Notorious Triple IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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Notorious Triple IPANotorious Triple IPA

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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 zildjian1z
4.81/5  rDev +5.7%
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 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 Stevedore
4.51/5  rDev -0.9%
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 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 beeraholico
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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 oceanman907
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
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 mrn1ceguy
4.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | 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.

Updated for a new growler that wasn't flat. Look is not as pretty because of the lingering lacing, but still a good looking beer. The nose is basically the same of what I remember. The taste is very crisp with a perfect balance of bitterness that lingers without ever getting in the way or offensive, making you want more the entire way. The feel is a standard IPA feel, clearly overshadowed by the taste and smell. Overall, still a fantastic west coast IPA.

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Photo of raynmoon
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 ajramirez1
4.93/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Bryan_Schmidt
5/5  rDev +9.9%
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 IrishColonial
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
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 therackman
4.99/5  rDev +9.7%
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 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 JerryG
4.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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 roger617
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Rifugium
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
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,'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 stevedj
4.79/5  rDev +5.3%
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 mc4z
4.84/5  rDev +6.4%
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 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 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 jrnyc
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 artoolemomo
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours up about a half a finger of head which appears to have excellent retention. The head is a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which shows as a golden straw when held up to the light. A good amount of sheeting.

Nose- Also subtle but still nice. Grapefruit with a warm mustiness. Some honey, orange and lemon. A hint of caramel. The mustiness builds and builds, making this beer more and more desirable. It also creates one of the nicest armpit aromas that I've ever encountered. Bright grapefruit and tangerine after being swirled. Lots of honey and caramel along with the strong must after it opens up. Some floral characteristics.

Taste- Starts off citrus (lots of orange and lemon with notes of tropical fruit). Lots of armpit mixed with caramel which moves into burnt caramel and matchstick. A very small amount of alcohol but it doesn't seem like a 12 % beer at all. Definitely will be a delight for a hophead but it also has enough juiciness and mustiness to appeal to the rest of us. Lots of grapefruit and earwax. The caramel mellow this out quite a bit. A really good beer that revealed itself to be a great beer when I drank it next to some Pliny. The juice, nectar, and honey build as this opens up. Ample spice finish pushes against the biter hops well- both the caramel and spice really rein in this beer. This beer has brilliant integration with overwhelming complexity.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with minor notes of syrup. Carbonation matches the spice finish of the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Remarkably easygoing for a very hoppy and very alcoholic beer. 5 dollars for a 6 oz pour at Apex is a little steep while the 4 bucks for a 250 mL glass at Belmont Station seems like a steal.

Overall- Solid, great beer. At first, I understood the high ratings but did not appreciate them. Now, I do. This is a must try for almost anyone. This is one of those beers that has a linger that last for days.

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Photo of vkv822
4.54/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

on-tap @ Horse Brass Pub.
served in snifter/goblet.

Clear, golden orange with a thin, foamy white head and nice lacing.

Wow, huge citrus notes. Grapefruit and tropical fruit hop notes with just enough crackery, sweet malt backbone to keep it in check. A slight boozy, warmth in the finish.

Medium body, foamy carbonation. The alcohol leaves a slight warming feeling without the boozy, burn of some high ABV beers.

A real treat that I am happy to have tried and that I certainly won't pass on in the future. The ABV comes through a bit, though I wouldn't have guessed it to be 12%.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Notorious Triple IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
99 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.