TRI-PA | Full Pint Brewing Company

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Full Pint Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #76 (May 2013):

180 IBUs? Seriously ... LOL. We love the passion and of course the effort, but these beers are crazy. Yes, we know the threshold on most palates is around 80 IBUs but pushing the envelope is fun, right? Thankfully, we are not sampling hot sauces right now. A palate destroyer and all the fun that comes along with that, this is not for the faint of palate.

STYLE: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 9.0%

LOOK: Cloudy amber, tiny-bubbled lacing

SMELL: Caramel, dominating hop resin, ripe peaches, grapefruit, clementines, oranges, hemp, estery alcohol

TASTE: Creamy smooth, smacks of caramel, decimating hop bitterness, ripe nectarines, dried grass, insanely bitter, very warming alcohol, intense citrus rind, puckering hoppiness, dry finish

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Photo of superspak
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 12/31/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden amber color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, pine resin, grass, floral, caramel, toffee, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Ok aromas with very harsh smelling hop presence that is a bit too vegetal; with moderate malt balance and big strength. Taste of big grapefruit, pineapple, pine resin, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, grass, floral, caramel, toffee, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Large amount of pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, lemon zest, orange zest/rind, pineapple, pine resin, caramel, toffee, bread, floral, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Ok flavor balance and complexity big pine/citrus hop flavors with moderate malt balance; with harsh and vegetal hop flavors and a fair amount of cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and resinous mouthfeel that is ok. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very mediocre double IPA. Far too much harsh and vegetal character from the hops makes this moderately unpleasant, but it was not undrinkable.

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Photo of Omnium
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Semi hazy orange gold with two fingers of fluffy off white head a net of lacing on the sides.
S - Outrageous amount of alcohol in the aroma, grapefruit, sweet orange candy, dank pine, caramel, toffee.
T - This is a task to drink, there's so much alcohol here its retarded. IBU's off the scale, very abrasive, lots of very sweet malt of caramel, sugary candy, toffee, grapefruit and citrus, a little pineapple.
M - Overwhelming alcohol burn, chewy cloying sweet burn.
O - I liked this before, or so I though, I know the recipe was changed in recent times, but obviously not for the better. Too extreme and unbalanced. Full Pint needs to scrap this and make a better successor to Chinokee. I dare to say this is borderline American Barleywine.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

- best by july 14. lot #e57. hopped 7x, 5 different varieties.

A: Dirty orange, dense clarity, thin beige head is slight on hold, weak on lacing. Tingy beige micro-effervesce creeps up along the glass walls.

S: Hints of pineapple-orange, fresh orange peel, some grassiness.

T: Piney-dry pineapple, grassy overtures, spicy orange citric bite. Hints of pear-mango, creamy grassy citrus malt, nice tropical grassiness with pronounced sting of hops on the finish.

M: Creamy maltiness, grassy citric sting of hops with a dry flowery hop coating on the tongue.

O: Overall the hops live up to thier end of the deal. The malt base is creamy, full, nice mixture of hop variety, tropical grassy-pine, with nice varying degrees of fresh and dry nature. The alcohol is warm and comforting, a nice fall winter taking.

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.26/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz.

Pours a deep honey amber, off-white lacing for a head.

Smells of rich caramel malts and citrus and floral hops. Some apple sweetness too.

Tastes of mildly bitter piney hops and caramel malts with honey and apple sweetness. Some citrus tartness as well.

Medium to full body with a light tingly carbonation on the tongue accompanied by a slight alcohol sting and a noticeable warmth going down.

A very good strong IPA, slightly boozy feeling, great flavor and aroma. Could stand to mask its potency a bit more and maybe have a bit more body, but otherwise well worth having. Could become a local favorite.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-cloudy light orange with a stable thin head

S-extremely strong scent of orange and bitterness. there's a strong spice to it as well. it tingles the nose as much as any IPA can.

T-comes in with a mouth puckering bitterness. there's a strong hit of spicy citrus. this one hits you hard, similar to my first dance with hoptimum. it has an aged herbal aspect to it as well. the after-taste focuses on the herbs with a lasting effect of booze. this hits the head fast.

M-bitter. medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-it doesn't quite have the complexity or balance of a truly great IPA, but it does pack the punch of any hop bomb. it's good for the lower cost, and I recommend this to any hop head out there.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Boozy and caramelized sweetness up front. Moderate piney resins. Moderate fruity esters.

Appearance: Slightly hazy brick red pour with a white head that retains well.

Flavor: Piney and lemon rind hop flavors up front. A touch of caramel and a bit of tea-like leafiness mid-palate. Balance is decidedly bitter. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Definite alcohol heat with a medium body and medium-high carbonation. A touch of astringency.

Overall impression: Hmm...didn't get the fresh hop aroma and bright flavors I would expect in a Double IPA. Doesn't seem to have enough malt to be an American Barleywine. Lost in a style space where it's coming up short. Freshness could be the issue. Enjoyable but not sure about a repeat performance.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.39/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Full Pint Brewing : TRI-PA

LOOK: Pours a medium amber brown, soapy white head and some lace. Looks thick as hell, and pretty dark for a imperial Pale ale.

SMELL: Lofty alcohol, candied orange, dark fruits and toffee. As it warms, the booze and caramel stick out as the aroma.

TASTE: Caramel, toffee, and lots of booze. There certainly is a woodsy, piney note and a bit of citrus to remind that there are three varieties of hops in this beer. The caramel, plum, and alcohol make this brew much more akin to an English Barleywine. If this were labeled as such, the score would change, but for an American Double India Pale Ale, this is a few notches below average.

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Photo of shand
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tri-PA pours out a hazy light brown color with a small head that leaves spotty lacing. The aroma is piney hops and caramel malts. The taste is basically double IPA by the books. Piney hops over a solid caramel malt backbone. It's tasty, but doesn't do anything that hasn't been done by, say, DFH 90 Minute. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, it's just a solid DIPA. Nothing wrong with that.

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Photo of gabedivision
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a DFH snifter glass.

A- pours a murky reddish brown, particles flying around assume its hops? 1/4 inch white head that fades quickly.

S- big malty caramel, spicy hop aroma mixed with heavy booze giving almost a hit sauce kinda smell.

T- caramel, slight citrus, sage? Spice, spicy. Buttering lemon peel mixed with heavy toffee on the finish.

M-full bodied, slightly bitter, dry.

O- not a dipa I will revisit again. No bottling date may be the culprit, not sure. All I know is this is weird funky off balanced beer, not entirely offensive but totally misses essentials of the style by a lot.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thank goodness for these nicer labels. The ones from the first round of FP were totally boring.

This is an interesting DIPA. Seems a little muted in some ways and not quite blowing it up where it could. Feels like the hops kind of got all bogged down in each other. I think the beer could have gone in a lot more places than it ended up doing so. Still, decent enough. But I know that this brewery could be delivering a lot more. Still worth trying though, I guess.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

review from notes. 12 oz. bottle. no bottled on dated.

A: quite hazy reddish/brown hue. head is off-white and has red tints to it. good retention and sticky lacing.

S: caramel and burnt brown sugar. the hop resins battle with the abundance of caramel malt. reminds me of first runnings of an amber wort. alcohol.

T: the caramel lingers long into the finish. butterscotch even. a little alcohol. the middle gets fruity. pear. fig. pineapple. the bitterness is there but is masked from all this sugar. too sweet imo. the more i drink the less hop i get.

M: warming full body with finer carb.

D: i have a hard time thinking of this (and many like it) IPA's. the amount of caramel malt used has a very significant effect on the nose/palate to the point of taking the hop out of the picture (at times). more like an american barleywine. regardless, not too impressed by this mostly one-note sweet bomb.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a lightly hazed amber color with a large billowing off-white head. The head faded slowly over time to give a nice amount of lacing

Smell – A nice sweet citrus aroma mixed with some caramel malt and a nice bready smell; these are the strongest aromas. With these are some lighter floral and pine aromas. Overall quite nice.

Taste – The taste follow the nose very well. It starts of sweet malt and citrus. The bready backbone is initially sweet of caramel and orange hop flavors. As the taste moves on the caramel fades and the citrus changes in nature a bit. The original orange citrus hop turns more toward a bitter grapefruit flavor. At the end of the taste some light earthy and a good dose of pine come to mix with the bread and grapefruit. Overall these leave a bitter sweetness on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – A super creamy body with a lower level of carbonation. The creaminess is fantastic on this brew as it coats the mouth and really allows the flavors to be experienced by the tongue. The lower carbonation only allows this to occur more and overall create a great mouthfeel.

Overall – This is a nice double IPA. Its flavors aren’t as strong as some and the transitions not quite as smooth, it does have a very nice mouthfeel and smell. A good brew to try if you get the chance.

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Photo of jeremy13586
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the few Full Pint beers that I haven't had. 12 oz bottle poured in to a Delirium glass.

The beer was a translucent dark copper color. One finger head was poured. Off-white, but stuck around. Left a good amount of sticky lacing.

Fruity bouquet of hops. Citrus and pine. Bready malts with some notes of caramel.

Surprisingly malt forward. Caramel, sweet bread, and honey. Floral and fruity hops, with a note of green apple. Very minor booziness.

A bit syrupy with moderate carbonation. Pretty clean finish. A bit of alcohol warmth, but not too much.

The hops were very present in the beer, but I was expecting them to be much more aggressive. The brew managed to mask the 9% very well. Not out of the world, but very enjoyable.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I should have tried this earlier. A blend of three batches of single hop imperials. They claim 180 IBUs? And, with Warrior, Columbus, and Amarillo hops? I'm geeked.

Had trouble getting much head, but I just had to wait for it to rise. Still only a finger, but it's standing its ground. Hazy amber colored fluid. Some of the bottle conditioning may have spilled into the pint glass. No worries. 3.5

A lovely tropical fruit aroma featuring pineapple and apricot. Some floral notes, as well. Sweet bread in the malt department. Very fruity nose, no pine or grassy hops here. Nectar-y and fresh. A little honeyed; a poor man's Hopslam. This brewery ceases to amaze me. 4.0

First sip yields loads of hops. Fruity and leafy hops. Stone fruits, pineapple, mango, and green tea. It's not brewed with any honey, but I can taste a very appealing and natural floral sweetness. Perhaps more like caramel. Slight citrus in the form of ruby red grapefruit and orange. Surprisingly, it's not overpoweringly bitter. It's there clutching you in the finish, but it never gets past 7 or 8 on the dial. Just rich hop flavors and aromatics that supplement flavors. 4.0

Silky. Thin-bodied for 9%, and that ain't bad. Nice underlying lurking carb. Balanced in feel. 4.0

Hell yeah, I'd buy this again! For local choices, it gives Hop Wallop a run for its money. And, the brewery is less than three years old!! Full Pint, lots of great stuff to come... I'm sure. 4.0

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Photo of akorsak
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The double IPA is a golden brown, amber. Transparent, the ale has a glow near the base. A white head, over a finger and a half on first pour, laces in a few spots.

S: Hoppy with a syrupy thickness, the grapefruit has fallen off a bit. Caramel is a saving grace, adding a malt backbone that makes up for the hop losses.

T: The hops may be a little softer but the ale hasn't lost its kick. Boozy heat, mixed with caramel and toffee, leaps out at me immediately. Pepper is in the mix but the hops have lost any distinctiveness that may have one existed. The hoppiness improves modestly, the citrus stand out with more elan. However, the heat of the ale keeps getting in the way, a pow of strength that covers up quite a bit.

M: Average. Maybe too old or maybe too muddled, the hoppiness is enveloped by the alcohol.

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Photo of justintcoons
2.92/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a rusty amber with 1 finger of off-white head that dissipates slowly. Excellent lacing of tight lacing and very good clarity. Light-moderate carbonation.

N: Pine, lemon, grapefruit, mango and toffee.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, Fruity Pebbles and light notes of toffee upfront. Fruity esters develop mid-palate along with some light mango notes. Finishes with resinous pine and some biting rye flavors.

M: Medium-full bodied, almost chewy, creamy, dry, bitter and sticky.

O: The citrus flavors are rather low key in this DIPA. I mostly just pick up some bland grapefruit and the pine in the finish is also rather harsh. The alcohol is fairly well hidden but I really want some juicier flavors. Meh...

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Photo of Hellabeerguzzler
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, I'm giving this IPA a 3.5 as in "slightly better than average". It's a very nice imperial and I've had them all I think. I was told this was "as good as Hopslam" and maybe my expectations were off. The shining point for me was the mouthfeel: very nice texture and near-perfect carbo. The appearance was amber with a sufficient, slightly golden head with average lacing and the typical grassy, floral, citrus aroma you find in most beers of this variety. The flavor was not anything special or anything setting it apart by any margin. It's just a nice, average, typical IPA in most respects. The malts were lacking to a disappointing degree but I'm not going to hold that against it as does most of the entire class of imperial IPA's. I will say this though: it is no Hopslam or Pliny. Sorry. I suspect to be drinking this as it's local and I like to support local businesses. And to an old hophead like me, an average IPA is a good IPA.

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Photo of thain709
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured with a slightly hazy, burnt orange body...there were some brighter yellow highlights...the head was one finger tall and off white in was creamy and fell to a thin cap...some good lacing was left behind

S - The nose was very sweet with a lot of caramel leading the way...the hops and bitterness were at a minimum

T - First sip provides some bitterness from the piney hops...the middle is all about the sweetness...there is a lot of caramel good thing is that it never becomes dominating...there is a leafy hop presence towards the finish...alcohol is also present towards the end

M - Medium bodied...creamy and smooth...sweet...alcohol

O - Like many IIIPA's, this one was loaded with caramel sweetness...the hops were kept to a minimum and only a slight bitterness was able to shine through

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Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2012-01-13 in Columbia, PA

A - Amber-orange with a 1-finger off-white head and mild lacing.

S - Naval orange flesh, floral, light tropical. Not very aromatic but pleasant.

T - Hop forward, orange and pineapple flesh, grapefruit juice bitterness, light malt and plenty of oily hop bud goodness. Boozy. Dries pretty well with plenty of lingering bitterness that is somewhat leafy and harsh.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Resinous and prickly.

O - This DIPA has a lot going for it. I think with some improvements to the aroma and making a little less boozy tasting, it could be a contendor for a high rating. Interesting enough to keep checking out this beer and brewery.

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Photo of dtivp
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy light copper orange with a one finger dull white head, good retention and lacing.

Aroma of citrus, hops and light pine.

Taste of grapefruit, hops, light malt and hints of alcohol.

Mouth Feel is medium leaning light body, medium carbonation, dry with a bitter after taste and a slight alcohol warming.

Overall a very nice imperial IPA, a little malt balance would make it even better.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Thirsty's, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise

A deep golden shade with thick off-white cap and tight bead, there is visible carbonation and the clarity is decent. A floral nose with some dried fruit and light alcohol in the ester with a caramel malt odor and tinge of yeast with goes along with the faint sugary notes. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated with slight citrus tanginess and mild spice with a light tinge of bitterness for the style. The middle is full and sweet while the bitterness increases in the finish with semi-dry quality w/ slight spicy ending.

The taste of this Imperial IPA is caramel and pine up front with subtle tropical fruit and a tinge of pepper with a light herbal accent to the hop flavor. There is a nice hint of toasty malt backing up the hops and sweetness which has a sugary edge. The hops are mildly citrus with hint of pine again and earthy sweetness in the finish with a lingering herbal note.

Overall a good beer but lacks the hop umph and has the bitterness, but could use a little more to balance the sweet and malt qualities. The feeling I get is this is slightly faded from the fresh beer I imagine it was. It could use a little more depth and less alcohol perhaps, but like a said in general a good, not great Imperial IPA.

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Photo of burnstar
4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky orangish gold. Lots of visible carbonation. Small to medium, but persistent head. Smell is citrusy hops but not as intense as you might expect. Taste has great hop flavor and complexity. Herbal, floral, and citrus. Mild rounded bitterness and great hoppy aftertaste. Nice underlying malty sweetness balances this out. Fantastic creamy and full bodied mouthfeel. Delicious stuff. Overall this is an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of mindspin315
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange body with a thick off-white head that settles to a thin foam cap. Lacing on glass, alcohol legs, and nice amount of head retention after a few swirls of the glass.

Lots of fruit...peach, apricot, mango and mild tropical fruit. The fruit aromas blend in with a light caramel/toffee sweet malt and bready scent. Mild peppery notes from the yeast as well. Lots for the nose to appreciate!

Apricot and peach with a touch of pine at the start which then moves along in the middle with some creaminess and sweet malt flavors. Bitterness comes in real quick and fades very fast. Carbonation is just right here. A bit more of a hop punch up front would make this a stellar A/A+ DIPA. The middle to the finish is balanced so well. The mouthfeel definitely keeps you wanting to come back for more.

Overall TRI-PA is a smooth and very drinkable beer at 9%. This beer is so drinkable I could easily put down a few of these and not think twice about it. TRI-PA is a great east coast IPA that can be loved by any west coast hop-head.


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Photo of russwbeck
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy brown pour with hints of red and yellow along the edges. Only a very smell white head rises up from the beer, but doesn't last very long.

S: A ton of citrus and maltiness. Really not the level of hops I would expect from something called a triple IPA. More fruity and bready.

T: The taste pretty much follows the smell, but adds a bit of booze. Citrus, grapefruit, and other light fruits mix with a noticeable maltiness and caramel to create far more of a balanced beer than I thought. The only hints of dry hops come on the backend, but are sort of overtaken by booze.

MF: Medium body, creamy, warming alcohol feeling and a slight hop bitterness on the end.

O: This was good, a bit strange, but good. Not the hop bomb I wanted, but the balance is pretty good. I would say this blurs the line between an IPA and a darker Belgian.

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