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TRI-PA - Full Pint Brewing Company

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39 Reviews

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 152
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 28.02%
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 HopHeadRyan
1.83/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wow. What a awful bitter mess!

I really hoped this would be a good brew.

A - Hazy dark orange-amber color. Head quickly dissipates. Slight lacing.

S - Carmelly-Toffee citrus, Alcohol is very prominent, Very little hop presence. Could be described as a boozy fermented marmalade like smell.

T - Sweet, alcohol, and bitterness. No real hop or malt character to describe.

M - Dries the palate. Warm. Syrupy. Alcohol!!!

O - Not at all balanced. No real hop character to speak of. A badly formulated brew. I may have to pour our the rest. Unless you can sample this one fresh, don't waste your money. Yuck!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
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.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
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...

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Photo of Jimmys
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

review from notes. 12 oz. bottle. no bottled on dated.

A: quite hazy reddish/brown hue. head is off-white and has red tints to it. good retention and sticky lacing.

S: caramel and burnt brown sugar. the hop resins battle with the abundance of caramel malt. reminds me of first runnings of an amber wort. alcohol.

T: the caramel lingers long into the finish. butterscotch even. a little alcohol. the middle gets fruity. pear. fig. pineapple. the bitterness is there but is masked from all this sugar. too sweet imo. the more i drink the less hop i get.

M: warming full body with finer carb.

D: i have a hard time thinking of this (and many like it) IPA's. the amount of caramel malt used has a very significant effect on the nose/palate to the point of taking the hop out of the picture (at times). more like an american barleywine. regardless, not too impressed by this mostly one-note sweet bomb.

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Semi hazy orange gold with two fingers of fluffy off white head a net of lacing on the sides.
S - Outrageous amount of alcohol in the aroma, grapefruit, sweet orange candy, dank pine, caramel, toffee.
T - This is a task to drink, there's so much alcohol here its retarded. IBU's off the scale, very abrasive, lots of very sweet malt of caramel, sugary candy, toffee, grapefruit and citrus, a little pineapple.
M - Overwhelming alcohol burn, chewy cloying sweet burn.
O - I liked this before, or so I though, I know the recipe was changed in recent times, but obviously not for the better. Too extreme and unbalanced. Full Pint needs to scrap this and make a better successor to Chinokee. I dare to say this is borderline American Barleywine.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Morey
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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 color...it 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 again...one 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

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I'm giving this IPA a 3.5 as in "slightly better than average". It's a very nice imperial and I've had them all I think. I was told this was "as good as Hopslam" and maybe my expectations were off. The shining point for me was the mouthfeel: very nice texture and near-perfect carbo. The appearance was amber with a sufficient, slightly golden head with average lacing and the typical grassy, floral, citrus aroma you find in most beers of this variety. The flavor was not anything special or anything setting it apart by any margin. It's just a nice, average, typical IPA in most respects. The malts were lacking to a disappointing degree but I'm not going to hold that against it as does most of the entire class of imperial IPA's. I will say this though: it is no Hopslam or Pliny. Sorry. I suspect to be drinking this as it's local and I like to support local businesses. And to an old hophead like me, an average IPA is a good IPA.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper orange with a one finger dull white head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma of citrus, hops and light pine.

Taste of grapefruit, hops, light malt and hints of alcohol.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning light body, medium carbonation, dry with a bitter after taste and a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a very nice imperial IPA, a little malt balance would make it even better.

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Photo of hippityhops85
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Boozy and caramelized sweetness up front. Moderate piney resins. Moderate fruity esters.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brick red pour with a white head that retains well.

Flavor: Piney and lemon rind hop flavors up front. A touch of caramel and a bit of tea-like leafiness mid-palate. Balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Definite alcohol heat with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. A touch of astringency.

Overall impression: Hmm...didn't get the fresh hop aroma and bright flavors I would expect in a Double IPA. Doesn't seem to have enough malt to be an American Barleywine. Lost in a style space where it's coming up short. Freshness could be the issue. Enjoyable but not sure about a repeat performance.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of vande
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: very lively beer. lots of rising bubbles, reaching the thin lacing of foam that floats upon the top of this coppery golden brew..

s: light sent of bitter hops... slight citrus effect

t: strong. alcohol is present with a decent blend of malt backbone and hop goodness...bitter back end..

m: lighter and somewhat creamy. interesting.

o: pretty good beer. not sure how long its been in my fridge...maybe interesting to sample a fresher one to taste/smell the differences that i'm sure would be present...

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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

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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-01-13 in Columbia, PA

A - Amber-orange with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Naval orange flesh, floral, light tropical. Not very aromatic but pleasant.

T - Hop forward, orange and pineapple flesh, grapefruit juice bitterness, light malt and plenty of oily hop bud goodness. Boozy. Dries pretty well with plenty of lingering bitterness that is somewhat leafy and harsh.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Resinous and prickly.

O - This DIPA has a lot going for it. I think with some improvements to the aroma and making a little less boozy tasting, it could be a contendor for a high rating. Interesting enough to keep checking out this beer and brewery.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tuliped glass

Appearance: Beer pours a one finger head that is reducing and leaving some lacing on the glass. A nice burnt orange and red color and very foggy/hazy. Saw some particles floating around in the beer from the botton of the bottle to the glass. Really hope those floaties were part of the package and not a dissapointment of things to come. Finally can see carbonation in the glass after things have settled. I still see floaties in the beer, but still drinking it.

Smell: Very clean orange/tangerine/grapefruit right up front. Some breadiness and pine are right behind

Taste: Same as above. Bready yeast and pine are more prevalent. Bitterness is really high. Oh,oh there are the booze. Will have to say that the booze is hidden nicely and not upfront right at ya.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, slightly chewy, boozy, medium carbonation.

Overall: This was a nice little treat from our trip to an from Pittsburgh. Happy that I picked up a bottle and hopefully someday will have more from this Tri State brewery. Hopefully they will start to distribute to the eastern side of the state. Don't see myself going to the Pittsburgh area too often in the future.

I will have to say that I don't mind the floaties, but others might. They ahould let people know that it is bottle coniditioned or slightly unfiltered. Still a good beer and it didn't ruin my review. Thanks boys.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of nhindian
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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TRI-PA from Full Pint Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.