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Tank Slapper DIPA - Barley Brown's Brewpub

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Tank Slapper DIPA
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

32 Ratings
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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.39
pDev: 7.06%
Wants: 17
Gots: 1 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Barley Brown's Brewpub visit their website
Oregon, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 10-08-2009)
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5/5  rDev +13.9%

cherche, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of kitty66
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got the last pour in Portland this past weekend. Locals came in asking for Tank Slapper only to find out keg had just kicked. Pliny was 2nd request.

To deliver this missile load of hops without syrupy texture is a considerable feat. It's much more of a nectar than a beer, but in a good way. To compress so much floral output into a goblet you would not expect it any other way.

Double IPA is the wrong category - in this case Imperial is more appropriate as this is a royal work of art.

kitty66, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of squaremile
5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here's the thing, Barley Brown's makes the best hoppy beers in the world. Period. Yeah, Russian River makes well known, very good hoppy beers, but Barley Browns is the the king. Tank Slapper pours a foggy light orange, small head, and an aroma that carries pure hope vine and pine a good foot away from the glass. The taste is a punch in the face of bitterness. A small alcohol bite on the side of the tongue. All hops. Creamy mouthfeel. Totally out of balance. That translates to: amazing. A true west coast beast. Drinkability suffers a bit but man, Tank Slapper and Chaos are seriously on par with the ultimate hoppy beers in the world. Get this if you can.

squaremile, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of jdense
4.85/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Barley Brown's, (short)poured into 10 oz. glass, 2.6.10.

Orangish amber body, minimal white head, quick dissipation left a ring of lace around the rim of the glass. Huge hop attack in the nose overwhelms malt presence. The taste is citrusy, grapefruit, mango, minimal sweetness bit a bit tart from cherry like esters, with a pleasant bitter finish. Full mouthfeel. At this ABV not the most drinkable of beers, but a great sipping IPA. To be honest, this beer isn't subtle: this is one of the few times (along with Exponential Hoppiness and Ruination. I've really felt a legitimate 100+ IBU hop attack. While others may trumpet their (theoretical) IBU level, this is the real deal. A big burly DIPA from Barley Brown's, just what you'd expect from this award winning brewery. A sublime drinking experience, extremely highly recommended for all Hopheads.

EDIT- On tap at Brewpublic Division Street pubcrawl @ The Beermongers 3.19.11. Hop monster, I can't imagine a better smelling beer, backed up with a piney resin finish. Upped smell to maximum score. This batch tested at 9.25%. Absolutely superb and crazy good.

EDIT- On tap at Barley Brown's, 8.25.11, GABF batch. This beer is frickin' crazy good, a certain Alpha King contender. Upped overall score to max. Elixir of the Hop Gods.

jdense, Mar 08, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.2%

pkasten, Jun 14, 2013
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4.65/5  rDev +5.9%

Shaimless, May 27, 2014
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.58/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spent last Saturday evening at the Barley Browns while Brenda photographed a wedding and reception in Baker City... Very glad I finally made it over to this place.

Saw they had a DIPA on tap... Had to be my first choice... poured into a 10oz goblet.

Very clear golden... good 1" head and great lace.

tons of fresh fruity hoppiness.... citrus and pineapple come to mind.. just enough maltiness to drive the hops up and out of the glass.

very bright bitterness out of the gates... with again a definite West Coast feel when it comes to the malts... mid palate is a huge blast of tropical fruit hoppiness (simcoes?)

Great Body and carbonation.

Honestly reminds me of PtE... very very good.

JohnGalt1, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of John_M
4.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Left over from the Belmont Station anniversary party; so glad to find this still on tap at the BS cafe.

The beer pours an orange amber color with excellent head retention and considerable sticky lacing all around. On the nose, there's the tell tale dusty hop aroma I've come to associate with BB IPA's, but with noticeable tropical fruit, dry citrus, dank weed and pine as well. The flavor profile is just more of the same, and it's flat out ridiculous how drinkable this stuff is. For a DIPA, the balance in this beer is amazing, and frankly this is a beer I could drink all the time. Alcohol is so well integrated into the flavor profile, which of course just enhances this beer's drinkability. The finish is long and lingeringly bitter, and I'm just amazed again by how delicious this is. Everything seems to be in the exact right preportion in this beer.

Tried side by side with Stone Enjoy by 4/20 and Victory's Dirt Wolf. Tank Slapper was so much better than either one of these beers, there literally was no comparison.

Excellent stuff!

John_M, Mar 24, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

distantmantra, Oct 09, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

LotsofLupulin, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kurmaraja, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Kopfschuss, Jun 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

TaborTime, Feb 05, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

yeaprolly, Mar 23, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

Phobicsquirrel, Sep 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +2.5%

XRAIG, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from tap at Belmont Station, Portland Oregon - June 28, 2013

Appearance: Golden amber. Medium sized head. Par for DIPA

Smell: DANK! Floral dankness, pine dankness. Did I mention dank?

Taste: Lots happening. How many different hops are in this one? Sheesh. Fresh helps of course, but hops aroma and flavor abound.

Mouthfeel: Sharp, without being too bitter.

Overall: Killer. Had a pint of Pliny the Elder before this one. While Pliny is a more sessionable DIPA, with flavors fading on the finish, Tank Slapper sustains. It's a sipper. Easy to get lost in. A new favorite!

HappyPappy2X, Jun 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

switzer, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Ace1117, Sep 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

nmann08, Oct 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

Mebuzzard, Oct 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

leftoverburrito, Jun 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

strongaf, Apr 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

matto4444, Feb 06, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -3.2%

judkinst, Sep 03, 2014
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Tank Slapper DIPA from Barley Brown's Brewpub
92 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.