Three Magnets Brewing

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  1. Erik-P

    Erik-P (0) Aug 19, 2013 Canada (BC)

    So im sitting here drinking an Old Skook by 3mag, which is freakin amazing by the way. Pretty much every beer i've had the chance to try by them has been really good. Judging by their BA average score of 4/5 others think so too.

    Question is, there isnt a whole lot of talk of them around. Are they too far out of Seattle? not big enough yet? is the hype coming? is it just me?! or should this thread be deleted as theres "nothing to see here" wink wink nudge nudge...
     
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  2. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington
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    Please make this thread go
    away. Methinks they're doing
    fine. Don't need our "help." :wink:
     
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  3. 66jzmstr

    66jzmstr (0) Jul 17, 2005 Washington

    Agreed. These guys are awesome. I've been snatching up bombers of Little Juice Smoothie Edition. So damn good.

    I hope these guys are succeeding well because 1) they deserve it, and 2) I really want to see what other deliciousness they can concoct.
     
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  4. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,725) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Just, exactly, what part of "nothing to see here, move along, no looky-loos" did you not understand?

    Damn kids these days, even after I explain about my grassy expanse, they still trod, willy-nilly, upon it.
     
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  5. crusian

    crusian (0) May 14, 2010 Oregon

    Drinking a triple ipa. Not bad
     
  6. itracy63

    itracy63 (0) Apr 20, 2013 Washington

    Yes, 3Mag is terrible. That is all.
     
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  7. rab53

    rab53 (0) May 1, 2005 Washington
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    I have sent a few bottles back to a trading partner in New England. Overall reviews have been so so.
    Personally, I find them well above average and try their stuff whenever I can get it.
     
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  8. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington
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    Nothing but awful
    and toxic beverages.
    Please look elsewhere, peeps. :slight_smile:
     
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  9. drone

    drone (0) Jun 17, 2013 Oregon
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    I just had Bigger & Juicier tonight, and it was fantastic. No bitterness, big tropical fruit and very light alcohol on the dumper. Really great stuff.
     
  10. woemad

    woemad (1,340) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    You're supposed to drink it, not put it on your dumper!
     
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  11. woemad

    woemad (1,340) Jun 8, 2003 Washington
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    Still haven't managed to try any of their beers despite theoretically having an Oly connection.
     
  12. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,725) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Yeah, I'm not understanding that either.
     
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  13. Moose90

    Moose90 (0) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    I have enjoyed every beer I've had from them, starting with their fresh hop beers that came in late last year. I hadn't known much about them at a that point, and didn't see more bottles until this spring. They do a great job with pales and IPA's, even their Maibock was quite good. I got the chance to stop into their spot in Olympia on a trip down to Portland and was really impressed. A really cool indoor / outdoor space with a compact brewing space and big main bar. I wish these guys continual success, now if I could just get their kegs on up here. . .
     
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  14. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer (0) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    i'm gonna paint with a broad brush here.

    people from new england don't know what's good unless the internet told them so already.
     
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  15. Erik-P

    Erik-P (0) Aug 19, 2013 Canada (BC)

    yea im heading down to portland next week and hoping the timing works out and ill be able to stop in and check em out in olympia for a bit
     
  16. drone

    drone (0) Jun 17, 2013 Oregon
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    My drunken synonym for back end, or finish as I think it's commonly referred to.

    I need to pick up a few bottles of Smoothie Edition, provided it's still hanging around.
     
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  17. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo (690) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    I'm certain someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but this is a regular offering is it not? I've definitely seen it around regularly enough.

    With that said, although I'm no New England fanboy, it isn't on par with the Trilliums and Night Shifts of the world (have never had Tree House so I cannot say ... though to me I'd drink SE any day over something like Heady Topper).

    Now if only Seapine could can Positron IPA ...
     
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  18. JasonJYoung

    JasonJYoung (0) Jan 7, 2015 Washington
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    Ha Ha, I hear you @EdwardAbbey.

    I think many would agree that relying on Yelp might not be the best idea, but Three Magnets receives tons of mixed reviews on everything from service, food, and their beer in Olympia. Me personally, I really like a lot of their stuff. Especially some of the darker beer options. Hard to go wrong when using Olympia Coffee Roasters.

    I recently started drinking the 'Little Juice IPA' (Smoothie Edition) and LOVE it!!!!!! Very easy to find in our region and prices aren't too bad.
     
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  19. distantmantra

    distantmantra (745) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Howard's Blend is the best thing they've done.

    I really like Three Magnets, been able to visit their taproom twice and enjoyed their beers around Seattle in bottle and on draft. Their fresh hops were great last Fall. Little Juice Smoothie is nice, but has way more bitterness than all the Tree House and Trillium beers from back east. Not that that's a bad thing.
     
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  20. drone

    drone (0) Jun 17, 2013 Oregon
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    Wasn't Smoothie Edition only just released in bottles? I recall it starting as a one-off that was then bottled and released, I didn't think it was a regular offering. If it is, that's great though.

    Positron looks delicious, will have to check that one out. I'm no NE fanboy either, and would much rather have a Sticky Hands/Hop Venom, but damn if it isn't fantastic on occasion.
     
  21. JasonJYoung

    JasonJYoung (0) Jan 7, 2015 Washington
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    Amen @distantmantra on Howard's Blend!!! Couldn't get enough of it. For a well hidden 12+% ABV beer, let's just say I learned a hard lesson attempting to be a big shot by killing two different bombers.

    I desperately want to try an East Coast IPA (Trillium or Tree House). If Little Juice has more bitterness than those......OMG! Especially considering a Midwest transplant still struggles a little with these West Coast/Pacific NW hoppy beers.
     
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  22. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo (690) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    Release date was April 30th, and I'm fairly certain there have been several different drops of it. Hopefully it is a regular, or at least rotating offer.

    Positron is my favorite of the hazy IPA's brewed locally. It's one of the few beers I can drink one after another and not want to switch to something else. In fact, once I have one it's very hard not to just session the hell out of it. Can't wait to get back to Seattle and grab some more.
     
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  23. distantmantra

    distantmantra (745) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    Unless they've changed it recently Positron isn't a hazy beer. Just looked at my Untappd checkin pic from the brewery in January and it's a super clean tasty IPA.

    Edit: Well look at that. They trubbed that fucker up a ton recently!

    The best examples of hazy IPAs from WA are UF's Best Laid Plans, 3M's Smoothie and various Structures IPAs. I've also heard that Powerhouse in Puyallup is jumping on the bandwagon with a hazy IPA, but I haven't had it yet.
     
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  24. EdwardAbbey

    EdwardAbbey (0) Jul 13, 2015 Washington
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    It's still hanging around at Chuck's 85th (as of a few hours ago) if you're Seattle-based.

    I, too, dream of the day that Seapine is able (and willing) to start canning or bottling their beer, including Positron, and especially because their stuff doesn't show up on draft nearly enough at the places I frequent. But, as with Boneyard, I'm not getting my hopes up. :slight_frown:
     
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  25. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo (690) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    It's been hazy every time I've had it, and I drank it a ton right up until I moved to Bellingham back in June. Also, IMO, it's better than any of the IPA's you've mentioned.
     
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  26. distantmantra

    distantmantra (745) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I didn't say anything about quality in my list. That's so weird about it being hazy. I looked at my checkin again and in January 2016 Positron looked liked your stereotypical clean golden IPA with solid hoppy bitterness.

    [​IMG]
     
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  27. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer (0) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    that doesn't look like a pint of positron.
     
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  28. distantmantra

    distantmantra (745) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    That's what I had, I'm super OCD/anal about checking in the right beer.
     
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  29. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer (0) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    i figured as much! this is the photo i took of the draft pour i had a couple weeks ago. looks like a totally different beer.

    [​IMG]
     
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  30. distantmantra

    distantmantra (745) May 23, 2011 Washington
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    I went back through all the pictures for it on Untappd, and there is a large cluster of clear amber looking Positron around the time I had it at the brewery. I'd be curious to know what was up with it back then.
     
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  31. TheBungyo

    TheBungyo (690) Dec 1, 2004 Washington

    Didn't you say that's from January? Not all that relevant since it was nearly 8 months ago. This is how it's looked every time I've had it and the pic is from April: [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
     
  32. ballardbeer

    ballardbeer (0) Nov 10, 2013 Washington

    pre-juice version = street cred through the roof
     
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  33. mactrail

    mactrail (1,250) Mar 24, 2009 Washington
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    Bigger and Juicier is kind of floatie-infested, I notice as I am about to gulp the last half a glass. Good, though.
     
  34. drone

    drone (0) Jun 17, 2013 Oregon
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    Weird about Positron. I noticed that recently about Eliot from Ex Novo. First time I had it, quite clear. Four pack I enjoyed this weekend was quite hazy. Not sure if it's a batch thing or a change of brewing process?
     
  35. JasonJYoung

    JasonJYoung (0) Jan 7, 2015 Washington
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    WTF! I never heard of Seapine Brewing. I'll be making a stop today at noon.

    In regards to the Little Juice Smoothie Edition, I read an article somewhere quoting the owner or head brewer at 3Mag stating their dislike for the hazy (New England) style IPA. Yet they are increasing production of the Smoothie Edition. Perfect example of listening to consumer demand vs personal biases. So funny how the blow-back towards this style is easing up a bit here in the Pacific NW.

    IMO, the harsh bitterness of some hoppy IPA's is main reason people struggle to adjust.

    BTW, saw Little Juice Smoothie at Chucks 85th, QFC (University), Thriftway, Metro Market, and Central Market over the weekend. Probably plenty of other places as well.
     
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  36. BBThunderbolt

    BBThunderbolt (1,725) Sep 24, 2007 Kiribati
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    Nope. I still think that they're IPAs for people who don't like IPAs. Although, that Star Ryeder I had at Skookum a few days ago was pretty damn fantastic. It had the look and body of a SunnyD beer, but still had had a nice NW bite to it. Also had both of Structures new opaque beers, Lhazy and Splash, a couple days ago. Splash didn't really hit my buttons, but the Lhazy was solid enough that I'll probably have it again.
     
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  37. John_M

    John_M (1,550) Oct 25, 2003 Oregon
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    Great Notion had most of their ipa portfolio on tap the friday I stopped by, and so I ordered the stash, melon, the peach and apricot version and the creamsicle. Granted, the creamsicle was mind blowing, but I ended not drinking most of the others. They certainly weren't terrible, but as seems to always be the case, I just couldn't stay interested em.

    I'll go back for the creamsicle any time they have it, but I don't need to ever drink any of their other "ipa's" I don't think.
     
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  38. Moose90

    Moose90 (0) Nov 25, 2012 Washington

    It is worth stopping in. Just go straight to the back of the space, or park in back if you can. Up front is an awesome little breakfast joint, but the brewery and tap room are all in the back. Pretty easy to get to and it isn't more than a few minutes off I5.
     
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  39. Ninjakillzu

    Ninjakillzu (0) Oct 5, 2015 Washington

    I just had a bottle of the Little Juice Smoothie Edition the other day and thought it was pretty good. Almost as good as Block 15's Intergalactic Hop Shop.
     
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