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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2.75/5  rDev -31.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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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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3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

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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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3.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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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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3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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