Hat Trick Hop IPA | Tamarack Brewing Company

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Hat Trick Hop IPAHat Trick Hop IPA

Brewed by:
Tamarack Brewing Company
Montana, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
70 IBU's

Added by Brandt on 11-17-2009

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 79
Photo of Huffaroma
4.82/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into 16oz glass, has the appearance of a deep copper color. Has a light finger head that slowly fades.
Aroma- Pine and grapefruit nuances great balance of hops in this IPA
Taste-Has a good bite on the front end but finishes with the nice hops in the end.

Overall this is a great IPA and mostly because of the fresh water that they use at the brewery fresh mountain water nothing like it.

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Photo of Brandt
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a light copper yellow color with a nice frothy white head.

the aroma from this beer can be smelled without bring your nose to the glass. there is a load of floral hops in here with the classic westcoast citrusy grapefruit smell

the taste is great. there is a stong firm betterness to this beer with lots of nice floral hops flavors and a touch of malty sweetness that is overrun by hop bitterness by the end

the finish is great on this beer, a good strong bitterness that hangs on the tongue and floral hops that roll out of your mouth on the exhale. this brewery makes some great beers, its just too bad they are so far away from me (and most people for that matter). a great beer for the style!

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Photo of leaddog
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at National.

Appearance- Pours an amber colour with a finger width of bubbly head.

Smell- Piney hops, caramalts, citrus, grapefruit.

Taste- Starts with a pungent fist of piney hops followed by the caramalts, citrus and grapefruit. The beer finishes with a pleasant bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Has a pleasant creaminess to the body.

Overall- A stellar American IPA by Tamarack. This is my kind of IPA with solid bitter hops and balancing caramalts. A true hop bomb for those hop-heads out there. I'm hoping this will be bottled in the future.

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Photo of Roby923
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Impressive beer out of Montana! One wishes that this is more widely available. The quirky and original packaging as well as smooth taste make this brew one to seek out. Cascade, simcoe, and magnum(!) hops. A great and distinct combination.

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Photo of elliot23
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the brewhouse.

A: Nice golden honey color, slightly pale. Very crisp lookin' IPA. Good head from the tap.

S: Earth and floral hop comes straight out. Slight malt character but it's mild.

T. Very tasty IPA. Well balanced on the hops but definitely a strong component that will satisfy the hop heads of this world. Of course some nice citrus and pine in there.

M: Not too heavy and very crisp. Slightly dry.

D: I had three pints so yes, very drinkable for sure. One of their better offerings with regards to their core beers.

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Photo of BigBry
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at North Taphouse in Chestermere, Alberta.

A very orange - amber colour with short, white head. Foam faded to a thin ring, but lasted through the entire pint, thinnest strings of lacing.
Smell is all hops, just what I was hoping for from an American IPA. Piney, citrus, grapefruit.
Taste has a hoppy, citrus start, add some more leafy, resinous pine. Some caramel malt sweetness balances, Then clean, bitterness at the end, not too oily. No alcohol hotness.
Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly creamy body.
Overall, a great beer from Tamarack. I have seen their beers listed at other locations, and although this was the first, certainly won't be my last.
Now...to plan a trip to the Brewhouse to try it fresh!

Have now also sampled the canned version in a 500 ml tall boy. Delicious on a warm day

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Photo of archyquaffer
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a pint can into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a good two inches of frothy, sticky, white head. The beer is a pale amber color and quite hazy, with medium carbonation.

Plenty of pine and citrus on the nose, but you can smell the rich caramelly malt. Quite malty on the palate, with the citrus-pine kept within reasonable bounds. Despite this, lemon, spice and grassy hop notes still prevail, with a lingering bitterness evoking citrus rind. The mouthfeel is full and creamy, inviting slow, savoring sips.

You can't go wrong with a beer from this brewery, at least the few cans that I've tried. I have not been to northwestern Montana in awhile (unless you count Missoula), and need to road trip up that way, with this brewery on the itinerary. They have a satellite eating-drinking establishment in Missoula that serves their beers. The two times I've been there, they were so busy that we're forced to go elsewhere simply because their staff is overwhelmed. Of course, being tour-ons from Butte, we're there at busy times (Griz games).

Bravo also to this brewery for making their product available in cans, which are better for the environment.

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Photo of MAB
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bit darker than I was expecting, nice amber color. Beautiful lacing from the tight and darkish head.
Nice aromas of sweet and bitter.
The taste follows; sweet at first with some nice bitter notes to finish. A tasty hop, whatever ones they used!
The alcohol burn came through (I was told that the keg we sampled was reading at 7.5% ABV).
This felt really great in the mouth.
An excellent IPA.

Have three (a hat trick)!!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pint, on tap at the lovely brewhouse, just off the highway through Lakeside, MT. 6.9% ABV and 65 IBUs, with the aroma of some rather pleasant pub grub wafting past us as we maintain our lonely station at the bar. I've potted my share of hat-tricks in my former hockey life - will this conform?

This beer appears a somewhat murky medium copper amber hue, with one finger of tightly foamy and creamy ecru head, which leaves some rather complex, spaced layers of webbed lace around the glass as the draining of the glass goes on, and on, and on.

It smells of peppy and pungent grapefruit citrus flesh, bready caramel malt, fairly acrid pine resin, an indeterminate spiciness, and more leafy, earthy hops. The taste is bitter grapefruit rind, sweet orange flesh, gritty pale and bready caramel malt, and a dwindling metallic stoniness.

The carbonation is on the lower side, just a pleasant frothy notion, mostly, the body smooth, and a heady medium weight, with an airy creaminess sort of forcing itself upon my palate as things get along. It finishes with a pleasantly clean west coast citrus and pine hoppiness, the metallic flintiness really the only other player at this point in time.

A patently wonderful IPA, all around - location, taste, and personality - Tamarack definitely has it going on. I would very much like to see this offering made more generally available - especially back north of the 49th, eh, Lanny?

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ordered a pint; arrived in a shaker, a turbid (not New England turbid, but turbid by any other standard) but bright-orange and brilliant with a finger or so of dense, persistent head. Smell balances pine and citrus, and a big, nice malt presence. Balanced, moderate carbonation, and juicy, lovely body. I was a big fan of this, though I can't imagine ever having more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz can poured into pint glass, thanks to Kyle and his land cruiser 100 purchase trip I received this brew.
A: pours a fantastic 2 finger brilliant white fine bubble foam head, epic stringly lacing, some carbonation, dark orange copper body
S: semi sweet citrus, nice soft touch of pine, grapefruit and orange
M: medium body, some syrupy resin on tongue
T: grapefruit rind, citrus, orange, soft malty build, hint of biscuit, some pine resin, touch of lemon in finish
O: solid brew and almost sessionable, good find.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.86/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Growler was filled yesterday, Feb. 22 at the brewery. Reviewed live.

A- One-finger white head with medium retention. Reddish-amber color with slight bit of haziness. Sticky lacing and nice ring around the edge. Attractive beer.

S- Spicy, piney hops, caramel malts. Bitter hop character. Pretty nice.

T- Nice bitter character with a malt finish that is almost a little syrupy in flavor. Maple, and tasty.

M- Medium bodied and nicely balanced.

O- Nice IPA. Steely bitterness but not an overload of hops.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours up dark orange deepening to brown, about one finger of light caramel head. Aroma is classic IPA, some toffee malt with citrus and pine. Taste is that of a high magnitude hop bomb, orange marmalade, some grapefruit, a healthy dose of pine that persists like a menthol eucalyptus cough candy but less cooling. The sweet malt is there too but the hops both lead and follow. Is there Simcoe in here? Super coniferous tree bitter leaf that does not let up. Other IPAs are more balanced but I like this enough if I need a hop blast. No tropical fruit or berry flavors. I think I am getting a hint of apple maybe. Body is a bit thin and there is little texture in the finish. Happened to find this at a Calgary pub but I suspect its a bit hard to find. Reminds me of a Lagunitas hop bomb but without the bells and whistles.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a dark hazy amber color. The head was full and rocky with a white color and dissipating at a nice pace. Stringy foamy lace clings to the glass but slides at a nice pace.
The smell takes on a piney to grapefruit hop aroma with an underscore of bready malt in the background.
The taste was bitter initially and then slid into a faded bitterness embracing a slight maltiness in the flavor.
The mouthfeel gave a good zap of bitter harshness clinging to my tongue. I'd say it sat about a light to medium in body with a decent sessionability to it. Carbonation hit just right for an AIPA.
Overall, its a good AIPA for the most part, if anything, its well balanced and could be a decent starter for those looking to try and appreciate the style.

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Photo of Jellopants356
3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber. Looks to have a thin cream head with lots of carbonation. Smells of pine and a little citrus, less grapefruit and more lemon. Tastes quite solid. More of the pine comes outs and i really like the mouthfeel. Lots of bubbles! Overall a solid IPA and i will definitely look for more from Tamarack.

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Photo of woemad
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz tallboy can purchased somewhere in Missoula by a friend and beer mule who decided I needed it along with the 6-pk of Tumbleweed I had charged her with obtaining for me. No date on the can, which does include boilerplate on how this is called Hat Trick because it was brewed with 3 types of hops (but not naming them), has 70 IBUs, and is 7% abv. This is apparently brewed at Lakeside, a small town on the northwest shore of Montana’s Flathead Lake. My grandmother was born nearby, and lived an itinerant life with her sister, mother and grandmother in that part of Montana until she got married, so I can’t help but wonder if at some point she lived in Lakeside.

Poured into a large Boston Lager glass, this was a hazy dark amber color, taking on a bright copper color when held up to light. There was a big, creamy and rocky-looking beige head that hung around for some time and left lots of lace on the sides of the glass.

Piney and grapefruity hop aroma. There’s a little bit of bready, malt sweetness that increases as the beer warms, but it’s the hops’ show.

The hoppiness noted above is in the taste as well, but it’s at a rather low amplitude. Since there’s no date, I’m assuming the cause is hop fade due to age. Decent, malty backbone, with a dry zap to the palate at the finish.

Medium bodied, with a slightly oily mouthfeel.

Since this was my only can, and it isn’t distributed in my area, I might not get another chance at this beer, which is a shame as it seemed to offer a good flavor, but at too low a level to get much enjoyment. Since I suspect it was past it’s prime, I will try it again if I see it and can verify it’s fresh, but otherwise I’m not sure I’d go back to it. Still grateful to have gotten a chance to try it, though!

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz tall can into a pint glass.

Appearance: dark orange hue with plenty of haze and a strong effervescence. Head is three fingers of frothy ivory foam with an orange cast. This beer looks like it means business.

Smell: sweet, malty aroma with a fair dose of hops that are earthy, herbal, floral and perhaps a bit resiny. Not too bad, but it's a bit tilted toward the malty side for me.

Taste: malty with a big caramel character; hops are earthy and herbal and bitterness is relatively strong. For me, though, this beer's hop character is not as forward as it could be. So, decent, but not outstanding.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation. Not really creamy, but interesting enough.

Overall: this is a great-looking beer, but that's where it's greatness ends. Not a bad beer, but not outstanding.

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Photo of Tommo
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Malt bomb, especially after the other lighter ipas we had this evening. Mild hoppiness with not nearly enough bittering hops to carry the malt heavy charecter.

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Hat Trick Hop IPA from Tamarack Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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