course every new brewery is going to make a bold IPA, why wouldn’t
they? But if you’re going to make a brew of the style and sell it in
cans, you need to come correct. 3 Daughters Bimini Twist IPA definitely
delivers as an IPA with strong bitterness, but it doesn’t have much else
going for it. It’s a simple and direct palette that’s drinkable, but
I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Jesse for the can!
Appearance: Dark orange/brown hue, opaque. Pours to a small, beige, soapy head which laces and retains relatively well.
Smell: Strong hop presence, almost candy-like (especially butterscotch). Not especially appealing, though.
Taste: The first thing I notice about this beer is its raw bitterness.
Since it’s an IPA, that’s to be expected. However, there’s a difference
between bitterness and actual hop flavor and what it has in abundance of
the former, it lacks in the latter. Intense dry bitterness with a
slight Caribbean character of coconut and some kind of spice. It’s
reminiscent of a Cigar City brew, but not nearly as good. There’s a
strong malty presence as well; mostly caramel and butterscotch, though I
wouldn’t describe this beer as sweet or balanced, exactly. I get some
dank resiny character on the finish, almost twangy like a beer brewed
with sorghum or malt extract. It’s not bad per se, and with some
tweaking I could see this being more than just passable.
Drinkability: As a veteran IPA drinker, I didn’t have too much trouble
getting through 3 Daughters Bimini Twist IPA. I will say that the
intense bitterness does take some getting used to. The actual mouthfeel
is fine – not sticky or chewy – with a slightly crisp body. The hops
linger and dry out the palate, though. At 7% ABV it’s got the chutzpah
it should have for the weight, but not the refined taste.