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Kuhnhenn TRIPAKuhnhenn TRIPA

Brewed by:
Kuhnhenn Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.25%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
The newest member of the DRIPA family, this is the next step up– a Triple Rice IPA. Brewed as a bigger, more intense version of DRIPA, yet still employing the same proprietary cereal mash method, lending to the dry snap at the finish. The aroma is ALL hops; big sticky, citrusy hops. A nice malt sweetness occurs throughout the taste, with cracker-crumb notes complemented by the same huge hop characters in the aroma. This extremely limited beer has only been brewed once, so get it before it’s gone.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
2.89/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - That is an ugly beer. Clear. Gray with a pinkish tint. Strange. Not much of a head.

Smell - Kind of a fruity aroma. Some hops. Some booze. Not much of a malt aroma beyond the fruitiness.

Taste - Hoppier here, but retains the fruitiness. Sweet. Tough to discern the hop flavor. Really strange flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light, but still sweet and boozy. Strange combo.

Overall - Just not digging it. I liked DRIPA, but this is too weird.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.98/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to JS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Dark gold. Perfectly clear. Almost non-existent head. Leaves a tiny bright-white collar. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Sweet caramel malt. Pushes caramel, toffee, and almost brown sugar. Sharp bite of alcohol on the back. Hops are slightly spicy with a solid herbal and citrus component. Floral, slight cracker snap. Surprisingly clean. Grapefruit and pine. Little to no bitterness. Some bread crust.

Taste: Very light maltiness. Snappy cracker and a good punch of alcohol. Some pine bitterness. Caramel, toffee, and a ton of caramelized malt sugar. A touch of citrus and floral. Somehow manages a clean malt profile over a dirty and earthy hop profile. warms to booze and toffee almost exclusively.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with minimal carbonation. Clean and smooth.

Overall: Maybe three is too many?

Lacking the overall depth and hop presence I expected. Drinks very close to a barleywine with little else going on. Aging a bottle would be interesting.

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Photo of Treebs
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle served in a Firestone Walker mini snifter. Thanks to eorwar for the share.

A: Pours a clear, brownish color with a thin white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. The color is definitely slightly odd in that it's so clear, but darkly colored at the same time.

S: Lots of sweet peach with a fruity booze backing. Light white rice graininess as well.

T: White rice sweetness with a upfront alcohol sweetness. Very boozy and not well hidden. Fruity brightness in the middle, most a in the form of a sweet white peach. Finish is grainy and sweet.

M: Medium to light bodied with a medium light carbonation. Boozy and hot overall.

O: This one just didn't quite get there. Grain and rice sweetness mixed with the heavily fruited booze wasn't the best combination. The white peach sweetness was nice, but it was far too hot to be enjoyable.

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Photo of ninjembro
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

IPAs and IIPAs are usually one of my go-to styles, and was excited to try this... it's a bit hoppy and boozy for my taste (even compared to DFH 120min), but it's far from undrinkable. Wouldn't go out of my way to get it again, and if I happened upon a bottle, it would definitely be shared, don't think I'd be down for an entire bottle to myself again.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2013 bottle (not a typo). Still pretty darn good. A little maltier than I remember. Still lots of citrus notes. Poured with plenty of carb still. No where near add boozy as it was. Wouldn't let this one go any longer, if you got one, drink it.

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Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to abanton for sending a couple of Kuhnhenn treats my way. 12 oz. bottle with the typical Commodore 64 label. I have a soft spot for that old beige 'computer'.

Poured into my lovely gold-lettered Kuhnhenn goblet, the beer is a nice light golden orange, although I left a fingernail of sludge in the bottom of the bottle. As with most of the brewery's beers, carbonation has taken a vacation. DNose is nigh unto delicate, mostly light, fresh-cut spring flowers in a vase of sugar water. Not bad.

Triple Rice IPA (TRIPA) brings a booming fruity sweetness to the genre. Mango, pineapple, half the Byerly's fruit section is flash-frozen in raw sugar cane & tossed whole into this beer. Apparently. Rich pine & a modicum of bitterness breaks up the sugar bomb before it hits cloying on the Richter scale. The finish is grainy, & sweet, again. Despite my initial ambivalence, I seem to be consuming said twelve ounces quickly.

Fruity & sweet is the name of the game. A good beer & worthy effort at whacked out madness, but really, this is a pretty tame, sugary IIPA.

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Photo of thebeers
3.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2015 bottle. Vibrant orange color, somewhat hazed, with a half finger of off-white head that leaves thin sheets of lacing that quickly subside into a crown.

Big aroma of pineapple, grapefruit, apple juice, alcohol and just straight-up heavy malt sweetness. Tastes similar up front, but the taste is quickly replaced by a nutty, coffee flavor and moderate hop bitterness when cold, with just a touch of malt sweetness lingering in the aftertaste. Reminds me of a chewy coffee candy from the bulk bin of a grocery store at first. As it warms, the coffee and nut characteristics, still there, take a bit more of a back seat to the apple juice, some pine and just a hint of citrus, with the bitterness opening up more, too.

Medium to heavy bodied, with some slight carbonation in the mouthfeel. There's quite a bit of depth to this one, but I'm not sold on the benefits of aging it. Would have preferred to try it fresh.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Super sweet, huge malt character, decent hop punch....................................................................................................

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Photo of 33nickadams
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super clear, light lacing, yellow tinted amber colored. Actually quite surprised by the clarity. Smells of alcohol, peach and citrus. I expected more from the nose. Tastes much of the same way that it smells. Finishes clean and dry with an alcohol burn. Almost wine-like in how it drinks. Very low carbonation, and full-bodied. Good brew, but I think I would rather have a DRIPA.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to BMart for this extra! Settles into the glass with a honey-colored body and virtually no head to speak of. Just some scarce white bubbles on top. Body is very clear with just the slightest hint of haze. Aroma is big and hoppy with a balance of pine and citrus, along with hints of sweet bread. Flavor follows the aroma, hops up front, some sweet malt to balance it out. Flavor is crisp and clean, strong, but not overwhelming. Feel is slightly syrupy, but crisp, with medium carbonation and a sticky body. Overall a very solid beer that drinks well for the high abv.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark auburn. Pours heavy, high viscosity hop oil. Smell has some piney citrus, hop distilled in a way, caramel. This does that dance of "isn't a triple IPA the same as a really hoppy barleywine?" Main difference here is the body is a bit less cloying. It's pretty creamy and light for the size.

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Photo of Dope
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 6/17/2013, best before 9/21/2013.

A: Pours a clear sort of golden color. Big fizzy white head. Head fades out pretty quickly. Moderate retention and almost no lacing at all.

S: Nice juicy hops. A little subdued, probably due to the age. Grapefruit and pine mainly. Touches of tropical fruit.

T: More big hops up front. Grapefruit again, lots of it. Resinous pine. Light cereal grain malt despite 11.25% ABV. Lots of bitter resin floating around in the aftertaste with hints of pine mixing in. A bit of tummy warming alcohol but no real noticeable flavor.

M: Smooth and easy drinking for such a big beer. Quite a wave of drying bitterness. Mouth coating oily aftertaste.

O: Huh, interesting. Such a mild malt flavor in an 11.25% ABV brew is impressive. Drinks super easy for such a big DIPA (or TRIPA I suppose). Very intriguing style. I can't quite decide if I like it or love it. I think a fresher bottle would have a clearer answer. Worth seeking out though, an interesting concept executed well I think.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.04/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very murky orange brew with small to no head. No lacing either. Thin appearance.

Lots of white grape, passion fruit, bready, grainy, solid.

Dry, lots of white grape flavors. Crisp and clean. Carbonation is nearly perfect and way light. Sweetness is light and balanced well with slight bitterness. Slow creeping heat with oaky vanilla flavors.

Not quite the creamy deliciousness I was expecting, but still quite nice and fitting for the style. Another great brew from Kuhnhenn, recommended, but not worth the $9/oz...

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark golden with a 1 finger white head. Some blotches of lacing.

Honey, caramel, biscuit, citrus

Pale malts, honey, biscuit, some citrus (lemon, grapefruit), some spice and pine.

I would have no idea this beer is 12.5%. Drinks easy with just a hint of heat.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.06/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - The beer looks like liquid gold.

Smell - There is a modest citrus grassy smell present.

Taste - Initially, I detect grass, citrus, pepper and a backbone of cereal grains. The aftertaste is slightly citric and grassy. The profile leans more dry.

Mouthfeel - There is a clinginess to this Triple IPA. I won't go so far as to call it sticky.

Overall - I think I liked DRIPA better.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Kuhnhenn for Summer Solstice '13. TRIPA pours a deep amber and woody brown color, quite a few shades darker than DRIPA but sharing the same exceptional clarity. The stark white, foamy head reduces to a skin quickly and leaves some nice splotches of lacing along the top of the glass.

Without having them side by side, it might be hard to distinguish DRIPA and TRIPA from the aroma alone, at least right at first. TRIPA hits with a beautiful bouquet of citric hops; grapefruit, tangerine, lemons, and a solid heap of pine, resin, and herbal notes. What do you expect when you take an already great hop profile and just amp it up?

With some warming, TRIPA finally reveals it's darker and heavier malt backbone, first evidenced by the darker color. Bready malts, borderline caramel sweetness and a touch of alcohol warmth creep in and remind you that this beer is actually 11.25% ABV. I think DRIPA smells a little better, if only for the fact that the hops are slightly blunted by some of the malts in TRIPA.

And again, just like DRIPA, the taste contains a good assortment of fruit; mango, pineapple, grapefruit. TRIPA is certainly more bitter than DRIPA - the hops are pungent, oily, and downright dank; there's no denying that TRIPA is severely hopped up. The higher bitterness takes away from some of the pure flavors of the hops, but it isn't so strong as to be off-putting or difficult to drink.

TRIPA has a bunch of extra malt to compensate for the excessive hoppage; toasted bread, light toffee, and a substantial sweetness that really isn't found in DRIPA. However, the hops are still the relative "star" of the show, but there's no doubt that the back end is pretty sweet. TRIPA is pretty huge on the palate; thick, oily, smooth, and just a bit sticky. The finish is a bit bitter with some sweet malt and alcohol warmth.

One of the problems with "Triple" IPAs is that they tend to be far too sweet and heavy to enjoy, because extra malts are needed to balance the hops. So either you end up with something way too bitter or way too sweet. While I prefer DRIPA by a mile, TRIPA is still a good beer, and hats off to Kuhnhenn for finally making a "Triple IPA" that didn't scare me away. Much better than Double Crooked Tree or Devil Dancer.

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Photo of Auror
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From Blind Bif 8. Unmarked 12oz bottle. Reviewed from notes July 6th, 2013.

Appearance- Pours a light golden color with brilliant clarity. Forgot to take a picture of this one, but it looks almost like a macro lager with some decent head. That's mostly a compliment. Bud Light Platinum???

Smell- ...definitely not Bud Light Platinum. Some serious hops in here. Abraxel has sent me a few hoppy beers, but this appears to be the first true IPA. Some alcohol detected as well, so this is definitely of the imperial strength variety.

Taste- Intense hoppy flavors. Grapefruit, pine, all the usual hoppy suspects. There's a biiig malt backbone though. This is balanced pretty nicely, and there's a sweetness to the malt that is unusual in most IIPAs. My first comparison is Dogfish Head 120 minute, but it's not quite as intense and the alcohol is dialed back a bit from that.

Mouthfeel- A bit oily, very full for an IPA, and the carbonation level is adequate.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I got a bottle of Kuhnhenn's TRIPA has a gift. I've been wanting to try this one ever since they first announced it and I'm very interested to see how it turns out since I like DRIPA so much, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A= The label looks good, it's got a clean and classic look to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a nice amber orange color that took on more of an orange color when held to the light with just a thin ring of bubbly tan head that eventually faded away and it left a little bit of spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, but I wish it had more head.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a big citrus, fruit juice and tropical fruit like aromas with some nice pineapple, peach and citrus rind aspects with a little bit of green and floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes the alcohol which is noticeable and not too boozy and it's followed by the malts which impart a sweet malt aroma with a little bit of pale malts and caramel malts coming through. This beer has a very nice aroma, I really like the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness and it's followed by the hops which imparts all those big juicy and fruity hop aspects that it did in the aroma with the citrus rind and pineapple sticking out the most and the green and floral hops barely show up in the background. Up next comes a noticeable boozy flavor, it's warming, but not too overpowering and it's followed by the malts which impart a big sweet malts with some pale malts and a little big caramel malts with some doughy yeast. On the finish there's a little bit of sweet warming alcohol flavor with a lower amount of high bitterness with those fruity hops in the aftertaste. This is a very nice tasting beer, but I wish it was just a little less boozy.

M- Fairly smooth, on the thicker side of being medium bodied, a little warming and boozy, not too crisp with a lower amount of medium carbonation, The mouthfeel was good, but I wish it had more carbonation. The mouthfeel is good, but I wish it had a little more carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a very nice beer and a very nice example of the style, it turned out just like I was expecting, it's got the same great hop profile that DRIPA has, but this one has slightly more malty flavors and a lot more of a noticeable boozy aspect which is what I've come to expect from most Kuhnhenn beers, I don't like it more than DRIPA, but I like it in it's own way and for what it is. This beer had nice drinkability, one would be my limit, anymore than that and the booze might start to ware on me. What I like the most about this beer is the hop profile, it's very good. What I like the least about this beer is the boozyness, I wish it was hidden just a little better. I would for sure buy this beer again and I would recommend it to anyone who like big, bold, strong hoppy beers. All in all I was happy with this beer, it turned out very nice and I'm glad Kuhnhenn bottled it. It's not a favorite Kuhnhenn beers, but's one of the better example of the style I've had. Great job guys this is one tasty beer, keep it up.

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer poured what I can only describe as extra clear. Almost no head or carbonation. Amber dark. It was very very intriguing.

Smells big. A lot of hops and very crisp dry scent. I'm guessing it's sweet, but that's hard to tell. There is some very interesting and round tropical fruit here: mango, sweet orange, some pineapple.

Taste is wonderful. There is some sweetness that dies out very fast. Again, there is a very crisp flavor. Some booze on the back end. Lots of bitter hops. There is some roundness from the tropical fruit flavor, but more than anything I get resin and pine. There is an interesting red fruit flavor coming from the rice. It's not the hop. Very nice.

The mouthfeel is very low carbonation and thin. It's quite unusual. I love it though. Excellent.

Overall, I'm very impressed with TRIPA. I'm happy I got to try it. It's a highly unusual IIPA, but I appreciate that. Well done. My first Kuhnhenn beer!

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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew was served from the tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewing taproom in Warren, Michigan. It arrived in a generic tulip, showing a coppery, pink zinfandel coloring, with curious oxidized greenish hues when held directly to light. It held a glorious two and a half finger tall head of tiny snow white bubbles. This showed excellent retention, finally settling into jagged mountains of lacing left draped around the glass. No haze or sediment was noted, and carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma was insanely bright and fresh with citric and nectary hop sweetness. This was complemented by under ripe strawberry and pineapple freshness, nail polish remover, fusel booze, black pepper, orange rind bitters, and pale and powdered cereal graininess. With warmth the hops became sweeter and more sticky, and a peachy syrupy thickness began to ooze out. Our first impression was that the mouth experienced the same fresh lemony hop explosion that the nostrils did, but this was met and balanced by a boozy and chemically bite, and the thickness of grain. As we sipped, the taste opened with bittering and sweetly citric, grassy, and somewhat resiny hops, soft cedar woodiness, slick mossiness, dust, orange and passion fruitiness, juicy yeast, and biting graphite. The middle peaked with more of a grainy wash, with wet pales, faint wheat, adjuncty cereal grain, mineral and earthen metallics, lightly floral hops, and sugar-laden fruit nectars. The end was cleaner, awash with green grassiness, and darker fruit of red cherry and plum, while the hops revive and slam to the base of the tongue with citric bite and grassy sweetness. The aftertaste breathed of lemony puck, fusel vodka booze, Band-Aid phenols, cereal graininess, honey sugars, lemongrass bite, fresh moss and bark, white wine grapes, and soft tannic teas. The body was full and syrupy, and the carbonation was light to medium. Each sip gave nice slurp, smack and pop, with decent cream and froth. The mouth was left coated with sugary thickness, but this quickly turned to sucking pucker. Despite this the palate was left dripping wet and salivating, with only mild astringency after quite some time waiting. The abv was hearty, but the beer sips nicely.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. This aspect of it was so, so fresh, fruity, bright, and juicy, just ramping up your excitement to try it. The taste follows nicely in the juicy department as well, but it also rumbles up with a ton of fusel booze and hot chemically bite. Regardless it still drinks nicely, and the well-retained head flushes out the feel through most of the tasting. Something that was surprisingly, actually, was how well and even the flavoring remained with warmth. With such boozy beers it’s easy for things to drown as that booze wells up out of it. This, too, helps it remain easy and approachable, despite that bigness. This beer marks the logical stepping stone for DRIPA to move forward, and in our opinion, is an improvement in just about every category.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at the new new kunhnhenn brewery that just opened up down the street from me a couple weeks ago. Very nice hoppy and citrusy ipa and went down smooth for 11.5 percent. Actually a little too smooth, I finished it pretty quickly on empty stomach and caught a good buzz pretty fast. It's a shame kunhnhenn dosent distribute to stores any longer. Have to go to the brewery to get there beers now. At least the new location is only a mile from my house.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.26/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a color halfway between straw an honey. little to no head, just a little white foam. strong clarity and good brightness. some lacing to legs to it.

Smell: strong citrus, booze and hop resin. malty honey-like sweetness that comes off very strong. slightly floral.

Taste: opens with citrus, resin and some piney hops. sweetness comes through quite strong and is a little vanilla like. some biscuit qualities to it.

Mouthfeel: very strong and intense bitterness. strong booziness as well. a little creamy and dry.

Overall: a solid Triple IPA offering. super intense bitterness and strength and surpirsingly only 11-12%. tastes like quite a bit more, which is a good thing for the style.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage
12oz green foil top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy but bright golden orange color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a film that just skims the top, leaving some lacing behind

S- juicy citrus hop aroma with notes of tangerine, mango, grapefruit peel, peach & some grassy notes. Underlying bready malt

T- Opens up with bright and fresh citrus fruit, with notes of tangerine, mango, guava & melon. Slightly malty sweetness kicks in mid-palate that seems to further enhance the tropical fruity notes. Finishes quick, leaving only a linger of mango and orange.

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a bone dry quick finish, only a light linger of alcohol

O- given the abv, they did a great job at showcasing the hops and not making it too malty and boozy. The tropical notes are a delight throughout, very good IPA

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Photo of hardysf
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a clear golden honey color with some white head that quickly dissipates. The appearence looks thin, almost like a wine. The aroma on this beer is outstanding. Lots of citrus, a hint on pine, and some melon. A little bit of malt sweetness is there too on a big whiff. The taste starts nice and malty with hops quickly assaulting the palatte. A wide range of hop flavor is present, citrus, mango, pineapple, and melon. A little bit of a grassy/pine flavor. Bitterness is balanced well with the sweetness, and it finishes super dry. Good brew, but price point is a little off.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.46/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Re-review (12/25/15)

Got from a Winter Solstice 4-pack, which was a hard-to-swallow $35. I knew I had had this before, but I wanted a 4-pack regardless.

Appearance: A clear dirty orange color that turns hazy once you get the full bottle into the glass (more on that in a minute, bruh). Small ring of a head, no lacing. Looks decent.

Smell: Well, this was just bottled a couple weeks ago to my knowledge, so yeah, crazy fresh. Sweet, juicy hops. A "candied hop" vibe. Very nice amount of malt. A little tropical, a little citrus, subtle pine... very aromatic and hop-centric. Great malt sweetness on the nose, too. Didn't smell that great to me at first, but it was probably 35 degrees. At about 50, it starts really opening up and smelling delicious. Best "triple IPA" I've smelled, and much more pleasing than something like Devil Dancer. Not much alcohol in the smell to my nose. Good stuff, to say the least.

Taste/feel: A little thin at first, but for some reason, getting 100% of the beer into my glass with the residue at the bottom included, it gets a little thickness. Moderate body all-around with a not-too-intense carbonation. This does NOT drink like a 12% beer... it drinks like an 8-9% imperial IPA. It's like DRIPA in that the ABV is incredibly deceiving. The taste of this is malty sweet on one hand, but very hoppy, bitter, and dry on the other. The hops are super sticky fresh and delicious: juicy with citrus, tropical, and some pine notes. The alcohol and warmth only really only start to slightly come out as the beer warms. Even still, it's stupidly well-hidden.

In the end, better than I remember. This tastes awesome right now. The hops are so fresh and the heat level is so nearly non-existent that this is a super (dangerously) drinkable IPA. Is it worth the ~$8.75 per bottle when bought in the '15 Winter Solstice mixed 4-pack? Probably not quite ... I could accept the premium and call this a fair price at about $6 a bottle, but it's super well crafted. This doesn't have the "je ne sais quois" that I find DRIPA has, but it's damn tasty and well-worth tasting: just drink it fresh, and at a not-too-cold temperature: I, too, would score this significantly lower if I had 1.) only had this beer ice cold and 2.) not gotten all of the sediment from the bottle into my glass.

Old review (6/28/13)

Had on-tap at the Kuhnhenn Brewery as part of a paddle.

Appearance: Nothing like DRIPA (which is the natural comparison here). DRIPA has a yellow color, while TRIPA is brown. The lacing's pretty decent at the start, but doesn't last too long. A good looking beer... especially given the ABV of this one.

Smell: Outstanding... one of the best beers I've ever smelled. HOWEVER, not quite as good as even DRIPA. It's almost there though. TRIPA is chock full of tropical sorts of hops... it's absolutely bursting, and it's all you smell. That leads me to the taste....

Taste: Not what I was expecting. TRIPA smells like an absolute fruity hop bomb, but the taste is more malty than anything. Given the ABV, I guess this should have been expected, but I was somewhat bummed. Regardless of that, this beer tastes awesome. It tastes like the smell at the front with some bitterness, but the rest is loaded with malts to try and balance it out. It's not an overly sweet beer by any means, but it doesn't seem as balanced as its brother DRIPA. The biggest problem I have with TRIPA is the mouthfeel... it almost just sits and feels flat on the tongue just about as soon as it hits the tongue. Additionally, TRIPA has a slight alcohol warmth to it (really slight) that DRIPA doesn't have it all.

Well worth trying if you have the chance, but DRIPA is definitely the better beer.


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