Bourmuda Triangle IPA
Voodoo Brewery

Bourmuda Triangle IPABourmuda Triangle IPA
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American Imperial IPA
4.29 | pDev: 14.92%
Voodoo Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Bourmuda Triangle IPABourmuda Triangle IPA
Notes: Imperial West Coast-style IPA. 50% aged in Wild Turkey Bourbon Barrels, 25% in Caribbean Rum Barrels, 25% in Extra Anejo Tequila Barrels. Blended once removed from the barrels and double dry hopped with Apollo, Galaxy and Simcoe. Make no mistake about it, this is an IPA through and through, not just a hopped up barleywine.
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Reviews by MisfitIK-9:
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4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle #104 from @jbwimer because he rocks my world with these porch bombs. Thanks bud! Pours deep golden orange into my new VooDoo teku glass with a nearly one finger creamy smooth white head. Aroma is, well, it's different. Tropical fruits, oranges, sweet gummy candies, tangerines and peaches, oh, and also some boozy liquor notes. Flavor is orange creamsicle, some vanilla, peaches and tangarines, a mixture of unrecognizable booze. Sort of tastes like a long island iced tea mixed with an IPA, but retains the tropical fruits. There's a bit of a woody flavor in here, too, and while there's some light bitterness, much of the hop flavor is muted by the barrels. Slick body, on the heavier side for the style, and presents as a sipper. Medium carbonation, slight dryness on the finish. This is totally weird, and pretty good.

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Photo of yourefragile
2.34/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, thanks for sharing Steve.

Very disagreeable experience drinking this. Tastes like industrial strength hot garbage. Very strong alcohol presence throughout (obviously) with bourbon and rubbing alcohol dominating start and mid body before finishing with a spicier tequila heat. As a generic "strong ale" this has merits for being a strong, unique blend of barrels, but is lacking subtlety or cohesion. Dry hopping adds nothing obvious to overall destruction of whatever the base beer once was. Avoid completely or seek out earnestly, whatever. If I had few bottles of this to trade though I'd probably rate this much higher.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle #378.

Appearance - Clear golden body. Medium white head.

Smell - Fascinating smell. Kinda grassy. Oaky. Grapefruit. Pungent citrus. I guess that's the tequila?

Taste - Very strange. Orange. Now I get whiskey, but tequila is more prominent. Strange combination. Grainy. Boozy and oaky in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Sharp booziness. Kinda heavy.

Overall - It's fascinating, but it's also strange. Not something I could drink a lot of. It's getting a lot of points for being interesting.

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Photo of stakem
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a matching barrel room collection snifter. The brew appears a beautiful hop hazed copper orange color with an off-white cap a finger strong that fades leaving stringy and spotty lace.

The aroma has an amazing fruity peach/apricot character before abundant tequila, oak, vanilla and agava-like grassiness. It almost has a hint of something like aloe. Overall a very enjoyable nose on this.

The taste is bitter and pulpy with a sort of rindy zestiness like pith before strong tequila flavoring mingling with oak and a neutral hint of alcohol. As it warms up there is a strong orange/tangerine flavor to the finish that is just exceptional.

This is medium bodied and moderately carbonated. This is probably the strongest tequila flavored beer ive come across to date and I really enjoyed it. Despite how much tequila and barrel flavor it has, it still has a lot of juicy hop/fruit/citrus character. I like this a lot and admittedly it was the offering I was least looking forward to from this release.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.52/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Voodoo Homestead.

I was surprised to find that this beer actually kind of worked. Clear golden pour, with a small white head. With Doom in mind, I cautiously brought the glass to my nose. Lots of fruit in the nose, citrus and tropical, but more in a sugary sweet way, not in a crisp hoppy way. But not what you'd call a malt bomb either. The various boozes came through more in the taste, accenting the candied fruit, light barrel notes. Medium body, somewhat syrupy mouthfeel. A daring beer to attempt, and good for what it was.

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Photo of nhindian
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Part of their Barrel Room Collection #3 release (alongside Old Jive Turkey [an old ale aged in Wild Turkey barrels], Blackbeard's Delight [a brown ale aged in rum barrels with coffee, cocoa, and vanilla beans], and Taco Flavored Kisses [a tequila aged wheatwine]), this is the first formal review of these four beers. Bourmuda Triangle is an IPA aged in 3 barrels - 25% in each of the tequila and rum barrels, and 50% in the Wild Turkey. I've had all of the aforementioned beers at the official release on tap, but this is the first time cracking open a bottle.

Appearance - Based on looks alone, one wouldn't sense anything awry; it pretty much follows the pattern of a West Coast-style IPA. That is, slightly hazy with a golden hue topped with a fluffy, powdery snow-capped head. The retention is long-lasting and leaves copious amounts of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

Aroma - Oof. The first whiff is a kick to the olfactory. Despite only representing 25% of the barrel-aging, the tequila is dominant to the point of being abrasive. The bourbon lingers in the background and the combination with the tequila gives off a slightly unpleasant, but at the time same time, strangely intoxicating heat. The tequila does pair nicely with the hop aroma, as the fruitiness contributes a welcome depth of complexity.

Taste - Well, this beer sure isn't bland. An almost overwhelming amount of different flavors assault the palate at once, ranging from juicy hop fruit, oak barrels, all three spirits, and a solvent alcohol finish. It's genuinely difficult to digest all that's going on with this beer and requires numerous temperature changes to peel back the layers. As in the nose, the front is almost all tequila and alcohol. Gradually it warms up and allows the full range of flavors to develop, and the rum even shows up here, even if just in the middle and quietly in the finish. While barrel-aged IPAs are looked down upon because 1. You can't really cellar them, and 2. Beer nerds want their IPAs fresh - which sort of cannibalizes the time it can spend in a barrel to really develop, Voodoo dry-hopped this to allow the hops to come through more than typical. A good choice as I felt the citrus and pine worked wonders with cutting some of the harsher notes.

Mouthfeel - While some barrel-aged beers can suffer from a thin body, Bourmuda Triangle is every bit as resinous and chewy as its unadulterated IPA cousins. The carbonation is spot-on and allows the flavors to develop on the tongue.

Closing Arguments - This is the 5th or 6th time I've had this beer, and to be honest, I've had a love-hate relationship with it so far. The first time was at the release of the Barrel Room #3 bottles, and was sandwiched near the end of the day. I loved it and didn't get really any of the heat from the alcohol. Fast forward 3 days, and me and some buddies head down to the brewery to clean up what was left in the keg. I take my sip and... pretty much hated it. A solventy mess with no depth. A couple months later during Pittsburgh Craft Beer Week, I tried it again and liked it. The verdict on my first bottle experience: Mixed. The first few sips are rough, but it eventually mellows. A far-fetched hypothesis - each time I liked it, it was always after a few beers. The time I had it to lead off I hated it. Even extrapolating to this bottle experience, it seemed to improve with time. Is it due to it opening up with increase in temperature? Maybe after it coats the mouth it allows it to smooth out the edges? The palate adjusting to the alcohol? No idea. But to be sure - an assessment can't be fully formed by a small sample; it needs time to breathe and the tastebuds need to acclimate. If you come across a bottle of Bourmuda Triangle, plan a night to open it alone and drink it over the course of an hour and three. See what it does for you then.

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Photo of Wowcoolman
3.49/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Astringent, drinks like janitorial cleaner. Puts hair on your chest. Be careful, especially around lit cigarettes.

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Photo of tbrascojr
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of baybum
4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jjf3792
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cps98
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.22/5  rDev -71.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Nail polish remover meets tequila and rum. If I could give the nose and taste a 0 I would. Awful

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Photo of dfhhead25
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Zaphog
3.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jfstilling
4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of frenchblood21
3.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Mike
3.88/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Artmcd88
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SkeeterBoganski
4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopFace
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ScottP
4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bourmuda Triangle IPA from Voodoo Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 94 ratings