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Notorious Triple IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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Notorious Triple IPANotorious Triple IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by jdense on 06-14-2011

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Orange color, not much head. Great aroma, very fruity, very nice. Flavor is off, very bitter but just doesn't follow the aroma and I don;t like it. Super boozy.

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Photo of Rosanne
3.5/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Low aroma, mid carbonation, sweet with a little bitter, sweet with a little bitter linger. Similar to Alpha Queen Imperial IPA but without the underarm sweat.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Boneyard Beer Company, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Growler pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and herbal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty but has a slightly better hop presence in the aroma.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.92/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

8 oz at Apex.

A: Orange tinted yellow with thin fluffy head. Drifting bubbles. Aced it.

N: Loads of pineapple and grapefruit. Citrus has a nice malt base. Very little pine or earth, and I'm OK with that. Clementine, mango, passionfruit.

T: Intensely sweet with tons of the aforementioned grapefruit and pineapple. Biscuit and pine in small doses. Lots of candied fruits and sugar. Bit of a letdown, but still good.

A: Heavy and sticky. Noticeable alcohol.

O: A really good TIPA, but not necessarily the top tier. Needs more earthy balance, because it's currently a bit too much. Just far too sweet; maybe the previous batches were better?

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Copper body. Not much of a heaf. Big bubbles in the collar. Otherwise just a bit of surface lace.

Smell - Very hoppy. Dank might be the descriptor, but I've never been big on that. Strong pine, grapefruit. Very simcoe-y. Some booze and sweetness.

Taste - Whoa, hoppy, boozy, and dry. Strong hop presence much like the smell. Simcoe and cascade would be my guess. Sweetness is very brief. It drops off quickly and makes it dry.

Mouthfeel - Never seems 12% heavy. Very well attenuated, but that has its pitfalls. Medium carbonation. Rough aftertaste.

Overall - I think I prefer the Hop Venom to this. It is a very impressive IPA for its size. Only a few breweries can pull this off, but this doesn't quite compare to things likr Ephraim.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.04/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap with an 8 oz pour into a pint glass.

A- Poured a mostly clear orange color with soapy white head that left some splashy lace.

S- The aroma is a little off. I am getting a wet dog type smell and some fairly strong tropical fruit notes in the background. This beer bar has a good reputation and I have not have issues before, but I have a feeling the off order is due to unclean glassware.

T- Huge tropical fruit notes, big juicy mango, peach, pineapple, tangerine, and grapefruit notes. Very juicy hop notes, some sweet malt character and moderate to light bitterness.

M- Big warming, full bodied, very dry, not very sticky, and remarkably easy to drink for the ABV.

O- This tastes like a world class DIPA and is so easy to drink. My major knock on this beer was the aroma was a little unpleasant. I will give Boneyard the benefit of the doubt on this one and will definitely revisit this beer that I actually have wanted to try for a long time now. The aroma was a little off so I have to score the aroma the way it was in the glass, but I can't wait to try it again.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazed golden bronze. Slight floaties in the glass.

Hop resiny and sticky. Dank and weedy. A little more juicy and fruity than the dipa.

Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied.

Good, but not tropical.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reddish copper with a thin but substantial blanket of foam that retains throughout.

Heavyweight hops provide a garlicky dankness on the nose that is actually quite pleasant and mouthwatering.

Flavor is a mix of savory and floral features that is at once quenchably refreshing and yet like finishes like a dry wine.

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Photo of ZRBE
4.16/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Served in a snifter at Bailey's.

First impression... Not what it was last year. Great, don't get me wrong, but things seemed to make their way to Portland much slower this year than last. This and Younger made much earlier appearances last year, and were that much more fresh.

Last year this stuff reeked of pineapple, this year its much more subdued. Much more pine coming through, the citrus is more prominent as well. A good amount of sweetness, good carb, light head. Most people in PDX have been saying it was better than PtY this year. I think the age of both is the big factor as it was the other way around last year, but I'm still inclined to agree.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

truly a stunning beer. about as strong as hoppy be can be and still be reasonable, but this never seems big for the sake of being big, although it undoubtedly is. the hops are so fresh in this muted thick and incredibly cloudy brew. the head never settles and ring lacing appears on every sip, leaving a horizontal zebra in the glass when the pint (yes pint!) is exhausted. aroma of mango and other tropical fruits, and of course this insane hop resin that mixes fruity with bitter in a way that seems too delicate for a beer this large. the flavor is just the same, with a definite mango character to the honey textured hops. it never shows its alcohol strength, and actually i find myself drinking it pretty swiftly given its size. great big ipa, extremely well done, seems more of a creative exploration than a junk measuring contest, which i appreciate in so many ways. thanks for making this boneyard, its delicious.

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Photo of danh53
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a dark amber color and I can see through the glass. Looks like a west coast IPA. I get a lot of pineapple on the aroma along with sweet, sticky hop resin. Taste is sweet apple, pineapple, grape, pear, and white wine. There's an earthy bitterness on the finish. The feel is syrupy, thick, and sweet and the 12% is well hidden. This is one of the better triple IPAs, but the style isn't one of my favourites.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32 oz crowler. Pours hazy deep orange, finger white head with good retention, soapy lace. Light sweet n citrusy aroma. Big flavors hide the huge abv, sweet malt and citrus peel balance pretty well with the edge going to the sweet side. Earthy hop finish. Slick mouthfeel. Very good triple IPA.

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Photo of jegross2
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing Notorious from Boneyard Beer Company out of Bend, Oregon.

Score: 93

64 oz growler filled in early March and consumed 03/13/14. Fittingly served in a Hopslam snifter

Appearance: Pours an orange-copper color that slightly fades to golden hue at bottom of glass with a thin layer of head that totally settles. Not much lacing or retention to speak of, but the brew does has nice oily legs. 4/5

Smell: HUGE notes fresh mango slices and peaches in flush, along with notes of pineapple, orange, and grapefruit. Lovely pine character too. Caramel malt underlies the hoppiness, with a light tinge of alcohol. I really love the mango-forward fruitiness of the nose! 4.75/5

Taste: Bold, bitter with a heavy caramel malt backbone and delectable tropical fruit overlay. The tropical fruitiness is dialed down relative to the nose, but still amply present. Mango and grapefruit juiciness comes through mostly upfront, with the caramel malt, bitterness and a little booziness defining the finish. Has a lasting bitter caramel and pine flavor. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium body, low carbonation. Quite oily mouthfeel. Dry finish. Bitter, but has an underlying malty sweetness. 4.25/5

Overall: I could have sworn that the previous growler I had of this beer was less malty, but I enjoyed this beer thoroughly nonetheless. The ABV is not completely hidden, but this beer is dangerously crushable at 12% ABV. Boneyard makes some excellent IPA.

Cost: $25 for a counter-pressured 64 oz growler.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.36/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler from Main Brew. A well done TIPA is joyous experience, one I haven't had in a few years (since I last had Younger, IIRC)

A clear, burnished copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and moderate lacing. The nose makes me smile. Massive, juicy, pungent grapefruit, tangerine and pine hop aromatics are immediately apparent. Very, very fruity, with peach and mango buoyed by candied orange peel, weed and floral hop aromatics. Some honey and table sugar sweetness is noticeable.

The palate is great! Opening with a big, juicy, fruity grapefruit, orange, peach and some mango, this beer is loaded with hop flavor without a commensurate bitterness. Instead of bitterness, the fruity hop flavors segue into a dank, weed-like hop flavor and then, the sweeter, honey and candied citrus flavors. Some sugar is apparent in the mid-palate, lending a mild sugar syrup-like flavor to the finish. This, however, isn't to the beers detriment since this is incredibly fresh right nose, and the hop aromatics and flavor dominate. Along with this, fruity flavors and a mild pine bitterness linger on the finish. The nature of the finish is a little disappointing in that I expect my TIPAs to show a balance between (read: stuffed to the gills equally with) flavor, bitterness and oily hop resins, and in the second and third categories, this beer doesn't go happily overboard. Alcohol is shockingly well-hidden in this medium-bodied beer. The sweetness does hinder drinkability some; this isn't a beer I could drink a whole (2liter) growler of solo. Highly recommended.

Where does this beer fall in comparison to other TIPAs? IMO, this should be tied for 2nd (along with the better batches of Exponential Hoppiness) behind Younger, and a step above Brass Knuckle/ Drake's Black Label.While I have a lot of quibbles about this beer, none are serious enough to make me not wish I had a second (tiny) growler for tomorrow night.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12/03/2011

On tap at Strong Ale 2011.

A: Yellow gold with an inch of white foam.

S: Apricot blends with peach, mango, and passion fruit. Alcohol is light. The hop profile is bright and fresh, with a little underlying bready malt character. Floral hops emanate from the glass.

T: Sweet citrus, reminiscent of apricot, orange, and grapefruit flesh with lighter rind notes. For 12% the alcohol is dangerously well hidden, until the finish that is. Malt imparts a little bread, sweetness, and caramel.

M: Medium in body with upper medium carbonation.

Overall: This is quite good. For the high ABV you'd expect it to be sweet and malty (especially coming from Oregon) but it's pretty dry.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled grenade (500 mL growler) into a glass. Courtesy of ramnuts and his smooth ways with the lady bartenders. Thanks, Frank!

After an especially grueling day, I cracked this bad boy at 11:30 pm (yes, I do have to be at work at 9 am tomorrow, why do you ask?).

A: Pours a clear pale golden-orange body with a half-finger of moderately retaining off-white head. Thin to nonexistent collar and scattered, broken bubbles on top of the beer.

S: Candied grapefruit, orange, and tangelo. As it warms, light pineapple and peach tease in the background. I can smell the sugar here. I know this clocks in at 12%, but I can't pick up a whiff of that on the nose. Dangerous.

T: Immensely balanced. It leads with citrusy hops, but with an undercurrent of grass that distract from the sugary malt sweetness. Make no mistake; it's an intense beer, with a lot of flavor, but it doesn't give the impression that any one flavor dominates over another. Grass becomes prominent in the finish and lingers into the aftertaste.

M: This is warming on the way down, but there's no burn the ABV and almost no syrupiness. That's where Brass Knuckle and Drake's Triple Hopocalypse fell short, in my opinion. This one easily overcomes that hurdle and delivers a fantastic mouthfeel for such an aggressive beer.

O: I hate to do this to every triple IPA that comes along, but I have to: I compare it to Pliny the Younger. Does this beat it? No. Is it an excellent, nearly-as-good alternative? Yes. Lately, given the shitshow to get Younger, I'm finding that nearly-as-good is a much better value. I'm a little surprised that there isn't more buzz over this beer, but I suspect that's because Portland is doing what Portland does best: drinking it.

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Photo of -Rick
4.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gold/orange color with a slight white head. Big danky hop smell to this one. Can smell it without putting it up to your nose. Tastes of pine, oranges, and malt. This is a big IPA, but the alcohol is blended well within it. Great beer!

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Photo of Hop_God
4.39/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had on Tap at Hopocalypse Day 1/23/16

A: creamy slight haze glowing orange to straw yellow.

S: Burst of hops, booze and fruit

T: same as nose, tropical fruit with bitter resin, citrus peel and more booze.

F: pretty creamy, but still harsh with the ABV

O: really amazing Triple.

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Photo of Braz
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright amber color. Not much head but no matter. I smell hints of pineapple. Surprisingly smooth taste. Again faint pineapple tones. Hops are heavy but masked to my surprise. I didn't read a description of the beer but I wouldn't be taken aback if there was fruit of some kind in this. Delicious.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hand bottle from Tony.

This is a pretty crazy beer, a really interesting take on the triple IPA. Pours lighter than I expected, a tawny gold color, RPM IPA looks like a red ale next to this one! Pure white head bubbles up, a nice looking beer, though not what I was expecting for a triple IPA... cool!

Nose is hops hops hops. The hop bill reminds me a bit of RPM, and with the flavor, this beer could be an approximate triple of RPM. Which is awesome. Some of the solventy hop aromas are there, reminding me that this is indeed a triple IPA (Founder's Devil Dancer comes to mind for these aromas). Flavor is remarkably hoppy, but so hoppy that it kind of stuns the palate, making the beer seem less hoppy... does that make sense? Nicely carbonated, giving the beer a light refreshing feel. This is a really hoppy brew, focusing on the piney-herbal-floral side (I think), but definitely drinkable too. At 12%, this guy drinks like 7%, which is amazing.

It's nice to try a triple IPA that drinks like an IPA and not one of the more laborious, sticky sweet TIPAs out there. Nice one here!

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Photo of jdense
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Boneyard Tasting Room, 6.13.11, multiple samples.

Bright white head, fairly quick dissipation, above average lacing. Deep gold clear body, multiple streams of carbonation. Nose is a slight bit more tropical than citrus, bready malts. Big hop blast up front in the taste, not overwhelmingly hop forward like a lot of other triple IPAs, re the Younger and that god awful Founders version. Mouthfeel is medium not a lot of effervescence. Dangerously drinkable, I had a hard time picking up any alcohol heat, which was a major surprise. I don't expect the growler of this I bring to PDX BA Beer Camp this weekend will last more than a couple of minutes. I wish all high ABV IPAs were this drinkable. This is a really good beer. Worth seeking out--or coming to Bend for!

EDIT-Bumped smell score up. Other than the Barley Brown's Head Shake, this is the closest thing aroma-wise to PP Poor Man's.

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Photo of frasergrove
4.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: thick frothy white head, light haziness, darker golden

S: bright burst of a complex hop blend, light dankness, very clean

T: quick sweet note from the alcohol, bit of pine and citrus, not overpowering or boozy

F: good bitter bite, which fades to crisp finish, slight sweetness

O: killer triple IPA, 100% more sessionable (and enjoyable) than PtY, similar to Knee Deep Simtra. Cannot believe this is 12%

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Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1/2 pint glass @ Chuck's. Pours a clear copper w/ a sticky head.

Aroma is dank, dank, dank. Resinous pine and citrus.

Taste follows nose. Big sticky resinous pine and citrus hops balanced by a heavy dose of pale malt.

Mouthfeel is chewy, thick but well carbed.

Overall a huge imperial IPA, comparable to or even more impressive than Pliny the Younger. Dangerous.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark slightly hazy copper. Marks come from the lacing and head. Poured with a multiple finger frothy head. Great lacing. Very impressive for a triple ipa. Great smell. Booze does not come through which I prefer in this case. Nice balance of fruit and a bit of pine. First taste is juicy fruit. Unfortunately booziness then comes in and throws it a little out of whack. Considering abv is well within reason. Feel is very juicy. Best one I've had from this brewery.

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Photo of hopsbreath
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at Apex (2-11). Enjoyed alongside Pliny the Younger to see if the comparison was valid. Nice tropical fruit forward nose and taste, big alcohol warming sensation lets me know to be careful, less bitterness than I expected, a touch sweeter than PtY. Very creamy beer with a slick finish. While very similar in appearance (both beers are pale gold) Notorious looks exceptional with a light amount of haze a fantastic lacing.

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Notorious Triple IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.