#182 Three Boys – IPA

Name: IPA
Brewery: Three Boys (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Style: IPA
ABV: 5.2%
Source: Waiheke Wines

It’s a funny thing. The first time I had this I wasn’t all that fussed – I thought it smelled a lot like feet, and compared to the Mash Up and Hop Zombie I had just drunk, it seemed a bit naff.

Now I’ve learned an important lesson. Don’t try and judge anything after you’ve had a Mash Up and  Hop Zombie, because aside from the fact that you’re barely sober enough to register actual flavours, they will bully any smaller beers into a corner.

I enjoyed this beer much more the second time around. It didn’t smell like feet (I still can’t explain that one), and on a fresh palate the flavours were much more pronounced

On the nose I got a lovely hoppy smell of grapefruit, flowers and pine resin, and a distinctive biscuity malt . In the mouth it was the same – predominantly citrusy and grassy hops, a light malt backing and a little grain, with a fairly bitter finish.

This is a bit like yesterday’s beer – a little more reserved than most of the IPAs we get over here, but also more quaffable at 5.2%. And do we like Quaffable? Yes. We. Do!

Published in: on February 8, 2012 at 4:32 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. I rated this quite highly when I first tried it (admittedly it wasn’t after a Hop Zombie) but since then I have picked a couple up from New World College Hill on seperate occasions and they have both been skunked. thumbs down, New World, thumbs down.

  2. Well Ralph doenst help matters with the green glass.

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