Dropped into The Fur Shop to have a beer with a friend (click here to see review on the bar). I ended up having a few beers from their great regional selection of craft beers. I sat down at the bar next to my buddy and ordered without looking at the menu: Craft, IPA, Regional Brewery, Draft. The beer handed to me was Roughtail Brewing Company’s 3rd Anniversary Imperial/Double IPA.
3rd Anniversary is a West Coast style Double IPA brewed with Blood Orange and Grapefruit puree, Citra, Galaxy and El Dorado hops. It’s big, dry, and bitter with a refreshing citrusy aroma and flavor.
- 7.8% ABV
- 90 IBU
- 8 SRM
- Hops: Warrior, Citra, El Dorado & Galaxy
Note: If you are a home-brewer (all grain) visit their website for a recipe, nice touch.
When I ordered I didn’t realize that I was getting a limited release IPA. I figured it out when I told the name and felt glad I had a chance to taste it before it was gone. Appearance it had a cloudy golden/hazy color. The head was white and dissipated quickly for me. The carbonation was good throughout the drinking of the beer. As expected very little malt flavor. A good bitter for the Double IPA beer and drinkable. Well hopped with the taste of fruity undertones upfront along with a dry hop bitter finish. Just so you know a Double IPA is an American beer that focuses on ramping up the hops to 11.
I think the fruity undertones is where it fell down for me. The slight taste of grapefruit is what made it average. I don’t generally like grapefruit as a flavor. Don’t get me wrong it didn’t overpower the beer or make it undrinkable to me. I did enjoy it, but it was more of just an OK beer, nothing markedly special. That is why I gave it a 3.5 out of 5. I know a lot of other people give it higher marks. So if you would like to add your own review comments below please do so.
Nice to have a limited brew/release available on draft at a local bar. Granted from the regional breweries we should and do have these options when paying attention. As for Roughtail’s 3rd Anniversary Ale, a Double IPA, I liked it as a good drinkable beer. I am happy that I got to drink it before it is gone. Would I drink something else if two equally rated beers were available, Yes.
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