Three Nuns Ale | Castle Bay Irish Pub

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Castle Bay Irish Pub
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by ManekiNeko on 03-01-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 6 |  Reviews: 6
Reviews by Nutleybeer:
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the only house beer at Castle Bay. They do brew it themselves as well.

Pours with an incredibly, rich head. The bartender had to let it settle before finishing the glass off. A thick creamy head. Great lacing.

An amber-like ale, not overly hoppy, but just a bit of a hoppy bite. A smooth flavor from start to finish. There is almost a borderline sweetness to the taste. A real pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Micah_C
5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was the most amazing beer ever! Similar to a NEIPA way before its time.
I always swore Vincent put hawiian punch in it. So fruity, but not really sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Great head retention. Just a pleasure to drink.
I haven't had one in probably a decade, and my mouth still waters when I think about it.
As an aside- They once had a beer there for about a month called three monks. It was very similar to Sam Adams NEIPA, but about a thousand times better.

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Photo of sinistrsam
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a dark amber and left incredible lacing on the glass.
The smell was astonishingly, strawberry all the way. Lots of malt as well, but balanced and pleasant.
The taste was heavy on the sweet malts but had some fruit in there and mild hop presence. Very good.
The motuhfeel was very good; a good crisp sweetness up front, followed by a smooth almost tongue-coating sweetness in the aftertaste.
Overall very drinkable and a great beer.

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Photo of dickroop
3.56/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I stopped in at Castlebay, and the Three Nuns Ale was available - there was none for my last visit, so I was glad to be able to taste it.

I asked the bartender if Three Nuns was a pale ale, but he said no, it's a cream ale. It poured a dark straw color with a full one-finger head that was smooth, fine, and creamy, leaving abundant foaming rings. Quite a head really. It was served a little cooler that it should have been, IMHO.

There was hardly any aroma (sad to say). The taste was a very smooth blend of mild bitterness and mild pale malt. There wasn't any toasty flavor discernable, and there was a pleasant bitterness to the finish.

The mouthfeel was smooth and malt-sticky. It has a relatively light or medium-light body, and there's nothing that detracts from this brew. All in all, it was pleasant drinking, easy drinking but a bit boring. I always want it a little hoppier, and that's just not in this style.

Future reviewers: Take Note! You should rate this without regard to the stated style, as I believe it should be reclassified away from APA, which it most decidedly is NOT. I recommend this brew because of the easy pleasure of drinking it in its home location, but any hophead expecting an APA will be sorely disappointed. After reading the description of Cream Ale, I suspect it tracks pretty closely to that, though I am no expert w/ that style.

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Photo of Roderick
3.1/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off this was listed at my Liquor Store as being a pale ale and said nothing about cream ale which I have had bad experiences with.
It poured a golden wheat colored with a thin tan head and not much of an aroma to speak of.
Its easy to drink but the taste is odd to me with a bitter aftertastes and a hint of something metallic maybe?
I probably wont buy this product again but it could be a great beer to someone that appreciates the cream ale style.
Cost: 6.99 to fill up my growler.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on-tap at Castle Bay Irish Pub in Annapolis, Maryland.
Appearance: A dark gold not too transparent body with not to much had, a decent amount of lacing and ok retention. Bright white head.
Smell: Well blended, but high and the malt side.
Taste: Well blended, not much alpha hops, but pretty malty also.
Mouthfeel: Nice rigidity and crispness.
Drinkability: All and all it was ok, if I was asked the style without previously knowing it, I wouldn't have guessed APA, but it isn't too far from style.
Don't drink and review.

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Three Nuns Ale from Castle Bay Irish Pub
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 6 ratings