Name: Other Ephemera
Brewers: Threes Brewing (United States)
Style: Mixed-Style Beer (Base Style: American IPA)
Review Year: 2022
Other Ephemera is a “Hoppy Lager” brewed by Threes Brewing from Brooklyn, New York.
This beer is being evaluated as a Mixed-Style Beer (34B) with the American IPA (21A) + lager yeast as the base style in the context of the 2021 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.
Pale gold with slight haziness; foamy white head. The aroma was dominated by moderately high impressions of orange and lime peels with a balmy quality; malt aroma was present but at a low level. Light-medium body; moderate carbonation. The flavor profile balanced moderate bready malts (reminiscent of Czech Premium Pale Lagers) with equally-intense orange zest, and lychees with resiny and balmy qualities. Medium-low bitterness; very dry. Finish was likewise dry with recurring hints of lemon/lime zest.
As expected from a “Hoppy Lager” or “India Pale Lager (IPL),” Other Ephemera is a light and refreshing lager that showcased citrussy hop qualities akin to an American IPA. The balance between malts and hops reminded us that this is still a lager and not a hop-heavy American IPA, while dryness (lack of sweetness) enhanced that thirst-quenching aspect of this beer. Other Ephemera is simply a straight-up hopped-up lager or IPL and we think is an excellent take on the hybrid style.