Third Eye P.A. | Steamworks Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Steamworks Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 02-26-2005

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Ratings: 174 |  Reviews: 118
Reviews by Moose90:
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3/5  rDev -16.2%

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Photo of brownbeer
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice honey color and citrusy smell immediately readies the senses for a great IPA sampling experience. The lacing is consistent and has good stamina to the bottom of the glass. Unfortunately all of the attractiveness of this beer is not held up much past its good looks. The beer leaves me with a dry and bitter after taste, the dryness is my single greatest pet peeve that I just can't get over. The flavor is not as complex as many IPAs I've sampled already this spring. The citrus notes fly solo with very few floral notes. Of course the hops and alcohol are there, but they just seem out of whack. Overall the beer is not bad, it's just not what I would consider to be the crème de la crème of available American IPAs (as it's price tag may have suggested).

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of blackearth
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Whole Foods in Milwaukee, WI. Pours a bright golden body with a white head and excellent lacing. Aroma is a good hit of piney hops. Light bodied and crisp, this beer has a very light malt character and medium sized hop aftertaste. Just what I like from a Pale Ale; a good amount of hop aroma and flavor without the round-house kick to the tongue.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 8/06. Pours a clear golden amber with a fluffy off white head that retains well and laced the glass.

The aroma is bready malts and floral (slighlty fruity) hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts and some citrus with a decent bitter hop finish. It's a bit astringent and metallic though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall, a decent IPA. It would be very good if not for some off flavors. It's definitely the best beer I've had from Steamworks.

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Photo of Billolick
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of warriorsoul
4.02/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Real excited to see this one in my hands...very cool looking bottle.
Pours a clear, golden bronze color w/ almost a full finger of white head...disappears too quickly and has almost no lace.
Aroma is decent...a nice floral hop in the nose, some malt mixed in w/ a slight detection of alcohol.
Taste is nice...much more bitter than I was expecting. You know how you can sometimes smell the bitterness...not with this one, but it really hits you on the pallet and lingers there for a bit. This may be due to the thai food I had...very complementing.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin but the carbonation is perfect. I'm not tasting that alcohol just yet but it does warm you up at 7% ABV.
Real glad I have the chance to enjoy this bomber...will go down quite easily.
Thanks absolutesites for this one...did not disappoint one bit.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of sgttibbs
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into a pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow with a bit of copper-tinged darkness to it. Moderate carbonation to the top, a smidge of spotty lacing and bright white, fairly quickly dissipating head.

Smell: A lot of malt sweetness, almost orange marmalade in its sweetness, along with some honey, and mild, rooty earthiness. This is an IPA and not a Pale Ale?

Taste: More sweetness than I'd expect in both a Pale Ale and an IPA, though it's not necessarily overly sweet. There's a bit too much honey and candied citrus, though, to make it lip-smacking, and the citrus and hop acid is maybe a bit too toned-down for me.

Mouthfeel: Seems a bit thick and heavy on the sweetness end, or thicker than I expected, maybe due to some honey if it's actually added, which it seems like it is. A decent burst of carbonation saves it from being overly cloying or super sticky at the end.

Drinkability: A sessionable brew, if a bit heavy on the sweetness, and you really can't sense any discernible alcohol at 6.5%, which is a good thing. Would be refreshing in the summer. I'm not sure I'd be thrilled to go back to it, but I could drink it again, especially if I'm looking for a kind of brew within the style that isn't super heavy on the hops.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at a Mexican restaurant in the airport in Denver.

A - A really unique bottle depicts a meditating alien guy. Pretty cool, if a bit cheesy. The brew is amber/copper and clear with a on finger khaki head that drops to a thin wispy haze and a thicker collar. Leaves a lot of nice webby lace on the pint glass.

S - Big time grapefruit and pine needles. Definitely a American Northwest style IPA with big pine forest alpine notes. This one is labeled as a pale ale, but one sniff gives it away as an IPA for sure.

T - Big bitter and astringent grapefruit hops with a tropical fruitiness that reminds me of Hawaiian Punch in a way. Nice hops, but it's not really supported by a malty base as an IPA should be. Good stuff nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied with some lively carbonation and lots of oily hop residue. Very astringent and dry.

D - A really nice IPA. I've never actually heard of Steamworks, but after trying their kolsch and IPA I'm quite impressed. Towards the end of my meal, I was suffering from a bit of pepper sauce overload, and the spicy and bitter hop oils only moved the hot stuff around in my sinuses and exacerbated my pain. I thought that a spicy IPA would be a good beer to stand up to some killer hot sauce, but I was wrong! As much as I loved this beer, I had to wash the spice down with another mellow kolsch before my eyes stopped watering.

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Photo of brokentee
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.14/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, under a hundred bif

appearance: poured into an imperial pint, copper-orange body, creamy beige cap with decent retention

smell: caramel malt, virtually no hops on the nose, fallen leaves and other rustic earthy aromas

taste: not an IPA, certainly not by american standards...the hop level is extremely minimal and completely outplayed by a spicy caramel malt presence and earthy fall flavors

mouthfeel: medium body, a touch syrupy

drinkability: ok

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Photo of prototypic
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JDV for providing this extra. I would never have ran across this one otherwise.

Appearance: It's very clear and light amber in color. The head is a foamy ivory color that is about a finger deep. Retention and lacing both leaned toward average.

Smell: Wow. Is that orange juice? Orange Julius? The orange aroma is strong and permeating. Frankly, it's perhaps the most interesting smell I've ran across in a beer in a long, long time. There are secondary citrus fragrances present (grapefruit and pineapple). Hops are light and barely noticeable. Caramel malts finally emerge and provide a slight bump in the sweet factor. Very light yeasty aroma is present toward the end.

Taste: It's citrusy sweet. The orange flavor really dominates the citrus element. Caramel malts add a little more sweetness to the mix. Hops are very light and seem to be floral and a little grassy. The piney hops are clearly not present here. It's very uncharacteristic of the American IPA style. Hops are far too faint and it lacks the bitter punch it really needs. It's much more malty in character than it should be.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light to medium bodied. It's a little thinner than it should be. Its carbonation doesn't offend me, but it's far from spectacular. It goes down easy enough, but it does have just a slight watered down feel to it. Drinkability is pretty limited. It's just not quite good enough to warrant further exploration. Overall, it's just okay. Not something I'd seek out again. That being said, this could be dramatically improved with a generous infusion of hops coupled with a toning down of the orange factor. Simply my two cents for future reference.

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Photo of tempest
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a can from Princeton Liquors. It appeared hazy amber and was foaming out the can. I thought it might be old, but the hops still smelled fresh. This beer ws big on pineapple hops with resiny, oily hop undertones. Unfortunately, the malt backing smelled and (I assume) tasted like dog food. Otherwise, this was an enjoyable pale ale.

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Photo of PretzelCity
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours honey to amber with a 3 fingers+ offwhite head. Great lacing & head retention

Smell: Huge citrussy/piney notes up front & then some fruitiness

Taste: Piney hops, followed by citrus hops, folowed by floral hops! Frutiness finally fights through & then a dry hoppy finish

MF: Slightly oily with good carbonation

Pretty drinkable, too hefty to drink all day. This is a nice little gem that will probably not see much daylight out side the southwest, but that's okay, more for me! Hopheads & IPA fans will totally dig this...

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Photo of jtnord
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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