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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 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 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 WVbeergeek
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My favorite during a session at the newest Sharp Edge location, poured in their new smaller pour high octane chalices. A slightly hazed golden orange bright bodied, with a light white head forms even lace as it dwindles. Aroma has fruity pineapple/citrus notes actually intense citric hops with mild pine/mint going on. A hint of bready yeast this has to be a Belgian style IPA a mix of a triple/IPA aka TriPA also brewed in a tristate region of OH/WV/PA. Flavor is super aggressive with hop flavor and a decent bitterness. Fruity citric hops some grapefruit with tropical pineapple juicy mango fruit tones and hint of pine harshness. Complex warming alcohol with a spicy yeast note as well. Mouthfeel is resinous with hop oils big bold American style BIPA. Carbonation is lively carries the beer all the way through, very enjoyable will hae to revisit this brew to see if it's actually as good as I thought it was or if the other beers I had that day were actually that lackluster.

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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 chefdaddy18042
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one at Stockertown Bev. upon recommendation by a few friends. A relatively new brewery out of Pittsburgh that needed to be tried. This beer in particular caught my interest. 180 IBU's is ridiculous, and being backed by crystal malt, this was going to be different than your average imperial. The pour was your average imperial color, mild reddish brown with minimal head. The nose was everything you would expect, floral hops with citrus notes. It was the taste that caught me, up front it was spectacular. All three hops are very present...warrior, amarillo, and columbus. The mouth was where this beer went odd. It had all the power and punch with the hops, but crystal malt is too weak to back up this mammoth hop bomb. I still appreciated this beer very much and would definitely have another one, but after reading other's reviews, I can understand where they lost this beer. It just doesn't sit in the pallet. I really enjoyed it, but I guess the public is not ready for a 180 IBU bitter punch without the malt to match.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Whoot! First bottle review! Surprised to find this at my local bottle shop for a 3.00 single. Six pack will hopefully be cheaper.

A - Wow from a nice pour I only got a slight ring of head with a nice bit of lace. Color is of dark amber haze and... Is this unfiltered? Bits of sediment throughout.

S - Doesn't smell too in your face hoppy but I do get some citrus malts along side a nice bready like malt profile. Doesn't smell crazy through just eh.

T - It does have a nice hop taste to it with a lingering bitterness but comes off kind of sweet with more malts than hops. ABV is totally masked so it is enjoyable. Still could use more hops for a name like TriPA.

M - Surprisingly for the ABV I am drinking this rather quickly with a medium body so it is pretty tasty.

Overall I guess it was totally worth it for this DIPA. More hop flavor I guess would make this more bitter thus less drinkable. And of almost equal ABV of Double Trouble I find this less alcoholic tasting. At least it's better than Dogfish Head 90 minute that the truth. Solid DIPA.

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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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus hops and a hint of pine. In the taste, starts off with some mango and orange citrus and ends with a dry pine like hop presence, with a nice malt backing all the way through. a small hop bite, and a medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine like aftertaste. Wow! Really impressed by this one, bigger body, but big hops and hiding the 9%, quite nice.

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

On tap at Mad Mex Robinson, 06/04/2011

12oz pour served in a (water) glass. Arrived at the table with a single finger of off-white head. Some lacing as the foam dissipated. The body is a light amber base with yellowish hues toward the edges.

The nose is pretty floral with some resin characters mixed in. Pretty much dominated by hops.

The flavor follows the nose, but as you palate adjusts to the bitterness, you can pick up some malts in the background. Crisp and clean throughout.

Light-medium bodied, well carbonated with a slightly dry finish.

This is another quality offering from the folks at Full Pint. Great flavor...especially if you enjoy the hops. I wish this was available in bottles<hint>!

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

Growler from Brewery: This one pours a slightly orangish darker golden color. There was a fair amount of a white head on it that leaves a good amount of lacing. It has a nice nose. Pine and grapefruit hops are dominant. Fair amount of malts behind the hops. Good taste. Not overly bitter. Nice balance of grapefruit andt o a lesser extent pine hops. Some caramel malts in the background. Fairly smooth. A nice beer.

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

Full Pint Tri-PA has a bronze colored body that is very clear. The off-white head is about a finger tall, with OK retention, but not very much lacing.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, bringing the impression of bitterness, citrus fruits, and some resin.

The hops take the forefront in the flavor also. A good bit of bitterness is backed up by a ton of resin that has a pretty leafy flavor. Some citrus and just a bit of pine. The resin is the biggest hop flavor for sure. The finish has the slightest bit of warmth, with a little bit of caramel sweetness.

The mouthfeel isn't oily, but you can defintely feel the bitterness from the hops.

I think this is the best beer that I have tried from Full-pint. The hop profile is aggressive and raw. Quite honestly, I didn't realize this was a IIPA until I read the menu about halfway through my beer. I guessed it sat at somewhere between 6-7% ABV, but in reality it is 9%. Give this beer a try if you run into it.

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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 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 nhindian
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A - Pours a hazy, burnt orange color with about a finger and a half of sand-colored head. Retention is okay, but the nice thing here is the lacing, which is generous and covers a vast majority of the glass.

S - The nose brings aromas of fresh hops and actually a good amount of malt as well. Incredibly juicy with notes of grapefruit, mango, orange, and some pine resin. Malty as well with a bit of caramel and toffee.

T - The flavors are bursting with fruit and caramel. It's fairly balanced in this regard, but it is still hoppy without being overly bitter. Tropical fruits, grapefruit, and pine, and everything is actually rather refreshing for a DIPA. Only a slight amount of alcohol and for the most part it's hid pretty well.

M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Full-bodied and somewhat sticky and a little syrupy at times .

D/O - Drinkability is moderately high. Another winner from Full Pint in my opinion. It's bold and high in alcohol, but feels easy to drink and hides that heat well. Also, not very expensive either! Definitely worth a try at least and I'll be seeking this out again in the future.

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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 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 Flounder57
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a tuliped glass

Appearance: Beer pours a one finger head that is reducing and leaving some lacing on the glass. A nice burnt orange and red color and very foggy/hazy. Saw some particles floating around in the beer from the botton of the bottle to the glass. Really hope those floaties were part of the package and not a dissapointment of things to come. Finally can see carbonation in the glass after things have settled. I still see floaties in the beer, but still drinking it.

Smell: Very clean orange/tangerine/grapefruit right up front. Some breadiness and pine are right behind

Taste: Same as above. Bready yeast and pine are more prevalent. Bitterness is really high. Oh,oh there are the booze. Will have to say that the booze is hidden nicely and not upfront right at ya.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, smooth, slightly chewy, boozy, medium carbonation.

Overall: This was a nice little treat from our trip to an from Pittsburgh. Happy that I picked up a bottle and hopefully someday will have more from this Tri State brewery. Hopefully they will start to distribute to the eastern side of the state. Don't see myself going to the Pittsburgh area too often in the future.

I will have to say that I don't mind the floaties, but others might. They ahould let people know that it is bottle coniditioned or slightly unfiltered. Still a good beer and it didn't ruin my review. Thanks boys.

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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 vande
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: very lively beer. lots of rising bubbles, reaching the thin lacing of foam that floats upon the top of this coppery golden brew..

s: light sent of bitter hops... slight citrus effect

t: strong. alcohol is present with a decent blend of malt backbone and hop goodness...bitter back end..

m: lighter and somewhat creamy. interesting.

o: pretty good beer. not sure how long its been in my fridge...maybe interesting to sample a fresher one to taste/smell the differences that i'm sure would be present...

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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 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 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 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 hippityhops85
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Blue Dog in Lansdale, PA. Poured into a 13oz tulip.

Pours a ruby brown with orange highlights. A eggshell white head is present right after the pour but dissipates very quickly.

The nose has tons of citrus hops with and obvious strong, malt backbone. Reminds me of a typical East Coast IPA. Just what I was looking for.

The taste is fairly one-noted. Citrus hops with the maltiness to back it up. 9% is fairly well hidden. Pretty good.

Overall, just what I was expecting in an east coast ipa. Enjoyable and I'd order it again.

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TRI-PA from Full Pint Brewing Company
3.64 out of 5 based on 153 ratings.
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