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RATINGS: 31   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   EST. CALORIES: 333   ABV: 11.1%
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Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is proud to present our first Triple IPA. This hop-forward behemoth combines the aromatic punch of Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops with the firm bitterness of Summits and Chinooks. Nose is redolent of citrus-zest rubbed pine needles and straight up dank. An interesting malt structure (there’s crystalized rye in there!) struggles whimperingly to be noticed. We egotistically think this beer is win.


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3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2012
Notes from my backlog: I believe these Speakeasy beers were all sampled at Rattle n Hum. Copper pour with good clarity and a facing off white head. Rich oily hop aroma. Some vegetal and resiny hempy notes. Grapefruit, peach, clean. Slick big body. Lots of vegetal in the oily flavor. Quite resiny and one dimensional. A clean hoppy IIPA with a soapy note. A bit off.


3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2528) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 8, 2013
Tap @ The Bistro’s 2010 10th Annual Double IPA Festival. This was labelled as "Speakeasy IIIPA" at the festival. A golden yellow color with a light aroma but a nice malt and hop flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ben4321 (3560) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Location: Draft at RnH, 8/8/11

Aroma: The aroma is fairly hoppy, grassy and floral with some citrus notes too
Appearance: The pour is a clear caramel color with a white head and good lacing
Flavor: The taste is much more malty than the nose, caramel and malty flavors dominate the hops
Palate: The body here medium, it has kind of a harsh, boozy finish to it, and some heat
Overall Impression: Overall, I thought this was a pretty decent beer, but it just wasn’t really a DIPA to me. If I had gone in thinking I was getting an American stlye Barleywine, I’d have probably given it a higher score, but as an IIPA, it just feel a little bit short of style in my opinion. It was still an enjoyable beer though.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 21, 2011
Bistro DIPA fest 2011. Pours a medium amber with thinning head. Aroma is sligthly stale cheesy hops, grass, mold, dirt, some citrus, grass, and decaying pine needles. Flavor is more cheese, slight crackery caramel malts, some burnt toffee, cheesy hops, grass, light citrus, lemon, and a harsh abrassive finish. Meh.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2296) - Glendale, California, USA - JAN 21, 2011
Nowadays, triple IPA’s can be way too much. But this still retains a lightness to it that makes it really drinkable. Pours an orange/red. Nice citrusy aroma. A little alcohol burn at the back end but the bitterness does not overwhelm.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (9935) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
A: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a decent sized, but short lived, white head. S: The nose is sweet with lots of tropical fruit notes like pineapple and mango. There’s a decent enough citrus note, but the beer seems pretty sugar and caramel forward. T: It’s pretty sweet on the palate, too, but there is a decent enough bitterness. Lots of pineapple, mango, honey, and some grapefruit, too. There’s some oily pine notes, and the beer has a certain stickiness to it. M: The body is a bit on the heavy side for an IPA, but from the level of alcohol and sweetness, that’s not really surprising. D: Not quite as good as I was hoping, but still not terrible. I might give this one another chance just because I do enjoy a good IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1743) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Appearance: Pours a clear amber gold with a quickly subsided head.

Aroma: Light citrus and sweet candy like malt.

Taste: Big sweet malt, big citrus and hot alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Cloying, moderate carbonation.

Overall: Very big, slightly above average.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chalsk (1017) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
On tap at Gingerman. The Don. Pours a rich amber color with a white soapy head. Has a toasty aroma with hints of citrus and pine. Heavy caramel on the nose as well. Starts sweet with a subdued hop hit. Toasty flavor thoughout. A nutty brew. Creamy mouthfeel.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7788) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 18, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2010 On tap. Pours with a mostly clear orange-bronze body with a lasting white head. Great lace. Aromas of floral honey, orange and citrus, honeysuckle. Thankfully the flavors are dry, grain, honey, citrus and tropical fruit. Lively bubbles, obviously big. Seems like a slightly boozier version of Maharaja. Good big IIPA!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
skoisirius (1466) - Earth, Washington, USA - AUG 29, 2010
On tap at Quinn’s, Seattle. This brew is in fact as they say, quite the huge win!! Hop forward in every direction, the nose starts you off extremely bathed in what’s to expect throughout the whole experience. Piney, citrusy, and sweet blast up your nostrils on this. Flavors are surprisingly balanced within, again, pine and citrus stand out. Not as dry as you make think, a wet malt blanket works well. Somehow the 11.1% ABV is barely detectable. That amazed me. Overall, it’s a great brew. I can think of some DIPA’s that are stronger, but what this gives you here is a full on experience, in a milder nutshell, which, was kind of nice. 1/2 hour later - I definitely could feel the booze working, be careful with multiple ;) !


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