TheRealMGD (549) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - DEC 22, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Cask @ Parkway Tavern & tap @ SE Tasting Room, Top of Tacoma and Red Hot. Golden orange, slightly hazy pour. Short but enduring off-white head that leaves a dense lace. Grassy hop nose and middle fading to a shortish citrus finish. Chewy medium body with low carbonation and a solid maltiness and strong rum flavor underlying the middle and finish. Balanced towards bitter, but sweet and umami are not ignored, as it should be in an IPA. This ale develops as you drink it - what more could one ask for! A pint from a fresh keg at Top’s revealed the 3 Grid to be a solid, balanced IPA with scads of pleasant hop flavors. Very sessionable, unlike too many West Coast IPAs.
mcberko (5213) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Bottle, pours hazy golden orange with a big white head. Aroma is quite piney, with caramel, grapefruit and citrus hops. Flavour matches this almost exactly, with very pronounced piney flavours. Very well done.
raphael (830) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark yellow, no head, on tap at some Irish place in Wallingford. thin in the mouth. woodsy aroma of modest strength. tight flavor balance, slight citrus, mild caramel. an IPA for those a little scared of IPAs. cleanly done, but light on substance.
presario (4521) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 2, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Brouwer’s. Dark amber beer. Hoppy aroma. After a Full Sail LTD 3 this is one in your face beer by comparison. Flavour is more woody than citrus leading me to think Amarillo over the C’s but still working on picking them out. I need a hop guide in my pocket with the notes book.
jerich01 (16) - USA - JUN 5, 2010
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
At the brewery. This is an IPA that I’d match with food - too many brewers are now making "doubles" or beers with so much hop complexity they can’t match with anything else. Not so here, paired with a strong cheese, cheddar or brie even, this is the perfect appetizer beer. My next adventure, pairing this against something spicy, like Buffalo wings...
Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - MAY 10, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2010 Cask @ Parkway Tavern & tap @ Top of Tacoma. Golden orange, slightly hazy pour. Short but enduring off-white head that leaves a dense lace. Grassy hop nose and middle fading to a citrus finish. Chewy medium to heavy body with low carbonation and a solid maltiness and strong rum flavor underlying the middle and finish. This ale develops as you drink it - what more could one ask for! A pint from a fresh keg at Top’s revealed the 3 Grid to be a solid, balanced IPA with scads of pleasant hop flavors.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2011
Name: Exact 3-Grid
Brewery: Schooners Grille & Brewery
Date: September 04, 2009
Source: Brouwer’s, Seattle
Appearance: opaque burnt orange, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma, lots of earthy hops
Flavor: sweet malt flavor, caramel sweetness, well balanced earthy hops, touch of grassyness, nice bitterness leaves a long bitter finish
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Score: **+ /4
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 21, 2009 Pours orange with a foamy white head. Aroma is grass, earth, citrus, and some malt sweetness. Flavor is toasty grain malts and pine, grass, and citrus hops. Finish is bitter but not harsh.
gracefullypunk (667) - Oregon, USA - SEP 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap during Hopfest at Brouwer’s. Pours a yellow gold with nearly no head and not much lace. Aromas of florals, sugar and bubble gum. Taste is citrus and finishes very bitter.
carruthm (1399) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brouwer’s Hopfest ’09. Light cloudy orange with a light covering of a head. The aroma was grapefruit and floral hops. Flavor was smooth with a light tingle bitter finish.