Safe Word Triple IPA - Breakside Brewery
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4.45/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Arrived too early at the Brewpub on a Monday, but as it turned out, the Horse Brass had this beauty on tap as well (which is where I found it).
The beer pours an orange copper color with a soft, pillowy white head and excellent retention. This "TIPA" has an almost viscuous look about it, and you can tell this is not going to be your typical IPA/DIPA. The nose is impressive as well, though it was clearly dominated by pine, light tropical fruit and a hint of underlying citrus. On the palate, this beer is just delicious. The beer is resinous and rich, starting off with considerable sweetness, that is quickly overtaken by a tidal wave of piney hoppy goodness. The finish is long and bitter, but the bitterness is by no means over the top. Mouthfeel is fairly full, with just a hint of heat from the 11% abv. As noted above, the finish is quite long, with just a kiss of alcoholic bite at the end. Drinkability is pretty damn good, though the high alcohol does wear on you. The beer was sold by the half pint at the HB ($6.25 a pop), and I found that after a glass of this and blue dot, that was as much as I could do at one sitting (though I was very tempted to get another glass of Safe Word). This beer reminded me quite a bit of the poseur from Double Mountain, though I didn't think it was quite as piney as the DM beer.
Excellent beer. Have not been a huge fan of Breakside stuff so far, but this is in a completely different league. Easily the best beer I have ever had from Breakside...
Serving type: on-tap
01-21-2014 16:47:28 | More by John_M
Safe Word Triple IPA from Breakside Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.