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Notorious Triple IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 516
Avg: 4.52
pDev: 7.96%
Wants: 426
Gots: 40 | 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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 516
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.77/5  rDev -16.6%
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 StonedTrippin
4.2/5  rDev -7.1%
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 Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Major thanks to John for this extra!

Decanted from a 32oz. growler into a Deschutes teku (I know, blasphemy, but I don't have a Boneyard glass yet). Translucent amber with a full finger of white head (held up amazingly after a week in the growler), which retains as a ringlet, lacing the glass nicely. Blast of fresh, juicy, West Coast hops in the aroma! Pine, oily grapefruit and orange, pineapple, cat pee, marijuana..it's pretty much hops all the way. More of the same in the taste, dank, rindy, citrus oils, tropical fruits, ammonia, pot; there's a definite sweet caramel malt base that can't be avoided, but unlike many DIPAs or "TIPAs" that turn into malt-bombs when the brewers try for that higher ABV, the malt profile here is very tame and the hops stay fully in charge. So I'd say the malt character is "quite appropriate." Speaking of ABV, I would never have guessed this at 12%...I mean there is some booziness for sure, and yeah, I'm definitely feeling the strength already, but tastewise, the alcohol intrusion is relatively moderate. Medium body, crisp but unctuous mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, slightly "sticky" in the aftertaste. This harkens back to the first time I tried Pliny the Younger, and I dare say I like this one better than PtY in the past 2 or 3 years. I want more of this...a lot more.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Growler thanks to Todd. Served in a DryHop taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, cap, and splotchy lacework. Transparent golden body that is surprisingly lighter than Hop Venom was?

S - Big dank onion, grapefruit zest, burnt sugars, tropical fruit melange. Big, sweet, and brash, but with well-hidden booze. Aroma leaps out of the glass and strikes the appropriate balance for the gloriously American Triple IPA style.

T - The taste is a similar mix of brown sugar, caramel, tropical fruits, grapefruit zest, hint of chive, and moderate-to-low lingering hop bitterness. Again, no booze here; arguably crushable.

M - Medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation that keeps things from getting to heavy. Dry finish, with some unsurprising warming alcohol; probably wouldn't guess 12% though.

D - This was awesome. Even though I was disappointed by Hop Venom, this beer saved the day and reasserted Boneyard as a fine purveyor of hoppy brews. I returned to the growler numerous times, and it unfortunately caught up to me about 8 hours later when I nearly fell asleep at Lincoln Tap Room. I'll be seeking this one out again.

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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 mothman
4.1/5  rDev -9.3%
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 Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -11.9%
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 HopHead84
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


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 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.61/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

10oz at Latona Pub

A - Served a darker orange, almost red with a foamy light tan head with decent retention and lots of lacing left on the glass.

S - Grass, alcohol, pine, orange peel.

T - Sweet dark orange, grassy, almost herbal. Alcohol heat is there, but still pretty easy drinking.

D - Decent carbonation with a medium body.

O - I finally tracked this one down, and a few days before I head to Bend. Hoppy and some alcohol heat, but a truly great Triple IPA. Get it if you can.

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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 dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

on tap, brouwers

Hot mama - this stuff is legit. Pungent tropical fruit, blood orange, mandarin, pine. On the sweet side and with enough alcohol heat to keep you honest, but this was really exceptional. Much better than hop venom, imo. Unfortunate that the kegs kick so quickly, would have loved to have more than just one.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a pretty clear golden amber with a typical off-white head. Aroma is EXTREMELY hoppy and evergreen with a surprising honey-sweet undertone. Drinking this beer is like drinking one of Oregon’s famous Douglas firs - it is seriously evergreen, yet has almost no bitterness and is rather sweet. Thick, smooth, mildly fizzy texture leaves an evergreen and subtly sweet finish.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Unfortunatly the growler I received leaked, so the beer was flat. Therefore take this review with a grain of salt.

That being said the absense of head (from being flat) actually makes this a very pretty beer. Looks just like a glass of Mott's applejuice.

Despite having no head, the smell is fantastic. I can't think of a better way to say this, but the smell is very heart warming.

The upfront taste is crips, clean and smooth. I will pass on rating the back end because its flat.

Likewise, I will pass on rating the feel because its flat.

Overall this is a solid beer, and when I combine it with my memory of RPM and Hop Venom, I think this would be fantastic. Looks like I'm back trying to trade for another growler as this was too good to not do it right.

Note: The entire review will be deleted and replaced if/when I get a new growler.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.46/5  rDev -23.5%
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 Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a lighter yellow body, one finger thick white head with good retention; a small bit of lacing though not a ton. Smells of rich grapefruit and pine aromas, very sweet caramel and biscuit. Very rich aroma that coats my nose in a pleasant haze of sweet grapefruit rind. Very nice. Flavour is similarly separated into two extremes that don't clash at all; strong caramel and biscuit sweetness mixes in very nicely with a strong grapefruit and pine hop aromatic flavours, finishing with a moderately piney bitterness. No onions or off-flavours, simply a very clean expression of over-the-top hops and malts. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not syrupy, dry and just about perfect for any IIIPA I've had thus far. Overall, excellent IIIPA that is one of the best beers I've tried from the PNW.

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Photo of anteater
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bailey's

A: Light golden color, clear, thin white head

S: Pungent citrus, grass, dank, garlic, onions

T: Huge huge flavor similar to the nose - lots of citrusy hops, onions, garlic and some floral qualities

M: Pretty standard, not too heavy for a 12% beer

O: One of my favorite IPAs. Had it back to back with the Younger and they were very similar.

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Photo of flexabull
4.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

32 growlerette that my younger brought back from Bend for me, shared with him, thanks bro!

Pouts a slightly hazed gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are fantastic. Lots of pineapple, sugar, with some light floral hops and stinky resin.

Taste follows the nose. Big blast of pineapple up front, creamy, and somewhat sweet, with hard candy and sugar notes. Finish is resiny, sticky, with bitter pine, and a mixture of tropic fruits. No alcohol hints at all.

Mouthfeel is smooth, spot on carbonation, thick, but not heavy. Excellent.

Overall, superb. This beers can easily hold a candle to Pliny the Younger. While that beer was more of an assault on the taste buds and a sipper, this one is more much balanced and went down in gulps. 11.8% ABV?! Could have fooled me. Seek this one out, top notch, and brewed often enough that it isn't a pain to track down like PTY is.

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Photo of Arbitrator
4.37/5  rDev -3.3%
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 jegross2
4.36/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Hootie159
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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 BarrytheBear
4.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

32 oz growler courtesy of Duane. His generosity knows no satiety. Thanks a bunch buddy!

Pours a nice golden yellow with a thin cap and nice lacing. Enticing looking for realz.

Smells like sugared mango smoothy surprise....high five.

What an icky sticky little fickle. Big sticky hops, tastes like a sweaty Carribean wet dream.

Triple IPAs tend to suck. This not only doesn't suck, it's fucking delicious. Big hoppy sex in a growler. Raw dogs....

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Photo of draheim
4.45/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Notorious Triple IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
98 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.