I stopped by Second Wedge Brewing Company up in Uxbridge to try their beer recently after visiting a friend for lunch. Of course, I grabbed their IPA called 3 Rocks. Once I got home, I cracked a bottle open to drink with dinner, and I only got pine notes from one of the hop varieties used. Part of that was due to the beer being stored in a car trunk for the trip back to Oakville where I live.

Now a few days later the other bottle being chilled, I cracked that open and I found the East End’s answer to the Lady Friend IPA, the pine notes were there but I also got grapefruit when the other hops variety came out.

The Hop varieties used were Summit Floral Cascade and Chinook that gave us the pine notes. The bitterness was tempered with Canadian 2-Row Barley Malt resulting with a nice Bitter IPA taste but not in your face. As per Second Wedge, the 3 Rocks pairs well Neapolitan Wood Fired Pizza and spicy Italian sausage pasta.

Now at first, I wasn’t too fussed about this IPA, just a few days apart the second bottle changed my mind, and this beer really grew on me, chalk it up the choice of hops and malt. Sometimes a few days between tastings gives a beer a second chance and I’m glad I did with 3 Rocks IPA.

Where can you get this? For now, 3 Rocks is only at the Second Wedge Brewery and on tap in a variety of pubs and restaurants north and east of Toronto all the way to Peterborough. For now, a day trip is in order…..


  • ABV: 6%
  • IBU: 47
  • Style: India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Pine Hops, Malt
  • Food Pairings: Neapolitan Wood Fired Pizza, Spicy Italian Sausage & Pasta
  • Rating: 4.6/5
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Bill Smith
Bill Smith is a storyteller, writer, blogger, photography geek, ski bum, explorer and outdoors enthusiast. He has been seen in Toronto, Oakville and off the beaten path. Favourite beers include well-brewed IPAs, brown ales, porters and pale ales.
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