago and wasn't impressed. Tried the remaining one that had been aging all that time and was BLOWN AWAY! Probably the best aging beer I've ever tried. Review based on three-year old version:

A: Standard pale ale copper with some nice sediment floating around.

S: Slightly, subtly floral.

T: Surprisingly creamy. Nice vanilla flavor with a smoothly bitter hop finish.

MF: Rich and malty for a pale ale.

O: Made me realize what I'm missing by not aging more beers.

Apr 06, 2012
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice can of pale ale in my book. pours a sticky looking sunset color with a small white head just floating there above the beer. smells great, plenty of fresh hops in the pine forest family type, touch of english malt aroma. flavor is pretty standard for a pale ale, bitter but syrupy in the finish and a lingering bitter hop aftertaste. feel i like a lot, sudsy in the mouth and expansive. overall a decent pale ale, but in the colorado market it doesnt stand out for me, price was fair though, and its sessionable despite its moderately elevated abv. good start to the evening

Feb 25, 2012
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rawfish from California

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a darker copper with a parchment paper white head reaches 2 inches before settling into a steady froth. Leaves cascading lacing on the glass.

Bright citrus hop character grapefruit and lemon very flashy over a sweet bread malt character not sticky at all. Addition of some sweet pear and apples in the aroma as well.

The flavor comes off as slightly bready with a good amount of grain husk and cereal. Citrus was only in the aroma, hop profile comes off as medicinal and slightly pine mixed with some vinous fruit, bitterness is very strong but has an after taste of oolong tea. Lingers nicely. Malt bill and hop variety are a bit off but the aftertaste and drying bitterness add to the refreshment.

Average body and carbonation, aftertaste lingers and dries well enough. Nothing really stands out, carbonation degenerates as the beer warms.

Standard pale ale fare though I am pleased that it comes in a can and that it's bold in the aroma and flavor, even if the taste is a little off the mark. Still can't shake the bitterness, lingers on forever and tastes of chalk and Chinese black tea.

May 23, 2011
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Rayek from Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Third Eye pours a bright amber into my Perfect Pint glass. The beer has leisurely carbonation and a light haze. A small eggshell cap slowly falls to a patchwork film. A bit of lace is left behind.

Pretty standard APA fare here. Lemon, grapefruit and pine ride on top of lightly toasted grain. The bitterness level is moderate and appropriate for the style. It lingers into the finish. In the mouth, the beer is medium-light and slightly oily. Overall, an OK APA.

May 18, 2011
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rsdaugherty from Colorado

3.27/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can into pint glass
A - Big 2 finger eggshell head, slightly hazy medium orange/brown coloring on the beer, relatively large bubbles
S - Quite robust hops and citrus control the doughy scent, surprisingly bold smell
T - Bready start transforms smoothly to a citrus to a bitter and a slightly sour finish. Almost like taking a bite of sourdough. Something seems to be off-balance.
M - Upper moderate to high carbonation works nicely to maintain the overall middle ground mouthfeel
D - I like it, but not that interested in another
A good beer that can be improved upon

Feb 25, 2011
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JoeAmerican77 from Colorado

3.14/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange and reddish puree, little to know head....

lemons, orange soda and something like cotton candy on the nose, interesting...

Tastes of ripe orange pulp, sweet and sour sauce, some garden vegetable and of course some medium strength medicinal hops

Very light body and medium carbonation, no real afterfeel besides the hops taste

I guess I could recommend this, it would be like my most average "Eye" pale ale, not great not bad.

Feb 25, 2011
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Mora2000 from Texas

3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma is caramel and toffee malt, with some pine mixed in. The beer smells a little bit like tea. The flavor is tea and caramel, along with some pine and earthy hops. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Decent, but nothing special.

Dec 10, 2010
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AEK from Wales

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml can poured into a Young's pint pot.

A. Deep red coloured beer with a huge white head.

S. Roasted malt, burnt fruit, the slightet hop tang.

T. Toasted malt, slightly hoppy.

M. Medium bodied.

D. A clean, smooth drinking beer, much better than its canned sibling Steam Engine.

Nov 17, 2010
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indiapaleale from Maine

3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - very, very bright orange in color with some darker shades and an inch of stark white head. The color of this beer when held to the light is truly impressive.

Aroma - sweet orange, caramel, toasted bread, pineapple juice and mango. Lots of tropical fruits and a good dose of maltiness. Not sure where the hops are just yet. Its not a hefty hop bomb as far as aroma is concerned.

Taste - sweet and tangy with a less pronounced hop flavor than I was expecting. Its got a lot of orange and pineapple juice notes along with some bitterness in the finish. Extremely soft on the palate with a nice caramel malt flavor that meshes will with the moderate hoppiness.

Overall - not every IPA is a tongue numbing, IBU bomb. Some are balanced and taste great as they are without pushing any limits. This is one of those beers. I could definitely enjoy a few of these without a problem.
Would I buy more of it? - sure, its a solid brew. Not the hoppiest canned IPA on the shelves but nothing I'd be ashamed to bring to the counter.

Aug 27, 2010
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birchstick from Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a pale copper with a nice head

S - smell is dominated by piney, bitter hops.

T - the taste closely follows the nose. Starts ff with a little bit of caramel malts that is soon dominated by some very bitter pine hops. I didn't realize this was an IPA until I reviewed it on here, but it makes sense.

M - creamy mouthfeel that goes down smoothly

D - this is a solid IPA - albeit, it could be a bit more balanced. This six pack went quickly after a day on the mountain...

Jul 23, 2010
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brownbeer from Missouri

3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A darker amber color with some disturbingly chunky sediment deposits lurking and sinking to the bottom. The nose is doughy and floral; perhaps not the freshest can I have here. I thought it was a pale ale when I wrote notes for this, I didn't know it's considered to be an IPA. So, in saying that it tastes like a weaker IPA, I guess I was right. Smooth throughout with a moderately bitter finish. Not life, or diaper, changing.

Jul 23, 2010
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Some doctors have claimed that hops are an antioxidant, a sleep-inducer with anti-inflammatory properties ... but are hops a way to enlightenment?

Two fingers of thick foamy head crowns the top of this orangey amber-colored brew, clean and clear. Pungent floral citric hop aroma let a little bread flavor malt and a house-yeast twang through and then goes fruity and estery. Epic smoothness within the medium body. Without even giving the taste buds a chance there is a quick and sharp sting of bitterness, hop flavor pummels with oily citric flavors. Grainy with a mild husk flavor, yeasty with a hard nutty flavor. Fruitiness clashes with the alcohol that brought it there, warming but clean. Hop flavor middle to end really tries to take over with that signature Cascade hop character--citrus anyone? Slow drying finish ends up nearly all the way clean.

Pushing the flavor envelope? Yes. Does it hurt drinkability. Yes. Will the hopheads enjoy this one? Why wouldn't they? Basically, if you love Cascade hops put this one on your list.

Jul 07, 2010
Third Eye P.A. from Steamworks Brewing Co.
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