This week we're grabbing some new cans off the shelf, sampling some Florida breweries who have just recently begun canning their beers.
One of those is 3 Daughters Brewing out of St. Pete, which celebrated its one-year anniversary last December and started canning their beers the previous month.
3 Daughters Brewing started in December of 2013 in St. Petersburg. Unsurprisingly, it's named after owner Mike Harting's three daughters.
As their origin story says, the idea for the brewery originated while Mike and Ty (owner and head brewer) were working together at a local Bay-area restaurant. While discussing ideas on a fresh approach to a beer battered fish recipe, they decided to brew themselves a beer. Finding this passion led them to 3 Daughters Brewing.
Here is Bimini Twist IPA.
The beer is sourced from a 12-ounce can and poured into a generic label-free snifter. It pours a hazy dark orange color with a huge three-finger head that lingers for ages. When it finally settles, grippy tan lacing clings to the glass. The aroma is heavy in resinous hops and a hint starfruit and passionfruit. A hefty enough body follows suit. Some basic citrusy flavors are what complete the malt structure that hold up the hops. The flavors plateau at a moderate level, but the floral and earthy hop bitterness ramps up towards the end and coats the palate with a lingering floral bitterness. Even about a minute later, there are some hints of pollen and honey as it finally dies down. The hops here can verge on the aggressive side, which is intriguing to see from a Florida brewer.
Overall, I find myself drawn to this IPA for its aggressive hop qualities. It's a nice West-er Coast IPA that's brewed locally that I can get behind.
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Cans of this beer can be found at local beer stores in South Florida. I sourced mine from Craft Beer Cartel in Fort Lauderdale.
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Doug Fairall is a craft beer blogger who focuses on Florida beers, and has been a homebrewer since 2010. For beer things in your Twitter feed, follow him @DougFairall and find the latest beer pics on Clean Plate's Instagram.