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Notorious Triple IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 494
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 23.89%
Wants: 417
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  12.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jdense on 06-14-2011

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Photo of sergeantstogie
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As I rate more beers I am more likely to call BS on all 5's. Especially some of my own. This beer was perfect. On tap at The Hoppy Brewer. Beautiful bright copper/orange with a nice sticky head. The head lasted. I could have smelled it all night. An intoxicating melange of tropical, fruity and dank hops. They really married together to just create a wonderful aroma all it's own. The taste was an intense and bitter version of the aroma. No cloying sweetness. No burn of alcohol which is impressive in a 12% ABV beer. My buddy who is not as much of a beer but, immediately commented on how incredibly smooth it was. And he was right. For a huge beer it was insanely drinkable. These big bad Imperial IPAs can go off the rails really easy but a gentle hand was at work with this beer. Well done Boneyard! Really worth all 5s.

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Photo of beeraholico
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy smokes! Watch out Pliny the Younger... Notorious is in the house! This is the perfect IIPA! It tastes like a lightweight double, but is NOT... This is a great beer!!

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Photo of danbronson
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at Brouwers toward the end of a beer-tourism trip to Seattle. Over the last 5 days I've sampled dozens of IPAs, often asking brewers or bar owners for the one they considered the most explosively hoppy. This beer put every other one I've had to shame. By far the biggest, hoppiest, and most delicious IPA I've ever had.

Look: Crystal clear, pale golden colour. Fluffy head that stuck around until the bottom of the glass. Thick lacing as the beer disappeared.

Aroma: I had just finished a rather strong, hoppy double IPA and my palate was already accustomed to hops when this was placed in front of me. I could smell it clearly from a foot and a half away as the bartender served it. Gigantic, fresh, hoppy goodness. Lots of peach and other sweet fruits. Powerful pine/resin. Not heavy on the citrus but it was there. It is complex, but not muddled.

Taste: More of the same (lots of sweet fruit and resin), with some maltiness. Very balanced malts, not too sweet, they stay in the background where they should be. Every sip was explosive and surprisingly hoppy. There is a strong sweetness that is obviously from the hops and not the malts. Somehow deliciously 'planty,' not in the vegetal or grassy way that so many IPAs are. Alcohol was nearly hidden at 12% (how did they do this?)! Extremely well balanced and yet powerful.

Mouthfeel: Not even close to being astringent. Instead it's slick/sticky. Very sticky, like it was coating my mouth in oil. The bitterness (which is high but extremely smooth) was just a pleasant, smooth tingle. The beer was insanely drinkable and far from heavy or cloying.

Overall: As close to a perfect beer as I have ever had. It has raised the bar on IPAs for me considerably. An absolutely delicious, huge IPA. Now if only they distributed to Canada...

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Photo of Bryan_Schmidt
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my favorite beer I've ever tasted. I've had the chance to drink it twice, each time at a double and triple IPA festival that also featured Pliny the Younger and other sought-after beers. It's similar to Younger, but I like it better.

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Photo of therackman
4.99/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best beer I've ever tasted. Had 10 oz. pour on tap at the growler cafe in Lebanon, OR 1/2/15. This is my fourth time tasting notorious over the past 3 years and each has been one of my most memorable moments tasting beer. The rest I cannot put into words. You have to try for yourself.

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Photo of JerryG
4.95/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Served in a 6oz snifter on tap.

This is probably the most aromatic IPA I have ever tried. As soon as the bar keep set it down, everyone up and down the bar could smell it. Fresh pine, citrus primary, herbaceous and dank as a secondary impression. A very rounded hop nose

Color is deep gold / orange with a white effervescent head, medium size bubbles. Lighter than what you would expect for a 12%

Taste is a hopsplosion. Basically more of the fully rounded hop nose with the addition the right amount of bitterning, not too much, but still plenty. Good overall citrus and malt balance. For a 12% not a lot of malt or sweetness.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and sticky.

A very big beer overall, but still drinkable. Closest to Pliny the Younger. Highly recommend.

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Photo of ajramirez1
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Awesome imperial IPA. Great taste. Had this on multiple times in the past. Recently had this side by side with Pliny the Younger. This beer is solid as hell.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.93/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This was an outstandingly good beer. Maybe the best triple IPA I've had. Had on tap at apex, this is a beer heaven.

The beer pours a nice light orange and gold color, a ring of white head.

The smell is the die for. Especially for a hop head like myself. It is just loaded with dank, dank hops. All kinds of hop aromas combine to form an amazingly appetizing and amazing aroma, I imagine they are using all kinds of northwest varietals for this. It's just so fresh and amazing.

The taste follows extremely close, it really tastes like an alpine super hoppy beer, which in my book is high praise. Super juicy citrus, plants, ganja, semi sweet malts, dank hops. Outstanding, just outstanding.

The feel is awesome and sticky, great bitterness and aftertaste.

Wow, try this if you see it, totally amazing this is first rate.

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Photo of switzer
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Apex in Portland

This beer has a lot of hype. I haven't had the younger but I've heard and read that this is a legit rival. The accolades here are just deserved. This is delicious all the way through. Entirely drinkable while only feeling the alcohol vs tasting it. It's an initial grapefruit bomb splashed with tasty hops. The hops takeover but are in no way overpowering. If it weren't for being hammered I could drink this one for quite a while and not tire of it at all. It's thick but not syrupy. Absolutely delicious and happy to have found it before it went away for the year. A must try.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A: Poured a yellowish orange with a nice white cap

S: Nose is big pine, citrus but tons or orange peel, grapefruit and some booze

T: Big amounts of pine, grapefruit and orange peel. Very sweet, caramel, acidic and stinging. Lots of hops but no way I get 12%. Lots of flavor.

M: Medium body, pretty oily not as bad as some big IIPAs I have had.

O: A huge hop forward beer as it should be. I personally thought Hop Venom was a bit more well rounded and just as tasty/hop forward

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Photo of mc4z
4.84/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On-tap at Toronado (SF), x2. Pours a nice opaque orange with good head + retention. The smell is pungent tropical and citrus fruit with a bit of caramel. I get grapefruit, lemon, orange, mango, and misc. tropical fruits on the taste. It is a bit sweet, but not nearly as much as a lot of other triple IPAs. The feel is a bit resiny but overall this drinks incredibly well for the ABV. Overall, I'm pretty blown away by this one. Easily in my top few double/triple IPAs.

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Photo of dlawrence
4.82/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When it comes to extreme IPAs the theme tends to be the more bitter the better, balance be damned. They can be fun, but I often walk away feeling like someone took a chinook flamethrower to the back of my mouth.

With notorious this is not the case. This has got to be one of the most balanced and surprisingly (dangerously) sessionable triple IPAs that I've ever had.

Serving type: hand bottle from Tony

Appearance is yellow-orange with a decent head (considering the miles traveled to Cleveland)

Aroma is dank, huge grapefruits, lots of pine, and a hint of booze.

Taste starts out by echoing the aroma with strong notes of grapefruit, pine, and a moderate hop bitterness that is backed up with what is at first only a subtly perceptible docket of honey-like malt flavors. The booze is slightly perceptible as the hop flavors fade (at 12% these liquor flavors are incredibly well hidden). The beer finishes strong with the malt flavors building to a sweet end-note that balance the lingering hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light and dry considering the malts needed to achieve this kind of ABV.

Overall an outstanding example of the triple IPA. Delivers for the hop-heads, disguises its booze, and balances any lingering hop bitterness with a strong malt bill.

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Photo of John_M
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Belmont Station the other day.

The beer pours a peachy gold color with good head retention and lacing. The beer certainly looks pretty good, but then I stuck my beak in the glass. Mama mia!!! On the nose I get an outrageous aroma of dank weed, huge pine, and dry citrus. This is one impressive smelling DIPA. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this "West Coast" all the way DIPA. The beer is pretty dry as DIPA's go, with just enough sweet malt and tropical fruit to balance the avalanche of hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and it's nothing short of amazing how light on its feet this beer is. Yet for all that, this beer is also a bit thick and viscuous on the palate. Otherwise, this beer drinks like a DIPA with considerably less alcohol, though the numbing sensation I experienced after just a single glass was a tip off that the alcohol was up there a bit.

Just an absolutely superb DIPA from the folks at Boneyard. This beer reminds me very much of the outstanding Ephraim from Hill Farmstead. Very, very impressive.

Edit from 4/13. The new batch is out, and if anything, it's even better than the previous batch I had (no small feat). The current batch seems to have a bit more tropical fruit and an amazing sauterne flavor that I just love. I thought there a bit less pine on the nose, but there's still plenty of dank week and wet earth, which was plenty good enough to keep this hophead happy. What's truly amazing about this beer, however, is how well the alcohol is hidden. There's no heat whatsoever on the finish, and the light mouthfeel to this beer is nothing short of extraordinary.

While still not in the same class as PTY (IMHO), this is the first beer I can recall having where I think it's something folks can argue about.. Yes, it really is THAT good!

Edit from 10/13. So the latest batch is now out, and I'll be damned, it's the best batch yet. It is becoming increasingly difficult for me not to give this beer a Younger-like score.

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Photo of zildjian1z
4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Really good IPA, and very drinkable for a beer with such a high ABV. However, I think I prefer Boneyard's Hop Venom double IPA over this just slightly.

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Photo of stevedj
4.79/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is an incredibly easy-drinking DIPA, especially for 12%.

Great hop balance between citrus and tropical fruit. Nice light but flavorful malt profile.

The mouth feel is on the dry side, but this, in tandem with the incredibly balanced hop/malt combination is what helps to create the fantastic drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of mfavoino
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served on tap at Saraveza in Portland on 2/23/13.

A: Light orange with a soapy-looking head that retained for a bit. Nice lacing.

S: Possibly the best smelling beer I've ever tried. Bursting with tropical fruit. Pineapple, citrus, light grass. Smells like super fresh hops.

T: Follows the nose with juicy citrus hops. Grapefruit, pineapple, citrus, and enough of a malt bill to keep things balanced. Hops don't make you pucker as it finishes and leaves the palate feeling nice and clean. So fresh tasting.

M: Medium-heavy mouthfeel, but not syrupy or overwhelming. Alcohol is very, very subtle for a beer with this high of an abv. This might be more drinkable than it should be...

O: Lives up to the hype. Not sure if it was just this batch, but I was totally blown away. Please make more of this.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review from notes. Had on tap at Latona.

A: Pours a hazy orange with one finger of sudsy white head on top. Nice head retention, slowly reducing to a thin cap on top. Sheets of lacing form all around the glass.

S: Could smell this beer as soon as it was set in front of me. Tons of citrus and tropical fruits. Grapefruit, tangerine, papaya, and pineapple. There is a faint malty sweetness and a little bit of alcohol as it warms.

T: Follows the aroma with a ton of juicy citrus. More grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and tropical fruit. Very faint malt sweetness, but this one is all hops. Not overly bitter either.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Relatively easy drinking, probably because it tastes so good. ABV surprising at 12%.

O: Wow, loved this beer. Finished my glass and ordered a second right away. Look forward to having it again.

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Photo of kacytennic
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

triple IPA.A very solid beer, a great introduction, Taste and smell are beautiful and make this beer, back end is very full and perfect hop bitter. with a bit of kick in the finish.

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Photo of mabermud
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Filled a growler at Elizabeth Station for 2015, Bellingham, WA, Beer Week.

Look: The body of this beer appears hazy, golden, and orange. It looks thick coming out of the growler. The head is white and creamy. Sticky on the sides of the glass and persistent.
Smell: BOOM! BAM! BOOM! POW! A salvo of sweet and pungent hops attacking my senses. Sharp dankness, not regular dankness. A dank hop bomb in my nose. If I remember correctly, this smells similar to Pliny the Younger, only different.
Taste: Wow...Damn. This reminds me of PtY, just different. Super rich flavors of sweet and sharp hops combined with thick notes of pine. Easy and likable bitterness.
Feel: This feels so right in my chomper. Lower level of carbonation for a TIPA. Heavier body. Nice sudsy feeling. This goes down smooth.

Overall - The closest thing to PtY in my book. There are not many IPA style beers that would surpass Notorious IPA.

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Photo of oceanman907
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On Tap @ Apex i PDX

I Have heard a lot of noise about this beer and boy was it deserved! this beer is truly a marvel. Every other IPA that I have had that rise to go well above 10% become very boozy tasting and can't carry the hop flavor past a musty pine, probably because of the amount of sweet wort needed to get the alcohol level that high. but this beer was full of juicy sweet tangerine, lemon, and passionfruit flavors backed with an impossibly dry malt body that gets completely out of the way of the hop bouquet. The look is the only slight problem, not much lacing or head, at least on the glass I had, but with close to 12%, thats not really surprising. Sometimes you head of a whale and its not all its cracked up to be, and while this may be (in the words of one well known brewer from the area) a "stunt beer" this is worth the hype and the best IPA I have ever had. Bad ass tap handle with the biggie pic as well; Bring this too Alaska! maybe for culmination in August?!

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Photo of raynmoon
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tastes like a much bigger hop venom, very resinous, piney and juicy. The epitome of west coast, big IPA. This tastes exactly like Pliny the Younger. If you can get this, don't worry about younger.

Cellarmaker's Dank Statement is ALMOST as good as this. Very close.

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Photo of roger617
4.74/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Received this as an extra in the Homebrewtalk MAW thread. Growler poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright golden with very little head that reduces to next to nothing. There's a slight copper tone in the color.
S: This beer is quite possibly the most potent dank bomb I've encountered to date. Smelling this beer is nothing short of sticking your face in a freshly opened bag of hops. Citrus, grapefruit, and earthy floraly goodness that blows my mind. There's also a bit of bubble gum that started to come through as it warmed up a bit.
T: The taste of this certainly compliments the aroma. Very fruity with lots of sweetness that masks the ABV very well. I do get a slight alcohol burn, but it's so well disguised in the flavor it doesn't even matter that it's there.
M: Carbed very well, especially for a growler. With the thickness that a big beer demands, the carb level fits. Leaves a pretty dry after taste, but the flavor and aroma linger with the dryness.
O: This is easily the best Triple IPA I've ever had. Prior to this I bench marked to Devil Dancer - no more. With receiving this as an extra, I had hopes of it being good, but I did not anticipate this at all. I will absolutely be seeking this out again. From now on, I am always ISO: Notorious.

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Photo of jrnyc
4.72/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This absolutely an amazing beer. One of the best smelling beers I have ever had. Awesome taste, for such a big beer not syrupy or boozy, as good as it gets.

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Photo of IrishColonial
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Many thanks to TapThat for this growler. Pours a clear orange amber with a slight eggshell head. Smells of fresh C hops, grapefruit, pine, evergreen, very fresh. Tastes very crisp, lots of citrus, a bit of green apple, a bit of pine, a bit of boozy heat and nice malt backbone but not too bready. Mouthful is smooth and creamy without being to thin or too chewy. Doesn't feel its abv at all; tastes like a double IPA. One of the best triple IPAs in this great land or anywhere. Lived up to my expectations and more.

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Photo of SirWilliam666
4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become my fave IPA! As I say Avery's Hog Heaven is a Barley Wine for IPA lovers, this is a IPA for Barley Wine lovers! Pours a beautiful clean amber color, with a little light white head. Hop aroma fills the air as it pours. The only reason I marked the smell a little low is to leave room for true aroma brews, and the alcohol smell is a little strong if you smell it up close. The flavor is sweet, strong, caramel, smooth(hard to believe it's 12%) and lingers on the pallet. I pray if the Boneyard bottles anything, they bottle this. I would love to see how it ages!

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Notorious Triple IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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