Steve_0 (1926) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home, courtesy of Matt. Thanks Man! Pour is slightly hazy yellow with a small white head that quickly dissipated. Grapefruity, earthy, slightly spicy, biscuity, malty, bready, and grassy aroma. Taste is pine, slightly malty, earthy, grassy, biscuit, doughy, spicy hops, and old fruit peels with a slight alcoholic burn on the finish. Slick mouthfeel with soft carbonation. OK, but really nothing special, although, it will get you buzzed quick.
Alextricity (375) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - OCT 5, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery as part of a paddle.
Appearance: Nothing like DRIPA (which is the natural comparison here). DRIPA has a yellow color, while TRIPA is brown. The lacing’s pretty decent at the start, but doesn’t last too long. A good looking beer... especially given the ABV of this one.
Smell: Outstanding... one of the best beers I’ve ever smelled. HOWEVER, not quite as good as even DRIPA. It’s almost there though. TRIPA is chock full of tropical sorts of hops... it’s absolutely bursting, and it’s all you smell. That leads me to the taste....
Taste: Not what I was expecting. TRIPA smells like an absolute fruity hop bomb, but the taste is more malty than anything. Given the ABV, I guess this should have been expected, but I was somewhat bummed. Regardless of that, this beer tastes awesome. It tastes like the smell at the front with some bitterness, but the rest is loaded with malts to try and balance it out. It’s not an overly sweet beer by any means, but it doesn’t seem as balanced as its brother DRIPA. The biggest problem I have with TRIPA is the mouthfeel... it almost just sits and feels flat on the tongue just about as soon as it hits the tongue. Additionally, TRIPA has a slight alcohol warmth to it (really slight) that DRIPA doesn’t have it all.
Well worth trying if you have the chance, but DRIPA is definitely the better beer.
Marheb (1524) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Une bête magnifique, translucide avec une tête riche qui transporte des arômes de sapin et d’agrumes. En bouche pas beaucoup de différence avec une double ipa sinon l’alcool vraiment présente et un arrière de riz semblable à ce qu’on retrouve dans les macro. Un hybride vraiment intéressant.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.
A: Pours a clear, brownish color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. The color is definitely slightly odd in that it’s so clear, but darkly colored at the same time.
S: Lots of sweet peach with a fruity booze backing. Light white rice graininess as well.
T: White rice sweetness with a upfront alcohol sweetness. Very boozy and not well hidden. Fruity brightness in the middle, most a in the form of a sweet white peach. Finish is grainy and sweet.
M: Medium to light bodied with a medium light carbonation. Boozy and hot overall.
O: This one just didn’t quite get there. Grain and rice sweetness mixed with the heavily fruited booze wasn’t the best combination. The white peach sweetness was nice, but it was far too hot to be enjoyable.
Serving type: bottle
jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle from a recent trade. Color is pretty interesting considering the style and coming in a muted yellow/gold. Someone earlier said it looked like ginger ale and that is a great descriptor. Wine grape aroma. Interesting again there. As it warms a little I am getting more of the citrus hop aromas in there as well. Alcohol is well hidden and the flavors are big fruit, bursting fruit flavors, orange, grape. A nice dose of spiciness working throughout the palate. A little malt forward. The balance is a touch out of whack for my personal tastes. Hop profile though is nice and subtle and works well on its own.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - AUG 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Randall. Clear grayish pour (the wildest color I have ever seen) with a fleeting white head. Rice wine aromas. Mild hops and saki notes. Decent body and mouthfeel.
toffsbury (113) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to kevinsenn for the bottle from the brewery. Delicious! Doesn’t look like much - kind of like bubbly ginger ale - but tastes like wonderful beer. Very light on the palate, belies the alcohol content. Flavour is rich and juicy hop-fruit. Oh man.
blklab2007 (1777) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle through recent trade HUGE thanks umich03jm! Pour has a lighter caramel color with a thin coating of white head. Aroma is quite intense on the hops, sweet and juicy fruit, dry citrus, pine resins, very clean and full of west coast hop goodness. Mouth feel is medium light and the carbonation average. Flavor is again very juicy, west coast blast, dry citrus, pine resins, light bitterness, and a nice watering on the sides of the tongue. Extremely clean while not hinting at the abv. Amazing how flavorful the beer is without it becoming crushing and remaining so easy to drink. That glass went too quickly.
drowland (5688) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - AUG 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/16/13. 12oz bottle with big thanks to hoff and his doge! Almost clear amber red pour, almost looked a goofy pink color while I was pouring, under a small off-white head that sticks around forever and laces really well. The aroma hit me as I was opening the bottle - big fresh American hops, a touch of sweetness. Once in the glass, the aroma expands to sweet, floral, perfumey, citrusy, and piney hops - all very American - with a noted dose of sweetness underneath - reminds me of Hopslam on steroids. Rich, sweet flavor, both caramel and doughy malts as well as tons of hop character - sweet, floral, lots of citrus, bitter grapefruit, pine, and more perfumey aspects that linger with a slightly strange bitterness - reminds me of floral Indian desserts. Very tasty, but rich and sweet - a sipper. Nice.
TheHOFF43 (1429) - Bloomington, Minnesota, USA - AUG 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours is a nice clear golden with a rim of white head. Aroma is terrific hops, fruity with no malts. Flavor is boozy, hops are understated and there is no malt backbone. Aroms was much better than the taste, but its not bad.