Kraken - Triple Voodoo Brewing

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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 27.02%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Triple Voodoo Brewing visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ngeunit1 on 12-09-2012

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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 9
Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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3.68/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, CA.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest. Taste is much the same with a citrus zest flavor on the finish. There is a medium 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 and I am not getting any butter-like aromas and flavors that other reviews are mentioning.

More User Reviews:
Photo of USMCretired
1.51/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Buttered popcorn! I was excited to try this beer but was extremely dissapointed. Way too much diacetyl and oily mouthfeel, I warned a couple other people at the bar to stay away from this beer. Triple Voodoo needs to clean their lines because this beer is terrible. Couldn't even finish my pint.

Photo of largadeer
1.53/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Amber hued body with good clarity. Pours with a finger of head that recedes to a collar.

The aroma reeks of buttered popcorn, butterscotch, butter toffee and butter. It smells like some melted butter spilled into the keg. There's a hint of herbal hops. Buttered herbal hops.

I don't intend to sound redundant here, but this tastes like butter. There's a combination of buttered popcorn and butterscotch, with a hint of citrus that's desperately struggling to rise above the mire of diacetyl. The body is full, almost syrupy. The finish is slick, mildly bitter.

The next Pliny the Younger this is not.

Photo of kojevergas
2.34/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with decent label art and unbranded black pry-off pressure cap acquired at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz for $6.99 USD and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are quite low - I bought this before I was aware this beer has a "70" rating (as of 08.08.13). 9% ABV confirmed. Reviewed as an Imperial IPA because it identifies as such on the label. Brewed with Cascade hops and double dry hopped. Fermented on American Oak - ah, I'm starting to see why this might be a bad beer.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger wide head of beige colour. Nice soft complexion. Nice creaminess and thickness. Some even lacing as the head recedes. Retention is actually pretty good - about 5+ minutes.

Body colour is a fairly vibrant copper. Yeast particles are fucking abundant here; heavy yeast presence for the style. Plenty of fine chunks floating around everywhere. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty average for the style - but the yeast presence does stick out as odd.

Sm: Butterscotch diacetyl off notes right up front. Unexpected toffee. Grains. Pale and pils malts. Tropical fruit - pineapple, tangerine. Hop choices seem poor for the style. No yeast character is detectable, nor is any alcohol. The diacetyl certainly kills the aroma for me, but I could see where it might appeal to some. Sort of an ESB-meets-IPA type aroma, but it never quite smells like an Imperial IPA. A somewhat strong aroma, and the diacetyl definitely dominates. Not looking forward to trying it.

T: Diacetyl alright, but it's not intolerable. Just heavily butterscotchy and buttery. The BJCP could use this beer as their diacetyl off-flavour example; it's that prevalent. The hops are hidden by that off-note, but I guess I get pineapple and a touch of grapefruit citrus esters. Hop profile is poorly executed here; not sure what they were thinking with their hop selection. Tastes like a novice homebrewer went into the shop and just picked hops at random with no regard for alpha levels and whatnot. Pale and pils malts provide the grainy body. Artificial and one-dimensional. Its simplicity reveals its inferiority. Not enjoying this one. No complexity or subtlety at all. I do get a bit of vanilla, which lends a poor sweetness to the flavour profile. Oak aging was definitely an awful idea, but then any responsible brewer should have known that.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Decent carbonation. Artificial and buttery. Unnatural. Decent thickness and body. Poor presence on the palate. Suits the flavour profile somewhat. Unrefreshing. Not biting, harsh, oily, or gushed.

Dr: Why in hell are we oak aging IPAs now? What a shite example of an Imperial IPA. That said, it does hide its ABV decently. This is an Imperial IPA brewed for the ESB fan. As ESB is the one style I downright despise (currently; this may change in the future), I definitely wouldn't get it again. Poorly priced for the low quality. Garbage concept for a beer, garbage execution thereof. I'll get it down, but I won't enjoy it. Triple Voodoo just dropped to near the bottom of my to-try list.

Low D+

Photo of mactrail
2.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Hazy orange amber in the Duvel tulip. The head is quite lovely. Plenty of carbonation on the tongue. A whiff of hops and fresh sawdust. Insanely sweet with a dishwatery flavor. Leafy and herbal, like green tea. Hops are simply bitter. Sugary, burnt, vegetable broth.

Woody and flat. I don't taste the butter but it's certainly an acquired taste. Or in my case, undrinkable. From the 22 oz bottle bought at Monarch Beach Market in Dana Point.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Hazed dark copper/amber. Head is off-white, borderline dirty. Drops to a small creamy cap and collar. Sheets of lacing cling to the glass. Moderate carbonation.

Smell: Super malty and bready. Caramel malts and some caramelized malt sweetness. Hops run some citrus and a solid earthy/herbal component. Marmalade and some mild pith. Biscuit dough. A touch of heat through the back. Gets mega herbal with some floral as it warms. Bready and booze.

Taste: Slick oily pine bitterness. Caramelized malt sweetness. Bready with a ton of malt sweetness. Caramel pushing toffee. Alcohol laced through the back. Herbal and floral in moderation. Marmalade and citrus. Leafy and herbal. Bitter and sweet. Maltier than expected for a west coast DIPA. Surprisingly herbal.

Mouthfeel: Slightly syrupy medium body with a slightly below average carbonation. Clean.

Overall: Release the brine shrimp!

It's a mediocre DIPA. Malty and sweet without a backing hop balance. Bready and slightly underwhelmed.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops with oak, some sweet caramel and biscuit malts, and a bit of booze.

T - Starts off with a mix of grapefruit, orange, and citrus hops with some bitterness and some caramel malts. Through the middle, pine and grassy hops come through with more bitterness and lots of oak character with a bit of biscuit malts. The finish is full of oak character with some grapefruit and pine hops with some bitterness, sweet caramel and bready malts, and a hint of booze.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and warming finish.

D - Very drinkable. Big oak character, but enough hops and other flavors to keep it balanced.

Photo of mschind
1.65/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A-Great looking beer, crystal clear light amber with a huge flufffy head. Good retention and lacing.

S- At first I noticed oak and vanilla which quickly morphed into a buttery diacetyl overwhelming any hop aroma.

T- More diacetyl followed by an astringent bittterness. The malt and hops get lost in the oak and butter.

M- The body and carbonation is ok but the finish is very astringent.

O- Bad batch or bottle? There are ale yeasts that require a diacetyl rest. I wonder how it would taste without the oak? Either way, I'm not even sure I will finish the bottle.

Photo of popery
1.68/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice shade of amber gold. Transparent, no haze apparent. Big off-white head. Good lacing and retention. Nice looking beer.

Absolutely reeks of diacetyl. Probably the most that I've ever smelled in a beer. Every time that I move the glass, it smells like someone squirted some movie theater butter flavoring. I don't mean to be harsh, but the aroma dominates the beer. There's some hops, but it's hard to identify the notes underneath the butter. My guess would be grapefruit, grass and herbal spice. Unfortunately, they're way in the background. There's also a little booze, oak and some vanilla. Rough.

The taste is sweet and buttery with a blandly bitter, buttery hop finish. It's slightly better than the aroma but still quite bad. There's some biscuity malt and a light tannic note. A little more vanilla and oak. Even when I try to put the aroma completely out of my mind, it's still too sweet, lacks hop delicacy and tastes like artificial butter. Not much to like.

Feel is fine, but it's a bit hop harsh and boozy in the finish. It does get a little watery in the middle, and there's a touch of hop slickness. Also, the diacetyl makes my palate feel funny as I drink. Not sure what that's about.

Probably the worst DIPA that I've ever tried.

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Kraken from Triple Voodoo Brewing
70 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.