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RATINGS: 53   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.28   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 72   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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East coast vs west coast...a battle that has been waged for years in many forms. Now there arises a brew that strives to unite the two sides. This IPA bursts with an inviting hop aroma in conjunction with a carefully selected monastic yeast strain. It delivers unexpected, yet delectable flavor. Case closed?

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
jrallen34 (3487) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2011
bottle... hazy medium gold, a bit of orange, nice head, off white, good retention and lace... the nose and taste are both overly yeasty, harsh finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
yesyouam (1016) - Fairport, New York, USA - SEP 7, 2011
Three Heads Ontario Coast IPA is a very sparkling, hazy, golden ale topped with a huge, fluffy, yellow-white foam. The retention is incredible and the lacing is great. Wow, this head looks like... well, kind of like Lake Ontario. The aroma is spicy and fruity, estery and a touch sweet. This doesnít really smell like an IPA to me. It smells Belgian. There are notes of grass and phenol. Itís pretty big bodied, foamy and smooth. Itís pretty lively and the finish is clean. This is not what I was expecting, but it tastes good. This is what Iíd call a Belgian IPA, like La Chouffe Houblon or Raging Bitch. Yeah, itís quite phenolic, past bacon and stopping just short of band-aids. It tastes fruity, grassy, funky and bitter. The long, bitter aftertaste kind of burns the tongue and tastes a little like juniper. There is orange, apple and some kind of tropical fruit in the taste, but itís hard to tell because the phenol flavor kind of dominates everything. I must admit that this beer is a little disappointing. The rest of the 3HB offerings have been excellent, but this is a beer I wouldnít drink again on purpose.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AskForJenny (1029) - Ontario, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2011
22oz - The pick of the litter for me. Nice effervescence, enough malt, good shot of hops. Being fresh and local doesnít hurt either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ATTWNone (7) - - AUG 18, 2011 does not count
Bomber - Although not advertised as such, this is a Belgian IPA with a very distinctive yeast, very foamy head which masked some of the aroma, but has a nice lingering hop finish to it. Price point at $6.50 for the bomber is on the high side compared to other BPA/IPAs.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Bomber. Pours slightly hazy and bright apricot-colored, lively, with a creamy 3-finger beige head with long retention. The aroma is sweet orangepeel and grapefruit, Belgian yeast and sugar, and some bubblegum. The flavor is Belgian yeast and orangepeel upfront, lightly sweetened. This trends toward bitter grapefruit pith, slight alcohol, and some papaya sweetness. Low to medium carbonation and body, nearly creamy, and a bit warming. I had no idea this was a Belgian-style IPA, but itís good, and nicely balanced. [775]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3711) - Henrietta, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2011
(draft @ Tap and Mallet - Rochester, NY) Hazy gold pour with a fluffy white head. Citrusy and spicy hops in the aroma with a very mild Belgian spice note underneath. Rather grassy. Flavor is a nice citrus and floral combination with that same very light and mild yeast spice. Bitter and citrusy finish with a mild yeast bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 15/20
shadey (1960) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 4, 2011
22oz bottle. Pours a hazy yellow/gold with a big pillowy head of tight white bubbles. Leaves a very nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is lemony citrus hops. The flavors are bright and heavily focused on the citric hops. Iím not sure how this is supposed to combine east and west, and itís not at all what I was expecting. I canít decide on a verdict...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7350) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle in the campground at BCTC. Pours a hazed orange amber with a thin white head. Spicy floral notes with musk and yeast. Floral hops on the nose. Sweet, musky and toasty. Citrus and toast, finishing up with more musky yeast notes. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
RickTStiles (813) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2011
Pours hazy blonde with a lasting thick white head. The aroma from the bottle was a lovely blend of Belgian yeast and american hops but once poured, the aroma became less appealing. now still smelling hops and yeast but a rather paint like smell has appeared. taste is belgian yeast, much like a triple at first, a good helping of hops along with some citrus but also a strong note of soap. finish is dry, bitter and soapy. There is a very movie theater popcorn quality overall. The goal of the beer is clear but the mark has clearly been missed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jb (2372) - Rochester, New York, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Bomber. Loved the artwork on this one, especially the no swimming, funny. Apparently this one is a stab at a Belgian style IPA, though from the description, not sure. Nose is great, hefty cloves combined with a bit of grapefruit. Appearance is a dark hazy gold, fluffy thick white head, solid thick lacing. Palate has some Belgian yeast elements, a bit of banana bread but that is rather quickly blasted away by the hops. Itís good, but I might prefer a bit less hops to enjoy the intricacies added by the yeast strain, then it might be great.

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