Friday, May 20, 2016

3 Magnets Brewing Big Juice

Beer Name: Big Juice
Brewery: 3 Magnets Brewing (Olympia, WA)
ABV: 9.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $8.31 for a 22 oz. bottle

Date Bottled: March 28, 2016
Date Purchased: April 9, 2016
Date Opened: April 16, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer. One of their Flagship beers.
IBUs: 100

What's on the Bottle: "This double IPA is big and juicy. Brewed with three pounds of hops per barrel, tastes of tropical fruit and pine resonate. Clean and drinkable, this ale has just enough malt to set the stage for a pleasant alpha acid experience. In 1898, Sir Ebenezer Howard wrote the good Garden Cities of To-Morrow, in which he took aspects of Town living and Country living to create the concept of a utopian city that lives harmoniously with nature (Town-Country). Three Magnets Brewing celebrates his way of thinking, which is exemplified in the Pacific Northwest with our close connections to nature, commitment to sustainable living, abundance of quality meats and fresh seafood, and embracement of community supported agriculture."

Where distributed: As of April 2016, I believe that 3 Magnets Brewing ships just to the Pacific Northwest. I know they are at least found in Oregon and Washington. See if 3 Magnets ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head. Some lacing left on the glass. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Light tropical citrus, malty and piney notes. 4/5

Taste (40%): Dank upfront, fairly high octane blast that lingers throughout the drinking experience. Tropical punch comes in mostly on the aftertaste (orange, grapefruit, pineapple). If Little Juice IPA had a big brother, it would be this beer. With a name like this, I hoped for more tropical presence in this one. Likely a bit too much octane for me after having Little Juice. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Alcohol certainly lingers around here. 4/5

Overall (20%): A good Double IPA. Quickly learning that 3 Magnets is not shy about wanting dankness in its IPAs. Definitely your Northwest-style IPA in terms of hoppiness. I had noted Little Juice had those Double IPA qualities at 65 IBUs, and this one brought even more kick. It may take a few IPA lovers for a ride on the Dank Train. If you want to get knocked over while drinking a Double IPA, this might be your go-to beverage. Here, I'd probably have some struggles drinking the rest, but it would get done. 3.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 3.875/5

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