Wednesday, October 29, 2014

3 Daughters Bimini Twist IPA

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1206) - Albany, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Of 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 not impressive.

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. 
Grade: 5/10

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