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Friday, August 27th 2010

Third Eye Pale Ale
(Steamworks Brewing Company)

Yet another canned IPA and from Colorado no less! Third Eye Pale Ale is one of three beers being canned by Steamworks Brewing Company. With Ska Brewing Company also being located in Durango it makes for one hell of a town to live in if you love craft beer in can! If you seek canned enlightenment you know where to go.


From the Steamworks Brewing site:

"Third Eye Pale Eye is one of our most heavily hopped beers, with a nice, light copper color. In the spirit of the super-hoppy English ales that originated in the early 1800’s, its larger grain bill produces plenty of residual sweetness."

Here we go...


Pour - very, very bright orange in color with some darker shades and an inch of stark white head. The color of this beer when held to the light is truly impressive.


Aroma - sweet orange, caramel, toasted bread, pineapple juice and mango. Lots of tropical fruits and a good dose of maltiness. Not sure where the hops are just yet. Its not a hefty hop bomb as far as aroma is concerned.


Taste - sweet and tangy with a less pronounced hop flavor than I was expecting. Its got a lot of orange and pineapple juice notes along with some bitterness in the finish. Extremely soft on the palate with a nice caramel malt flavor that meshes will with the moderate hoppiness.


Overall - not every IPA is a tongue numbing, IBU bomb. Some are balanced and taste great as they are without pushing any limits. This is one of those beers. I could definitely enjoy a few of these without a problem. 

Would I buy more of it? - sure, its a solid brew. Not the hoppiest canned IPA on the shelves but nothing I'd be ashamed to bring to the counter.

Note - Third Eye Pale Ale's can was printed using an innovated printing process from Ball called Eyeris®. Look for more cans going forward to utilize this method of printing to have more intricate designs and detail. You can see another example of this on Steamworks' Steam Engine Lager.  


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Third Eye Pale Ale
Style: American India Pale Ale
Brewery: Steamworks Brewing Company
Durango, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 12 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: Cascade
ABV: 6.5%
IBUs: 65
Date: August 27th, 2010

Posted by Russ

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