3 Beards Beer Company represents something different in the beer world. They enable undiscovered artisan brews from all over the world, to be locally brewed and freshly distributed. They focus on talented individuals who have the desire, but not necessarily the means, to share their creations with other enthusiasts.
Their goal is to enrich New England’s beer offerings by finding creative and flavorful craft beer recipes, bringing them to Massachusetts breweries, and distributing them to the craft beer community. Their focus is on celebrating the recipe’s creator as well as the local brew masters. Cow Puncher IPA was crafted by Jason Simmons and John “Lem” Lemming.
The beer pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a decent 2 ½ finger head. The head is white and appears fluffy. As it starts to dissipate it falls in certain spots and retains in others revealing its thickness and density. Before it settles to a light lacing the head looks akin to meringue.
The aromas are unquestionably dominated by hop notes. The first sniff carries citrus notes like lemon and grapefruit. Next you notice the floral hop notes which are greeted by and intermingle with a light piney hop note. Rounding out the bouquet are the tropical fruit notes which carry a certain sweetness with them.
On the palate you get more of the same hop notes. A rush of lemon and grapefruit peel are followed by a resin pine note that gives this lighter bodied IPA a slightly thicker mouthfeel. Tropical fruit and spicy hop notes hit next and are transitioned into floral and grassy notes. There is a simple pale malt note that appears on the midpalate. It’s barely noticeable as part of a flavor profile but adds a certain “sweetness” to the all the hops.
With all the hop notes, one would expect a bitter beer. While there is a sense of bitterness, it is not what one has come to expect with all the “over the top” IPAs on the market. The finish is light and clean.
The Beer Buyer Overall Rating: 3.0 Pints out of 5
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