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Auburn Alehouse ZZ Hop Triple IPA

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RATINGS: 21   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 140   EST. CALORIES: 294   ABV: 9.8%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
ZZ Hop triple IPA was brewed as a tribute to a true hop fanatic who is known in these parts as “The Hop Hunter”. The allusive bearded Sierra Hop Hunter can be found in the mountainous regions of Northern California. While not officially nocturnal, he prefers to hunt hops in low light conditions for extended periods of time.
Triple the hop iSOBERization from three different forms of Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo hops. An intense floral and piney aroma with an explosion of hop flavor quickly turns to sharp bitterness followed by a brief encounter with malted barley.
One sip will make your tongue feel like a hop oil spill has occurred just past your lips.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gyllenbock (5027) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 17, 2014
Sample at The Bistro DIPA-Festival, February 8. A bit hazy golden/orange with a white head. Aroma and taste of hops, fruit, some malt, pineapple and grapefruit. Fresh and fairly refreshing.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1600) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2014
On tap at SF Beer Week Opening Gala. Pour is burnt orange with a small beige head. Aroma and flavor are both of caramel, tangerine, orange peel, pine, and resin. Alcohol is hidden well for the ABV.

2.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
DYCSoccer17 (3355) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 6, 2013
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Food Co-Op. No clue how old this is because the brewer didn’t date the bottle. The aroma is of stale hops, ugh. Some sweet cardboardy oxidation is also present. Not so good. Light grassy hop aroma. Transparent dark golden body with an extremely quickly dissipating white head. Starts with a very resinous piney hoppiness. Like sucking on a pine cone. This maintains fair bitterness throughout, with a bit of a spiciness in the middle...almost as if there were some rye malts used. Finishes with a decent bitterness...again, a ton of piney bitterness. Fairly one-dimensional, and I think the bottle might be a little old, based on the aroma.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
jazz88 (2564) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 27, 2013
Bottle. A golden color with a white head. A sweet hoppy aroma with a nice fruit character. A nice well balanced flavor and finish. Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2009) - California, USA - APR 12, 2013
Burnt orange in color... Sweet malts and intense citrus hops aroma... Flavor is intensely citrusy and slightly spicy initially, which gives way to dry citrus hop and piney bitterness... Great beer ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 16, 2014
"Big, sticky, bitter, and candied orange and grapefruit sweetness, with healthy doses of pine resin. My favorite Auburn beer ever and one that go head to head with some of the biggest and best. Gotta downgrade (just a tenth) as the 9.4% bottles just ain’t quite as mind-blowing as the fresh taps."

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6773) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAY 12, 2013
Bottle from Davis Co-op. Pours copper with a nice beige head and a floral aroma. There is a full-bodied caramel malt flavor with a serious hop profile. This is a hefty DIPA with lots of taste and California-scale bitterness.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
topher_78 (28) - California, USA - JUN 12, 2013
The beer poured a deep orange with about a fingers worth of an off-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was of pine, mango, peach, slight earthiness and a hint of astringency. The taste blasts the front of the tongue with bitterness that practically coats the whole tongue. The flavors of orange rind and pine needles are also heavily present. The mouthfeel is medium to medium heavy and finishes very dry. The taste lingers well after the beer is gone.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1339) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JUN 10, 2013
Nice malt-forward "triple" IPA. Strong hop aroma (primarily pine), with some sweetness. Base is a solid malt that is slightly but nicely sweet. Pine and resin flavors from the hops, with requisite if sometimes but not often overbearing bitterness. At 9.4%, would say half way between a double and a triple, but that's a bit of a meaningless distinction. Good! B+ ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
rayOfBeer (672) - El Cerrito, California, USA - MAY 26, 2013
Tap: cloudy golden orange pour with a medium-sized tannish head. Aroma is strong citrus hoppy. Flavor is bittersweet with tangerine and grapefruit citrus, a small amount of pine resin and a dose of bread and caramel. Rather easy drinking for such a big hoppy beer, strong flavors and nice balance of bitterness with the malt.


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