TRI-PA - Full Pint Brewing Company

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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Full Pint Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: OWSLEY069 on 04-06-2011

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

180 IBUs? Seriously ... LOL. We love the passion and of course the effort, but these beers are crazy. Yes, we know the threshold on most palates is around 80 IBUs but pushing the envelope is fun, right? Thankfully, we are not sampling hot sauces right now. A palate destroyer and all the fun that comes along with that, this is not for the faint of palate.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.0%

LOOK: Cloudy amber, tiny-bubbled lacing

SMELL: Caramel, dominating hop resin, ripe peaches, grapefruit, clementines, oranges, hemp, estery alcohol

TASTE: Creamy smooth, smacks of caramel, decimating hop bitterness, ripe nectarines, dried grass, insanely bitter, very warming alcohol, intense citrus rind, puckering hoppiness, dry finish

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite during a session at the newest Sharp Edge location, poured in their new smaller pour high octane chalices. A slightly hazed golden orange bright bodied, with a light white head forms even lace as it dwindles. Aroma has fruity pineapple/citrus notes actually intense citric hops with mild pine/mint going on. A hint of bready yeast this has to be a Belgian style IPA a mix of a triple/IPA aka TriPA also brewed in a tristate region of OH/WV/PA. Flavor is super aggressive with hop flavor and a decent bitterness. Fruity citric hops some grapefruit with tropical pineapple juicy mango fruit tones and hint of pine harshness. Complex warming alcohol with a spicy yeast note as well. Mouthfeel is resinous with hop oils big bold American style BIPA. Carbonation is lively carries the beer all the way through, very enjoyable will hae to revisit this brew to see if it's actually as good as I thought it was or if the other beers I had that day were actually that lackluster.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- best by july 14. lot #e57. hopped 7x, 5 different varieties.

A: Dirty orange, dense clarity, thin beige head is slight on hold, weak on lacing. Tingy beige micro-effervesce creeps up along the glass walls.

S: Hints of pineapple-orange, fresh orange peel, some grassiness.

T: Piney-dry pineapple, grassy overtures, spicy orange citric bite. Hints of pear-mango, creamy grassy citrus malt, nice tropical grassiness with pronounced sting of hops on the finish.

M: Creamy maltiness, grassy citric sting of hops with a dry flowery hop coating on the tongue.

O: Overall the hops live up to thier end of the deal. The malt base is creamy, full, nice mixture of hop variety, tropical grassy-pine, with nice varying degrees of fresh and dry nature. The alcohol is warm and comforting, a nice fall winter taking.

Photo of hippityhops85
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA. Poured into a 13oz tulip.

Pours a ruby brown with orange highlights. A eggshell white head is present right after the pour but dissipates very quickly.

The nose has tons of citrus hops with and obvious strong, malt backbone. Reminds me of a typical East Coast IPA. Just what I was looking for.

The taste is fairly one-noted. Citrus hops with the maltiness to back it up. 9% is fairly well hidden. Pretty good.

Overall, just what I was expecting in an east coast ipa. Enjoyable and I'd order it again.

Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The double IPA is a golden brown, amber. Transparent, the ale has a glow near the base. A white head, over a finger and a half on first pour, laces in a few spots.

S: Hoppy with a syrupy thickness, the grapefruit has fallen off a bit. Caramel is a saving grace, adding a malt backbone that makes up for the hop losses.

T: The hops may be a little softer but the ale hasn't lost its kick. Boozy heat, mixed with caramel and toffee, leaps out at me immediately. Pepper is in the mix but the hops have lost any distinctiveness that may have one existed. The hoppiness improves modestly, the citrus stand out with more elan. However, the heat of the ale keeps getting in the way, a pow of strength that covers up quite a bit.

M: Average. Maybe too old or maybe too muddled, the hoppiness is enveloped by the alcohol.

Photo of mindspin315
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with a thick off-white head that settles to a thin foam cap. Lacing on glass, alcohol legs, and nice amount of head retention after a few swirls of the glass.

Lots of fruit...peach, apricot, mango and mild tropical fruit. The fruit aromas blend in with a light caramel/toffee sweet malt and bready scent. Mild peppery notes from the yeast as well. Lots for the nose to appreciate!

Apricot and peach with a touch of pine at the start which then moves along in the middle with some creaminess and sweet malt flavors. Bitterness comes in real quick and fades very fast. Carbonation is just right here. A bit more of a hop punch up front would make this a stellar A/A+ DIPA. The middle to the finish is balanced so well. The mouthfeel definitely keeps you wanting to come back for more.

Overall TRI-PA is a smooth and very drinkable beer at 9%. This beer is so drinkable I could easily put down a few of these and not think twice about it. TRI-PA is a great east coast IPA that can be loved by any west coast hop-head.


Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoot! First bottle review! Surprised to find this at my local bottle shop for a 3.00 single. Six pack will hopefully be cheaper.

A - Wow from a nice pour I only got a slight ring of head with a nice bit of lace. Color is of dark amber haze and... Is this unfiltered? Bits of sediment throughout.

S - Doesn't smell too in your face hoppy but I do get some citrus malts along side a nice bready like malt profile. Doesn't smell crazy through just eh.

T - It does have a nice hop taste to it with a lingering bitterness but comes off kind of sweet with more malts than hops. ABV is totally masked so it is enjoyable. Still could use more hops for a name like TriPA.

M - Surprisingly for the ABV I am drinking this rather quickly with a medium body so it is pretty tasty.

Overall I guess it was totally worth it for this DIPA. More hop flavor I guess would make this more bitter thus less drinkable. And of almost equal ABV of Double Trouble I find this less alcoholic tasting. At least it's better than Dogfish Head 90 minute that the truth. Solid DIPA.

Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tri-PA pours out a hazy light brown color with a small head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is piney hops and caramel malts. The taste is basically double IPA by the books. Piney hops over a solid caramel malt backbone. It's tasty, but doesn't do anything that hasn't been done by, say, DFH 90 Minute. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's just a solid DIPA. Nothing wrong with that.

Photo of gabedivision
3.3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH snifter glass.

A- pours a murky reddish brown, particles flying around assume its hops? 1/4 inch white head that fades quickly.

S- big malty caramel, spicy hop aroma mixed with heavy booze giving almost a hit sauce kinda smell.

T- caramel, slight citrus, sage? Spice, spicy. Buttering lemon peel mixed with heavy toffee on the finish.

M-full bodied, slightly bitter, dry.

O- not a dipa I will revisit again. No bottling date may be the culprit, not sure. All I know is this is weird funky off balanced beer, not entirely offensive but totally misses essentials of the style by a lot.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool, didn't know they bottled this one, so I was excited to see it at the new Doggin' It site in Shadyside. Also nice to see Full Pint deviating from their previous flagship label design.

Poured into a tulip pint: Three fingers lumpy, tapioca head over barely transparent rusty golden-orange body. Must be bottle-conditioned, as I see some fine particulate floating around with the heavy nucleation. Head drops to a finger & leaves a sticky ring.

Smell is right where I'd expect it to be, with some cooked, candied orange & grapefruit character & a mild biscuity undertone. Very nicely balanced for the style. A little more zesty bitterness picks up, but not a *hugely* hoppy smell (again, considering the style).

Grapefruit & orange peel in the flavor as well, with a kind of grassy, leafy bitterness taking over, like you get in arugula or something. Warm, candied orange in the near aftertaste that slowly ebbs & leaves that pithy bitterness lingering.

Mouthfeel isn't quite there: not a whole lot of life to it, kind of lays there, with just a tiny tingle & the deadened feeling in the aftertaste.

Pretty solid number here, can't say there's anything stand-out in one way or the other. Enjoyable, I'd even have another if presented with the opportunity, but I can't say it was particularly memorable, either. Right in the middle of the road for my appreciation of DIPAs. Hides the alcohol well, also.

Photo of OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and a hint of pine. In the taste, starts off with some mango and orange citrus and ends with a dry pine like hop presence, with a nice malt backing all the way through. a small hop bite, and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like aftertaste. Wow! Really impressed by this one, bigger body, but big hops and hiding the 9%, quite nice.

Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rusty amber with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent lacing of tight lacing and very good clarity. Light-moderate carbonation.

N: Pine, lemon, grapefruit, mango and toffee.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, Fruity Pebbles and light notes of toffee upfront. Fruity esters develop mid-palate along with some light mango notes. Finishes with resinous pine and some biting rye flavors.

M: Medium-full bodied, almost chewy, creamy, dry, bitter and sticky.

O: The citrus flavors are rather low key in this DIPA. I mostly just pick up some bland grapefruit and the pine in the finish is also rather harsh. The alcohol is fairly well hidden but I really want some juicier flavors. Meh...

Photo of Morey
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy rust-orange color. Two finger white head following a medium pour has now settled to a pretty thin lace after about 5 minutes or so. Decent amount of lacing on the sides of the glass though.

Smell is rather clean and malty for an Imperial Ipa, but I'm picking up some sticky hops in the nose.

Not nearly as hoppy as I expected for a beer that claims 180 IBU's! The hops are there, but there's a big malt character as well as some alcohol heat that are both competing for your palates attention.

Medium body. It's actually thinner than it appears. Moderate carbonation.

A good, but not quite great DIPA. Similar to some of the other heavily hopped yet malty doubles such as Double Simcoe, Lake Erie Monster, and Stoudt's DIPA...but it's not quite as good as any of the fore mentioned.

Morey's Bottom Line: Even though it's brewed close to me, this one comes with a pretty high price tag which I can't imagine paying for anytime soon. Not bad though.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.39/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Full Pint Brewing : TRI-PA

LOOK: Pours a medium amber brown, soapy white head and some lace. Looks thick as hell, and pretty dark for a imperial Pale ale.

SMELL: Lofty alcohol, candied orange, dark fruits and toffee. As it warms, the booze and caramel stick out as the aroma.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, and lots of booze. There certainly is a woodsy, piney note and a bit of citrus to remind that there are three varieties of hops in this beer. The caramel, plum, and alcohol make this brew much more akin to an English Barleywine. If this were labeled as such, the score would change, but for an American Double India Pale Ale, this is a few notches below average.

Photo of nhindian
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with about a finger and a half of sand-colored head. Retention is okay, but the nice thing here is the lacing, which is generous and covers a vast majority of the glass.

S - The nose brings aromas of fresh hops and actually a good amount of malt as well. Incredibly juicy with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, and some pine resin. Malty as well with a bit of caramel and toffee.

T - The flavors are bursting with fruit and caramel. It's fairly balanced in this regard, but it is still hoppy without being overly bitter. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine, and everything is actually rather refreshing for a DIPA. Only a slight amount of alcohol and for the most part it's hid pretty well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Full-bodied and somewhat sticky and a little syrupy at times .

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Another winner from Full Pint in my opinion. It's bold and high in alcohol, but feels easy to drink and hides that heat well. Also, not very expensive either! Definitely worth a try at least and I'll be seeking this out again in the future.

Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, pine resin, grass, floral, caramel, toffee, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Ok aromas with very harsh smelling hop presence that is a bit too vegetal; with moderate malt balance and big strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, grass, floral, caramel, toffee, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, pineapple, pine resin, caramel, toffee, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Ok flavor balance and complexity big pine/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with harsh and vegetal hop flavors and a fair amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and resinous mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very mediocre double IPA. Far too much harsh and vegetal character from the hops makes this moderately unpleasant, but it was not undrinkable.

Photo of mgbickel
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson, 06/04/2011

12oz pour served in a (water) glass. Arrived at the table with a single finger of off-white head. Some lacing as the foam dissipated. The body is a light amber base with yellowish hues toward the edges.

The nose is pretty floral with some resin characters mixed in. Pretty much dominated by hops.

The flavor follows the nose, but as you palate adjusts to the bitterness, you can pick up some malts in the background. Crisp and clean throughout.

Light-medium bodied, well carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

This is another quality offering from the folks at Full Pint. Great flavor...especially if you enjoy the hops. I wish this was available in bottles<hint>!

Photo of Cylinsier
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep honey amber, off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of rich caramel malts and citrus and floral hops. Some apple sweetness too.

Tastes of mildly bitter piney hops and caramel malts with honey and apple sweetness. Some citrus tartness as well.

Medium to full body with a light tingly carbonation on the tongue accompanied by a slight alcohol sting and a noticeable warmth going down.

A very good strong IPA, slightly boozy feeling, great flavor and aroma. Could stand to mask its potency a bit more and maybe have a bit more body, but otherwise well worth having. Could become a local favorite.

Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a slightly hazy, burnt orange body...there were some brighter yellow highlights...the head was one finger tall and off white in was creamy and fell to a thin cap...some good lacing was left behind

S - The nose was very sweet with a lot of caramel leading the way...the hops and bitterness were at a minimum

T - First sip provides some bitterness from the piney hops...the middle is all about the sweetness...there is a lot of caramel good thing is that it never becomes dominating...there is a leafy hop presence towards the finish...alcohol is also present towards the end

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth...sweet...alcohol

O - Like many IIIPA's, this one was loaded with caramel sweetness...the hops were kept to a minimum and only a slight bitterness was able to shine through

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Full Pint Tri-PA has a bronze colored body that is very clear. The off-white head is about a finger tall, with OK retention, but not very much lacing.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, bringing the impression of bitterness, citrus fruits, and some resin.

The hops take the forefront in the flavor also. A good bit of bitterness is backed up by a ton of resin that has a pretty leafy flavor. Some citrus and just a bit of pine. The resin is the biggest hop flavor for sure. The finish has the slightest bit of warmth, with a little bit of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't oily, but you can defintely feel the bitterness from the hops.

I think this is the best beer that I have tried from Full-pint. The hop profile is aggressive and raw. Quite honestly, I didn't realize this was a IIPA until I read the menu about halfway through my beer. I guessed it sat at somewhere between 6-7% ABV, but in reality it is 9%. Give this beer a try if you run into it.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank goodness for these nicer labels. The ones from the first round of FP were totally boring.

This is an interesting DIPA. Seems a little muted in some ways and not quite blowing it up where it could. Feels like the hops kind of got all bogged down in each other. I think the beer could have gone in a lot more places than it ended up doing so. Still, decent enough. But I know that this brewery could be delivering a lot more. Still worth trying though, I guess.

Photo of russwbeck
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown pour with hints of red and yellow along the edges. Only a very smell white head rises up from the beer, but doesn't last very long.

S: A ton of citrus and maltiness. Really not the level of hops I would expect from something called a triple IPA. More fruity and bready.

T: The taste pretty much follows the smell, but adds a bit of booze. Citrus, grapefruit, and other light fruits mix with a noticeable maltiness and caramel to create far more of a balanced beer than I thought. The only hints of dry hops come on the backend, but are sort of overtaken by booze.

MF: Medium body, creamy, warming alcohol feeling and a slight hop bitterness on the end.

O: This was good, a bit strange, but good. Not the hop bomb I wanted, but the balance is pretty good. I would say this blurs the line between an IPA and a darker Belgian.

Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise

A deep golden shade with thick off-white cap and tight bead, there is visible carbonation and the clarity is decent. A floral nose with some dried fruit and light alcohol in the ester with a caramel malt odor and tinge of yeast with goes along with the faint sugary notes. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with slight citrus tanginess and mild spice with a light tinge of bitterness for the style. The middle is full and sweet while the bitterness increases in the finish with semi-dry quality w/ slight spicy ending.

The taste of this Imperial IPA is caramel and pine up front with subtle tropical fruit and a tinge of pepper with a light herbal accent to the hop flavor. There is a nice hint of toasty malt backing up the hops and sweetness which has a sugary edge. The hops are mildly citrus with hint of pine again and earthy sweetness in the finish with a lingering herbal note.

Overall a good beer but lacks the hop umph and has the bitterness, but could use a little more to balance the sweet and malt qualities. The feeling I get is this is slightly faded from the fresh beer I imagine it was. It could use a little more depth and less alcohol perhaps, but like a said in general a good, not great Imperial IPA.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed amber color with a large billowing off-white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a nice amount of lacing

Smell – A nice sweet citrus aroma mixed with some caramel malt and a nice bready smell; these are the strongest aromas. With these are some lighter floral and pine aromas. Overall quite nice.

Taste – The taste follow the nose very well. It starts of sweet malt and citrus. The bready backbone is initially sweet of caramel and orange hop flavors. As the taste moves on the caramel fades and the citrus changes in nature a bit. The original orange citrus hop turns more toward a bitter grapefruit flavor. At the end of the taste some light earthy and a good dose of pine come to mix with the bread and grapefruit. Overall these leave a bitter sweetness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A super creamy body with a lower level of carbonation. The creaminess is fantastic on this brew as it coats the mouth and really allows the flavors to be experienced by the tongue. The lower carbonation only allows this to occur more and overall create a great mouthfeel.

Overall – This is a nice double IPA. Its flavors aren’t as strong as some and the transitions not quite as smooth, it does have a very nice mouthfeel and smell. A good brew to try if you get the chance.

Photo of AdamBear
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy light orange with a stable thin head

S-extremely strong scent of orange and bitterness. there's a strong spice to it as well. it tingles the nose as much as any IPA can.

T-comes in with a mouth puckering bitterness. there's a strong hit of spicy citrus. this one hits you hard, similar to my first dance with hoptimum. it has an aged herbal aspect to it as well. the after-taste focuses on the herbs with a lasting effect of booze. this hits the head fast.

M-bitter. medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-it doesn't quite have the complexity or balance of a truly great IPA, but it does pack the punch of any hop bomb. it's good for the lower cost, and I recommend this to any hop head out there.

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TRI-PA from Full Pint Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.