Monday, April 21, 2014

Schooner Exact Brewing Company - 3 Grid IPA

It's a keeper!
Plenty, plenty, PLENTY of magnificent IPA's are brewed right here in Stumptown. One could seriously argue that there's no reason to look outside the city limits of Portland for IPA's to drink. Of course, variety is the spice of life, and I like to consider myself a beer adventurer. Thus, when I spotted an IPA  in New Season's cold case, from Schooner Exact Brewing in faraway Seattle (joking), I had to give it a try.

Yes, Seattle is kind of like Portland's snooty, stuck up big brother, but we do have a few things in common: rain, clouds, rain, and a love of fine craft beer.

3 Grid IPA poured into my shaker pint a slightly hazy, orange/copper color with a bright, white head. The head rose up to almost a finger thick and dissipated at a moderate rate. Thin, webby lacing was left behind.

Aroma was big on citrus and pine right up front. Sweet malt way back there somewhere, but the aromatic, citrus and piney hops dominate the nose.

Taste delivers dank citrus and pine flavors that pile it on from the very first sip. Biscuity malt is more prominent in the taste than the aroma. Actually, very nicely balanced.

Medium mouthfeel with a bit of a chew to it. Good carbonation. No noticeable alcohol taste to this 6.4% ABV brew. Subtle hops and malt flavors left pleasantly behind on the palate.

All in all, this is a nice, nice Northwest IPA. I'd definitely buy it again. The Wonder Beagle loved the smell, so a Droolie is in order. I'm giving 3 Grid IPA a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4.


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