Hat Trick Hop IPA - Tamarack Brewing Company
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Reviews by flagmantho:
3.54/5 rDev -10.8%
Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.
Appearance: dark orange hue with plenty of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam with an orange cast. This beer looks like it means business.
Smell: sweet, malty aroma with a fair dose of hops that are earthy, herbal, floral and perhaps a bit resiny. Not too bad, but it's a bit tilted toward the malty side for me.
Taste: malty with a big caramel character; hops are earthy and herbal and bitterness is relatively strong. For me, though, this beer's hop character is not as forward as it could be. So, decent, but not outstanding.
Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not really creamy, but interesting enough.
Overall: this is a great-looking beer, but that's where it's greatness ends. Not a bad beer, but not outstanding.
08-26-2013 19:51:20 | More by flagmantho
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Had on draft at the brewhouse.
A: Nice golden honey color, slightly pale. Very crisp lookin' IPA. Good head from the tap.
S: Earth and floral hop comes straight out. Slight malt character but it's mild.
T. Very tasty IPA. Well balanced on the hops but definitely a strong component that will satisfy the hop heads of this world. Of course some nice citrus and pine in there.
M: Not too heavy and very crisp. Slightly dry.
D: I had three pints so yes, very drinkable for sure. One of their better offerings with regards to their core beers.
06-25-2010 01:54:38 | More by elliot23
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
20oz pint, on tap at the lovely brewhouse, just off the highway through Lakeside, MT. 6.9% ABV and 65 IBUs, with the aroma of some rather pleasant pub grub wafting past us as we maintain our lonely station at the bar. I've potted my share of hat-tricks in my former hockey life - will this conform?
This beer appears a somewhat murky medium copper amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy and creamy ecru head, which leaves some rather complex, spaced layers of webbed lace around the glass as the draining of the glass goes on, and on, and on.
It smells of peppy and pungent grapefruit citrus flesh, bready caramel malt, fairly acrid pine resin, an indeterminate spiciness, and more leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter grapefruit rind, sweet orange flesh, gritty pale and bready caramel malt, and a dwindling metallic stoniness.
The carbonation is on the lower side, just a pleasant frothy notion, mostly, the body smooth, and a heady medium weight, with an airy creaminess sort of forcing itself upon my palate as things get along. It finishes with a pleasantly clean west coast citrus and pine hoppiness, the metallic flintiness really the only other player at this point in time.
A patently wonderful IPA, all around - location, taste, and personality - Tamarack definitely has it going on. I would very much like to see this offering made more generally available - especially back north of the 49th, eh, Lanny?
08-04-2010 05:58:25 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
this beer poured out a light copper yellow color with a nice frothy white head.
the aroma from this beer can be smelled without bring your nose to the glass. there is a load of floral hops in here with the classic westcoast citrusy grapefruit smell
the taste is great. there is a stong firm betterness to this beer with lots of nice floral hops flavors and a touch of malty sweetness that is overrun by hop bitterness by the end
the finish is great on this beer, a good strong bitterness that hangs on the tongue and floral hops that roll out of your mouth on the exhale. this brewery makes some great beers, its just too bad they are so far away from me (and most people for that matter). a great beer for the style!
11-17-2009 16:08:51 | More by Brandt
4.23/5 rDev +6.5%
On tap at North Taphouse in Chestermere, Alberta.
A very orange - amber colour with short, white head. Foam faded to a thin ring, but lasted through the entire pint, thinnest strings of lacing.
Smell is all hops, just what I was hoping for from an American IPA. Piney, citrus, grapefruit.
Taste has a hoppy, citrus start, add some more leafy, resinous pine. Some caramel malt sweetness balances, Then clean, bitterness at the end, not too oily. No alcohol hotness.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy body.
Overall, a great beer from Tamarack. I have seen their beers listed at other locations, and although this was the first, certainly won't be my last.
Now...to plan a trip to the Brewhouse to try it fresh!
11-04-2012 20:15:05 | More by BigBry
4.19/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from a pint can into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a good two inches of frothy, sticky, white head. The beer is a pale amber color and quite hazy, with medium carbonation.
Plenty of pine and citrus on the nose, but you can smell the rich caramelly malt. Quite malty on the palate, with the citrus-pine kept within reasonable bounds. Despite this, lemon, spice and grassy hop notes still prevail, with a lingering bitterness evoking citrus rind. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, inviting slow, savoring sips.
You can't go wrong with a beer from this brewery, at least the few cans that I've tried. I have not been to northwestern Montana in awhile (unless you count Missoula), and need to road trip up that way, with this brewery on the itinerary. They have a satellite eating-drinking establishment in Missoula that serves their beers. The two times I've been there, they were so busy that we're forced to go elsewhere simply because their staff is overwhelmed. Of course, being tour-ons from Butte, we're there at busy times (Griz games).
Bravo also to this brewery for making their product available in cans, which are better for the environment.
08-14-2014 03:04:03 | More by archyquaffer
Hat Trick Hop IPA from Tamarack Brewing Company
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