Birdserker Triple IPA | Black Raven Brewing Co.

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Birdserker Triple IPABirdserker Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Black Raven Brewing Co.
Washington, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.20%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
We brewed this beer inspired only by the challenge to do something we have never done. Brew a triple IPA? What the hell is a triple IPA anyway? Is it a young barley wine or a super imperial IPA? Well whatever it is, here you go! Enjoy with caution and make sure you are sitting down.

Added by LiquidAmber on 02-22-2014

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 40
Photo of mabermud
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Great.
Smell: Nice.
Taste: Pine shines. Fruitiness and hoppiness take a backseat to the pine.
Feel: Creamy mushy carb.

Overall - Easy drinking.

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Photo of Rutager
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pretty darn clear amber-gold with a finger of bone coloured, thick and sticky looking head.

Toasted sweet pale malts, tropical fruits and fresh cedar, some citrus, and very slight green onion on the nose.

Resinous hops, sweet pale malts but fairly clean, not very cloying. There's some citrus with a slight tang and the bitter oily rinds. No shortage of hops.

Pretty full body, medium-low carbonation.

Great stuff. I can't help but think Lagunitas sucks here, but a side by side might find that comparison way off has been a little while, just popped into my head while drinking.

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Photo of RenzoD
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a nearly flawless beer in my opinion.

Sweet maltiness without the nasty syrupy feel. Hopped to hell without the same ol same ol. Perfect balance. A little boozy which you would expect from something called triple IPA. Really, considering that it is 10.4 percent, the booze taste is hidden extraordinarily. These guys deserve their reputation.

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Photo of sukwonee
3.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am writing this review to point out one thing.

I don't agree with some of the reviews below that this beer has good amount of "malt". This is one of the hoppiest beers I have ever tasted without much malt backbone at all. It's almost to the point it's way too hoppy (and trust me I have had my share of top hoppy IPAs). I actually wish it had more maltiness to round out the beer.

Maybe this batch is different than previous ones.

It was just alright for me.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Paul or getting me this.
Began as a good but not extraordinary pour. Color didn't strike me as a DIPA or TIPA. Had a good clear but soft yellow appearance with a very nice head that dissipated as expected for a high octane beer.
Let's start with this. I chilled beer to @ 50 degrees since I didn't want a cold beer to start.
As chilled the beer was a bit quiet. No exceptional scent or taste.
What I thought was that I had a very well balanced and subtlety complex beer. There wasn't the big push. It was clear that this beer was either a bit soft or full of flavor but under the radar.
Overall, was a nice drinkable beer that didn't really catch your attention.

Then it sat a bit in the glass and moved to room temperature,

Wow! The flavors just leapt out of the glass. More like an English Barleywine than an IPA...the flavors just grew and exploded with a bit of warming. It didn't rounded and matured.
There was a caramelized aftertaste and an outstanding creamy mouth feel.

Not unlike the brewer's notes on the label...clearly this was a big beer...but TIPA, Barleywine , etc...unsure.

For me...Here to say...not sure...don't care. I do know that I would buy again, drink again, and definitely (but completely unexpectedly) put a few bottles down for awhile...

These guys know how to brew beer, and put me in line for a sixtel if it comes around again.

Very well done!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a light to medium golden amber with a fine half finger white head with great retention and lacing. Aroma of rich tropical fruits, bready and caramel malt, piney and citrus hops. Great flavor follows the aroma, dominated by piney hops and great stone and tropical fruit juice supported by caramel malt. The flavor seems to keep on building in the taste culminating in a piney hop and rich malt finish that is very satisfying. Good medium body with a pleasant creaminess. A very nicely made IIPA that is very well balanced; good assertive malt, flavorful hops that are hop forward but not mouth numbing (although they really do keep asserting themselves through the taste) and nice fruit flavors. Dangerously well covered ABV. One of those beers you want to keep tasting, but need to pace. An odd aspect of this is a very light golden appearance, much lighter than most triple IPAs I've seen. You wouldn't suspect what it is from the look, but it packs a punch. I bought my limit of two at the brewery and only the 30 mile round trip (and likely sold out status) deter me from getting a few more. Excellent imperial IPA. I hope they brew 10 times as much next year so it goes into distribution.

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Birdserker Triple IPA from Black Raven Brewing Co.
4.17 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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