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Notorious Triple IPA - Boneyard Beer Company

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Notorious Triple IPA
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250 Ratings
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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 252
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jdense on 06-14-2011)
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t0rin0, Aug 24, 2012
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dannykugler, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Arbitrator
4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Arbitrator, Jun 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

Beer21, May 10, 2012
Photo of hopsbreath
4.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

hopsbreath, May 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

guajolote, Mar 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -12.7%

IpeeA, Mar 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

msubulldog25, Feb 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Diomede, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of dlawrence
4.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

dlawrence, Jan 10, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

ellswrth, Jan 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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!

SirWilliam666, Dec 20, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

jag21, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

gizmodave, Dec 07, 2011
Photo of HopHead84
4.38/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

HopHead84, Dec 05, 2011
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4.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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

barleywinefiend, Dec 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

grittybrews, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +9.2%

boralyl, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Elimination
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A beer like this is exactly the name. Notorious...

Huge blasting orange with a bit of dull shading in the center. Thick juicy white head just grabbing onto the glass.

Smell of strong grapefruit, pine sap, a bit of juniper. Smell of warn liquor and a bit of woody character, oak like and some sour apple

Taste bursts with grapefruit and sticky pine needles The alcohol presents itself not as harsh or bitter but more like a well rounded tequila. Has a sweet aftertaste that coats the tongue with more tropical citrus that stays with you

This beer is big thick and in your face. One of the best of those huge ipa's that everyone loves. Just hope it comes back around again.

Elimination, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.8/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

John_M, Jul 28, 2011
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4.7/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Cyberkedi, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of chumba526
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears solid clear gold with a small white head.

It smells of resinous hops. I get an earthy grassy dank smell. A bit of a floral smell and a mild citrus hop smell is noticeable I smell almost no malty flavor except for a mild sweet smell.

It tastes of dank hops. I get a floral and grassy flavor a mild orange like flavor and a bit of a pine like hop flavor. The beer has a bit of malty sweetness but for the alcohol content it is quite dry. The beer ends with a substantial amount of bitterness that is not over the top.

The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy.

Overall a great triple IPA. Unlike many triple IPAs this is not that sweet and it is somewhat light. This beer does a great job showcasing a plethora of hop flavor.

chumba526, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
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!

LordAdmNelson, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of jdense
4.43/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

jdense, Jun 14, 2011
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Notorious Triple IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
100 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.