Reviewed: Threes Brewing Chronic Myopia IPA
Product description: Citra & Mosaic IPA 6.9%
Threes Brewing – Threes Chronic Myopia – 16oz can served in nonic pint – 6.9% ABV
My Top 3 Descriptors: White Peach, Sessionable, Dry
Threes Brewing (Brooklyn, NY) is new to me but opened its doors at the very end of 2014. Since then, they’ve made a name for themselves in the NY craft beer scene but also in the hoppy craft scene at large. Threes was a new invitee to San Diego’s 2018 Festival of Dankness, a hoppy beer focused festival with an invitational type guest list curated by Modern Times.
Chronic Myopia is one of their most popular beers and passes for what I would consider part of their core lineup. Picked up directly from Threes, I’m sampling this from a 16oz can packaged on 9/19/18. Into the glass, Chronic Myopia is hazy pale straw in color with excellent looking foam and solid head retention. Immediately, there’s a beautiful nose of lemonade, white peach, freshly-cut grass, and pineapple. As it warms, you get more grain notes vs hop aromas such as farmy wheat and oats.
The flavor is light-bodied for an IPA and unusually dry with nice key lime flavors and an almost watery finish. Bitterness is at a 1/10 and sweetness is at a 3/10. That makes it bizarre no matter what substyle of IPA you want to call this. I would argue this is a hazy IPA, though Threes makes no official mention of this. I think it contains oats and/or wheat and is barely bitter, both common attributes for NE-style IPAs. However, it is wholly lacking in sugar, which makes it almost a session IPA if not for the almost 7% ABV. It even tastes closer to 4% in my opinion. Under normal circumstances, this would make for one astringent, unbalanced mess. But Chronic Myopia is barely bitter at all, so what you have left is almost a farmhouse ale (bright, dry, grain-forward, and super light) with beautiful aromatic hops. It’s the best of both worlds in that way.
Chronic Myopia is an outlier in the vast world of IPAs with hardly any bitterness but also hardly any sugar/body. That makes it refreshing and sessionable, but it may be disappointing for those expecting a milkshake-like hazy IPA from Other Half (less than 2 miles away).
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