Hop Continuum No. 4 - Triple IPA
DuClaw Brewing Company

Hop Continuum No. 4 - Triple IPAHop Continuum No. 4 - Triple IPA
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IPA - Imperial
3.74 | pDev: 13.37%
DuClaw Brewing Company
Maryland, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Hop Continuum No. 4 - Triple IPAHop Continuum No. 4 - Triple IPA
Notes: We’re working on new adjectives to describe this monster, because “hop forward” is a tragic understatement! The fourth entry in the Hop Continuum Series is intensely hoppy in both flavor and aroma, this full-bodied triple IPA is dominated by huge citrus, floral, and spicy notes that barely mask a warming alcohol presence.
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no sediment but it pours slightly hazy nonetheless. Copper colored with a relatively weak, bone-colored head. Minimal lacing.

Smell - Hoppy and slightly boozy with lots of sweet caramel and citrus. Lightly floral and piney.

Taste (8.5) - Strong bitter-sweet flavor. Generous input from both hops and malts. Some sweet caramel, citrus, pine and alcohol esters.

Mouthfeel - a little harsh, but respectable for a hoppy ale at 11% ABV. Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy and a bit warming.

Overall - A triple IPA that drinks like a hoppy barleywine, this big beer should appeal to fans of Hopslam.

Nov 29, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No freshness date. Based on the date added, this could be around 4 months old...

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and reddish copper in color with a finger width, khaki colored head. Fair retention, then dies to a mostly barren surface with a small island of suds in the center of the glass and a thin ring around the edge.Not much lacing outside a few small spots.

Smell - Hoppy and slightly boozy with underlying malt sweetness. Citrus. Lesser floral notes. Caramel and sugared toast.

Taste - Strong punch of both hop and malt upfront and throughout; hops hit on grapefruit, orange, floral notes and a bit of spice. Malts come through with sweet caramel and some toasted bread. Finishes mush the same, with toast, caramel and grapefruit pith, with touches of pine and spice duking it out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly syrupy texture, but not really sticky. Goes down well enough all things considered. Leaves a slight warming sensation in the belly.

Overall - Triple IPA or hoppy barleywine? Sometimes they're nigh indistinguishable. In any event, I found this both aggressive and enjoyable. I'm a big fan of caramel/citrus notes in brews, and this one hits hard on both. Not the most original TIPA I've had, but an excellent one nonetheless.

Nov 04, 2016
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TappaKeggaBrew from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, copper color. Head is pretty thin -- 1/2 finger at best -- but lingers to the end with nice lacing.

S: Lots of hops aromas here (as expected), with earthy and floral/perfumy aromas dominating. Malty aromas are there, but suppressed by the hops.

T: Sweet, bordering on cloying (not surprising for a triple IPA); lots of fruity flavors, especially apricot, but with a slight citrus/grapefruit taste as well, especially toward the finish. Finish is long, initially sweet and then gradually moving into bitter hops.

M: Really good, moist and chewy up front, just a hint of dryness in the end; the 11% ABV is definitely detected in the booziness. Just a little more carbonation and it would have been perfect.

O: Good, but not awesome. The sweetness would, in my opinion, have been better balanced had they used hops that showcased more tart, citrus flavors than just bitterness. But once again, Du Claw didn't disappoint (see my other Du Claw reviews -- these guys make some good beers!)

Aug 21, 2016
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dholmes from Maryland

4.67/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap at T-bonz in Ellicott City, MD. All you need to know is, "if you see it, drink it". DuClaw has this and Serum to be very, very proud of. Very well done.

Aug 14, 2016
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Treyliff from West Virginia

3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a clear amber/copper color with a one finger creamy off white head that eventually disappears

S- initially smells like an american strong ale or even a barleywine. There are some orange-citrus and herbal hop notes, but also plenty of alcohol and sweet malt

T- plenty of hop bitterness up front but not any individual characteristics coming out up front, however the mid-palate brings some citrusy hop notes along with a bit of pine. The finish brings some alcohol and malty sweetness

M- medium-thick body and carbonation leads to a thick and foamy mouthfeel that turns creamy into a warming finish

O- pretty good overall, but as stated above this drinks more like an american strong ale, which traditionally is just a mix of booze, malt & hops, in that order

Aug 03, 2016
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

4.64/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Holy wow! Passed on a $22 4 pk of devil dancer for this $11 6 pack. And damn, what a great choice I made. Cracked open after waiting two hours for it to get cold. Poured into sixpoint snifter... Ruby red color with a one finger head. Smell, yes. Sweet, fruity, 11% alcohol. It smells incredibly sweet followed by a bit of booze. Taste however... Not sickly sweet, not sickly malty. This is phenomenal. 11% is no where to be found.. Tastes of slightly sweet malt mixed with excellent dark fruit taste. The more I sip and it warms I feel a slight Apple scent and taste coming through. Anyways this is amazing. Not a malt bomb... Just awesome. Perfect hop/malt/booze balance I may have ever tasted............ **** also I'm a huge critic of duclaw. Never find their beers to be anything special, but if you share this feeling make an exception, and try this.***

Jul 21, 2016
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hman43 from North Carolina

3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: It pours deep amber and orange with an off white moderate head.

Smell: It has aromas of grapefruit, citrus, and alcohol.

Taste: It has flavors of citrus, grapefruit, floral elements, spice, and alcohol.

Feel: It is highly bitter with a moderate body. The bitterness is long lasting. The alcohol is slightly sharp with plenty of warming.

Overall, it has a complex blend of citrus flavors but is a bit sharp on the palate, but is good.

Jul 20, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, dark copper in color, with 1/4 inch head. Taste is citrus hops, grapefruit, tangerine, and toffee. Heavy bodied, slick, with moderate carbonation. Has a similar base to their Devil's Milk. Solid sipper. I like other DuClaw IPAs more, but this is decent.

Jul 18, 2016
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hophugger from Virginia

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden in color with a nice frothy head and really nice carbonation. Aromas of alcohol, sweet malts, citrus and pine that balance out quite well. Alcohol is definitely a big player and makes itself known throughout the whole drinking process, decent TIPA !

Jul 17, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a deep, slightly hazed, sediment filled, copper coloring with a low profile, clingy, white head. Aromas of dank and resinous hops, sticky and piney, followed by a blast of pineapple, melon, and other tropical fruits. Very sticky aromas. Flavors are boozy forward, with a touch of heat to it, followed immediately by a heavy dose of pineapple, mango, and melon, all sticky sweet. The next punch is deep greens, dank and sticky, with pine pitch and wet grass taking charge. Rich caramel backbone supports this beast on the palate, riding a slick, oily, and slightly chewy body. The aftertaste is more of the resinous and vegetal hops blending with the tropical fruit cocktail. Oily, slick, lingering bitter and resinous finish. Beast of a beer...pretty tasty.

Jul 09, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My man, Kyle, a righteous dude & member of the club which dares not speak its name, hooked me up with this gem yesterday. I promised not to allow it to fall into the backlog, so here we are.

From the bottle: "Intensely hoppy in both flavor & aroma, this full-bodied, copper colored triple IPA overloads your senses with a vibrant mix of citrus, floral, and spice notes. Pop the top and ... HAVE A GREAT TRIP!"; Respect the Fluid".

Ah, the Pop! of the cap. It is how so many of my reviews have begun & this was no different. I began with a heavy-handed pour until the foaming action was too much to handle. I sat back in fascination as it rose three fingers high, stopped & began to slowly fall in on itself. It was beautifully tawny & left sticky lacing in its wake for me to remember it. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was stunning! I never got to try Cool Colt 45, which was infused with mint (believe it or don't), but this had a cool mintiness that seemed to freeze my sinus cavity and unhinge my jaw. I was drooling like Homer Simpson! The first sip got in my mouth & sat there like it had some business to conduct. In the meantime, it set to work on my poor, bruised tongue with everything from TNT to jackhammers and sprinkling hydrofluoric acid to get it to worm into my unsuspecting taste buds. There is no crying is baseball, but is there crying in beer? This made me want to cry! Really, it made me want to go upstairs, crawl into bed with my blankie & teddy, curl up in a fetal position, suck my thumb & hope that Mom-Za would make it all better. Hops & fusel heat, what a combo! Oh, a mere 11% ABV, how could I go worng? I took another draught, just because. I do not know what hops were used, but they had an icy coolness that was literally breathtaking. I know that conventional wisdom says not to age hoppy beers, but I would bet that this would smooth out into something akin to a beautiful barleywine. Finish was initially really hot, but following a deep breath to ensure that I was still alive, it turned icy cool. This was in not bitter in any way, shape or form, but it was clearly a DIPA. I am a fan of the style, but even for me, it was a tad much.

Jul 04, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours copper with a subtle haze but still has some clarity to it; fluffy off-white head that slowly falls leaving great retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas are very malty. Lots of fresh bread along with some hints of caramel and toffee. Some alcohol aromas in the mix as well. The flavors are very bold. It has a very solid hop bitterness to it. Strong malt backbone. Bittersweet. More caramel and toffee. Some raisins and dark fruits. Subtle orange and citrus notes. Pine needles and pine resin is in the mix. Slightly spicy. Alcohol is slightly noticeable. It finishes warm and spicy without being too boozy. Mouthfeel is great. It's full-bodied with active carbonation. It's very fluffy and creamy. It's ultimately smooth for being such a big brew, but it makes for a nice sipper.

This "Triple IPA" might be rough around the edges, but it's still an enjoyable brew. It's simply a "no holds barred" type of brew. Not bad.

Jun 12, 2016
Hop Continuum No. 4 - Triple IPA from DuClaw Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 27 ratings